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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

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What’s on in London this week? From the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions in London, restaurants to book into and tickets to buy now. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…

What’s on in London? August 2019

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1 August

The Lost Love Speakeasy: London’s Secret Jazz Age Experience

The Lost Love Speakeasy


There are few things as enjoyable as a night of jazz, and The Lost Love Speakeasy certainly elevates the time-honoured tradition. Following a seven-week sold out run attended by over 7,000 people, the London jazz experience has released an additional 4,000 tickets and it’s safe to say they are the hottest in town. The experiences combines hot jazz, hotter dancing and a compelling story with delicious food (courtesy of the executive chef behind the beloved Temper restaurants) and enticing cocktails. Dress to the nines and immerse yourself in prohibition-era Manhattan (or rather a secret location near London Bridge). 26 July – 24 August;

2 August

Cocktails en Point with Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier Masterclass

If you’ve missed pirouetting your way through dance class when you were young, time to dust off your dancing shoes and get back into ballet – with an adult twist. Grand Marnier’s latest offering is unexpected but appealing, hosting a ballet lesson as well as cocktail making masterclass at the iconic Pineapple Dance Studios. Mixology expert Nick Shopland and lead ballet instructor from Pineapple Dance Studios will have you pirouetting your way to perfect cocktails in just one hour. 2 & 6 August, tickets from £10 including masterclass with three cocktails;

Seven Dials Food Month Ahead

The Barbary

Forever a hotspot of dining delights and drinking dens, Seven Dials will be upping the ante this month with secret menu trails, special events, promotions and limited-edition dishes across the 20 venues in the area. It’ll be hard to choose from all the drool-worthy offers so we’ll definitely be hanging around Seven Dials more than usual to try and sample it all before the month ends. On your checklist should definitely be the brilliantly priced three-course menu at Marcus Wareing’s Treadwell’s restaurant; The Manga Martini at Japanese izakaya restaurant and bar, Flesh & Buns; the delectable Chocolate & Tahini Slice at English Coffee House Jacob the Angel; and the Signature Neal’s Yard Pizza topped with Leon Serrano Ham, Burrata, fresh English asparagus and peas, at Homeslice. Be sure to also pay Hotel Chocolat’s School of Chocolate, descend their staircase and into their Cocoa Caults for an exclusive tasting. Also, hot tip: just quote ‘fabulous food month’ to your server at Chick ‘n’ Sourz and you’ll receive a scratch card – trust us, everyone’s a winner. 1 – 31 August;

3 August

The Ivy Kensington Brasserie x RIXO

The Ivy x RIXO

Two well known names amongst London’s fashion set, The Ivy and RIXO have partnered to celebrate summer and this year’s BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall! You’ll find the restaurant’s iconic forest green facade has been overtaken by a vibrant floral installation incorporating RIXO’s beloved, bold prints. Inside you can sample the two limited-edition cocktails – we recommend pairing them with the restaurant’s delicious pre-Proms set menu. The ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon with girlfriends, book your table now. 9 July – 17 September;

The Bee Mindful Workshop at Petersham Nurseries in September

Petersham Nurseries Bee Mindful Workshop

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Petersham Nurseries are partnering with luxury candlemakers Cire Trudon to offer guests a full-day workshop centred around the beloved honeybee. Guided by a select group of specialists, guests will be guided through a sensory experience that’ll involve everything from food and horticulture to style and conservation. Activities include a tutored raw honey tasting, a hands-on introduction to honey preserves and fermenting, a lesson in how to plant a bee garden, and an insight into table styling ‘The Petersham Way’. Of course, since it’s Petersham Nurseries, you can also expect a deletable lunch and refreshments inspired by all things honey. Finally, you’ll learn about why a healthy bee population is essential to our survival and exactly how to help them thrive. 26 September, tickets are £225 per person from

