5 Things To Do In London This Weekend (20-22 July 2018)

Abi Sritharan

18 July 2018

Your guide to what's on in London this weekend, from open-air cinema screenings to culinary festivals with a twist

18 July 2018 | Abi Sritharan

Kaleidoscope Festival

This Saturday, a new festival will transform Alexandra Palace in north London for a day of diverse music, comedy and theatre. Headlining acts include Ghostpoet, The Flaming Lips, Beth Orton, Gorilla Circus, and Katherine Ryan. The family-friendly event also offers children's entertainment and a bounty of dining options. Guests can explore the seldom-open basement of Alexandra Palace, watch live music and listen to poetry and comedy from the likes of John Cooper Clarke and Katherine Ryan, against a dramatic backdrop of London's skyline. 

From £45, Saturday 21 July 2018, kaleidoscope-festival.com

Food Festivals

Tuck into all kinds of innovative fares this weekend, as two anticipated food festivals arrive in London. The Just Eat food festival is taking place from Friday until Sunday, offering experimental dishes such as chicken katsu burgers, vegan corn-dogs and fruit-laden pizzas. Held at The Last Days of Shoreditch, there will be a special ‘Golden Hour’ from 2pm-3pm each day, where guests will be served ice-cream covered in edible 23-carat gold leaf. Elsewhere, burn off lunch in the ball pit or strike a pose in the photo booth. Also taking place this weekend is the Gluten Free Street Food Festival in Camden Market. Here, you will be able to enjoy a delectable selection of gluten-free street food and cocktails, alongside face-painting and live music.

20-22 July 2018 just-eat.co.uk, gffoodfestival.com

For King and Country 

It’s December 1940, and you are among a group of designated survivors. It is up to you to make decisions that can shape history and save the British people. Are you up to the challenge? Now is your time to find out in this new immersive theatre experience created by Owen Kingston. The two-hour event unfolds in The Secret Cabinet War Rooms AKA the Colab Factory in Southwark. The unique production is part of a season of immersive theatre, which also includes The Great Gatsby.

From £24, until 5 August, colabfactory.co.uk

Royal Academy of Arts 250th Anniversary & RA Lates Costume Party

This week, The Royal Academy of Arts celebrates its 250th Summer Exhibition with an eclectic showcase curated by Grayson Perry. For the first time, the exhibition will be spread across the RA, showing the newly expanded campus, and spill into the streets of Mayfair. The weekend culminates with an RA Lates fancy-dress party on Saturday night, under the fantastical costume theme of Otherworldy Sublime. Taking place across the courtyard and fine art rooms, the immersive evening brings together live music, performance art, street food, cocktail bars, crown-making workshops and a beguiling production of John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. 

Tickets for the RA Lates event cost £45, royalacademy.co.uk

The Luna Cinema 

The Luna Cinema offers open-air film screenings in unusual and majestic locations across the UK. This weekend, enjoy classics including Pretty Woman at Tonbridge Castle in Kent and Mean Girls at One New Change near Bank. The Greatest Showman, the hit musical film starring Hugh Jackman, will be shown on Saturday at the Ascot Racecourse. The company is now also hosting Luna Kids – the first open-air cinema in the UK designed for children. 

From £16.50, until 7 October 2018 thelunacinema.com