The glorious month of May has arrived, meaning spring is in full bloom and post 8pm sunsets have finally arrived in London.
As always, HELLO! has hunted down the best happenings in the city this month so you don't have to. From exciting new restaurant launches to lavish fine dining, music festivals, sun-soaked rooftop bars, family-friendly fun and royally good events to toast King Charles' coronation, we've compiled a list of all the unmissable things to do in London this month.
Best things to do in London in May
Don't miss The Ivy Chelsea Garden's Wisteria Wonderland Installation
In celebration of the RHS Chelsea Flower show, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is set to transform into a Wisteria Wonderland with a beautiful external installation adorning the restaurant with woodland creatures, and seasonal flowers in full bloom. With limited-edition cocktails in partnership with Lillet and bespoke desserts, you won't want to miss the opportunity to see the King’s Road to lif. The restaurant’s entire façade is set to be adorned with a weeping wall of wisteria featuring woodland creatures, fresh out of hibernation, and seasonal flowers in full bloom inviting passers-by in. Tempted to stop for a cocktail?
Creations will include a refreshing Lychee & Rose Spritz featuring Lillet Rose, Lychee liqueur and Prosecco, an Elderflower Spritz including Elderflower Cordial, Lillet Blanc, Prosecco and a dash of Rhubarb Bitters, and a seasonal spritz of Cherry Blossom, featuring Lillet Rose, Prosecco, Soda Water, Cherry Blossom syrup and Absinthe. *Available until 28 May.
To book, visit ivycollection.com/restaurants/the-ivy-chelsea-garden
Get the Kardashian experience
To celebrate season 3 of The Kardashians on Disney+, you can live life like a Kardashian with a visit to the interactive Kardashians Airstream. The Airstream will be located at King’s Cross Station on 27 May, just two days after the new seasons lands of Disney+. Visitors can stop by the glam station to recreate the famous family’s season 3 snap, before having their very own Kardashian Kouch Konfessional moment. And even better, it’s free!
Enjoy cosplay and superheroes at MCM Comic Con
When superheroes parade the streets and Jedi crowd the trains, you know who's back in town… MCM Comic Con, the ultimate celebration of pop culture, is soaring into ExCeL London from 26– 28 May, and once again in October before rounding off with Birmingham in November.
From curious first-timers to die-hard fans and everything in-between, there is truly something for everyone to discover, with a jam-packed programme of celebrity talent, exceptional panels, live performances, independent creators and more. Guests include Harry Potter and Doctor Who star, David Bradley, Pirates of the Caribbean's Kevin McNally, and many more.
For more information visit www.mcmcomiccon.com. Tickets for MCM Comic Con London in May are on sale now, visit www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/en-us/tickets.
Sip free coffee and snap a cheeky selfie
Calling all coffee lovers - cult London coffee brand Grind is officially introducing its 15th UK coffee shop in London's St Pancras International Station on the 16 May. In celebration of its launch, for one day only, Grind is offering St Pancras shop go-ers one free coffee, a gift bag and a photo opportunity with Grind’s top-secret new brand ambassador. Who might you ask? That’s a secret we’ll never tell. Well, not until launch day anyway. Why not head down and see for yourself?
If you can't make the launch, Grind's ethically sourced coffee comes in house blend, light blend, decaf and more - served up in their sleek pink tin that will look great placed on the kitchen counter. Order at Grind.
Enjoy the good weather at King's House Chelsea
With long sunny days finally with us, where better to head than to the outdoor area at the King's House in Chelsea. The 96-cover outdoor garden space has curated an abundance of exciting offerings and events including Boozy Bottomless Brunches' set to the soundtrack of a DJ playing incredible music. This garden oasis is going to be the perfect place for guests to enjoy bank holidays with friends or brunches with family while soaking in the sun and enjoying a series of garden events making it the place to be this Spring and Summer!
Find out more here.
The Cadogan Arms is in full bloom this May
Looking for the perfect spot for sundowners? The Cadogan Arms celebrates the arrival of Chelsea in Bloom with the launch of its floral installation, alfresco drinking area, and summer cocktail menu in partnership with Casamigos. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the floral installation which will adorn The Cadogan Arms entrance and columns along the Kings Road frontage where the new terrace allows guests to sip Casamigos Cocktails inspired by films.
To book, visit thecadoganarms.london
Grab a royally-good treat from The Hummingbird Bakery
Celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III in utmost fashion with sweet treats from The Hummingbird Bakery. Choose from the Union Jack Cupcake Selection Box to the Vanilla Union Jack Cake or make a beeline to the Coronation Chocolate Biscuit Bar to enjoy the festivities in true taste this May.
