These are the best events to take place in London this week

Including a huge free party at Southbank

Tie up his loins and other body parts as it’s going to be a big weekend.

From Brighton Pride and Faggamuffin Bloc Party, we’ll lead you through endless brunch on sandals, sidewalk fests with free ice cream all day, music festivals, and a bit of a break, afternoon tea.

Keep in mind, there will be booze in the tea.

Find the best events below…


dance scene

We are FSTVL - Karl Cox

Feel the beat (Photo: Dave Burke/REX/Shutterstock)

We love the festival next door to London. Both the festival and none of the faff. And take a shower when you get home! Which is why we always grow up at We Are FSTVL, where they don’t let the fact that there’s going to be time at home curtail their dance style in the least.

And this year, the lineup looks as interesting as ever. Camelphat, Craig David TS5, Carl Cox, Mabel, and Rudimental do DJ set and dance episodes from crème de la crème including Glitterbox, Defected and Afterlife.

All that and then there’s no damaged tent to find…and maybe even someone to bring you breakfast in bed.

Saturday and Sunday, Damiens Hall Airport, Upminster, Essex, RM14


Brighton Pride

Pride of the Waves (Image: Getty Images)

She’s the biggest, brightest, most star-studded and many say the best pride in Her Majesty’s Kingdom… and she’s about an hour from London! Yes, kids, Brighton Pride is back with a bang… and with Christina Aguilera, which must mean a bang and a half. Paloma Faith, Jake Sheers, Todrick Hall…well, many bangs.

Watch the show, do a Village Street party and then walk to Preston Park to see the big action…but make sure you get your tickets! Even for a street party. With We Are Fabuloso, the Preston Park event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, it’s going to be a big weekend, so stock up on Berocca and makeup remover. And check out Metro Friday!

Saturday and Sunday different locations in Brighton

Nice ice, baby

Ice to see you

Ice to see you (Photo: Supplied)

There’s nothing quite like getting out of town and going down to the beachfront on the weekend, and now we have the added incentive that Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream folks, are doing a festival at Hastings Pier. And we love Hastings anyway!

You’d think Soul II Soul topping the main stage (they have a main platform on the pier?) with Maribou State, Poppy Ajudha, Porij, etc. would be a big enough draw but when you add in unlimited free ice cream all day, it’s a no-brainer.

With tickets priced at only five – and you can go on that curb – with the proceeds going to the local charity The Refugee Buddy Project, it would be rude not to.

From 12 noon on Saturday, 1-10 White Rock, Hastings, TN34

Tropical Thunder

Party at Tropics at 100 Wardoor Street

Jungle Fun (Photo: Thomas Alexander)

We’ve been so used to the tropics over the past few weeks, how about the heat and wrinkle that comes with that damp, sweat-marked clothes and trainers that have to be left on window sills.

But we’ll be coming down to Party in the Tropics at 100 Wardour Street on Tuesday, to put our newfound skills into practice: sipping refreshing cocktails (newly found?! we hear you cheer), chomping on delicious tapas while enjoying the sounds of jungle music in what were tropical surroundings To the extreme. Who knows, we might even wear a print!

From Wednesday (9 August) 100 Wardour Street W1

Healing competition out of the way

Peggy Jean Barge

I always want a swamp (Image: Provider)

A bottomless brunch, views of the river and a watermelon margarita? Were all three of our wishes granted in one fell swoop? This appears to be what is on display in Peggy Jean Barge, which is *notes checks* a barge moored on the river banks *checks notes again* The Times.

Oh, we heard about it! Come down to Richmond, a cool place anyway, and indulge in an Australian brunch, which consists of banana bread sandwiches and great bacon rolls, among other things, or a fire-cooked dinner, from calamari to t-bone steak to the freshest pizza as you drink In 360 degree views – and cocktails! – On a barge steeped in more than 100 years of history.

Riverside Richmond, Richmond, TW9

jam packed

The best of the British

Best of British (Photo: Introduction)

So, it turns out that next week is afternoon tea week, which is great because we’re thirsty…but not necessarily for tea. Which is where the hottest new hotspot in East London, The Gantry in Stratford, steps in to wear really nice shoes.

Afternoon tea takes it all to a whole new place with brioche sandwiches with old-fashioned cheddar cheese, house-made onion jam, mini fish chips, salty mini beef steaks straight from Brick Lane and of course scones with Cornish clotted cream and an exotic. Jam made with champagne jelly and strawberry dust!

And you’re clearly more than welcome to sip afternoon tea with a London gin and tonic or English sparkling wine, just to complete the English look.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 pm, 40 Celebration Street, E20

Set the station

Kings Cross Summer Live Music at Summer Sounds

Voices From Above Ground (Photo: John Storrock)

Remember when no one set foot near King’s Cross unless he wasn’t good or had a small part in the Prime Suspect that takes care of a confinement in which the body may or may not be hidden? Well, those days are gone, my friend.

Not only is it now a great place to shop, eat out, drink, and watch movies outdoors (no, outdoors doesn’t mean ‘naked’), but they put events like King’s Cross Summer Sounds completely free. A music festival where you can take in everything from classics to folk jazz to jazz and beyond from all communities. And you can do all your shopping, eat and drink while you are there…

August 10-21, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, N1

Celebration time

Celebration time

Riverside Rhythms (Photo: Stony Johnson Production)

“The mission of the Faggamuffin Bloc Party is to increase the visibility of people from the LGBTQI+ community of African and Caribbean descent as part of the carnival,” states here and we believe we can all stand behind it…especially if there is a free party in Southbank involved.

Parts of Hackney are usually taken over by the entire ensemble and Cabodle, and have moved central to bring the sounds of carnival and Caribbean rhythms to the banks of the Thames.

Wear something you can go for, pick up your best and get off… as someone on TV used to say. As they say, it is a restoration of liberation and resistance through celebration. Trustworthy!

Saturday, Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Southbank, SE1

let the games begin

let the games begin

The game has begun (Photo: Haydon Prior)

On some Sundays we can hardly bring our cup of coffee to our lips, let alone get up, have breakfast, get ready, and go somewhere… But with 50% off games at the Skylight Tobacco Dock, we’ll have to pull our cup of coffee together because it’s not There’s a way we miss croquet and pétanque, washed down with a whip of Skylight’s signature cocktails.

Because that would be ridiculous and if there wasn’t one thing…add in great views across London, the food choices just pop out of your ears and we think it’s a great way to recover the day after the night before. Just don’t forget to book your game session and table.

Sundays, Tobacco Basin, Bennington Street Entrance, E1

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