London: A Weekend Guide

We can’t quite believe here at dealchecker that the Olympics have almost come and gone – the final weekend is upon us, and while most of us are probably going to be glued to our sofas – or stadium seats – watching the games, it’s an incredible weekend to be out and about in the Big Smoke, too. I’m not the sportiest of souls – unlike Em, who has taken two weeks off work to watch the games – but I can’t deny that the Olympics have really taken London’s excitement levels up a few gears! Here’s what else you can catch this weekend

Antony’s Meltdown Festival, Southbank Centre


Image from LCO.co.uk

The Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre feature an illustrious musician as curator each year – this year it’s Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons. The idea is that the festival pays homage to the artists influences and musical history. Artists like Marc Almond and Lou Reed feature, as well as a performance from Antony himself as a guest vocalist with Hercules and Love Affair. The past few weeks have featured talks with Boy George and much more – but you can catch the last few days of this exciting festival this weekend. Check it out here.

Global Feast


Image from Global Feast website

Foodies of London – this one absolutely can’t be missed. Taking participants on a culinary journey through world cuisine, each evening of the Olympics, 80 diners sit around a huge table sculpted to look like the continents and munch their way through a four-course banquet, each representing a different region. There’s a British night, and Northern Europe night, ending finally with a Brazil night to reflect the handing over of the games in 2016 to Rio de Janeiro. There are 20 chefs involved, including chefs from Ceviche and the Modern Pantry. Yum! More information here.

Wonderground, The Southbank Centre


Image from Wonderground

The South Bank Centre may just be the tissue mopping up our post-Olympics-blues tears this year! Cabaret, circus and music are all combined in a heady mix at the all-summer-long London Wonderground, now on at the Southbank Centre. This free-spirited and open-minded festival is being held in a 1920s style Spiegeltent and brings a sparkly, theatrical celebration of the odd, the eccentric and the downright strange to the vibrant shores of the South Bank. The headline production is Cantina, a sultry combination of acrobatics, vaudeville, magic and music (you might want to avoid taking the kids to this one though as proceedings take a turn for the more adult occasionally!) Darkly theatrical cabaret group Boom Boom Club also feature. Have a look what’s on here.

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