Your guide to what's on in London this weekend
Somerset House Summer Series with American Express
One of London's best-known summer events returns this week for 11 nights of art and music. Set within the dramatic grounds of Somerset House, headliners include MGMT, Flight Facilities, The Roots and De La Soul, as well as lauded emerging talent, Jorja Smith and Sigrid. For an additional price, guests can access an enhanced bar housed in a new photographic exhibition, The Influence Project, which delves into the history of afrobeat, hip-hop, funk and soul music. It's the ideal way to spend your weekend in London.
5-15 July, From £31.25, somersethouse.org.uk
Swap wellies for wedges this weekend at the UK's poshest festival. This strictly black tie event presents five nights of exceptional music and entertainment, set on the banks of Henley-on-Thames. Headliners this year include Rita Ora, Rhys James and Grace Jones, supported by emerging musical talent. The event closes on Sunday evening with a performance by the English National Opera and a resplendent fireworks display. Elsewhere, quench your thirst at one of many pop-up bars or restaurants or explore an eclectic offering of on-site art, comedy and entertainment. The not-for-profit event will donate all profits to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, which aims to help recognise and treat signs of depression and supports mental wellbeing.
11-15 July, From £35, henley-festival.co.uk
Mac and Cheese Day
Indulge this weekend by celebrating National Mac and Cheese day, which takes place this Saturday 14 July. For a luxury take on the classic comfort food dish, head to Black Roe in Mayfair for lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, served with a complimentary yuzu collins cocktail that stirs gin, yuzu, grapefruit and lemon juice. Elsewhere, Scottish restaurant Mac and Wild is dishing up mac and cheese with either truffle or haggis, available at both the City and Fitzrovia outposts.
The BBC Proms returns this weekend for eight wonderful weeks of daily live music at the Royal Albert hall. The event brings together a diverse line-up of composers and performers, including Michael Ball, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus. Expect a marvellous mix of classic and modern compositions from world-acclaimed classical musicians, which is music to our ears.
13 July-8 September, From £12, bbc.co.uk
While not strictly London, Latitude festival draws crowds from the capital each year for a lakeside long weekend of art, music and wellbeing, set in the rolling hills of Henham Park. This year's eclectic Latitude line-up includes The Killers, Solange, alt-J, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Jessie Ware, alongside theatre, comedy, poetry and art installations. Partake in a yoga workshop, explore a bounty of street food fare and finish up at an immersive woodland party, dancing beneath the stars.
12-15 July, Adult weekend ticket from £197, latitudefestival.com