21 of the best things to do in London this weekend from Greenwich Peninsula’s Urban Village Fete to a craft chocolate market in King’s Cross and a fundraising dog lunch in Soho
Lead image: Virgin Sport Festival of Fitness, Hackney Marshes
1 The Urban Village Fete, Greenwich Peninsula
The Urban Village Fete celebrates its fifth year this spring. A modern British summer fete with a twist, the fete celebrates creativity, culture, design and community in the city. Curated by Hemingway Design (founded by designer Wayne Hemingway of Vintage Festival and Red or Dead) and taking place on Greenwich Peninsula, near The O2 Arena, the event ill once again bring together some of the finest music (DJ Gilles Peterson, Jazz Re:Freshed, Kinetika Bloco), talks (BBC Radio’s Robert Elms on future of working in the city), workshops (Aardman Animation, Spray Skool and BAM Macrame), dance, comedy and top notch independent artists, crafters, makers, designers, beauticians and street food. 11am-7pm. Free entry.
Central Park, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0BN; greenwichpeninsula.co.uk
2 Dog Day Lunch at The Court, Soho
London’s latest luxury private members club, The Court, is hosting the ultimate Dog Day Lunch to raise funds for Nikki Tibbles’ Wild at Heart Foundation, an organisation that sponsors animal welfare projects all over the world. Guests will receive a glass of champagne on arrival and a specially created five-course menu designed by Head Chef Aaron Harris featuring caviar and creme fraiche and miso aubergine with kale and wild garlic, four-legged friends enjoy Pawsecco, Dog Beer and personalised dog biscuits. There will also be performances from the in-house band, surprise guest acts and a dog-centric auction. Non-members are invited for the inaugural event, after which the Dog Day Lunch will take place on the last Sunday of the month for members only. From 12pm. Tickets are £120pp (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Court, 9 Kingly Street, Soho W1B 5PH; thecourt.co.uk
3 Virgin Sport Festival of Fitness, Hackney Marches
Three days of fitness and fun takes over Hackney Marshes for the Virgin Sport Hackney Festival of Fitness. More than 60,000 people are expected to get their sweat on and soak up the festival atmosphere with 70-plus curated interactive fitness activities, from a Ministry of Sound workout to yoga with a live orchestra, paddle boarding and Fight Klub boxing. What’s more, the weekend culminates with the Hackney Half marathon on Sunday 19 May, in which 23,000 will take over the streets of east London.
Hackney Marsh, Homerton Road E9 5PF; virginsport.com/event/hackney-2019
4 FA Cup Final at Skylight, Wapping
Skylight, which re-opened for summer on 2 May, is gearing up for the FA Cup Final on 18 May 2019. Famous for its panoramic and uninterrupted views across the city’s skyline, as well as its unique urban lawn games and bar offering, the expansive rooftop venue has become one of London’s favourite summer hot spots. Skylight will be showing the FA Cup Final across 12-plus large screens throughout the venue, including under the pergola and on Level 9, which is equipped to handle all weather. Table bookings and packages are available (2pm-8pm from £60). Single tickets from £5. Ages 18+.
Tobacco Dock (Pennington St entrance), Wapping E1W 2SF; skylight.designmynight.com
5 West End Flea Market, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
Theatrical charity Acting for Others will be hosting a West End Flea Market this month in Covent Garden. The pop-up event will host a variety of stalls with show-stopping goodies including signed posters, props and photos of some of the West End’s favourite performers. The shows hosting a stall will compete to win Best Dressed Stall, as well as signings, auctions and all sorts of exciting theatrical memorabilia up for grabs as well in aid for the charity.
St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street WC2E 9ED; actingforothers.co.uk
6 Photo London, Somerset House
Photo London returns to Somerset House to showcase world-class photography from the capital’s museums, auction houses, galleries and burgeoning creative communities in east and south London. This year will also see Photography on a Postcard exhibited at the show, which is a unique opportunity to see specially created and signed works by some of the world’s most coveted photographers. The line-up includes work by Steve McCurry, Alvaro Deprit, Larry Clarke, John Myers and Karen Knorr, among others. The whole show sees the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, dealers and the public will come together to celebrate the medium through a public programme of special exhibitions, installations, talks and more. There will also be a number of Awards announced.
