Let’s be honest – this weekend is all about the 3pm kick off in a certain match in Russia! But aside from the footie, there’s still plenty going on around our scorching city.
Let’s start with the behemoth in the room. Gareth Southgate’s England take on Sweden at the World Cup in Russia in Three Lions’ biggest game for over a decade.
We’re just praying we don’t need penalties and do enough by dominating play and winning with ease within 90-minutes. Who are we kidding! We’ll be embracing the stress as Kane & Co. put us through no doubt 120 nerve-jangling minutes. Come on England!
Sat 7th July, 3pm kick off: England V Sweden
All these places are showing the match FREE & unticketed outdoors on big screens.
Boxpark Shoreditch 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY/Boxpark Croydon
Flat Iron Square, 68 Union St, SE1 1TD
Ealing Park Tavern, 222 South Ealing Road, W5 4RL
TV Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7TU
For non sun lovers:
K Hotel, Richmond Way, W14 OAX (indoor astro turf area, The Pitch, with air con)
It’s London’s annual Pride extravaganza. In addition to a sea of rainbows on the parade there’ll be a host of discounts and events across the capital, including some brilliant performances in Trafalgar Sq plus the Cabaret Stage in Dean St and various activities in Soho Sq at the Community Village. (Click here or here for their app which gives you the lowdown on everything).
Swing by St.Martin’s Courtyard and visit the new pop up store that’s been launched to raise funds for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers. It’ll be selling Katharine Hamnett t-shirts (20 quid but for a great cause) and totes for a tenner – the profits from which will be donated to the cause.
There’ll also be FREE multi-colour makeovers with Smashbox and the folks from Blow Ltd giving you FREE braids (10am -12pm) to get parade perfect. Thirsty? Pop into Bill’s for a delicious rainbow-coloured cocktail.
Sat 7th July, Pride parade, from 12pm, meet Portland Place.
For more info click here
Sat 7th July, 10am – 7pm: Choose Love pop- up store
St. Martin’s Courtyard and Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2
For a total escape all things football swing by the river for a weekend of FREE stand up paddle boarding at the inaugural London City Paddle Festival.
There’ll be lots on for gratis at the two day watery fiesta. As well as free entry there’ll be live entertainment, yoga, pilates plus a chance to watch the pros race from the shoreline. It’s the perfect weather for it! You’ve got to register in advance to participate.
Sat 7th & Sun July 8th, 8am – 9pm (min age: 8 years oldF) London City Paddle Festival
Royal Docks, E16 1GB
FREE – To register and for more info click here
If you’re around West London grab the kids and head down for a FREE afternoon of live music, dance performances, spoken word poetry and DJs; the Portobello Summer Festival is on.
Look out for music spots from DJ legends Fabio and Grooverider and Audio Bullys plus there’ll be plenty of kids activities as well.
Sun, July 8th – 12pm to 8pm: Portobello Summer Festival
Portobello Road, W10
FREE – just show up. For a full list of what’s on click here
If you want to continue the celebrations (hope is still burning bright!) – or if we all need to drown our sorrows make for the Four Pure Taproom Homecoming Party in Bermondsey.
Sunday’s fiesta features live bands, DJs, merch plus loads of beers from six continents including Sunset Brew from South America and Japanese Kyoto Brewing Co.. There’ll also be veggie Indian street food from Horn OK Please and gourmet hot dogs from Oh My Dog!
Sun 8th July, 12pm – 8pm: Fourpure Continental Collaboration Tour Homecoming Party
Fourpure Brewing Co, SE16 3LL
Tickets from £5 (includes a FREE beer)
To book a spot + more info click here