Weekend Combo

Sundance Film Festival, Beatlemania and Lana Del Rey in Hyde Park
7 July 2023
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

It’s a big weekend for London, what with Lana Del Rey in town, Wimbledon in full flow and the city’s Trans+ Pride parade: let’s serve.

Film Festival

Films, films, films
Stock up on your indie newcomers, the tenth edition of London’s Sundance Film Festival has arrived in the city. Opening with Charlotte Regan’s Scrapper starring Harris Dickinson as a man on a journey to reconnect with his estranged twelve-year-old daughter following the death of her mother, and closing with Nicole Holofcener’s You Hurt My Feelings, a sharply observed narrative following a writer who stumbles upon her husband brutally critiquing her new novel. In between, you’ll find Passages, starring Ben Whishaw and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Mutt which tells the story of a trans male navigating life in New York City, and three films from pioneering auteur Gregg Araki, who will also be in attendance for a very special Q&A session (!!!).

Sundance Film Festival runs at Picturehouse Central until July 9th, more info here


Here, There and Everywhere
Between December 1963 and February 1964, The Beatles transitioned from Britain’s favourite Liverpudlian’s to a global phenomenon. Luckily, in that three-month period, Paul McCartney’s Pentax 35mm camera didn’t leave his side. Discovered in the musician’s archive at the beginning of 2020, the never-before-seen images are now on display at The National Portrait Gallery in an exhibition aptly titled Eyes of the Storm. Offering a personal account of Beatlemania, McCartney’s images tell an intimate story from a period of time which had been, until now only documented by the media.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963 – 64: Eyes of the Storm, runs at The National Portrait Gallery until October 1st, more info here

Paul McCartney, self portrait – ‘1964: Eyes Of The Storm’. Courtesy of Paul McCartney/Press

Hidden gem
If you find yourself at Peckham Rye station with some time to kill, be sure to visit The Waiting Room, a 150-year-old room above Platform 3 currently housing an incredible artwork by US sculptor Sarah Sze. Here, Sze’s installation, Metronome, consists of numerous video works projected onto deckle-edged paper screens, which together form the vast structure in the centre of the room. Totally captivating, the work conveys “the velocity and volatility of living in the age of the smartphone.”

Sarah Sze: The Waiting Room is at Peckham Rye station until 17th September.


Game, set, Matches
Strawberries and cream at the ready, Wimbledon is back! If you didn’t bag a Centre Court ticket and watching from the sofa just isn’t cutting it, MATCHESFASHION are on hand with an al fresco pop-up to binge-watch the tennis championships. Over 100 of Matches’ marble deck chairs, bean bags and picnic benches will take over Belgravia’s Ecclestone Yard, and with screenings running from 11am-8pm daily, you won’t miss any of the action.

MATCHESFASHION will be streaming Wimbledon at Ecclestone Yards until July 16th. 

Matchesfashion / Wimbledon at Eccleston Yards


Summertime Sadness
The queen of melancholy noir, Lana Del Rey, is set to serenade the masses in London’s Hyde Park this Sunday as part of a blockbuster BST Line-up. But you can keep your Take Thats and your BlackPinks, we opt for an evening of devastating beauty with Ms Del Rey. Set to be a momentous occasion, Lana comes with her brilliantly-titled new record Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd under her arm, and of course the classics – let’s just hope she doesn’t get cut off early like at Glasto; if this happens, we riot. And that’s not all, the equally wonderful Father John Misty is playing support for a night of two masterful songwriters – let’s cross our fingers for a duet.

Lana Del Rey plays BST Hyde Park on Sunday 9th June.

Sample Sale

Fashion East regular and LVMH Prize finalist Supriya Lele is best known for designs exploring her Anglo-Indian heritage, resulting in pieces which bridge the gap between sultry and elegant. Championed by the likes of Rihanna and Bell Hadid, this weekend, the designer is hosting a sample say so you can your hands on her Y2K-infused sheer mini dresses and delicately draped skirts for a fraction of the price. If it’s good enough for Ri-Ri, it’s good enough for us. 

Supriya Lele’s sample sale will run at 7 Newington Causeway, SE1 6ED, more info here.

Food + Drink

A bitta pitta
We’re big fans of pitta joint Miznon here at HERO HQ and chef Eyal Shani has branched out into a concept centred around family-style sharing plates. Having opened last month, Lilienblum offers a menu of Israeli-inspired dishes divided by ingredients as opposed to course. In true Shani style, the menu is worded to make you wonder, so you’ll find asparagus arranged in a paper envelope, the best hummus in town paired with lamb ragu and a plate of tomatoes “from a far away land”.

Lilienblum is located at 80 City Rd, EC1Y 2BJ, more info here


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