The Handbook
By Andrea Pinto | 9th May 2024

The capital is buzzing this May weekend with art and theatre bringing its A-game to the city, one of London’s best vintage fairs returning and lots of new restaurants to visit.

We’ve rounded up things to do this weekend whether you’re interested in movies, art, theatre or sports that you can enjoy with friends, family or on your own. Here are our picks of what’s on in London this weekend:

Attend a jazz festival

GJFLondon is a week-long festival that celebrates “gypsy jazz”. There will be stellar jazz musicians performing at great live music venues in the city that promise to bring musicians young and old to the stage to perform this unique style of jazz. 

Where: Across London
Website: www.futurefable.com/gypsyjazz2024

See a new Kew Gardens exhibition 

Leading contemporary artist Marc Quinn, is presenting an exhibition called Light into Life, that includes seventeen stainless steel and bronze sculptures. The mirrored effect of many of the sculptures blurs the boundaries between the viewer, the sculpture and the landscape, giving every visitor a unique experience. The artist has designed it in such a way that the reflection encourages viewers to see themselves as a part of the artwork and a part of the landscape.  There will also be a presentation of his new paintings, drawings and sculptures including his frozen works. 

Where: Kew Gardens
When: 4th May to 29th September

Visit the indie label market

There was once a time when people would actually visit stores to buy records. If you’re old enough to remember it, this is the place to go for some nostalgic record buying. And if you’re too young to know the feeling, this is a great place to try it for the first time.

The Independent Label Market will be selling fresh vinyls accompanied by some of London’s finest breweries selling artisan beer and ciders.

Where: Coal Drops Yard
Website: independentlabelmarket.com

Watch Tom Holland in Romeo & Juliet

Tom Holland plays Romeo and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers plays Juliet in Jamie Lloyd’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Showing for a strictly limited, 12-week run starting this weekend, this one marks Holland’s return to the stage after he played Billy Eliot on West End as a child, long before he took on his Spiderman role. 

Where: Duke of york’s theatre
Website: www.thedukeofyorks.com/romeo-and-juliet

Enjoy a West African inspired five-course meal

Ikoyi, a London restaurant whose menu has its foundations in spices from sub-Saharan West Africa, has teamed up with Uber Eats for two-day special. There will be a five-course meal available to book with dishes inspired by Ikoyi’s signature flavours and Chef Jeremy Chan’s unique creations. The Friday menu is only available to book for Uber Eats members, but it’s open for all on Saturday.

Where: Ikiyo
Website: ikoyilondon.com

Get a feel for rowing

While the sun is out, it’s the perfect time to try out a new outdoor sport, and we’ve got our eyes on London’s rowing scene. If you’ve seen the boats gliding across the Thames and always wanted to give it a try, look no further. London Rowing Club runs open days regularly where you can try your hand at the sport to see if you like it. (Warning: it’s a lot harder than it looks).

Website: www.londonrc.org.uk/learn-to-row

Shop at a vintage fashion fair

The Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair holds vintage and antique clothing, jewellery and textiles with pieces spanning from the Victorian era to more recent pre-loved designer labels. It’s a great place to find vintage British labels like Ossie Clark, Bill Gibb and Biba amongst many others. Plus, it’s set in a stunning historic building so you can really feel the vintage vibe.

WHen: 12th may
Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall
Website: www.frockmevintagefashion.com

Attend a daytime disco

Disco, but make it back it bed by 10pm. Guilty Pleasures, an afternoon party, is coming back to KOKO with all your favourite pop nostalgia to take you from the 70s to the 00s. Expect to be dancing to Madonna, Kylie Minogue, George Michael/ and more at this Camden haunt that’s a favourite for music lovers and now, afternoon dance enthusiasts.

WHEN: 11TH MAY
Where: KOKO Camden
Website: koko.seetickets.com

Discover the best of both worlds in Kidbrooke Village

If you’re looking to explore a new part of London this weekend, Kidbrooke Village is the newest neighbourhood south of the river that’s worth visiting. Nestled in one of the city’s most sought-after addresses, Royal Borough of Greenwich, the neighbourhood has award-winning green spaces and offers easy commutes to the rest of London. A lovely area to consider if you’re keen to step into a new home this summer, Kidbrooke Village is a hidden gem that promises an oasis of calm while still being close to the hustle and bustle of zone 1.

Website: www.berkeleygroup.co.uk

Visit one of London’s new restaurants

From traditional French cuisine to seafood classics, London has a host of new restaurants to explore. Chez Roux, with Michel Roux at the helm is one to book and the celeb favourite Julie’s has reopened its doors this month in the heart of West London and is worth a visit.

Plus, don’t let a sunny day go to waste, head to London’s best rooftop restaurants for great views to accompany your weekend celebrations.

Where: Across London


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