15 *IRL* Things to Do in London this Weekend – The Resident

Actual real life events are BACK! So if you’re up for leaving the house, here’s our pick of the best things to do in London In Real Life, from a rooftop rosé brunch in the City to museum trips and afternoon tea at The Ritz

Lead image: Sky Garden

1 Rosé on the Roof at Coq d’Argent, the CityFrom 11 JulyBrunch is back! Coq d’Argent, the popular rooftop restaurant in the City, has launched Rosé on the Roof, a new weekly brunch menu created in partnership with premium rosé, M de Minuty. Executive Head Chef Damien Rigollet has created a menu full of classic French dishes inspired by the laid-back lunches of the South of France, to be accompanied by the aromatic M de Minuty Rosé (sold separately). Coq d’Argent’s terrace has been transformed into a botanical retreat filled with lavender, lemon trees, orange blossom and plants inspired by alfresco restaurants found on the French Riviera. £29.50 for two courses or £34.50 for three courses. Available every Saturday from 12pm-4pm.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ; coqdargent.co.uk

2 Spaced Out Brunch & Suppers Series at POW Brixton From 17 JulyPOW Brixton’s new Spaced Out brunch and suppers series will run on one of Brixton’s most famous rooftop from this weekend, with a soundtrack supplied by residents and special guests from the likes of Up On The Roof, Shabba, Brixton Disco Festival, Supa Dupa Fly and ByDayByNight. Slide into your own party booth, seating four to six, and enjoyed food and drinks with friends. Friday’s Spaced Out Sunset Supper and Saturday’s Balearic Brunch have already sold out, but you can still get involved in Sunday’s Supa Dupa Fly x Rooftop Brunch. Tickets from £100 for a table of four with one drink and a brunch dish per person.To book see designmynight.com

3 Sky Garden’s Summer Sound Sessions, the CityFrom 17 JulySky Garden, the City’s green oasis in the sky, is reopening its Sky Pod bar with a new line-up of DJ nights from 17 July. Running every Friday and Saturday night until midnight, it’s one of the few places to reopen with DJs spinning the decks, thanks to a generous amount of space for social distancing. Friday 6pm-12am and Saturday 9pm-12am. Tickets start from £11 and include a ‘cocktail of the day’ with table bookings available. Sky Garden’s Darwin Brasserie will also reopen from 22 July.1 Sky Garden Walk EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london

4 Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, PiccadillyFrom 18 JulyAfternoon Tea at The Ritz is a quintessentially British experience, with finely cut finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream, French pastries, tea cakes and a choice of 18 loose-leaf teas. This weekend, you can step through the doors into the glitzy Palm Court for the first time since lockdown began. Afternoon tea will be served daily at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm, priced from £61pp (£40 per child). The hotel is taking bookings from 1 September.150 Piccadilly W1J 9BR; theritzlondon.com

5 Titian: Love, Desire, Death at National Gallery, Trafalgar SquareFrom 8 JulyThe National Gallery was London’s first major gallery to reopen, and its lead exhibition, Titian: Love, Desire, Death, has resumed and will now be on show in the Main Floor Galleries until 17 January 2021 (tickets are £12). You can also see Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age in the Ground Floor Galleries until 20 September 2020. There are new one-way art routes, two-metre social distancing rules, additional cleaning, hand sanitiser stations at regular intervals, and visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings. Plus, visitors must book in advance, even to see the main collection, which remains free, in order to control numbers and help reduce contact.Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN; nationalgallery.org.uk

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at The Ritz is a fine way to spend an afternoon

6 I’ve Really Done It This Time at Ben Oakley Gallery, GreenwichUntil 26 July Ben Oakley launches a new solo exhibition at his eponymously named gallery in Greenwich. I’ve Really Done It This Time is a brand new series of wild and wonderful works created from pieces collected over the years in a process Oakley calls ‘art-cycling’. Over the years, self-taught artist Oakley has collected objects from around the globe, an obsession sparked from spending time at Bermondsey Market as a child. A silver pocket watch might spark his interest, becoming the base for a piece of artwork that sends him wading through his vast collection of treasures to create something intriguing and heaped with surreal humour. Opens on Friday 10 July at 7pm. View the exhibition IRL on Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30am-4.30pm, by appointment during the week or view it virtually online.Greenwich Market, 9 Turnpin Lane SE10 9JA; benoakleygallery.com

7 Celebrate Colombian Independence Day at Paladar, Elephant & CastleSunday 19 JulyPaladar, the lively Latin American restaurant in Elephant & Castle, is celebrating Colombian Independence Day a day early on Sunday 19 July. Alongside his usual menu, chef Jose Rubio Guevara will be serving his creative take on the traditional Colombian favourite Bandeja Paisa, a generous bowl of borlotti beans, crispy pork, avocado, fried plantain and mini arepas. Throw in Colombian music, beer and a cocktail based on Colombian aguardiente ad you’ve got yourself a party! Diners will also be able to enjoy Paladar’s current art exhibition, by Colombian-born artist Rafael Rosas.4-5 London Road, Elephant & Castle SE1 6JZ; paladarlondon.com

