What to see
This lesser known exhibition space is tucked away in a beautiful listed building on the Old Brompton Road. Home to The Royal Society of Sculptors, you can catch the latest exhibition Parallel Lines which explores the relationship between drawing and sculpture. Drawings from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art are paired with drawings by contemporary sculptors including Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Eric Gill, Allen Jones and Eduardo Paolozzi. Be sure to visit the sculpture terrace while you’re there to see Henry Moore’s 1958 sculpture ‘Woman’.
Royal Society of Sculptors, Dora House,108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA
What to do
This weekend Seven Dials presents FESTIVAL 30 a free one-day event to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic Sundial Pillar. Taking place in the seven atmospheric streets of Seven Dials on Saturday 29 June between 11am – 6pm, this vibrant district nestled between Covent Garden and Soho will be closing the streets to traffic in order to bring you live music, food, theatre, arts and crafts and more.
Enjoy a free cocktail at Monmouth Kitchen’s pop-up bar or grab lunch at Seven Dials Market, KERB, or make the most of a host of free interactive workshops from flower crowns to illustration sessions.
Meanwhile, the traditional British car boot sale is being given a hipster makeover in King’s Cross. The Wine Car Boot, happening on Saturday, offers a quirky introduction to London’s wine scene. Each car boot is an independent wine retailer – or producer – and will present five of their favourite wines to taste, buy, drink-in or take away.
On Sunday, American whiskey makers Smooth Amber are hosting an outdoor American Cookout at the Strongroom Bar, Shoreditch. Head to the outdoor courtyard for live Bluegrass music, BBQ food and of course whiskey. Every guest will receive 1 free Smooth Ambler cocktail plus unlimited access to the BBQ from 3-5pm. Tickets are £10 and the event runs from 2-8pm.
Where to eat
Soho favourite Bao has opened a new restaurant in Borough Market, combining the best-loved flavours of Bao with karaoke. Sing your heart out in the private karaoke room or simply sit down and enjoy Bao’s unique twist on Thai cuisine.
Fed up your phone? Eat at Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant Angelina in Hoxton where mobiles are banned at the bar. Fusion restaurants can fall down on the wrong side of experimental but Angelina allows you to explore new tastes in a thoroughly fun and unpretentious fashion.
Where to drink
One of London’s best kept al fresco secrets has got to be the beautiful Courtyard hidden at the back of The Stafford Hotel. Sheltered from the hustle and bustle of Mayfair and St James’s, The Courtyard is located through the hotel’s historic American Bar. The perfect spot to relax in the sun this weekend, there is an extensive list of fine wines chosen by longstanding master sommelier, Gino Nardella. Alternatively, The American Bar is renowned for its cocktails, be that an expertly mixed classic gin martini or a more creative serve from their newly launched cocktail list – The American Dream. To eat, Culinary Director Ben Tish has crafted a short menu of small plates and nibbles inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean and North Africa. When the weather permits, he will also be firing up the Big Green Egg and serving up a selection of seasonal BBQ dishes.