The Handbook
The Handbook

I hope you’re across the whole ‘it’s a bank holiday’ thing last bank holiday I turned up to work only to wonder why nobody else was showing up and wondering if the rapture had happened while I was making my cereal. But given how much is going on in this week’s bumper ‘what to do this weekend’ guide it will be impossible to forget. Roll on the long weekend!

Syon Park

Foodie Festival

Stately home Syon Park is the backdrop to the UK’s biggest food festival this weekend with Foodies Festival. Combining food (obvs) and music (perhaps less obvs) the event will be a chance to enjoy numerous nibbles, partake in masterclasses, meet Masterchef 2018 winner Kenny Tutt and listen to the likes of The Hoosiers and actual Dancing In The Moonlight off of the 90s Toploader!
Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May

Where: Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF

The Rex Whistler

The Art of Brunching

Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler restaurant is breaking out the brunch to the beat of hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular tunes of the 1920s and 30s. The FB Pocket Orchestra will be entertaining guests as they tuck into  freshly shucked oysters and traditional brunchy fare including marinated heritage tomatoes with crushed avocado on sourdough toast, eggs Benedict and smoked haddock, poached eggs, baby spinach and new potatoes. Yorkshire lamb will sit alongside market fish and Kentish summer berry salad with pink grapefruit sorbet, toasted almonds and honey will be on offer for pudding, unless you opt for the Tate’s famous chocolate tart with mint ice cream and white chocolate sauce.
Saturday 26th, then Saturday 2nd and 9th June

Where: The Rex Whistler at Tate Britain, Milbank, SW1P 4JU


POW To The People

Prince Of Wales (POW) Brixton will be opening uip their famous two-tier terrace for the bank hol weekend for bottomless brunch and bottomless disco. Down unlimited frozen g&t, disco punch and two courses from GoneBurger (National Burger Award finalists) while enjoying karaoke and DJ sets.
Sunday 26th May

Where: 467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 8HH


Voulez Vous?

You don’t need Money, Money, Money to enjoy Aster’s Abba brunch, so be a Super Trooper, Take A Chance On them in a brunch that really shouldn’t be your Waterloo. The bottomless brunch from Swedish Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, will include a live band churning out the very best of Abba. Gimme Gimme Gimme.
Monday 28th May

Where: 150 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB, United Kingdom

The Karaoke Hole

Definitely Not A Drag

Karaoke never felt as fun as at brand new karaoke joint, The Karaoke Hole. From the founders of Dalston Superstore, the new venture will host some of London’s leading drag queens alongside brave punters who want to perform amid the disco balls and wind machine (!) on stage.
Opens on Friday 25th May

Where: 95 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2PB

London Cheese Festival

Cheesy Peasy!

We have undertaken some very inexact straw polling to discover that you basically all go mad whenever we mention cheese. So here goes: cheese! And specifically a three day cheese fest in the form of The London Cheese Project. Organisers hope that their celebration of British cheese at Hoxton’s Geffrye Museum will be their biggest festival yet and with free talks and demos, street food traders, live music and craft beer it promises to certainly live up to the title.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May

Where: 136 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E2 8EA

Galvin at Windows

Race for Youth

Combine appetite with altruism this weekend by joining Galvin At Windows Michelin-star chef Chris Galvin and First Dates’ Maître’d Fred Sirieix as they host a 5km race round Mayfair and ending at Galvin at Windows Restaurant for a Champagne breakfast. The event is to raise money for Galvin’s Chance, which helps young people get into employment with youth training and opportunities working in hospitality.
Friday 25th May

Where: 22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)

Big Chill Brick Lane

Chill, Bigly

Big Chill are all across bank holiday weekend, with ‘The Girls’ on Sunday evening which will support female DJ talent. And come Monday they’ll be serving up bank holiday beats and bloody Marys.
Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May


Where: Dray Walk, Shoreditch, E1 6QL

The Perception at W London


Perception, the bar with Europe’s largest disco ball (a fact I continue to get excited by) are staging RETOX, a brunch with enough tox to have you spending bank holiday Monday in bed. Bottomless wine, copious amounts of blissfully unhealthy food (Oreo Cheesecake anyone?) and decent DJs, all under Europe’s biggest disco ball (like, how do they know? Is there a list?).
Sunday 27th May

Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)

Big Chill Kings Cross

Miami, Baby!

We are so all over the rooftops right now, and this one takes us all the way to *cue the Will Smith music* Miami. Big Chill’s new, second, venue is opening at Kings Cross. It’s unveiled this weekend and promises to be a haven of flamingos, South Beach cocktails, DJs and happy hours. And… a Sunday bottomless brunch!
Sunday 27th May

Where: 257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 9NL

Star of Bethnal Green

Word On The Street

It’s happy 10th birthday to The Star of Bethnal Green! The celebrations will include their seventh annual street party and it’ll be bigger and better than ever. The good vibes will be underscored by the best 80s, 90s and 00s music from soul, disco, RnB as well as ‘general good-time songs. There’ll be events for kids (face-painting, bouncy castle and the like) and parents will be able to sample street food from the local ‘Beats and Eats’ pop-up Smokey Tails, Hanoi Cà Phê and Café So Vegan, alongside craft beers and cocktails.
Monday 28th May


Feria De Londres on Southbank

Spanish Carnival

The Southbank will be ringing to the sights, sounds and smells of Spain as Feria De Londres descends on the capital. The Spanish food, drink and entertainment festival will bring traditional Andalusian Feria to the heart of London. From Friday 25th May until Sunday 27th the Southbank will play host to a vibrant celebration of Spanish culture and cuisine. Join the fiesta and knock back tapas, cocktails, sherry and enjoy masterclasses and experiences.
Friday 25th to 27th May

Where: Bernie Spain Gardens (Next to OXO Tower Wharf), South Bank, SE1 9PH


Feast Francais

Shoreditch’s French bar and bistro TraTra have launched a Sunday lunch that looks like it’s going to be an absolute feast. Courtesy of chef and cookery writer Stéphane Reynaud, TraTra will feature loads of charcuterie and croque monsieur, as well as slow cooked sharing dishes and bottomless ‘French fizz’ (so we’re guessing not Champagne then). This authentic French feast sounds like the perfect cross-channel answer to the stodgy English Sunday lunch.
Sunday 27th May

Where: Entrance In Redchurch Street 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7dd


THE Bank Holiday Weekend Festival

Someone stole all the vowels at FSTVL, but We Are FSTVL turns up in Upminster this weekend for a bank holiday festival to remember. The festival will be headlined by names like Carl Cox and Eric Prydz as well as Richy Ahmed, Cristoph, Danny Tenaglia, GW Harrison and Ellie Cocks. Or if you can’t make the festival (fstvl) then why not make tracks to EGG London for the afterparty?
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May

Where: Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Romford, RM14 2TN