Life’s too short to stay in; there’s tons of fantastic events in London this week, if you only know where to look. Here’s 10 events in the capital you can’t miss this weekend:

Weekend Guide: Saturday 1st July

1. For a Rum Festival: The Jam Tree 

What: From Saturday, The Jam Tree venues in Clapham and Chelsea will transport Londoners to the sunshine and laid-back feel of the Caribbean and the verve of Latin America with a brand-new rum festival. Rum will infuse everything from the barbecue menu and cocktails to the vibrant décor. And Music Concierge have devised a summery soundtrack of Reggae, Ska, Salsa and Soukous which will drift through the venues and out into their sunny gardens.

Why: With an extensive rum list featuring new and unusual rums from around the globe, available to try at all price levels, this new festival will give the spirit the attention that it deserves. The rums will also be incorporated into a tantalising cocktail list as well as thirst- quenching rum punch bowls, available to indulge in with friends on select summer evenings. Throughout July, The Jam Tree will also be hosting tastings with Masters of Rum; these industry experts will be on hand to offer novices and rum-buffs a fun and educational way into tasting rum and well as teaching guests to whip up innovative rum cocktails.

Price: Free entry.

Where: The Jam Tree Chelsea, 541 King’s Road, London, SW6 2EB and The Jam Tree Clapham, 13-19 Old Town, London SW4 0JT

2. For a Canadian Celebration: Little Social 

What: In celebration of this year’s Canada Day (1st July), Jason Atherton’s Little Social is set to be transformed into a Canadian pop-up evoking traditional sugar shack lodges, in a nod to Chef Patron Cary Docherty’s Canadian roots. Taking place on 1st and 3rd July, and the first Monday of each month thereafter, the pop-up will feature a menu of Canadian classics and cocktails created especially for the event.

Why: A taste of home for his fellow Canadians in London, Cary’s menu will focus on well-loved classics and classic Canadian ingredients, and would not be complete without poutine, Canada’s national dish of crispy chips and cheese curds topped with gravy, elevated with the addition of maple-glazed morteau sausage. Tourtière, a traditional French-Canadian meat pie dish, named after the tourtière pan it is cooked in, will also feature. For dessert, revel in the nostalgic sweets treats of Cary’s childhood, including a famous no-bake Nanaimo bar, comprising a base layer of wafer crumb topped with custard-flavoured butter icing and covered in melted chocolate, as well as a quintessential Canadian butter tart.

Price: Dishes from £10.

Where: Little Social, 5 Pollen Street, Mayfair London W1S 1NE

3. For a Club Night: Locomotive Disco presents: Dorsia & Friends Summer Residency

What: Prolific producer, label owner, collaborator and DJ Ed DMX headlines Locomotive Disco on Saturday for a one-off Boogie set, breaking the current of his prolific history in acid music.

Why: Edward Upton’s recordings as DMX Krew placed him at the forefront of the ’90s electro revival. His extensive career arches back to the ‘90s; signed to Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, which issued his debut full-length, Sound of the Street in 1996, Ed DMX has established himself as one of the chief architects of Rephlex’s “braindance” sound. Catch him in action at OSLO in Hackney on Saturday.

Price: Limited free advance tickets: £5/7

Where: 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL

4. For Live Music and Cocktails: House of St Barnabas 

What: The House of St Barnabas has launched their new Saturday sessions, an eclectic season of live music and DJ sets in its secluded courtyard garden. This will be the first time that live music sets have been held outside in the garden, inviting everyone to bask in the summer sun, while contributing to the heart of The House of St Barnabas; its Employment Academy. All proceeds from the Saturday Sessions will help people affected by homelessness back into work.

Why: For seven Saturdays over Summer 2017, enjoy an afternoon of summery sounds, accompanied by two-for-one courtyard cocktails and the option of a three course brunch (served 12pm-3pm) from The House of St Barnabas’ kitchen. Your ticket includes a refreshing house cocktail on arrival. On Saturday, Soho favourites The Royal Organ Duo, and House residents Lulu Le Van will be in charge of the music.

Price: £15 (includes one house cocktail) or £38.50 (includes three course brunch and one house cocktail). Tickets here.

Where: 1 Greek St, Soho, London W1D

Photo Credit: Tom Horton

5. For a Charitable Cause: BODYISM

What: BODYISM are hosting two boxing classes this weekend to raise funds and to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. On Saturday (1st) and Sunday (2nd July) at 2pm, BODYISM in Westbourne Grove will hold two BODYISM Boxing classes with all funds raised donated to the Chelsea and Kensington Foundation.

Why: Bodyism Boxing packs a serious punch. Master the art of jabbing, upper cuts and hooks whilst working up a sweat and releasing a hearty dose of ‘feel good’ endorphins. Taught by an ex-pro, each class will consist of Bodyism movement prep, technical drills, circuit training, partner sparring nished o with a well-deserved cool down to round o your workout. This fat-burning class is designed to improve your speed and agility.

Price: Minium donation: £30. To reserve a place, please email and quote ‘Box for Grenfell’ stating how many spaces you would like to reserve. Everyone welcome.

