So June has come around – although, if it wasn’t for the date on our iPhones, we wouldn’t be able to tell. The whole of London (including event planners) was clearly counting on some glorious sunshine this weekend. Rooftop bars are re-opening, the polo’s on… But we say NO. We’re not letting a bit of expected rain ruin our fun. London, let’s embrace the weather and enjoy these events, no matter what the natural forces throw our way. (Ok, unless there’s some kind of hurricane/storm/other weather danger warning).
1. Purple Party at Solomons’ Yard
In honour of the inimitable Prince, the folks at Solomons’ Yard in Camden Town are hosting the Purple Party. Rounding up some of the capital’s finest DJs, it’s going to be a blowout celebration of music, food and drink, with a slice of Peaky Blinders old gangster chic – think dapper suited and booted gents and gorgeous flapper-girls. If you like Prince – which we know you do – this is just for you.
Saturday 4th June from 6pm @ Middle Yard, Camden Market, NW1 8AL
2. Paradise Lost at Aqua
Make the most of the good weather (LOL) and get yourself to the Paradise Lost party at Aqua’s 5th floor rooftop bar! Taking inspiration from Milton’s classic epic poem and the story of Adam and Eve, this party delves into the forbidden pleasures of London. Expect gold, absinthe apples, tarot cards and snakes, as well as legendary DJ Robert James. The bespoke cocktail menu features the Fallen Angel, containing Grey Goose vodka, apple juice, vanilla and Champagne, quite wicked we think… Tickets are £17 on Fever.
Saturday 4th June, 12pm – 6pm @ 5th Floor, 240 Regent St, London, W1B 3BR
3. Crafty Purley Beer Festival
Head south to Purley and you won’t regret it. Be a part of Purley’s first ever craft beer festival, all in the name of artisan brews. There’ll be an fantastic array of fresh beers available in cask and keg from more than 40 London breweries, as well as a selection of bottles and cans from around the world. Tasting beers is sure to get you peckish, but with a food festival on Purley High Street, they’ve thought this all through pretty well – they’re crafty like that.
3rd & 4th June, CRN 2BN
4. Scared to Dance at the Shacklewell Arms
Whether you want to dance, drink, dress up or dress down, Scared to Dance at beloved Hackney pub Shacklewell Arms welcomes all. Playing the best indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music, we’re sure that you’ll tap your foot to the beat, or maybe twerk: whatever you prefer. Having previously drawn Josie Long and Simon Armitage to man the decks and always featuring resident and founder Paul Richards as a provider of the beats, this Party in Hackney is sure to make your weekend one to remember. Entry is £4.
3rd June @ 71 Shacklewell Ln, London E8 2EB
5. Frat House | Hula Party Special at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
You better own/buy a grass skirt. You can don yours than at the Frat House / Hula Party special at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Impress your friends with your superior bowling skills or regale them with your lack thereof! As well as this, there’ll be beer pong, arcade games, giant Twister/Jenga, karaoke rooms, milkshakes, pizza and chicken wings. Basically they’ve got it all.
Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 9EU
6. Baskfest at Hive Dalston
Celebrating San Sebastian’s status as 2016 European Capital of Culture, a whole load of Basques have descended on the capital to show London what their homeland has to offer. Taking place at Hive Dalston, Baskfest is a celebration of Basque gastronomy, tradition and contemporary art – a true feast for all the senses. Get yourself some delicious pintxos and enjoy the live music, art, performances and screenings all inspired by the Basques, one of Europe’s most ancient peoples!
3rd – 5th June @ 260-264 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DG
8. Polo in the Park by Lauren Jones
It’s time to get poncy and Pimms yourself into oblivion. Chestertons annual Polo in the Park is back at Hurlingham Park. Tickets for Saturdays Ladies Day are already sold out but you can still make it to the Friday or Sunday events which are equally as fancy and fun. Get your kicks from the ever popular tented bar areas, beer gardens, after parties, festival food, fashionistas and sunshine if high speed equine competition doesn’t really do it for you. For the potent polo pervs out there you have a sporting feast lined up with visiting teams popping over the pond from South Africa, America, Morocco, China, Argentina and Dubai to compete against each other and the royalty of the rich mans game, zee Brits!
3rd – 5th June @ Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London SW6 3RH