4 August

Girl on the Train at Duke of York’s Theatre

Girl on the Train Play

Coming to the Duke of York’s Theatre, the adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ international bestselling novel The Girl on the Train has a lot to live up to. The tense storyline has numerous hold-your-breath plot twists that have been intelligently translated onto the stage by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel. The effect is as gripping as it was on the page: ‘You could hear a pin drop,’ according to Hawkins. 23 July to 17 August;

Summer of Limoncello at the Sheraton Grand

If you can’t make it to Positano this summer, then mark this Amalfi Coast inspired event on your calendar. In partnership with Pococello, beloved Italian restaurant Mercante is launching a limoncello menu that will be available throughout summer. Delectable Italian dishes paired with a selection of refreshing cocktails give you a taste of la dolce vita without the trek to Heathrow. Plus, you can sign up for one of the events on their summer programme which includes everything from Limoncello Masterclasses to exclusive cocktail making experiences.

5 August

Complimentary Children’s Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

The Dorchester-Kids Afternoon Tea-highres

As with everything that comes out of The Dorchester, their Children’s Afternoon Tea is one of the best. Launched new this summer, the kids will love this playful dining experience inspired by a day out in Hyde Park. Alongside classic finger sandwiches (cut into mini jigsaw puzzle pieces) you’ll find a bright yellow duck made of chocolate, a chocolate milkshake and doorman teddy cupcakes. The fanciful feast will delight your little ones, and the grandeur of The Dorchester will lend a sense of occasion to any afternoon. Available 1-31 August, 2019, traditional afternoon tea begins at £65 and Champagne afternoon tea at £75. *One complimentary children’s afternoon tea per adult, for children aged 5-11;

Quaglino’s Summer Series of Icons


Esteemed St James restaurant Quaglino’s is no stranger to live music and a good time, but they’re kicking thing sup a notch with the launch of their Summer series, appropriately dubbed ‘Icons’. From 3 July to 29 August, the London establishment will be hosting a range of tributes to some of the most legendary musicians throughout the ages. The tunes of Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder will provide the perfect soundtrack to a glamorous dinner courtesy of Executive Chef Nuno Goncalves. If brunch is more your scene, Quaglino’s is also putting on a disco brunch showcasing the groovy 70s with a guest DJ and live performance. Full line-up and reservations through; 0207 930 6767

6 August

The Lillet Terrace at OXO Tower Bar

Lillet Terrace OXO Tower

Everyone loves a rooftop, all the better if its one with sweeping views across London. OXO Tower Bar has long been a go-to hotspot for special occasions demanding something a little extra, and this summer Lillet is giving us another reason to book a table. The premium French apéritif from Bordeaux is taking over the iconic terrace to provide the perfect day-to-night escape from London heat. If you’d like to accompany your drinking with a touch of education, the Lillet Terrace will also be hosting a series of alfresco masterclasses where you can try your hand at cocktail-making and watercolours.

7 August

The Stranger Things Soundtrack at Royal Festival Hall

Stranger Things Royal Festival Hall

The hit Netflix show’s success can be attributed to a captivating plot, brilliant actors and an incredible soundtrack. The dreamy accompanying music is as famous as the show itself, its classic synths and distinct sound backing the show’s most memorable moments. As part of Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown festival at the Royal Festival Hall, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Austin band S U R V I V E (who created the scores for both series one, two and three) will perform live for the first time. The Primetime Emmy Away winners for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, S U R V I V E’s sound is as beloved as it is memorable. The once-in-a-lifetime event presents another chance to immerse yourself further in the pop culture phenomenon. 7 August, tickets from £27.59;

Guest Chef Series at Mortimer House


F0llowing the success of renowned chef Elizabeth Haigh’s residency at Mortimer House, the next guest chef in the series will be Oli Brown of duck duck goose for the month of July. In an intimate setting you’ll feast on the acclaimed chef’s Chinese-European inspired dishes, like Duck and Foie Gras Spring Roll with Pickled Rhubarb; Crab and Fennel Salad with XO, Chilli and Dill; Steamed Sea Bass with Soy and Spring Onions; and Crispy Duck Leg and Pancakes, with Pickled Cherries, Hoisin and Five Spice Sugar. To book email [email protected] or call 020 7139 4499

