If you're in London this weekend - and you're looking for ways to keep busy and shelter from the rain, we've got just the thing. We've rounded up some of the best events to check out, whether it's an Ariana Grande pop-up to a theatre show, or even places to drink and dine, read on for inspiration...
Have fun with some balls at Ballie Ballerson
If you haven't heard of this place, where have you been? The world-famous ball pit cocktail bar, Ballie Ballerson, is the ultimate Instagram-worthy hotspot, and the new Soho venue opened its doors on 27 September 2019. Located in the heart of London’s West End on Berwick Street, Ballie Ballerson is all about playful, infectious fun.
It's not just about getting the perfect boomerang in the ball pit, Ballie Ballerson has an amazing cocktail list. Be sure to try the Soho Sundown, which features rhubarb gin, lemon juice, syrup and meringue. Oh, and don't forget to try the Soho inspired pizza, Ooh She Spicy! featuring peppers, spicy cheese and salsa. Yum!
Ballie Ballerson is open 6pm - 4am
53-54 Berwick Street, Soho.
Tickets are from £7.50 on ballieballerson.com and on the weekend there's a Bottomless Brunch with tickets priced from £20.
Get active with the Color Run
Whether you're looking to reach your fitness goal or want an excuse to get outside and have some fun, the Color Run is the place to be this Saturday. The 2019 event is the Love Tour, so grab some friends, a partner or head down yourself and take part in what is described as the 'Happiest 5k on the Planet', celebrating healthiness, happiness and individuality.
It's not timed and there will be music, dancing and more massive colour throws at the Finish Festival party, so you're sure to get some fabulous pictures even if it's raining!
Saturday 28 September 2019 starting at 10am, but check-in times and locations vary.
Crystal Palace Park, Anerley Hill, London, SE19 2GA.
Tickets cost between £10-38 depending on the age and number of runners. For more information, visit thecolorrun.co.uk.
Let Reggie Yates entertain you (for free!) at the End of Summer Weekend Festival
Celebrity radio DJ and TV personality Reggie Yates is hitting the decks in London's newest hotel, the Lincoln Plaza London, in buzzing Canary Wharf on Friday 27 September and you're invited. Kicking off at 7pm, the End of Summer Weekend Festival also features the opening act Naro Music, plus pop-up food and drink stands from a selection of local and national artisan producers.
Friday 27 September 2019 - 7pm
Lincoln Plaza London, 2 Lincoln Plaza Canary Wharf, London E14 9BD.
Admission is free, but you need to apply for tickets on eventbrite before they go.
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Go to the cinema to see the new film everyone's talking about
The Goldfinch is released this week, and it's a movie starring Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort and Luke Kleintank. This movie is based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, and is a coming-of-age film that follows the life of young Theodore Decker from the moment that he survives a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in which his mother dies.
In the confusion of the attack, he steals a Dutch painting called "The Goldfinch" which becomes his very personal source of inspiration. Theodore is then taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family and descends into a life of crime - ultimately leading to him dealing in art forgery.
Watch the trailer below...
It's released on Friday 27 September 2019
The Goldfinch is showing in most cinemas around the UK.
If you're looking for a cinema that's a bit different, try the Every Man cinema.
Grab your dog and head to Doggo Style
Looking for some Sunday fun? Doggo Style is an event for dogs and their owners to sniff out new friends, improve their ‘gram profile and generally have a paw-some time. Now in its second year, this Sunday's event has an extra loud bark and super special theme - #dogswithjobs. Driven by the fabulous location at Tower Bridge Court - an epic 68,000 sq.ft. office space kindly donated by creative events agency Shout About. With over 30 traders confirmed including doggy superfood, artisan collars, handknitted jumpers, slogan t-shirts, eco-friendly beds, natural grooming products, and special appearances from some of the most famous doggos in the UK, there is something for mutts of all shapes and sizes.
Tickets are priced at £4 in advance and £5 on the door, and all ticket proceeds go direct to London based animal charity, All Dogs Matter. Children and dogs go free (of course).
Sunday 29 September 2019
Tower Bridge Court, SE1.
For more information visit doggostylemarket.com and buy your tickets on tickettailor.com.
Channel your inner pop diva at an Ariana Grande pop up
Calling all Ariana Grande fans. On Saturday 28 September, you can take a trip to the FREE 'thank u, next' London pop up to celebrate the launch of Ariana Grande’s new fragrance. It'll make a great Instagram photo and you can dance the day away to Ari’s hits, you can pose for your 'Prom' pic, and you can even add your own personal inspirational message to the Burn Book.
