Weekend Guide
UJ Banner

We’ve used up our annual leave, we’ve gotten over the trauma of the riots, and we’re ready to do some proper partying in London again this Bank Holiday weekend. And we don’t mean wearing a plastic whistle and eating plantain in the middle of heaving crowds in Notting Hill (unless we’re at an amazing private party like the Red Bull/ Major Lazer one we’re giving away tickets to.) There’s plenty else to keep us occupied, from fashion film nights to drive-in movies and east London dance parties. Getting away is awesome, but right now we wouldn’t be anywhere else but here.

This weekend's picks:
• FRI Watch Me Dance Pop-Up Shop • SAT Top Gun Drive-In • SUN Bookstock
Sign up to receive your weekly newsletter automatically   Sign up to receive your 6 Ibiza editions per summer

Test Presents… The Cockettes with Fred Butler

Accessories don’t get much more fabulous than Fred Butler’s kaleidoscopic, rainbow-hued creations (seen on Björk, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj), so we can’t wait to see the film she lists as her major inspiration. The Cockettes is a documentary about a gender-bending performance group from the 1970s and Butler will be talking about it before and answering questions afterwards as part of a series about film’s influence on fashion.

The Cockettes, 7pm, Town Hall Hotel,
Patriot Square, E2 9NF


V&A Late
Sponsored listing

This summer has been a sticky one, so we love the idea of taking a dip in a secret pool backstage at the V&A – even if it’s in a skip. It’s one of the many events at the V&A’s Friday Late Summer Camp, which is happening on Saturday too this weekend. There are lots of design-related workshops and displays, but it’s not all scholastic: the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Bar will be serving up a range of Imagination cocktails to spark the festivities, including Blue Sky Thinking, made of Bombay Sapphire, blueberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar syrup and myrtle.

Friday 26 & Saturday 27, 6.30-10pm, free.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL


Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa, Ischia, Italy
Sponsored listing

It’s not too late for some September sunbathing – especially when Jetsetter is including luxury properties like this in its flash sales. Perched on the shore of the island’s famous healing waters, Terme Manzi combines amazing service, incredible scenery and a first-rate spa that knows just how to harness the regenerative power of those mineral springs. So don’t put your swimsuit into storage just yet.

Click here for privileged access to Jetsetter.


SHOP: The Travel Bookshop Closing Down Sale
In the movie Notting Hill, the fact that Hugh Grant never sold any books in this W11 shop was charming and funny – here in the real world it means the store’s going out of business. Poets and actors have got on board to try and save the place, which is a lovely, ramshackle place to visit, but in the meantime, there’s 50% off on everything. Snap up some picture books and start dreaming about exploring the Amazon.

Time: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun, Call for opening hours during Carnival - 02072295260
Place: The Travel Bookshop, 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, W11 2EE
Cost: Free
Info: The Travel Bookshop Closing Down Sale

PARTY: Toddla T’s Watch Me Dance Pop-up
We’ll be swinging by this pop-up after work to pick up a free drink and hear some tunes by the Ninja Tunes-signed producer, whose new album Watch Me Dance is lots of fun in a high-octane, hip hop way, with guest spots from Roots Manuva, SKream, Ms Dynamite and Roisin Murphy. If that’s not enough party-hard music for you, head over to Corsica Studios later where T will be playing ’til the early hours. 

Time: 1pm-7.30pm
Place: Drop Dead, 8 Kingly St,

Cost: Free
Info: Toddla T’s Watch Me Dance Pop-up
UJ Banner

Sponsored listing

When you watch a movie under the stars, you want it to be something larger than life, romantic and preferably Parisian. The movie that made Audrey Tautou a star is a good choice then for this Nomad screening at the leafy Dulwich Park, where you’ll be serenaded with Gallic music before the curtain goes up, and, we’re told, greeted by “intrepid gnomes.”

Amélie, 1 Sept, 8pm (doors 6.45pm), Dulwich Park, SE21 7BQ. £8-10.


Take One: Last Chance, Massimo

It's the last week to enjoy the Champagne and Crudo promo in the Oyster Bar at Massimo. For a pricey joint, three top artisan champagnes (Premier, Grand Cru and vintage 2002) courtesy of French Bubbles paired with a selection of raw fish including mackerel ceviche, raw langoustines and scallops with orange and vanilla salt for £45 is a rare bargain. And if you do miss out, rumour has it they’re planning a similarly enticing matching to celebrate the return of the oyster next month…

Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Corinthia Hotel, Northumberland Avenue, SW1A 2BD
Listing by WineChap


DRINK: Real English Cider Festival
You can get a good brunch at this N1 gastropub (try the Eggs Royal with Hollandaise and samphire) and there are dishes like wild rabbit and sprats on the á la carte menu – but this weekend the food’s going to be especially cooked up to go with the 20 varieties of cider and perry on offer. Stop off before your evening’s activities to try concoctions made with Kent raspberries, ginger and Commice pears.