Mark the momentous Royal occasion with The Red Velvet Stamp Cake with three layers of sponge covered in smooth cream cheese frosting, with piped detail around the edge and the new stamp of King Charles III displayed on top for a truly eye-catching moment. As King Charles III enjoys whiskey, The Hummingbird Bakery is launching Whiskey Bundt Cake; a warming, whiskey-flavoured sponge baked in a classic bundt tin, brushed with a buttery whiskey glaze to finish.
Available for pre-order and collection from one of their five bakeries in London or order online at hummingbirdbakery.com until 8 May.
Take a picnic to Primrose Hill
If May brings sunshine, tube it to Chalk Farm and enjoy a picnic on Primrose Hill whilst soaking up the very best views of the city. Stay until sunset for some glorious alfresco views or brave the early morning to get there as the sun rises over the hill. North London grocer Melrose & Morgan is the best place to get your picnic supplies, and their picnic hampers have long been Primrose Hill's best kept secret - until now. Build your perfect bespoke picnic from their fresh artisan cheeses, charcuterie, savoury and sweet pasties, truffle crisps, chocolate brownies, fresh strawberries and much more! Everything is in the details at Melrose & Morgan, from the eco cutlery to the herringbone blankets - we simply can't imagine a picnic on Primrose Hill without it.
To find out more, visit melroseandmorgan.com
Get acquainted with circuit training
Circuit Society just opened its newest outpost in Bayswater, and if you've never tried one of their high-intensity classes, we seriously recommend booking in ASAP!
No two classes are ever the same, with each bespoke 45-minute session combining cardio and weights for an ultra-challenging class that flies by. The session comprises six stations with six minutes spent at each, so there's no chance of getting bored - plus the trainers are super-encouraging if you start to get tired.
On May 24 the studio is joining forces with Omni Wellness for a super exciting event, with complimentary classes and delicious food on offer, with sessions at 6.30, 7.30 and 9.30AM and 12.30, 6.00 and 7.00PM
Single classes cost £22 or a buddy pack for first-timers (3 classes + 1 buddy credit) is £25, book here.
Embrace Eurovision fever at Barry's Bootcamp
HELLO's favourite boutique fitness studio, Barry's Bootcamp, is getting into the Eurovision spirit, with a series of Eurovision-inspired classes across its UK studios.
Running from Monday 8th to Saturday 13th May, classes include a ridiculously fun Best of Eurovision-themed session, and Eurovision remix-themed class that will have you bopping as you perform burpees.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Decimo at The Standard
This Cinco de Mayo, Michelin-awarded chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias from Decimo at The Standard will welcome chef Fernando Hernández from Moyuelo in Puebla, Mexico for a one-night exclusive dinner to celebrate the famous event.
Alongside the collaborative five-course menu, Casamigos Tequila cocktails will flow and a night of live salsa music and dancing will take place. The chef duo will draw inspiration from traditional Pueblan dishes with Spanish and Mexican flavours, evoking both their specialities. Mingle within Decimo’s 1960s loungey décor, against the backdrop of one of London’s most panoramic views in King’s Cross and dance the night away in a one-off Salsa club.
Tickets are £90 and include a welcome Tommy’s Margarita, five-course collaborative menu and live music. To book, visit the website here.
Tuck into these regal cakes
Whether you're planning a street party or celebrating with family and friends ahead of King Charles III's Coronation at the start of May, there's two regal options to tuck into thanks to Patisserie Valerie. We love the specially designed King's Coronation Cake (£45.95) and their Mini Coronation Cake Box ((£36.95)!
Featuring layers of golden sponge filled with fresh cream and decorated with red, white and blue Swiss meringue buttercream, the cake is topped with a chocolate crown, coronation logo plague and dainty golden macarons. Meanwhile, the six delicious mini cakes are three Victoria sponges with fresh cream and raspberry jam alongside three blueberry & lemon cakes topped with chocolate crowns.
Best luxury things to do in London in May
Book in a mani at Townhouse's latest outpost
Any nail aficionados will know Townhouse is the best of the best when it comes to London nail bars, with locations in Fitzrovia, Harrods and Mayfair, offering incredible manicures and pedicures in luxury surroundings.
Townhouse has just opened their latest outpost in Marble Arch, with the sophisticated space light and airy and ideal for relaxing in while you have your nails tended to. The nail technicians have incredible attention to detail, the best array of colours and the comfiest pedicure chairs we've ever tried.
If you're in central London, why not also try Townhouse Covent Garden? Escape the hustle and bustle of one of the city's most tourist-saturated areas and retreat into the soothing aura of Covent Garden's trendiest nail bar. As always, the nail technicians are most welcoming and offer the best nail upgrades around town. Treat yourself to some dazzling nail art, a classic gel polish or a full set of gel extensions. Having experienced all of the above, we can safely say Townhouse is the place to go for the crème de la crème of manis.
