DANCE THE WEEKEND AWAY HERE: Art’s House
Art’s House: A Lovely London Festival has made a home for itself on east London’s Three Mills Island and will return on August 10th for an all-day party soundtracked by two of London’s best-loved DJs, Artwork and DJ Harvey. For the second year in a row, Artwork will take over industrial Three Mills, a slice of greenery between Bow and Stratford enclosed by the Lee Valley river. Festival-goers can expect to witness a vivacious troupe of dancers, a variety of street food, cold craft beers, summer-inspired cocktails and a horde of Artwork’s home comforts (his front room sofa being one of them).
Three Mill Lane, West Ham, E3 3DU; 10th August
GET YOUR AVO FIX HERE: London Brunch Fest
London Brunch Fest is back for a second year. Within Old Truman Brewery there will be coffee, booze, workshops, talks, music and loads of food. Guests can wander around the marketplace and sample all things brunch related, from smoothies to juices, teas from around the world, granolas, yogurts, pastries and more. Shakshuka Sundays, the Middle Eastern brunch series, will be curating music all weekend and there will be a headline performance from resident DJ, Ari Houmous. New for 2019 is an area called Sweet Street: a whole room dedicated to desserts. Expect doughnuts, brownies, ice-cream, boozy lollies and pies.
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QR; 31st August-1st September
SEE A ONE-OFF THEATRE SHOW HERE: Sasha Velour
Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors will make its UK debut at O2 Shepherd’s Bush this month. The critically-acclaimed show is a high-scale production of drag, live theatre, visual art, magic, and heart-wrenching storytelling. The show toured Australia and New Zealand in January 2019 before a sold out eight-night run in New York City in March, and a packed house in Los Angeles last month, earning rave reviews and special audience guests including Troye Sivan, Broadway icon Anthony Rapp, Allie X, Dorian Electra, as well as RuPaul's Drag Race alumni Farrah Moan, Peppermint, Naomi Smalls, Nina West and more. Make sure to book tickets fast.
Shepherd's Bush Green, White City, W12 8TT; 9th-10th August
TRY TOP FOOD FOR LESS HERE: Murano
Murano is launching a limited-edition August summer menu. Angela Hartnett’s Mayfair restaurant aims to give guests the Michelin-star Murano experience at an excellent price, with some world-class additions to the wine list. Perfect for lazy summer lunches or special suppers in the city, the menu has been created by head chef Emily Brightman, with a focus on exceptional produce and seasonality. Available as three courses, it’s priced at £45 for lunch and £55 for dinner, including a ‘Murano Summer Spritz’. Now that summer is in full swing, the Murano terrace is open and guests can enjoy the menu, and the lovely weather, outdoors.
Queen Street, Mayfair, W1J 5PP; until 31st August
STAY UP ALL NIGHT HERE: Mr Black Espresso Martini Festival
Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest, now in its third year, is the first festival dedicated to the eponymous cocktail. Bars across the city will be pouring £6 variations of the drink using Mr Black coffee liqueur over the course of the five-day festival. All guests need to do is flash their free festival pass on the DrinkUp.London app to get access. The tours are self-guided, and as long as the bars are open, the drinks are available – so you can taste and explore at your own leisure – whether that’s hitting up a whole host of bars in one night, or savouring one per day.
Various locations across London; 7th-11th August
GET YOUR GLOW FIX HERE: Eve Wrestling
If you’ve already binge-watched the third series of Netflix hit Glow, get ready to immerse yourself in London's underground answer to the show as Eve’s Riot Grrrls of Wrestling returns to the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green with its ‘Fights and False Lashes’ night. Eve is a ground-breaking feminist-punk-rock wrestling live event experience filled with death-defying, jaw dropping and action-packed wrestling stunts, fuelled with characters, cabaret, comedy and much more. Expect to come away inspired.
265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, E2 9RF; 10th August
CELEBRATE THE GLORIOUS 12TH HERE: The Harwood Arms
12th August is known to game lovers as ‘The Glorious Twelfth’, marking the start of shooting season for red grouse, the ‘king’ of game birds that are native to Britain. To celebrate, chefs Sally Abe and Calum Franklin will present diners at Michelin-starred The Harwood Arms with a five-course menu. The night will kick off with a Glenfiddich cocktail specially designed for the evening. The rest of the menu will comprise a thoughtful collaboration of dishes: scotch egg fans are in for a treat, as guests will get to sample two of them, and a terrific sounding main will come in the form of grouse with a wild mushroom and truffle pie, served with pontack sauce.
Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6 1QP; 12th August
SEE A HIT EXHIBITION HERE: Southbank Centre
Kiss My Genders is a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity. The exhibition has received multiple five-star reviews, including one from the Guardian praising that “it touches, in profound ways, on what it is to be human”. Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by artists from around the world who employ a wide range of approaches to articulate and engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities. A must-see.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX; until 8th September
SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH HERE: London Dessert Festival
This August, the London Dessert Festival will be popping up at The Truman Brewery for a two-day foodie extravaganza. The event will feature four immersive zones to explore, including a ‘Chocolate Zone’ featuring a foil-covered room, ‘Frozen Zone’ with ice-cream flavoured bubbles to taste, ‘Patisserie Zone’ with oversized doughnut wall, and a ‘Vegan Zone’. In these experiential spaces and scented rooms there will also be a range of creations to sample, such as bubblewaffles, freakshakes and soft-serve cheesecakes. Top pastry chefs will also be hosting workshops and cooking demonstrations over the weekend, including previous Great British Bake Off contestant Dan Beasley-Harling and Helen Clark, Le Cordon Bleu alumni and head pastry chef at P.F. Chang’s.
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QR; 17th-18th August
KEEP THE PRIDE CELEBRATIONS GOING HERE: Sink The Pink’s Street Party
Sink The Pink’s Street Party will return to Finsbury Park this August following the success of its sell-out 2018 debut. Located on a tree-lined street within Finsbury Park, the team behind Mighty Hoopla will showcase a host of famous drag queens, performers and DJs in classic Sink The Pink style. Set to be bigger and better than its first outing, pop star Nadine Coyle will join the line-up for the one-day extravaganza. Nadine will perform a setlist of solo numbers and a selection of Girls Aloud’s mammoth hits, while DJs play a mix of fan-favourites and forgotten gems throughout the day.
Finsbury Park, New River Path, Finsbury Park, N4 1HN; 17th August
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