The best things to do in London this weekend (22-23 June 2019) from the relaunch of Roller Nation to the inspiring Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Taste of London at Regent’s Park
Lead image: Crystal Palace Festival (photo: Paul Grace)
1 Roller Disco at Roller Nation, Tottenham
The original home of roller disco, Roller Nation, is back with a new and improved home in Tottenham, and you’re invited to christen the new space with an epic, all-day housewarming party. The former stomping ground of the likes of Madonna, Kate Middleton and Nicole Scherzinger, Roller Disco at Roller Nation (formerly Roller Disco at Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall) has undergone extensive investment to restake its claim as London’s premier skate rink complete with glitter balls and decorative mementos from many of London’s iconic club venues. The Skate The Decades summer housewarming will be an all-day festival featuring iconic tracks from the 60s to present day with an extra-long 70s/80s interlude to pay particular homage to roller skating’s heyday. There’ll also be the chance to grab some vintage garms from Punk Baroque, an outdoor bar and guest street food traders. Tickets, including skate hire, are £10. 12pm-2am (juniors welcome till 7pm).
117 Bruce Grove, Tottenham N17 6UR; rollernation.com
2 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), various locations
21 June-6 July
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, returns to locations across Royal Greenwich, Royal Docks and Tower Hamlets this month. Opening day on Friday 21 June will see Woolwich Town Centre filled with art, food, dance, street theatre and a spectacular finale, Cristal Palace, which fuses dance, music and acrobatics, transforming General Gordon Square into a glittering outdoor ballroom (1pm-11pm). Other highlights include the Greenwich Fair, GDIF’s family weekend packed with street theatre, dance, games, circus and art (21-23 June in Greenwich Town Centre), Wild, a daring new dance-circus production from Motionhouse using dynamic choreography and acrobatic movement to explore the human disconnect with nature (22-23 June) and My House, a pop-up circus theatre house (4-5 July).
3 Taste of London, Regent’s Park
Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park with another exceptional line-up of top chefs, exciting restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, interactive masterclasses and shopping courtesy of some 200 food and drink purveyors. Restaurants taking part include Mei Ume, Smokestak, Tom’s Kitchen, Trishna, Brigadiers, Kutir, Satoria and more, while top chefs include Ben Tish, Elizabeth Haigh, Dominique Ansel and Yotam Ottolenghi. There are afternoon and evening sessions lasting four hours, giving you time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy the activities, from cider trails to Maserati’s All-Italian Immersive Experience. Tickets from £23.
4 Queer Walls: LGBTQ History at Eltham Palace
English Heritage is hosting its first ever Pride event this month with an intimate, after-hours evening at Eltham Palace as the charity explores LGBTQ histories at the Tudor-palace-turned-millionaire’s-mansion. Wet your whistle on arrival with a complimentary cocktail, created exclusively by mixology experts Ben’s House, while being entertained by a range of artistic and creative responses to the queer history of the palace itself. Actors playing the inseparable John Seeley and Paul Paget – architects of the striking Art Deco house and partners both in life and in work – will regale you with stories of what life was like to be queer in the first half of the 20th century. Throughout the evening you can also watch a Noel Coward Cabaret act, enjoy the melodies of all-female LGBTQ choir Gin and Harmonics, or put your best foot forward with swing dance lessons in the Great Hall. 7-10pm. Tickets £15.
Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich SE9 5QE; english-heritage.org.uk
5 International Yoga Day with MoreYoga, various locations
To celebrate International Yoga Day, MoreYoga, London’s biggest boutique yoga brand is hosting multiple events across London to encourage more people into yoga. As well as £5 for five classes over five days, to use at any of MoreYoga’s 25 studios, MoreYoga is hosting two free yoga events – at Potters Fields Park Community Yoga Day (8am-3pm, Friday 21 June) and at a mindful morning yoga session from 7.15am-8.15am at Hay’s Galleria, London Bridge (places are limited, book here. MoreYoga will also be running a meditation session at The Scoop More London from 12-12.30pm. On Sunday 23 June, MoreYoga is also one of 200-studios across the world participating in #FierceCalm108 Sun Salutation sessions, hosting donation-based sessions at 16 of its London studios to raise money for Our Mala, a refugee and asylum seeker yoga charity.
