Looking for something to do this weekend? This is your definitive guide which will come every week, telling you what’s happening this weekend. As you know, this can range from one off events, long running events, or just cool places or good clubs to visit.
We’ve had a fairly lengthy break, but let’s kick things right off with Night Tales, a summer pop-up in Hackney. This is taking place this Friday and Saturday, but will also be running every Friday and Saturday until August 27.
“The space will feature a 25m2 sun terrace, new concept bars with retrospective elements from previous Night Tales events, and a raised sun deck with private sun-drenched booths where you can enjoy new cocktail creations and our favourites from past events.”
“There will be a traditional British diner courtesy of Nanny Bill’s, a Jamaican beach bar, a Singha discovery bar with a raised sun deck, covered seating areas and a pumping dance floor. There will be some of the countries most respected DJs playing on a nightly basis and a hand-picked selection of London’s finest new restaurant and food businesses serving knock out food.”
Get more details and buy tickets here.
If that doesn’t take your fancy, you might want to channel your inner child with The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
“Visitors will descend the world’s highest and, at 178m, the world’s longest tunnel slide, as they travel down the UK’s tallest public artwork, they’ll pass through light and dark sections with London’s dramatic skyscape whizzing by!”
“In the 40-second trip, visitors will circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times as they weave their way through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure, including a tight corkscrew section names the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – and end with a 50m straight run back down to earth!”
This is open all weekend from Friday, so get more info and book here.
If perhaps you’re in a festival mood but don’t want to fork out festival level cash, then check out Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a free festival in the Docklands area.
TimeOut says: “Over nine days there are events outdoor and inside at venues scattered all around Greenwich, Docklands and further afield. Highlights this year include ‘The House’ (National Maritime Museum, Jun 24) a spectacular opener about the fall and rise of civilisations; ‘Silence’ (Bethnal Green Gardens, Jun 30 and Jul 1), a Polish work about Europe’s refugee crisis; and ‘The Clash of Drums’ (Royal Artillery Barracks, Jul 2) the gigantic firework and percussion finale that closes it all. Plus miscellaneous smaller events, including the anarchic ‘Greenwich Fair’ (Jun 25 and 26) which this year includes a mass recreation of the audition scene from ‘A Chorus Line’.”
This begins on Friday, and will continue until Friday 1st July. Get more info here.
Of course, the gem of this weekend is the London Pride event on Saturday. As you all probably know, there will be the yearly Pride parade coupled with festivities in Trafalgar Square.
There will be singers, dancers and performers, not to mention food, freebies, booze and friends. PrideLife will also have a stall at Trafalgar Square, so be sure to come on down and grab a free goodie bag, plus a chance to win a £100 bottle of Lanson Champagne. We will also be collecting money for OneOrlando, a charity for the victims of the Pulse shooting.
Get more info here.
We also have another festival this weekend (can you tell it’s summer?), so perhaps check out the Gelato Festival London.
“More than 100 unique flavours of Italian-style ice cream, specifically created to celebrate the 2016 Gelato Festival. In every stage-city participate a maximum of 16 of the best ice cream makers in the country that create a never tested before flavor just to challenge for the title of the best Italian-style ice cream. Every Festival venue will also include another 10 totally unique and original flavours, offered by the sponsors, that will not be competing.”
This is taking place at Old Spitalfields Market all weekend and some of next week, so get more details here.
That’s it for this week, so be sure to have a great weekend, and for those of you joining us at London Pride – see you there!