7 Glorious Things to do in London This Weekend (9-11 August 2019)

Abi Sritharan

5 August 2019

This week brings fresh art exhibitions, a late-night party at Saatchi Gallery and a chic new Cartier pop-up

5 August 2019 | Abi Sritharan

Clash de Cartier at Selfridges

Cartier is the latest brand to take up residence at the Corner Shop at Selfridges, showcasing its Clash de Cartier collection of spiked delicacies. Tiffany Godoy has created an exclusive video for the space, while musical innovator Michel Gaubert has compiled a playlist. Visitors can have their picture taken in the photo booth, receive a personalised Haiku from an onsite poet and peruse a thought-provoking and diverse selection of literature spanning French classic novels, travel guides and rock 'n' roll memoirs. 

Date: until 31 August Location: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB Closest Station: Bond Street

Sweet Harmony: Rave|Today at Saatchi Gallery (all weekend)

Saatchi Gallery hosts the first rave culture exhibition at a major London gallery this summer. The Sweet Harmony: Rave|Today exhibition showcases the work of those who experienced the first wave of raving in the late 80s and early 90s, including Turner prize-winning Jeremy Deller and animator Weirdcore. The immersive exhibition captures the spirit of the acid house revolution through candid photography, audio-visual works and installations. This Thursday evening, you can also experience club culture after-hours at Saatchi Lates, taking place 6.30-9pm, which a live DJ set from Skream.

Dave Swindells: Sacha Souter at Shoom 1988 

Date: until 14 September Time: 10am-6pm Price: £10 Location: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, SW3 4RY Closest Station: Sloane Square

Website: saatchigallery.com

Helen Cammock Che Si Può Fare at Whitechapel Gallery (all weekend)

Turner Prize-nominated artist Helen Cammock’s new exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery is so-called after baroque composer Barbara Strozzi’s Che Si Può Fare, which translates from Italian to ‘what can be done’. The thought-provoking display explores the struggle of women throughout history, depicting reoccurring themes of female pain and sorrow through music, photography, print and film.

Helen Cammock portrait by Thierry Bal

Date: 25 June-1 September Time: 11am-6pm (closed on Mondays) Price: Free Location: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX Closest Station: Aldgate East

Website: whitechapelgallery.org

Women's Movement Walking Tour at the Museum of London (Sunday)

Walk in the footsteps of history’s trailblazing females this Sunday, as the Museum of London leads a special walking tour that honours Emmeline Pankhurst, Mary ‘Slasher’ Richardson and the wave of Suffragettes who campaigned for women’s rights. The afternoon also highlights the actions of ordinary women, who shaped society through small acts of rebellion. A second walking tour will take place on 8 September. 

Date: 11 August Time: 2pm-3.30pm Price: £12.50 Location: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, ECY 5HN Closest Station: St Paul’s 

Website: museumoflondon.org.uk

Rosé Riviera Film Club at South Place Hotel (Saturday)

Enjoy an alfresco screening of The Talented Mr Ripley this weekend at the South Place Hotel, as part of their weekend film club. The screening takes place in the hotel's secluded garden, which has been transformed into a colourful oasis in partnership with Minuty wine. Tickets are priced at £20 per person and include a glass of rosé wine and a box of popcorn.

Date: 10 August Time: 7pm-10pm Price: From £20 Location: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF Closest Station: Moorgate

Website: southplacehotel.com

Bread Ahead at Harrods (all weekend)

Following the unveiling of the sparkling new Food Hall, Harrods welcomes London’s much-loved Bread Ahead bakery for a five-week summer residency. Visit the pop-up for freshly-baked, fluffy doughnuts, generously-filled with a range of flavours including blueberry jam and chocolate cream. Bon appétit.

Date: 9 August-14 September Time: 10am-9pm Price: Free entry Location: Ground Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL Closest Station: Knightsbridge 

Website: breadahead.com

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup & Concert at Ascot Racecourse (Saturday)

Dust off your top hat and tails this weekend and cheer on the world’s most renowned jockeys at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, held at Ascot Racecourse. Considered one of the most prestigious dates on the sporting calendar, four teams will battle it out for the Silver Saddle trophy. Away from the track, guests can enjoy fairground rides, fine dining options, pop-up restaurants and a line-up of live entertainment including Tinie Tempah and Jessie J. 

Date: 10 August Time: 11am-9pm Price: From £32 Location: Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, SL5 7JX Closest Station: Ascot 

Website: ascot.co.uk


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