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The first of the May bank holiday weekends have arrived and we imagine you’re scrambling for things to do last minute with your friends now that all of the pubs, restaurants and bars are all packed out. Fear not as we’ve handpicked ten of the best events, pop-ups and activities going on in and around the city. 

From street food pop-ups to tips for cracking a perfect BBQ, here’s what to do this weekend.

Venture to Southbank Centre’s riverside food and drink pop-ups

With holidaying abroad off the cards this summer, travel the world through food at Southbank Centre’s street food market and riverside food and drink pop-ups. 

On 30th April, Southbank Centre’s popular street food market and riverside food and drink pop-ups will return for the summer season, bringing with them over 20 cuisines from around the world to sample. From Korean BBQ and fragrant Pad Thai, to moreish hot dogs and classic fish and chips, you are guaranteed to find a dish that’ll satisfy your foodie cravings.

The king of pop-ups Jimmy Garcia has already returned with his BBQ Club, serving up all of your barbecue favourites...

The king of pop-ups Jimmy Garcia has already returned with his BBQ Club, serving up all of your barbecue favourites, including 45-day aged sirloin steaks and adobo cod cheek tacos. Paired alongside English summer lawn games, you won’t want to head anywhere else this summer. Applebee’s Fish pop-up has also pitched up early, helping to bring the British seaside to the city with the poshest fish and chips on offer for city dwellers to enjoy overlooking the Thames.

From 30th April, they’ll be joined by four more pop-ups. Stroll along the riverside enjoying foodie offerings from hot dog specialists Oh My Dog! and burger maestros Truffle. Grab a fresh juice from Elephant Juice or quench your thirst with a cold pint or two from The Hop Locker. Hosted outside, it’s the perfect spot to reconnect with old friends over a bite to eat and soak up some of the best riverside views in the city.


Invite friends over for a bank holiday BBQ 

Hosting a BBQ this weekend and have no idea where to start? We’ve put together a checklist to break you out of your grilling comfort zone, get the coals fried up and give you the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted.

Barbecuing has come a long way from burnt-to-a-cinder sausages and questionably cooked drumsticks; it’s cemented itself as a proper, grown-up style of cooking with cool chefs exploiting the bounty of its flavours and respected restaurants, from Berber & Q to Smokestak, becoming must-try places on the London restaurant scene.

Add to that the glorious weather we’ve been having and there’s really no better excuse to get your tongs out, your pinny on and a good old grilling session on the go. Here’s how to host your best BBQ yet.

Hit up this pop-up ‘lemonade stand’ 

Did you ever long to set up a lemonade stand just like they did in your favourite American suburbian film? Now’s your chance to experience a lemonade stand for real – adult addition – with the launch of Crudo Cevicheria’s pop-up stand. 

Partnering with El Sueno Tequila, they’ll be launching a pop-up bar that’ll be offering three tequila tipples for just £5. Located outside their Old Street restaurant, enjoy a classic Margarita, zingy Palome or opt for a spicy Picante. 

Launches Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd May, 12-10pm & will run every weekend after throughout summer
Unit D, Retail, 211C Old Street, EC1V 9NR

Visit an art gallery in person

We can finally wave goodbye to virtual exhibitions as now many art galleries and museums have reopened for business, including Waddington Custot. This spring season the Cork Street gallery will be showcasing Paul Feeley’s first solo exhibition in the UK in over 50 years, Space Stands Still. 

The retrospective explores the development of Feeley’s abstraction over the course of his prolific career, showcasing pieces from the 1950s through to those created just before his death in 1966. 

Over twenty pieces will be on display, including canvas paintings and three-dimensional sculptures in wood.

Running until 6th June
Waddington Custot, 11 Cork Street, W1S 3LT

Explore Hackney’s bank holiday vegan market 

Explore the best of London’s vegan street food in one place at Hackney’s Vegan Village market. 

Hackney Vegan Village is returning for another spring-summer series in collaboration with Plant Based Events. This bank holiday head down, sample some of the best vegan street food in the city and explore the independent stalls. 

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the market will boast sustainably-made clothing, gifts and skincare stalls, themed bars and music. 

Running Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd May
Bohemia Place, Hackney, E8 1DU

Head to one of the city’s beach bars 

Miss the feeling of sand running in between your toes? Want to know where you can get the best piña colada in the city? While we can’t promise you a paddle in crystal clear oceans, we can guarantee that these urban beach bars will be able to mentally transport you to your favourite island destination.

Read on to find out the seven best beach bars that are shore to impress

Watch the Academy Awards’ Best Picture film, Nomadland 

Once the Academy Awards’ Best Picture Film has been announced, millions of people usually charge into their local cinemas to see what all the hype is about. Sadly, this year is a little different. With cinemas not allowed to reopen until 17th May due to government restrictions in England, this same mammoth escapade to the cinema won’t be able to take place. But there is still somewhere you can catch the Oscars favourite and that’s Disney+. 

Releasing this Friday, catch the film, Nomadland, that won the Academy Awards for Best Picture Film, Best Director and Best Actress. 

Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film sees a woman, Fern (Frances McDormand) in her sixties embark on an epic journey through the American West in her van. 

As if TikTok’s #VanLife couldn’t get already bigger, it’s bound to inspire others to set out on the nomadic lifestyle too. 

Release Date: Friday 30th April
Stream it on Disney+

Book in for an alfresco movie experience

Instead of binging your favourite chick flicks at home this weekend, venture out to Alexandra Palace and book a movie night with Rooftop Film Club. 

This weekend will see the likes of Black Panther, Labyrinth, Scoob!, Fight Club, Ratatouille, Isle of Dogs and more all make their way onto the big screen.  

Enjoy your favourite film alfresco style.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

Get a free Taco Bell!

Taco Bell are giving away free tacos on Tuesday, and it’s all thanks to the moon.

This bank holiday Monday the half moon will vaguely resemble a taco, which means free Taco Bell tacos for Londoners!

Just walk into a Taco Bell on Tuesday and they’ll literally hand you a free taco. That’s it.

Photo: London Eye

Check out this colourful installation

Art comes in all shapes and sizes, forms and briefs, but this might be one of the most intriguing yet. 

British artist Lucy Sparrow has created The Bourdon Street Chemist, an interactive performance-art piece that’s inspired by the everyday pharmacy. Every wall of this Mayfair gallery has been transformed into a fully-stocked chemist, abrim with felt pharmaceuticals from paracetamol to syndol. 

Pre-booked slots are now fully booked but there are walk-ins available or alternatively book in for a virtual appointment and fill your shelves with these fun felt pharmacy staples.

Running until 8th May

Listen to our album of the week, Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God

Don’t be fooled by their band name, Manchester Orchestra are neither from the English city or define themselves as orchestral music. Instead the American band is best defined by their indie-rock sound. 

This Friday, Manchester Orchestra return with their sixth studio album, The Million Masks of God, and it’s filled with heady lyrics and instrumental tunes.

Release Date: Friday 30th April
Listen on Spotify

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