To book, visit townhouse.co.uk
Experience Chinese medicine in luxury surroundings
Head to Shoreditch's most zen hotel, Pan Pacific London, for a relaxing Chinese medicine session.
Led by acclaimed Chinese medicine practitioner, Slavomir Latko, the bespoke treatment begins with a consultation to see which modality is best suited to you, before a heavenly 90-minute treatment, comprising of a combination of sports and medicinal massage, sonic acupuncture, sound therapy, cupping and Daoist abdominal massage.
Post-treatment, relax beside the hotel's incredible infinity pool, with views over the city, before heading home for your most blissed-out sleep ever.
Each treatment is 90 minutes and priced at £250, find out more
Blowdries and cocktails at Duck & Dry
Passoã and Duck & Dry - London’s leading blow dry bar - have teamed up this spring in celebration of the King’s Coronation. From now until Monday 8 May, clients at Duck & Dry will be able to enjoy an exclusive complimentary Passoã cocktail alongside in-salon services, including blow dries, cuts and manicures. Renowned as a key ingredient in the Pornstar Martini, Passoã has created a tropical cocktail, in honour of His Royal Majesty: the Passoã Royale. It will be available at both the Duck & Dry Chelsea and Mayfair salons. duckanddry.com
In Duck & Dry's Islington and Mayfair branches, leave with nails fit for royalty! Take your pick from regal colours and nail art to celebrate the King’s coronation in style. Choose from classic polish, gel, or BIAB manicures - or go the extra mile and add an express, classic, or deluxe pedicure as well.
To book, visit www.duckanddry.com
Take time for yourself with a medically proven facial
Elenique Skin Clinic is the UK’s leading Skin Clinic on Fulham Road, with the lovely Elena sharing her magical, yes we do mean magical, skin powers with the world! The clinic offers a large choice of advanced non-surgical skin treatments and skincare products. It has built an outstanding reputation for high-quality client care and has many celebrity clients, as well as many loyal clients who travel from across London and internationally. From in depth advanced skin consultations to non-surgical skin resurfacing and rejuvenating treatments, this clinic uses only medically proven and FDA approved technologies. If you’re looking for a treatment that really works, head here.
To book, visit here
Head to the UK's first 360 aesthetic & wellness destination
Located in Nine Elms' decadent Embassy Gardens you'll find Remedi London, a state of the art wellness space that has everything you need to leave you feeling zen and looking amazing. Founded by aesthetic doctor Nima Mahmoodi and integrated medicine practitioner Yasmin Shirazi, you can take your pick from science-backed treatments and biohacking therapies, which will address a host of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs. Think cryotherapy, infrared saunas, sound baths and much more, all surrounded by impossibly chic interiors.
To book, visit remedilondon.com
Tuck into a London-themed Afternoon Tea
The Dilly has been embracing London in all its glory in the lead-up and aftermath of King Charles III's coronation - and we are all here for it! The popular luxury hotel in the capital has put on a show-stopping afternoon tea celebrating London's most iconic landmarks, which have been created by top bakers in edible - and tasty - forms. The famous red phone box has been crafted from melt-in-the-mouth lemon and poppy seed cake while a gold coated Big Ben tastes like a chocolate cremuex with salted caramel on a chocolate base. Sometimes afternoon teas miss out on a range of savoury options - but not at The Dilly.
There is not only a vegetarian menu, but a vegan one too, all with a wide range of sandwich options. These include roasted vegetables and hummus on rustic onion bread, guacamole and quinoa on country malt bread and cucumber coconut cream cheese on white bread. Those wishing for something alongside tea - we recommend the Mango Mocktail tea bag - can also opt for a glass or bottle of bubbles - starting at £14 a glass.
To book, visit here
Relax with a Korean-beauty inspired facial
Love Korean-beauty? Make sure you plan a visit to Dr Jack's Clinic on Ebury Street, home to the SkinTech Studio, an innovative facial bar offering a range of Korean-inspired bespoke skin treatments. Designed by Dr. Jack and Head Aesthetician Izabela Pawlitka, this facial is not one to miss! Combining various treatments into one, it is every beauty lover's best-kept secret. Harnessing tried-and-tested, award-winning techniques from the flagship and supercharging them with innovations from all corners of the world, to rejuvenate the complexion, optimise skin health and deliver an instant and long-lasting glow. An unbeatable glow, and watch all your blackheads disappear. Ask for facialist Iris if you can, she is a master at her craft.
Get a Tarot reading
Fancy the time to check in with yourself? Why not book a visit to The Wellness Foundry where you can unlock the power of spiritual healing and discover a path to greater well-being to help restore balance and promote deep healing for your mind, body and spirit. The new well-being location now offers four different healing modalities: Crystal Healing, Reiki Healing, Spiritual Energy Healing and Sound Baths along with Tarot reading and angel reading.
