It’s that time of the year again when we’ve got our eyes on London’s gorgeous summer terraces, plus some of the city’s neighbourhoods are getting ready for a floral makeover.

If you’re looking to spruce up your May calendar, we’ve rounded up a list of exciting pop-ups to explore this month, from an immersive Sherlock Holmes experience you don’t want to miss to floral installations that would make a great addition to your Instagram feed. Here what to look out for in London in May.

Belgravia in Bloom

It’s the season of florals and there’s no dearth of beautiful installations in the city. Belgravia in Bloom returns this month, bringing with it a week of colourful floral displays brought to life by the neighbourhood’s iconic florists who will no doubt cement its status as one of London’s most “Instagrammable” neighbourhoods. Throughout the festival, there will also be floral themed events, offers and experiences, including themed floral products, menus and cocktails.

When: 20th to 27th may
Where: belgravia

Self-Portrait’s new pre-fall pop-up

To celebrate the launch of its new Pre-Fall collection, London-based self-portrait will be opening its first UK pop-up which will recreate the recording studio setting which served as the backdrop to its latest campaign starring the Korean multi-award-winning musician, Jisoo. Fans will be able to step into Jisoo’s shoes, take their own self-portrait’s and explore the collection.

When: 3rd to 6th may
Where: self-portrait, Chelsea

The Rolling Stones Photo Exhibition at Bar 190  

Get a behind the scenes look at unseen photographs taken by Carinthia West, a close friend of The Rolling Stones. The Hanging With The Stones showcase will be held fittingly at Bar 190, where the band once hosted their Beggars Banquet album launch party in 1968.

If you’re a fan, pop over to pour yourself a drink, and enjoy some rock ‘n’ roll.

When: 22nd May (tbc)
Where: Bar 190

Chef Aaron Potter’s residency at Naughty Piglets

Chef Aaron Potter will take over the kitchen at Naughty Piglets for a six week residency that promises to  bring the warmth of the Mediterranean to London. You’ll find European dishes on the menu including wild garlic moules farci and grilled sweetbreads with tzatziki and cuttlefish rice.

When: From 30th April
Where: Naughty Piglets, Brixton

The Vintage Supermarket by Merchant & Found

If you love vintage furniture and craft, you will adore this 6,000 sq.ft. Vintage Supermarket that is coming to Soho for four days. The supermarket aims to champion the makers of vintage furniture and lighting and celebrates craftsmanship on various mediums including textiles, paper, glass, stone and wood as well as endangered heritage crafts.

When: 15th to 18th May
Where: Soho

A Summer of Comedy

Expect comedy, cocktails and delicious bites at the ‘Summer of Comedy’ series featuring headline act Nish Kumar coming together with a supper club by Verna Gao and a summer pop-up cocktail menu with Olmeca Altos Tequila.

When: 14th to 16th may
Where: Mama Shelter Shoreditch

An Edible Flower Demonstration

Discover the art of cooking with edible flowers before sitting down to a floral-inspired dinner in The Orangery. Guests can look forward to Garden Punch and canapés before joining Chef Joe Fox for a cooking demonstration where you will learn to make fried courgette flowers, rose geranium lime sugar, floral vinegar and more.

When: 23rd May
Where: Number 16, South Kensington

Omakase Mystery Menu

The Table Battersea is hosting its monthly Omakase Mystery Menu concept on 25th May. Designed to celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of the chefs here, you won’t know what’s on the menu till you get there. But we suggest you leave it up to the chef and be prepared for a culinary adventure.

When: 29th may
Where: The Table Battersea

Sketch in Bloom Exhibition

The tenth edition of sketch in Bloom, will feature large-scale installations, dreamy landscapes, abstract ceiling pieces and even the chance to encounter art come to life, all to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery.

