Another bank holiday weekend has landed and London’s roster of events is packed out. Read on to find out the very best things to do this weekend, from luxury auctions to an evening with Stanley Tucci.
Bid on designer goods at this luxury auction
Who doesn’t love a designer handbag? If you’re looking to add to your collection, you’ll want to bookmark this season’s Designer Collection auction at Fellows.
This auction is a treasure trove for vintage items and pre-loved items you can find in boutiques, for a fraction of the price. You can expect an exciting collection of desirable designer handbags, jewellery and watches. Highlights include a 1981 edition black box calf leather Kelly 32 from Hermès; Dolce & Gabbana’s Mini Devotion bag in water green silk; Louis Vuitton Monogram Denim Square Patchwork Neverfull MM; and a Chanel Airlines O case clutch, perfect for those upcoming summer trips.
This is a timed auction that takes place over two weeks from 28th April and will close on 11th May, 10am. Potential bidders can head to the auction house’s Charles Street branch to view on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd May to get a closer look at the pieces on offer. Free virtual viewings are available by request.
When: Browse dates 02.05.2023 – 03.05.2023 | Auction date 11.05.2023
WherE: 29 Charles Street, W1J 5DT
Book in for an intimate evening with Stanley Tucci
From starring in Hollywood favourites like The Devil Wears Prada and The Hunger Games to forging his way into a foodie household name, Stanley Tucci has done it all. This Saturday will see the star join the Royal Albert Hall for a special evening to raise money for The Trussell Trust.
‘An Evening With Stanley Tucci’ will see Tucci take a look back at his career, share recipes from his bestselling book Taste and dive into what it was like growing up in an Italian American family.
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
Sample the world’s first pickle-themed afternoon tea
Something we didn’t think we’d ever be writing about, but hey, it’s London after all! The world’s first pickle-themed afternoon tea has landed in London and its green-hued vibes are set to be all over your TikTok feed.
Dreamed up by renowned pop-up queen Meredith O’Shaughnessy, the experience features pickle-based cocktails and themed live entertainment.
Expect to delight on the likes of dill pickle and goats cheese finger sandwiches; pickled devilled eggs; Bloody Mary parmesan palmiers; dill pickle cupcake bites; pickled jelly trifle; and a dill cucumber and rhubarb gin fizz.
When: Limited dates until 14.05.2023
Where: Oh La La! Macarons, 5 Kirby Street, EC1N 8TS
Celebrate with Europe’s biggest Eid festival
Taking over Westfield London for three days this weekend will be London Eid Festival. Returning to Shepherds Bush for the fourth year, you can expect a weekend event packed with Halal street food stalls, boutique shopping stands, live entertainment and more.
Head down for the Modest Fashion Catwalk Show, learn from the experts with a beauty masterclass or get creative with a professional face painting session.
When: 29.04.2023 – 01.05.2023
Where: Westfield London, W12
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Dive into bottomless nuggets with Gizzi Erskine
This Sunday sees Gizzi Erskine team up with Islington’s new foodie venue, Neighbourhood, for a day dedicated to juicy nuggets. This one-day pop-up will feature bottomless nuggets complete with Gizzi’s signature sauces.
Available for one hour per guest, tuck into chicken or plant-based nuggets served with four Gizzi flavour-packed sauces: orange barbecue sauce, mango and apricot sweet curry sauce, apricot and pineapple sweet and sour sauce, and Korean sesame with ginger and fermented chilli.
Where: 77 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NU
Catch a film premiere at this queer film festival
Helping filmmakers break the boundaries is Queer East, the annual film festival championing LGBTQ+ issues. Explore through an exciting line-up of feature films, documentaries, short films, VR, moving images and dance productions, this event is hosted across eight London venues throughout April.
This weekend catch the last few days of this year’s festival line-up, including the closing night premiere of Home Ground, a documentary about Korea’s first lesbian bar, Lesbos.
When: Until 30.04.2023
Where: Venues across london
Try Chotto Matte’s Steak & Sushi Sundays
Looking for an alternative to eggs and avo? Look no further than Chotto Matte’s brand-new Steak and Sushi Sundays.
For a set price of £50, enjoy an exclusive all-day set menu with an abundant selection of signature sushi, including spicy tuna crispy rice and prawn cut roll, followed by an indulgent wagyu steak.
WHEN: Every Sunday, served from 12.00 PM
WHERE: 11, 13 Frith Street, W1D 4RB
Head to the opening weekend of Will Martyr’s A World Elsewhere exhibition
This week sees Maddox Gallery welcome its latest retrospective takeover and this spring it’s in the form of A World Elsewhere, a series of paintings from British artist Will Martyr.
Channeling that timeless nostalgic feeling, the collection touches on Martyr’s personal memories through themes of companionship, love and contentment. Each celebrates life, beauty and time spent with loved ones, with every painting featuring an unposed female figure.
When: Until 11.06.2023
WherE: Maddox Gallery, 112 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU
Discover the inner workings of musical theatre
This weekend sees the return of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Performance Festival. Taking place until Sunday 30th, the festival is a celebration of musical theatre, hosting a series of events throughout the museum.
From SIX The Musical dance workshops to sing-a-long specials, this is the experience to book you and your theatre-loving friends into.
When: until 30.04.2023
Where: V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
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Boogie at Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Jazz lovers, get your boogie on at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this weekend as musicals from across the globe come together for a weekend of music, dancing and fun. Now one of the country’s most-loved jazz experiences, you can look forward to tapping along to the likes of Black Top with Xhosa Cole; Joe Stilgoe; Squeeze; Mica Millar; and more.
When: until 01.05.2023
Where: Cheltenham, GL51 6SY
Celebrate Cornish culture
If you haven’t already caught Tate St Ives’ Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition, this weekend is your last chance to see it in all its glory. The gallery will be putting on a finale to remember, complete with performances, talks and workshops celebrating Cornish culture.
When: until 01.05.2023
Where: Tate St IVes, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG
Join in Hastings’ traditional Jack in the Green festivities
For a seaside experience with a twist, look to Hastings’ traditional Jack in the Green festivities. This four-day May Day event is an annual folk custom that was revived by Mad Jack’s Morris in 1983. Since then, the historic town has celebrated with traditional dancers, concerts, processoins and more.
When: 28.04.2023 – 01.05.2023
Where: across hastings
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