From fashion pop-ups to cocktail masterclasses, pretty alfresco brunches to giant floral teapot installations, we’ve rounded up everything going on in and around London this weekend. Read on to find out what to do…

Soak up the florals at Belgravia in Bloom

Belgravia’s annual free flower festival is in full bloom, but there’s still plenty of time to get stuck into all of the events, pop-ups and activities going on throughout the week. 

Running until Sunday 29th May, Belgravia in Bloom coincides with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with this year’s centred around a Beautifully British theme. It offer’s Londoners the chance to see spectacular large-scale floral installations, displays and experiences made up of more than 20,000 blossoming flowers. 

Head down this week and you can experience the striking displays in person for yourself. You’ll find everything from a towering 10ft floral Big Ben installation in Halkin Arcade to a floral installation of a 50 pence piece featuring the Queen’s head on Elizabeth Street. Over at Eccleston Yards you can explore the Tea Garden, a floral display that features a giant pouring teapot designed by florist Moyses Stevens. Around every corner you’ll find a display that’s unique and well worth snapping up for the ‘gram. 

Alongside the floral displays, there’ll be pop-ups from some of Belgravia’s boutiques, including cloth-dyeing at Anna Mason London, biscuit workshops at Biscuiteers, life drawing at Cubitts and pottery workshops with Studio Pottery.

When: Until 29.05.2022 

Where: Across Belgravia 

Website: www.belgravialdn.com

Explore this crafty cocktail & fashion pop-up

The UK’s no.1 cognac, Courvoisier and acclaimed contemporary designer, DANIEL w. FLETCHER have teamed up to launch a fashion pop-up, Atelier Courvoisier. Open this Friday to Sunday, the pop-up will be a destination for the curious, offering cocktail and creative workshops to celebrate this special collaboration. 

Atelier Courvoisier, located in Soho, invites you to head down for design workshops, from screen-printing to jacket painting workshops, hosted by Fletcher himself, as well as Courvoisier tasting and cocktail masterclasses. Inspired by Fletcher’s design studio, the luxury cognac house will also be showcasing their limited-edition, hand-painted bottles and colourful apparel. 

Book in for a screen-printing session or jacket painting on Saturday or Sunday and you’ll have the chance to experiment with colours and patterns, all while sipping on delicious cognac cocktails. While the masterclasses, hosted Friday through to Sunday, will take you through Courvoisier’s rich French heritage and see you learn how to craft the ultimate summer cocktail. The bar is open in the evenings (until 10pm) for walk-ins too, perfect for a unique date night or nightcap. 

When: 27.05.2022 – 29.05.2022 

Where: Atelier Courvoisier, 55A Dean Street, Soho, W1D 6AG 

Book your workshop slot here

Try this special sushi and sake pairing

Make this weekend one to remember and sample this special menu courtesy of The Ivy Asia. The iconic brand has teamed up with the UK’s leading artisanal spirits business, Marussia Beverages UK to showcase their Artisanal Japanese portfolio, which includes Akashi-Tai Sake, Hatozaki Whisky and 135° East Gin.

Head down this weekend to experience the Japanese concept of hanami – a time when families and friends gather to eat and drink under the blossom. Expect cocktails created by Jean Vital, including the Hanami Lady, a blend of 135° East Gin, Sakura Vermouth, William Fox Cherry Blossom Syrup, lime juice and lychee juice; Kaikyo Straits, a delicate mix of Hatozaki Blended Japanese Whisky, Akashi-Tau Yuzushu, Cocchi di Torino and Aperol; and the Notes of Ikigai, which blends Akashi-Tai Honjozo Kuro Sake, Creme D’Apricot, ginger syrup and supasawa. The menu also includes delicious sushi and Akashi-Tai sake pairings to be enjoyed in a beautiful cherry blossom setting.

When: Until 07.06.2022 

Where: Available at The Ivy Asia in London, Guildford and Manchester

Website: www.theivyasia.com

Book in for London’s prettiest outdoor brunch

Finding new brunch spots is a given when you’re a bonafide Londoner so when we found out that our favourite alfresco terrace was launching a new offering we could hardly contain our excitement. 

Jurema, the alfresco terrace enveloped by a hanging garden of jasmine and passion flower, has launched a new alfresco Botanical Sunday Brunch. Nodding to South American fare, the sharing-style set menu features a selection of sharing seasonal starters, from padron peppers sprinkled with smoked chilli salt to crab and fennel tostadas with sea herbs and lime. Mains make way for dishes such as buttermilk fried chicken bun with pickled jalapeno coleslaw and twists on traditional brunch favourites, like the chorizo and poached egg muffin with a fiery chimichurri hollandaise.For dessert, there’s a choice of strawberries, vanilla and red pepper parfait infused with red chilli or Guatemalan chocolate mousse with coconut, buckwheat and almond. 

There’s the option to upgrade to include rosé, cocktails or Veuve Clicquot. It’s the ultimate summer escape away from the hustle and bustle, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere with sound sommelier DJ Karen Lopez on the decks.

