10 things to do this weekend

We’re back to the festivals this weekend though there’s not a music one in sight. You can work up a sweat at a fitness fest, catch a movie at a film fest and eat your way around some of the best restaurants in town at the city’s most famous food fest. Once you’ve done all of that, crack on with these other things to do.

1. Pretty Green Sample Sale

Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green has teamed up with Faster Fashion to host a sample sale at the Old Truman Brewery this month. Stock from the past three years right up to the current season will be on sale, with prices on t-shirts, polos, shirts, jeans, trousers, outerwear, swimwear, shoes and accessories being slashed by up to 80%. There’ll be a range of sizes on offer and stock will be replenished throughout the sale, so it’s worth checking back if you’ve got your eye on a particular piece.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019
Shop 11, Dray Walk, London, E1 6QL

2. Taste of London 2019

Taste of London is BACK with over 40 of London’s best restaurants pitching up in Regent’s Park. The likes of Som Saa, Rovi, Brigadiers, Smokestak, Kym’s, Bun House, HoppersBaoBar Douro, 1251, Berenjak, Claw and Trishna’s will all be cooking up a storm. Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat in South Africa is even flying his entire team over for a very spesh residency at the festival and it’ll be your first chance to check out Egglsut ahead of the restaurant opening later this summer.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019
Regents Park, Chester Road NW1 4NR

3. Meditation and Mindfulness Workshop at BLOK

Living in London it’s easy to get swept up in being on the go ALL THE TIME, so it’s super duper important to take a time-out. And you can do just that at BLOK. This meditation and mindfulness workshop will take you on a deeper journey into yoga beyond the physical asana. The two-hour class will be run by Hannah Almond and Koral Leigh-Webb at the Clapton site, where the pair will introduce breathing techniques before leading you through a fluid vinyasa, chakra cleansing meditation and relaxing yoga nidra, before you end with mantras and journaling. Not only will you leave with a better knowledge of what yoga can offer, you’ll be feeling relaxed and grounded too.

Sun 23rd June 2019, 1.45pm
Tram Depot, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, London, E5 8BQ

4. Shop at the Meat-Free Butchers

Sainsbury’s is jumping on the vegan trend opening a “meat-free butchers” to coincide with World Meat Free Week this June. The pop-up “butchers” will look the part, sausages in hanging in the window and all, but everything inside from the bangers to the mince to the ribz will be entirely plant-based. You’ll be able to sample some of the supermarket’s meat-free range for free as well as pick up some boneless bites, which will be weighed and wrapped the traditional way, for a bargain price. And if you need some tips on vegan cooking, the in-store butcher will be on hand with recipe advice.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019
146 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG

5. Sweatlife Festival

Lululemon’s Sweatlife festival returns to London this weekend for its fourth consecutive year. Setting up camp in Tobacco Docks, you can expect a timetable of a variety of workout classes from London’s best studios, inspirational speeches and stalls from well-known fitness brands. Tickets start at just £35pp per day which get you entry to the festival, unlimited use of classes throughout the day as well as spots listening to talks from leading names in the fitness world. So if you’re a fitness fanatic grab a ticket and sign up to classes as spaces are limited!

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

6. Generation Get Up! Weekend

Somerset House is marking National Windrush Day with a weekend celebration that includes special events, talks, screenings and street food. KERB will be in the courtyard with Jamaican, Caribbean, Ghanaian and Nigerian inspired food from the likes of Only Jerkin’, Deserted Cactus and Flygerians; Don Letts will be premiering his film In Those Days; Kwame Kwei-Armah will be talking about his BBC series Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle; and there’ll be free screenings, talks and poetry readings across the two days too.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

7. Summer Love Film Festival

This summer, Everyman Cinema and Kings Cross are teaming up to host the Summer Love Film Festival and the screenings are FREE. Set on the banks of the canal in Granary Square you can catch all the Wimbledon action as well as a top selection of musicals, cult classics and family faves. This Sunday kick back on the grass steps with Before Sunrise.

Sun 23rd June 2019
Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA

8. Oval Night Market

The Oval Night Market is back for June, pitching up around the gasworks with food traders, craft bars and music in tow. You can feast on the likes of Biff’s Jack Shack, Anna Mae’s and Holy Cow, with Tiny Rebel, Five Points and Ska Brewing providing the bevs. DJs will keep the party going, spinning hip-hop, disco, funk and soul until 11pm, and entry is totally FREE.

Sat 22nd June 2019
The Oval, Cambridge Heath, London, E2 9DU

9. Kiss My Genders Exhibition

Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Galley brings together over 30 international artists and over 100 artworks that explore gender identity, including trans, non-binary and intersex identities, and gender expression through performance and drag. A range of mediums will be on show, including new and site-specific pieces from Chitra Ganesh, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings and Jenkin van Zyl.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019
Hayward Gallery,  Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

10. Eat at Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta has recently opened up its doors in Aldgate. This is their second London site to open and follows in the footsteps of the original restaurant in St Katharine Docks by showcasing the best of Italian food, including making all the pasta in-house. We recommend starting with the burrata, which is served with warm ciabatta and lashings of extra virgin oil, followed by the salmon carbonara, a delish twist on the classic. Top food paired with a relaxed atmosphere makes Emilia’s the ideal place to get your pasta fix.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd June 2019
77 Alie St, Whitechapel, London E1 8NH

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