What To Do This Weekend 04.05.23
MEET THE GIRLS FOR BRUNCH:
The Wigmore at The Langham hotel has launched its first brunch menu. Overseen by Michel Roux Jr, the menu features quintessentially British dishes with a modern twist. Choose from buttered crumpets with Scottish smoked salmon and chive soured cream; rice pudding pancakes with banana and golden syrup; a ‘Stovetop’ toastie with fried eggs, Red Leicester, maple bacon and hot sauce; and The Wigmore’s signature cheese toastie. There’s also a build-your-own bloody mary station where you can create your perfect drink with Ketel One vodka and tomato juice alongside a choice of garnishes. Other breakfast cocktails include passion fruit mimosas, mango bellinis and double Irish coffees.
15 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 3DE
ENTERTAIN THE KIDS:
Hampton Court Garden Open Day
Garden Open Days at Hampton Court Palace offer free access to the grounds on select weekends. On Saturday 6th May, families can enjoy the coronation amid live screenings, refreshments and royal-themed souvenirs around the historic gardens. Bring picnics and deck chairs and settle down in the East Front Gardens, Privy Garden, or Wilderness Garden with its beautiful cherry trees. Horse rides will also be available on the day.
Hampton Court Way, East Molesey, KT8 9AU
CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO:
Decimo at The Standard
Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in Mexico – it celebrates a famous 19th-century victory over the French army. To mark this year’s anniversary, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias – chef at The Standard hotel’s Mexican restaurant Decimo – is celebrating by bringing Fernando Hernández from Mexico’s outstanding Moyuelo restaurant in for a one-night dinner collab. On Friday 5th May, diners can tuck into a traditional five-course Pueblan meal with Casamigos tequila cocktails, live salsa music and dancing after dinner – the room will be transformed into the ‘Salsa Night Club’. Dishes include beef fat and preserved lemon oysters, pickled mussels in adobo, burnt plantain enmoladas with confit duck, and pumpkin seed ice-cream and wafers. There will also be a choice of margaritas, palomas or tequila old fashioneds. Tickets cost £90pp.
10th Floor, 10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, WC1H 8EG
TOAST THE NEW KING:
Mayfair Coronation Party
On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May, Mayfair is throwing a garden party to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. Grosvenor Square will be transformed into an Alice in Wonderland-inspired grotto with themed cocktails and dishes, celebratory music and entertainment. The square will be decked out in flowers and greenery inspired by the royal Highgrove estate, including an archway of flowers and an interactive floral throne installation by Moyses Stevens. Tablescapers Lay London will decorate benches and tables, and there will also be cinema-sized screens for live coverage. Visitors can tuck into coronation chicken burgers from the Barley Mow, ice-cream from the Connaught Patisserie, drinks at The Twenty Two’s Pimm’s bar, and cocktails from Mr Fogg’s Grey Goose truck.
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6AN
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE:
The Do Good Pub by Tesco
Tesco is encouraging the nation to ‘do good, by going to the pub’ with its first ever public house. Open from Thursday 4th to Friday 5th May in Farringdon, the King in the Castle will offer a themed menu featuring products from its limited-edition Coronation food range. All proceeds will go to the supermarket’s charity partner, The Prince’s Trust, which was founded by the King to support young people across the UK to build the confidence and skills to find employment. Dishes include ‘Camilla’s King Prawn Curry’, ‘The Prince’s Crust Pie’ and a ‘trifle-inspired’ bellini. Book a table at the link below.
34-35 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6BD
London Craft Week
This year’s London Craft Week will bring together over 700 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. Visitors can take part in curated workshops immersive experiences, and browse pop-up stores and original exhibitions at galleries across the capital. Highlights include a jewellery demonstration from Chanel’s Métiers d'art ateliers at Boutique Goossens London (11th May), a display of the House of Vivienne Westwood’s archive corsetry from 1987 to the present day at the Vivienne Westwood Boutique on Conduit Street (8th-13th May) and a coronation behind-the-scenes workshop and demonstration led by the Royal Mint’s hand engraver (9th May).
FILL YOUR BOOTS:
London's only taco festival takes place at Signature Brew in Walthamstow on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May. The Tacover has partnered with the Mexican embassy so you can rest assured the street food will be authentic. Confirmed vendors include MexClub, Proper Tacos, Dos Mas, Cantina Carnitas, Carne Street Food, Tigre Tacos and – winners of Britain’s Top Takeaways on the BBC – Homies on Donkeys. Day sessions (10am to 2pm) will be family friendly – under 11s go free and kids will receive a free soft drink – while adults-only sessions (3pm to 9pm) include competitions on stage, a hot taco challenge and Latin DJs on the decks. Tickets cost £15.
Unit 15, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 5QJ
HIT THE WEST END:
The Rocky Horror Show at The Peacock Theatre
The Rocky Horror Show is celebrating 50 years on stage, and to mark the occasion there’s a new production of the musical at the Peacock Theatre, starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba. The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet. When their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion while they’re on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank-N-Furter. So begins an adventure they’ll never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity. Tickets start from £18.
Portugal Street, West End, WC2A 2HT
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
Brynley Odu Davies: Artist Portraits at Studio West
Notting Hill gallery Studio West opens an exhibition by South London-based photographer Brynley Odu Davies on Friday 5th May. From 2020 onwards, Davies travelled around the UK to photograph contemporary artists in their studios. This exhibition features portraits of 200 established and emerging artists – all posing with their work. Featured artists include Adebayo Bolaji, Alfie Rouy, Douglas Cantor, Elsa Rouy, Florence Hutchings, Georg Wilson, Sophie Vallance Cantor, Tom White, Trackie McLeod, Victoria Cantons, Xu Yang and more. A great chance to see early work by the UK’s future stars, entry is free.
216 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 1NR
GET FRIDAY NIGHT RIGHT:
Sonidos at El Pastor Soho
El Pastor and Tequila Herradura have teamed up on a series of ‘Sonidos’ events in the basement of El Pastor Soho. Kicking off with a Cinco de Mayo event this Friday, guests can enjoy tacos, tequila cocktails and music from Mexican DJs. Choose from corn tacos, tostadas, totopos and guacamole, and Tequila Herradura cocktails including the ‘Paloma Picante’ made with Herradura Blanco, Two Keys grapefruit, chilli syrup and chile de arbol; and the ‘Herradura Margarita’ with Herradura Blanco, aguamiel and lime juice. Sonidos will take place from 9pm until 3am with a limited number of tables available for dining beforehand. Tickets cost £20pp which includes a Tequila Herradura welcome drink.
66-70 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9UP
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