If you’re wondering what to do now that summer (you what?) has ended, don’t worry. t There are plenty of ways to enjoy your weekend that don’t involve thinking about what could have been. From an outdoor film screening to a festival of, er, meat… here are five exciting things you should add to your weekend schedule.
GO TO A FREE OUTDOOR CINEMA IN VICTORIA PARK TONIGHT (!)
In The NBHD
To save you some time, the temperature this evening (Thursday) will be circa 18º. So, head to Victoria Park, hoodie in hand, and grab a seat in front of the screen for the last night of their family friendly In The Neighbourhood festival. It’s an all-day affair with music, food, yoga, puppets, interpretative dance and all the other things that go in the box labelled ’Nice Community Event’. Tonight’s film is The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at 7pm, or Kinky Boots is showing late afternoon.
SPEND FRIDAY NIGHT AT DRAG BINGO
Mama Shelter London
Mama Shelter are kicking off their drag bingo night the weekend before Pride to get the celebrations started well in advance. A ticket will cost you £35 but that gets you a three course meal - not something we usually associate with a Friday night, admittedly - and a cocktail (which is much more like it). It’s from 7 until late and you get find more details below.
CHECK OUT A FESTIVAL... OF MEAT
Sure you can see live music at festivals or watch films, but what about meat? That’s what we’ve always wondered. Well Meatopia has been answering that question for the past seven years or so. The festival of (meaty) food in Tobacco Docks has got dishes from the likes of From The Ashes, Smokestak, and Snackbar. There’s loads of drinks, music, and an excellent panel of speakers as well and you can decide what you want to eat and what day to go here.
EAT PIZZA, PLAY PACMAN AND GO BOWLING
Pizza Pilgrims latest spot in Finsbury Park is an NYC meets Stranger Things meets Grease fever dream serving pizza by the metre and a range of massive slices. It’s bright, it’s colourful, there are arcade machines to hygienically put your grubby mitts all over, and it’s bang opposite Rowan’s if you want to double down on the USA-themed evening.
ENJOY JOY'S LATEST POP-UP
JOY, the summer pop-up that was part grocery store, part indoor restaurant, part luxury, waterproof canal-side encampment, has found a new temporary home in Marylebone. It’s currently a ‘plant and produce’ shop, as well as a restaurant, selling the likes of soft serve, succulents and with a salade niçoise on the menu. What will it evolve into after this? Time will only tell.