Ah… the London summer. Cloudy skies, a sprinkling of rain and that altogether mad happiness that explodes with that little bit of sun; you never loved blue skies more. Maybe you’re there for Wimbledon (on till the 10th of July) or maybe you’re not but here’s quick Eat, See & Do for the coming weekend. Enjoy!!
If you’re a foodie then pack your picnic basket and head to Blackheath Common for UK’s biggest food festival. With all the jazz of Glastonbury, you have headliners like Adam Simmonds, Celebrity Chef Rosemary Shrager and Tony Rudd serving you their signature recipes at the Chef’s Theatre while you tap your toes to the Three Belles and a lot of other music at the live entertainment stage. Atul Kochar of the Michelin star and Chef patron of Benares will whip you up some modern Indian. There are wine and champagne master classes for the connoisseurs or just anyone who wants to dunk their nose into yummy red at the Drinks Theatre. The kids have cookery theatre where they can learn how to make you Chinese Noodle Doodles for Mother’s Day and can take part in a jungle bug eating competition, the micro brewers can take a craft beer master class, there’s shopping so that the credit card doesn’t feel like a third wheel and tons of pop up restaurants. The ground opens at 11:00 am and day tickets are 12 pound each. The VIP package means you receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, reserved seats at all the master classes (a must if you are a serious foodie), goody bags and recipe booklets to take home. Most of all you have your own lounge where you can rest your stomach. How to get there: Take a train to Blackheath Common Railways station and the festival is only a seven (7) minutes walk from there.
If you don’t have tickets to Wimbledon, don’t fret. Merchant Square, Paddington Basin, will also be showing live matches on the big screen on the lawn until Sunday 10:00 pm. Do not miss Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern starting 6th July. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see over a 100 paintings by this master of twentieth century art. You also get to see one of her most important works Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction.
If you haven’t been on the London Eye before, then this is the time to do it. The Coca Cola London Eye and Gordon’s Gin have coupled up to ensure you literally drink in the most amazing London views. Sip on two refreshing G&Ts and see if you can point out your favorite landmarks. It starts at 5:30pm and 7:30 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until September 10th. Get your London Eye tickets here.