hampton court palace festival
hampton court palace festival

6 Glorious Things To Do In London This Weekend (5-7 July 2019)

01 Jul 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Abi Sritharan

As temperatures continue to soar in London, we bring you the finest things to do this week from Goodwood Festival of Speed to Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, Hampton Court (all week)

Hampton Court Palace hosts its annual horticultural showcase this week. Explore 20 verdant, flower-filled gardens, including one co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. The floral festivities are accompanied by an eclectic calendar of talks, music and workshops, hosted by esteemed chefs including Melissa Hemsley and Raymond Blanc and horticultural expert Joe Swift Alys Fowler. Pack a picnic or indulge in one of the many food and drink stands onsite.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, courtesy of RHS and Georgi Mabee

Date: 2-7 July Time: 5pm-10.30pm on Monday, 10am-7.30pm on Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-5.30pm on Sunday Price: From £22.50 Location: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU Closest Station: Hampton Court

Website: rhs.org.uk

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester (from Thursday)

Calling all car connoisseurs – the Goodwood Festival of Speed returns this weekend for the ultimate motorsport-themed summer garden party, hosted by Charles Gordon-Lennox, Duke of Richmond and the owner of the Goodwood estate in Sussex. This year’s theme is Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers, which will commemorate people and machines that raise the bar in the world of motorsport. Petrol heads can marvel at the latest supercar launches and rare classic motors, and witness extreme sports spanning daring jumps and stunts. Away from the cars, guests can enjoy an impressive array of dining and afternoon tea options, or rest their head in the Goodwood Hotel.

Date: 4-7 July Time: 7am-7pm Price: From £39 Location: Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX Closest Station: Chichester

Website: goodwood.com

The Other Art Fair hosted by Saatchi Art, Old Truman Brewery, King’s Cross (from Thursday)

Born out of a desire to connect Londoners with budding artists who were struggling to get noticed in the mainstream, The Other Art Fair is now an internationally-acclaimed event that offers you the chance to pick up a future masterpiece at a fraction of the price. All 140 exhibitors have been hand-picked by a panel of industry experts for a diverse showcase, bursting with creativity and talent. This year’s fair includes a special exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, curated by Ben Moore at Art Below. It features 12 influential, international artists including Anish Kapoor, Joana Vasconcelos and Chris Levine, each of whom has transformed an astronaut’s helmet in their own unique style.

Perceptions Journal by Anca Stefanescu

Date: 4-7 July Time: Varies Price: From £9 Location: West Handyside Canopy & The Crossing King’s Cross London N1C 4AA Closest Station: King’s Cross

Website: theotherartfair.com

The Guilty Feminist Live, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington (Sunday)

Comedian and ‘Guilty Feminist’, Deborah Frances-White, brings her timely and topical podcast, The Guilty Feminist, to the Royal Albert Hall this Sunday. Featuring special guests including MP Mhairi Black and actress Rebecca Front, this laughter-packed afternoon is one for every feminist and on-the-fence feminist alike.

Date: 7 July Time: Doors open at 2.15pm Price: From £23 Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: royalalberthall.com

Summer Cabana Pop-Up, Burlington Arcade, Mayfair (All Weekend)

Frescobol Carioca brings the spirit of Rio to Mayfair this weekend, as the Brazillian swimwear brand launches a summer pop-up in Burlington Arcade. The luxury brand’s summer boutique is curated with men’s swimwear, beach bats, and accessories, just in time for the Great British summer.

Date: Until 16 August Time: 9am-7.30pm/11am-7pm on Sundays Price: Free entry Location: Unit 6, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 0QJ Closest Station: Piccadilly Circus

Website: frescobolcarioca.com

Vita and Virginia, throughout London (all weekend)

Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki star in the anticipated retelling of the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, which inspired Woolf’s famous novel, Orlando. This visual feast includes costumes by Lorna Marie Mugan and an unexpected electro soundtrack by Isobel Waller-Bridge, sister of Fleabag‘s Phoebe.

Date: From 5 July

Looking for more things to do in London? Read our monthly guide to what’s on in July HERE.