The best things to do this weekend, 5-7 July

The best things to do this weekend, 5-7 July

Our top picks of the best things to get up to: from Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival to comedy and dining out in Wimbledon, catching the opera in Clapham, and a fascinating exhibition in Kingston…

Pictured: Thomas Pausz Haunted Ecologies at Stanley Picker Gallery


Comedy Doubles

New Wimbledon Theatre

Great value for money Edinburgh previews, where you can see the best of the UK’s up-and-coming comedy talent perform a double bill. This weekend there’s Joe Kent Walters and Pierre Novellie on Saturday.


Light House Restaurant

Wimbledon Village

With the tennis still in full swing (and serve!) we’re spotlighting a foodie gem of Wimbledon. With an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, Light House Restaurant offers an international menu with some clever twists in an elegant interior. Head on down there this weekend for a gorgeous post-tennis evening meal.


Die Fledermaus

St Paul’s Church, Clapham, 4-6 July

St Paul’s Opera’s boisterous new production sees Strauss’ operetta reimagined in a vintage movie studio, with references to Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and other familiar characters in a new script by award-winning writer/director Jonny Danciger.

Art & Culture

Thomas Pausz: Haunted Ecologies

Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, until 13 July

Haunted Ecologies intersects the research fields of media, ecology, and ‘hauntology’ to propose immersive installations echoing the transformations of local ecosystems surrounding Stanley Picker Gallery. (Open Tuesdays to Saturdays.)

Outdoor fun

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

2-7 July

Summer essential RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is back and better than ever with glorious gardens, fabulous florals, interesting horticultural talks, and family fun.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (c) RHS / Oliver Dixon

Editor’s highlight

Sip & Paint

Royal Hospital of Neuro-disability, 9 July

Whilst technically not on the weekend, we wanted to highlight this fun and creative event taking place for a good cause. From 7pm on Tuesday 9 July you can head to the Royal Hospital of Neuro-disability for an evening of painting and socialising. This session you’ll be painting the London skyline!