This weekend, the spotlight is on quintessential British tradition as annual spectacle Trooping the Colour parades into the regal grounds of Buckingham Palace in honour of the Queen’s birthday. Why not toast to the occasion with a thematic gin and tonic – her majesty’s favourite drink – in support of World Gin Day on Saturday 9 June at Bluebird Cafe's gin-credible pop up? Elsewhere, culture vultures will be enthralled by a spirited exhibition coordinated by artist Grayson Perry CBE in celebration of the Royal Academy of Arts 250th 'Art of Now' showcase. Read on for your ultimate guide to the weekend. >>
With the buzz of the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex still in the air, the world’s eye is still very much focused on Britain and its traditional celebrations. This weekend, one of the capital’s most iconic annual events, Trooping The Colour, takes place at the mall outside Buckingham Palace. The colourful display of pageantry, organised in honour of The Queen’s birthday, will be watched over by the royal family from the palace balcony, and by the world as fans of the monarchy hope to catch another glimpse of newlyweds Harry and Meghan. The parade is televised live on the BBC from 10am – don’t miss the flypast, scheduled to take place at 1pm.
This summer, The Churchill Bar & Terrace takes guests on an oceanic journey through the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas as it transforms its award-winning alfresco terrace into a nautical paradise. Inspired by Sir Winston Churchill’s travels on HMS Enchantres from 1911 to 1915, the bar is offering guests a maritime menu including juicy tagliata with homemade Chimichurri sauce, aromatic Scallops, dressed crab salad, and more. Thematic cocktails include whisky-based Churchill’s Tot, gin-fuelled Jennies’ Bevvy, and The Winkle, in ode to the Winkle Club formed in 1900 by Hasting’s fishermen to provide help to the underprivileged.
For a tasty dose of gin-spiration this World Gin Day, flock to newly opened Bluebird Café at White City’s Television Centre as it partners with tonic water Fever Tree. At this tantalising pop-up on the terrace, guests can sip specially-blended gin and tonic cocktails such as Monkey O’Clock, made with Monkey 47, and Plym O’Clockmade with Plymouth Navy Strength, while kicking back on the floral swing and pastel deck chairs. Cheers.
Celebrated Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry CBE RA is helming Royal Academy of Arts vibrant summer exhibition ‘Art of Now’, showcasing more than 1,300 spectacular artworks across an array of mediums. Highlight artworks on the bill include a sculpture by BRIT Award 2018 designer Sir Anish Kapoor, as well as new pieces by David Hockney RA, Joana Vasconcelos and Turner Prize-nominated Tracey Emin.
Trendy Soho haunt Bob Bob Ricard – famous for its 'Press for Champagne' buttons inside each booth offering guests bubbles on tap – is putting on a delicious Sunday roast spread courtesy of executive head chef Eric Chavot. He has created what he believes could be the ultimate indulgent incarnation of this quintessentially British dish. "The Sunday roast is so much a part of British life that in France we even call British people ‘les rosbifs’ – this is my affectionate homage to that" he said, talking about the exciting new launch. "From the Aberdeenshire beef itself to the Heritage carrots and Agria potatoes and even the jus, made by roasting veal bones, everything about this Sunday roast uses the finest produce, prepared with great care.”