For more information, visit wellnessfoundry.co.uk
Best restaurants to visit in London in May
Enjoy the relaunched German Gymnasium
While the name might bring the idea of exercise to your mind, this iconic venue is actually a fine dining eatery and a fresh relaunch has seen a menu and cocktail redesign, courtesy of the incredibly talented chef, Alexander Thiel. Expect dishes such as Gefüllte Paprikaschote mit Letscho (Roast Stuffed Red Bell Pepper, Courgetti Rice, Shallots & Herbs, Red Pepper, Tomato & Paprika Sauce), and Forelle mit Mandlebutter (Pan Fried Whole River Trout, Caper, Parsley & Almond Butter).
Guests can soak up the impressive high-ceilinged grandeur of the Grade 2 listed historical building as you sit at low tables, or perch at the bar, enjoying the masterful offering of signature cocktails, that Jerome Orive, the Head Bartender has curated.
To book visit here.
Eat southern comfort food in luxury surroundings
The most opulent, glamorous interiors meet homely, comforting southern American food at Americana, a super Instagrammable new restaurant just steps from Piccadilly Circus.
Eat southern American fare including gumbo, cornbread and chilli, under twinkling chandeliers, while sipping one of the delicious cocktails. We tried the Texas Lemonde and can't recommend it enough, plus the artichoke dip is not to be missed. Moments from theatreland, Americana makes for the perfect pre-show dinner, plus they have a late menu too if you fancy a bite post-show.
To book, visit Americana.com
Soak up the sunshine on Southbank with tapas at La Gamba
It's hard to walk past La Gamba and not be lured in by the sun-soaked terrace and smell of sizzling garlic prawns. Brought to London by the brothers behind Borough Market's famous Applebee's Fish, this riverside restaurant has perfected the flavoursome flare of Spanish cuisine. I once read that a hack for determining if a tapas restaurant is good is by the quality of their 'patatas bravas.' I'm not sure if there's any credibility in that claim, but I can tell you that La Gamba certainly know their alioli when it comes to finessing small plates.
Expect all the classics of a traditional tapas menu, with several dishes offering a delicious twist inspired by the north-western Galician region of Spain where Head Chef Juan Cabarcos grew up. Highlights include the melt-in-the-mouth Croquetas de Jamon Iberico, glossy pickled anchovies in olive oil and the Galician octopus. Don't miss their fruit-laden white sangria, which makes for super sweet sipping as you lap up the last of the sun on Southbank.
To book, vist www.lagambalondon.com
Experience Michelin-star dining at Seven Park Place by William Drabble
Tucked behind the bustling streets of Mayfair is Seven Park Place, William Drabble's elegant fine dining restaurant showcasing the best of seasonal British produce. From silky hand-dived scallops to poached native lobster-tail and seared lamb with vibrant seasonal greens, each dish is perfectly presented and served in the heady dining room of St James' Hotel & Club.
The seven-course Gourmand menu is culinary art at its finest, with elegant French cuisine and expert Sommeliers delivering a perfect combination of seasonal dishes and wine.
To book, visit www.stjameshotelandclub.com/en/restaurant-seven-park-place
Sip cocktails at The Refinery Bankside by Drake & Morgan x Aperol
Transporting you to the Italian Riviera, The Refinery Bankside’s Escape Into An Italian Summer terrace by Drake & Morgan in partnership with Aperol boasts a stunning arch made of bright orange Italian bougainvillea flowers – perfect to capture *that* Insta-worthy moment against the vibrant flower wall and twinkling fairy lights. Sip on classic spritzes, an Aperol and Rosé Summer Sangria, or go all-out with an Aperol Spritz Sharing Tree perfect for sharing with friends. In true Italian style, enjoy aperitivo with gorgeous small plates such as tempura samphire served with a side of wakame aioli or a Napoli flatbread, with a spritz in hand.
To book, visit here
Sky high sipping with Whispering Angel
Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden, has teamed up with everyone’s favourite rosé and world-renowned wine brand, Whispering Angel, to launch London’s hottest new springtime sipping spot. A welcome escape from the bustle of the city and 37 floors up in the clouds, the fine dining restaurant’s spacious terrace will be adorned with luscious foliage and cascading florals whilst offering spectacular views of London’s city skyline, crisp rosé wines from Whispering Angel and food from Head Chef Kerth Gumbs. The BBQ whisky glazed chicken wings are seriously incredible, paired perfectly with everyone’s favourite rosé!
