10 things to do this weekend

The warmer weather may have disappeared – seriously though, where has the sun gone? – but you can still pretend it’s the height of summer and you’re by the seaside with seafood platters, lobster specials and good ol’ fashioned chippies. Not feeling the fish? Check out all these other things to do.

pouring wine

1. Wine Car Boot

After some new bottles for your drinks cabinet? Get down to Coal Drops Yard because Wine Car Boot is back with another boozy sale. Wine Car Boot showcases the best independent wine retailers in the city, with traders including Vinoteca, Berry Bros & Rudd, The New Zealand Cellar and The Winemakers Club, so it’s the perfect opportunity to explore a wide range of wines and potentially discover a new fave bottle. You can buy a tasting pack for £12, which’ll get you five tokens or you can pay-as-go around each stall, before deciding which bottles you want to take home.

Sat 17th August 2019, 12pm – 8pm
Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4DQ
winecarboot.com


2. Sink The Pink Street Party

Following another epic edition of Mighty Hoopla earlier this summer, Sink The Pink is throwing another big outdoor shindig with the return of its Street Party. Taking over a tree-lined space in Finsbury Park, expect drag queens and performers from across the country to take to the stage along with Nadine Coyle, Sink The Pink, Savage Disco and more pop-tastic DJs spinning the tunes.

Sat 17th August 2019, 1pm – 10.30pm
Finsbury Park, London, N4
sinkthepink.co.uk


London Dessert Festival

3. The London Dessert Festival

The first London Dessert Festival will take over the Truman Brewery for two days and it’s going to be an immersive affair with instagrammable walls and themed rooms. The Frozen Zone will feature nitro ice-cream, an ice lolly wall and a ceiling of raining sprinkles; the Patisserie Zone will have a doughnut wall and a piñata of baked goods; and in the Chocolate Zone, there’ll be a melting chocolate wall and a foil chocolate wrapping room.

Obviously there’ll be lots more treats to try including cereal cocktails, macaron ice cream sandwiches, frozen s’mores and cookie shots from the likes of Poptails, Brooklyn Cakery London, Mallow & Marsh, Sweet Doris, Wheelcake Island and more, so if you’ve got a sweet tooth this is the place to be.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th August 2019
Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR
londondessertfestival.com


4. See Anish Kapoor

Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor has recently been restored and for the inaugural exhibition, the gallery has gone all out by hosting a series of sculptures by Anish Kapoor, some of which have never been seen in Britain before. With their use of mirrors and light, the sculptures are designed to challenge the idea of form and space by disorienting the viewer and they celebrate the architecture of the space in a new way. This is your last chance to catch it so hurry on down.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th August 2019
 Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Mattock Ln, London W5 5EQ
pitzhanger.org.uk


5. Laurent-Perrier Terrace at Sea Containers

The summer pop-up terrace makes for exceptional people watching, especially all those joggers who have their speakers systems in sync as they ascend along the Southbank. The terrace menu features seafood favourites like the platter loaded with ceviche, oysters, prawns, crab and octopus served with a shallot and Bloody Mary dressing. WOOF. On the drinks front, you should try the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé for sure, it’s a perfect one for those warm summer nights.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th August 2019
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
seacontainerslondon.com


6. See Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse

Ola Ince is directing the UK premiere of Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse. Once again Jenkins is taking on America’s relationship with race in this family drama, which sees the Lafayette family return to their late father’s former plantation to prepare it for sale and uncover some past secrets in the process.

Sat 17th August 2019
41 Earlham St, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX
donmarwarehouse.com


7. Chippy in the City

Get a taste of the Great British seaside in the heart of town at the Moet & Chandon Chippy in the City pop-up on the Fish Market terrace. The outdoor food stall is serving up a classic menu of pickled Clarence Court eggs, scampi, devilled whitebait and battered haddock and chips. Purists can go for the beer battered option but if you like a little spice, the curry battered fish is the one to go for. Add in some mushy peas and tartare sauce (and a glass of fizz if you’re feeling fancy) you’ve got a proper fish supper and at chip shop prices too. It’s even served in traditional takeaway boxes, although you do get a proper knife and fork to eat it with – it’s still the City after all.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th August 2019
16 New St, London EC2M 4TR
fishmarket-restaurant.co.uk


8. Depop Pop-Up at Selfridges

Depop has popped up inside Selfridges’ Designer Studio on the department store’s third floor. The space, Depop’s first branded retail one outside of the US, features products on a moving rail, which shoppers can control – think a larger version of Cher’s closet in Clueless. The pop-up will showcase different Depop sellers each week, with vintage, streetwear and reworked pieces all on offer.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th August 2019
400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
depop.com


9. Native Lobster Special at Wright Bros

Wright Bros are putting on a lobster special – a whole native lobster grilled with garlic butter, served with a crisp green salad and fries – for just £20 a pop. The native lobster is in best form from June through to September and is typically richer in flavour and has a softer shell, so you need not worry about shrapnel being catapulted across the other side of the room when you dig in. Wright Bros source the lobsters from their very own wholesale team based in Brixham, with the catch brought in fresh daily from the Cornish and Devon coast.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th August 2019
Borough, South Kensington, Battersea, Soho, Spitalfields
thewrightbrothers.co.uk


10. Bottomless Brunch at Pho

Move over avo on toast, Vietnamese restaurant chain Pho has launched its first ever bottomless brunch. Putting a Asian twist on brunch, dishes include the brunch rice bowl with grilled pork belly, soft boiled eggs and crunchy veg, and the Vietnamese omelette with sriracha ketchup, Asian herbs and avo. Booze-wise you can choose 1.5 hours of unlimited prosecco, Ca Phe martinis (coffee, condensed milk and vodka), sriracha Bloody Marys or Saigon lager. Pho’s bottomless brunch won’t break the bank either, with a signature dish and bottomless booze for only £25 per person. Tee-totallers can lose the booze and get unlimited coffee and fresh juices for £13pp. T

Sat 17th & Sun 18th August 2019
15 Upper Cheapside Passage, One New Change, London EC2V 6AG
phocafe.co.uk

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