21 of the best things to do in London this weekend (10-12 May) 2019 from Dulwich Festival to Wimbledon Art Fair and a second chance to see the Sony World Photography Awards
Lead image: Dorsett Discoveries is your second chance to some of the best bits of theSony World Photographer 2019 Awards (photo: Nicolas Boyer, France, Winner, Open Competition, Travel)
1 Dulwich Festival and Artists’ Open House
The much-loved Dulwich Festival is back again this year from 10-19 May with a programme covering everything from music to art. Events will be taking place all over Dulwich this month with some highlights of the line-up including a street art walk in East Dulwich on 11 May and a poetry reading with Caleb Femi, Yomi Sode and others on 19 May. The end of the week long festival will also culminate with the annual Dulwich Park Fair in Dulwich Park on Sunday 19 May with a great line-up including a fun fair, interactive performances and a dog show.
2 Little Bangkok Thai Street Food Festival at Greyhound Café, Fitzrovia
The Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia will host a Little Bangkok food festival this month. The street food market will be serving up Thai classics with a twist of Greyhound Café’s signature playful creativity to launch their summer terrace. Inspired by the colourful and chaotic streets of the Thai capital, the birthplace of Greyhound, the restaurant’s terrace will be transformed into an ode to the famed Thai street food markets and food bazaars found in Bangkok.
Greyhound Café, 37 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3LZ; greyhoundcafe.uk
3 London Craft Week, across London
London Craft Week takes people on a journey of discovery into the capital’s most creative spaces – from the smallest off-the-beaten-track atelier to the storied livery halls of ancient makers’ guilds and the Houses of Parliament – as hundreds of locations around London give themselves over to the celebration of craftsmanship. The packed calendar of events includes behind-the-scenes demonstrations, hands-on craft workshops and a programme of talks, interviews and discussions featuring some of the most fascinating individuals in craft today.
4 The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Hampstead Heath with an exciting showcase of the best in emerging and established creative talent, priced from just £100 up to £6,000. As well as showcasing the latest art trends for 2019, the fair will shine a spotlight on work using the most innovative techniques. Highlights include a pop-up cinema screening of The Ponds about outdoor swimming as well as the chance to create your own relief print with the popular Print Studio. Tickets £10-£25 (concs £8 – £13).
Hampstead Heath, Lower Fairground Site NW3 1TH; affordableartfair.com
5 Wimbledon Art Fair, various locations
Wimbledon Art Fair offers a rare chance to discover and buy art directly from 150 of London’s top artists and makers. From painting to ceramics, photography to fashion, meet the creative masterminds behind the works in their natural habitats as they open their private studios to the public for four days. The event takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, which has two buildings, eight floors and 150 private studios to explore. Admission is free.
10 Riverside Yard, Wimbledon SW17 0BB; wimbledonartfair.com
6 Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself at Ovalhouse, Kennington
Bella Heesom’s show Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself will be having its first full length run at London’s Ovalhouse this month. The synopsis of the show says that brain and clitoris will spar for power in a new comic exploration of female sexuality. Already being developed for TV by the producers behind Killing Eve, the show is sure to be an exciting one.
Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval SE11 5SW; ovalhouse.com
7 Dorsett Discoveries: Sony World Photography 2019 exhibition, Dorsett Shepherds Bush
Dorsett Hospitality International, one of Asia’s fastest-growing international hotel groups, has partnered with the Sony World Photography Awards to create an exclusive exhibition featuring award-winning images carefully curated by Dorsett Hotels. The exhibition, opening at Dorsett Shepherds Bush on 9 May, will showcase 15 award-winning images from the Sony World Photography Awards’ Open competition and National Awards programme. The full 2019 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition closed on 6 May, so this is a great chance to catch a glimpse of the world’s top photography talent if you missed it first time round.