8 August

Summer of Wellness at Kingston’s Riverside Retreat


As sunny days become more frequent than cloudy ones, Kingston is hosting a series of events from June to September which focus on the restorative benefits of riverside activity (research shows that relaxing by the River Thames for just 30 minutes can reduce stress levels by up to 28%). Sessions focus on fitness and wellness, including a Sahaja Yoga Meditation at John Lewis, weekly Riverside Pilates, Health & Henna cookery workshops at Chakra and Mental Health Awareness with Mind. For a full line-up of the wellness events visit

GATHER by JW Marriott


Book your tickets now to GATHER by JW Marriott (26 – 29 September) a glamorous epicurean festival held at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa on the private resort island of Isola delle Rose. The mindful event brings togther a dazzling roster of celebrity chefs and is a decadent food and drink experience which will take over the hotel and the entire island. Book your tickets at

9 August

The Jaltarang Menu at Kutir


Us Brits love a good curry and when we’re after something a little fancier than the curry house down the road, Kutir is a go to. Set far back enough from the Kings Road that the bustle of its neighbours is out of ear shot, Kutir is a word-of-mouth Indian restaurant where the cocktails are refreshing and the food is spicy (and delicious). The à la carte menu is dizzying with choice so save yourself the food envy, order an Expedition tasting menu and leave the rest to the experts. With an emphasis on fresh foods, Expedition Menus change based on season and for the month of August, you’re in for a treat. The Jaltarang Seafood Expedition is absolutely delectable whether you’re a self-confessed seafood fanatic or looking to try something different to the usual chicken tikka (of which Kutir also do a phenomenal take on), we’re sure the Lobster Curry will convince you. Available until 31 August; book now at

Summer in the City: Online Video Festival

Summer in the City

Video content is the most popular on the internet, and Summer in the City festival invites guests to delve into the world of online video IRL. As the UK’s largest and longest-running Online Video Festival, guests can expect an unmissable three-day event boasting an exciting programme filled with learning activities, entertainment, meet & greets, discussion panels, workshops and performances. The biggest and best to date, this year’s Summer in the City is welcoming the most influential individuals from every corner of the internet including Health & Fitness, LGBTQ+, Gaming, Beauty, Fashion, and Tech communities. Dedicated Panel Rooms will also host important conversations on vital issues like Diversity & Inclusion in Fashion & Beauty, Body Image Online, Women in Gaming and Mental Health & Social Media. It’ll be a must in the calendar for those with an interest in online video (creator, viewer, or industry professional), but Youtube lover or not, it’s set to be a great event that brings all the joys of the internet to life, while also working to solve the issues. 9 – 11 August at London ExCel Centre, tickets from £30; more information at

10 August

Tropical Summer Terrace at Granary Square Brasserie

Granary Square Brasserie Koko Kanu Terrace

London can never have enough terraces in the summer – especially one as scorching as this years. In collaboration with Jamaican coconut rum, Koko Kanu, Granary Square Brasserie will transform its terrace into a tropical paradise. Until September, guests can bask in the sun amidst colourful flowers, luscious palm trees and pink humming-birds – while dining on a new delectable brunch offering and limited-edition cocktail of course. Open all day, you can also pop in for a drink in the balmy evenings – , being situated in Kings Cross means it’s a perfect meeting point for after work drinks. To kick things up a notch, book in for one of the restaurants tropical brunches with live Caribbean themed entertainment. Summer terrace open till September; brunch events running from 13 July – 25 August; more information or booking at

11 August

V&A’s ‘Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams’ & ‘The House of Kensington’

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955 Courtesy of Christian Dior

