It’s been a whirlwind of a week so far. With the newest season of Game of Thrones came a range of new seasons for London weather, with winter even coming (they did warn us) yesterday in the form of random blizzards across the capital. Fortunately, we’re not supposed to see too much of that winter weather this weekend. Which means that unless you still need to catch up on GoT, there’s literally no excuse not to get out, about and doing some awesome things. Because this weekend has one whole extra day, we’ve decided to give you TEN awesome things to do this weekend, instead of our usual five. We know, we know – how generous of us?! Enough of the self-gratification and on to the good stuff then.
1. Gobin King’s 5th Annual Masquerade Ball
What the heck: Friday will see the return of the Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball to The Coronet. This is a special one, as it is the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Even more poignant this year (R.I.P Bowie <3) the Ball is a costume party that celebrates the Goblin King and all the weird and wonderful fantasy of the Goblin Kingdom. Dress code is ‘costumes or formal attire with mask recommended. Imaginative & elaborative costumes encouraged!’
Where the heck: The Coronet, Elephant and Castle
When the heck: 9pm, Friday 29th April
How much tho’: Advance tickets are £25
TAKE ME THERE.
2. Sony World Photography Awards
What the heck: The Sony World Photography Awards have picked their winners and all of the winning entries are currently on display in Somerset House. The winning photos range from beautiful pictures of white rhinos, to moving images of war-torn villages, to women dressed as birthday cakes. The competition is judged on many different categories, so the exhibition features pictures from photographers of all walks of life, age, ability and vision
Where the heck: Somerset House
When the heck: Now until the 8th May
How much tho’: Weekend tickets are £8.50
3. Dalston Park Reopens!
What the heck: Dalston Roof Park, tucked snuggly amongst the Hackney houses with a view over London’s pointy skyline, reopens for the summer this Saturday. After a hibernation hiatus, Dalston’s only rooftop park is back with a bang. Join the crew for their Opening party this Saturday which will have an eclectic musical line up provided by the resident DJs, food by Root & Bone and most importantly their new drinks and cocktail menu
Where the heck: Dalston Roof Park,
When the heck: 3pm-midnight, Saturday 30th April
How much tho’: Entry is £3 on arrival (or free if you’re in the know #Bootstrap)
TAKE ME THERE.
4. Psychedelic Face Painting
What the heck: Remember going to your friends birthday parties, aged 6, and there was nothing better than having your face painted as a butterfly or a tiger? Well at Queen of Hoxton this Friday, you can relieve those childhood dreams of transformation and metamorphosis. Professional make up artist Saskia Laroque will be on hand to transform everyone in to beautiful psychedelic creatures – flowers, fireworks, and an abundance of glitter can be expected
Where the heck: Queen of Hoxton, Curtain Road
When the heck: 6pm, Friday 29th
How much tho’: Entry to the Queen of Hoxton is from £4-£7
5. People, Places & Things
What the heck: People Places & Things has made it to the West End! Duncan MacMillan’s play about ‘surviving the modern world’ takes up residency at Wyndham’s Theatre. Emma, played by Denise Gough, finds herself in a low point of her life in rehab, and tries to come to terms with her problem but can’t – the problem seems to be everyone and everything else. Described as ‘A triumph’ by the Evening Standard and ‘A heady cocktail of fantasy and reality’ by The Times, we know where we’ll be getting our culture fix this weekend
Where the heck: Wyndham’s Theatre, St Martin’s Court
When the heck: Until 18th June
How much tho’: Tickets start at £15
6. Canalway Cavalcade
What the heck: London’s biggest waterside festival is back this bank holiday weekend! Get yourself down to Little Venice to marvel at the decorated barges, enjoy parades and displays (including some old school Punch and Judy shows!) Just a five minute walk from Paddington station, the Canalway Cavalcade brings together all things canal boat, as well as some other weird and wonderful stuff. There will be plenty of ale, good food and wacky stalls for perusing too!
Where the heck: Little Venice
When the heck: 30th April – 2nd May
How much tho’: FREEEEE
7. London Falafel Festival
What the heck: It’s finally here. London’s first ever falafel festival! As part of the celebrations of 2016 the International Year of Pulses, London will play host to a festival of falafel related fun. Taking the shape of a competition between elite falafelers, London will finally judge who the best falafel maker in town is. Featuring entries from Egyptian, Lebanese, Israeli and English street food vendors, the competition will be judged by food critic Daniel Young. Samples and tastings will be available at the festival, just to make sure you agree with the outcome
Where the heck: Borough Market
When the heck: Sunday 1st May
How much tho’: Tickets cost £20 (BUT YOU GET LOADS OF FALAFEL!)
8. Ukelele Hootenanny
What the heck: Every Monday at Queen of Hoxton (yes again, we’re big fans of the Queen of Hoxton) you can find a group of dedicated Ukulele players taking part in the weekly Ukulele Hootenanny. This bank holiday is no different! Whether you’ve been twanging away for years, or you just ordered your ukulele off of eBay in time for summer so you can play Jason Mraz covers in the park, Hootenanny is sure to be a top laugh and 10/10 fun for all
Where the heck: Queen of Hoxton, Curtain Road
When the heck: 7pm, Monday 2nd May
How much tho’: FREEEEEE but if you want to rent a ukulele there is a £20 deposit (you get it back, like a pound for a locker)
9. Farmacy, Notting Hill
What the heck: Because we won’t be open over the weekend to serve you delicious food, we thought we better direct you to somewhere that will. Newly opened on Monday, Farmacy is our pick this week. Gracing the ever-vegan streets of Notting Hill, they serve healthy, wholesome comfort food which is all vegan-friendly. They boast a pretty sweet dessert menu, and with a drinks menu that plays host not only to super juices and refreshing tea, but also champagne, we can confirm we are firmly on board with this
Where the heck: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
When the heck: Whenever ya like!
How much tho’: A bit on the pricier side, but we reckon it’s worth it. Meals start at £8.
10. Peckham Salvage Yard
What the heck: Our round up of things to do at the weekend would not be complete without a recommendation of some jazzy little vintage fair or a flea market, and just because it’s a bank holiday weekend, this week is no different. Brought to you by the brains behind Hackney Flea Market, get yourself to Copeland Park this weekend to scoop an old-school, retro bargain at the Peckham Salvage Yard. The usual suspects (velvet chairs, suede fringe waistcoats, Mom jeans) will all be there for the hunting
Where the heck: Copeland Park, near Peckham Rye station
When the heck: 11am, Saturday 30th April
How much tho’: FREEEEEE – but take some dolla to stock up on vintage goodies
TAKE ME THERE.
Have a great three day weekend, and we hope you can survive without us next Monday.