From foodie festivals to bottomless brunches, sustainable homeware pop-ups to jazz festivals, this bank holiday weekend is packed out with all of the good stuff. If you’re searching for things to do, we’ve got you covered with our edit of the very best.
Spend your weekend wining and dining at this countryside Michelin-starred pop-up
Escape the city this weekend and venture over to Gusbourne Estate for their Michelin-star pop-up chef series. Each year the English wine producer invites Michelin starred talent to their estate to recreate their restaurants in an intimate setting.
Launching this weekend, the series will kick off with The Hand and Flowers. Bringing Tom Kerridge’s culinary flare to the table, the restaurant’s culinary team will produce a menu that celebrates seasonal ingredients, all served with Gusbourne’s sparkling and limited-edition wines
Later on 20th May will see Adam Byatt’s Trinity take to the stage, followed by The Fordwich Arms on 24th June.
WherE: Gusbourne Estate, Kenardington Road, Appledore, Ashford, TN26 2BE
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend with one of Karla Zazueta x el Jimador recipes
Wondering how you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo without the hefty plane fare? Award-winning el Jimador Blanco tequila has partnered with Mexican food influencer and supper club chef, Karla Zazueta (@mexicanfoodmemories) to create the five delicious recipes that celebrate the national Mexican holiday.
The ‘Palomas Y Platos’ recipe collection is made up of five mouth-watering small plates, all of which pair perfectly with the signature grapefruit flavour notes of the No.1 cocktail in Mexico – the Paloma.
Karla’s signature flare has been encapsulated in each recipe, offering something for veggies, vegans and meat eaters to make at home this Cinco de Mayo. Choose from the likes of the ancho chilli and tequila chicken tacos, which are infused with tequila or go veggie with the hot and smoky chipotle chestnut mushroom tostada. Or, simply learn how to perfect the Mexican staple, guacamole with Karla’s simple steps. The perfect dinner party sharing dishes, these all pair beautifully with el Jimador tequila, which makes an ideal base for a refreshing Paloma.
We’ve got one of the recipes for you to whip up at home here… If you make the recipe, share on social using the hashtags #cincodemayo and #eljimador
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Travel through food at the Marylebone Food Festival
Foodies unite… Marylebone Food Festival returns with another mega line-up of restaurant events, exclusive menus and special dinners with big culinary names.
Taking place from 26th April until 1st May, the festival will kick off with a launch dinner hosted by Jay Rayner. Other restaurants, hotels and bars getting involved include Cubitt House, Gail’s Bakery, Lina Stores, The Gate, The Portman Pub and The Zetter.
Over at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, they’ll be hosting an exclusive culinary evening filled with fine food and wine. Expect glasses of bubbly and signature dishes such as quail wellington and globe artichoke. Book here.
WHEN: 26.04.2022 – 01.05.2022
WHERE: ACROSS MARYLEBONE
Visit this sustainable homeware pop-up
British sustainable homeware brand Petra Palumbo is popping up in Mayfair this month, showcasing a beautiful range of handmade glassware, ceramics and textiles. Located at the LAMB Gallery until Saturday, you’ll be able to shop the full range from the talented young interiors curator and designer as she presents her full range.
Expect floral carafes and tumbler sets, hand-painted and mouth-blown glassware, Delft tiles and textile pieces including hand knitted pieces.
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See Game Of Throne star, Emilia Clarke’s West End debut
Game Of Thrones fans rejoice! You might have thought you’d seen the last of Daenerys Targaryen in the Game Of Thrones finale (and technically you had), but actress Emilia Clarke is headed to the West End and we’re super excited!
Making her first West End debut in Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, you’ll find Emilia playing a writer and actress desperate for fame, fortune and a way out of her mundane life.
PRODUCTION DATE: 29TH JUNE – 10TH SEPTEMBER
WHERE: HAROLD PINTER THEATRE, PANTON STREET, SW1Y 4DN
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Travel to Italy at this Italian Sparkling Wine Festival
Taking place Friday 29th April until Sunday 1st May, Eataly will welcome London’s biggest Italian sparkling wine festival, allowing Londoners the chance to sample 60 types of wine from 15 wine specialists.
Travel to Italy through your tastebuds, as you indulge in a unique list of Italian sparkling wines, from producers such as Villa Sandi, Bisol, Ferrari, Barone Pizzini and Fontanafredda.
Each ticket includes a bespoke Eataly wine glass and limited-edition pouch to take home, alongside the tasting.
