Things to do in London this week

Harry Fletcher
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Things to do in London this week

Shorts and flip flops at the ready – it's summer street party season in the capital.

Marylebone is hosting a fab event this week, welcoming guests for a night of sun-kissed celebration in the heart of the city.

There's also a selection of special film screenings and gigs to look forward to, with Londoners making full use of the good weather.

These are our top picks for what to get up to in London next week.

Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party

It’s street party season in London, and Marylebone going all out for it. They're hosting a free knees-up on Thursday celebrating the area’s independent shops and restaurants. There'll be a host of refreshments on hand, with the likes of the Zetter Townhouse, Lurra and Boxcar Butcher & Grill all laying on food and drink for those who swing by. Expect plenty of things to get stuck into, too – including an assault course for dogs at the Portman pub, no less.

July 18, Seymour Place & New Quebec Street, W1, portmanmarylebone.com

Free 'wonky picnic' at Soho Square

Who doesn’t love a picnic? Dash Water is hosting a gathering in Soho Square on July 18, with cucumber sandwiches and lemon pavlova topped with raspberries on offer for hungry punters. It's all free, and things start at midday – get down there before it's all snapped up.

July 18, Soho Square, W1D 3QZ,

Somerset House's Summer Series

On the bill: Rosalia is one of the most interesting names on the line-up this year (Getty Images for LARAS)

Every year, Somerset House throws open its doors to music lovers for its Summer Series gigs. This year, the likes of Spanish sensation Rosalia (July 15), indie rockers Doves (July 16) and Damon Albarn's The Good, The Bad and The Queen (July 17) will treat fans to open-air performances at the historic venue.

Until July 21, Strand, WC2R 1LA, somersethouse.org.uk

Rooftop Film Club

London's summer film screenings are on top form this year, and Rooftop Film Club puts on some of the best events for cinephiles anywhere in the capital. They've movies at the Queen of Hoxton, the Bussey Building and Stratford's Roof East – this week they’re hosting film fans for screenings of The Big Lebowski, 500 Days of Summer, East is East, Forrest Gump and more.

Various locations across London, rooftopfilmclub.com

Francis Bacon at the Gagosian Gallery

A new collection from one of Britain’s masters of modern art is on display at the Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair. Art lovers have until August 3 to see the Coupling collection, which celebrates Bacon’s double-figure paintings. The exhibition also brings two of Bacon’s most haunting works, Two Figures and Two Figures in the Grass, on display together for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Until August 3, 20 Grovesnor Hill, W1K 3QD, gagosian.com

Rhythm Section with Nick Hoppner, Moxie, Dr Banana and more, CLF Art Cafe

One of the best club nights in south London returns for the first time in six months on Friday, with the Rhythm Section coming back to the CLF. Bradley Zero will be joined by Moxie and Nick Hoppner on the bill, in a welcome return for the Peckham institution.

July 19, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST, clfartcafe.org