What better way to celebrate the weekend than indulging in an afternoon tea? It is Afternoon Tea Week after all, and the Skylounge restaurant located near the Tower of London is offering up a Crown Jewels-themed menu.
Sticking to the royal theme, children may enjoy a trip to the Natural History Museum where they can wander among free-flying moths and butterflies from around the world in the tropical butterfly house – something that Prince William, Kate and Prince George did last year.
Meanwhile, Paper Towns is hitting cinemas – a must-see film for Cara Delevingne fans.
Read on for your full list of events happening this week...
Based on international bestselling author John Green's novel, this tear-jerker stars Cara Delevingne in her blockbuster debut and her talented co-star Nat Woolf. It tells the tale of a nerdy teen who falls for the prettiest girl in school. They've lived next door each other for years but he has only just managed to catch her eye. As they get to know each other, Nat's character Quentin finds that Margo – aka Cara – has serious issues and when she disappears it is up to him to figure out where she is. Will Quentin find the woman of his dreams and finally get the girl or will the tale end in tragedy?
FOOD AND DRINK
It's afternoon tea week and in celebration, why not indulge in a truly royal feast? Skylounge restaurant is offering a special Crown Jewels-themed afternoon tea, given its close proximity to the Tower of London. A selection of sandwiches, including coronation chicken of course, scones with clotted cream, and royal-themed cakes such as the Sovereign's Orb Chocolate Pop and the British Regalia Cupcake all feature on the menu. Guests can enjoy their tea on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, overlooking views of the Gherkin, the Shard and Tower Bridge. Prices per person start at £30.
To book visit doubletree3.hilton.com.
Benedict Cumberbatch's performance in the Shakespearian tragedy has been hailed by critics as "electrifying", "sublime" and "riveting". Opening last week, the British actor made his debut at London's Barbican theatre, wowing audiences with his portrayal of 'Hamlet in a hoodie'. While tickets are selling fast, higher-priced seats are still available and 100 tickets priced at just £10 are released for each performance.
To book tickets see hamlet-barbican.com.
Crooked Little Lies
A gripping and intense thriller, Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel follows the story of Lauren Wilder, a traditional suburban wife and mother of two teenagers. A serious head injury and a subsequent addiction to painkillers has altered Lauren's life in dangerous and agonising ways, and she soon finds herself at the heart of a police investigation when twenty-three-year-old Bo Laughlin goes missing. Lauren remembers being one of the last people to see him, but she can no longer trust her recollection. She is forced to embark on a treacherous path to discover what really happened – and what she's really done.
Lake Union Publishing, £8.99
One for the children! Prince William, Kate and Prince George famously visited the Sensational Butterflies exhibition in London last year, so if it's good enough for the royals, it's good enough for us. A perfect activity for the summer holidays, the exhibition at the Natural History Museum is open until mid-September and tickets are still available. Youngsters will be able to wander among free-flying moths and butterflies from around the world in the tropical butterfly house, and learn about how caterpillars transform into jewel-like creatures.
To book tickets see nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/sensational-butterflies.html.
Don't miss out on Champneys' new 'Strength and Grace' Yoga Retreats with yoga teacher, trainer and actress Rokhsaneh Shahidi and yoga trainer, zen practitioner and psycologist, Jasmin Bahia. The weekend retreats at the end of August offer energizing and relaxing sessions, covering the main disciplines of Indian yoga to suit all levels from beginners and beyond. The summer retreats are set within the stunning grounds of Champneys Henlow and Champneys Forest Mere to really harmonize the practices of yoga and the beauty of nature. The classes throughout the retreat offer a guided flowing yoga pace with enough intensity, strength and grace to allow each person to work to their own level and pace. Dates available: 29th and 30th August and 12 and 13 September.
To book see champneys.com.