Celebrate the start of festival season as Gala returns to Peckham Rye Park and soak up some rays at Fulham’s urban beach; here’s what we’ll be doing this bank holiday weekend in London
Things to do this weekend in London
Floral Court Festival at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
This weekend sees Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden kick off the summer season with a four-day festival of live music, workshops and al fresco feasting across the venue. On offer is a carefully curated selection of events, from a yoga session with LuluLemon and post-yoga brunch with Rhitrition to an Al Fresco Afternoon Tea with ‘teatails’ or Prosecco. The festival will culminate on bank holiday Monday with ‘Monday Market Day’, a one-off market in Floral Court with some of Petersham Nurseries’ favourite suppliers, including Neal’s Yard Remedies. Head to the website for the full list of events.
Aperol Spritz Big Birthday Social
This year marks Aperol’s 100th birthday and it’s having a party to celebrate. They’re embracing the Italian alfresco life (natch) with an indoor/outdoor space dedicated to Instagram’s favourite drink. Launching at London’s Shoreditch Electric Light Station, the Aperol Spritz Big Birthday Social is running over nine days from Thursday 23 May – Saturday 1 June and features a beautiful Aperol 1919 Lido to dip your toes in, a flowing orange waterfall and a giant Aperol Spritz glass shaped ball pit.
Tickets are £10 – including two perfectly crafted Aperol Spritz; aperolspritzsocials.com
A day festival like no other and inspired by the historic parties of New York and Chicago, GALA will deliver a programme of talent who embody the spirit of house and disco’s forefathers. Having made a home new home for itself in Peckham Rye Park, the event brings together the best of South London’s independent food, drink and music offering with headliners like Honey Dijon, Auntie Flo and Chez Damier.
26 May; thisisgala.co.uk
Covent Garden in Bloom
From now until 5 June, Covent Garden has bloomed with floral installations across its retail stores, botanical menus across its dining spots and pop-up activations. Celebrating the area’s heritage as London’s original flower market, Covent Garden in Bloom welcomes floral artists Fleurs de Villes to transform the estate with showcases from the capital’s leading florists. Much-loved Covent Garden retailers will lead the festivities with beautiful botanical windows, while Balthazar, Petersham Nurseries, Frenchie and Floral by Lima will serve bespoke floral cocktails and dishes using herbs and ingredients from Covent Garden’s own herb and vegetable garden.
Discover the very best of the past, present and future of photography as Photo London returns with close to 100 of the world’s leading galleries and artists, from established masters to rising stars. See a special exhibition from Stephen Shore, Photo London’s 2019 Master of Photography, as well as exhibitions from the likes of Roger Fenton, Vivian Maier and Gavin Turk.
Queen of Hoxton’s Las Mexicanas Rooftop
Good news for Londoners looking for a spot of rooftop revelry, Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop terrace is back in action, this time inspired by all things Mexican. It’ll be like you’ve stepped into the colourful town of San Cristóbal as you go all out on tacos, tequila and giant frozen margaritas.
Officially back for the summer months, Fulham Beach brings an urban jungle paradise to south west London. Having taken inspiration from the tropics, the vibrant indoor and outdoor space is a lush and colourful summer paradise, where you’re invited to eat, play, dance and drink the summer away. Expect refreshing cocktails, bottomless rosé, beach brunches, top street food vendors and live music.
From now until the 26 May, Chelsea Fringe returns with a jam-packed itinerary of horticulture and celebratory events for all ages. The Fringe gives people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens with everything from avant-garde art installations to grassroots community garden projects. Expect a wide range of work from professionals and enthusiasts, from the gardening world and beyond.
Find out if you have what it takes in the ultimate adult playground where there are six action-packed gaming lanes where you can curl, bowl or shuffle to victory, as well as crazy golf, Jenga, foosball and table tennis. If that’s not enough, Roof East will also be introducing Roof Eats: a line-up of London’s best street food vendors serving everything from vegan Vietnamese cuisine to burgers and North Indian Kati rolls.