If, like BarChick, you like the idea of being chased by a group of around 12 irritable bulls then this is the one for you (BarChick’s dad goes every year)! Whilst wearing a white shirt and trousers with a red neckerchief the aim is to try and slap the bull on the back with a newspaper… but avoid touching the horns or tail as you will offend the locals. Make sure you look where you are running as it’s easy to run into things! Website
Venue: Prism at Harvey NicholsAddress:
Cost: £54 (3 course dinner) or £24 show only
For a couple of days the brasserie Prism is launching the Elysium extravaganza. Expect cabaret, burlesque, circus, dancers, singers and illusion. 3-course dinner, cocktails and post dinner drinks with all that entertainment. It’s a must!
This festival is hot and cool, tick (except for when BarChick went there was some kind of hurricane and her tepee blew away). Chill on the beach by day and party all night to the awesome music. The Stone Roses are headlining and Florence + the Machine will get the crowds going. Hit Spain, you won’t regret it this festival is a whole load of fun. Website
With confirmed acts including Lana Del Ray, Bloc Party, Gossip, Armand Van Helden and Rufus Wainwright you are in very safe hands. So head to Berlin for the weekend, and get the overnight train from Cologne to Ferropolis (€99) so that you have a place to sleep – party on board hell yes! Website
Venue: Fabrica 584Address:
Cost: £9 - £30 depending
Brought to you by the genius mussel men, who source tasty seafood perfection, this one day pop up on Bastille Day is a must. Enjoy amazing Italian Prosecco and delicious moule-frites. We’ll see you there. Oui, Oui.
Venue: Spitalfields MarketAddress:
Got a craving for some Cha Gio or Pho Bo? If so then head straight to the Vietnam Summer Festival held at Spitalfields this Saturday.
With over 30 food stalls hosted by some of London’s best Vietnamese restaurants, you’ll be sure to find a dish that’ll tickle your pickle.
Not only will you find a range of dishes from the Northern, Central and the Southern regions of the country, but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to recreate the magic in your own kitchen.
It’ll be like your gap year all in one afternoon.
Venue: Chelsea Physic GardenAddress:
Get your French on this Bastille day at Richard Pétanque’s garden party. Imagine the south of France in Chelsea, with cocktails, sport, croquet and jenga to keep you entertained, as well as a jazzy French band enlisted to provide the soundtrack to your day.
Dress code is ‘French vintage’ with a promised prize for the most inventive or creative outfit. Pantaloons at the ready…
Venue: The Heritage RoomsAddress:
The Courvoiser Institute of Grand Cocktails is open to the public. This is your chance to take a tour to explore and experience the surreal world of cocktails past and present in this unique and frozen-in-time building. More info here.