A pizza brunch, a murder mystery and frozen margaritas at London’s only Thameside beach club; here’s what’s on over the bank holiday in London
By Helen Brown
Our pick of the best for the bank holiday in London
LAST DAYS OF SHOREDITCH
Last Days of Shoreditch returns to the heart of East London with The Enchanted Garden, boasting a sensational summer programme of delicious street food & cocktails, art installations, World Cup screenings and dance floor, soundtracked by a star-studded DJ line-up. Expect summer cocktails and craft beer bars alongside street food from Smokey Tails, Cheeky Burger and Crust Bros.
NYC POP-UP BAGEL BAR
Get yourself to Bethnal Green this bank holiday weekend where a FREE bagel bar will be popping up to bring an authentic taste of NYC to east London. Brought to you by the bagel experts at New York Bakery Co., visitors will be able to try a mouth-watering range of mega deep-filled bagels true of their Instagram worthy status.
Where: 133 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG
When: 26-17 May
Time: 8.00am to 2.00pm
Nearest train station: Shoreditch High Street Overground Station or Bethnal Green Station
THE MURDÉR EXPRESS
Embark on a journey of thrills and mystery as The Murdér Express transports you to the scene of a 19th-century murder. The debut show from creative collective Funicular, ‘The Murder Express’ is a theatre and dining experience with a twist. An East End Costermonger, a music hall star, a widow in search of adventure and a local antique dealer will be your dining companions as the spooky story unfolds. The tantalising menu comes courtesy of BBC One’s MasterChef 2016 finalists, Billy and Jack.
TOM’S KITCHEN BOTTOMLESS BANK HOLIDAY BRUNCH
The sun is set to shine this weekend and we see no better way to celebrate than with a hearty brunch and bubbles. Head to the recently relaunched Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea where they’ll be dishing up savoury classics such as Eggs Royale and Tom’s Breakfast Grill, as well as Tom’s Shaksouka Eggs with Caklebean eggs and a decadent Brioche French Toast with caramelised apples and cinnamon cream. Available exclusively from 26-28 May, 10am-4pm, guests can also enjoy an unlimited supply of prosecco for just £15pp extra when dining from the brunch menu.
NEVERLAND BANK HOLIDAY BEACH PARTY
Kick back and enjoy the long weekend with a BBQ on the beach, and live entertainment from world-renowned DJ (to be announced) at Neverland. The Thameside summer hotspot will be throwing a bank holiday shindig to beat all others with yoga, bottomless brunch, frozen margaritas and more.
FERIA DE LONDRES
Feria De Londres returns to bring the vitality of a traditional Andalusian Feria to the heart of London. Visitors to the Southbank this bank holiday weekend will discover a vibrant celebration of Spanish culture and cuisine with Flamenco dancing shows, interactive workshops and live Spanish music. There will also be an array of family-friendly activities including face painting, hair styling, arts and crafts.
MAYFAIR FLOWER SHOW
To celebrate the spectacle that is the Chelsea Flower Show, Sketch has become home to some of London’s most talented florists to showcase their work within the opulent surroundings of the eatery’s restaurants and bars. The centrepiece of the show is Figa & Co’s stunning floral and feather wedding dress centrepiece, a floor to ceiling installation which can be seen in the two Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library. Accompanying the dress, guests can dine on a special four-course floral lunch menu for £65.
AL FRESCO BRUNCH AT FIUME
Spring is in full swing at Fiume and the restaurant will be opening especially this Monday so that guests to make the most of the glorious bank holiday weather. Bathed in sunshine and with unrivalled views of the Thames, the plaza-style terrace has been decked out with foliage and blooms in collaboration with Peroni and in line with the D&D Blossom City campaign. Alongside an Italian brunch and an a la carte menu that celebrates the wholesome, traditional food of Franceso Mazzei’s homeland, guests can enjoy a selection of homemade gelato including a floral special infused with Jasmine and topped with edible flowers and puffed Jasmine rice.
PIZZA BRUNCH AT RADICI
Bank holidays were made for feasting so we’ll be trotting along to Francesco Mazzei’s trattoria Radici where guests can go in on its renowned pizza brunch. Highlights from the traditional Italian menu include Eggs Calabrese with pappa Pomodoro, burrata and anchovy and Cannellini bean stew with poached eggs and sausage. With its laid-back atmosphere and rustic interiors, reminiscent of the sun-baked landscapes of southern Italy, Radici is the perfect north London spot to spend a lazy and food-filled weekend. Enjoy 2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £20 as well as bottomless prosecco for £15 over two hours.