To book, visit here
Enjoy Caviar Bumps and Cocktail Trolleys at Park Chinois
Park Chinois, London’s most opulent Asian restaurant and home to the best Dim Sum in Mayfair is launching their new and unique Park Chinois Brunch this month. Taking place every Saturday from 12-5 pm in Club Chinois for £120 guests can expect a three-course menu with mouth-watering dishes such as handcrafted dim sum and Wagyu beef alongside half a bottle of champagne. However, this year, Park Chinois is ensuring brunch remains as decadent as ever by introducing a series of never seen before additions including caviar bumps served on silver trays and a roaming Moulin Rouge Cocktail Trolley, both feeding their way from table to table. Live performers and DJs will also be on hand to bring the weekend to life.
To book visit: parkchinois.com
Level up your lunch game at Comptoir Libanais
If you love freshly made pittas and vibrant, zesty salads then try Comptoir Libanais, a tasty Lebanese eatery. May welcomes an eclectic fusion of flavourful new dishes on the Comptoir Libanais menu, including a spring refresh on a selection of their much-loved hot and cold mezzes. Perfect to level up your lunch game, new items include Tony’s Hommos - a twist on the traditional creamy chickpea dip topped with crispy cauliflower and lightly spiced Yemen salsa, served with toasted warm flatbreads (a HELLO! favourite). Don't miss the Spinach & Feta Borek, a delicious baked feta and onion in a flakey filo pastry parcel served with Kalamata olives, tomato and spiced yoghurt sauce - enough to transport you to a favourite holiday destination.
To order, Comptoir Libanais has several London locations available on Deliveroo or at www.comptoirlibanais.com
Enjoy a Taste of Greece in the Heart of Notting Hill at Vori
Reminiscent of Greek tavernas with a contemporary twist, this neighbourhood destination pays homage to Greece's culinary traditions with a family-style menu featuring a variety of big and small plates including Kokkinisto - slow-cooked beef shin, Kleftiko - slow-cooked lamb shank and an indulgent Cretan Cheesecake.In addition to the delicious food, Vori Greek Kitchen offers an extensive selection of indigenous Greek wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails, with choices including a unique Peloponnese Negroni, Vori Margarita and an all-Greek Gin and Tonic.Whether you're looking for lunch, a romantic dinner, or a fun meal out with friends, Vori is the perfect spot to experience the authentic taste of Greece in the heart of London.
To book visit: vorigreekitchen
Grab a chippy
Located just off the bustling streets of London's Oxford Street, The Mayfair Chippy is the perfect place to tuck into some indulgent seafood in between your shopping experience. Here you can devour indulgent seafood with a menu that features a variety of classic dishes including the Mayfair Classic Fish & Chips, Loaded Chips and Heritage Beetroot Salad. Founded in 2015 by Jamie Jones, Pete Taylor & George Hammer, The Mayfair Chippy is a luxury fast-casual restaurant with an emphasis on great British classics. This site has become one of London’s top destinations for British fare and is one of the highest-grossing restaurants per square foot in London. It has been awarded an AA Rosette and Michelin guide accreditation since opening.
Book a visit, here mayfairchippy.com
Soak up (pretend) Californian sun at Feels Like June
Located in Canary Wharf’s Wood Wharf, Feels Like June offers a range of small sharing plates, large dishes and innovative colourful cocktails, with bright flavours, summer feels and a Europe-meets-West Coast flair. It features a modern airy space with a striking oval shaped bar, a central kitchen, lush planting and an understated colour palette that perfectly reflects the natural beauty and warmth of the Golden state.
With a farm-to-table ethos, this West Coast-inspired eatery uses organic ingredients supplied by local farm partners to create its delicious, recognisable versions of California classics. From small sharing plates including Cacio E Pepe Tater Tots and Padron Peppers to large dishes for one including Grilled Seabass and the FLJ smash burger. The all-day menu is complete with Feels Like June’s decadent 'Taco Bar', offering a range of tacos from pulled Beef Brisket to Veggie, refried black beans. Our favourites? The steak and Red Scarlet cocktail.
Playing homage to its West Coast heritage, drinks at Feels Like June feature a bright and tropical theme, offering visitors that year-round-holiday vibe that’s oh so sought after in the big city. Perfect for a working lunch or catch up with friends!
Sip cocktails in the sunshine, at Clays new Terrace on the Thames
Nestled in the heart of Canary Wharf, Clays brand new terrace will be open every day and offer guests the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in a slice of countryside tranquility complete with lush foliage, soft florals and relaxed lounge furniture in subtle shades of blush pink and green. Guests can while away the hours sipping on Clays' signature clarified cocktails and taking in the stunning views of the Thames before putting their clay shooting skills to the test and heading inside for a fun-filled game with friends.
