Lead image: RHS Chelsea Flower Show (photo: Luke MacGregor)
1 Free Film Festivals, various locations
The Free Film Festival moves around various locations across south east London this month calling at Herne Hill and New Cross & Deptford. Herne Hill’s highlights include at 48 Hour Film Competition at the Prince Regent Pub on 4 May at 12pm and The Ponds at Lido Café on 27 May at 7.30pm. New Cross & Deptford’s highlights include Ladybird at Deptford Lounge on 1 May at 7pm and Pride at The Black Horse on 5 May at 7.30pm. All films are free entry on a first-come-first-served basis.
2 Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Launch
From 1 May
This summer, Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop will be transformed into the secret den of the Luchadores (lady wrestlers). Taking inspiration from the lively fiestas and vividly coloured sun-drenched streets back-streets of San Christabel in Mexico, you can expect tacos, tequila and giant frozen Margaritas. The team behind the rooftop will also be working on a series of immersive cultural events together closely with the Mexican and Latinx community to bring fun and authentic events and workshops.
1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queenofhoxton.com
3 Skylight Rooftop Launch, Tobacco Dock, Wapping
From 2 May
The skylight rooftop is back for summer this month with their new rooftop launching in east London. With a list of stellar cocktails, this summer the rooftop will be transforming into an urban lawn club in the sky. Guests can enjoy croquet, cocktails and street food against the 360º backdrop of the city skyline as well as introducing opulent day beds and lush garden booths so you can really soak up the summer fun.
Pennington Street Car Park entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
4 Fulham Beach Launch, Fulham
From 3 May
Taking inspiration from the tropics, where beach meets jungle, Fulham Beach is returning to south west London this summer. The vibrant indoor and outdoor space will transport guests to a lush and colourful summer paradise, where everyone can eat, play, dance and drink the summer away, offering the ultimate festival feel that will last all summer long.
364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; neverlandlondon.com
5 Charity Dinner in The Painted Hall, Greenwich
New London Architecture are offering the chance to dine in the newly reopened Painted Hall in Greenwich in a special charity gala. The black-tie charity dinner at the Old Royal Naval College gives an exclusive opportunity to see Sir James Thornhill’s masterpiece. The dinner will raise valuable funds to tackle homelessness in the capital with The Connection at St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Temple Bar Trust in its programme for increasing diversity in the architectural profession. Tickets start at £225 for individuals.
The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9NN; newlondonarchitecture.org
2 May-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
7 Wandsworth Arts Fringe, across Wandsworth
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.
8 Jimmy’s BBQ Club, South Bank
From 3 May
Jimmy Garcia is back ruling the roost in Southbank this summer with the launch of his new riverside dining experience. Called the BBQ Club, the menu will be popping up at the riverside patch at Southbank Centre. Alongside some delicious food, there’s also the chance to get stuck into playing classic British outdoor games such as croquet and mini-golf, whilst indulging in a special BBQ Club hamper, packed with alfresco goodies.
76 Waterloo Bridge, Lambeth SE1 9PX; jimmyspopup.com/the-bbq-club
9 Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells, Clerkenwell
The Breakin’ Convention festival is returning this month to take over Sadler’s Wells and the Lilian Baylis Studio with its annual celebration of hip hop. Taking place over the May Bank Holiday, the international festival in its 16th year takes place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, showcasing the finest and most exciting hip hop dance and theatre talent. Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, expect high-calibre breakin’ crews, innovative popping, creative krump and soulful house dance.
Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R 4TN; sadlerswells.com
10 Plosive Comedy at Alleyn’s, Dulwich
This month’s Plosive Comedy event in Dulwich has a line-up of successful comics including Lolly Adefope, Fern Brady, Tony Law and Tiff Stevenson. The show is part of the south east London’s all-headline monthly comedy show and takes places at the MCT at Alleyn’s – the state-of-the-art theatre at Alleyn’s School near North Dulwich station. This month’s show will feature Lolly Adefope, who has starred on This Time with Alan Partridge, QI and the film Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU; plosive.co.uk
11 The Modern Movement at Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill
The Modern Movement this month will see 20th century design dealers setting up in stalls around the 1930s Brockwell Lido for their fair. Placed against the backdrop of the Grade Two listed 1930’s Lido building, the 11th edition of the fair aims to fuse both the architecture and furniture of the Art Deco period. Visitors will be able to peruse 1950s furniture and specialist lamps, vintage Danish design from the 1960s and 1970s, industrial furniture, jewellery, vintage clothes, glass and objets d’art.
