London’s parks are dusty and dry, so instead take a walk around Chelsea Barracks where the inaugural Sculpture Trail is open until the end of August. The trail takes you around the waterways and planted gardens with artworks to spot along the way. Jason deCaires Taylor’s sculpture Paloma, of a child perched on the edge of the water feels particularly apt for the heatwave.
Settle into a deckchair and enjoy a free film screening at Eccleston Yards from 11-14th August. 1pm lunchtime showings are child-friendly with Moana as well as sing-along Frozen, Encanto and The Greatest Showman. The 7pm screenings include Mean Girls, Ten Things I Hate About You, Ferris Buller’s Day Off and Back to the Future. There will also be a pop up wine bar from Amie, as well as salad bowls from Atis and wood-fired pizzas from Happy Face Pizza.
Kids can bring their bikes down to Coal Drops Yard this summer where Canadian street artist, Peter Gibson has created a mini-city. Just like a London road network it’s a fun way to learn how to navigate the roads, before you actually take them on. Open until 1st September.
Listen to live music from the London Community Gospel Choir and discover a gypsy jazz quartet from North Wales, a Jordanian-Palestinian pianist, a Cornish singer-songwriter and an experimental pop duo for free at Coal Drops Yard from 10-21 August. The Summer Sounds festival also includes performances of Indian dance and flamenco, as well as late night DJs at Goods Way from Thursday – Saturday.
Every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas you can join free volunteer-led tours of the V&A. These specialise in different areas of the collection: Female Voices, African Heritage, V&A Highlights, Fashion, LGBTQIA+ and Treasures of Europe. Start times vary – see here for the full details.