Something For The Weekend in London: July 26-28
Like the weather, we’re in search of things a little “cooler” this weekend – but we haven’t had to look to far, thanks to a massive festival to mark the Olympics, the return of the Hyper Japan Festival, a “one-off” at the Design Museum, Sunday “apertivo” and a beach (in Camden, would you believe it?). Sand buckets at the ready!
ARTS & CULTURE: Hyper Japan Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road SW5 9TA
How much: £12
We say: Get immersed into Japanese culture and all it’s quirks at this annual fair, where they’ll be plenty of food, drink and entertainment to make this quite a fun day out.
ARTS & CULTURE: Design Museum Late: One Off, 28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD
How much: £11.85
We say: If you’re in the Tower Bridge area, take a casual stroll over to the Design Museum and have fun at this creative late nighter: you’ll get a chance to print a “one-off” tote bag, learn about laser cutting and furniture customization and absorb the digital delights of the Sculpture duo who’ll be performing something good and lovely to nod your head to.
ARTS & CULTURE: Open East Festival
How much: £9.50 plus booking fee
We say: Now that the medals have all been given out and the crowds have gone home, the newly-christened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is opening its doors once again to Londoners with the first Open East Festival. Visitors have the chance to catch over a dozen live musical acts, visit the newly redesigned Floating Cinema or hunt for a masterpiece at the Art Car Boot Fair.
ALTERNATIVE: Camden Beach at Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH
How much: FREE
We say: Enjoy the sun and sand – but now sea, unfortunately – at the Roundhouse’s favourite annual pop-up that puts a whole new meaning to the word “staycation”. Just arrive early enough to call dibs on the deckchairs!
EAT & DRINK: Backdoor Salon at Cannon & Cannon, Market Row, Brixton
How much: £27 (brunch), £15 (apertivo)
We say: The boys behind Backdoor Kitchen have enjoyed evolving in the last couple of years to become one of the most renowned supperclubs in the capital. Now collaborating with Cannon & Cannon in Brixton, you can come along to Sunday’s “Backdoor Salon”, for a four-course brunch but as we discovered, it’s all about the “apertivo” in the afternoon.
ARTS & CULTURE: The Love Project at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd London, Greater London E1 6LA
How much: £15
We say: This heart-warming play that weaves together a number of relatable love stories returns to the Rich Mix for one night only before it heads to Edinburgh festival.
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