Where: 20-21 Newman street, W1T 1PG 

Website: www.themandrake.com

Celebrate the Jubilee early at this corgi cafe

Launching on Saturday 29th May, the UK’s first ever Corgi Cafe will be landing at Drake & Morgan’s The Refinery at Bankside venue. The whole day is packed out with pooch friendly activities, welcoming corgis of all sizes, cross-breeds and ages and their human friends to come together to celebrate The Queen and the special doggos.

The Refinery at Bankside will be completely taken over for the 80 minute ‘off lead’ social experience. It’ll be complete with free Pupuccinos from the famous Pop + Bark Puppuccino Bar, Jubilee pupcakes and treats from Rudi’s The Doggy Bakery, free professional photos of your dog that can be downloaded after the event, and even a designated ‘chill zone’ for nervous or older Corgis and guests.

Corgi Boutique by The Crafty Dog Co will be on hand with all of the latest dog accessories to purchase too. Plus, there’ll also be access to secret guest-only doggy discounts and freebies with every booking to the event.

WHEN: 29.05.2022

WHERE: THE REFINERY, 110 SOUTHWARK STREET, SE1 0TF

WEBSITE: WWW.PUGCAFE.COM

Close the weekend with a craicing stout masterclass

Grab your Guinness loving friends and head down to Old Street’s Daffodil Mulligan for a special strout masterclass. The Irish influenced restaurant and bar has launched a new stout masterclass to their roster, allowing you to learn from the pros. 

The masterclass will see you learn the art of the perfect pout, sample Gibney’s strout and Guinness before tucking a lunch in the restaurant. Upcoming dates include this Sunday 29th May and Sunday 5th June.

When: Upcoming dates include 29.05.2022 & 05.06.2022

Where: 70-74 City Road, Old Street, EC1Y 2BJ

Website: www.daffodilmulligan.com

Get creative with an art class & brunch

East London’s coolest new hotel The Gantry has teamed up with Belgravia’s mindful art studio MasterPeace for a series of brunches centred around art. 

Kicking off this Sunday 29th, you’ll be taken on a bespoke art class, creating art guided by one of MasterPeace’s tutors, before tucking into brunch dishes. 

Set in the Union Social, the monthly series will reflect the hotel’s urban backdrop, and will see you enjoy classics dishes of eggs Benedict as well as the Gantry Burgster with flamed-grilled Scotch Aberdeen dry aged steak burger, cheddar gorge, house pickled gherkin, tonka beans mayonnaise served with rustic chips.

When: 29.05.2022 

Where: 40 Celebration Ave, East Village, E20 1DB

Book yourself a ticket here

Check out Radiohead’s pop-up exhibition

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and artist Stanley Donwood come together once again this month, allowing fans to explore sixty drawings from Radiohead’s Kid A era. The exhibition, titled Test Specimens, will be taking over 8 Duke Street, St James’s, on 25th – 29th May. It offers fans a rare chance to peer into the nightmarish fuelled drawings that led to the creation of one of the most influential albums ever made. 

If you’re not so well versed in Radiohead’s history, Thom and Stanley met back in the 1980s as students, and have been creating art together ever since. Stanley has been the backbone for Radiohead’s cover art, making the instantly recognisable art for albums since The Bends in 1996.

This exhibition, presented by TIN MAN ART, allows fans to immerse themselves in the world of Radiohead, Thom and Stanley, and see the dystopian-esque art in the flesh.

When: Until 29.05.2022 

Where: 8 Duke Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6BN 

Website: WWW.TINMANART.COM

Celebrate rosé season at this festival

Wine lovers, you’re in for a treat! This weekend sees the arrival of the Rosé Festival, a three day event crammed with feasting, pinknics, live music and, of course, rosé. 

Taking over Fulham Palace from Friday through to Sunday, the festival brings together everyone’s favourite rosé producers, from Léoube to Château Minuty, Maison Mirabeau to Berne Wine. You’ll be able to sip on the different varieties of wine, feast on culinary delights paired with rosé and dance to DJs who’ll be pumping out the tunes well into the evening. 

When: 27.05.2022 – 29.05.2022 

Where: Fulham Palace, SW6 

WebsitE: www.the-rose-festival.com

Try one of these floral inspired menus

It’s the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London’s top restaurants are going all out with floral inspired set menus, cocktails and installations making their way to the city.

From The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s wild woodland exteriors to Wild by Tart’s delicious strawberry and elderflower tart, these are the restaurants we’re most excited about visiting this Chelsea Flower Show…

Wander around the Science Museum’s new exhibition, Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope

Showcasing over 100 objects and personal accounts, this new exhibition, Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope, brings the stories of people affected by cancer to life. 

On display until early next year, the exhibition will be shattering the myths associated with the causes of cancer, revealing how the disease isn’t unique to humans and delving into the latest technologies and advancements taking place today.

When: Until 01.2022 

Where: Gallery 2, Level 2, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD 

Website: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk


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