Things To Do This Weekend
By Kimberly Bentein, on 5 July 2019
UCLSS Social Programme Events
Friday 5th July
Jazz in the Quad
Saturday 6th July
Day Trip: Bath & Stonehenge
Recommendations from UCLSS Staff
Things to do this weekend:
On Saturday 6 July, Joe Goddard from Hot Chip is DJing at XOYO, which is a nightclub near Old Street tube station. Old Street is very close to Shoreditch, which is one of the fashionable ‘hipster’ parts of London. Prepare to see men with beards, their hair tied in buns and socks pulled up high! XOYO’s been rated as one of the top 100 nightclubs in the world, so it’s well worth a visit. And if Hot Chip’s bright and bouncy synth-pop reputation is anything to go by, Joe Goddard is a man you can trust on the decks.
Get out of central London by taking a long Saturday morning walk along the canal from Camden to Victoria Park, East London (my favourite place in London!). Spend the day chilling in the park or explore nearby neighbourhoods along the way!
Half price dim sum at Leong’s Legend, Soho
The National Theatre River Stage opens this weekend with East London drag hothouse The Glory who stage a three-day Pride party with the best of London’s world-leading alternative drag and cabaret scene.
The Glory Rive Stage Festival Weekend 5-7 July, full schedule: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-glory-river-stage-2019
Already got plans this weekend? Not to worry, the NT River Stage welcomes a free outdoor festival with a different take-over every weekend until August 2nd the south bank in front of the National Theatre. There’s live music, dancing, DJs, family workshops, club nights and theatre, all summer, all for free!
Full schedule: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/river-stage-2019
Things to book now or do spontaneously at any point over the summer!
If you find yourself at a loose end, why not head to Covent Garden to see a show by the street performers? Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary in 1662 about seeing the first ever street performance (a Punch and Judy puppet show) at Covent Garden. There’s even a pub called the Punch and Judy there to commemorate it! The tradition of street performance at Covent Garden has continued ever since, ranging from classical music performances in the Market, to unicycle-riding chainsaw jugglers, to super flexible acrobatics. Street performers ask for a small donation at the end of the show – I’d recommend giving them £2 if you can.
Watch the later stages of Wimbledon at one of London’s many large screens!
Take a boat down the river Thames to Greenwich. City Cruises run comfortable boats with entertaining and informative guides who explain the sights as you head down the river.
Once in Greenwich, visit the market, have some lunch and spend a lazy afternoon in the park. If you’re feeling energetic, you could climb the hill to the observatory and see the meridian line, where east meets west!
Scene & Heard’s Beyond The Teens – The Grown Up Plays is on from Thursday 11th July to Sunday 14th July at Theatro Technis which is just round the corner from St Pancras Way. Scene & Heard is a unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals. At the end of each term, the children each write a 10 minute play which are then performed by professional actors. Without question the funniest theatre I’ve ever seen!
Tickets are free, you do need to book in advance and bring a bit of spare change to drop into their donation buckets at the end.
By Popular Demand: Pride 2019
I love Pride! It’s always such a brilliant event that brings everyone together. I recommend simply buying a can of beer (or your tipple of choice), dousing yourself in glitter and rainbow flags and heading to Oxford Circus to catch the parade as it goes past! I mention Oxford Circus as it’s very central and easy to get to, and the parade organisers have recommended avoiding the busiest locations (usually Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus). Enjoy it!
If you’re out celebrating Pride you may wish to finish your celebrations by dancing into the early hours of Sunday morning at the Pride Dance Party in East London. DJs on the night include Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco and Luke Solomon – all serving up disco, house, electro and everything in between. Tickets need to be booked in advance.
Classic x Horse Meat Disco Pride Dance Party. Clubbing legends Horse Meat Disco and Honey Dijon headline this bumper Pride night party in a Wapping warehouse with a super-swish soundsystem.
A Note from the Editor: You’ll notice Rory and Rhod’s suggestion may sound a bit similar and we promised them we’d credit who sent it in first… Except they sent it in AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME!
Why not head down to Greenwich where the National Maritime Museum will be gearing up to Pride in London by serving you full festival vibes and beach party realness at Pride on the Shore on 5th July as they explore queer histories and culture with a dash of summer sparkle!