The largest exhibition on infamous fashion house Dior has landed at the V&A with critical acclaim, inviting guests to explore the history of the brilliant brand to where it stands today. Coinciding with the exhibition, London’s finest townhouse hotel The Kensington has launched a special package, ‘The House of Kensington’ which includes not only complimentary tickets to the exhibition, but an exclusive cocktail, ‘La Ligne Corolle’, inspired by Dior’s first couture collection. Book the stylish package and stay for 3-nights in one of The Kensington’s ‘Signature Suites’, so that after perusing the exhibition at the V&A you can stroll just 10 minutes back to your hotel and enjoy a round of the elegant cocktails. The House of Kensington package starts from £1,800 and includes a three-night stay in a Signature Suite on a B&B basis based on two sharing, two tickets to the V&A’s ‘Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams’ exhibition and two Corolle cocktails at K Bar. The package is available for stays until 1 September 2019. For more information, visit

12 August

The Murder Express: Jewel of the Empire

Murder Express

Experts in immersive dining, Funicular are back with the latest of their thrilling installations. Hop aboard a luxury train carriage in 1930s London for an opulent four-course meal curated by Masterchef: The Professionals 2018 champion Laurence Henry, as you attempt to solve the mysterious disappearance of the world’s largest diamonds. Lovers of theatre and pomp will delight in this spectacular world of glamour and intrigue. Running from 2 May – 31 August, tickets from £57 available at

13 August

Feast on Native Lobster at Wright Brothers

Wright Brothers-1114

There are few meals as delicious as lobster, but the accompanying price-tag often has us reserving the succulent dish for special occasions… well, no longer! Seafood specialists Wright Brothers have launched their August special, inviting guests to enjoy a whole native lobster grilled with garlic butter and served with a crisp green salad and fries for just £20 (yes, really). The native lobster is at its best from June through to September, so the offer couldn’t be more timely, and with the special available at all Wright Brothers restaurants we suggest getting your fill before the month comes to an end! 1 – 31 August;

14 August

Grey Goose Pop-Up at Covent Garden

Grey Goose Teppanyaki

If you’re growing weary of the endless Aperol spritzes and gin & tonics, then head to Covent Garden’s East Piazza for something a little different. Ideally situated in Central London, the ‘Live Like Summer Never Ends’ terrace by Grey Goose Vodka is set to be the ultimate alfresco cocktail destination. Live musicians sub-zero cocktails set the scene, while a teppanyaki ice cream cocktail experience (where guests can get their favourite cocktail frozen and rolled into a delicious Grey Goose treat) sweetens the deal. Head over at the right time and you’ll be getting a complimentary cocktail with a surprise ‘Summer O’Clock’ hour occurring every day. Importantly the terrace is bookable meaning no waiting in line – , you can also book cocktail masterclasses with London’s leading mixologists. 23 July – 19 August;

Hatton Garden’s Pop Up Park

Hatton Garden Party

In celebration of summer, head down to Holborn’s popular shopping destination, Hatton Garden for three days of exciting free pop-ups including Frame yoga classes, massages, manicures and cocktails. Hair salon and gallery The Lion and the Fox will even be hosting a blow dry bar, perfect for visitors desiring a new ‘do’, while those who prefer to sit and soak up all the action can relax on a deckchair in the newly turfed garden, or treat themselves to a glass of bubbly from Thursday’s Prosecco bar. Each day has a different theme – from picnic, to pamper, to party – so whether you’re a dedicated foodie or a party animal, there’s sure to be a pop-up to suit you. 14 – 16 August; 

15 August

Dazed & Gone Rogue Exhibit at ME London Hotel

Marylou Faure

If there’s one thing London isn’t lacking, it’s quality art and talented artists but getting to all the shows you’d like to can be difficult in between work and social commitments, but for three months this summer you can see a handful of some of the most talented bunch at once in ME London’s Macroni Gallery. Gone Rogue, the incredible group of highly collectible and established artists, will be popping up in the gallery with an exhibition that invites visitors to immerse themselves in bold colours and summer vibes. Included in the exhibit will be works by Marylou Faure, Kelly Anna, Delphine Labourgeois and Mark Petty. Go check it out – we promise you’ll discover a new favourite artist whilst you’re there. 16 July – 9 September, 2019;

