With the weekend drawing ever closer (it’s basically already the weekend, right?) we thought it was about time to sort you out with our recommendations of the best things to do this weekend in London. There are all sorts of fun things going on from food festivals to pagan rituals (and obviously LOTS of football to be watched in between activities!) So here is our recommendation of the best five things to devote your time to this weekend other than the beautiful game:
1. Taste of London
What the heck: The time has come again for Taste of London: London’s biggest gathering of restaurants and gourmet food and drinks providers. The festival will play host to tasting sessions, masterclasses, chef demonstrations, food and drink stalls and a variety of fine dining workshops. Some of London’s best restaurants will be there sampling their food, so be prepared to gorge yourself whilst you are there!
Where the heck: Regent’s Park
When the heck: From now until Sunday 19th June
How much tho’: £16 (and above for VIP tickets)
2. Epic Masked Pagan Ball
What the heck: Next week we celebrate the Summer Solstice, so it’s only fitting to have a proper blow out for it this weekend. Tonight, you can celebrate in true Pagan style over in Dalston at the Masked Pagan Epic Solstice Ceilidh. Think masks, think debauchery, think ceilidh dancing (traditional Celtic dancing – trust us it’s fun.) Guests are encouraged to ‘find your inner fawn’… Dress code is masquerade/midsummer madness.
Where the heck: Epic Dalston
When the heck: TONIGHT at 7pm
How much tho’: £15 on the door!
3. The Divine Image: For Mercy Has a Human Heart
What the heck: Next Monday marks the start of Refugee week, which will see a series of events take place across the UK acknowledging the struggle of refugees globally. However, starting from Sunday in London, you can attend The Divine Image, a collection of portraiture artwork created by artist Hannah Rose Thomas of refugees in camps in Jordan and Calais. The exhibition will also feature paintings Hannah worked on with children in the camps.
Where the heck: The Crypt Gallery, Duke Road
When the heck: From Sunday 19th June
How much tho’: FREEEEE
4. Grand Medieval Joust
What the heck: Relive the glory days of Arthurian legend this weekend as Eltham Palace plays host to the English Heritage annual Medieval Joust. Soak up the chivalry and adrenaline of a medieval jousting tournament in colourful encampments with all the trimmings – court jesters and fair ladies included!
Where the heck: Eltham Palace & Gardens, Greenwich
When the heck: 10am-6pm, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June
How much tho’: Members can enjoy the day for £3, the rest of us fork out £16.60
5. The Cally Festival
What the heck: The Cally Festival is an annual celebration of all the wonders that the vibrant neighbourhood around Caledonian Road has to offer. The Caledonian Road shuts down to open up a wonderful festival – with street food stalls, bars, local art showcases, live music, performance and workshops, it truly is a celebration of everything the local area has to offer.
Where the heck: Caledonian Road
When the heck: Midday-6pm, Sunday 19th June
How much tho’: FREEEEE
Have a great weekend!