The Weekend Planner: Kensington, Chelsea & Notting Hill
Friday, August 02, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon
The fans are going at full-blast, ice-cream is being devoured, and residents are flocking to the beaches! Clearly, the heatwave isn’t over just yet. Whether you’re a sun-lover, or prefer to huddle inside until it clouds over again, our weekend events guide has something for everyone.
Kensington Palace, in conjunction with The Luna Cinema, will be hosting outdoor movie screenings this weekend. Tonight’s film is “Skyfall”, the latest Bond movie. On the bill for Saturday night, meanwhile, is the 1942 classic “Casablanca”. Both films begin at 7.45pm each night, with doors opening at 7pm. There will be a licensed bar on-site, and Häagen-Dazs will be treating audience members with a free mini cup of ice-cream. Book your tickets to avoid disappointment – and don’t forget a blanket or cushion.
Jerdan Place Market
A new Fulham market has been launched at Jerdan Place, near Stamford Bridge. The market will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, and also on the days when Chelsea is playing at home. You can sample everything from delicious crepes to Indonesian street food, and much more. There will also be stalls selling merchandise – including vintage Chanel dresses!
This Saturday you can catch a performance of “Alice in Wonderland” commissioned by Opera Holland Park. The 3pm show promises an afternoon of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Clarence House has once again opened for the summer, and so, for the month of August, visitors can enjoy an hour-long guided tour of the house. Clarence House is the official London residence of their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. Visitors can also browse around the Clarence House shop, and admire the beautiful gardens.
This weekend at the Royal Albert Hall you can enjoy the music of Prom 27: Naresh Sohal, Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky on Friday, and Prom 28: J. Strauss II, James MacMillan & Beethoven with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Saturday. If you have younger children or relatives, then why not bring them along to Proms Plus Storytime, where stories are brought to life through music? For more information, visit the official BBC Proms website.
The Prudential RideLondon cycling races will take place this weekend in central London. There is a family FreeCycle race on Saturday, which consists of an enjoyable eight-mile traffic-free circuit. The three RideLondon Grand Prix races, meanwhile, will showcase the talent of future Olympians, professional women’s cyclists and hand-cycle racing, a celebration of London’s Paralympic legacy. The RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 100 mile race beginning at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishing at The Mall in central London, will take place this Sunday, along with the Surrey Classic, which features 150 professional cyclists and will pass through 12 London boroughs and the county of Surrey.
Even if you’re not participating, you can still go along and show your support. There will be fun community events taking place on Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the cyclists have departed. For information on the best places along the route to view the race, here’s a link to the RideLondon spectator guide.