When: 1st to 27th May
Where: sketch, Conduit Street

Fatto a Mano and Franco Pepe  Collaboration

Known for being one of the stars of Netflix’s Chef’s Table: Pizza, Franco Pepe is bringing his signature Margherita Sbagliata (winner of the “world’s best pizza” by Best Chef Awards) to the UK for the first time. Plus, for each pizza sold, £1.50 will be donated to La Scugnizzeria, a charity in Scampia, Italy, that provides local children with the opportunity to learn essential skills, from theatre to pizza making. 

When: Till 2nd June
Where: Fatto a Mano (Covent Garden & Kings Cross)

‘The Italian Job’ Charity Dinner 

Three world-renowned chefs, Theo Randall, Francesco Mazzei and Jacob Kenedy will join forces to host a four-course charity dinner that will take guests on a gastronomic journey across Italy. Each course will be paired with a regional Italian wine and there will be a post-dinner charity auction to raise funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity). 

When: 22nd May 
Where: Theo Randall at the InterContinental, Park Lane 
Book here 

Book ahead: Taste of London

This year, Taste of London is celebrating 20 years of hosting the ultimate food and drink festival in London. Some of London’s most iconic restaurants and chefs will be serving up incredible culinary experiences in Regent’s Park. Look forward to The Shard’s Oblix featuring an array of urban rotisserie and grill inspired dishes; Kolamba showcasing Sri-Lankan style home cooking with a vibrant blend of curries, sambols, and rotis; YOPO at The Mandrake with bold flavours from Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima and an Italian extravaganza with Big Mamma Group’s Circolo Popolare and Sicilian-inspired favourite, Norma. Plus, El Jimador Tequila will be serving tequila cocktails and Jack Daniel’s will be joining the party for the first time with some colourful cocktails.

When: 12th to 16th June
When: Regent’s Park
Book here

Wind In The Willows 

This spring special shopping experience aims to bring human connectivity back to shopping.  Celebrating British creativity and craftsmanship, you can find lovely pieces from a curation of nine makers across the UK with artwork, stationery, clothes and crafts for sale. 

When: 15th May to 22nd May 
Where: Myriad Antiques, Holland Park 

The Roseblood Terrace at Pan-Pacific London

Pan-Pacific London’s Terrace on the Plaza is set to open on 8th May in collaboration with the French rosé, Roseblood. Expect the terrace to be transformed into a garden oasis with a sharing menu featuring charcuterie, fromage, crudités and Mediterranean flatbreads alongside Roseblood wines and cocktails. A cocktail to look forward to is The Rose, crafted with Roseblood Rosé, Chambord and fresh berries.

When: 8th may onwards
Where: Pan-pacific london

Hithe + Seek’s 8-Course Tasting Menu

This limited edition menu offers eight delicious courses that combine Hithe + Seek’s Head Chef, Fabio de Paolis’ knowledge of ingredients with James Sharp’s expertise in fine dining and street food. This is the second partnership series with Sharp, former MasterChef: The Professionals contestant and Co-Founder of Palette Dining and Hash Hut London, so you can expect some great things on your plate. 

When: 7th to 11th May 
Where: Hithe + Seek, Upper Thames St 
Book here


Sotto Bar and Rich Woods

Award-winning mixologist and social media personality, Rich Woods has partnered with Sotto to launch a new cocktail experience that reimagines classics with an innovative Italian twist. Expect an unparalleled cocktail experience at this buzzing Soho bar, with highlights on the menu like a zesty Med Martini, an indulgent Tiramisu Martini or a summery Blackcurrant Negroni.

When: Friday & Saturday evenings in May
Where: Sotto bar, soho
Website: sotto-bar

Vori’s Food and Wine Events

Vori, a restaurant that celebrates Greek cuisine, is hosting two intimate food and wine events in May. Guests will be able to feast on Vori’s carefully crafted four-course sharing menu while sipping on award-winning wines from Domaine Karanika and Domaine Zafeirakis, winemakers who are a true testament to the fascinating artistry of Greek winemaking.  

When: 14th and 28th may
Where: Vori, Holland Park ave
Book here

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