We’ve rounded up the best events taking place in and around London this weekend, from outdoor exhibitions to food festivals, dreamy pink brunches to textile showcases. Fancy travelling a little further? Scroll on for our edit of the three best events outside of London this weekend.
Things to do in London this weekend, from outdoor exhibitions to food festivals
Book ahead for a taste sensation at this food festival
Calling all foodies, the countdown is on for the return of London’s coolest food festival. Marylebone Food Festival is heading back to the city, bringing with it six days packed with masterclasses, food tours, supper clubs and tastings from the neighbourhood’s leading restaurants, bars and businesses.
Taking over the area from Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th of April, you can look forward to Atul Kochhar’s kitchen takeover at Home Grown; chocolate tastings with Rococo Chocolates; Persian cooking masterclasses with Naroon at La Cucina Caldesi; sustainable chef masterclass at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill; a Mezcal masterclass at Mayahuel Mezcaleria; and an eco spirits experience at The Cavendish.
Spread over the six days, there’ll be special menus and launches too, from Nobu Terrace’s three-course lunch and cocktails to afternoon teas at The Marylebone Hotel, Pakistani specials at Zayna to Chateau Margaux wine experiences with Clarette. Tickets start from just £10.
WHEN: 25.04.2023 – 30.04.2023
WHERE: ACROSS MARYLEBONE
Catch this new exhibition from the cult pop artist
Over at the Fashion & Textile Museum you can catch a series of Andy Warhol’s textile works. More well-known for his pop art designs of Campbell Soup and Marilyn Monroe portraits, this new exhibition takes a look back at some of the artist’s earlier works.
Showcasing designs from his work as a commercial designer and illustrator in the 1950s-60s, you’ll be able to see over 45 textile patterns. Think ice cream sundaes, toffee apples, colourful buttons, cut lemons, pretzels and jumping clowns.
When: Until 10.09.2023
Where: Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF
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Add to your vinyl collection at a Record Store Day event
Deciding which record store to go to and which records to buy are rather big decisions for any vinyl lover on any given occasion. But these decisions are especially hard on Record Store Day.
London is full of exciting, genre focused record stores spread far and wide across the boroughs. You’ll find everything from old school hip hop to heavy metal, jazz to indie folk. Taking place this Saturday, you can nab up a few Record Store Day special releases too or maybe even get a record signed by one of your favourite artists.
Here are a few of our favourite record shops to inspire your next pick
Try London’s prettiest brunch
Pioneering female members’ club, AllBright Mayfair, has teamed up with the Delevingne sisters’ drinks brand, Della Vite, for an exciting new brunch offering.
Available for members on Saturdays and non-members on select dates, the brunch celebrates sisterhood and offers the perfect spot to catch up with your besties for an afternoon of delights. Think tuna tartare, crispy calamari, cobb salad, grilled tiger prawns and crab rolls, complete with a glass or bottle of Della Vite Prosecco.
When: Available to members Every saturday & select dates available for non-members
Where: AllBright, 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
Catch this outdoor water installation
Raising important environmental issues, King’s Cross’ latest outdoor installation, The Waters Are Rising, is a must-see this month. Created by artist Phil Barton, the installation will use the Granary Square fountains to represent how sea levels are dangerously rising by programming them at present and future high tide heights.
Spread across four areas, the fountains will be programmed to symbolise the growing risk, with the outer jets highlighting the current 40cm high levels and the central jets showcasing the predicted 2123 levels of 200cm.
WHEN: 18.04.2023 – 23.04.2023
WHERE: GRANARY SQUARE, N1C 4AB
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Dine with the world’s smallest chef
Ever wondered what it’s like to dine on dishes curated by the world’s tiniest chef? Probably not, but hey now you can! Le Petit Chef, the internationally renowned dinner theatre experience, has landed in London this month taking visitors on a sensory journey through food.
Expect a complete show on your plate, with the table transformed into a screen with a little chef entertaining you through performances and recordings as he attempts to create elaborate meals that always end in disaster. Thankfully, the London Cabaret Show’s team are on hand to bring the visionary dishes to life. Expect dishes such as bouillabaisse, burrata salad, lobster risotto, Hereford beef and vanilla crème brûlée.