Saturday 28 September 2019 - 12 noon - 10pm
Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY.
Entry is free but you must reserve a time slot - visit arianathankunextfragrance.co.uk to reserve your ticket and find out more information.
Go get some free socks in Coal Drops Yard
If you're in the King's Cross area on Saturday 28 September you can bag yourself a pair of free socks. Peregrine, a brand for creating sustainable and quality products for both men and women, is giving away a free pair of socks with every purchase on the day.
Saturday 28 September 2019 - 12pm-5pm
Wolf & Badger, Coal Drops Yard, London, N1C 4DQ.
For more information, visit coaldropsyard.com.
Watch A Midsummer Night's Dream in Alexandra Palace's historic basements
For one of the first times in the history of Alexandra Palace, audiences will be invited to venture down into the cavernous basements for an immersive performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Using the eerie atmosphere of this unique location, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will allow audiences to explore a rarely accessed area of the building, steeped in history and dating back almost 150 years. The basements have survived two devastating fires and housed 18,000 internees during the First World War, their original features are still evident and historical relics still remain to this day.
The final night for shows is 28 September 2019
Alexandra Palace, located just off the M1 and M25 and only 10 minutes from London Kings Cross.
For more information, visit alexandrapalace.com.
Slip on your dancing shoes at the Fusilier Museum
Held as part of Emerge Festival, the Retro Wartime Tea Dance will transport you back to the 1940s as you learn to tea dance and swing dance at the Fusilier Museum, located in one corner of the Tower of London. Once you've mastered the basics, head to the hair and make-up booth to get victory rolls and classic red pout so you look the part when a soldier asks you to test out your moves on the dancefloor.
Friday 27 September 2019 - 6:15pm-9:15pm
The Fusilier Museum London, just a five-minute walk from Tower Hill tube station.
Visit RegisterTeaDance to register and make sure you get on the guest list.
Go shopping and discover a hot new brand
You can't beat the British high-street, and one of our favourite superstores has to be Debenhams - you can get pretty much everything you need there! This month, Debenhams has launched a hot new brand called KLEY and it's super stylish. Designed by women, for women, expect modern, clean-cut and effortless pieces. The collection is available in 70 stores across the UK (and online!), but you can't beat the London flagship store. Prices range from £20 to £220.
Debenhams is open seven days a week. Open 9.30am - 8.45pm, and on Sunday it's open 12 - 6pm.
334-348 Oxford St, London.
Can't make it to the store, fear not, KLEY can be found on Debenhams.com as well.
Turbo train with a one of a kind cycling class at RIAK fitness
Cycling obsessive? This is one for you! The new training centre RIAK Fitness is an amazing place to visit for one-of-a-kind classes where you can simply bring along you bike and attach it to a turbo trainer for a fun and focused work out session. The beauty of this is that you won't have to mess around with altering the seat or having an uncomfortable class, and we think you'll want to go back for more!
Try the bike to brick class on Saturday 28 September from 9-10.30am
Highbury Studios, Studio 7, Studios Holloway, 6 Hornsey St, London N7 8GR.
Find out more about the training studio and how to book classes here
Grab a spoon and dig into some Bailey's desserts because - duh - it's Bailey's Dessert Week
If watching the marvellous creations on The Great British Bake Off just aren't satisfying your sweet tooth, dig into some delicious Bailey's-themed desserts that are being offered in 11 venues across London as part of Bailey's Dessert Week.
Head down to Covent Garden to indulge in La Gelateria's Pistachio al Almande, which combines pistachio sorbet and Baileys Vegan Almond Almande for a twist on the Italian Affogato. Why just have a regular coffee when a Bailey's Affogato is on offer?
All week from 23 September 2019
11 venues across London, including La Gelateria Covent Garden.
For more information, visit baileys.com.
Step back in time at London's best speakeasy-style cocktail bar
The Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is a boutique hotel with attitude, and after a recent refurb it is definitely the perfect spot to enjoy fantastic food, sip vintage cocktails and unwind.
With Westfield London only a stone's throw away, if you really have shopped til' you've dropped, make sure to refuel in the Art Deco-inspired dining room. The perfectly seasoned garlic and herb baked camembert is a must-have, but make sure to leave enough room for the chocolate and orange tart – we promise you won't be disappointed!
