ENJOY A COOL DAY OUT:
Camden Inspire Street Festival
On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September from 11am to 8pm, Camden is hosting its first Inspire Street Festival. Start the day off by taking a look at some cool street art at the new Camden Open Air Gallery, before tuning into a film screening at Camden Collective, and watching street performances around the Lock. There’s also live music, plus street food from Ma Petite Jamaica and Lost Boys Pizza. A great day out the whole family can enjoy.
54-56 Camden Lock Place, Camden, NW1 8AF
HAVE A LAUGH:
Cards Against Humanity At Roof East
Missing those Zoom quizzes of lockdowns past? Roof East in Stratford is hosting Cards Against Humanity quizzes every Wednesday night, when you can challenge your friends and put together hilarious sentences with a series of cards. Each week, the winners will receive a VIP Roof East experience, complete with tokens for games and food and drink for two. Once you’ve decided which team is the most outrageous, hit the bowling alley or crazy golf range before sampling a range of Indian street food and cocktails. Just be aware the season is coming to a close – October 3rd is the last date the rooftop will be open, so be sure to secure your spot before then.
7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road, Stratford, E15 1BB
CHECK OUT A CREATIVE HUB: Design District, Greenwich Peninsula
Greenwich Peninsula has opened a cool new space for creatives, known as the Design District. A total of 16 buildings designed by architects from around the world will host pop-ups, exhibitions and events throughout the year – offering plenty of interesting entertainment this weekend and beyond. If you have your man in tow, there’s a basketball court on the rooftop of the C1 building where he can shoot hoops against London’s skyline. Or you and your girls can book an exhibition at NOW Gallery and catch a film at the open-air screen at The Tide, before trying out the street food on offer at new food hub and market Canteen – we have it on good authority that it’s worth making a beeline for Ehla’s Mediterranean bites and falafel wraps.
The Gateway Pavilions, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ
LEARN HOW TO TRAIN:
FLEX Chelsea Ladies Who Lift
Whether you are new to training, want more confidence to enter the free weights area in the gym, or are keen to learn the correct techniques to make the most out of your lifts, these are the fitness workshops to know about. At cult fitness studio FLEX Chelsea, expert trainers will break down the two most essential compound movements – the barbell squat and deadlift – with participants learning how to execute each movement correctly and effectively. You’ll also be educated on what progressive overload is, why it’s important and how to use it to reach your goals. With three two-hour workshops spaced a fortnight apart, don’t worry if you’re a beginner – you can join at any stage.
293 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, SW10 9PZ
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE: The Doctor’s Orchestra
A group of medical professionals known as The Doctor’s Orchestra – led by surgeon and musician Stephen Brearley – are reuniting for their annual concert. The performance will take place on Monday 20th September in London’s Cadogan Hall, and you can either book a seat in the historic venue or stream the event from home. Opening with the Bartered Bride Overture by Bedřich Smetana, the concert will conclude with a cello concerto by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. Winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award, London-based cellist Gemma Rosefield will make her second appearance with the orchestra and any funds raised will help support Freedom from Torture’s music therapy programme, led by Bosnian refugee and music therapist Harmin Sijercic.
5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, SW1X 9DQ
CELEBRATE IN STYLE: RHS Chelsea Flower Show Limited Edition Afternoon Tea
In celebration of the rearranged RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021, England's oldest perfumer Floris London and London's oldest hotel Brown’s have joined forced to launch a limited-edition afternoon tea, which is available from 17th September to 1st October. Head pastry chef Reece Collier has worked closely with Floris head perfumer Edward Bodenham to create a special floral cake infused with notes of Floris’s Neroli Voyage Eau de Parfum – a vibrant citrus marine fragrance inspired by the Ligurian coastline. Guests will also receive one of the brand’s bestsellers – a trio of luxury Orange Blossom hand soaps – to take home afterwards. Available Monday to Sunday, 12pm-5pm for £75pp.
33 Albemarle St, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
ENJOY INSPIRATIONAL EATS:
Jikoni ‘Civilised Sundays’
Chef-restaurateur Ravinder Bhogal has launched another series of her sell-out ‘Civilised Sundays’ at her Marylebone restaurant Jikoni. Anita Rani, Claudia Roden and Anoushka Shankar are the first names to be announced as special guests – with Ravinder serving a specific menu celebrating each speaker while they discuss their lives. First up, on the 19th September, Ravinder will welcome award-winning broadcaster and author Anita Rani, who will follow in the footsteps of historian William Dalrymple, composer Nitin Sawhney, poet and novelist Tishani Doshi and columnist and broadcaster Sathnam Sanghera – all of whom took part in the last two sell-out series. Tickets are priced from £65pp and can be purchased online.
19-21 Blandford St, Marylebone, W1U 3DH
FIND YOUR NEXT READ:
Backyard Book Swap At Treehouse Hotel London
Treehouse Hotel London has created the Backyard Book Swap in its courtyard café, where you can donate and find a range of pre-loved books from new releases to classic favourites. Head to the library to swap books, then stop for a coffee to start reading your new title. With each book swap and treat purchased from the café menu, £1 will be donated to International Book Aid, a charity which raises money for libraries in schools, universities, refugee camps and hospitals worldwide. Afterwards, head on up to the new ‘Tech Free’ deck at The Courtyard, where distractions such as phones and laptops are discouraged, allowing you to get lost in your new reads.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 2QS
BOOK A FUN NIGHT OUT: Sexy Fish ‘Undercurrent’
Sexy Fish London is launching Undercurrent: a new Thursday night event series featuring live DJs, aquatic-themed performers and unique cocktails in collaboration with the House of Suntory. Launching this Thursday, late-night visitors will be able to book a table online, with performances running from 10pm to 2.30am. For three months, each event will be themed around a different ocean phenomenon, with renowned headline DJs kicking off each month. Alongside a limited-edition cocktail list, guests can also order food from the Sexy Fish late-night menu.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
TRACK DOWN STYLISH HOMEWARE: The London Independent Ceramics Market
Truman’s Social Club will host The Independent Ceramics Market as part of the London Design Festival on Saturday 18th September. Filling the huge space with an assortment of ceramic artists, DIY potters and student modellers displaying their affordable clay creations – from dainty cups to standout sculptures – this one-off event will enable visitors to meet up to 60 ceramicists at once. Afterwards, the Grown & Thrown Market will take place on Sunday 19th September, when you can discover a vast range of cacti, succulents and other houseplants, before mixing and matching them with the pots and planters sold by the resident ceramic artists. On site, there’ll also be a range of food and drink on offer, with a menu of brunch classics through to small plates, salads and burgers. From 11am to 5pm, with entry costing £1 per person.
1 Priestley Way, Walthamstow, E17 6AL