5 Glorious Things To Do In London This Weekend (17-19 August 2018)

14 Aug 2018 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Abi Sritharan

Your guide to what's on in London this week

National Afternoon Tea Week

Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week with plentiful crumpets, champagne and china cups, from now until Sunday. For an Instagram-friendly, whimsical afternoon tea, head to the Sanderson Hotel for an Alice in Wonderland-themed spread, paired with Laurent-Perrier Rosé Cuvée. For those with an appetite for Shakespeare, The Swan by Shakespeare’s Globe is hosting a Midsummer Night’s Dream tea within its Titania’s Tea Garden pop-up, bedecked with blossoming flowers. CUT at 45 Park Lane hotel is placing a stateside twist on the British staple, serving American treats including cola cakes and s’mores. Tea time has never been so appealing.

Date: 14-20 August Price: From £28.50 Website: morganshotelgroup.com, swanlondon.co.uk, dorchestercollection.com

Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen Exhibition

A new exhibition opens this weekend at Proud Galleries in Charring Cross celebrating the extraordinary life and enduring legacy of Audrey Hepburn. Beyond the Screen showcases rare and intimate portraits of the Hollywood starlet, captured by esteemed photographers including Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Bob Willoughby, Eva Sereny, Mark Shaw and Douglas Kirkland. The exhibition marks 25 years since Hepburn’s death and will run until the end of September.

Image courtesy of: Proud Galleries © Norman Parkinson / Iconic Images

Date: 17 August- 30 September Time: 10am-7pm, 10am-6pm on Sundays Price: Free Entry Location: Proud Central, 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP Website: proudonline.co.uk

The Hoxton’s Insta Food Workshop (Saturday)

Hone your social media skills this Saturday at The Hoxton’s Insta Food Workshop, hosted by Instagram-expert Giulia Mulè. The food writer and photographer will share her tips for creating the perfect food snap, considering styling, composition and angle. Using the latest apps, test your skills all morning before enjoying a brunch with your fellow classmates.

Date: 18 August Time: 10am Price: £25 including brunch Location: The Hoxton, 119 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD Website: thehoxton.com

Mindful Chef X Ham Yard Hotel

Healthy recipe-box delivery service, Mindful Chef, is once again partnering with the Ham Yard Hotel on a special summer menu, as part of its Live Well series. Using seasonal and sustainably-sourced ingredients, dishes are dairy-free, gluten-free and contain no refined carbs. Start with dukkah spiced falafels, followed by pan-fried hake, and a sweet lemon and raspberry ripple raw ‘cheesecake’ to finish. The menu is served in the stylish Ham Yard Restaurant and lively al fresco courtyard.

Date: 1-31 August Price: From £19.50 Location: One Ham Yard, London, WID 7DT Website: firmdalehotels.com

Weekend Lunches at Sardine

Sardine is a Southern-French restaurant that borders Islington and Hackney, helmed by chef Alex Jackson. Every weekend in August, guests can enjoy a four-course alfresco summer feast in the within the verdant gardens of the neighbouring Victoria Miro Gallery. Enjoy a long rosé-fuelled lunch of tomato and tapenade tart; whole salt-baked sea trout and nougat ice-cream for dessert, accompanied by music and drinks. VIP ticket holders can enjoy all this plus a ‘hidden’ course and well as a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Date: Saturday and Sunday throughout August Price: From £37 Location: 15 Micawber Street N1 7TB Website: sardine.london

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