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA; photolondon.org
7 Craft Chocolate takeover of Canopy Market, King’s Cross
Canopy Market is back with a chocolate special this weekend. The collaboration with Cocoa Runners, purveyors of the world’s finest craft
chocolate, will create a dedicated chocolate market packed with the best artisan chocolatiers, tastings, talks and demonstrations. With a focus on exceptional bean-to-bar craft chocolate, you’ll be able to sample rare and unusual award-winning single-origin chocolate bars, meet the international chocolate specialists, learn how chocolate’s flavour depends on where the cacao was grown, and can even take part in a sensory workshop with Professor Barry Smith, a British philosopher who also co-directs the Centre for the Study of the Senses at UCL.
West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross N1C; kingscross.co.uk
8 National Vegetarian Week at LIMA Restaurants
13 May-19 May
The LIMA group is showcasing its fantastic vegetarian tasting menus this National Vegetarian Week. Available at both sites – Floral by LIMA in Covent Garden and LIMA London in Fitzrovia – the menus feature dishes such as Watermelon Tiradito, Sea Asparagus Tempura, Aji Mirasol and Quinoa Saltadito. LIMA believes in letting vegetarian produce shine, rather than imitating traditionally meat-based dishes. The chef selection of eight dishes plus coffee and alfajores is available at LIMA London for £55 per person. The selection of eight sharing dishes is available at Floral by LIMA for £35 per person.
9 ‘Four Stars, Four Hands’ at The Greenhouse, Mayfair
Alex Dilling, the two-Michelin star Executive Chef of The Greenhouse in Mayfair, is teaming up with two-Michelin star Paul Liebrandt, who has worked with world-leading chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Pierre Gagnaire, for ‘Four Stars, Four Hands’, a one-day-only eight-course menu. Both Liberiandt and Dilling are famed for their modern and innovative approach to traditional French cuisine, Liebrandt and Dilling will join forces for an intimate lunch and dinner service featuring signature dishes from both chefs throughout their eight courses. Seats are £250, exclusive of service and beverage. Wine pairings will be available on the evening. There is a limit of 40 covers for each service.
27A Hay’s Mews, Mayfair W1J 5NY; exploretock.com/thegreenhouse
10 TedxLondon ‘Beyond Borders’, Southbank Centre
As part of Marriott Hotels’ ongoing partnership with TED, TEDxLondon ‘Beyond Borders’ will showcase inspiring and innovative solutions to the problems the world faces today. The day will be hosted by the inspiring poet and mental health activist Hussain Manawer, who recently launched the UK’s largest mental health festival in partnership with Twitter, with guest speakers including recording artist and self love advocate Shocka, environmental journalist and author Beth Gardiner, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB Danny Sriskandarajah, and policy and communications expert and intersex activist Susannah Temko. 11am-7.30pm. Tickets from £27.50.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre SE1 8XX; tedxlondon.com
11 Aqua nueva x Sorolla: An Edible Art Menu
18 March-7 July
Spanish restaurant aqua nueva, located just off Oxford Street, is partnering with The National Gallery and its newest exhibition Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, to bring the reverend painter’s vivid artworks to life in food form. Highlights of the menu – listed on a specially designed artist’s ‘palette’ menu card – include Young Fisherman, Valencia, 1904 (an edible net containing its ‘catch’ of grilled mackerel, anchovies and roasted peppers), Sewing the Sail, 1896 (a dessert designed to look like a summer garden, incorporating seasonal fruit sorbet, sweet jelly and fresh fruit, topped with a strawberry meringue), and Maria Painting at El Prado, 1907 (a white chocolate and passionfruit bavaroise accompanied by a selection of bright edible ‘paint’ that you use to create your own designs).
5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll St) W1B 3BR; aquanueva.co.uk
12 The Departure Lounge, Lewisham Shopping Centre
10 May- 7 June
The Departure Lounge is a taboo-busting pop-up installation that uses the metaphor of travel together with medical science and personal stories to explore what it means to have a ‘good death’. Situated in a busy shopping centre in Lewisham – chosen because it is the birthplace of the hospice movement – the enticing and positive space aims to empower people to talk more openly about our inevitable last journey. In 2017, there were 49,412 deaths in London and 498,882 in England as a whole, meaning that approximately 1 in 10 deaths in the country were in the capital that year. The project opening is timed to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness week, running 13-19 May 2019.
Molesworth Street, Lewisham SE13 7HB; departure-lounge.org
13 Wandsworth Arts Fringe, across Wandsworth
Until 19 May
The Wandsworth Arts Fringe is back this month with another fantastic year of programming. The eclectic programme of arts and culture is one of the most exciting cultural events of the year, encouraging all different groups of people to get involved. Some of the highlights of this year’s programme include The Errant Stage’s poetry tour across the area, poems about Putney from Eddie Forde and South London Choirs hosting a special performance at Circus West Village in Battersea Power Station.
