At a loose end when it comes to the weekend ahead? We’ve got you covered with our top things to do in the city…
Perks of being the Queen;
2. Live in a palace
3. TWO birthdays
Her annual birthday parade takes place this Saturday at the Horse Guards Parade in a flurry of hooves and Union Jacks. Watch from along the Mall or from the edge of St James Park, but given the event starts at 10am, you’ll need to be up very early to get a good spot… We’ll be skipping the crowds this year and toasting Her Maj with a birthday cocktail made in her honour – see the royal list here.
We’re not entirely sure on the physical logistics of riding a bike with no pants on, but if it’s for a good cause, we’re all for it. The World Naked Bike Ride has six start points across London, and is an international protest against oil and car dependency as well as a celebration of the human body in all its wobbly glory. This one’s probably a good cause we’ll support as spectators only….
London’s top chefs, restauranteurs and producers are gathering in Kensal Rise on Saturday for the Franklin Fork to Fork Festival. Raising money for the Open Air Classroom at ARK Franklin (more about the project here), tickets are an absolute steal at £8 and give you access to some of the capital's finest food. Keep your eyes peeled for Bluebird's truffle mac and cheese and Launceston Place's sea bream crudo with watermelon and pea mojito.
We have definitely had our fair share of food and drink related ‘days’ this year, but as always, when it’s booze related, we’re up for it. This Saturday is dedicated to champagne, with the first ever #MoëtPartyDay kicking off across London. Our restaurants are right in the thick of it, with complimentary Moët Ice Impérial cocktails, Champagne dinners, free mini bottles and even the ultimate: a bottomless Champagne brunch. Plan your fizz-tour of London with our full round-up of events here.
And as if Saturday wasn’t already boozy enough, #WorldGinDay is returning for its eighth year of juniper-fuelled celebrations. Launceston Place is ahead of the game with its own brand of gin, and our world class bartenders around London have come up with some stellar gin creations. For the serious gin heads, Junipalooza is the place to be this weekend, featuring over 35 international producers, talks and workshops – get your tickets here.