What to see
Jermyn Street Theatre may be pint-sized but it punches above its weight with its shows. Pictures of Dorian Grey, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s novel has attracted rave reviews. Snap up tickets here. For new writing, try another critics’ favourite Armadillo at The Yard Theatre which follows the disappearance of a teenage girl from a small town in America where fifteen years earlier, another teenage girl was kidnapped.
What to do
Head to Oval Night Market on Friday and Saturday (21st and 22nd June). After a popular launch in may, this nocturnal market promises food stalls, dancing in the streets and artisan sellers. Food sellers will include Jake’s Vegan Steak, fiery Thai from Yaay Yaay and sacrilegiously good burgers from Holy Cow. Craft beer will be served, along with cocktails from the Mixology Brothers.
Somerset House is also playing host to street food masters KERB for the weekend who will take over the courtyard with 15 stalls serving up Jamaican, Caribbean, Ghanaian and Nigerian inspired food from a host of well-loved traders including Only Jerkin’, Deserted Cactus and Flygerians.
Where to eat
Carnaby’s iconic Kingly Court has three storeys of food venues to choose from – heaven for foodies, hell for the indecisive.
Take your pick from Peruvian haunt Señor Ceviche, brunch hotspot The Good Egg, seafood merchant Wright Brothers Soho, Shoryu for the best ramens and Netflix chef Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express.
Where to drink
It’s hard not to be charmed by the off-beat, retro interiors of Barrio in Shoreditch. From colourful timber booths to a vintage caravan, it’s all deliciously over the top. Saturday nights feature a lively mix of latino, reggae and funk music. If a cocktail named The Wonky Donky can’t get your weekend off to a good start then we don’t know what will.
For a high brow option head to The Library Bar at The Ned (27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ). Specialising in champagne and martini, this intimate city bar lowers you into the heady sophistication of the 1930s with its throwback luxury. Reservations required.