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All Points East

All Points East, 2018, photo: Derek Bremner

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All Points East
Gala Festival
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing
Jerk & Beyond
Feria De Londres
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Untangling the Tracks
Victoria: Woman and Crown and A Royal Childhood
KERB: Jam on Rye
Foodies Festival, Syon Park
 

 

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: 21st to 25th May 2019

 

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. 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. Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show, is the finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows.

 
 
 

All Points East

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

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 2nd June 2019

 

After a successful debut in summer 2018, All Points East is back for a rocking ten-day summer music festival, taking place over two May and June weekends at Victoria Park. To kick things off, there's a three-day music festival with appearances from headliners The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip and Primal Scream on Friday as well as Christine and the Queens on Sunday. 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 shows with Bring Me The Horizon, the rock band from Sheffield, headlining on Friday 31st May while American indie folk band Bon Iver bring the festival to a close on Sunday.

 
 
 

Gala Festival

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

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: Sunday 26th May 2019

 

Chicago icon Honey Dijon headlines the main stage at Peckham one-dayer, Gala which kicks off the summer with a disco focused festival on the late May Bank Holiday Sunday at Peckham Rye Park. Honey is joined by fellow Windy City native Chez Damier as well as Midland, Gerd Janson, Auntie Flo and more. GALA mainstays Crazy P return to play live with DJs Raw Silk and Dan Shake playing more disco sounds along with notorious digger Nick The Record. New for 2019, Peckham's newest culinary hotspot, Levan, hosts an on-site restaurant along with food from Made of Dough, Other Side Fried and Only Jerkin who specialise in big Caribbean flavours. Honest Burger also return while local microbrewery Brick Brewery moves its tap room to the park.

 
 
 

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 24th May to 13th October 2019

 

To celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago, the Royal Collection, which owns the world's "most eye-popping hoard of his graphic works" (The Guardian), is staging 12 simultaneous exhibitions nationwide. While other host cities display 12 drawings, London gets over 200 sketches in Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from May. The beauty of these preparatory works is that they are well preserved, not restored or painted over nor executed by his assistants. "They are pure clear windows on his mind," says The Guardian, "many with his notes in his reversed handwriting interspersed among the images." A wonderful way to celebrate the great Renaissance artist, scientist, engineer and inventor.

 
 
 

Jerk & Beyond

Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, London, E1 6DW

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th May 2019

 

Add a bit of spice to your late May bank holiday weekend with the brand-new Jerk & Beyond Caribbean food festival. Taking over Old Spitalfields Market for three days, the festival has been curated by Sham Mahabir, the man behind the popular Trinidadian Limin bar and restaurant in Spitalfields, and will show that there's more to Caribbean food than just jerk chicken and rice and peas. A line-up of innovative dishes from Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana will be served up alongside island rums from Plantation and a programme of music and dance from Notting Hill Carnival's Bacchanalia Mas band.

 
 
 
 

Feria De Londres

Bernie Spain Gardens, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th, 25th and 26th May 2019

 

Bringing a taste of Andalusian carnival spirit to London, Spanish festival Feria De Londres returns for its third year on the late May bank holiday weekend. Colourful casetas will pop up in the aptly named Bernie Spain Gardens on the South Bank and will serve a whole manner of Spanish tapas and refreshing cocktails alongside a programme of tasting workshops, Flamenco dance shows, interactive activities and live Spanish music. Dancers from London's best flamenco schools will lead the Sevillana dance lessons and flamenco rhythm workshops, which will include family friendly activities like face painting, fan making and kids flamenco dance lessons. Drinks on offer include ice-cold Iberian beers and fine regional wines alongside Feria cocktails and sherry tasting masterclasses.

 
 
 

Untangling the Tracks

London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BB

Tube: Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 24th May 2019 to 31st May 2020

 

The London Transport Museum looks at the history of the Thameslink train line with its new exhibition, Untangling the Tracks. Tracing the history of the route from 1866 through to the recent £7 billion modernisation programme, the exhibition shows how the line has developed over the years and how modern infrastructure allows for millions of passengers to travel on the route each year - something that would have been an unimaginable feat for the Victorians who founded and ran the original railway. Visitors will be able to discover how the modernisation programme has transformed the route and untangled the tracks, which now run into a completely rebuilt London Bridge station. A number of vintage transport posters also go on display and the exhibition provides the chance to solve and Untangling the Tracks puzzle by navigating trains into the correct platforms.

 
 
 

Victoria: Woman and Crown and A Royal Childhood

Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: From 24th May 2019

 

A major new exhibition at Kensington Palace, Victoria: Woman and Crown delves into the Queen's private life, looking beyond her carefully managed public persona. Hosted in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, the exhibition will explore how she balanced her roles as a wife and mother with her position of the matriarch of an expanding empire. Rare pieces of clothing from her wardrobe, including a simple cotton petticoat and a pair of fashionable silver boots, show a stark contrast to the black gowns she became famous for wearing in later life and give an insight into her younger years while examples of her personal diaries explore her complex love affair with India and her friendship with Maharajah Duleep. This exhibition runs concurrently with Victoria: A Royal Childhood.

 
 
 

KERB: Jam on Rye

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

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: Monday 27th May 2019

 

Milkshake singer and RnB superstar Kelis headlines Jam on Rye as the chilled out music festival returns to Peckham Rye Park for a second year. She'll be performing hits like Milkshake, Trick Me and Millionaire in a carnival-like show on the second Bank Holiday in May. Brought to you by street food specialists KERB, the festival mixes fresh flavours and local traders with live music. There are four stages of music on offer, reflecting London's vibrant melting-pot of cultures and showcasing undiscovered local talent. Expect reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz, served with a side order of top London street food traders, summer cocktails, talks and family activities.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th May 2019

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring bringing MasterChef finalists and famous chefs to leafy west London on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. This year's line-up of culinary elite includes MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou and Celebrity MasterChef winner John Partridge along with Jose Pizarro, Richard Bainbridge, Valentina Harris and Dhruv Baker. With workshops, over 20 street food outlets, the Pimms Teapot, a live music stage and cookery classes for kids as well as garden games and crafting there's a lot to get your teeth stuck into.

 
 
 

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