Where: BODYISM, 222-224 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH

6. For a Summer Party: Henley Royal Regatta

What: By popular demand, legendary London establishment Chinawhite is to return for the fifth year running to Henley Royal Regatta on Saturday to host another sensational weekend of revelry. This year’s enclosure will be bigger and better than ever before, hosting a series of exclusive and extravagant parties during the quintessential British boating event.

Why: Chinawhite has officially partnered with Moët champagne for the weekend and will be entertaining the beau monde in the most incredible surroundings, making a ticket to one of their fabulous all-day parties the only way to enjoy Henley Regatta .Guests at the Chinawhite enclosure will find themselves moving between the outdoor riverside garden and covered party tents. Within the space, enjoy access to five different bars, gourmet street food stands, pop-up retailers and beauty salons, as well as music from internationally acclaimed DJ’s and state of the art production.

Price: Tickets are available for both daytime and evening parties and start at £35. A VIP Saturday evening ticket costs £75 which includes access to Chinawhite’s VIP Riverside Lounge & Garden. Buy here.

Where: Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Church Lane, Remenham, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 3DB

7. For a Pizza Party: Wedge Issue 

What: To celebrate Canada Day on Saturday, West Coast pizza specialists Wedge Issue in Clerkenwell are hosting a pizza party – with plenty of craft beer thrown in for good measure.

Why: For £25 there will be pizza and beer on tap from noon to 3pm. Choose from meaty, veggie, vegan and gluten-free pizza options, and wash the slices down with a fantastic selection of craft beer from the four corners of London and beyond. It’s an all-you-can-eat-and-drink extravaganza. You’ll also be eating pizza against a backdrop of the sweet sounds of Canada’s favourite recording artists. Mainly Drake.

Price: Book here 

Where: 91-95 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1R 5BX

8. For Free Activities: V&A

What: This weekend, the V&A will host a wide range of free family activity for a fun-filled weekend on Exhibition Road and across the Museum, as part of the REVEAL festival to celebrate the opening of the new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter.

Why: Exhibition Road will be pedestrianised on Saturday 1st July for the first time since 2012, and will host a range of family-focused activity. The day starts with a special outdoor performance by the Royal Albert Hall’s Albert’s Band at 10am. From mid-morning (weather dependent), spectacular floating sculptures will fly high above Exhibition Road, as part of renowned Argentinian artists Tomás Saraceno’s Aerocene project. In the spirit of Albertopolis, neighbours from across Exhibition Road will also be part of the REVEAL festival for families. The Royal Albert Hall’s Albert Band will march from Princes Gate Mews to the V&A, while the Royal College of Music will bring to life the Museum’s Norfolk House Music Room.

Price: Free entry. See the website for the full event listing.

Where: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

Photo Credit: Studio Tomas Sarac

9. For Lots of Gin: All Day Irish Gin and Tonic Party

What: Like gin? Like an all-day knees up? This Saturday, Londoners will have the opportunity to try Dingle Gin in Dalston at the All Day Irish Gin and Tonic Party at The Bootyard, Dalston.

Why: Sample the finest Irish gins from every province in Ireland – Dingle Original Gin (Munster) Boatyard Gin (Ulster) Bonac 24 (Leinster) Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin (Connaught) and Irish Tonic Waters from Poacher’s Well. The Dingle Distillery team will be on hand showing how to make the perfect G&T serve, food will be served up BBQ style courtesy of Irish TV chef, Simon Lamont and on the decks providing the vibes for the day/night will be Dublin-born, Hackney based Irish, DJ Chewy.

Price: £10 (ticket includes 4 Irish gins, as well as an all Irish G&T). Buy here.

Where: The Bootyard, Dalston, London E8 3DL

Weekend Guide: Sunday 2nd July

10. For a Surprise Tasting Menu: Untitled

What: Every first Sunday of the month, Tony Conigliaro’s new bar and restaurant Untitled reveals its incredible tasting menu. Offering a selection of dishes, as well as mouth-watering snacks and desserts, each menu comes with a complimentary cocktail.

Why: Each month’s event is a secret but includes some pretty great surprises. Head Chef Rob Roy Cameron (El Bulli, 41 Degrees, Hoja Santa) fuses contemporary cooking techniques with authentic Japanese flavours. The clean flavours of Japanese ingredients provide the perfect pairing to Tony’s daring cocktails at Untitled, some of which have a Japanese leaning, using ingredients such as sake, soy and matcha.

Price: £40. Book here.

Where:  538 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AH

One for the diary.. 

For a Charitable Hike: Macmillan Cancer Support’s Mighty Hike 

What: For the first time, thousands of fundraisers will take on the Thames Path 26-mile walk as part of Macmillan’s popular Mighty Hike series on Saturday 29th July (entries close on 2nd July). Participants will enjoy warm and friendly company throughout the hike and a glass of bubbly to welcome them over the finish line.

Why: The beautiful hiking marathon starts in Windsor, trekking along the beautiful banks of the greatest river in England and finishing in Henley-on-Thames. The challenging walk is suitable for both keen ramblers and novice walkers (with some training), and there will be full Team Macmillan support along the route. Lunch, dinner and snacks will also be provided –

Price: There is a registration fee of £25 and participants are asked to pledge to raise a minimum of £250.  Sign up online here.

Where: Locations here