FEEL MEXICAN HERE: Bagatelle
This popular Mayfair establishment usually focuses on elevated French and Mediterranean dishes. But this Saturday will break from tradition as the restaurant is taken over by Casamigos to host a brunch bash in celebration of Cinco de Mayo – a colourful, annual Mexican celebration. Guests are invited to choose from two sittings – either 12-2pm or 2-6pm – for a Mexican-style feast and cocktails including the ‘Casa Piquante Margarita’, ‘Casa In A Teacup’ and ‘Pina Sour Do Mayo’. Expect the event to be soundtracked by a roster of internationally renowned DJs.
34 Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4NG; 4th May
WATCH THIS: Eighth Grade
Thirteen-year-old Kayla (newcomer Elsie Fisher) endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school – the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year. Shy and struggling to make friends at school, she is voted 'Most Quiet’ by her classmates; she posts motivational videos on YouTube about confidence and self-image that get little to no views. Meanwhile, Mark, her single father, struggles to connect with her and break her reliance on social media. Listed by Barack Obama as one of his favourite films of 2018, you know this coming-of-age film is going to be good.
In cinemas now
GO ON A GIN CRUISE HERE: London Shell Co
Fishers Gin, an authentic coastal spirit distilled in the Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh, is kicking off a series of gin and food pairings this Sunday. Partnering with London Shell Co for the first event, guests are invited to hop on-board to take part in the Canalway Cavalcade illuminated boat procession. London Shell Co will journey west through Notting Hill at twilight, beginning the gin-pairing cruise with a classic Fishers gin and tonic. It will join the illuminated boat procession near Ladbroke Grove, as guests dine on a three-course seafood menu paired with Fishers Gin. The menu will include: Fishers red snapper oysters with alexander salt; crab finger sandwiches with Fishers Gin-marinated cucumbers; angel hair fries; gin-cured trout with sea herbs and jersey royals; and rhubarb, blood orange and cucumber salad with Fishers G&T sorbet.
The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6PY; 5th May
BOOK LAST-MINUTE TICKETS HERE: Diane Arbus: In The Beginning
Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery, Diane Arbus: In The Beginning takes an in-depth look at the formative first half of Arbus’ career, during which the photographer developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and midtown shoppers, are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the 20th century. The exhibition features more than 100 of these photographs, the majority of which are vintage prints made by the artist – more than two-thirds of these photographs have never been seen before in the UK.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX; until 6th May
CELEBRATE A HOT RETURN HERE: Night Tales
Night Tales is back for summer 2019. The official summer terrace launch will take place on this Thursday to Saturday, hosting three days of great music, food and drink. Grainger & Friends, Theo Kottis and Soul Clap will be taking care of the tunes, alongside street food from Nanny Bills, Mama Jerk and Sons of Slice and new summer spritzes from Night Tales’ renowned bar. Meanwhile, Club Frozen Bar will offer a cool twist on summer favourites including frozen negronis, frozen iced tea, gin and peach punch and frozen chilli and coriander mezcal margaritas. Night Tales will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday over the summer.
14 Bohemia Place, Hackney, E8 1DU; 2nd-4th May
LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS: Noughts And Crosses
This gripping Romeo-and-Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world. Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love. It is forbidden. Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.
Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN; until 4th May
TRY A NEW COCKTAIL HERE: Sketch
The Botanist Gin has teamed up with Sketch to create a year-long menu of martinis, each inspired by the venue’s four different rooms: The Glade, The Parlour, The Gallery and East Bar. In The Glade you can enjoy the ‘Forest’ made with The Botanist gin and nettle and linden blossom, served on a moss bed with a lemon twist, and finished with an aromatic spray made from soil, hogweed peat, douglas fir. In the Parlour you can tuck into the ‘Herb Garden’, made with The Botanist gin, a tincture made of fresh botanicals, Sichuan pepper and a botanical bitter made with neutral spirit, garnished with a simple lemon thyme twig. Moving down to The Gallery you can try the ‘Seaside’, made with The Botanist gin, seaweed, galangal and Timut pepper, garnished with pink pickled shallotte. Finally, the East Bar serves the ‘Orchard’, made with The Botanist gin, apple mint bitter, horseradish and Sichuan pepper, garnished with apple mint leaf.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
TRY A MODERN ROAST HERE: Skewd Kitchen
This award-winning, fine-dining Anatolian restaurant and bar in Cockfosters is giving the traditional Sunday roast a Turkish makeover with the launch of ‘The Smokehouse’, a Sunday roast served with bottomless champagne. Created by exec chef Maz Demir using specialist ingredients and innovative cooking techniques, ‘The Smokehouse’ features hickory-smoked wagyu beef served with Anatolian-spiced roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, seasonal vegetables and barbecued crispy onions. No roast is complete without a Yorkshire pudding: enter the kaygana, a Turkish-style omelette pumped with nitrogen gas, making it light and airy, to re-create the shape of that British favourite. A vegetarian offering includes miso-glazed aubergines with a mushroom gravy.
12 Cockfosters Parade, Cockfosters, EN4 OBX; 5th May
ATTEND A LAUNCH PARTY HERE: Skylight Rooftop
Skylight London at Tobacco Dock returns on 2nd May for its highly anticipated summer season. Loved for its panoramic, uninterrupted views across the city’s skyline and urban lawn games and bar offering, the expansive rooftop venue has become one of London’s favourite summer hot spots. This weekend, Skylight London will be back with day-beds and garden booths for afternoon lounging, new seasonal cocktails for summertime sipping and an exciting calendar of programming and special events. Watch this space.
Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2SF; from 2nd May
APPLAUD CINCO DE MAYO HERE: The Coral Room
The picture-perfect Coral Room is celebrating Cinco De Mayo – usually held on 5th May – across the whole of the bank holiday weekend. Guests can enjoy a selection of limited edition drinks from Casamigos’ one-off menu from Friday until Monday. The cocktails include ‘Coral’s Margarita’ made with Casamigos mezcal, pink grapefruit, kumquat shrub, kumquat liqueur and Supusawa & Hambledon sparkling wine; ’Tommy’s Margarita’ mixed with Casamigos anejo, lime juice and agave syrup; the ‘Casa Coral’ – Casamigos reposado, crème de banana, tonka bitters and fresh lime; and ‘Flaming Victory’, a blend of Casamigos blanco, Chocci Torino, crème de cacao and red chilli bitters.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN; 3rd-6th May
GET CRAFTY HERE: Toast
This weekend, lifestyle brand Toast will host its first ever 'creative residency' at Paper Mills Studio. Inspired by its SS collection ‘The Unknown Path’, the three-day residency will offer a programme of creative activities, encouraging women to try their hand at something new. Workshops include natural dyeing and potting with Christine Lewis; block printing with Georgia Dorey; a weaving workshop led by Sue Lawty (who previously held the role of textile resident at the V&A); a canapé and tablescape class with supper club host and author Alexandra Dudley; and mindful creative writing with Elaine Knight. Throughout the weekend Molly Martin will be on hand to show you myriad ways in which to give your garments a new lease of life and there’ll be a café for refreshments.
Paper Mill Studios, 9 City Garden Row, Islington, N1 8DW; 4th-6th May
HAVE A FROSÉ BRUNCH HERE: W Hotel
W London has launched a new bottomless frozen rosé brunch, available every Saturday. The menu includes dishes such as salmon tartare burger; poached eggs with Cornish crab; mushroom and leek quiche with kale and quinoa and roasted butternut squash with smashed avocado, red cabbage and seasoned scrambled tofu, served on thickly-cut sourdough toast. Guests will be able to enjoy either unlimited prosecco or house-made frozen rosé, plus bottomless pancakes and waffles. Following brunch, guests are welcome to stay at The Perception bar and for an afternoon of DJ sets.
10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6QF; 4th May
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