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River Stage Festival
Kaleidoscope Festival
Kaleidoscope Festival
KERB: The Bucket List
Club 150 at Searcys St Pancras
Exit the King
Floating Film Festival
Prince and Patron
Africa Utopia
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Kaleidoscope Festival

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: Saturday 21st July 2018

 

This summer, Alexandra Palace presents brand new music and arts festival, Kaleidoscope. Billed as the first festival of its kinds at the north London venue, with far reaching views of the city, there's live music from The Flaming Lips, The Go! Team, Ghostpoet, Mystery Jets, alongside DJ sets from the likes of The 2 Bears, Norman Jay MBE, Don Letts and others. It's not just about the music. Katherine Ryan and Mark Watson cover off comedy, there's poetry from Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Bang Said The Gun, inspiring insights from LDN Talks and musical satire from Johnny & The Baptist. Also on the bill are immersive experts RIFT - find them in the rarely opened Victorian basements - and the death-defying Gorilla Circus while demos from the Science Museum and performances from Flying Seagull Project and Chickenshed Theatre make this a festival for fun-seekers of all ages. Food stalls include a lovingly curated vegan corner and there's a wellbeing space for the more mindfully inclined.

 
 
 

KERB: The Bucket List

West Handyside Canopy, York Way, London, N1C 4UZ

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2018

 

Last year, street food specialists KERB hosted London's first fried chicken festival and now it's set to make its return. Taking over West Handyside Canopy for a whole weekend in July, The Bucket List brings together all of London's best fried chicken for one finger lickin' event. Step into a world of sizzling, bubbling, hot and spicy crunchiness with food from the likes of Butchies, Mother Flipper, Thunderbird, Morley's and, reigning bucket list champion, Petare. Feast on buffalo-chipotle wings with pickled celery, NYC fried chicken sliders, tandoori fried chicken with mango hot sauce, and Korean wings. As well as chicken, there will also be drinks, music and games. Who will win the title of London's best fried chicken? You decide.

 
 
 

Club 150 at Searcys St Pancras

Searcys St Pancras, Upper Concourse Euston Road, St Pancras International Station, Euston Road, London, NW1 2SD

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 15th July to 9th September 2018

 

This summer, the Searcy's St Pancras Champagne Bar brings a taste of the South of France to London with the Club 150 pop-up. Running in partnership with Perrier-Jouet, the event celebrates 150 years of St Pancras and takes inspiration from the beach bars made by famous by the South of France, transforming the venue into a sleek beach terrace bar. The classy spot will serve a menu of English and French-inspired cocktails while the food will also cross the Channel with smoked salmon croque-monsieur, a native seafood platter, oyster beignet with Bloody Mary sauce, and frites with aioli. Additionally, every Saturday throughout the summer DJs will set the scene with a chilled soundtrack while, for special occasion, a VIP area worthy of St Tropez is perfect for private hire. The spot will also be the ideal vantage point to view the Terrace Wires public art installation by Tracey Emin.

 
 
 

Exit the King

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th July to 8th September 2018

 

This July at the National's Olivier Theatre, Patrick Marber (the author of Closer, who more recently adapted Three Days in the Country and Hedda Gabler for the National) directs his own adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's dark comedy, Exit the King. On the back of his lead role in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre, Rhys Ifans stars as the King, who is 400 years old and dying, while Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Man and Superman) takes the role of his first Queen. Anthony Ward, who did the sets for Sweeney Todd and for Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker, provides the designs.

 
 
 

London National Park City Week

 

Various Venues Dates: 21st to 29th July 2018

 

This July, the Mayor of London presents the first-ever London National Park City Week. Created in partnership with the National Park City Foundation, the week-long event will have a programme of over 270 events and activities, all created to celebrate the capital's unique green spaces, trees, waterways and natural spaces. Creating the perfect excuse to get outside, activities include walks and explorations of London's lesser-known areas, encounters with urban wildlife, the opportunity to look after local green spaces, and a series of boat trips, bike rides and tree trails.

 
 
 
 

Floating Film Festival

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 16th to 29th July 2018

 

Central London's only marina St Katharine Docks plays host to the Floating Film Festival this July, with recent releases and classic movies being shown on the big screen on the floating pontoon. Watch new films including Steven Spielberg's The Post, Dunkirk and Hugh Jackman's all-singing, all-dancing spectacle, The Greatest Showman, as well as modern classics like Back to the Future, Dirty Dancing and The Beach. Film showings start at 7pm and there are two family screenings on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Step on board the floating platform, pull up a deck chair or snuggle down in a bean bag and watch some all-time favourites complete with snacks, craft beers and cocktails.

 
 
 

Prince and Patron

Buckingham Palace , Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 21st July to 30th September 2018

 

To mark the The Prince of Wales's 70th birthday this year the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace includes a special display of over 100 works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness. Among the works selected for Prince and Patron are Johan Joseph Zoffany's 18th century painting The Tribuna of the Uffizi, Napoleon Bonaparte's cloak, removed from the Emperor's baggage train in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and a 1970's oil sketch of The Queen. Alongside works of art from the Royal Collection are pieces created by young artists supported by three of Prince Charles's charities so you'll also see textiles, ceramics, calligraphy, stained glass, Moroccan designs and modern mosaics.

 
 
 

Africa Utopia

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Jul 2018

 

Back for a sixth time, Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better. Highlights in 2018 include Amadou & Mariam at the Royal Festival Hall, the Chineke! Orchestra performing a free jazz-infused concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the UK premiere screening of a film based on Nnedi Okorafor's short story Hello, Moto. Come to the festival for comedy, poetry, interactive theatre, literature, talks and a free outdoor gig by Kasai Masai, blending African rural and urban music. Further free activities include craft workshops from AFRORETRO, the Afro Dance Championships and an outdoor Block Party on the Festival Terrace. The Africa Utopia Marketplace returns with over 30 stalls selling African-inspired fashion, accessories, books, art and homeware.

 
 
 

Night Tales

14 Bohemia Place, London, E8 1DU

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 

Having popped up all over London, Night Tales now presents its first permanent residence, setting up home in two railway arches and a 4,000-square-foot garden on Hackney's Bohemia Place. The new space is home to an Asahi Super Dry bar, offering both draught and cans of the crisp and fresh beer; The Agave Bar, serving up a collection of mezcals and tequilas; and a Japanese Garden Bar, a vast, sunny space with a large dancefloor and DJ area. An in-house Japanese grill is headed up by Greg Round, formerly of Pitt Cue and Michelin-starred Umu, while Sons of Slice serve up New York style pizza. Additionally, there are private booths for up to ten people, a 300-capacity nightclub and an eight-metre waterfall.

 
 
 

River Stage Festival

National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 13th July to 12th August 2018

 

The River Stage Festival is back at the National Theatre this summer for five weekends of free entertainment. There's an eclectic mix of theatre, drag, DJs, family fun, contemporary dance, outdoor cinema and live music including takeover weekends from East London's The Glory, HOME Manchester, Sadler's Wells and Nonclassical who turn classical music on its head. The festival launches on 13th July and includes a series of food and drink pop-ups covering craft beers, grilled cheese sandwiches by The Cheese Iron, Campfire Pizza for fresh pizzas from a vintage Citroen van, Melt ice creams and The Wine Box - serving organic wines on draft. Following its success last year, riverside cocktail bar Apothecary returns in 2018 and you can enjoy cocktails from the comfort of a deck chair at The Green Room Garden Bar. Whether you're at the National to see a show or just wondering along the Thames, this free festival adds a bit of fun to your weekend outing.

 
 
 

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