7 Glorious Things to do in London this Weekend (30 August – 1 September 2019)

27 Aug 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Carly McCormack

This weekend, celebrate independent film in Notting Hill and sip champagne at a flower-filled pop-up bar at The Gherkin

London Brunch Fest, Shoreditch (Saturday and Sunday)

London Brunch Fest returns to Brick Lane this weekend, celebrating the capital’s best brunch offerings. Alongside the usual bounty of fresh coffee and avocado on toast, there will be a whole room dedicated to sweet delights including doughnuts by Butter Believe It, DAPPA ice cream, cocktail confections by Smith and Sinclair and many other sugar-coated creations. For every ticket purchased and each food and drink item that is sold, a meal will be donated to the Magic Breakfast charity.

Date: 31 – 1 September 2019 Time: 10am – 6.30pm Price: £12.50 Location: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6QR Closest Station: Shoreditch High Street

Website: londonbrunchfest.com

International Jewellery London, Kensington (Sunday)

The UK’s leading trade jewellery fair brings together emerging talent and leading retailers for two days of cutting-edge jewels at Olympia London. The event’s Bright Young Gems 2019 award celebrates fresh talent, while the new Leading Lights Award recognises innovators within the jewellery industry, including influencers, educational institutions and leaders in tech.

Bine Roth Jewellery

Date: 1 September Time: 10am – 6pm Price: Free online – £25 at the door Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX Closest Station: Kensington Olympia

Website: jewellerylondon.com

Chinese Food Festival, Tower Bridge (all weekend)

The Chinese Food Festival returns to Southwark this weekend for three days of dumplings, doughnuts, spring rolls and sweet and sour delights. Held on the banks of the Thames by Tower Bridge, the lively event celebrates traditional and contemporary Chinese cuisine in London, with live music and entertainment throughout the day. Guests can also hone their cooking skills at a masterclass hosted by School of Wok; learn about traditional Chinese dress and culture with the UK Han Culture Association and try an array of Chinese spirits at the Jiangxiaobai Baijiu Bar.

Ricebrother’s Dish

Date: 30 August – 1 September 2019 Time: 12 – 10pm/Sunday 7pm Price: Free entry Location: Potters Fields Park London, SE1 2AA Closest Station: London Bridge

Website: chinesefoodfestival.com

Portobello Film Festival, Notting Hill (all weekend)

The revered Portobello Film Festival has been running since 1996 and celebrates independent filmmakers across the world. This year’s event premieres more than 500 new films, which are free to view, alongside art exhibitions, workshops and talks. The 2019 theme is music, presenting performances from The Members, Stiv Bators and Danny Garcia.

Courtesy of Portobello Film Festival

Date: 29 August – 15 September 2019 Time: 6 – 10.30pm Price: Free Location: Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1LJ Closest Station: Ladbroke Grove

Website: portobellofilmfestival.com

The Glasshouse Champagne Pop-up at The Gherkin (all weekend)

Searcys at The Gherkin has transformed its top floor bar into an exotic, fern-filled haven, in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. During the day, light floods through the floor-to-ceiling windows, while in the evening guests can enjoy panoramic views of the capital’s twinkling skyline. Settle amongst hanging plants and cascading greenery and enjoy champagne pairings and botanical gin cocktails, served with toe-tapping live music.

Date: 26 August – 1 September 2019 Time: 11am – 10pm Price: £10 deposit Location: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP Closest Station: Aldgate

Website: searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

Anno’s Journey at Japan House, Kensington (all weekend)

Anno Mitsumasa is one of Japan’s most admired illustrators, known for his children’s picture books. This weekend, Japan House in Kensington will host his first-ever UK exhibition, showcasing an array of work spanning five decades. Browse the artist’s playful papercuts; watercolour paintings and enchanting powder pigment (ganryō) on silk, while a family-friendly zone within the exhibition is open for children to sit and read.

Credit © Anno Mitsumasa. Courtesy of Anno Art Museum

Date: 22 August – 17 October Time: 10am – 8pm/Sunday 12 – 6pm Price: Free Location: Japan House, 101-111 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 5SA Closest Station: High Street Kensington

Website: japanhouselondon.uk

Last Chance: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at Victoria & Albert Museum (all weekend)

This weekend is your last chance to visit the acclaimed Dior retrospective at the V&A. Based on the Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibition that ran from July 2017 until January 2018, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams charts seven decades of the fashion house, exploring the ephemeral influence of its founder and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him. More than 500 objects are on display, telling the story of the couturier and his evolving fashion house.

Christian Dior by John Galliano (b.1960), Haute Couture, Autumn/Winter 2004 Photo © Laziz Hamani Dior Héritage collection, Paris

Date: 26 – 1 September 2019 Time: 10am – 5.45pm/Friday 10pm Price: Varies Location: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: vam.ac.uk