These are the best events kicking off summer in London this week

These are the best events kicking off summer in London this week


Excuse the beret, but we’re going all arty this week and want to look the part.

Why? We’re enjoying digital art at a new pub in Walthamstow, getting into Surrealism over champagne overlooking the river, spending money we don’t have on animal pictures to help protect wildlife and helping make art at Somerset House.

Oh and looking at some previously unseen gardens.

Oh and claiming a free kebab after a 10-mile run and a free cocktail!

Ok ok, it’s not all highbrow…

‘Where’s Ryan Gosling?’

What are these? Palm trees? Waterfalls? Where are we? Shoreditch? Are you sure? Oh, LALALAND, Shoreditch. We get you.

It’s a brand new streetfood market – or ‘a culinary and experiential oasis’ if you want to get fancy – set amidst lush foliage, fire pits, real waterfalls (TLC haven’t confirmed) and fifteen food booths, four bars, roof terrace, lounges to, erm, lounge in and no doubt get hot sauce all over, music events…

Perfect if you’re out to eat with a group of mates and one of you wants slow roasted duck, one wants Bao buns and another wants something spicy and Trinidadian… it’s all here! But no, it’s not OK to rinse your hands in the waterfall.

19 Great Eastern Street, EC2

London in bloom

For anyone who likes a nosy around other people’s stuff (our hands are fully up), the opportunity to root through usually private gardens is the stuff our curtain-twitching lives are all about.

Step forward London Square Open Gardens Weekend, where a range of historic, traditional, contemporary and experimental gardens across London throw open usually locked gates.

Pembridge Square near Hyde Park, Ladbroke Square, Notting Hill and Lincoln’s Inn (which you’ll have seen in any film featuring a woman in a bonnet) provide the history while the likes of The Ismaili Centre Roof Garden funky things up a little bit.

Nomura International Plc’s roof garden offers visitors breathtaking views from the south bank of the River Thames. Just don’t expect abandoned plastic tricycles and trampolines covered in moss.

Saturday and Sunday, various locations

Wa-ter view

Views, surrealism and Laurent-Perrier champagne! Two of our favourite things and one we’re quite interested in. Suppose we’d better get down to Sea Containers London, you know that hotel on the Southbank, where they are launching a Surrealism-inspired Summer Terrace… with Laurent-Perrier. Which we think sounds like Instagram heaven.

The Surrealism theme is a wink to the exhibition at Tate Modern, just up the road (or up the bank) from Sea Containers, there’s an amazing menu and they’ve even come up with a Laurent-Perrier cocktail in a Magritte-inspired glass.

As for the views, right across the river and along to St. Paul’s. We’ll drink to that! Mind you, we’ll drink to most things.

20 Upper Ground, SE1

Ethical entertainment

Fancy smashing some stuff up? Of course you do. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg at Eternally Yours, a new exhibition at Somerset House about ‘care, repair and healing’… which is ‘upcycling’ to us.

From artworks created on the soles of thrown-out shoes, through a range of designers showing how you can transform things… into other things to The Beasley Brothers’ Repair Shop, a pop-up by designer Carl Clerkin (you’ve seen the show on the BBC. Like that)

And if you go to the Morgan Stanley Lates event on June 22, you get to do some smashing up for artist Abigail Conway, who is going to make art out of the debris.

June 16-September 25, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2

Call of the wild

Brightly coloured cheetahs storming across a magenta background, fluorescent chimpanzees and what look like bison jumping through an orange landscape…

It can only be the work of artist Hannah Shergold, who is bringing her Sovereign Collection to the capital to help raise money for Tusk, the African conservation charity that Prince William is a patron of… which is what makes the cheetahs so perfect.

The exhibition is free to get into (hooray!) and if you buy anything, all of the cash goes direct to Tusk. And she has a target of £100,000 so make sure you take all your best credit cards with you as prices start at £15k.

Until Saturday, Mall Galleries, London SW1

A welcome dose of wellness

We’re not judging but we do think you might have, erm, over-refreshed slightly across Jubes weekend, which is why we’re pointing you in the direction of Uncommon, the workspace where it’s all about health and wellbeing, and their collaboration with Seedlip, purveyors of fine non-alcoholic spirits, which is apparently a thing.

They are running a workshop this Friday where you get to kick things off with a rooftop yoga session (weather should be nice!) before trying out non-alcoholic cocktails and learning how to make them. All this surrounded by lush foliage with a goodie bag to take away.

Make ours an espresso martino and can you just put some of this Soltan SPF 30 on our backs?

Friday, from 11am, Uncommon, 34-37 Liverpool Street, EC2

The chase is on

You like to get up and go for a run on a Sunday, don’t you? Yeah, just a little joke for us to enjoy. But if you actually did like doing that – or were thinking of trying it – we have the perfect inducement in the shape and form of Bababoom’s Kebab Chase.

The idea is you start your run at their Battersea Rise outlet or at their Westfield Stratford base and do your run from where you started to the other one… and claim a free kebab!

It’s a ten-mile trek so you’ll need the free kebab. You might even need a frozen margarita, which we hear is good for the muscles. Or was that an ice bath?

Sunday, various venues

That’s the spirit

If you thought whisky drinkers were all old-school types, maybe wearing a cravat, well then you’re well behind the curve. And to prove it Scotch brand, The Glenlivet, has launched #BreakTheStereotype to show that whisky drinkers are just regular beautifully dressed and perfumed people like you and us.

Celebrating diversity and representation within whisky The Glenlivet is launching a pop-up serving – get this! – free Scotch-based cocktails if you put a picture of your whisky-drinking self up on social media with the hashtag BreakTheStereotype, so they can prove to people how great-looking drinkers of free Scotch-based cocktails are.

We can work with that. You then go along to Coupette, which we love anyway, and claim your special whisky-based cocktail.

June 13-19, Coupette, 423 Bethnal Green Road, E2

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