This Weekend in London: Do It Yourself



It’s a Bank Holiday and time for some DIY. And we don’t mean hours spent pottering around your local B&Q. Instead it’s time to seize the moment, get out and do something by yourself or for yourself.

We’re talking serious ‘me time’ so get ready to indulge yourself.

Here is just a snapshot of some of the things you might want to get up to this weekend in London Town.

Get Active

Kings Cross might not seem like the perfect place to shake off some cobwebs and commune with nature, but the brand spanking new Kings Cross Pond Club offers an opportunity to do just that. A huge natural 10 x 40metre outdoor swimming pond has just opened, where you can crawl lazy lengths surrounded by wildflowers and pioneer plants, planted so that the environment evolves as the seasons change. Nestled at the foot of the towering, glass and metal Kings Cross complex, it’s easy to see why this was originally intended as an art installation. Now it’s just become the coolest place to work out in the city. When you’ve worked up an appetite, this renovated city sector is also conveniently packed with great coffee bars and restaurants.

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Dress code: Sporty. Nail the leisure look with a polo shirt and joggers or relaxed fit jeans.

Get Stuffed

From Saturday – Monday, Syon Park in Richmond is hosting the annual Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink. A host of Michelin starred and top local chefs from renowned eateries will be on hand to display their gastronomical talents and share tips. You can meet the winners of Master Chef and The Great British Bake-off, take part in tastings and even learn new skills, from urban bee-keeping to oyster shucking. Wander down the Street Food Avenue and if you’re man enough, take part in the chilli-eating contest.

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Dress code: Relaxed. Pair our Navy Merino jumper with a checked shirt and dark cords (in case of tasting spillages!)

Get Clever

There are countless cultural events on this weekend. Photography fans should make for Somerset House where Photo London, gathers works from the world’s leading photography galleries and publishers in one, amazing exhibition. Expect to see vintage and contemporary works by the likes of Sebastio Salgado and check out installations, talks and screenings.

To the west of town, at Olympia, Art15 is showcasing modern art works from over a hundred and fifty galleries around the globe. There are guided tours to ensure you don’t miss the best of the show, plus a programme of talks.

If you’re a night owl, you might enjoy a trip to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which opens this month. JM Barrie’s work Peter Pan is currently showing and tickets are still available. It’s an ideal production to enjoy with the family, but any show performed in such open-air splendour is a fantastic experience.

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Dress Code: Smart and stylish. Demonstrate that your artistic flair also extends to your dress sense by choosing a look that reflects your personality. Choose from our range of casual jackets – the Harrison Herringbone looks great with a white button down, wool tie and blue cardigan. Add a flourish with a pocket square or for outdoor events throw a blue quilted jacket over an open necked formal shirt and dark chinos.

Get Squiffy

As The Pub Landord would say, ‘Pint for the gentleman and a glass of white wine for the lady.’ Whatever your preferred tipple you can whet your whistle this weekend. The Old Naval College, near the Cutty Sark is the location for Meantime Brewing’s Brewfest. Meantime produces craft beer in Greenwich year round, but their festival sees global breweries gather to offer a weekend of tastings, food pairings and live music. Tickets should be booked in advance but include a beer glass and five beer tokens to get you supping.

If you’d rather sip Merlot than chug beer, go online to check what’s planned for London Wine Week and bag a £10 wristband to gain you entry to the countless events. There are pop-up bars, tastings, master-classes and wine-based lunches and soirees happening all weekend.

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Dress Code: Denim. Work double denim if you dare, with our blue denim invisible button down shirt paired with jeans. To dilute the look, plump for a plain navy washed casual or checked piece on top.

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