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…
Masterclasses have been all the rage this year, but we guarantee this is one you haven’t done before. Pull up a seat on the Old Bengal Bar Jungle Book-inspired terrace with a cocktail and learn the art of bedazzling a pineapple into the ultimate centrepiece. Beats those droopy Tesco flowers you’ve got at home, AND you can get boozy on bonkers cocktails while you do it. The ‘Inu Rama’ was created for the event and includes a very weird secret ingredient – pineapple ketchup. Bet you wouldn’t have guessed that one.
Independence Day fell on a rather boring Monday this year, so to spare you all the weekday hangover our friends at Avenue are very kindly throwing a party this Saturday! Bringing a little slice of Louisiana to St James with a proper crawfish boil, expect bottomless fizz, mountains of juicy crayfish with all the traditional sides. Seriously, come hungry.
Ahh Wimbledon finals – the weekend where your local finally sells out of the bulk Pimm's order they placed this time last year. For those wanting to do something a little different, get down to 100 Wardour St on Saturday to watch the match with bottomless fizz, Bloody Marys and that famous brunch menu. And make sure you wear your finest tennis whites; the best dressed (judged by an umpire, obv) will win a round of Wimbledon cocktails on the house.
Last year’s festival lasted nine days, but this year the guys at Shuffle are packing the action into just 24 hours, this very Saturday. Held in Tower Hamlets Cemetery, expect street food and pop-up bars, a midnight screening of Steve Jobs, a water bomb war, workshops and live music. The festival takes a ‘cross-cultural and clear-eyed look at spiritual beliefs and the way these beliefs are tied in with our humanity’. Bit more interesting than your standard pill-popping dance festival, no?
Do something totally different this weekend and celebrate the end of Ramadan with the whole of London. Whether you fasted or not, you're in for a treat with an entire food festival with vendors selling cuisine from all around the world. Grab a pot of Koshari (Egypt’s favourite street food, duh) with a mango lassi from the mocktail bar and watch a Balinese dance performance – only in London!