Your Area Events Guide: Westminster & Pimlico

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon

It’s halfway through the month, the Premier League begins tomorrow, and summer is nearly over! If you’re feeling a little rushed off your feet, take a look at our weekend events guide and plan your time off.

London Coliseum

The Shanghai Ballet Company made their UK debut on Wednesday, with their performance of “Jane Eyre” at the London Coliseum. There will be one show tonight, and two more tomorrow, marking the end of their first trip to London. Don’t miss out on this magical reinterpretation of Charlotte Bronte’s timeless classic.

Regents Park

“The Sound of Music” is currently being performed at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Evening performances tonight and tomorrow night begin at 7.45pm. There is also an afternoon performance at 2.15pm on Saturday. If you’re a fan of the musical (we know you are, deep down inside), then don’t miss out.   

London Zoo

The London Zoo is hosting a “Marvellous Minibeasts” trail for children, which ends this weekend. According to the website, the trail is both educational and entertaining, and contains a host of activities that teach your little creatures all about creepy-crawlies. The event runs from 11am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Covent Garden

The Food Network is holding their first “Food Network on Fire” festival this weekend at the East Piazza of Covent Garden. Celebrity chefs will be barbequing up a storm, so come on by to learn from these expert cooking demonstrations. There will also be a special cupcake decorating booth, which promises to be great fun.  On Friday, the festival will run from 1pm to 7pm; on Saturday, from 11am to 8.30pm; and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

Royal Albert Hall

We’re halfway through the BBC Proms, but there’s still some great classical music to be had. Today’s Prom 45 features Tippett’s “The Midsummer Marriage”, whilst tomorrow’s Prom 46 includes pieces from Dvořák, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Strauss. Saturday evening’s Prom 47, meanwhile, is centred around Brahms’ “A German Requiem”. Rounding off a weekend of magical music is Prom 48, starring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and composer Matthias Pintscher. For a detailed line up, do visit the official BBC Proms site.

Great British Beer Festival

If you’re looking to venture further afield, why not attend the Great British Beer Festival, hosted at the London Olympia? It began on the 13th, and ends tomorrow - so if you haven’t yet had a chance to visit, then don’t miss out! From 11am to 7pm, visitors can sample from a range of over 800 ales, ciders and foreign beers. There will also be live music, pub snacks, and tutored beer tasting sessions.