Illuminated River Public Art

Nick Schlee (b. 1931), Blackfriars Bridge, London, Red Pillars, oil on hardboard (c) Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London


At Guildhall Art Gallery, the Illuminated River showcase features historic paintings of the Thames by artists such as Frank Brangwyn, John Atkinson Grimshaw and Norman Wilkinson. Selected by American artist, Leo Villareal, these works have influenced his design for Illuminated River, part of a ten-year public art project that will connect up to 15 of London’s iconic bridges via a light network. Ends 1 September.

16 August

Rooftop Film Club Presents a Summer of Love

Rooftop Film Club

This summer, across three venues in East London, the Rooftop Film Club will be celebrating love in all its guises, with cult classics, tear-jerkers and heart-warming must-sees screened under the stars. Whether it’s reciting the lines to Pulp Fiction at the Bussey Building in Peckham, singing to We Are The Champions at Roof East or swooning at Pretty Woman at Queen of Hoxton, there’s a film for everyone. And of course, food and drink in the form of burgers, hotdogs and cocktails. Sponsored by extrême, the ice-cream brand will be handing out delicious desserts at 150 of the screenings to cool you down on those hot summer nights. For full listings and tickets visit

17 August

Suite Scents with Penhaligon’s

Suite Scents

Scents are remembered for much longer than other senses, which is the thinking behind the recently launched fragrance experience at London Marriott Hotel Park Lane. Until December, guests staying in one of their Premier Suites will be offered access to a collection of iconic scents from Penhaligon’s, for both men and women. A trained fragrance butler will deliver the library and help guests select their perfect fragrance, which they can then take home with them – creating lasting memories of the trip. Located on Park Lane, one of the city’s most prestigious locations, the hotel is housed in a Grade II listed building with spectacular views over Hyde Park. Penhaligon’s, meanwhile, is an iconic fragrance brand: since being founded in 1874, they have gained two royal warrants. Check out more about Penhaligon’s hereUntil December. From £1500 per night for two guests stay in a suite, breakfast at Lanes of London, and one full-sized Penhaligon’s fragrance to take home.

18 August

The London Cabaret Club present: Hats, Heels & Horses

The London Cabaret Club present: Hats, Heels & Horses

A quintissentially British summertime event complete with all the pomp and circumstance one can expect at The London Cabaret Club, ‘Hats, Heels & Horses’ is the new cabaret show to book now. Inspired by Royal Ascot, it’s an immersive evening that will take you far out of your every day life and into all things extra and opulent. Book at

19 August

Ibiza Unclubbed: Live Music at 100 Wardour Street

Ibiza Unclubbed at 100 Wardour Street

100 Wardour Street in Soho has long been a destination for live music in the heart of the city, with flocks of people and great vibes guaranteeing a good time on any given night. The recent launch of Ibiza Unclubbed is the latest in the restaurant’s repertoire; live acoustic covers of club tracks are the perfect soundtrack to dinner while an appetising set menu (and a very tempting £10 bottomless wine option) provide the goods. Set up downstairs in the basement Restaurant & Club, the tables are intimate enough that you won’t find yourself having to shout over the music, and dimly lit for optimal atmosphere. Something a little different, Ibiza Unclubbed is the perfect antidote to the monotony of the ‘after-work dinner and drinks’ that seem to be all we’re doing lately. Ibiza Unclubbed takes place every Tuesday with music from 8 – 10:00pm; two-course set menu for £18 and three-course for £22; a la carte menu available also. More information at