Dulwich Road, Herne Hill SE24 0PA; fusion-lifestyle.com
12 Colourscape, Wembley Park
Wembley Park is hosting Colourscape this month, which is an immersive weekend of music, dance and colour for all the family. Originally created by artist Peter Jones in the early 70s, Colourscape is a huge walk-in structure of interlinked chambers. The labyrinth of colour will be in the Wembley Park Boulevard and will also feature live musicians playing instruments from Tibet, China and Mongolia while dancers lead visitors on a journey of colour.
Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley HA9 0RX; wembleypark.com/colourscape
13 Margarita Rumble, London Fields Arches
Taking place in London this month, Margarita Rumble is a bottomless festival that pits top bars and mixologists against each other to find the UK’s best tequila cocktail. The festival is split into 2 hour sessions where guests can enjoy bottomless margaritas and vote on their all-time favourite once they’ve gone around each one. Chef James Cochran will be serving up top notch food, alongside bars involved including: Caban Brasil, Tequila Mockingbird, Nine Lives, Cafe Pacifico, Benito’s Hat and The Bootlegger. Entertainment will be provided by DJs, Day of the Dead skeletons, cocktail masterclasses and lots of other surprises.
London Fields Arches, 369 & 370 Helmsley Place E8 3SB; londonmargaritarumble.com
14 The May Fair, Grosvenor Square
Grosvenor Square is hosting an iconic fair this summer to celebrate the wholesome fun of the great British seaside in the heart of historic Mayfair. A nod to the May Fayre historically held in the beautiful square, there’ll be maypole and Morris dancing, fairground rides, giant deck chairs, beach huts, fish and chips, coconut shys, candy floss and a helter skelter. You can also take part in and craft activities and workshops, snap a pic with your face peeking through a traditional seaside peep-through board, or share a customisable commemorative postcard with friends and family. 11am-6pm. Free entry.
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 2HP; mayfairandbelgravia.com/themayfair2019
15 The Bromley Boys Live at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
For one day only on 6 May, the Churchill Theatre in Bromley will host a unique experience where cinema meets theatre in an interactive mix of hilarious live action sequences and a full-length screening of The Bromley Boys. Through a fully immersive theatrical experience, audiences will be transported to the football terraces of Bromley Football Club for non-stop fun as key cast members take to the stage.
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
16 Sony World Photography Exhibition, Somerset House
Until May 6
The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the photography moments of the calendar, showcasing some of the best photographers worldwide. The exhibition showcasing the 15 award-winning images from the Awards’ Open competition and National Awards programme, including the photographer of the year Federico Borella, will be on at Somerset House this month.
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA; worldphoto.org
17 Little Bangkok Thai Street Food Festival at Greyhound Café, Fitzrovia
The Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia will host a Little Bangkok food festival this month. The street food market will be serving up Thai classics with a twist of Greyhound Café’s signature playful creativity to launch their summer terrace. Inspired by the colourful and chaotic streets of the Thai capital, the birthplace of Greyhound, the restaurant’s terrace will be transformed into an ode to the famed Thai street food markets and food bazaars found in Bangkok.
Greyhound Café, 37 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3LZ; greyhoundcafe.uk
18 London Craft Week, across London
London Craft Week takes people on a journey of discovery into the capital’s most creative spaces – from the smallest off-the-beaten-track atelier to the storied livery halls of ancient makers’ guilds and the Houses of Parliament – as hundreds of locations around London give themselves over to the celebration of craftsmanship. The packed calendar of events includes behind-the-scenes demonstrations, hands-on craft workshops and a programme of talks, interviews and discussions featuring some of the most fascinating individuals in craft today.
19 The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Hampstead Heath with an exciting showcase of the best in emerging and established creative talent, priced from just £100 up to £6,000. As well as showcasing the latest art trends for 2019, the fair will shine a spotlight on work using the most innovative techniques. Highlights include a pop-up cinema screening of The Ponds about outdoor swimming as well as the chance to create your own relief print with the popular Print Studio. Tickets £10-£25 (concs £8 – £13).
Hampstead Heath, Lower Fairground Site NW3 1TH; affordableartfair.com
20 Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself at Ovalhouse, Kennington
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
21 Dulwich Festival and Artists’ Open House
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.
22 Little Miss Sunshine at Arcola Theatre, Dalston
Until 11 May
Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn. This new production will be directed by the Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen with design by David Woodhead, lighting design by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL; littlemisssunshinemusical.com
23 Barnes Literature Festival, across Barnes
Celebrating its fifth birthday, Barnes Children’s Literature Festival is back this month, attracting some of the UK’s best authors and illustrators for a fun-filled weekend for children of all ages. Visitors can expect a stellar line up including the author of the Charlie and Lola stories, Lauren Child, as well as master story tellers like Judith Kerr, Michael Rosen, David Almond, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Francesca Simon. In total there will be more than 80 fun events and numerous free activities for young book fans and their families.
24 We Love Cheese, Battersea Power Station
We Love Cheese is the free festival for cheese lovers returning this spring to Battersea Power Station. This year’s festival is promised to be bigger and better than ever as it expands to two days and partners with Vagabond’s Urban Winery for the very first time. You can expect delicious food from Mac To The Future’s signature mac’n’cheese to The Toasty Badger’s oozy toasties. There will also be music and entertainment for kids and adults alike with live performances, a craft area for little ones and the return of the Wheel of Cheese to be in with a chance of winning special prizes.
Battersea Power Station SW11 8EZ; eat-me-drink-me.co.uk/we-love-cheese
25 Art Deco Fair, Eltham Palace
The Art Deco Fair, held twice a year at Eltham Palace since 2002, returns this month with an abundance of vintage stalls to satisfy the most ardent shopper. Surround yourself with Art Deco decadence and sample the splendour of the thrilling 30s while taking an opulent journey into Eltham Palace’s past. Look out for traders like Hilary Conquy, who has been exhibiting at the fair for the past four years selling costume jewellery dating from 1900-1940, with the odd Christian Dior piece. There’s also Stephen Hazell-Smith, who sells Swedish glass from Orrefors, Kosta and Stromberg Hytten of the Art Deco period.
Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE; english-heritage.org.uk
National Doughnut Week, which marks its 28th year in 2019, is more than just a wonderful excuse for gluttony, it’s actually all for a good cause – this rather special week in May encourages bakers, coffee shops, offices, schools and more to sell doughnuts to raise funds for The Children’s Trust. Start the week the right way by getting your hands on one of a thousand FREE doughnuts available from Whole Foods Market in Kensington on Monday 13 May – click here for further info. For the full list of participants, visit the NDW website (below).
27 Dylan Thomas Prize Literary Salon at The British Library, Euston
To celebrate the shortlist of the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize, the British Library are hosting a literary salon with the shortlisted artists. As one of the most prestigious prizes for young writers, the shortlist this year includes the American-Ghanaian Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, British-Sri-Lankan Guy Gunaratne and Zimbabwe-born Novuyo Rosa Tshuma. Tickets cost £10 and the evening will feature readings and an audience Q&A.
British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB; bl.uk/events
28 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
29 Festival of Fitness, Hackney Marches
The Hackney Festival of Fitness has announced its latest celebration of fitness this month. With over 60,000 people expected to get their sweat on and soak up the festival atmosphere on Hackney Marshes, there will be over 72 curated interactive fitness activities. Some highlights include a Ministry of Sound workout, yoga with a live orchestra and paddle boarding. What’s more, the weekend culminates with the Hackney Half marathon on Sunday 19 May.
Hackney Marsh, Homerton Road E9 5PF; virginsport.com/event/hackney-2019
30 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
31 Night of the Living Dead, 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
32 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
33 The Art of Travel, Chelsea
Until 20 May
Iconic Images gallery are back with a new exhibition looking into the glamorous world of travel. Featuring everything from planes to trains, boats to cars, the exhibition features eight iconic photographers focusing on the backdrop of travel. Expect to see Terry O’Neill’s iconic portrait of Elton John in front of his private plane used for his 1974 world tour as well as to John Swannell’s ethereal portrait of actress Helena Bonham Carter on a boat in Venice in the exciting show.
13a Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 OJA; iconicimages.net
34 Pint of Science Festival at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End
Queen Mary, University of London is inviting everyone to fall in love with the world of science this month at the worldwide science festival called Pint of Science. The idea behind the festival is to make science and research more accessible to the general public by bringing the scientists to the local pubs to give jargon-free talks in a relaxed atmosphere. This year will see 25 QMUL scientists take to the stage in pubs across London looking at the theme of ‘What’s Next?’.
Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS; pintofscience.co.uk
35 Belgravia in Bloom
Belgravia in Bloom returns for its fourth year to transform Belgravia with a series of floral installations, unique displays and special events. Coinciding with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Belgravia’s theme is the ‘The Language of Flowers,’ which invites visitors to discover the secret meaning behind every flower as they explore over 50 vibrant installations. Some highlights include Eccleston Yards holding creative workshops from floral illustration to herbal tea blending as well as Halkin Arcade, off Motcomb Street, hosting the Mood Gardens to improve mood and relieve stress.
The iconic Chelsea Flower Show returns with more than 100 thrilling floral displays. The Great Pavilion, a 12,000 sq ft marquee big enough to park 500 London buses, will again be the jewel in the Chelsea Flower Show crown, featuring the very best from the world’s finest nurseries, growers and florists. This year there will also be a whole host of specially designed gardens including the RHS Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and Facebook’s first garden at the show called Beyond The Screen, which will celebrate people who have used Facebook to meet and connect with others.
London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea SW3 4SR; rhs.org.uk
37 Amélie The Musical, New Wimbledon Theatre
Based on the Oscar-winning film, this new adaptation follows the story of Amélie, a shy young woman who improvises extraordinary acts of kindness to those around her. The new UK tour is a musical reimagining of the much-loved tale which was first staged in California in 2015. This marks its first outing on UK soil and will star Strictly Come Dancing favourite and television actor Danny Mac as Nino Quincampoix alongside French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson as Amélie Poulain.
New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG; atgtickets.com
38 Vegan Nights, Shoreditch
Vegan Nights returns to 93 Feet East in Shoreditch this month, bringing the best of the UK’s vegan scene together with more than 40 street-food traders as well as an exciting DJ line up and new alfresco areas with pets more than welcome. So head down to The Truman Brewery for some delicious food and summer vibes. Tickets cost £10.
150 Brick Lane, Shoreditch E1 6QL; vegannights.uk
39 London Saxophone Festival, various locations
23 May-16 June
This month sees the launch of the inaugural London Saxophone Festival, a celebration of all things sax, taking place at a range of venues across the capital. This week-long series of events will involve performances from world class musicians, workshops, film and exhibitions. The festival will feature some boundary breaking players at the very top of their game.
40 All Points East, Victoria Park, Bethnal Green
24 May-2 June
The 10 day festival of music in Victoria Park is back again this year with a line-up of international musicians. Headliners include The Chemical Brothers, Christine and the Queens and Mumford & Sons across the festival. Excitingly there will also be a weekday programme called In The Neighbourhood which will feature free entry and activities including cinema, music and street food from 27-30 May.
Grove Road, Bethnal Green E3 5TB; allpointseastfestival.com
41 MCM Comic Con, ExCeL London
MCM London Comic Con will be returning to ExCeL London on 24-26 May to celebrate all things great and geeky, covering everything from movies, comics and videogames to anime, manga and cosplay. As well as hosting hundreds of exhibitors and retailers, the show features a Comic Village and Author Corner packed with ultra-talented artists and writers. Plenty stars of the screen will also be there including Sebastian Stan, who is known for playing Bucky Barnes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Stranger Things star David Harbour.
