So it’s nearly time for bank holiday – and there’s no shortage of events go on in and around the city. So I’ve done my best to round up some of my favourites below:
WHAT IS IT? Warm up for the world-famous event at Pergola Paddington Central, with a DJ set from Rinse FM’s Jade Avia and a specially curated menu of fiery Caribbean flavours and refreshing summer cocktails, which will be available all bank holiday weekend.
WHERE: Pergola Paddington, 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central. W2 6PY
NEAREST TUBE: Paddington
WHAT IS IT? Club D&D is getting ready for its biggest brunch yet… CLUB BRUNCH! They’re heading up to Madison’s iconic rooftop for an afternoon of brunch bites, cocktails and a stellar line up of entertainment and live music from celebrity DJ, Vogue Williams!
WHERE: 1 New Change, St Paul’s, The City EC4M 9AF
NEAREST TUBE: St Pauls
WHAT IS IT? Debate the future of the British passport post-Brexit and play sleuth in a V&A treasure hunt at the museum’s summer themed late ‘Don’t Forget Your Passport’. From 6:30pm tonight, think sun cream, poolside lounging and sand-encrusted books. Entry is free and drop in, but some popular events will be ticketed.
WHERE: V&A, Cromwell Rd. SW7 2RL
NEAREST TUBE: South Kensington
WHAT IS IT? Open on August 23th to August 28th from 17:00 – 20.30, The Aperol Spritz Sundial Social will offer a complimentary spritz per person to ensure guests start their evenings the Italian way. Come British rain or shine, the sundial will continue to encourage Italian sociability,
with Aperol Spritz on offer across the weekend.
WHERE: By the Oxo Tower, Southbank
NEAREST TUBE: Waterloo or Southwark
WHAT IS IT? BBC Good Food’s Feast is taking place this weekend on the manicured lawns of Hampton Court Palace. The family-friendly event brings together artisan producers from across the UK for a delectable day out, in addition to a stellar line-up of chefs including Michael Roux Jr.
WHERE: Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
NEAREST TUBE: Hampton Court
WHAT IS IT? The Literary Club will once again lure book lovers into a world of childhood reverie, this time with The Wind in the Willows gang in full tow. Inspired by the picnics, banquets and delights of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel which has captivated readers for more than a century, it’ll be brought to life in all its edible glory this summer in their biggest, boldest and badgeriest dinner yet.
WHERE: The Greenhouse, 49 Green Lanes Mildmay Ward, Stoke Newington. N16 9BU
NEAREST TUBE: Stoke Newington
WHAT IS IT? Discover one of London’s best kept secrets (the rooftop gardens) and treat yourself to a sociable three-course menu of meats and salads served above the city. At 10pm, the party will move inside where DJs Benny Blanco and Josh Roberts will be behind the decks.
WHERE: The Roof Gardens, 6th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street. W8 5SA
NEAREST TUBE: High Street Kensington
WHAT IS IT? If you can’t party like it’s your birthday, you might as well celebrate someone else’s – and heading along to Sager + Wilde on Paradise Row to commemorate their third birthday is a pretty good place to start. Not least because they’re offering half price brunches from Saturday – Monday, so you can totally double up on smashed broad beans, mint and chilli on toast; egg en cocotte; and potato rosti with smoked cod’s roe.
WHERE: Arch 250 Paradise Row, E2 9LE
NEAREST TUBE: Bethnal Green
WHAT IS IT? Fun-filled adult playground Ballie Ballerson will be closing at the end of the month, so this weekend is your last chance to get a slice of the cosmic ballpit action. Set over two floors and kitted out with 200,000 plastic balls, foam toys, rubber rings and a DJ booth, you’re guaranteed a night of smiles and silliness.
WHERE: 79 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston N16 8AD
NEAREST TUBE: Dalston Junction
WHAT IS IT? Relive every 90s game show fantasy you ever had at the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course. Jump, bash and clamber your way through 32 inflatable obstacles across a 272 bouncy metres.
WHERE: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way. N22 7AY
NEAREST TUBE: Alexandra Palace or Wood Green
The Habit Hunter x