To book visit: clays.bar
Party the night away with Amazónico's legendary Noche Tardiva
Commencing on Friday 5th of May, Amazónico, the Latin American restaurant in Berkeley Square, is bringing back its famous late-night Noche Tardiva parties with special international guest DJs. Descend to the underground Club to experience a Friday night like no other and dance the night away from 11pm until 3am at one of Mayfair’s most exclusive venues. Kicking off the summer season is renowned Italian house and tech DJs Jude & Frank on 5th May as a bank holiday special. The next dates for the diary are Friday 9th June and Friday 7th July where Amazónico will welcome Paris-born Selena Faider on 7th July - one of France’s brightest rising stars, known for her energy-fuelled sets and diverse selection of vocal melodies.
To book visit: amazonicorestaurant.com
Go for dinner with a view at The Aviary
Situated on the rooftop of the Montcalm Hotel, offering a magnificent view of the city, Aviary welcomes guests to indulge in the best of British produce and signature cocktails with unbeatable views across the city. Their latest menu profiles the best of British produce, provenance, and seasonality. Diners can begin their experience sharing dishes including; Maldon Sea salt Padron Peppers, Smoked cod’s roe polenta chips and Anchovy soldiers, along with freshly caught Oysters sourced from the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands. Starters include a range of dishes including Tuna tataki, House cured and smoked duck, Lobster cocktail crumpet and Salt & pepper chilli squid with sweet chilli sauce - but our favourite was the beef tartare.
Directly from Billingsgate market, their fish is caught by the Wright Brothers for diners to choose from fresh seafood including, Scottish halibut cockles, King Prawn and baby squid taglioni and the Market fish of the day. And, for the summer, the restaurant will be partnering with Whispering Angel rosé to create an exclusive summer terrace - perfect for golden hour!
Go for a South American feast
Executive Chef George Scott-Toft has created menus at YOPO inspired by South American cuisine and his travels through Argentina, Chile and Peru. From indigenous Amazonian ingredients, to low-intervention Argentinian wines and traditional dishes perfected over generations, YOPO is a feast of food and culture.
Exporting the bold flavours of Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima and bringing them to London, YOPO showcases these alongside the very finest seasonal and regional produce available. Much of South American culture is about gathering together and we encourage guests to start their experience at YOPO with a selection of sharing plates.
YOPO is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the lounge, with its own entrance on Newman Street, is open all day with a light snack menu and coffee and lunches available for take away.
Have a cocktail with a CBD twist at St Martins Lane
St Martins Lane has partnered with CBD and drinks brand, TRIP CBD to launch its charming summer terrace, lining the side of the hotel and offering al-fresco seating for up to 28 guests. TRIP CBD is partnering on the activation and has collaborated with St Martins Lane’s talented mixologists to create a menu of refreshing cocktails, alongside a carefully paired menu of summer dishes. Guests will be directed through the stylish hotel lobby to the beautifully decorated terrace, highlighted by a striking, branded neon sign.
Visitors can choose from a menu of light dishes, with dishes including: Spiced Gazpacho with watermelon, pomegranate, sumac and mint sorbet and Tempura Soft Shell Crab with avocado puree, pickled black radish and lotus root to start. Mains include Beef Fillet with confit carrot, mushrooms, ketchup and onion dust; Atlantic Cod with roesti, pea puree, anchovy caper relish and squid ink tuille and Pea and Shallot Ravioli with charred cauliflower and harissa emulsion. Seasonal salads are also available. Guests looking to complete their visit with something sweet can enjoy Mascarpone Pannacotta with rosemary, lychee granita, raspberry and rose tea or a Peach Tart with mango, coconut oil and ube ice cream.
Info and booking: book.ennismore.com/hotels/originals/st-martins-lane
Enjoy a nutritious salad bowl at Atis
For a nourishing lunch with all your favourite ingredients, head to Atis to pick up one of the nutritious salad bowls from the new spring menu. With choices from hot and cold bowls as well as make-your-own options, Atis' delicious bowls are packed with flavour and goodness to feel full all afternoon.
Atis has locations across London including Canary Wharf, Shoreditch, Notting Hill and Belgravia - and the bowl bar opens its doors to its new branch at Boroughs Yard this month.
To order for delivery or collection visit www.atisfood.com
Enjoy a doughnut feast with Krispy Kreme
No matter how old we get, Krispy Kreme's allure never gets old. With stores dotted all over London, Krispy Kreme ensures that a delectable sweet treat is never far away. Whether you fancy a crave-satisfying sugary snack or want to place a mega doughnut order for an event, Krispy Kreme are more than happy to accommodate. Check out the company's Sports Legend Dozen - perfect for any sporting enthusiasts, the Deep Space Dozen, Really Wild Dozen, the Vegan Selection Dozen and so much more.
