hellomagazine.comCheck out our list of hot events for the weekend and coming week, from the Spirit of Tiki festival to the Regent's Park Open Air theatre
Zoorassic Park at ZSL London Zoo
Looking for something fun to do with the children now that they are on their summer holidays? Well, look no further! For only six weeks, ZSL London Zoo will becomes home to the most colossal creatures ever to walk the earth - dinosaurs!
Visitors to the Zoo will be taken back in time to a prehistoric world where they will come face-to-face with life-size, moving dinosaurs - from the giant but gentle brachiosaurus to the towering tyrannosaurus rex.
Included in Zoo entry, visitors will take a trip via a time machine to the Mesozoic era and ZSL's tour guides will help visitors spot dino-faves and families will be given their own passports for the time travel safari!
And it gets even better... Dino-fans can continue their time travel adventure by sleeping-over near the mega-lizards, experiencing the sights and sounds of ZSL London Zoo at night.
Summer Sleepover is available on select Saturdays in August and September, where kids can spend a night in the Zoo and enjoy a tour of the Zoo's animals - both prehistoric and contemporary.
Lobsterfest and Friends at Belgo
Brace yourselves because for the next two months, Belgo are getting their seafood on! This year, Belgo are celebrating their 25th anniversary... that's 25 years of moules, bieres, rotisserie chicken, grills and naturally, seafood!
From 1 July to 28 August, the popular restaurant are hosting their legendary Lobsterfest and Friends and they've created seven incredibly irresistible lobster and seafood dishes!
Yep, to honour this beloved, delicious crustacean, for the next two months they'll be cooking up Lobster and fresh crab dishes. And even better, they're pairing them alongside two of their crafted beers.
You can enjoy their delicious and exclusive menu at their sites in London, Centraal, Soho, Noord, Holborn, and King's Cross. As well as at their Bromley and Nottingham Belgo locations.
Madame Tussauds Alien: Escape
Madame Tussauds London have unveiled its brand new immersive Alien: Escape experience, set to terrify willing guests this summer. Generations have watched the iconic film franchise and now, thanks to the London attraction, brave wannabe crew members can step on board the Covenant ship and come face to face with the Xenomorph opening Saturday 15 July.
Created in partnership with FoxNext Destinations, the new experience follows the release of the critically acclaimed blockbuster film, Alien: Covenant and challenges guests to navigate a trail of blood, gore, chaos and danger. The mission is simple: Run. Survive. Escape.
Hollywood heavyweight Michael Fassbender's first wax figure, in character as next generation Weyland-Yutani synthetic Walter, will join courageous guests on their gruesome quest. The multi-sensory fright-fest will also take some of the most infamous and petrifying sci-fi creatures ever to hit our screens and place them in front of guests in all their heart-racing and bloodcurdling glory.
Alien: Escape is included in all ticket types to Madame Tussauds London; prices start from £29. Admittance to the experience is aged 15 +.
FOOD AND DRINK
Looking for a new drinking spot this summer? Head to Pergola Paddington, the new venue and sister site to White City's much-loved Pergola on the Roof. With space for up to 850 guests and set over two floors, the venue offers DJs, live music and restaurant favourites including Patty & Bun, Mamalan and DF/Mexico.
It's guaranteed fun in the sun and the best bit? Unlike most London venues, Pergola's booking policy means that guests won't find themselves queuing around the block in a scramble for seats.
If you missed the West End London run a couple of years ago, fear not! Miss Saigon is going on tour, starting at Leicester and travelling to Birmingham, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester.
The thrilling musical follows the last days of the Vietnam War. Kim, 17, meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son.
FOOD AND DRINK
Spirit of Tiki Cocktail Festival
Spice up your weekend and nab a ticket to the Spirit of Tiki Festival. This Polynesian party is taking place in Regent's Park on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July, and was founded to celebrate everything good about tiki culture. Expect hula dancing and flavoursome street food alongside a plethora of vibrant rum cocktails.
Paying homage to their favourite spirit, the mixologists at this unique festival will be on hand to knock you up the finest of libations all weekend long. You'll also have the opportunity to get involved with exclusive tastings from top bars and brands from across the capital.
London's best outdoor theatre experience is back this summer, with a range of musicals and plays to suit every taste. The theatre is currently playing host to A Tale of Two Cities, a very modern adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Oliver Twist Created For Everyone Aged Six And Over will take over from 17 July to 5 August, after which Jesus Christ Superstar, which received rave reviews last year, returns for another stellar set. Make a night of it with a picnic in Regent's Park beforehand, or enjoy the alfresco dining choices at the theatre itself.
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Summer can only mean one thing - rosé season is officially upon us! Celebrate the pink tipple at La Vie En Rosé Terrace at King's Cross, London, opening on Saturday. The terrace will serve up a variety of 13 rosés and a limited edition pink wine flight alongside seasonal dishes and bar snacks to enjoy alfresco. Also launching mid-July is the Rosé All Day bottomless rosé lunch, where guests can enjoy free-flowing Cotes de Provence No 2 Ch De Saint Martin rosé every Saturday and Sunday.
Heading to Lovebox this weekend? Get festival ready at Airbnb's Glitter Session, a glitter face-painting session held at a neon junkyard in East London. You'll be introduced to a range of glitter and rainbow inspired make-up and have the chance to bring your festival and disco ideas to life, while sipping Prosecco or tea. Sessions cost £35 per person.
Add some fizz to Wimbledon finals weekend with Champagne Lanson, who are celebrating their 40th associated year with the Championships with match screenings, champagne cocktails and strawberries and cream at The View from The Shard, as launched by tennis ace Greg Rusedski. If you don't have a head for heights you can still enjoy a smashing time at other nationwide venues taking part - follow the links below!
One for the brides-to-be! Wedding Social 101 is a workshop to help brides-to-be understand how best to use Instagram, Pinterest and other online resources to help them plan the best day possible, as well as provide insight on how to handle social media at the wedding itself. The session will be held on Wednesday 19 July at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, in partnership with B.LOVED.
With new items introduced to the menu including the delicious Death Row BBQ box and Loaded Tater Tots, The Diner is always a sound choice to enjoy a laid back and delicious dinner with your friends and family! The Diner in Camden is a particularly great venue, located just a few minutes from the station and guaranteed to fill you up before hitting the markets!
The restaurant has also released their first ever Diner Shake Cart outside Spitalfields, so that anyone can pop along to pick up one of their signature drinks on a hot summery day!