Your Bank Holiday Weekend Agenda | 26th – 29th May
Last Days of Shoreditch
Laughing cravenly in the face of their own name, The Last Days of Shoreditch is back for yet another year, this time in the form of “The Shoreditch Riviera” – an urban beach overlooked by palm trees and decking, with its own Escape Room experience, a karaoke room powered by Lucky Voice, 5 bars, a mezzanine restaurant, and a ton of street food, including small plates from Ben Spalding.
Details: 26th May | 288 Old Street, EC1V 9LA | Free entry
The Pollen Room x Mina Park Supperclub
The botanical and culinary forces behind the Pollen Room pop up at Perilla are joining up with their pop up chef pal Mina Park to create a Pollen Room supperclub – replete with botanical cocktails and Korean inspired dishes made with wild and seasonal British ingredients – all served up beneath overflowing floral installations.
It’s not one to be sniffed at.
Details: 26th & 27th May | 19 Lonsdale Road, Kilburn, NW6 6RA | £37
Greenhouses are hot right now. So it’s unsurprising that this recently redesigned structure in a Highgate garden oasis is the chosen spot for a series of events this summer as part of the Chelsea Fringe, including a pottery exhibition, live music and classes on Japanese flower arranging.
Details: Opens 26th May | Townsend Yard, N6 5JF
Bread Ahead Classes
French baked goods are notoriously difficult to make.
They’re always a pain.
Thankfully Borough Market bakers, Bread Ahead, are here to show you how to create the perfect laminated croissant (apparently a thing), Nordic rye breads, those doughnuts, and the challenging fougasse (that ribcage-shaped thing off Bake-Off).
Details: All weekend | Bread Ahead, Pavilion Road and Borough Market | Various prices
Our/London Vodka’s Our/Summer Launch Party (NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE)
They often lead to a lot of trash-talk.
Or they did until Our/London – vodka distillery by day and creative event space by night, tucked away in the arches of Hackney Downs – got their hands on one, parked it up in their front garden, fitted it with an oven, and filled it with a group of arguably London’s best chefs.
And you’re invited to the launch party… READ MORE
Details: 27th May | Our/London Vodka Ltd, Spurstowe Road, E8 1LS | £15
HogSozzle (NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE)
It’s hard to believe that the fully-fledged, intimate boutique music festival known as HogSozzle started life as a simple get together with friends. But trust us, that’s no porky. Now in their 7th year, it’s become something ever so slightly bigger; a kaleidoscopic, glitter-showered, cosmic-disco themed jamboree playing host to over 120 music acts spread across 4 stages, for an intimate crowd of 1500 people …and one pig.
Details: 26th-29th May | Frogmore Hill, Hertford, SG14 3RR | £55 day/£109 weekend
The Poetry Brothel
Housed this month in what used to be an actual brothel, the Poetry Brothel is back with Dangerous Liaisons in the Lights of Soho. Expect poetry recitals, cocktails, burlesque performances, and tarot readings…
Details: 27th May | The Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer St, W1F 0RX | £15
Novikov Italian Masterclasses
Admittedly, there’s a few gnocchi-ng about.
But this series promises to be a cut above the rest, where you’ll join Novikov’s head chef Marco Torri for a tour around Italian regional cuisine. This month’s class focusses on Sardinian cooking, where you’ll begin with a light breakfast before settling into the kitchen to learn how to create local gnocchi and seabream dishes as well as seadas, traditional Sardinian fritters. And for afters? A wine-paired lunch, of course.
Details: 27th May | 50 Berkeley Street, W1J 8HA | £75, book via 020 7399 4330
Feria de Londres
Nobody expected this Spanish acquisition. But Tower Bridge is about to receive a bounty of Andalusian festival spirit in the form of Feria de Londres, which will see some of Spain’s finest food, drink and live entertainment take over Potters Field Park for the weekend. You’ll find BBQ meats and seafood accompanied by delicately prepped tapas, Spanish beers, cocktails, wines and sherries, and even interactive classes on everything from rumba dancing to castanet workshops.
Don’t worry, it’s a snap.
Details: 27th & 28th May | Potters Field Park, SE1 2AA
Presenting the one place where finding a fly in your soup is actually a good thing: it’s the return of the sell-out supperclub that serves up edible insects and bugs for your delectation. This weekend it’s taking place at Seb Holmes’ Farang, where each of the five courses will be given a suitably Thai twist, while drinks come courtesy of Fourpure brewery and insect-based cocktails from Strongman’s Tipple.
Details: 28th May | San Daniele, Highbury, N5 2HE | £33
Returning for the summer is Ally Pally’s gargantuan street food festival, with a veritable smorgasbord of traders including Le Bao, Butchies, CLAW and Sticky Beaks, an equally veritable smorgasbord of cocktail bars and craft beer trucks, and whatever the musical equivalent of smorgasbords are, comprising brass bands, steel drummers and DJs playing all weekend.
Details: 27th & 28th May | Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY | Free Entry
The Babadook is a scary film, so you’ll want to watch it in the comforting surroundings of the hidden Masonic Temple at Andaz London, with its gothic stylings, dark alcoves, and eerie lighting. Tickets cost £15 and include a free drink + popcorn, with £35 two-course dining options also available.
Details: 28th May | Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN | £15-£35
Green Man Festival have taken their three most important ingredients: beer, music and Wales (not whales), and crammed them into a King’s Cross square for a bank holiday miniature extravaganza. There’ll be beers and ciders from independent Welsh brewers, music from a line-up including Dutch Uncles and Bill Ryder-Jones, and daily twympaths, Welsh ceilidhs that look even less like how they’re actually pronounced.
Details: 25th-29th May | Lewis Cubitt Square, 11 Stable Street, Kings Cross, N1C | From £10
Head to a Pergola…Or a Beach…Or a City Rooftop
If there’s one thing that’s better when done on a rooftop, it’s literally everything.
And that includes drinking.
Which is why we’ve nobly taken it upon ourselves to put together a comprehensive guide to the very best rooftop bars in London. And so get ready to raise your glass…
…several floors up. Read our guide to London’s best rooftops
…Or Try These Vertigo-Friendly Ideas
Because there’s plenty of other ways to make the most of the sun in London. Specifically, 14 of them… Read our guide to London heatwave spots
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