Weekend Wonders: 5th - 6th July
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Weekend Wonders: 5th - 6th July
This weekend will see some major events happening around the world, including the Wimbledon final, Tour de France and American Independence Day.
Hanna Ibraheem has listed the best places to visit for these events (think tennis ball ice cream and a hot dog eating competition), along with chances to take part in a flashmob, complete a heist with Benefit and eat in Selfridges secret rooftop garden.
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Dine al fresco in a secret garden
This summer, Selfridges is bringing you the ultimate al fresco experience with On The Roof With Q. For the next 18 weeks, the department store will transport customers to a restaurant for a unique experience in their secret rooftop garden. The line-up will include talks and events with some of the world’s leading chefs, producers and innovators while the menu boasts a range of delicious BBQ food. Desserts will be an impressive selection of gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free treats from Daisy Lowe’s new cookbook, along with a pop-up juice bar from The Juicery. And if the weather starts to look a bit gloomy (it is London after all), a retractable roof will be put in place to protect you from any sudden downpours.
On The Roof With Q, Sunday – Tuesday (11am – 10:00pm), Wednesday - Saturday (11am - 11pm), Selfridges Roof Top, 400 Oxford Street, W1H 6HB
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Make your eyes pop
Nars is taking over Space NK in Soho for an 'Eyeconic' Pop-Up to celebrate the launch of their new Dual Intensity eyeshadows. It's a Pop-Up to make your eyes pop if you will. Pop down (sorry) until July 8th and book a one-to-one consultation with a Nars makeup artist to learn how to create beautiful, multi-dimensional eye looks using one (or all) of the 12 newly launched shadows. They can be used dry for a soft haze of colour, or wet to create a dramatic, jewel-like effect. The options are endless and the tips keep coming. The ideal pit-stop before a Saturday night out we say.
To book an appointment for the Soho pop-up, call the customer service team on 02087402085. All appointments are £15, which is redeemable against any purchases made at the event. Purchase any two products from the Dual Intensity Eyeshadow range and you will receive an exclusive gift from NARS.
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Enjoy a classic
Over 50 years since its original release, the Royal Albert Hall is bringing award-winning movie West Side Story back to the big screen. Experience the romantic tragedy that sees the Jets and the Sharks battle it out and enjoy some of the most breathtaking choreography that ever graced the cinema. Music from the film will be brought to life by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, immersing you right into the depths of the movie.
West-Side Story + live orchestra , Tickets from £15- £55, dinner package available, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
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Chomp down all you can eat hot dogs
Kick off your weekend by celebrating the 4th of July with a hot dog eating contest. The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch will be hosting an Independence Day Bash, which will also include a DJ until 2am as customers attempt to conquer their hot dog challenge. Rules for the 30 minute competition include no sharing, no puking and no crying. In the event of a tie break, competitors will have to speed eat as many hot dogs as possible in three minutes. As you recover, blues guitarist and singer Marcus Bonfanti will be performing to soothe you with his velvety smooth voice.
The Blues Kitchen , free entry before 9pm, £5 advance tickets available, or free entry all night with an American passport, 7pm – 2am, Hot dog eating competition starts at 7pm (to enter you must email firstname.lastname@example.org ), Shoreditch, 134-146 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR
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Participate in a charitable flashmob
Ever wanted to be part of a flashmob? Well, this is your chance! Cancer charity Macmillian have created a routine that will be performed around the globe on Sunday in a bid to get the world-record for the largest ever multi-site Bollywood dance. Members of the public around Old Spitalfields Market will burst into the energetic Bollywood dance routine in support of cancer patients everywhere. If you’re up to it, be sure to arrive half an hour early so that you can lock the routine down and have fun while doing your part.
BollyGOOD, free but donations are welcome on the day, 11.30am – 1pm, Sunday 6 July, Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, E1 6AA
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Get tennis chic
The tennis court is not the first place you might look for beauty inspiration, but thanks to a surge in daring nails (we’re looking at you, Williams sisters), we’ve seen some trendy tips grabbing the racket. Get involved with ORLY Colour Blast’s new shade Tennis Ball Neon. Use ORLY Colour Blast White Tips to finish the look for a true champion’s finish.
ORLY Colour Blast Tennis Ball Neon, £9.50, available from Boots
ORLY Colour Blast White Tips, £10.50, available from graftonsbeauty.co.uk
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Support the Tour de France
Get involved in the live action of this year’s Tour de France by heading down to Fan Parks at Trafalgar Square or Green Park for free screenings. There will be live music in Trafalgar Square, while Green Park hosts a screening of ‘Rising from the Ashes’, a celebration of the first Rwandan national cycling team and their journey to the London Olympics. You’ll be guaranteed a good time with nutritional therapists and physios offering advice, stunt riders and street food carts and pop-up restaurants keeping you full throughout the day.
Fan Parks, located in Harrogate, Green Park, Trafalgar Square and Canary Wharf, find out more information here
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Game, set, eat
Get a taste for the tennis court with One Canada Square. This weekend is the last chance to try their delicious Strawberry and Lemon Balm Tennis Ball, £6.50. A white chocolate sphere, this dessert is filled with zesty strawberry, lemon calm ice cream, strawberry jelly and strawberry sauce. It’s then been dusted with desiccated coconut and green tea, making it look like it just rolled off the court. If you’re looking to quench your thirst, try their Grand Slam Summer Cup cocktail, £9.50, a mixture of Chase’s Summer Fruit Cup gin, cranberry juice, strawberry puree and double cream. Both show stoppers are equal winners.
One Canada Square, Restaurant and Bar , No.1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
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Immersive yourself in a digital world
Hosted by the Barbican Centre, this interactive exhibition is combining a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers with expertise in digital media, together for the first time. There will be creative coding, augmented reality, wearable technologies, artificial intelligence and 3-D printing, allowing you to get lost in an alternative digital reality.
Digital Revolution, tickets from £10.50, open 11am – 8pm, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
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Go on a heist with Benefit
Throughout July, Benefit will be travelling nationwide to see if you can complete The Heist. Tip-toe your way through lasers across a unique travelling container in a bid to win a full size product of their new They’re Real Push Up Liner! Those that take part will also be given complimentary samples and invited for complimentary makeuppers or liner lessons at any Benefit Beauty Bar. You’ve seen Mission Impossible; you’ve got this.
Benefit’s The Heist, in selected locations nationwide, Cardiff (5 – 6 July), Birmingham (12 – 13 July), Manchester (19 – 20 July) and Glasgow (26 – 27 July), visit their Twitter page for more information