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Things to do in London this Bank Holiday

May 27, 2016

Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend in London


SEE Yayoi Kasuma at Victoria Miro Gallery

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If you’ve never been acquainted with Yayoi Kasuma’s work – then here is your chance. Japanese artist Kasuma is known for her kaleidoscopic patterned pumpkins and use of bold colour. If you like art that is kooky and weird this is the exhibition for you.

CLOSING ON 28TH MAY – Bradley Theodore Son of Soil at The Maddox Gallery


Graffiti artist Bradley Theodore’s signature style is distinguishable by its use of vibrantly coloured skeletal figures – a motif that the artist regards as representative of the inner life force of the subject. In Theodore’s trademark style, famous figures from popular culture are stripped back to Día de Muertos-esque versions of themselves. Historical figures including Marie Antoinette and Mona Lisa line up alongside contemporary figures Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid and fashion icons Coco Chanel, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.

DON’T MISS – Marilyn Monroe at the Design Centre

Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition


EAT  Foodies Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
foodie's festival

Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, The Foodie’s festival in Syon park is the biggest gathering of the best chefs, artisan food and cookery demonstrations.

EAT – The Red Market, Old Street  288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP

The Red Market in Old Street, a street food institution for the past 6 years, is opening up this summer as The Last Days of Shoreditch, featuring streetfood – inc, Crabbie Shack, Le Bao, The Joint and Yeah Burger – bars, Junkyark Crazy Golf, and art by Gavin Turk and others. It’s potentially the last summer in the site, on the corner of Old Street and Great Eastern Street, hence the name, and if so we need to give it a good send-off. It’s open Thursdays to Saturdays from 25th May to 28th August, with free entry on Thursdays.

Party at Pinchy’s 

Pinchy’s is a pop-up BBQ and spritz bar taking place in the garden of Hector & Noble pub in Victoria Park Road, E9, serving Fridays to Sundays from 27th May 2016. Expect great treats from the BBQ, like lobster – half for £10 or whole for £17 – plus tiger prawns, salads and lots more. Drinks will include Aperol and Cá del Console Prosecco – you’ve got to go!

EXPERIENCE The House of Peroni – until mid June


The House of Peroni, Peroni’s celebration of Italian food, drink and culture, has returned to London for a six week run, this time at Proud East (formerly The Proud Archivist), on the Regent’s Canal near to Haggerston. Expect lots of interesting things to see, plus great food, great beers and cocktails, and lot of (bookable) classes to improve your mind.


VISIT Frontera Festival – Saturday 28 May 2016


The end of May will see London come to life with one of Chile’s most important live Latin music events, as some of South America’s biggest music stars including Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica (Prophetic Culture), Chilean singer-songwriter Gepe, and not to mention a few local artists too, will take to the stage with this ultimate celebration. Whether you’re an expat or a music / festival lover, this is the perfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the food, music and culture of South America.

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Chelsea in Bloom 2016 – 23rd to 28th May

May 24, 2016

chelsea in bloom
Missed out on getting tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show this year? Don’t despair there are plenty of Chelsea fringe events that you can enjoy for FREE Chelsea in Bloom is the Cadogan Estate’s annual competition where shops in Chelsea compete to win the best floral display. This year the theme is ‘Carnival’ inspired by the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. You can explore Chelsea in Bloom by walking the tour guided by your Chelsea in Bloom map or enjoy a rickshaw ride around the area. Tours begin at Sloane Square and take in all the participating retailers marked on the tour map.

I went a few years ago and was really blown away by the beautiful displays.

Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect this year.

chelsea in bloom


chelsea in bbloom


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Serpentine Pavilion Private View – 8th June 2016

May 23, 2016

serpentine pavilionEach year The Serpentine Gallery has an installation that fuses art and architecture in the grounds of Hyde Park. In tandem with the 16th Pavilion in 2016, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England.

Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion also designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park. Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations and builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City) begun in the late 1950s. Asif Khan’s design is inspired by the fact that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would allow it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine lake.

The private view – (preview) is on Wednesday 8th June and I’ll let you in on a secret it really isn’t that exclusive. Just turn up looking your best!


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Foodie’s Festival – Bank Holiday Feast of Foodie Fun at Syon Park 28th – 30th May

May 23, 2016

foodie's festival Foodie’s Festival

The Foodie’s festival is back with a bang in the beautiful grounds of Syon Park this Bank Holiday weekend. Food lover’s can look forward to multitude of food events:
  • West London MasterChef finalist Jack Layer and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli in the Chefs Theatre
  • Michelin-star chefs Atul Kochhar and Janos Veres and London’s top chefs cooking live
  • The best of London’s street food in the Street Food Avenue
  • More award-winning producers than ever before
  • Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
  • Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Mojito Ship
  • New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
  • Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards

Also part of the lineup:

Drinks Theatre
Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials.

Street Food Avenue
With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer, and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be serving Italian Burritos as part of his new street food offering.

Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room
Baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers work their baking wizardry on the Cake & Bake stage, inspiring visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen..

Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon.  Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.

Also for the those brave enough there is the Chilli-Eating Challenge
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.

After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus.

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Save the date Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition 25th May

May 20, 2016

Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend ExhibitionMarilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition

Marilyn Monroe’s fame has continued to live on decades after her death inspiring young and old alike. In this exhibition at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour,  the British public will have the rare opportunity to see original film costumes, jewellery and personal items from Marilyn Monroe’s life and work. Extraordinary highlights from the screen icon’s film career will include the sheer beaded dress she wore in “Some Like it Hot”. As the nerve centre of many forms of creative expression, the Design Centre is the perfect environment for an exhibition of this calibre.

Opening times: 25 May – 20 June, 10am – 7pm

Entry is FREE


Morten Lassen Private View – Wednesday 1 June 2016

May 20, 2016

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Morten Lassen – Interference

Opening at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in June Danish painter Morten Lassen’s exhibition Interference explores the interplay between the digital and the natural worlds. Yet rather than suggesting tension at their point of collision, he visualises a more harmonious fusion between the two states.

Through rich layers of oil and aerated paints, Lassen brings together razor-edged blacks with electric neons, organic scratches and scribbles, loosely-worked colour and open white. Unlike his earlier series, which saw the flow of colour punctuated by vast black spaces, Lassen’s latest paintings capture a synergy between the electric and the organic which is more meditative, with each bringing the other closer to a unification.

Morten Lassen


Private View and Book Launch

Wednesday 1 June 2016

6.30 – 8.30 pm

Summer Cocktails



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Things to do in London: London’s Food Festival of the Future by Yelp

May 16, 2016

ondon festival of the future

When: Sunday, May 22, 1 to 10pm
Where: Cargo, 83 Rivington St., Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY

Yelp the fun loving London app is hosting a food festival this weekend. London’s Food Festival of the Future brings together
Come see everything from virtual reality beer-brewing, molecular food scanners, ice robots vodka luges, instant-freezing beers, London celebrity chefs, snacks made of bugs, destination cocktails and London’s legendary Doodle Man in action! There will also be miraculous marvels of the modern day world like virtual reality, robots and drones, plus, a fun selection of free local food and drinks!

Entrance is a free check-in on Yelp or £10 to charity.

I’ve been to a few yelp events and they are usually good fun! Lot’s of freebies and a good way to meet new people.

For more information please visit:

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Things to do in London: The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party – Monday 30th May 2016

May 16, 2016


The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party Looking for something fun to do this Bank Holiday Monday – then add The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party to your diary.

This year’s event is set to be the best and most ambitious yet. The exciting line up sees DJ spinning their tunes from the Mirror Caravan, which is essentially a huge disco ball on wheels, with an already impressive showcase of talent including and Found duo The Menendez Brothers, disco king’s Stuart Patterson and Nick Gynn, Strangers in Paradise and Simon Kurrage.

Expect a plethora of high-quality booze-food including delectable stateside inspired stomach-lining from The Joint, purveyors of BBQ pulled meats and new residents at The Star of Bethnal Green the Joint making their debut (the go-to comfort food of the capital, which shows no signs of leaving anytime soon), and irresistible Caribbean chicken from Mama’s.

There’ll also be balloon making for little ones, photo booths to capture those timeless bank holiday moments and the return of the ever popular bouncy castle. Because exercise disguised as silliness isn’t just for kids, you know

The pavement revelry wraps up at around 9pm but the party continues inside till late, with everything the legendary East End boozer has to offer, with drinks packages chock full of fizz and everyone’s favourite party staple, the Jagerbomb, once again proving its well-deserved status as ‘the grown up raver’s boozer of choice’.

The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party takes place on Monday 30th May 2016, from noon until 9pm, and continues inside until late.

Tickets  can be purchased here:

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Jeff Koons: Now – opens at Newport Street Gallery 18th May

May 16, 2016

Jeff Koons Now Eponymous pop artist Jeff Koons has an exhibition opening at Newport Street Gallery on the 18th of May. Spanning thirty-five years of the artist’s extraordinary career, ‘Now’ features over thirty paintings, works on paper and sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014. Drawn from Hirst’s collection, a number of these works have never before been shown in the UK.

Jeff Koons is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the postwar era. Since the late 1970s, his diverse work has explored themes pertaining to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance, and the role of the artist.

Summarised by curator and critic Norman Rosenthal as “manifestations of a joyful acceptance of American culture”, Koons’s work – which here fills Newport Street’s six, expansive galleries – challenges and teases in equal measure, reflecting as much on the profoundities of our existence as the banalities of daily life.

To coincide with the exhibition, Newport Street Gallery is launching its new ‘Summer Lates’ from 21st May, every Saturday the gallery will be open until 10pm.