As is the case with all British summers, the weather is the big news this week as the sun finally decided to make an appearance. If you invested a whole lot of cash into standing fans, ice lollies, and emergency lido memberships in the last 24 hours, then same. But honestly we have no idea what the weather is going to do this weekend and we no longer trust any of our 14 meteorology apps. Luckily, there’s a whole lot of fun on this guide that’ll work whether it’s pissing it down or gloriously sunny.
DIRTY MARTINIS & A DRAG NIGHT IN BETHNAL GREEN
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
Any party that’s described as “full tilt” and “balls to the wall” sounds like a good time and a 4am chicken shop visit to us. Mimi’s is bringing together a loud and glittery combination of London’s drag, burlesque and circus scenes for a night at Bethnal Green Working Men’s club on Saturday. It’s bound to be a night of excellent debauchery, so what better way to start it then with a few dirty drinks nearby? Check out Coupette around the corner for some tip top cocktails.
FILL YOUR BELLY AT THE COMPTON ARMS NEW RESIDENCY
Although Four Legs and their much-papped cheeseburger have now left the kitchen at The Compton Arms, that doesn’t mean you’re not going to be well fed. The new face in the kitchen is Belly, headed up by Reece Moore formerly of Bao and Satsu. The menu reads not dissimilarly in that it’s made of of loud delicious-sounding small plates like tomato carpaccio or beef dripping hispi cabbage, but there will bigger (also changing) dishes as well, like a giant pink t-bone steak, or a whole plaice in a caper and butter sauce. Is that your belly grumbling?
SEE DIZZEE RASCAL PLAY WITH A 20-PIECE ORCHESTRA
Now that it’s not biblical and you’re (hopefully) double jabbed, you might want to stand in a crowd and move your body jauntily. Good news: South Facing Festival is a month-long outdoor series in Crystal Palace combining free events and big, all-inclusive headliners like The Streets or the English National Opera. This Saturday they’ve E3’s Dizzee Rascal playing with a wild sounding 20-piece orchestra. If you’re not local, or coming from north, then it’s a half hour bus journey from Brixton. We’d recommend getting a bowl of noodles from Okan before heading off to a different bowl.
GET SOME CANALSIDE DRINKS
Two More Years
Order a spritz, close your eyes and you could be in Venice. Emphasis on the could, there. The reality is that you’re in Hackney Wick. Sorry. But at least you’re at new spot Two More Years. It’s got a massive outside terrace on the water, a DJ playing inside, and a decent biodynamic wine list (as well as loads of other drinks).