Ronnie Scott’s Pop-Up Jazz Club: The Old Place

ScottsKirkext1" by John "Hoppy" Hopkins © 1963 ESTATE OF JVL HOPKINS

“ScottsKirkext1” by John “Hoppy” Hopkins © 1963 ESTATE OF JVL HOPKINS

Running for just two weeks, the pop-up jazz club ‘The Old Place’, hosted at Gerry’s club on Soho’s Dean Street, will celebrate Ronnie Scott’s 60th anniversary by looking back at its beginnings and giving guests an immersive idea of what it was like when it first opened. Gerry’s club will be transformed into a realistic replica of Ronnie Scott’s, complete with authentic interiors such as art and photographs that would’ve once hung on the walls, and flat boards too. Using audio memories and music from past performers, guests will be further immersed into the world of Ronnie Scott’s in 1959. The live music line up is unsurprisingly impressive, hosting world class jazz musicians paying homage to some of the genre’s most famous names such as Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Stan Tracey and John Coltrane. There’ll also be performances by Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and VIP guests. Other highlights include The Ronnie Scott’s Club Quartet, Clark Tracey (son of Stan Tracey), James Pearson, Dizzy Gillespie and Mark Kuvama to name a few. More information here and

50 Years of Abbey Road at The Ivy, St John’s Wood

The Beatles The Ivy

In a golden anniversary celebration of rock legends The Beatles’ most iconic studio album, The Ivy St John’s Wood (just a short walk away from the renowned Abbey Road Studios) is launching an Abbey Road-inspired cocktail and dessert menu, as well as an exciting new floral and vinyl-crafted installation to commemorate the artists. Delight in drinks such as ‘Here Comes The Sun’ – which fuses Earl Grey sake, blood orange puree, and Saffron-infused Olmeca Altos Tequila – followed by the ‘Abbey Road Brownie’, the perfect chocolate indulgence for avid fans of the famous four. 19 August – 29 September;

20 August

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at The Design Museum

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Britain is where Kubrick created the battlefields of Vietnam for Full Metal Jacket (1987), an orbiting space station for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and Dr Strangelove’s War Room (1964). Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition will offer a unique insight into the director’s vast archive through original props and costumes, set models and rare photographs, while tracing the design story behind Kubrick’s body of work. His fascination with all aspects of design and architecture influenced every stage of all his films. He worked with many key designers of his generation, from Hardy Amies to Saul Bass, Eliot Noyes, Milena Canonero, and Ken Adam. 26 April – 17 September; tickets available here

21 August

Alfresco Dining & Drinking at The Chelsea Courtyard

The Chelsea Courtyard

Summer is in full swing and there can never be too many alfresco drinking spots to quench our thirst. Tucked away from the bustle of King’s Road (and therefore primely situated for a shopping break) is The Chelsea Courtyard and even further removed from the busy streets is the hidden garden at the bistro’s rear. As a showcase for The Chelsea Gardener, the spacious courtyard is expectedly florid, transformed into a lush, botanical oasis a world’s away from London’s grey cityscape. With a new cocktail menu focused on botanical ingredients as well as a new seasonal menu being introduced, you know where to find us on any’s given summer’s day…

22 August

A Royal Rebirth

Pair of shoes by Gundry & Son's, 1840s. Worn by Queen Victoria (c) Historic Royal Palaces

Queen Victoria is 200 this May, and Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity, has spent years collecting, curating and conserving an invaluable legacy of never-before-seen possessions, diaries and even locks of her hair – scrapbooked by her governess. At Kensington Palace, A Royal Childhood and Woman & Crown are two separate exhibitions that question our preconception of Victoria from womb to widow and reveal a personality never understood so well before.

