With the heatwave continuing and oodles of fun entertainment on offer, this weekend is set to be a scorcher in more ways than one. Art fans will be bewitched by The National Portrait Gallery’s tribute to king of pop Michael Jackson ‘Michael Jackson: On The Wall’ dedicated to his impact on the art world, while The Royal Academy of Arts is hosting its annual Mayfair Art Weekend. If you’re more of a foodie, head to cultural hub Covent Garden as Lima Floral delivers a taste of Latin American flair to London with an exciting renovation and menu. Read on for your ultimate weekend guide.>>
Michael Jackson, undoubtedly one of the most iconic musicians in the history of entertainment, is the star of a brand-new photographic exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery marking what would have been his 60th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his death next year. We all know the impact the King of Pop had on the music industry, but ‘Michael Jackson: On The Wall’ puts the spotlight on the enduring mark he made to the art world, exploring images of the star. Encompassing thrilling works, including Michael Jackson’s ‘Dinner jacket’ by Michael Lee Bush, silk-screen portraits by Andy Warhol from 1984 and 'Michael' (2001) by Gary Hume, it’s not to be missed.
29 June – 21 October
The basement bar of Covent Garden’s restaurant Lima Floral is undergoing a stylish transformation, with a new menu and moniker inspired by Latin American flair. Relaunching as The Lost Alpaca Bar, gastronomes can enjoy authentic Peruvian bar snacks alongside cocktails including the citrussy ‘classic pisco scour’ – Peru’s national cocktail – ‘palo santo vibe’ with smoked Pisco and tobacco liqueur and rum-filled ‘alpaca punch’.
Set your summer in bloom with a snoop round the picturesque grounds of Hampton Flower Court Show as The Royal Horticultural Society presents its acclaimed floral presentation. Taking over the opulent backdrop of King Henry VIII’s former home, the show provides the UK’s green-fingered residents with a wealth of floral inspiration.
2 - 8 July
Opening the doors to the diverse hub of art and culture harboured within Mayfair and St.James’, Mayfair Art Weekend in association with The Royal Academy of Arts is a celebration of creativity and craftsmanship. The RA’s Annenberg Courtyardwill play host to a myriad of pieces from the likes of Cardi Gallery, Christie’s and The Fine Art Society. Creative workshops, musical performances and artist-led tours of participating galleries are also on the bill, providing a welcome dose of imagination.
29 June – 1 July
Grippingly gritty thriller Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado, directed by Denis Villeneuve, delivers an action-packed punch equal to its 2015 predecessor. The plot follows stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toroas a pair of CIA operatives attempting to prevent Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists into America – and promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seat.
In cinemas nationwide now