After you've enjoyed a classic British dish or even a Sunday roast, step underground into Smith's Cocktail Bar where you can enjoy vintage cocktails with the sweet sound of swing and soul on the speakers. If you're a connoisseur of the old fashioned, then build your own, choosing your desired sugars and bitters and relax whilst the friendly staff stir your concoction.
And after you've finished your bespoke cocktail, head upstairs to one of their luxury bedrooms and drift off in crisp white linen sheets, in preparation for an early morning Westfield shopping spree!
An ideal spot for Friday and Saturday evenings, closes at 12am
170 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith, W6 7PB
To book a table in the dining room, a boutique bedroom or for more information visit The Brook Green Hotel.
Try an Instagrammable cocktail based on PERFUME from The Ivy Market Grill
You may have spied the celebrations in Covent Garden for their annual London beauty Week celebrations, but if you prefer to celebrate with a cocktail (instead of ANOTHER lipgloss), then you have to check out the Ivy Market Grill who have created two cocktails inspired by Miller Harris’ gorgeous new fragrances ‘Brighton Rock’ and ‘Blousy’. There’s a blooming lovely flower installation in the restaurant’s entrance, and they’ve also created a limited-edition dessert - so make sure you get that perfect Insta-shot...
From now until Tuesday 1 October 2019
The Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden WC2E 8PS.
For further information or to book, visit their website or call 0203 301 0200.
Enjoy a taste of India with this all-day dining experience
To celebrate British game season, Vivek Singh - Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Collection - will team up with Ollie Dabbous of Michelin-starred HIDE, Marcus Wareing of Marcus Wareing Restaurants (including Michelin-starred Marcus) and Brett Redman of Jidori and Elliot's, to offer a series of dishes at his flagship restaurant, The Cinnamon Club. Throughout the series, diners will also be able to enjoy The Cinnamon Club signatures such as roast saddle of Romney Marsh lamb, sesame tamarind sauce and pickled root vegetables; and wild Spencer Gulf king prawns with Alleppey sauce.
The series kicks off at the end of September until the end of the year
The Cinnamon Club, Old Westminster Library, 30 - 32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU.
For further information or to book, visit their website
Try a Terminator themed workout with Fitness First
It was National Fitness Day on Thursday, and DW Fitness First have collaborated with Twentieth Century Fox to launch the new Terminator film. Don’t worry - you’re not about to challenge a robots to a weights challenge - they’ve created a ‘Dark Fate Challenge’ to encourage everyone to try it and share on social. It’s a test of eight exercises against the clock, from sprinting away from Terminator to leaping to safety. You’ll feel just like Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Started Thursday 26 September
Multiple locations around the city.
For more details, check out dwfitnessfirst.com
Go to royal-approved restaurant Quaglino’s
Did you know that in 1956, the Queen was the first reigning monarch to eat a public restaurant, and chose Quaglino’s? Follow in Her Majesty’s footsteps and give it a visit next Wednesday - it’s celebrating its 90th birthday and is throwing a HUGE party to celebrate. Executive Chef, Nuno Goncalves has created a menu inspired by the last 90 years, showcasing all-time favourite dishes with Jersey oyster aux Gratin, Oscietra caviar and Dover sole a la Grenobloise, which will be accompanied by exclusive Moët & Chandon packages in honour of the occasion. The famous stage, host to many of the biggest names since 1929 will welcome special guest performers and DJs will pay homage to the history of the iconic venue.
Wednesday 2nd October
Quaglino’s, 16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ
Tickets start from £45 for the dining experience and £20 for Bar Tickets. Information quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk.
Get the ultimate selfie with Coca Cola
If you're a Coca Cola addict (and are guilty to arguing with colleagues at least once a week over whether Coke Zero or Diet Coke is best), then head to Covent Garden to check out their fun photobooth. Consumers will "have the chance to visit the Coca-Cola Ultimate Photo Booth, an all sensory immersive experience where they will be able to snap themselves in one of six settings of their choosing- walking a catwalk, on a snowy alpine spectacle, pitch side at the football, headlining a festival, skydiving, or enjoying the last of the summer rays on the beach". Well, that will sort out your Instagram content for the week! You can also expect special guests and prizes such as London Eye tickets and holiday vouchers.
Tuesday 1st - Wednesday 2nd October 12pm - 6:30pm
Covent Garden, East Piazza