Meet Me At The Vaults by SHOPMYVAULT


For those looking for a more sustainable way to style, game-changing womenswear platform SHOPMYVAULT are hosting a special one-day only pop-up shop which offers the chance to buy an array of pre-loved, vintage and designer goods. With luxury clothes, bags and shoes for sale from the likes of brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Dior, there will even be a discount code provided on arrival for use on the day, either online or in store. 22 August, 11am – 8pm, Oui 2 Rooms, Great Titchfield Street;

23 August

Vinegar Yard in London Bridge

Vinegar Yard London Bridge

Although London is seemingly full to the brim with pop-up restaurants, bars, shops and galleries, we always welcome more. Vinegar Yard is the brand new all-day destination where you’ll be spending plenty of your upcoming summer evenings. The space, launched by the team behind Flat Iron Square, brings together street food from some of the city’s most loved vendors (Baba G’s and Up in my Grill among them), a coffee house from The Gentlemen Baristas, open-air bars, and pop-up shops with vintage and makers stalls, as well as incredible art installations from British artist, Joe Rush. More information at

Pre-Carnival Warm Up at Electric Diner

Eastern Standard


Soho House and spirits brand Bacardi have paired up to host a carnival-inspired cocktail party at Portobello Road’s French-American-style Electric Diner in the lead up to the hotly anticipated Notting Hill event. With plenty of Strawberry Daiquiri’s, ‘Dark & Stormy’s’ and Bacardi Eastern Standard to go around, you’ll be feeling carvnival ready in no time. 23 August, Electric Diner, Portobello Road;

24 August

Go for Tea at Mariage Frères

Go for Tea at Mariage Frères

Mariage Frères in the heart of Covent Garden boasts the longest tea wall in the world, as well as a restaurant with a tea-themed menu, private event spaces, and a tea museum. One for tea lovers for sure, and those who love an aesthetically pleasing place to dine.

Rum Weekender Party

The Eagle

Certainly an event for lovers of rum, Ladbroke Grove’s gloriously British pub The Eagle is undergoing a rum-inspired transformation for one day only with the launch of their Rum Weekender Party, launched in partnership with Duppy Share. The Caribbean rum brand will be taking over the bar, offering ‘two for rum’ cocktails such as the Watermelon Sunshine and Reggae Rum Punch. Not to mention, there’ll also be a DJ set from 8-til-late and an entire menu inspired by rum featuring Caribbean classics such as jerk chicken, fish tacos and plantain tatin. the

Ice Cream Festival at Covent Garden

Covent Garden Ice Cream Festival

For the ultimate ice-cream indulgence, head down to the Covent Garden Piazza and see out the final summer bank holiday in style. Award-winning Italian gelato brand Morelli’s will be serving up a frozen feast, with flavours ranging from chocolate velvet and banoffee pie, to praline and Aperol spritz. The delights won’t stop there as some of Covent Garden’s most beloved bars and eateries will be getting in on the action too; Buns and Buns will be offering a selection of ice cream sticks, Lauderee will be serving up delectable Macaron Glacé, while Avobar will be presenting a limited edition Avo soft serve. 24 – 26 August;

25 August

Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon

Portrait of the Simon family (l-r), Wilhelm, Bernard and Gerty, undated, c. 1930 © The Bernard Simon Estate, Wiener Library Collections

Gertrud (Gerty) Simon was a prolific photographer, enjoying great success in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Working first in Weimar-era Berlin, she found subjects in actors, writers, composers, dancers and artists, capturing beautiful, meaningful portraits that are as poignant today as they were then. After fleeing to Britain during the Nazi regime in 1933, Simon re-established her reputation photographing the likes of Sir Kenneth Clark and Peggy Ashcroft. The Weiner Library’s summer 2019 exhibition will display this impressive oeuvre with highlights including portraits of Albert Einstein, Lottie Lenya and Alexander Iolas. For the first time in eighty years, Simon’s work will once again receive the recognition it deserves. 30 May – 15 October,

26 August

Mary Quant Exhibition at the V&A

Mary Quant, photograph by Ronald Dumont, c.1967. © Ronald Dumont/Stringer/Getty Images

Mary Quant, photograph by Ronald Dumont, c.1967. © Ronald Dumont/Stringer/Getty Images