6 A Disco Odyssey: The Reflex + Concrete Music at POW Brixton
Disco Odyssey returns to The Prince Of Wales Club and Roof Terrace this month, delivering the elite of Europe’s disco hedonists to the south London establishment. After dominating the South Coast nightlife, POW favourites Concrete Music will be kicking off the night with their take on disco, followed by The Reflex, which will take to the decks to breathe new life into soul, pop and disco classics. Noel Gallagher, Nile Rodgers, Disclosure and many more are all fans of The Reflex’s whimsical arrangements of classic disco tracks. The night will transport you back to Studio 54 through a flamboyant, disco extravaganza of aural delights. Tickets from £5. 9pm-4am.
467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton SW9 8HH; pow-london.com
7 Belgravia Classic Car Show
The Belgravia Classic Car Show returns to Belgrave Square Garden for the third year this month. The Show will feature almost 300 classic cars – including a 1912 Rolls-Royce, a 1981 Lance Montecarlo Series Two Spyder and 1998 Ferrari 550 Michael Schumacher – as well as live music, food stalls and a photo booth Mini hosted by Chestertons. Participating vehicles will be considered for the Best in Show trophy sponsored by Sotheby’s, and the Most Original Car trophy, commemorating the vehicles that have retained most of their original parts. The event is hosted by Chestertons and Grosvenor with support from the Belgrave Square Garden Events Committee, The 96 Club and The International Guild of Specialist Engineers. Tickets from £10 in advance or £15 at gate.
Belgrave Square Garden, Belgrave Square (South Gate) SW1X; belgraviaclassiccarshow.com
8 Chelsea’s Annual Summer Fete
Celebrate the start of summer with Chelsea’s annual Summer Fete, taking place across the streets of SW3. Duke of York Square will play host to the ultimate garden party, inviting families to relax while enjoying acoustic music by roaming musicians, or take part in sporting events and games. A yoga class by local boutique KXU will kick start the festivities at 11am, while the running track by Saatchi Gallery will be open for the day hosting a football skills session for kids and adults by the Chelsea FC Foundation from 1pm-2.30pm. The much-loved Chelsea Pensioners will be back with a pottery stand, and the Chelsea Physic Garden will host a Flower Crown Workshop, plus children’s entertainers Sharky & George will be hosting the ultimate children’s Fete Party. 10am-6pm. Free to attend.
9 Soloman’s Yard Weekenders, Camden Market
Solomons’ Yard Weekenders are back, delivering a summer-long series of immersive 1920s-inspired nights, complete with epic street food, live music, entertainment and old school cocktails, all set against the backdrop of Camden Market. Running for 10 consecutive Friday and Saturday nights until 24 August, the events will transport you back to pre-market days, when Solomon Yard played host to the real-life Alfie Solomons (the main character in Peaky Blinders) and his underground operation of whisky smuggling and gambling. 6pm-11.30pm. Tickets from £8.
Middle & West Yard, Camden Market NW1 8AF; link.dice.fm
10 Choose Love x A Mile in My Shoes
Until 23 June
Popping up on Newburgh Street in Soho this Refugee Week, Choose Love x A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop with a difference – where you can literally walk in someone else’s shoes. Instead of buying new shoes, you can borrow a pair of shoes belonging to a refugee and take a walk while listening to a first-hand story of their life. Storytellers include Ramla Ali, a Somali boxer who’s won numerous titles for England; Aloysius, who left Uganda after being tortured for his sexuality and now runs a community support group for LGBTQA+ refugees in the UK; and Lord Alf Dubs, who arrived in London as a child from Czechoslovakia and has become a politician and life-long advocate for fellow refugees. The shop is a collaboration between the pioneering humanitarian aid organisation Help Refugees, and artist Clare Patey’s award-winning interactive art project, Empathy Museum.