Time: From 12pm Sat
Place: The Alma, 59 Newington Green Road, N1 4QU
Cost: Free
Info: Real English Cider Festival

FILM: Top Gun
Step back into 1950s America and take a road trip over to Epping's very own drive-in movie theatre. Take inspiration from Sandy and Danny (quiffs and pumps galore), bring some popcorn and expect an appropriately American film: the so-cheesy-it’s-great Top Gun. For those of you who don’t fancy peering through your windscreen at Tom Cruise bring deckchairs for the lawn. Stranded at the drive-in? Not such a bad thing.

Time: 8.45pm
Place: North Weald Airfield, 34 Lancaster Road, Epping,
CM16 6HR
Cost: £30 per car, £10 per person without car
Info: Top Gun

Win a pair of tickets to Red Bull’s Carnival Party

Last year’s tickets to this huge party hosted by Major Lazer (Diplo and Switch) sold out in three minutes; this year it was 37 seconds. The carnival can be a bit of a slog, with tube closures and massive crowds, but private parties are the way to do it in style. Especially when there are free drinks and starry guest appearances (previous years have seen surprise sets by MIA and Santigold). Email us to win one of five pairs of tickets.

Reb Bull's Carnival Party, Mon Aug 29, 12-7pm, Under the Westway, W10 5JJ


£15 Off at Worship Street Whistling Shop Emporium

We had an amazing time when we tried out this new experience from the gastro geniuses at the Whistling Shop. It’s a rum-tasting voyage from the 17th century to the present day, with delicacies like spiced sugar bubbles, edible charcoal and smoking chocolate cola foam alongside rum served every which way, from grog and punch to Cuban cocktails. Best of all, we persuaded them to give the first 30 UJ readers to call £15 off, so you can give it a go too.

Worship Street Whistling Shop,
63 Worship St, EC2A 2DU. 020 72470015, usually £95. Mention UJ when you call.


FESTIVAL: Bookstock Festival
Cancel your dinner plans for Sunday night and make room for sizzling food from Meatwagon’s pit-roast: they’ll be turning up at this big street party with two lambs, a whole roast hog and lots of bourbon and beer. And don’t fret: you’ll be able to work it off dancing to Sink The Pink’s uber-camp party tunes – other DJs include Little Boots and Big in Japan.

Time: Noon-2am
Place: The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, EC2A 4RH
Cost: Free
Info: Bookstock Festival

MUSIC: South West Four
We haven’t forgotten it’s the Bank Holiday on Monday, and there may still be some of you who want to party in style, even if you’re not hugely into reggae and jerk chicken. So listen up, especially if you’re south of the river: there are still a few Sunday tickets available for this big electro fest, where our faves Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will be playing (fingers crossed for glitter cannons), alongside the likes of Pendulum and Simian Mobile Disco.

Time: 12-9pm
Place: Clapham Common, SW4
Cost: Standard Tickets £50
Info: South West Four

Babington House Wedding Open Day

Ridiculous dresses, over-enthusiastic photographers and drunken bridesmaids – wedding season is upon us, and whilst attending them is guaranteed fun, spare a thought for the poor betrothed ones that have to organise it all. At least they have a little help from this open day at a UJ favourite country getaway, Babington House – think walled gardens and an 18th century chapel. Couples are invited to have a (much-needed, no doubt) drink and browse what’s on offer. Or they could just elope.

Wedding Open Day, 3 Sept, Babington House, Somerset, BA11 3RW

To register your interest in attending the open day please contact Jen Herman or call 01373 814 907


Take Two: More Champagne, Angelus

One of London's best hidden haunts, Angelus in Lancaster Gate, is embracing small-plate culture with their 'pichounettes' – selections of savoury and sweet light bites, perfect for a snatched lunch or aperitivo hour with proprietor Thierry Tomasin's exclusive new champagne, Cuvee Angelium. A great food Champagne, it’s equally at home with mini steak tartare or roast frogs’ legs as salted caramel macaroons. A glass plus choice of either savoury or sweet pichounettes is £23 and served from 11-11.

Angelus, 4 Bathurst Street, W2 2SD
Listing by WineChap

UJ Banner
WineChap by WineChap, Weekend guide by JH
(c) 2011 Urban Junkies. All rights reserved.
Reproductions of any portion of this website only with our express permission. Urban Junkies is a free daily mailer. All listings and features are editorial: We do not receive any payment from venues, artists or promoters. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of information listed but we cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions.