Whether you’re looking for a countryside getaway or somewhere to soak up the best of London’s arty scene, get your film fix or celebrate the end of Ramadan, we’ve rounded up the best events happening in, around and beyond the capital. Read on to get inspired…

Escape to the countryside on the Great Garden Escape to The Newt in Somerset

The warmer weather calls for a trip to the countryside, and this weekend is set to be packed out with afternoon tea picnics, cyder tours and picturesque gardens thanks to the return of The Newt in Somerset’s seasonal excursion.

Boarding again Fridays and Saturdays from 6th May until 24th September, the Great Garden Escape is a unique day trip inviting you to experience the best of Somerset. Whether you’re after a food filled day packed with seasonal specials and menus crafted to perfection, savour sipping on cyder in the sunshine or you want to reconnect with nature exploring the estate and the new bee exhibit, there’s something for everyone.

The Great Garden Escape ticket includes First Class return travel from London Paddington to The Newt in Somerset; guided tours, talks and tastings; all meals from breakfast and lunch through to afternoon tea; plus 12-month Newt Membership.

When: On Friday & Saturdays from 06.05.2022 – 24.08.2022 

Where: Meet at London Paddington 

Website: www.thenewtinsomerset.com

Get your film fix at this festival

Frames of Representation returns this week, arriving with 14 films from four continents and 17 countries, all of which are UK premieres. From 5th until 12th May, Londoners can join the film festival for a celebration to the cinema of the real. 

This year’s theme centres around ‘Communality’, and will see the likes of screenings, discussions, workshops, experiments in sound and live performances. 

Highlights include Dry Ground Burning (Mato seco em chamas) by Adirley Queirós and Joana Pimenta, which opens the festival on Thursday 5 May; When There Is No More Music to Write, and Other Roman Stories, by Éric Baudelaire, which closes the festival on Thursday 12 May; and New works from Latin America: Eduardo Crespo’s The Delights (Las Delicias).

When: 05.05.2022 – 12.05.2022 

Where: The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH 

Website: www.ica.art

Discover London’s brightest up-and-coming designers at The Drops Market

Coal Drops Yard’s monthly market returns this weekend, showcasing a handful of the UK’s rising stars in the design world. Taking over the space from Friday through to Sunday, the market will be filled with 40 stalls offering everything from clothing to homeware and lifestyle products. 

This month’s designer line-up includes contemporary womenswear fashion brand Jasmiin, handcrafted jewellery from Silkeheuer, kimonos from small brand Nikaya, and slow fashion brand, Regular Works.

When: 06.05.2022 – 08.05.2022 

Where: Coal Drops Yard, London, N1C 4DQ 

Website: www.kingscross.co.uk

Explore Now Gallery’s latest exhibition, Feeling Good – Joy Yamusangie

NOW Gallery’s 2022 Young Artist Commission is from Joy Yamusangie whose work focuses on textural materials to a convey sophisticated and multifarious style.

‘Feeling Good’ invites us to integrate constructs surrounding identity and celebrate self-expressions, shown through illustration, collage, painting and sculptures. On display until June, this exhibition will add some colour to your weekend. 

When: Until 05.06.2022

Where: NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ 

Website: www.nowgallery.co.uk

Sip into the night at this pop-up bar

This month sees Yard Sale Pizza and Top Cuvée partner up to create a brand new pop-up bar, Vin-Yard. Tucked inside the basement at Yard Sale’s Hackney Road restaurant, diners can tuck into award-winning pizzas paired alongside tasty tipples from the natural wine experts.

From 6th May until 25th May, Yard Sale Pizza will be serving up their classics, from the Holy Pepperoni made with slow-cooked tomato sauce, Flor di Latte Mozzarella, pepperoni, smoky gyula pepperoni and nduja sausage to their veggie favourite, the TSB loaded with tender stem broccoli, pine nuts, garlic oil and parmesan.

For drinks, Top Cuvée will be on hand, offering light options including Matassa Olla Blanc, Muscat Macbeu, or go for orange wine and try Francois Saint-Lo, Les Pouches Maceration or Chenin Blanc. There’ll also be cocktails if you’re that way inclined, including a spicy Picanté or a classic Old Fashioned.

WHEN: 06.05.2022 – 25.04.2022

WHERE: YARD SALE PIZZA, 184 HACKNEY ROAD, E2 7QL

WEBSITE: WWW.RESY.COM

Try this unique afternoon tea at… Holmes Hotel

We love an afternoon tea here at The Handbook. Sipping tea from pretty china, tucking into impossibly small sandwiches and debating whether it’s jam then cream or cream then jam (it’s jam then cream btw). So, when we get the chance to try a new high tea, we jump at it. 

Enter the Holmes Tea at the Holmes Hotel, a quirky little gem that sits just behind Baker Street that’s inspired by the area’s most famous resident, Sherlock Holmes. Naturally, there’s a detective edge to the tea, with the sandwiches, cakes and scones being served in a sweet antique chest box. Alongside that, you’ll get a magnifying glass in true Sherlock style, to crack the code and reveal a mini-mystery at the end.

In all honesty, we kind of forgot about the detective trail as the food was so delicious, from the egg mayo on brioche (with truffle no less) to the dreamy pistachio mousse with coconut ice cream. You may not have the gilded gold walls of the Ritz or the iconic china of Claridge’s here, but in terms of the food, the delicate desserts and interesting sandwich combinations are some of the best we’ve tried in the capital. 

Booking in will be an elementary idea.

When: Available everyday from 12pm-6pm

Where: Homes Hotel London, 83 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 6NF

Website: www.holmeshotel.com

Sing along to your favourite song at Grease The Musical

Grease is the word that’ll be on everyone’s lips this summer as Grease The Musical is set to return to the West End! Everyone’s favourite summer romance, this special production will be landing at the Dominion Theatre and directed by Curve’s artistic director, Nikolai Foster. 

Fall back in love with Danny and Sandy’s story and prepare to sing-along to all of your favourite hits, including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want.

PRODUCTION DATE: 03.05.2022 – 29.10.2022

WHERE: DOMINION THEATRE, 269 TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD, W1T 7AQ

WEBSITE: WWW.THEATRETICKETSDIRECT.COM

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, non-alcoholic spirit brand, Lyre’s, is bringing the Mexican fiesta to cities across the country in the form of an alcohol-free Margarita bar truck. Expect an array of live music acts, special guests and alcohol-free Margaritas available for all. 

Kicking off the celebrations, they’ll be at Spitalfields Market on Thursday 5th, with a live DJ set from DJ Fat Tony. Goers will be able to sip on non-alcoholic cocktails made from Lyre’s Agave Blanco Spirit, Lyre’s Orange Sec, lime juice and syrup. 

5th May at Spitalfields Market, 6th May at Liverpool Street & Old Street, 7th May at Covent Garden & Soho, 8th May at Clapham & Chelsea, 12th May Brighton, 13th May Bristol, 14th – 15th May Manchester

WHEN: 05.05.2022 – 15.05.2022

WHERE: VARIOUS LOCATIONS

WEBSITE: WWW.LYRES.CO.UK

Uncover the history behind the world’s favourite game

Combine your culture fix with your partner’s favourite pastime as the two worlds collide in the Design Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Football: Designing the Beautiful Game’. 

The exhibition, running until August, will allow you to explore the story behind football, delving into how design has been woven into the game for centuries. Showcased through more than 500 objects, films and interviews in sporting performance, kit development, stadium design and more, it’s an exhibition that shouldn’t be missed whether you’re a football fan or not.

Credit: Felix Speller
Over 70s women’s team The Sockers during the Las Vegas Friendship Cup in USA, 2021, Judi Works And Shannon Siegel/Goal Click

When: Until 29.08.2022 

Where: The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG 

Website: www.designmuseum.org

When: 07.05.2022

Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN 

Website: www.london.gov.uk

Mark the end of Ramadan with Eid in the Square

This weekend sees the Mayor of London’s 17th Eid in the Square return to the capital this year, celebrating the end of Ramadan. Taking over Trafalgar Square, the festival will boast everything from comedy sketches from The Halalians to calligraphy, storytelling and poetry workshops. 

Expect some foodie delights from global food stalls, including Indian street food from Mr Bombay, silk road delights from Oshpaz Uzbek Street Food, Venezuela bites from Pebellon and Somali treats from Hooyo East.


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