The Handbook
The Handbook

Bank holiday flew by faster than Concorde, but don’t worry chaps, we’ve got another one coming up oh, so soon (umm, why does May have so many bank holidays?!) This weekend, we’re making up for the fact that it’s not a three-dayer by squashing loads of fun stuff to do into 48 hours – enjoy!

Our Favourite Art, Theatre And Exhibitions

It’s no surprise London, as the culture sanctuary that it is, is brimming with art, theatre and exhibitions. We’ve rounded up some of the best, from The War Of The World’s Immersive Experience to the continued success of Christian Dior’s Designer Of Dreams exhibition – you can find them all here.

Website: Find Them Here

Cutter & Squidge

Have you ever looked at Cutter & Squidge’s cakes and just thought – HOW?! Yep, us too. But now they’re giving us mere mortals the chance to learn how it’s done with their series of cake decorating masterclasses. You’ll use natural colourings as your weapon and learn the art of buttercreaming alongside making moreish cakes. Sounds pretty sweet huh?

Classes last two hours and will be held on Saturdays (11th, 18th & 25th of May at 3pm)

Where: Various locations
Website: Book Your (Sweet)Spot Here

High In The Sky

We’ve done a big ol’ summer rooftop guide, which you can find here. But, if you want to go against the grain and get ahead of the game, then why not check out some of London’s latest offerings and reach new heights at these boozy favourites. Find this year’s brand new summer rooftops here.

Website: Go Up, Up And Away Here

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead is the opposite to formal and intimidating, the gallery is fun, friendly and accessible. The fair showcases a diverse display of affordable art from up-and-coming as well as established artists.

11-12th of May

Where: Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3 1TH

Dinner is Coming

OK, how intense has Game of Thrones been? Crikey. I’ve spent the past few weeks cowering behind my sofa and debriefing with my pals non-stop. Oh, and then there are all the theories and ‘what-if’s’ about what’s to come… exhaustive stuff this Game of Thrones malarkey. So, why not immerse yourselves in the more humorous side of the popular show at Dinner Is Coming?

The immersive event corresponds with the eighth series of the popular fantasy, and will see food, theatre and comedy mixed together in this GOT parody. However, as is the norm for gory Game of Thrones, murder is in the air so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled at all times. Take it from someone who’s been – it’s fab! John Snow is way more funny in this immersive version, the food is far better than the gory stuff served up at the red wedding and The Vaults make for such an incredible location (trust us, you’ll have your phones out snapping pics all night).

A real must-visit for the GOT fans amongst us – um, so hopefully all of us – Dinner Is Coming has been extended until the 14th of July, you lucky bunch!

Where: Lambeth, Leake Street SE1 7NN
Website: Grab Your Tickets Here Before The White Walkers Grab YOU!

Hidden Hideouts

We spend our lives surrounded by keyboard tapping, tube announcements and those annoying people who get their Pret a Manger for free – eugh! So, why not swerve it all this weekend and take a trip to some of London’s secret spots. From Shri Swaminarayan Mandir which, quite frankly looks like it belongs slap bang in India, to the Chislehurst Caves, there are some real hidden gems in our city.

Website: Escape The Madding Crowd Here

Balance Festival

The three-day wellness event is the perfect destination for Londoners who crave a healthy lifestyle, Balance Festival cherry-picks the city’s top boutique studios, healthy food, expert trainers, yogis, wellness and athleisure brands to join forces under one roof.

10-12th of May

Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL

Did Someone Say Summer Terrace?

Summer terrace season has officially started. And, whilst the weather doesn’t quite reflect this, it’s not stopping us bandy Brits from rocking up, spritz in hand, to natter away al-fresco style. Here are some of the sexy summer terraces that’ve popped up so far.

Website: Fill Your Boots Here

Savage Garden

Scrap all plans every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Why? Because Savage Garden is launching its new live music programme, duh! The first groovy instalment will take place this Sunday (12th), dousing guests in Joshua Ziggy, Atlanta Mae and The Gold vibes, cocktails and delicious food, all taking place on their sensational rooftop bar – what’s not to love?!

Free entry, 4-7pm

Where: 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0 miles)

Bibi Bijoux London

Guests can expect stunning and unique Boho jewellery, bags & scarves from the Bibi Bijoux collections – including one-off pieces with up to 70% off all usual RRPs – at their sale extravaganza. 

10-11th of May

Where: No. 4 Courtyard House, The Ridgeway, NW7 4BF

Sea Containers London

In celebration of London’s annual craft and design festival, London Craft Week, design hotel Sea Containers London is partnering with furniture designer, Bethan Gray. Amazing pieces from Bethan Gray’s Exploring Eden collection will be on display in Sea Containers London’s brand new gallery.

8-11th of May

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)

Smith's Bar & Grill

Join Smith’s Bar and Grill as they host an intimate charity jazz night in their cosy event space. In support of fighting hunger in India, the evening will be a musical journey curated by Madara Vilson, where you will be able to enjoy canapés, cocktails and the distinctive mix of genres, languages and vocal ranges.

11th of May, 6-8pm

Where: 25 Sheldon Square, W2 6EY

Jay Morjaria From BBC's Million Pound Menu

This Saturday Jay Morjaria from BBC’s Million Pound Menu is rustling up a plant-based storm, drawing on Inso from his culinary adventures in Europe and East Asia.  Guests will delve into small plates such as BBQ spring greens with peanuts, fermented chilli and anchovy and smoked beets with wild garlic, sundubu and nori. Or feast on fulsome dishes such as Korean rice flour pancake, served with smoked beetroot. Later this yer, Jay will throw open the doors to his debut restaurant so grab yourselves a sneak peek before the madding crowds.

11th-25th of May

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Where: Great Guns Social, 96 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0EF

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