Newburgh Street, Soho W1F 7RE; helprefugees.org
11 Independent Bookshop Week, across London
Until 22 June
Packed with a line-up of amazing events across the UK and Ireland, this year’s Independent Bookshop Week will see authors Ben Aaronovitch, Patrick Gale, Katherine Rundell, Cressida Cowell, Catherine Doyle and more touring indie bookshops, as well as early releases, exclusives, illustrated windows and hundreds of prizes to be won. This weekend, Emily Hughes will create a Charlie & Mouse window for Nomad Books in Fulham (20 June), Emily Haworth-Booth will create a The King Who Banned the Dark window for Smallprint Books in Forest Hill (22 June), Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie are hosting an event at West End Lane Books in West Hampstead on (21 June) and Book Off! will host a love podcast where authors Viv Groskop (How to Own the Room) and Chris Power (Mothers) to go head to head pitching the book they think everyone should read at Stoke Newington Bookshop (20 June).
12 Crystal Palace Festival, across Crystal Palace
Until 23 June
Crystal Palace Festival is back with an eight-day extravaganza of live music, film, theatre, comedy, dance, arts and crafts and wellbeing events. From Cabaret Lates to Palace Paws Dog Show and a Silent Disco Walking Tour to Comedy Club 4 Kids and an Art & Mindfulness Workshop, there’s plenty to see and do. The event opens on Saturday 15 June at 12.30pm with a performance by brand-new Crystal Palace choir, Palace Acappella, taking place on the Village Green in Crystal Palace Park. Events take place across Crystal Palace, Anerley and Gipsy Hill.
13 Camberwell Arts Festival, venues across Camberwell
Until 23 June
Camberwell Arts Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and as such, the theme is The Art of the Party. The festival will launch with The Art of the Party Birthday Feast on Camberwell Green, with everything from the drinks to the décor and dancing designed by local artists. The event kick-starts nine days of fun, party-themed art, with the Made in Camberwell Arts Market also taking place on 15 June, the Not for Sale Exhibition and Camberwell Fringe Programme running from 15-23 June, and Camberwell Open Studios running from 22-23 June.
14 A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bell House, Dulwich
Until 23 June
The Dulwich Players return with another alfresco performance this summer. This time it’s Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the gardens of Bell House, Dulwich. Demetrius and Lysander love Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander, but is betrothed to Demetrius. And no one loves Helena, though her heart belongs to Demetrius. When Hermia and Lysander elope through the forest, Demetrius gives chase, followed by Helena, only to find themselves in the midst of a Fairy King and Queen at war. When, in turn, they are followed by a group of amateur actors intent on rehearsing a play, the scene is set for a night of mischief, misunderstandings and merriment. Performances on 16, 22 & 23 June at 2pm & 5pm. Tickets £12.
Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG; dulwichplayers.org
15 Country Music by Simon Stevens at Clapham Omnibus
Until 23 June
It’s 1983 in Gravesend and Jamie has committed a crime – an event that will shape the next 20 years of his life. Originally presented at the Royal Court in 2004, Country Music is a subtle yet powerful play by Simon Stephens, whose work includes the multi-award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and On the Shore of The Wide World. The play, which is about protection, atonement, and how our experiences and circumstances can define who we are, but not necessarily who we become, was developed through visits to various prisons between 2001 and 2003. Tickets £16 (£13 concs). Performances Tue-Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7 Sun 4pm.
1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
16 MARTINI Fiero Waterfront Pop Up, Paddington
Until 21 June
The Fiero Waterfront pop-up is MARTINI’s genius way of launching it new summer aperitivo, MARTINI Fiero – a leisurely cruise to Little Venice and back on a vintage Riva yacht, with an aperitivo picnic and MARTINI Fiero & Tonics. On the bustling waterfront, you can enjoy MARTINI Fiero & Tonics alongside an exclusive menu created by Italian streetfood maestros Pasta e Basta, featuring authentic dishes like n’duja calabrese crostini, creamy burrata pugliese and cured meat platters, or opt for the cruise experience. The waterfront pop-up is open on selected dates from 22 May-21 June, 12pm-9pm. The MARTINI Fiero Riva yacht will be available for walk up and pre-bookings on 21 June (groups of four can book ahead by emailing [email protected]).
