It’s the last big weekend of the summer, and London is having it large.
With the season officially coming to a close on September 23, it could be the last chance to celebrate in the sun this year, and the capital is pulling out all the stops.
Finsbury Park is hosting not one, but two dance music festivals, while one of the city’s most interesting breweries is holding court with an End of Summer party on Saturday.
Cocktail evenings, philosophy, plenty of brunch events and even a Springsteen-themed boogie are all taking place too.
Here's our pick of the best things to get up to this weekend.
Barre X Brunch at Orrery
The worlds of brunch and ballet are colliding in Marylebone on Saturday with this special morning at Orrery. The French restaurant is collaborating with fitness studio Xtend Barre to host a dance-based gym class, with the idea that guests build up an appetite before tucking in to the post-workout meal from chef Igor Tymchyshyn.
September 21, 55 Marylebone High St, W1U 5RB, orrery-restaurant.co.uk
Five Points: End of Summer yard party
Hackney’s Five Points are bringing a boozy close to the summer with their first yard party in two years this Saturday. There’ll be live music and top street food, as well as a huge selection the brewery’s lip-smacking beer. There’s the chance to sample brand new creations direct from source too. What’s not to like?
September 21, 61 Mare Street, E8 4RG, eventbrite.co.uk
Hospitality in the Park
Camo and Krooked, Flava D and Mala are just some of the DJs heading to north London for Hospitality in the Park – the annual drum’n’bass festival in Finsbury Park. Expect a line-up as big at the beats, with tickets starting at just £32.50 and good vibes all round.
September 21, Finsbury Park, N4, skiddle.com
Springsteen’s 70th in London
Hungry Heart is hosting a huge party for the Boss’s birthday, with Springsteen aficionados heading over to Oval Space. DJs will be spinning seven straight hours of Springsteen, in what promises to be a fitting tribute to one of the US’s greatest artists. Organisers are also donating a percentage of profits to Campaign to End Loneliness, and there’ll be free Shake Shack burger vouchers for the first 600 through the door.
September 21, Oval Space, E2 9DT, hungryheartevents.com
Gala on the Green – Black Tie Event for Youth Homelessness
Get your gladrags on for this evening do in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden Museum, raising money for a fantastic charity. Gala on the Green are a group of young professionals who host events in order to give back to the community. This time around, they partner with youth homelessness charity DepaulUK for a black tie gala, featuring live bands, and plenty of food and drink long into the night.
September 21, Garden Museum in Lambeth, galaonthegreen.co.uk
Brixton Day and Night party
One of the best party venues in south London is hosting a rooftop party this weekend, catching some of the last rays of the summer. The 12 hour rave kicks off at 3pm, with DJs keeping the party going strong across the venue’s three floors. It should be a memorable night, even by Prince of Wales standards.
The Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH, pow-london.com
This philosophy and music festival is the place to catch talks from the likes of Yanis Varoufakis, Brian Eno and Emma Barnett, as well as plenty of live music. Don Letts is among the DJs spinning records during the day, while Tony Law, Olga Koch and Sophie Duker top an impressive comedy lineup.
Hampstead Ln, Highgate, NW3 7JR, howthelightgetsin.org/london
Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy
One of the UK’s most loved sculptors is being celebrated with a new exhibition at the Royal Academy, which opens this weekend. The collection gathers work from throughout Gormley’s 45-year career, showcasing them alongside new pieces and exhibits – one of which sees the artist flood the gallery with seawater and mud.
September 21-December 3, royalacademy.org.uk
Gethin Jones takeover at Artesian
Some of the world's best bars are shaking things up in Marylebone, with The Langham’s stylish Artesian hosting a series of takeovers throughout the summer and autumn. This cocktail evening on Sunday will see Gethin Jones from Manchester’s Cottonopolis take centre stage, creating a tailor-made drinks menu to mark the occasion. Famed Japanese bartender Shingo Gokan and the team behind Greek favourite The Clumsies are two more names featuring in the series next month. We’ll drink to that.
September 22, 1C Portland Pl, Marylebone, W1B 1JA, artesian-bar.co.uk
ABODE in the Park
The second festival taking place in Finsbury Park this weekend, ABODE in the Park swaps drum’n’bass for house. Fisher, Ellie Cocks, Richie Ahmed and Danny Howard are among the acts bringing the party, with the Sunday rave marking one of the last London festivals of the year.
September 22, Finsbury Park, N4, festicket.com