The V&A has curated the first international retrospective of iconic British designer Mary Quant in almost 50 years. With over 200 garments and accessories including unseen pieces from her archive, the exhibition will explore the years between 1955 and 1975 in which Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. One of Britain’s most influential designers, Quant is known for her bright, playful clothes, from the decade-defining mini skirt to vibrant tights, popularised by the likes of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. The story of the exhibition is of one women who changed the lives of many others through her clothes and the stories they told. It goes beyond the miniskirts and the colourful tights and into the ways she revolutionised the British high street by harnessing new mass production techniques and making fashion more accessible. 6 April – 31 October, tickets available to book here for £12

Brown’s Weekend Art Walks

Maeve Doyle

In celebration of Mayfair Art Weekend, Brown’s will be bringing back their signature Weekend Art Walk. Guided by renowned curator, BBC Art Correspondent and gallery owner Maeve Doyle, you’ll have the chance to discover Mayfair’s hidden galleries, meeting owners along the way (and then show off your new knowledge to friends…). Taking place once a quarter on Saturdays, you’ll begin your artistic venture in The English Tea Room at Brown’s where a morning coffee with Maeve will provide the perfect opportunity to ask about the Hauser and Wirth artwork which adorns the walls. The Art Walks will conclude back at Brown’s for a delectable three-course lunch in Beck, the ideal way to polish off a wonderful day out. 14 September, tickets are limited at £95 and available to purchase on +44 (0) 207 518 4172 or [email protected];

27 August

Announcing the next chapter of the King’s Road

Mary Quant Kings Road

In conjunction with the V&A’s launch of their international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant, whose Bazaar at 138a King’s Road triggered London’s “youthquake” and put the now iconic shopping destination on the map. To celebrate their sponsorship of the exhibition, The King’s Road will be unveiling a series of activations and events to celebrate this extraordinary heritage. 6 April – February 2020

28 August

Secret Cinema Presents Casino Royale

James Bond Secret Cinema

Of all fictional worlds we’d like to inhabit, the jet-setting, black-tie wearing, martini-wielding films of James Bond certainly top the list. While details are limited (obviously), the few that are released involve the words mission briefing; alias; casino; and dark underworld. After selling out, new tickets have been released for September but buy them now as it’s sure to sell out again. As with any Secret Cinema event, you can expect an immaculate attention to detail, dedicated actors, live entertainment, and to be totally and utterly enraptured by this new, cinematic world brought to life around you. Plus, Secret Cinema always has plenty of tricks up their sleeves so no doubt you can expect surprises around every corner… 5 June – 22 September, tickets from £49;

29 August

Chivas Masters 2019 Cocktail Clash Competition

Chiva Masters

Who will be crowned this year’s Chivas Masters Global Champion? Head to London’s Oval Space on 29 August to find out, where 14 of the world’s best bartenders will battle it out in a competition demonstrating their expert cocktail-making and bar-tending skills. Each finalist must create their own pop-up cocktail bar, while watchers on the sidelines indulge in Chivas blended scotch whisky, specially-crafted cocktails, and delicious dishes from renowned restaurants Mac & Wild and Club Mexicana. Industry experts will be there to judge, while guests will also have the chance to vote for their preferred bar concept and cocktails. 29 August, Oval Space, tickets £15;

31 August

No More Blank Walls


Experience the Bethnal Green Arches like never before with live art battles, music, and street art, all hosted by Blank Walls, the creative London collective spreading powerful art works across the city’s blank walls. The event marks the launch of the group’s urban street art collection, where 30-50% of all works purchased will be generously donated to charities. From the group responsible for the renowned David Attenborough display in Bethnal Green, the event promises to be a lively one, with live beatboxing, spoken word performances, a range of eateries serving up street food and an opportunity to experience screen printing with contemporary gallery Jealous. The Arches in Bethnal Green, 31 August 1-11pm; @blankwallscollective


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