Merchant Square, Paddington Basin W2; martini.com
17 Balham Literary Festival
Until 25 June
A staple of the London literary calendar, Balham Literary Festival returns with a spectacular line-up and discussions ranging from climate change to crime fiction, whilst celebrating some of best talent south London has to offer. Highlights of the festival include an event with AC Grayling, who will preview his new book The History of Philosophy; former Crystal Palace resident Max Porter, who will discuss his audacious, strange and wonderful new work Lanny; vegan cooking YouTube sensation Rachel Ama, who will share quick and easy recipes from her new book Vegan Eats; and a special event with Brixton Bard Alex Wheatle. Events will take place at venues including Balham Bowls Club and Balham Oxfam. Tickets £5-£30.
18 Soho Music Month
Until 30 June
Soho Music Month, a celebration of the diversity of music talent in an area rich with heritage, is a month-long showcase of both established and up-and-coming artists in various venues across Soho. Enjoy a diverse range of music, exclusive activations, collections and in-store promotions, including live sets by Indie King Baxter Dury at eyewearfavourites MOSCOT on Beak Street, and Lilllördag music evenings spanning Japanese avant-garde, 80s pop, jazz and cosmic disco every Wednesday at Swedish café Söderberg on Berwick Street. In Carnaby on Saturday 8 June, celebrate World Oceans Day with music from world music collective Lokkhi Terra, sultry vocals from Delilah Holliday, laid-back sounds from St Martiins and electric soul from Ese & The Vooduu People (Ganton Street, 12-6pm).
Find the full line-up at carnaby.co.uk
19 London Festival of Architecture, across London
Until 30 June
London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival, returns this month to explore the theme of ‘boundaries’. The packed programme of some 400 events and activities will open the doors to iconic tours and architectural installations, as well as energetic debates, Studio Lates, workshops and exhibitions. Highlights include the aLL Design presents an aLL Alsop Whistlestop Tour, a self-guided tour that features new Neuron Pod Building for Queen Mary University in Whitechapel, Peckham Library, the Palestra and more.
20 Misha Nonoo’s Sustainable Pop-Up Shop, Marylebone
Until 30 June
New York-based fashion designer, Misha Nonoo, is hosting a sustainable concept store in Marylebone Village this month. It’s the designer’s first ever UK bricks and mortar shop, showcasing a combination of signature pieces from Misha Nonoo’s collection such as the Husband Shirt, Kiki Pant and Magdelena Jumpsuit. Nonoo is a pioneer of on-demand manufacturing, which aims to dramatically improve sustainability in the fashion business. Her womenswear collection is based around a ‘life uniform’ – a collection of eight pieces that can create 22 different looks taking you from office to bar and mid-week to weekend. The shop will also give free styling advice and host in-store events, panels and masterclasses with iconic female entrepreneurs such as Dame Helena Morrissey, Samantha Cameron and Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council.
70-72 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone Village; marylebonevillage.com
21 Cutty Sark Studio Theatre’s Edinburgh Comedy Festival Warm Up Shows
Until 28 July
Following the success of previous sell-out comedy seasons, the Cutty Sark hosts its pre-Edinburgh comedy festival from within the ship’s Michael Edwards Studio Theatre again this summer. Comedians including Josh Widdicombe, Joel Dommett and Desiree Burch will be performing new material for their sell-out Edinburgh performances in the Lower Hold of Cutty Sark. During the daytime, the hold contains displays of tea chests and other cargo relating to the ship’s extraordinary history. In the evening, the central section is transformed into a 92-seat studio theatre. Tickets from £12-£17.50.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk