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Five things to do in London this weekend – including free cocktails for a royal tour

From free cocktails to a visit to Buckingham Palace, here are five events happening this weekend, July 22-24, that we think you should check out.

With the weather hitting the highest temperature on record on Tuesday, those who were at work will be looking forward to the weekend – as temperatures remain above 25C in London.

In addition to the hot weather and the desire to get up from your office chair, the school holidays have just started and parents are looking for something to amuse their children.

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From free cocktails to a visit to Buckingham Palace, here are five events happening this weekend, July 22-24, that we think you should check out.

Outdoor cinema

Bishop’s Park, Stevenage Road, Fulham, SW6 6ET Tickets £10 per person

The tour Pop-up screens heads to Bishop’s Park this weekend, with three great films to choose from.

All movies start at 9:15 p.m., but doors open from 7:30 p.m. so you can bring your picnic blanket or camping chair and find the perfect spot.

You are welcome to bring your picnic, but there will be a bar serving alcohol and snacks.

On Fridays you can enjoy The Breakfast Club, on Saturdays you can sing along with The Greatest Showman, and on Sundays you can dive back into the 1970s with Grease.

Please note: the nearest station is Putney Bridge on the District Line.

Festival14 taking place at multiple locations in Canary Wharf (Credit Festival14)

Party 14

Festival14 will take over Canary Wharf from Thursday July 21 to Sunday July 24.

Canada Square Park will host the main stage, which will feature a completely free musical program including Hip Hop Pioneer Grandmaster Flash and the electrifying House Gospel Choir.

Westferry Circus will transform into an open-air theater that will host Shakespearean plays, as well as comedy nights with Dane Baptiste, Milton Jones, Paul Sinha and many more.

Crossrail Place Roof Garden will host storytelling for children, as well as cabaret, comedy and theatre.

At Jubilee Park, you can take part in workshops or head to Montgomery Square where you’ll find a range of food and drink from around the world.

Note: a small number of events will be ticketed, including comedy, theater and some children’s activities.

Buckingham Palace staff arrange Queen Victoria’s Stuart Ball costume, during the Queen Victoria Palace exhibition preview for the summer opening of Buckingham Palace in London.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Buckingham Palace Free tickets at £30 per person

Each summer, Buckingham Palace invites the public to buy a ticket to discover the 19 magnificent State Rooms.

This year is very special as it was the Platinum Jubilee, the summer exhibition will feature items related to the Queen’s accession.

The Palais will open its doors from tomorrow (Friday 22 July) until Sunday 2 October.

Tickets cost £30 for an adult, £19.50 for a 18-24 year old and £16.50 for a child (under 5s are free).

A family discount is automatically applied at checkout when you book for one adult and two children, two adults and three children, or two adults and four children.

You can also upgrade your ticket, at an additional cost, to a Royal Day Out ticket which gives you access to the Royal Mews and Queen’s Gallery as well as Buckingham Palace.

The Château is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in July and August (last entry at 5:15 p.m.), and from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in September and October (last entry at 4:15 p.m.).

Note: Your ticket is a timed entry, please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the entry time shown on your ticket.

Free Cocktail for National Tequila Day

Multiple locations across London Free

This Sunday (July 24) is National Tequila Day.

The free cocktail is a Paloma, which is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. It contains Patrón Reposado tequila, lime juice and agave syrup, and is topped with Franklin & Sons Pink Grapefruit Soda.

Participating sites are Flight Club in Shoreditch, Bloomsbury, Victoria and Islington, and Electric Shuffle in Canary Wharf and London Bridge.

All venues offer an extensive food and drink menu, including sharing platters, burgers, pizzas, cocktails and beers.

Please note: Complimentary cocktails only while supplies last.

Bonfire Night Compound Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot (graphic: Mark Hall)

The immersive experience of Gunpowder Plot

8-12 Tower Hill Vaults, EC3N 4EETickets from £40 to £110 per person

This experience takes place in an immersive theater space, which is housed in a 20,000 square foot converted vault and is separated over three levels.

During the experience, you will travel back in time to 1605 and meet the mysterious figures behind the gunpowder plot.

You will participate in an infiltration mission, discover a secret refuge and try to escape from the tower.

Your adventure will last approximately one hour and 40 minutes, which includes a 20-minute break in the Duck and Drake where you can enjoy some refreshment.

The Duck and Drake is infamous for being the tavern where Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators hatched their plot.

The venue uses a combination of live theater and digital technology.

You can book a standard ticket which ranges from £40 to £60 per person depending on the dates and times chosen.

Ages 12-16 will get a £10 discount.

You can also choose a VIP ticket which includes food, drinks, merchandise and photos.

VIP tickets range from £90 to £110 per person.

Note: This experience is for ages 12 and up only.