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks E16 1XL; mcmexpostore.com
42 Jam on the Rye, Peckham
KERB’s Jam on the Rye returns to Peckham with a celebration of sound system culture and London’s best street food, as well as a headline set by world renowned superstar Kelis – her first UK festival performance of 2019. The queen of R’n’B will perform hits such as Milkshake, Trick Me and Millionaire in a show of carnival-esque proportions. You can also expect a mix of reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz across three stages, with appearances by Jazzie B and Omar alongside a street food line up featuring Bleecker Burger, Yum Bun and Only Jerkin’. Like all KERB events, this one’s for everyone from Baby Boomers to boom-boxers. Tickets from £30.
Strakers Road, Peckham SE15 3UA; kerbfood.com/jamonrye
43 Dinner Is Coming, The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 2 June
Dinner Is Coming is the hilarious new immersive spoof dining experience inspired by Game of Thrones. Taking place at The Vaults in Waterloo, the event blends an indulgent feast with theatre and comedy deep inside the Vaults’ underground tunnels, which has been reimagined as the world of the Several Kingdoms. You’ve been invited to celebrate the marriage of Jaffrey Bearathon, heir to the Several Kingdoms, and Margarine, the beautiful daughter of the noble Trywell Family. On the night, you’ll choose your kingdom, pledge your allegiance and help your ruler to ascend the Wooden Throne by figuring out who among you is the murderous traitor… Tickets are £35-£55.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; dinneriscoming.com
44 Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 2 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery’s first show of 2019 will be a look at the original landscapes of the Norwegian symbolist artist, Harald Sohlberg (1869 – 1935). He is considered one of the greatest masters of landscape painting in the history of Norwegian art. This exhibition, timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Sohlberg’s birth, will be the first major show of his work outside of Norway. Guests can also see a new installation by Mariele Neudecker, made in response to the paintings of Harald Sohlberg in the mausoleum. Tickets are £16.50 for adults.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
45 Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House
Until 11 June
This spring, the Royal Ballet is reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballet masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Set to Sergey Prokofiev’s seminal score, the performance will feature a number of principal and debuting dancers in the roles of Juliet and Romeo in the performance at the Royal Opera House. The work has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than 400 times since it was premiered at Covent Garden in 1965, making Romeo and Juliet a classic you can’t miss.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk
46 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
47 Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at V&A Museum
Until 14 July
The V&A’s latest exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams has been hotly anticipated since it was announced last year. Spanning from 1947 to the present day, it traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers and how Dior’s work has had a lasting impact of the fashion world. Highlights include a selection of sketches by the designer, photographs of everyone from the Queen to Yves Saint Laurent and a collection of dresses from the Dior Héritage collection in Paris. Tickets start at £20.
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
48 Toast, The Other Palace, Westminster
Until 3 August
A new adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs, Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, opens at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace this month. Following its world premiere at The Lowry in Salford in May and a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London transfer has been hotly anticipated. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience will be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of that cookery. Monthly brewery takeovers will also be taking place in the ground floor bar area with Toast Ale, which produces craft beer from surplus fresh bakery bread, on 9 May, 13 June and 11 July.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; nigelslaterstoast.co.uk
49 Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain
Until 11 August
The latest EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, is Tate Britain’s highly anticipated exhibition of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Exploring how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career, and how he, in turn, inspired British artists like Walter Sickert and Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes some of his most famous works, such as Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhône and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. Running until 11 August.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
50 Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the Design Museum, Kensington
Until 15 September
The Design Museum is celebrating the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century this month with a new exhibition on Stanley Kubrick. Marking the 20th anniversary of his death, the exhibition explores his unique command of the whole creative design process of film making, from story teller to director to editor Relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films, including The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
51 Mary Quant, V&A, Kensington
Until 16 February 2020
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, this new exhibition at the V&A delves into the whys and hows of Mary Quant’s colourful British High Street fashion revolution. You’ll see more than 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive in every fashion lover’s dream show, iconic photography such as Twiggy wearing a turquoise moire taffeta waistcoat and skirt, and Quant’s fashion sketches. Tickets cost £12.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk