London will be the place to be this weekend. Here’s some of the wonderful activities you could enjoy, places you could visit and shows and exhibitions you might be interested in.
London Wine Week
Oenophiles rejoice, for London Wine Week returns for 2017 with seven days of decanting vintages, decoding the wine list and spitting left, right and centre – white, red, rosé and bubbles therein. The £10 wristband gets you discounts and deals across 125 venues in London; it also means you’re entitled to £5 wine taster flights and curated food pairings at partnering bars. The festival hub in Devonshire Square offers a pretty, covered terrace, pop-up bars and some tempting drinks deals to get you started.
Check the London Wine Week website for participating venues and to get the lowdown on talks, tastings and tickets. More info at: https://www.drinkup.london/wineweek
Bunga Bunga Coven Garden
Five years after the opening of the legendary Battersea bar and pizzeria, Bunga Bunga has come to Covent Garden with an even bigger and bolder version of the original. On the ground floor, discover a family pizzeria and bar, BungaTINI. Below, accessed through the meat locker, lies an incredible secret world serving an Italian sharing feast, extensive drinks menu and a variety show that is surprising and entertaining on every level.
The story of the rise and fall of our patron, Silvio Berlusconi, told the only way that felt appropriate – through the medium of Burlesque while feasting from our menus (of course featuring our famous metre long pizzas) and signature cocktails. Followed by even more entertainment as the ivories are tickled pink with a piano singalong.
The Color Run / Wembley Park
We can’t help but imagine that having powdered paint showering over you as you take on a five-kilometre run must make things a lot slower, but for this particular race that simply doesn’t matter. Participants in ‘the happiest 5k on the planet’ aren’t expected to break any world records, because having a brilliant time is way higher on the agenda. In fact, the 20,000-odd runners won’t even be timed – the finishing line simply marks the start of the Colour Festival, where the party continues with DJs entertaining the crowd. Of course by this point they’ll be suitably attired, too. Having started off in white clothes, the runners will be pelted with brightly coloured (all-natural) powders at each kilometre marker with the end result somewhat reminiscent of a primary school art cupboard. All fitness levels are welcome – as are kids of all ages – as walking and dancing around the course are deemed perfectly acceptable alternatives to the traditional jogging option. If the paint sounds fun but you’re dubious about getting pelted you might prefer to volunteer for paint-throwing duties.
|Venue name:||Wembley Park|
|Transport:||Web: Wembley Park|
|Price:||£28, £26 group bookings, £10 under-5s|
Naked Bike Ride
A protest against oil dependency and the way the cult of the car dominates contemporary life, World Naked Bike Ride Day is also an unfettered celebration of individuality of the bare body. Many people opt to go au naturel and bike in the buff, though full nudity is optional. But remember: while clothes aren’t necessary during the event, no one should get naked before the official start of the ride. The event has a carnival vibe to it, so organisers encourage body painting and adorning your nude self with colourful patterns and slogans.
The route for 2017’s World Naked Bike Ride (now in its fourteenth year) will have seven start points: Tower Hill, Regents Park, Kings Cross, West Norwood, Hyde Park, Clapham Junction, and Kew Bridge. All the routes merge for the core part of the route from Westminster Bridge onwards, so that everyone gets to be part of the mass ride. Don’t forget suncream. For details and updates visit the World Naked Bike Ride website.
Enjoy your weekend! 🙂