The May Bank holiday weekend is on its way, bringing with it a mountain full of entertainment, activities and cocktails. And it’s looking as though we’ve waved goodbye to the dreary, rainy weather too – hooray!
From wellness pop-ups to live music, here’s what to get up to this bank holiday weekend.
Greenwich Peninsula has been taken over by a rainbow installation, Hundreds and Thousands this summer. This bank holiday weekend will see the immersive art installation come to life even further with a series of events running.
On Saturday, British textile and fashion designer Kitty Joseph is running an inclusive fashion event which responds to the colour optimism and scale of Liz West’s Hundreds and Thousands. A diverse cast will take over the area, creating a visual celebration of infinite harmonic possibility. The event has been created by London DJ and music curator Marsha Smith (aka Marshmello) and choreographer and dancer Gareth Mole.
On Sunday, dance artist and choreographer Laura Amy White will bring the installation to life through movement and dance.
Running Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th May
A day out to Harrods is always fun but things just got even more exciting. This weekend head down and explore award-winning luxury CBD brand OTO’s exciting beauty and wellness pop-up inside the Beauty Halls of Harrods.
Running until 10th June, the immersive pop-up will explore the impact of stressed out skin by showcasing its Ritual and Balance skincare portfolio, perfect for revitalising your skin after the stress of the past few lockdown months. The pop-up will also play host to a series of best-selling sleep products, including Sleep Drops and Pillow Mist, to explore the power and importance of beauty sleep. There’s also the chance to shop gift sets, enjoy hand massages and catch live talks and product demonstrations.
Expect 1:1 beauty consultations, sound healers, hand massages and more...
That’s not all! There’ll also be hosting 1:1 CBD Health & Beauty consultations with OTO’s resident experts this weekend and next weekend. This provides you a chance to ask all of your beauty questions and find out what can work best for you.
For a bank holiday treat, running Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the pop-up will also house immersive sound experiences with OTO’s sound healer.
Running from 27th May – 10th June
Where: Harrods Beauty Halls on the ground floor, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
Afternoon tea just got a whole lot more exciting. Celebrate the bank holiday weekend at Rosewood London and uncover their newly launched afternoon tea, inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s sold out exhibition at the Tate Modern, Infinity Mirror Rooms.
Once you’ve spent your morning delving into Kusama’s art at the Tate Modern, head to Rosewood London and sample the tea. Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins has transformed the afternoon tea menu, bringing to life Kusama’s art.
Expect Flowers That Bloom at Midnight, a cake made with tropical coconut mousse, strawberry yuzu jelly, matcha green tea sponge, strawberry crisps and a sable biscuit; All My Love For Tulips, a citrusy yuzu mousse, raspberry yuzu jelly, almond pan de gene, green tea sable, raspberry cremeux and chocolate petals; and Dots Obsession – Soul of Pumpkin, a pumpkin inspired cake.
Available Thursday to Sunday
Where: 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Cocktails are a tricky thing to master. It’s not as easy as simply throwing a few of your favourite juices, spirits and mixers into a glass. It takes time, effort and artistry. Now that London bars have finally opened their doors, you can finally learn from the masters and book into a masterclass.
Sign up yourself, your partner, your friends, your family (whoever you can convince basically) to one of these cocktail classes for an experience to remember. Expect fire, smoke and a little bit of magic… good luck recreating that at home!
If, like us, you’re missing live music, festivals and a little lively fun, Beavertown Brewery is putting on a portable festival this weekend.
This Saturday 29th, Beavertown Brewery will be running the first ever travelling music festival, ‘Ride and Rave’, bringing a combination of big tunes and summer vibes to parks across London.
Headlining the moveable festival will be Dom Whiting, an energetic DJ, who will be pumping out house, disco and 90’s dance tracks to get the good vibes flowing this bank holiday weekend.
The route will start in Pub on the Park, London Fields, before stopping at various locations throughout the day, including Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, Shoreditch, Soho, Hyde Park, Battersea Park, and the final stop, The Windmill, Clapham Common.
Running Saturday 29th May, 1-5pm
Where: Route starts in Pub on the Park, London Fields
There’s nothing like catching a little live music on a Sunday and where better to head than The Standard, London for their new monthly live music gatherings.
This bank holiday sees Total Refreshment Centre launch the monthly series in the chilled out Library Lounge at The Standard, London.
Kicking off the series is the Yohan Kebede Trio. A recent graduate of the London College of Contemporary Music, Yohan Kebede will be joined with Duane Atherley on bass and Ayo Salawu playing drums, to bring a soulful sound to this Sunday.
Running Sunday 30th May & monthly after
Where: The Library Lounge at The Standard, 10 ARGYLE STREET, WC1H 8EG
If you’re headed in search of a new exhibition to catch this weekend that’s fun, eye-catching and bold, you’ll want to stop off at the Saatchi Gallery. This month they are playing host to Philip Colbert’s Lobsteropolis, a series of work that interrogates mass consumerism and nods to contemporary culture and moments in history.
It’s the largest UK survey to date of Colbert’s artistic work, bringing to life his colourful cartoon lobster persona. The display also features his popular hyper-pop history paintings too.
Cure your hangover this Sunday with a little help from Wing Shack Co and their bottomless pit of wings, fries and drinks.
Running this Sunday, 12-4pm, Wing Shack Co’s Loughton branch will be helping to cure your chicken cravings. Reserve a table and enjoy a 90-minute session that’s piled with bottomless wings. Expect seven flavours, including Jarv’s Tangy Buffalo, Island BBQ and Chang’s Honey and Sesame.
Alongside the bottomless wings, fries and drinks, there’ll be a DJ pumping out soulful beats.
Running Sunday 30th May, 12-4pm
Where: 240 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1HA
For the hardcore Bond fans out there eagerly awaiting the arrival of No Time to Die, The Milestone Hotel & Residences might just have an event that’ll tie you over until October.
Inspired by the novels and films, delve into the world’s most renowned special agent with an evening of glamour intrigue and indulgence this month. Running 29th May, The Milestone will be hosting a night to celebrate the release of the 25th James Bond film, featuring Champagne, canapes and a five-course Bond-themed menu.
Book your tickets now before it’s too late.
Running Saturday 29th May
Where: 3 Kensington Court, W8 5DL
Brunch is always a good idea. It’s an even better one when it’s bottomless. Get your brunch on this weekend and head on over to Bbar to experience 90 minutes of unlimited Prosecco.
Brunch favourites can be expected, including buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup; Boerewors egg Benedict; brioche French toast; and the ultimate London salt beef sandwich.
Available Saturday & Sundays
Where: 43 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PP
Head to the cinema and catch A Quiet Place II
For film buffs across the UK, the first week of lockdown 1.0 was an incredibly mournful moment. We lost our freedom but they lost out on the follow up of A Quiet Place making its way onto the big screen.
The film follows the Abbott family, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, as they are cast into a world where they must fight for survival in utter silence. The first film saw Krasinski die rather brutally, but don’t worry because A Quiet Place Part II is littered with flashbacks featuring The Office star.
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