DISCOVER NEW ARTWORK: Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
Affordable Art Fair is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a five-day showcase across several galleries in Hampstead and west London. From tomorrow until Sunday 8th May, shoppers can browse thousands of contemporary artworks by renowned and emerging artists from leading UK and international galleries, all of which cost between £50 and £7,500. Greenstage Gallery will showcase works from British abstract painter Martyn Jones, The Art Hound will exhibit exclusive photographic portraits by Scarlet Page, and Prince Art Gallery will show contemporary Italian art from the likes of Giancarlo Ciccozzi, Gianni Grattacaso and Raffaella Bellani. Visitors can enjoy art after dark with music and drinks at the Thursday late view or enjoy a weekend day out on the Heath. Tickets start from £11pp.
DISCOVER NEW BEAUTY: Fresh Cosmetics At Space NK
From Friday 6th May Fresh Beauty will be touring Space NK's London, Bath and Guilford stores with its Fresh Beauty Milk Float, starting with London Duke of York Square this weekend. To celebrate the launch of the brand’s new Milk Body collection (which includes the Milk Body Cleanser, Milk Body Lotion and Milk Hand Cream) shoppers can try the products in store, redeem a complimentary gift and enjoy a complimentary coffee, matcha latte or hot chocolate made with plant-based milk. If you spend £50 or more on any products at Space NK, you’ll be rewarded with an exclusive body brush and Fresh Soy Face Cleanser to indulge in at home. You can also enter the competition to WIN a year’s supply of the new Milk Body Collection by posting a photo of the Milk Float on Instagram Stories – tag @SpaceNK and @FreshBeauty and don’t forget to hashtag #FreshMilkFloat.
MEET YOUR FRIENDS: Vin-Yard
If pizza, wine and cocktails in a basement bar sounds right up your street, be sure to check out Vin-Yard, the brainchild of Yard Sale Pizza and natural wine specialists Top Cuvée. Opening this weekend for a limited three-week period, Yard Sale’s Hackney Road basement will transform into the ultimate wine bar meets pizza parlour. Expect Yard Sale favourites – including Holy Pepperoni, made with spicy nduja sausage and the iconic cheese and Marmite garlic bread. Meanwhile, Top Cuvée will be overseeing the bar, offering a variety of natural wines. You heard it here first.
184 Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 7QL
BRUNCH HERE: INO Gastrobar
The perfect spot for a lazy Saturday brunch with friends, INO has a new menu that will hit the spot. Taking inspiration from the classic Greek taverna – with a nod to American classics – tuck into small plates like taramasalata with bottarga and pitta bread, octopus tacos and gyros flatbread with iberico ham, tomato and olive oil. Larger dishes include homemade onion-marmalade pork sausages with a side of tzatziki and mac and cheese cooked over charcoal, topped with truffle. To drink, take your pick from Greek-inspired cocktails (we recommend the Athens Spritz), barrel-aged drinks and grapefruit sodas.
4 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, W1F 7RF
BOOK A TABLE FOR DINNER: Laurel’s On The Roof
Inspired by 1970s LA and pool parties in the Hollywood Hills, Laurel’s On The Roof is an all-day dining destination on the rooftop of the Mondrian Shoreditch. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, the Laurel’s menu is perfect for warmer days – think sea bream tacos, Malibu shrimp cocktail, cobb salads, Oysters and burrata salads, all washed down with frozen spicy margs and other 70s-inspired cocktails. Previously The Curtain rooftop bar at the Shoreditch Hotel, the new spot isn’t a members-only space, meaning it’s open for everyone, ’til late.
45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Much Ado About Nothing
What better way to mark the Globe’s 25th anniversary and the theatre’s first full summer season since 2019 with a new iteration of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy. Bringing the sparring of Beatrice and Benedick to the stage once more, this new production is headed up by Lucy Bailey, whose take on Shakespeare’s tragedy Titus Andronicus back in 2014 was so frightening, several in the audience reportedly fainted. A fun and light-hearted production, Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect way to dip your toe into a spot of culture this weekend – plus, standing tickets start from just £5.
The Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
SHOP ONE-OFF ART: Felt Presents Sensational Beings
This month, contemporary craft platform Felt is popping up at Safehouse in Peckham for the launch of its new collection and exhibition, Sensational Beings. Showcasing established and emerging contemporary artists, the shoppable exhibition is open until Saturday. Expect everything from appliqué and patchwork to ceramics and paintings with every piece an original or limited edition, with a focus on otherworldly creatures and mythological animals. Highlights in the collection include large-scale photography by Casey Moore, ceramics by Mercedes Workman and canvases from Alice Neaves.
Safehouse Peckham, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN
EAT IN THE SUNSHINE: Borough Market
Borough Market is a must for everything from Bread Ahead’s iconic doughnuts to Brindisa’s hangover-curing chorizo roll. As of this month, the market’s outdoor dining setting is reopening, with a selection of its favourite restaurants – including Padella, Elliot’s, Mei Mei, Shuk and 26 Grains – offering relaxed eating in and around the market’s trademark arches. And following the success of recent Sunday openings, Borough Market Kitchen will be joining traders in opening seven days a week, serving up fresh empanadas and steak sandwiches from Porteña and delicacies from Richard Hayward Oysters.
8 Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL
GET THE DRINKS IN: La Piñata
A celebration of agave spirits and Mexican culture La Piñata is an opportunity to taste some of the best tequila and mezcal. For its second year at Tobacco Dock, it’s bringing together 20 producers and offering tastings, masterclasses, panel discussions and plenty of cocktails to try. There’s also a street food market channelling the finest Latin American flavours. Open from 11am to 8pm this Saturday and Sunday, it’s the perfect spot to spend a few hours.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF
BOOK AHEAD: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Nestled inside Regent’s Park, the Open Air Theatre is a wonderful al fresco arts space. Tickets are on sale now for the summer season – and always sell quickly. This summer, three main productions will be taking to the stage, starting with Legally Blonde: The Musical, directed by Lucy Moss (the co-writer and director of hit musical Six), followed by new adaptations of 101 Dalmatians and Greek tragedy Antigone. Also on the line-up are comedy, cabaret and film screenings courtesy of Luna Cinema, including last year’s award-winning West Side Story.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU
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