When: 29.04.2022 – 01.05.2022
Where: 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
Explore Maddox Gallery’s Best Of British exhibition
Get your culture fix this weekend courtesy of Maddox Gallery’s brand new exhibition. ‘Best of British’ is a group exhibition that celebrates the influence of the YBA movement on contemporary art and culture throughout the UK.
On display until 19th June, the exhibition displays works from the 1980s movement that inspired a new direction for British art, headed by Damien Hirst. The collection will bring together work from the likes of David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Chila Burman, Magda Archer, Bob & Nick Carter, Yuki Aruga and Rory Hancock.
Go bottomless at this cabaret fuelled brunch
Start your summer off right with the London Cabaret Club’s very own bottomless Pop Brunch. The iconic cabaret club will be turning their hands to brunch, offering up an entertaining performance while you dine on a British BBQ staple menu brought to you by Michelin-starred chef Richard Gali. Oh, and did we mention an hour of bottomless mimosas?
Book in for a first-class performance choreographed to pop music classics throughout the decades and DJ sets until 4pm.
When: Launches 30.04.2022
Where: London Cabaret Club, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA
Get your groove on at Plaquemine Lock’s Jazz festival
Make the most of your bank holiday weekend with a little help from Plaquemine Lock’s Jazz Festival. From Friday through to Saturday, the Louisiana inspired pub and kitchen will be paying homage to its Southern roots, celebrating the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with its own weekender right here in Islington.
The party will kick off with Double Bass Dan & Friends who’ll be transporting you to the streets of Louisiana with their soul, jazz, blues and funk sets. And the celebrations will continue through the weekend and finish with a jazz brunch on Monday featuring musicians who’ll play you through the afternoon.
When: 29.04.2022 – 02.05.2022
Where: 139 Graham Street, Angel, Islington, N1 8LB
Tuck into the TikTok frozen favourite Mochi
To celebrate Nobu London’s 25th anniversary they’ve teamed up with Little Moons to create a limited-edition mochi. Head down to either Selfridges or Nobu London this week to try their sweet miso and caramel flavour.
Created by Regis Curson, executive pastry chef at Nobu London and the Little Moons team, the mochi’s sweet miso caramel flavour will come to light through the smooth gelato, offering up a sweet yet salty umami flavour.
Launching this week, the mochi will be available to enjoy at both Selfridges and Nobu London.
When: From 25.04.2022
Where: Selfridges & Nobu London
Experience this lively bottomless brunch
Brunch lovers, you’re in luck. Knightsbridge’s Sumosan Twiga bottomless brunch offering is the perfect way to celebrate the bank hols.
The brunch afternoon will be taking over the brunch on Saturday 30th April, offering up brunch favourites, DJs, bottomless Champagne and a whole lot of fun. Famed for its Japanese-Italian fusion style cuisine, the menu will feature dishes such as maki roll selections and chargrilled beef rib eye, and Italian signatures like tortellini with ricotta, lemon and bottarga.
Expect DJ sets, saxophones, freestyle dancers and drummers to be keeping you entertained throughout the session.
Take your Sunday roast up a notch with Bentley’s Beef & Oyster Club
The perfect marriage of the land and sea, beef and oysters have been enjoyed together since Victorian times. This weekend sees Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill fuse this combination together once again with the arrival of their Beef & Oyster Club.
Taking place on the first Sunday of every month – launching this Sunday 1st May – executive chef Nicholas Simmons has curated a menu that brings together the very finest of Irish Hereford beef and the plumpest oysters from across the Isles in a gastronomic fusion of flavour.
Delight on crab cakes with lime aioli, fennel and kohlrabi; roast sirloin of Irish Hereford beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish; and raspberry Bakewell tart with praline ice cream.
When: Launching 01.05.2022
Where: 11 – 15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG
Check out London’s hottest new opening
Following a three year restoration and redevelopment, this month sees the iconic KOKO reopen its doors. Once home to the 19th century theatre, the space has been transformed into a 50,000 square foot music and arts venue, complete with the beautifully restored Victorian theatre, new ‘Fly Tower’ experience and a new day-to-night Cafe KOKO.
On the restaurant front, Cafe KOKO is a brand new bar and pizzeria opening on 27th April. The restaurant, headed by executive chef Andreas Engberg, will serve up breakfast through to dinner, offering a selection of New York style pizzas with an Italian twist and signature cheesecake. By night it’ll be a late-night tap bar serving up American classic cocktails, Italian leaning wine list and local craft beers.