GO OUT OUT:
Sky Garden Summer Party
On Friday 28th July, Sky Garden will host its annual summer party with event company ALR Music – the go-to team for A-list weddings. For one night only, the rooftop venue will be transformed into a Balearic-inspired party destination where guests can listen to live music by Beat, a band featuring a DJ, two soul singers, a saxophonist and a percussionist. After the set, the resident DJ will continue the party with anthems into the early hours. Tickets cost £65pp, or £75 with a glass of Moët & Chandon. You can also book tables for groups of up to six and enjoy table service and nibbles.
1 Sky Garden Walk, City, EC3M 8AF
TRY NEW COCKTAILS:
Hoppers Bar Takeover
Sri Lankan spot Hoppers will welcome a range of top mixologists to its King’s Cross bar and restaurant this summer. Launching today and taking place throughout August and September, events will include live music, bespoke cocktails and sharing plates from the Hoppers menu, all inspired by home cooking and street stalls in Sri Lanka and southern India. Tonight, Sri Lankan bar Smoke & Bitters (ranked in Asia’s Best 50 Bars last year) will take over the restaurant while DJ Iyre (who recently performed at Printworks) will spin tunes all evening. Order drinks like the ‘Pepper Pots’ with gin, spiced orgeat, pineapple, cumin and black pepper; and the ‘Silvertip White Negroni’ with gin, tea vermouth and Ceylon olive bitters. Mr Lyan will host the next takeover on Thursday 17th August.
Unit 3, 4 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AG
EMBRACE THE HYPE:
Destination Barbie at Selfridges
Whether you were first in at the cinema last week or are still to see the Barbie movie, there are some cool pink pop-ups to have on your radar. Make a beeline for Corner Shop at Selfridges which has a Barbie Dream Wardrobe Rental service curated by stylist and art director Theo White, featuring looks from the doll's 64-year history, including outfits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. There’s also a fun Barbie pop-up in The Toy Shop, while Selfridges’s cinema has had a Barbie makeover for back-to-back screenings of the film.
400 Oxford Street, West End, W1A 1AB
DISCOVER NEW BEAUTY:
Hourglass Glow Bar
The SL beauty team loves Hourglass’s make-up and tools, so we were pleased to hear the brand has opened a pop-up ‘glow bar’ in King’s Cross to celebrate the launch of its Hydrating Skin Tint. The product – available in 18 shades – offers lightweight, buildable coverage while improving the health of your complexion over time thanks to brightening and nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and plant-based squalane. Today and tomorrow from 11am to 8pm, visitors will be able to get shade-matched by one of the pro artists, before receiving a complimentary 15-minute makeover. You’ll also be given Hourglass samples to take home. The first 50 guests to visit the pop-up each day will also receive an exclusive goody bag after purchasing a Veil Hydrating Skin Tint (redeemable at Space NK King’s Cross).
Battle bridge Place, King's Cross, N1C 4TB
HEAD TO AN IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION:
The Genesis Experiences
If you loved Frameless and the David Hockney exhibition at Lightroom, book tickets to this new immersive art experience. After touring mainland Europe, The Genesis will open at the Swiss Church in Seven Dials on Friday 28th July. It’s a 30-minute, four-part experience in which moving images are projected onto the church interiors with cool custom-made 360° artwork. Light, water, earth, and plants represent the first three days of creation in Genesis, with spatial audio helping to set the scene. Tickets start from £10.
79 Endell Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DY
HIT THE SHOPS:
Bicester Village has some exciting events and openings this summer. The shopping destination has opened a Pangaia pop-up store with discounted clothing and accessories made from organic, recycled and bio-based materials. There’s also a new Ami Paris store with options for women and men, plus a permanent Ganni outlet store (open from Wednesday 2nd August) offering the brand’s signature bold prints, vibrant colours and chic silhouettes.
50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, OX26 6WD
TRAVEL BACK TO THE 50S:
Grease by Secret Cinema
Secret Cinema will bring Grease to life with an immersive experience at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. For the next three weeks, guests will be transported back to Rydell High’s senior year in the summer of 1959. Danny, Sandy and the whole school are fizzing with anticipation ahead of the American National Bandstand dance contest. As day turns to night, guests can sing and dance to the classic film soundtrack, roam the corridors with the Pink Ladies, watch the T-Birds at work in the auto shop, and compete against the jocks on the sports field – all before a cinema screening of the iconic musical. Tickets start from £39.
Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT
TAKE THE KIDS OUT:
Canary Wharf Festival14
Canary Wharf’s annual Festival14 returns for another week of live music, theatre, dance, comedy and children’s activities. Festival highlights include a DJ set by Radio 6’s Craig Charles at Canada Square Park (Thursday 27th), a performance on the main stage by Grammy Award-winning Soul II Soul (Friday 28th), and a performance by Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra (Sunday 30th July). Take the kids to Crossrail Place Roof Garden and Westferry Circus on Saturday to watch a performance of The Princess and The Frog by Let’s All Dance, before taking part in art and craft workshops and interactive theatre. Most events are free, otherwise tickets start from £10.
Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5AB
ENJOY A PICNIC:
Town House Kensington x Mirabeau Basket
Mirabeau has teamed up with restaurant Town House Kensington to create a summer picnic basket. Pick up the basket from the restaurant before heading to nearby Hyde Park or St James’s to enjoy it with friends. Each basket contains Mirabeau rosé cans; tomato, halloumi, olive and cucumber salad; scotch eggs; quiche Lorraine; a cheese and charcuterie selection; homemade scones with clotted cream and jam; and Eton mess. It also comes with Yolke napkins and a hand-illustrated map of the city for exploring.
109-113 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LP
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
The London Art Biennale At Chelsea Town Hall
Now in its sixth year, The London Art Biennale returns to Chelsea Town Hall this weekend to showcase works by over 400 up-and-coming artists. From Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July, visitors can see a free exhibition of paintings, illustrations, graphic prints and sculptures from artists like Sarah Pollock, Alejandra Mijares, Lilian Niese, Steven Joseph Gonsalves and Oliver Tuffen – all of which will compete for several prizes. There’s also a charity raffle draw on Friday at 3pm, when you can win dinners at top London restaurants, hotel stays and John Lewis vouchers. All proceeds will be donated to the Rotary Club of Chelsea Trust Fund which supports local community projects.
King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EZ