8 Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi at Somerset House, the StrandFrom 16 JulySomerset House reopens part of the site to visitors on 16 July, including the critically acclaimed free exhibition, Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, which has now been extended throughout the summer. Capacity will be limited, however, so you must book a timed ticket slot in advance. The popular museum shop also returns, both on-site and online, and the on-site cafe, Hej, will also reopen daily from 12pm-6pm, although for takeaway only. The magnificent neo-classical courtyard, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, will also reopen daily from 10am-7pm with additional seating and tables, although the fountains won’t restart until a later date.Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk

9 Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium at Whitechapel GalleryFrom 14 JulyWhitechapel Gallery will reopen to the public on 14 July 2020 with the spring exhibition programme extended through the summer. Visitors will get a second chance to see the major exhibition Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium (extended until 30 August), and Carlos Bunga’s commission Something Necessary and Useful (extended until 6 September 2020). In the Eye of Bambi, ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art, selected by Verónica Gerber Bicecci, has been extended until 9 August, The Return of the Spirit in Painting is now on until 27 September, and Rachel Pimm: Plates is on until 9 August. Plus, Townsend, the gallery’s restaurant, reopens on 15 July.77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX; whitechapelgallery.org

10 Catch a Drive-In Movie, various locationsFrom 3 JulyMany of London’s new drive-in cinemas are now up and running. Choose from Celestial Cinema at Flamingo Park in Bromley (tickets £29.50 per car), @TheDriveIn on Circus Field in Blackheath, Sunset Cinema on Twyford Avenue Sports Ground in Acton (tickets £50 per car), The Luna Drive-In Cinema at Allianz Park in Hendon (tickets from £29.50), The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water in Enfield (tickets £55 per car) and Rooftop Film Club’s Drive in Cinema at Ally Pally (tickets £27.50-£29.50 per car). For more on London’s drive-in cinemas, including locations and launch dates, click here.

Seana Gavin’s collage of works as part of Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi at Somerset House (photo: Mark Blower)

11 The Big London Bake, TootingOngoingThe Big London Bake – the UK’s first and only live baking competition – has returned IRL! After offering remote tutorials, the squad is now back in their famous, fully kitted out baking tent in the gardens of the Castle Pub in Tooting. Much like the TV bake-off, you compete with your fellow bakers to whisk, roll and drizzle your way towards a winning bake in just 90 minutes. New COVID-secure measures include 12 separate baking stations, all two-meters apart, PPE available for all guests, all ingredients and equipment on your own baking station (no sharing), hand sanitiser and hand wash facilities available to all, and deep cleans after every session. Tickets from £35, but you can get 20% off tickets for July, August and September if you book before 31 July using the code BAKINGSBACK20 (click here to book).38 Tooting High Street SW17 0RG; thebiglondonbake.com

12 Visit the Cutty Sark, GreenwichFrom 18 JulyThe historic Cutty Sark reopens to members on 18 July, with the general public welcomed back on 20 July – so now is a good time to sign up for a membership! Some restrictions will initially be in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, including pre-booked time slots to cap visitor numbers, a one-way system, protective screens in the ticket hall and gift shop, sanitiser stations and the closure of some interactives. Tickets must be booked in advance. Initially cafés will not be open, but toilet facilities will be available to visitors with enhanced cleaning in place. Plus, for a limited time, you can get a free child ticket to the Cutty Sark with every paying adult.King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk

13 Sherlock: The Official Live Game, Shepherd’s BushFrom 11 JulySherlock: The Official Live Game is now open, so swap your four walls for Sherlock’s Baker Street flat and get your detective on. For the first time ever, slots will be available for exclusive private experiences only so that you can feel safe within the Sherlock environment. So ‘don your deerstalker’ (and your face mask) for this 100-minute immersive experience, racing against the clock to solve mysteries and puzzles before the time runs out! The west London experience, a ‘Good to Go‘ COVID-secure attraction approved by Visit England, is suitable for all detectives aged 10 and over. Tickets from £130 for two adults (family ticket £150-£180).West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8PP; thegameisnow.com

14 Opera Gallery’s Masterpiece Exhibition, MayfairUntil 25 JulyOpera Gallery reopened its doors on Super Saturday with a new exhibition featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary art. Works by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Fernando Botero, alongside a series of new artworks made during lock down by world-famous light sculptor Anthony James, are all part of the Masterpiece Exhibition. Opera Gallery has seen a huge boom in sales by younger digital savvy collectors who have capitalised on the gallery’s new digital Viewing Rooms programme, which will continue even as the gallery opens its doors to the public.134 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 2TF; operagallery.com

15 Flea Vintage & Makers Market at Vinegar Yard, London BridgeEvery weekendFlea – Vinegar Yard’s resident vintage and makers market – offers a sustainable shopping experience featuring an array of vintage and artisanal traders. The market has operated virtually during lockdown, and will continue to do so each Saturday with Insta Flea, but for those who have missed rummaging through the aisles to find beautiful and unique pieces, now you can! COVID-secure measures include a one-way system, strictly capped capacity, careful spacing of vendors in the outdoor yard, increased sanitation procedures and attended bathrooms. The Gentlemen Baristas will be on hand to provide artisanal coffees to take away, along with a selection of snacks. Open Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm.Vinegar Yard, St Thomas Street, London Bridge ​SE1 3QU; flealondon.com