Until 19 May
The much-loved Dulwich Festival is back again this year from 10-19 May with a programme covering everything from music to art. Events will be taking place all over Dulwich this month with some highlights of the line-up including a street art walk in East Dulwich on 11 May and a poetry reading with Caleb Femi, Yomi Sode and others on 19 May. The end of the week long festival will also culminate with the annual Dulwich Park Fair in Dulwich Park on Sunday 19 May with a great line-up including a fun fair, interactive performances and a dog show.
15 Night of the Living Dead at The Pleasance, Islington
Until 19 May
Based on George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, the first ever UK stage adaptation and the only officially authorised production opens at The Pleasance in Islington this month. Directed by Benji Sperring, the show pays homage to the cult monochrome classic, skirting the line between the horrific and the hysterical as it resurrects the original zombie masterpiece. This new adaptation features all the iconic scenes, as well as an entirely new journey from the farmhouse for the beloved characters, in a loving, comedic tribute to the world-renowned film. Tickets from £15.
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF; livingdeadlondon.com
16 Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself at Ovalhouse, Kennington
Until 25 May
Bella Heesom’s show Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself will be having its first full length run at London’s Ovalhouse this month. The synopsis of the show says that brain and clitoris will spar for power in a new comic exploration of female sexuality. Already being developed for TV by the producers behind Killing Eve, the show is sure to be an exciting one.
Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval SE11 5SW; ovalhouse.com
17 Dorsett Discoveries: Sony World Photography 2019 exhibition, Dorsett Shepherds Bush
Until 26 May
Dorsett Hospitality International, one of Asia’s fastest-growing international hotel groups, has partnered with the Sony World Photography Awards to create an exclusive exhibition featuring award-winning images carefully curated by Dorsett Hotels. The exhibition, opening at Dorsett Shepherds Bush on 9 May, will showcase 15 award-winning images from the Sony World Photography Awards’ Open competition and National Awards programme. The full 2019 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition closed on 6 May, so this is a great chance to catch a glimpse of the world’s top photography talent if you missed it first time round.
58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, White City W12 8QE; dorsetthotels.com/SWPA
18 Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner! at Galerie Prints, Wimbledon
Until 16 June
Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner!, in collaboration with AKG Archives, Getty Images Archive London & Mirror Group Archives, is a breathtaking new photographic exhibition at Wimbledon’s Galerie Prints. With Brexit drawing closer we must ask ourselves, who we are as Britons? And as Londoners? Featuring 64 archival images showing the changing face – and faces – of London from the 1920s to present day, this exhibition offers a rare insight into what has always made this city so great – diversity, contrasts, resilience, passion and fashion. Admission £5. Print prices start from £205.
152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ; galerieprints.com
19 The Little Death Club at Underbelly Festival, South Bank
Until 23 June
The Little Death Club is where you can be whoever you want to be… There is no fourth wall, no rules and no seat is safe in this dark and defiant den of iniquity. The provocative and hilarious variety show features a new travelling family of misfits, miscreants and fantastic freaks. Bernie Dieter – much-loved Mistress of Chaos whose grandmother’s family owned a circus in east Germany just before the war and were forced to flee to west Germany – is joined by bad-ass bearded lady Kitty Bang Bang, disgruntled mime Josh Glanc and phenomenal aerialist Beau Sargent, among others. Tickets from £21.50.
Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com
20 The National Dining Rooms & National Café’s Sorolla-Inspired Spanish Menu
Until 7 July
Oliver Peyton’s restaurants, The National Dining Rooms and The National Café, are celebrating the Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light exhibition at The National Gallery with a limited-edition Spanish menu. Inspired by the iridescent canvases of renowned Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastidas, the menu is packed with Iberian flavours such as hake in Romesco sauce and almond olive dressing, vegetable paella with sprouting broccoli, asparagus, padron peppers and saffron, and smoked ham and manchego croquettes. Two courses for £19, £24 for three. A wine and tapas menu is also available after 3pm for just £12.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN; peytonandbyrne.co.uk
21 The Murdér Express: Jewel of the Empire, Bethnal Green
Until 31 August
Immersive dining experts Funicular are back again for another show this month, which takes audiences back to 1930s London. Passengers will board the luxury train carriage, enjoy a four-course meal curated by MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 champion Laurence Henry, and try to solve the mysterious disappearance of the world’s largest cut diamond. Expect murder, mystery and some great cocktails.
Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley Street E1 5BW; funicularproductions.com