To order, visit krispykreme.co.uk
Best day trips to do in May
Cruise to Hampton Court Palace
Take a riverside trip along the Royal Route of King Henry VIII, and enjoy a picturesque journey to a 500-year-old palace with this Hampton Court Palace River Cruise for Two. From Westminster Pier you’ll weave past the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster, heading through the city towards Hampton Court Palace. Through locks and under bridges you’ll see a different side of London, all whilst you relax on your lazy three-hour cruise. At Hampton Court Palace you’ll have time to take in over half a millennium of history, exploring at your leisure, following a guide or with a free audio guide. Look out for Tudor architecture, beautiful gardens, Henry VII’s apartments and even a maze to get lost in – there’s plenty of intriguing things to discover here, all as part of a wonderful London day out.
To book, visit Virgin Experience Days
Fancy escaping London? Experience Blenheim Palace
Planning a visit to Blenheim Palace? Then head to their new unique glass restaurant while the Orangery undergoes essential restoration work. Clementine's on the Lawn is a beautiful glass structure with a special view across the South Lawn to the Palace. The dining place offers an experience like no other, whilst you take in the view, indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea of fresh sandwiches, warm scones, and a variety of luxurious sweet treats. Throughout May, Clementine's on the Lawn will be serving a special Coronation-themed afternoon tea for guests to enjoy. Blenheim Palace has also opened The Lost Garden - a fantastic new £3.6 million outdoor adventure experience, and the biggest family-themed attraction in the Palace's history. The Lost Garden is a series of immersive interconnecting zones with secret chambers, clamber nets, tunnels, slides, rope bridges - and giant carrots! Covering a site larger than a football pitch, it celebrates the rich heritage of the 18th century Baroque Palace, inspired by real-life features.
For more information, visit www.blenheimpalace.com
Enjoy art alongside retail therapy at Bicester Village
Internationally renowned environmental artist Steve Messam has brought Bicester Village to life with a series of signature inflatable installations named Encounters. Until the end of June, these giant, colourful artworks areintegrated into the Village’s buildings, offering guests a chance for a brief encounter with art as they shop. Coinciding with the timings of the Coronation of King Charles III, Pride and the much-awaited British spring/summer season, Encounters will provide an additional touch of fun and playfulness to guests during their day out.
Working on a scale that is typically ‘bigger than a house’, Steve Messam’s works explore the colour and scale of place. His recent large-scale textile works include a suite of temporary follies at Fountains Abbey – a UNESCO World Heritage site in North Yorkshire – and WWII bunkers filled with inflatable forms along the coast of Denmark.
If you're planning a big shopping trip - it's definitely worth a visit to see them in person!
Unmissable events happening in London
Get tickets to visit Ed Gamble and James Acaster's dream restaurant
Calling all Off Menu fans, podcast hosts Ed Gamble and James Acaster are finally bringing the dream restaurant to life for the first time with a UK and Ireland tour. Since launching in December 2018, Off Menu has become one of the biggest podcasts in the country and was an instant success, winning multiple awards, regularly topping the podcast charts and racking up over 120 million downloads. In 2019 and 2020, it was nominated for Best Comedy Podcast at the British Podcast Awards.
With dates from October - November 2023 stretching from Birmingham to Brighton, including a glittering extra night at the London Palladium, Ed and James will quiz a guest about their dream cuisine live on stage.
To book, visit offmenupodcast.co.uk, Ticketmaster or SeeTickets for availability.
Head to One Hundred Shoreditch to unwind
Ahead of Balance Festival (taking place just steps away from the hotel) and in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, One Hundred Shoreditch will be hosting a variety of health and wellbeing activities on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May. Kicking off with PWER. By London Fitness Guy - an hour-long fitness class with James Stirling on Saturday 13th May from 11am-12pm; then on Sunday, join Michael James Wong for a Balance Presents: Just Breathe class from 11am-12pm. The ticket includes either of the classes and bottomless brunch for 1.5 hours.
To book visit here
Get into your groove at Wellnergy Festival
A true haven for health and fitness fans, Grace Beverley, Alice Liveing and Dr Alex George are among the headline presenters at Wellnergy Festival, an all-new life, soul and mind-enriching experience set to debut on 17 June 2023 at Barn Elms in London.
This high-energy festival encompasses everything from fitness and nutrition to yoga and mental health workshops, including an unmissable lineup of music that brings together the best in melodic techno, house and tech with the serene soundscapes of magical fusion of electronic sounds from Parallelle, fresh techno from Magit Cacoon and a closing set from Patrice Bäumel to finish the day.
Tickets start at just £65 and are available now. Visit, www.wellnergy.co.uk
Attend a two-day dance extravaganza at Fulham Palace
Live at the Palace is a two-day dance music extravaganza at the stunning grounds of Fulham Palace this May. Featuring electronic music giants Ministry of Sound Classical, the titanic DJ duo Groove Armada, and many more special guests. Music lovers can delight at a Ministry of Sound Classical take over on Saturday 27 May with The Shapeshifters, Tall Paul, K-Klas and Seamus Hajim whilst Sunday 28 May will welcome a special headline DJ set from Groove Armada who are joined by Dave Lee, ZR, Ashley Beedle, Lou Hayter and Raw Silk.
