From early RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrations to the new pastel covered exhibition everyone is going to be talking about, we’ve rounded up the very best of what’s going on around London this weekend.

Celebrate RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Babylonstoren

Monday 23rd marks the opening of the prestigious flower show and the launch of The Official Rosé of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Whether you’re celebrating in person or you’re recreating the experience at home, a bottle of the new vintage Babylonstoren Mourèdre Rosé is the essential alfresco pairing.

Babylonstoren harvests a new vintage each year, and with the launch landing on Monday, the Mourvèdre Rosé will be kicking off the summer season in style. 

An elegant, dry rosé, expect hints of raspberries and rose petals that leads to notes of creamy rhubarb, fresh watermelon and a subtle acidity note. 

Whether you’re hosting a floral dinner party this week or ordering in ahead of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, make sure you have a bottle of our favourite rosé in tow.

Visit the Barbican’s latest exhibition, Our Time on Earth 

Explore the natural world more deeply in the Barbican’s new exhibition, Our Time on Earth. The exhibition, on display until August, allows us to delve and look at our world in different ways, from technologies and science through to art and activism. 

Your mind will be cast to different scenarios, from dining with other species to commuting through a rewilded city. You’ll be able to examine how we can help shape nature in the future for the better and how we can tackle the climate crisis hands on.

When: Until 29.08.2022 

Where: The Curve, Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS

Website: www.barbican.org.uk

Sip sustainably with this new cocktail menu

This month sees The Churchill Bar & Terrace launch a new cocktail menu designed around sustainability. Featuring twelve curated cocktails from their expert mixologists, each cocktail champions a theme, from air quality to wildlife support. 

Cocktails include delights including The Swell, which uses Mermaid Gin, handcrafted on the Isle of Wight using ten ethically sourced botanicals, and raises awareness of the issue of ocean protection including Vetiver liqueur and seaweed Mancino Secco; and the Monarch, representing a butterfly’s metamorphosis symbolised by the changing colours of yellow and purple, nodding to spring and summer. 

Where: The Churchill Bar & Terrace, 30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH 

Website: www.thechurchillbar.co.uk

 

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Visit Kew’s exciting new ethereal exhibition, When Flowers Dream 

London’s botanical paradise, Kew is launching a brand new exhibition this weekend and it’s as colourful as they come. It’s an exhibition by Tanya Schultz otherwise known as Pip & Pop and brings an electric colour burst to the gardens. 

On display until early next year, expect artworks made out of everyday materials from sugar and candy to craft materials, and a whole lot of pastel colours thrown into the mix to create something truly unique. 

When: Until 05.03.2023 

Where: Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AE 

Website: www.kew.org

Try one of London’s best afternoon teas

A London experience doesn’t get much more classic than a trip to one of London’s best afternoon tea offerings. It’s a rite of passage for anyone who visits, whether you’re a savoury, sweet or tea lover.

From classic teas fit for the Queen to special twists like Aqua Shard’s Peter Pan inspired experience, there are plenty to choose from. We’ve rounded up our favourites below…

Book in for a tarot fuelled brunch at The Fable

Drake & Morgan’s The Fable has teamed up with the Psychic Sisters & to launch a tarot brunch. Book in to have your tarot read to you before dining on a two-course brunch and cocktails. 

Four expert psychics, whose celebrity clientele includes Kim Kardashian, Tracey Emin, Kate Hudson and Elton John, will be on hand, hosting private readings, while a Medium will tune high vibrations to connect to the spirit world. 

On the brunch front, expect dishes such as buttermilk chicken and waffle; crisp duck salad; and strawberry and elderflower Eton mess.

When: 22.05.2022 | 26.06.2022 | 24.08.2022 

Where: 52 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FD 

Website: www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk

 

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Venture to dreamland in this immersive sleep experience

In need of a little breather from the everyday? Look to Dreamachine, the immersive sleep experience that’ll take you on a journey to explore the potential of your mind. 

You’re invited to sit back, close your eyes and enter a colourful world that comes alive only in your mind. Every experience is different; you could see shapes and colours, cities and landscapes or waves of shifting colours. 

A truly unique journey, Dreamachine is personal to you.

When: Until 24.07.2022 

Where: Woolwich Public Market 

Website: www.dreamachine.world

Head for a boogie at Bocconcino’s DJ night

Italian dining destination Bocconcino has launched DJ nights, meaning you can get your groove on while delighting on tasty Italian favourites. 

Held Wednesday through to Saturday, the nights are held on their lower ground floor, complete with LED lighting and DJs playing a mix of house and commercial music. 

This Thursday sees them welcome the saxophonist Reubean playing alongside DJ Will turner. Book in for a night to remember.

When: Wednesday through to Saturday

Where: 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED 

Website: www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Feast on Bancone’s new menu

Popular pasta restaurant Bancone has recently welcomed a new executive chef to its table. Ben Waugh joins from Petrus and the Savoy Grill, bringing his signature flare and flavours to the Italian restaurants. 

To celebrate the arrival, the restaurant has revamped its spring menu. Available at both the Covent Garden and Golden Square restaurants, the menu features highlights such as barolo ox cheek pappardelle with barolo vinegar; Cornish cod with tagliatelle, tomatoes, capers and olives; and salt baked celeriac and hazelnut agnolotti with celeriac puree and lemon oil.

WherE: Covent Garden & Golden Square 

Website: www.bancone.co.uk

Join the masses cheering on the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

This weekend sees the return of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, bringing their mass motorbike event back to the streets of London. In partnership with the leading men’s charity, Movember, the event is a global celebration focused on raising awareness of prostate cancer.  

Starting off at The Stoop in Twickenham and finishing off at Smithfield’s Market, head down to cheer along the riders, make meaningful connections and spot some of the cutest pups dressed in biker gear.

When: 22.05.2022 

Where:Begins in Twickenham then through Richmond, over the bridge to Chiswick, Hammersmith, Kensington, through Hyde Park, down through Parliament, along Embankment and ending in Smithfield’s Market

Website: www.gentlemansride.com


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