58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, White City W12 8QE; dorsetthotels.com/SWPA
8 Barnes Literature Festival, across Barnes
Celebrating its fifth birthday, Barnes Children’s Literature Festival is back this month, attracting some of the UK’s best authors and illustrators for a fun-filled weekend for children of all ages. Visitors can expect a stellar line up including the author of the Charlie and Lola stories, Lauren Child, as well as master story tellers like Judith Kerr, Michael Rosen, David Almond, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Francesca Simon. In total there will be more than 80 fun events and numerous free activities for young book fans and their families.
9 We Love Cheese, Battersea Power Station
We Love Cheese is the free festival for cheese lovers returning this spring to Battersea Power Station. This year’s festival is promised to be bigger and better than ever as it expands to two days and partners with Vagabond’s Urban Winery for the very first time. You can expect delicious food from Mac To The Future’s signature mac’n’cheese to The Toasty Badger’s oozy toasties. There will also be music and entertainment for kids and adults alike with live performances, a craft area for little ones and the return of the Wheel of Cheese to be in with a chance of winning special prizes.
Battersea Power Station SW11 8EZ; eat-me-drink-me.co.uk/we-love-cheese
10 Art Deco Fair, Eltham Palace
The Art Deco Fair, held twice a year at Eltham Palace since 2002, returns this month with an abundance of vintage stalls to satisfy the most ardent shopper. Surround yourself with Art Deco decadence and sample the splendour of the thrilling 30s while taking an opulent journey into Eltham Palace’s past. Look out for traders like Hilary Conquy, who has been exhibiting at the fair for the past four years selling costume jewellery dating from 1900-1940, with the odd Christian Dior piece. There’s also Stephen Hazell-Smith, who sells Swedish glass from Orrefors, Kosta and Stromberg Hytten of the Art Deco period.
Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE; english-heritage.org.uk
11 National Doughnut Week, across London
National Doughnut Week, which marks its 28th year in 2019, is more than just a wonderful excuse for gluttony, it’s actually all for a good cause – this rather special week in May encourages bakers, coffee shops, offices, schools and more to sell doughnuts to raise funds for The Children’s Trust. Start the week the right way by getting your hands on one of a thousand FREE doughnuts available from Whole Foods Market in Kensington on Monday 13 May – check out the link to your right for further info. For the full list of participants, visit the NDW website (below).
12 I Am Bateman: The Relations, Notting Hill
Until 11 May
Fictitious collector couple Mrs & Mr Bateman are opening up their world for you to explore with I Am Bateman: The Relations, a unique installation co-created by artist Selena Beaudry, vintage fashion dealer Clemmie Myers and interiors designer Natalie Tredgett. All based in Notting Hill, the trio wanted to create a new experience combining their three disciplines with a unique immersive offering. The installation presents a shop-able collection through seven different rooms, each of which represents a different relative of the Bateman family – including the couple’s punky niece Bunny and Mr Bateman’s illegitimate son Vincent. Each relative will be represented by handpicked different artists and designers, with beautiful pieces such as a hand-embroidered dress by London designer Clio Peppiatt and a chair designed with Minnie Kemp of Firmdale Hotels.
2 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill W11 1NN; mrsandmrbateman.com
13 Eye of Day: The Mata Hari Story at Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre
Until 18 May
Exploring the myth of misunderstood historical figure Mata Hari, Jonathan Kaufman’s powerful drama tells the incredible story of the former exotic dancer who was executed for espionage during WW1. Who was the real Mata Hari? And was she really the double-agent she claimed to be? Eye of Day: The Mata Hari Story features dance routines choreographed by Michelle Buckley and original music by Deborah Garvey, with Georgina Russell as the young Mata Hari, Jodyanne Richardson as the older Mata Hari. Running for 12 performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (plus Sunday 28 April). From 8pm. Tickets £16.
Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre, 44a Sydenham Road SE26 5QX; spontaneousproductions.co.uk
14 Wandsworth Arts Fringe, across Wandsworth
The Wandsworth Arts Fringe is back this month with another fantastic year of programming. The eclectic programme of arts and culture is one of the most exciting cultural events of the year, encouraging all different groups of people to get involved. Some of the highlights of this year’s programme include The Errant Stage’s poetry tour across the area, poems about Putney from Eddie Forde and South London Choirs hosting a special performance at Circus West Village in Battersea Power Station.
15 Night of the Living Dead at The Pleasance, Islington
Until 19 May
Based on George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, the first ever UK stage adaptation and the only officially authorised production opens at The Pleasance in Islington this month. Directed by Benji Sperring, the show pays homage to the cult monochrome classic, skirting the line between the horrific and the hysterical as it resurrects the original zombie masterpiece. This new adaptation features all the iconic scenes, as well as an entirely new journey from the farmhouse for the beloved characters, in a loving, comedic tribute to the world-renowned film. Tickets from £15.
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF; livingdeadlondon.com
16 The Art of Travel, Chelsea
Until 20 May
Iconic Images gallery are back with a new exhibition looking into the glamorous world of travel. Featuring everything from planes to trains, boats to cars, the exhibition features eight iconic photographers focusing on the backdrop of travel. Expect to see Terry O’Neill’s iconic portrait of Elton John in front of his private plane used for his 1974 world tour as well as to John Swannell’s ethereal portrait of actress Helena Bonham Carter on a boat in Venice in the exciting show.
13a Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 OJA; iconicimages.net
17 The Occult & Symbolism at The Underdog, London Bridge
Until 31 May
The Occult & Symbolism is The Underdog’s first group exhibition of the year, featuring a selection of new art work from the gallery’s top Masters and emerging Contemporaries. Whether we know it or not, The Occult and Symbolism, is a big part of all of our lives, from historical buildings to bill boards we are all bombarded with Occult Symbolism every day. But how much influence does it have over us? Each piece in the exhibition is the artist’s interpretation of the issue.
Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW; theunderdog.london
18 The Little Death Club at Underbelly Festival, South Bank
Until 23 June
The Little Death Club is where you can be whoever you want to be… There is no fourth wall, no rules and no seat is safe in this dark and defiant den of iniquity. The provocative and hilarious variety show features a new travelling family of misfits, miscreants and fantastic freaks. Bernie Dieter – much-loved Mistress of Chaos whose grandmother’s family owned a circus in east Germany just before the war and were forced to flee to west Germany – is joined by bad-ass bearded lady Kitty Bang Bang, disgruntled mime Josh Glanc and phenomenal aerialist Beau Sargent, among others. Tickets from £21.50.
Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com
19 The National Dining Rooms & National Café’s Sorolla-Inspired Spanish Menu
Until 7 July
Oliver Peyton’s restaurants, The National Dining Rooms and The National Café, are celebrating the Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light exhibition at The National Gallery with a limited-edition Spanish menu. Inspired by the iridescent canvases of renowned Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastidas, the menu is packed with Iberian flavours such as hake in Romesco sauce and almond olive dressing, vegetable paella with sprouting broccoli, asparagus, padron peppers and saffron, and smoked ham and manchego croquettes. Two courses for £19, £24 for three. A wine and tapas menu is also available after 3pm for just £12.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN; peytonandbyrne.co.uk
20 Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain
Until 11 August
The latest EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, is Tate Britain’s highly anticipated exhibition of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Exploring how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career, and how he, in turn, inspired British artists like Walter Sickert and Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes some of his most famous works, such as Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhône and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. Running until 11 August.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
21 The Murdér Express: Jewel of the Empire, Bethnal Green
Until 31 August
Immersive dining experts Funicular are back again for another show this month, which takes audiences back to 1930s London. Passengers will board the luxury train carriage, enjoy a four-course meal curated by MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 champion Laurence Henry, and try to solve the mysterious disappearance of the world’s largest cut diamond. Expect murder, mystery and some great cocktails.
Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley Street E1 5BW; funicularproductions.com