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RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Pensioner Ray Pearson, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2017 RHS / Luke MacGregor

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Gala Festival
All Points East
LIFT Festival
The London Cheese Project
We Are FSTVL
Foodies Festival, Syon Park
KERB: Jam on Rye
Last Days of Shoreditch: The Enchanted Garden
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 22nd to 26th May 2018

 

Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the fragrant Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. In 2018 they're introducing a new Space to Grow garden category, offering ideas and inspiration which can be taken home to your own garden, and for the first time on Friday 25th May, Ranelagh Gardens will remain open to the public until late for an evening of live music, entertainment and more. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred imaginative garden designers who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners.

 
 
 

Gala Festival

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: Sunday 27th May 2018

 

Back for a third year but it's first in Peckham Rye Park, Gala is kicking off the summer with Chicago house legend Derrick Carter, disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli and Ibiza's Alfredo playing at the one-day festival on the late May Bank Holiday Sunday. They're joined by Norman Jay, Greg Wilson and Melodies International co-founder Mafalda on the main stage, Horse Meat Disco returns to host 'The Pleasure Dome' stage and local luminaries Rhythm Section head-up their own stage. Peckham via New Zealand duo Chaos in the CBD and Rhythm Section's rising star Z Lovecraft join them while vinyl outlets Rye Wax and YAM Records host a record fair on site. The music line-up is complemented by quality street food - there's BBQ from Slow Ritchies, Maltby Market's famous Cheese Truck, fried chicken by Other Side Fried and Honest Burger is back with the GALA Burger to keep the party going long after sunset plus Peckham's Brick Brewery will be there keeping everyone hydrated.

 
 
 

All Points East

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 25th May to 3rd June 2018

 

New for summer 2018, All Points East is a rocking ten day summer music festival coming to Victoria Park in May and June. To kick things off, there's a three day music festival with appearances from headliners LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Lorde and Bjork. It's followed by a four day community-focused midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor cinema. Then comes a long weekend of three back to back headline shows with Catfish and the Bottlemen, the four-piece from Llandudno, headlining on Friday 1st June 2018, Ohio indie rockers The National play on Saturday and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds bring the festival to a rousing close on Sunday.

 
 
 

LIFT Festival

 

Various Venues Dates: 25th May to 22nd July 2018

 

The London International Festival of Theatre (or LIFT, if you prefer) returns to the capital in 2018 at theatres, arts venues and other sites around London. There's a huge range of events, including live performances, art exhibitions and installations. See London's night sky sparkle as over 1,5000 LED-lit pigeons swoop over Thamesmead. The Royal Court Theatre stages Notes From the Field, Anna Deavere Smith's first London appearance in over 25 years. Congolese dance artist Faustin Linyekula present political piece, In Search of Dinozord. And Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven's immersive Phobiarama pops up in King's Cross. There are too many highlights to mention but we couldn't miss out Fatherland by Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham, Taylor Mac, Punchdrunk and Hofesh Shechter Company for sheer inventiveness and innovation. Go see.

 
 
 

The London Cheese Project

Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th May 2018

 

After a successful event last November, The London Cheese Project returns this May, taking over the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton. From traditional Mexican cheeses to hard and blue cheese, the three-day festival is a celebration of the huge variety of cheeses made in London. Visitors will be able to talk to some of the capital's top urban cheesemakers, taste dishes from some top foodies, hear from cheese writer Patrick McGuigan and see mozzarella making and a parmesan vs cheddar crack off in the live demo area and, of course, purchase plenty of the goods. There will also be live music, craft beer, cocktails and street food.

 
 
 
 

We Are FSTVL

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, London, RM14 2TN

Tube: Upminster Bridge Station

 

Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th May 2018

 

House music is what it's all about at We Are FSTVL which features over 225 artists across 20 stages in and around a private aerodrome in Uxbridge, 20 minutes from central London. Top DJs including Amine Edge & Dance, Hot Since 82 and Rene LaVice are just three of the names lined up. Two new stage arenas have also been confirmed, Kopparberg Outsider who collaborate with D-Vine Sounds and Paravana and Desperados who team up with Rinse and Oneman. The CUFF label heads oversee the music at the Cafe Mambo arena so be prepared for a big Ibizan hedonistic party. Happy campers can choose to spend the whole weekend on site.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th May 2018

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring bringing Bake Off finalists and famous chefs to leafy west London on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including the likes of Matt Tebutt and Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kocchar, Glynn Purnell and Josh Eggleton to the Chefs Theatre. Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo is joined by finalists Steven Carter-Bailey and Kate Lyon in the Cake & Bake Theatre. New for 2018 are workshops on the power of plant based proteins, gut-friendly food and craft tea. With over 20 street food outlets, the Pimms Teapot and cookery classes for kids as well as garden games and a pie throwing contest there's a lot to get your teeth stuck into.

 
 
 

Live Music Bottomless Brunch

Tibits Bankside, 124 Southwark Street, London, SE1 OSW

Tube: Southwark Station

 

Dates: 27th May to 19th August 2018

 

This summer, Tibits celebrates ten years of serving vegetarian and vegan food with a series of live music bottomless brunches. Launching on Sunday 27th May, the five-date series will see the Bankside venue welcome ten emerging local artists to perform live while diners tuck into brunch and bottomless booze. Guests will be able to choose one main dish from the restaurant's famous food boat, with dishes including raw vegetable pad Thai, a quinoa potato burger and carrot lox, a vegan alternative to the salmon original. All dishes can be washed down with bottomless vegan lager, pale ale, and gin and tonic. Artists performing include Ralph Taylor, Steph Oliver, Sakura and Ste Forshaw, with the latter two kicking things off on Sunday 27th.

 
 
 

KERB: Jam on Rye

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: Monday 28th May 2018

 

On the second Bank Holiday in May KERB is stepping off the concrete to bring you their first music festival on Peckham Rye Park. Join Jam on Rye for a mix of reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz, served with a side order of top London street food traders (after all, this is what KERB does best), summer cocktails, special local talent, talks and family activities. Breddos, White Men Can't Jerk, Only Jerkin' and more KERB favourites dish up the food. Set across three stages, the main stage is curated by Reggae Roast and headlined by David Rodigan, Horace Andy (Live) and Mungo's HiFi, and the second stage hosted by south London promoters 'Wormfood'. The third stage hosts 'KERB Talks', a panel discussion on London's sounds system culture and local talent.

 
 
 

Last Days of Shoreditch: The Enchanted Garden

Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 15th September 2018

 

The much-loved Last Days of Shoreditch is back for its eighth year in 2018 with three months of street food, art, music, karaoke, and sport on one of the biggest screens in London. 'The Enchanted Garden' sets the tone so you'll find a tropical beach area, swinging hammock beds and a tree-house at this summer hotspot. Expect summer cocktails and craft beer bars alongside street food from Seth Troxler's Smokey Tails, Cheeky Burger and pizza from Crust Bros. The dance floor is soundtracked by a star-studded DJ line-up. One of the many highlights is the return of the XOYO Saturday daytime takeovers throughout July with Late Nite Tuff Guy plus a who's who's of talent including Eli Escobar, Alexis Taylor, Dan Shake and Normay Jay.

 
 
 

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