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 five days, 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. Onwards for natural wine, a street food and film festival, and some dim sum-adjacent art that you can check out this weekend.
Feel Cultured at Film & Food Fest 2021
Film & Food Fest
If you believe that all meals should come with a side of Netflix then we would like to introduce you to Film and Food Fest. This weekend outdoor cinema events will be taking place across the UK and importantly, you’ll be able to find their pop-up film screenings, street food, live comedy, and lots of booze in Finsbury Park. They’ll be showing everything from classics like Grease to new releases like Queen and Slim. Adult tickets start at £16.50.
Eat Noodles at the Newest BAO Restaurant
As human beings who own not one, but two, BAO posters you could say that we’re certified fans of this oh-so cool Taiwanese mini-chain. Their latest restaurant has just opened up on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street and this time it’s dedicated to the beautiful art of eating noodles. You’ll also find BAO classics like the Taiwanese fried chicken, the umeshu negroni, and the fried Horlicks ice cream bao, as well as a lot of fun new additions we can’t wait to try. Plus, unlike some of their OG spots you can make a booking here, and they even have a karaoke room.
Visit the Damien Hirst Residency, Then Get Dim Sum
Gagosian Britannia Street
Famed for preserving dead sharks and his funky ‘spin paintings’, artist Damien Hirst is currently doing a takeover of Gagosian’s King’s Cross gallery. Wander around the Relics and Fly Paintings exhibition (which arguably looks deeply interesting but somewhat depressing), safe in the knowledge that happy Cantonese spot Dimsum and Duck is a casual 5-minute stroll down the road. Get involved in their roasted meats, a trio of delicate and delightful prawn and chive dumplings, and a glorious foursome of delicious pork balls. Plus, this place is BYOB so we’re officially giving you an excuse to crack out that nice bottle of vino you’ve been saving for the right occasion.
Go to an Actual Nightclub but Make It Al Fresco
We have strong suspicions that clubbing in lockdown tracksuit bottoms is very much going to be a ‘thing’ for the foreseeable future. If you feel ready to go dancing and put on your finest (it’s fine to wear heels with pyjamas now, right?) then Night Tales should be on your radar. They have a whole host of party events going on in their Hackney loft this weekend, including a five-hour set from DJ ESA. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and know that you’ll need to turn up with this summer’s hottest accessory, a negative lateral flow test.
Sip Rosé in the Sunshine at Soho’s New Natural Wine Bar
This one screams post-work Friday night feel-good energy to us. Bar Crispin is the latest natural wine bar to appear on the ever-thirsty streets of London with a casual list of 150 bottles. Think small producers, low-intervention, and even some high-end small plates like beef tartare, burrata, and coppa ham. A brand new addition to Kingly Court, they have a limited number of outdoor seats available so for peace of mind, get moving on that booking ASAP.
Have a South London Sunday Sesh
Sometimes it’s worth risking a Monday morning hangover (hello, that’s a problem for future you) and making the most of any available blip of sunshine. This Sunday marks the return of the aptly-named curators of fun, The Good Time Gang at Peckham Riviera. Expect six hours of special guests, top cocktails, loud music, and pizza. All you need to do is DM Peckham Riviera for a spot and the best part is that this foliage-packed South London space is totally covered should the weather start misbehaving.