When: from 18.04.2023
Where: The London Cabaret Club, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, WC1B 4DA
Book a brand-new Bloody Mary brunch
The best cure for a heavy head is brunch and Bloody Marys, and Double Standard at The Standard has launched the ultimate brunch menu this Spring, complete with an opportunity to create your very own DIY Bloody Mary. Choose between Classic Vodka, Red Snapper Gin, Bloody Maria Mezcal or Virgin Maria as your base, garnish with classic gherkins, bacon, celery, prawns and stilton cheese, and finish with some hot sauce to give it that extra spice.
Alongside, expect British brunch favourites and hearty American classics, including a buttermilk chicken waffle with crispy bacon and maple syrup; sweetcorn fritters with ricotta, hot sauce and coriander; and double chocolate chip cookie and hazelnut ice cream sandwiches for something sweet.
Where: Ground Floor, The Standard, 10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG
When: Sundays, 12pm-4pm
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Grab a seat at London’s coolest rooftop
You know summer is around the corner when London’s outdoor pop-ups start showing up. This month sees the return of Roof East, Stratford’s rooftop haven. As always, the multi-storey car park venue will be going all out – think crazy golf from Birdies, Sluggers batting cages and disco antics from Glitter Bowls.
New for 2023 is the new free games area where you can challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga, Kub, Connect Four, cornhole and table tennis. Or catch a film at the Rooftop Film Club, showing everything from cult hits and classics to new film favourites.
There’ll be plenty of food and drink options too, including highlights like Cheeky Burger, Piddaji and Papa Chulo.
WHEN: OPENING UP FOR SUMMER FROM 20.04.2023
WHERE: FLOORS 7 & 8, STRATFORD MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK, GREAT EASTERN WAY, E15 1XE
Refresh your skin with a bespoke facial
Summer is around the corner, which means it’s time to give your skin a well-deserved pampering. Whether dry skin is your main concern or you’d like to minimise some fine lines, GA Salons have tailored facials which are totally bespoke to you and your skincare needs.
The sessions use a range of techniques to give you your best skin yet; including a bespoke blended PCA chemical peel, Indiba radiofrequency, extractions and lymphatic drainage massage. With salons scattered throughout central London, their team is at hand to get you ready to glow for summer.
Where: Various London locations
Tuck into maximalist dishes at Sexy Fish
From crystal designs to limited-edition menu items, Sexy Fish is going all out with its new collaboration with luxury brand Judith Leiber Couture. Celebrating its sixtieth anniversary, the colourful couture brand is taking over the Mayfair restaurant for six weeks of style and sophistication.
Diners will be greeted with three large bejewelled fish minaudieres hanging above the DJ booth in the restaurant, as well as a series of special menu items. Including the Koi Fish Sharing Dessert, inspired by the shape and colours of Judith Leiber Couture’s koi fish bag. It’s a chocolate fish shell with Opalys chocolate, yuzu, mango and pistachio topped with crunchy white chocolate pearls.
When: Until 31.05.2023
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
3 Events Worth Travelling For
Explore 1930s fashion at this exhibit
Love fashion? Venture over to the Chertsey Museum to explore the glitz and glamour of the 1930s in their all-new exhibition.
Running until September, the exhibit showcases stunning displays from the Olive Matthews Collection. Expect everything from men’s, women’s and children’s daywear, featuring designers such as Lanvin, Vionnet, Schiaparelli and Molyneux.
When: until 02.09.2023
Where: Chertsey Museum, the cedars, 33 windsor street, chertsey, surrey, kt16 8at
Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday
Channel your inner historian this weekend and take part in Stratford-upon-Avon’s epic birthday celebrations. Taking place across Saturday and Sunday, the historic town will be welcoming visitors from around the world for its annual celebrations.
The whole town will be going all out, from parades and band processions to visits from Mr Shakespeare himself (or at least someone dressed up in Shakespearean attire).
When: 22.04.2023 – 23.04.2023
Where: across Stratford-upon-avon
Take a snap in front of this art installation
Expect a rainbow of colour when you visit the Towner Eastbourne this weekend thanks to the large-scale geometric artwork Dance Diagonal by German artist Lothar Götz.
Part of the Brewers Towner Commission, Götz was selected from over 60 artists and designers to create an artwork to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the gallery’s move from its original home in Eastbourne’s Old Town.
When: until 31.05.2023
Where: Towner Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