For tickets, visit robomagiclive.com/live-at-the-palace-may-weekend
Get tickets for Soul Town Festival
Soul Town Festival is the most authentic soul, disco, Motown and reggae celebration in the UK. It offers two magical days with more than 65 artists, over 40 food vendors as well as dancers, rides, attractions, live steel bands, face painting, glitter stalls, hair braiding, fashion and craft stalls and so much more. The new location is a beautiful lush green space in Beckenham with more bars, more staff, more toilets and improved disabled access and viewing points.
Get the best ticket deals at soultownfestival.com
Experience the best of electronic music at Creamfields South
With festival season just around the corner, the countdown is on for Creamfields South which returns to Hylands Park, Essex on May Bank Holiday weekend. Featuring an almighty lineup of some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz, Carl Cox and so many more, you'll be spoilt for choice. There will also be a variety of arena hosts bringing their own flavour including Jamie Jones as the master of ceremonies for Paradise and Patrick Topping and friends at the helm for Trick on Saturday and Sunday respectively, all of whom will be taking over the award-winning Runway presented by SHEIN superstructure for its South debut this year. And following an effervescent debut in 2022, The Garden Party are back as Hospitality hosts, bringing their good vibes, dancers, disco balls and a troupe of unique performers delivering the perfect classic house and soul-infused soundtrack across the weekend.
Creamfields South runs from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th May 2023. Tickets on sale now at www.creamfieldssouth.com
Geek out at MCM Comic Con London
Calling all superfans, MCM Comic Con is returning to ExCeL London from 26th to 28th May. From curious first timers to die-hard fans and everything in-between, all are welcome to come and experience this jam-packed programme of celebrity talent, live performances, independent creator stalls and more. Plus children aged ten and under go free as long as they're accompanied by an adult ticketholder at all times. For those with a fascination for fantasy films and TV shows, Harry Potter and Doctor Who star David Bradley will be attending on Friday and Saturday, What We Do In The Shadows' Harvey Guillén and Kayvan Novak will be there on Saturday and Sunday, and the weekend will also see appearances from some of the cast of Our Flag Means Death. For a full list of guests including more from the worlds of anime, comics and gaming, click here.
Tickets for the long weekend full of fun and fandom can be bought here: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/en-us/tickets.html
Become a detective for the day with Ardbeg's immersive experience
Transport yourself to the graphic novel universe of Planet Ardbeg for an immersive experience inspired by the new release Ardbeg’s limited edition single malt scotch whisky - Heavy Vapours. Based around the 40-page sci-fi anthology that was released last year, Planet Ardbeg Day, guests are plunged into the world of 'Detective Noir' to discover the mystery of the missing purifier through a series of activies.
Solving riddles and cracking codes through the Planet Ardbeg graffiti, working with an investigative journalist in the Ardbeg Times office and whiskey tasting with Agent 46, the unique experience will make for an action-packed day out.
Planet Ardbeg Day 2023 celebrations will take place on Saturday 3rd June 2023 at The Light Bar, 233 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ from 2-7pm. Tickets are priced at £40, and will include admission to the event, three delicious Ardbeg whisky cocktails, participation in all activities including the Heavy Vapours tasting, and food from ‘Shortie’s Smokehouse’.
For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planet-ardbeg-day-2023-london-tickets-617625643927
A night to remember with SISTER SLEDGE
Following their incredible and lauded sold-out headline of London’s Roundhouse in December, SISTER SLEDGE have announced their return to the capital for a blistering summer show. The one-night-only event will see the family band headline the iconic Royal Albert Hall for a not to be missed Sledgendary event on Thursday 8 June!
We may only be in May, but if you want to experience their greatest hits including ‘Lost In Music’, ‘Thinking Of You, ‘We Are Family’ and many more, tickets are on sale now via RoyalAlbertHall.com and SeeTickets.com starting from £34.50. There will be hospitality packages available to suit all budgets.
Parkinson’s UK Catwalk to a Cure 2023
Get your fashion fix and support a good cause at Parkinson’s UK's Catwalk to a Cure, a star-studded fashion and entertainment show at Proud Embankment, London on Tuesday 16 May 2023. Curated by model and influencer Charlotte Edwards, Catwalk to a Cure sees models living with Parkinson’s take to the runway, as well as unmissable performances from a host of acts. Tickets are available from £30 and money raised will help raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.
To buy your ticket, or to find out more about the event, visit events.parkinsons.org.uk/event/catwalk-to-a-cure
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