Summer, is that you? … We can almost taste those warm evenings, barbecues in the park and hours spent lazing the day away in the London’s best beer gardens. In the meantime, here’s Clink’s pick of the most exciting things to do in London this weekend
Brixton Day and Night Rooftop Party
Where is it? 467- 469 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 8HH
Why it’s our Clink pick: House and disco classics on a rooftop as the sun goes down. What’s not to love?
When? 12th May 2018
How much? Early bird tickets from £8
Arguably one of South London’s most popular events of the year, The Prince of Wales’ Day and Night Rooftop party is back with a bang with two newly refurbished roof terraces, a rhum shack cocktail bar plus plenty of other exciting production add ons. With a host of special guest DJs playing house, disco and techno as the sun goes down (and beyond) there’s bound to be good vibes all round. Make sure to grab your tickets quickly as last years’ sold out two weeks before the event!)
Made in North Korea – Everyday Graphics from the DPRK
Where is it? The House of Illustration, King’s Cross
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because it’s a ‘rare glimpse into an isolated graphic culture’ (Financial Times)
When? Until 13th May
How much? Tickets £7.50
This intriguing exhibition displays hundreds of original objects from the collection of Nicholas Bonner, the most prominent expert of North Korean graphic culture, film and tourism who has led tours in the country for over 25 years. From ticket stubs and stamps, to food packaging, hand-painted propaganda posters and comics, the exhibition gives a small glimpse into day to day life in North Korea.
Museums at Night
Where is it? Various London Venues
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because there’s a certain kind of magic in the air when museums come to life at night …
When? 16th – 19th May
How much? Varies by event
Why go to the museum by day when you can go by night? For one weekend in May, a whole host of the city’s cultural gems open their doors after dark for this years’ edition of Museums at Night. Some of London’s best museums, galleries and attractions will be putting on special after hours events including a candlelit tour around Benjamin Franklin’s House, pop-up opera at Trinity Buoy Wharf and ‘Suffragette Gaming’ at LSE. There’s a real buzz in the air and some really exciting programming going on so make sure you check out the Museums at Night website for all the details.
The Chelsea Flower Show
Where is it? Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4SR
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because what better way to kick off summer is there than wandering round some gorgeous gardens?
When? 22nd – 26th May
How much? Tickets £37-£87
A visit to the world-renowned Chelsea Flower show is a great way to while away an early summer weekend. Tickets aren’t cheap, but with over 500 exhibitors displaying their prized plants, we’d say it’s worth the investment. Gardeners will be drawing from the theme ‘health and well-being’ in a myriad of ways. Must visit exhibits include Hay-Joung’s futuristic Eco-City Garden and Tom Massey’s ‘The Lemon Tree Trust Garden.’ For more information on the show, visit the RHS website.
Secret Cinema Presents: Blade Runner
Where is it? Secret location, revealed to ticket holders only
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because Secret Cinema do immersive experiences like no one else
When? Until 24th June
How much? Tickets from £45 – £115
The organisers of Secret Cinema have built themselves a reputation for creating some of the most impressive immersive cinema experiences and, by the sounds of it, ‘Secret Cinema Presents: Blade Runner’ is going to be one of the best. For this very special run of screenings, you are invited to enter a dystopian future. Filled with adventures, overflowing cocktails and hidden bars, you will celebrate the last remaining days on Earth with hundreds of other earthlings. First release tickets have already sold out, so book your ticket quickly if you don’t want to miss out! Find out more here.
Where is it? Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, EC3M 8AF
Why it’s our Clink pick: Yoga + brunch + one of the best places to watch the sun rise in London = a totally winning combo
When? Until 31st May £10
How much? Tickets £10 – £22 (just yoga or yoga + brunch)
At 36 floors up, you’re not going to get a much better spot for Sunrise Yoga than at Sky Garden. With a luscious backdrop of tropical greenery and incredible city views, we can bet that you’ll never have done yoga anywhere quite like this! The yoga class is accessible for all levels and you can choose either a yoga and breakfast or yoga only ticket (we know which one we’re going for!) Make sure you take a wander around the sky gardens after your class and soak up the draw dropping views across the city! (nb. mats aren’t provided, so bring one along with you).
Where is it? London Eye Millenium Pier, Boarding Gate 1, SE1 7PB
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because zooming along the Thames in a speedboat at sunset feels pretty badass
How much? Tickets £43.50
If you’re looking for a London experience with a difference then why not jump aboard a super-speedy ‘after hours’ cruise along the River Thames. Feel the wind in your hair as you zoom along the river, taking in all of London’s most famous landmarks as the sun goes down. Get in the party mood as your captain blasts out all the summer hits and, as you cruise back towards the London Eye Pier enjoy a delicious cocktail courtesy of renowned mixologists, London Cocktail Club.
Where is it? Hampstead Heath
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because sometimes you just need a good dose of the great outdoors
When? Whenever you like!
How much? Free
Hampstead Heath is one of London’s oldest parks, covering almost 800 acres of land. With rambling hills, ponds and ancient woodlands, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re feeling particularly brave, there’s even three open-air public swimming pools where you can go for a dip! For some of the best views int he city, head to Parliament Hill on the South East part of the heath.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Where is it? Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because what says spring more than hundreds of beautiful blooms?!
When? Every Sunday
How much? As much or as little as you like
Get to the market early to beat the crowds and soak in the sounds, smells and colours of this London institution. Or, if you’re really keen to grab a bargain, head over at the end of the market day (around 3pm) where prices are slashed and bunches are going for a somme. There’s plenty of independent shops and cafes along the road too so make sure you pop in for a browse and a spot of brunch or lunch.
Where is it? Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Why it’s our Clink pick: Because food heaven exists and it’s right here in London
When? Full Market open Wednesday – Saturday
How much? Free (especially if you go for the free samples!)
Oh the joys of living in or visiting one of the food capitals of the world! Borough Market is a veritable feast for the eyes and stomach as hundreds of stall holders offer their fresh and delicious produce to hungry punters! With cheese stalls a plenty, fresh bread, creative street food and fruit and veg to die for, this is a food lovers heaven. Most stalls will be giving out free samples so if you’re on a budget it’s a good way to experience Borough on the cheap.
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