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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

Don't miss the best cultural events in the UK during the month...


What’s on in London this week? Wonder no more! Find out all the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions in London, restaurants to book into and tickets to buy now. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…  

What’s on in London? May 2018

24 May

Day to Night Shopping Event at St Martin’s Courtyard and Mercer Walk

 St Martin’s Courtyard

Go from work to play on Thursday 24 May with  and Mercer Walk’s free day-to-night event. Spend your evening shopping, dining, exploring and learning as fashion insider Pandora Sykes hosts a style workshop for guests to get some insider knowledge. Get a mini-makeover from Smashbox and experience the latest beauty trends, or head over to BLOW Ltd’s braid bar to transition your look from day to night. From complimentary prosecco and canapés to free yoga and live music, there will be plenty to do to get you through the evening and into Friday. 24 May, 6-9pm, for more information visit

Clerkenwell Design Week

Jump on a train to Clerkenwell this May to see the ninth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week as it takes over the streets of London for three-days only. Expect to see new design projects, hear conversations with lead pioneers in the creative industry and experience the outer limits of design. 22-24 May, 

25 May

A Book and Bottle Salon with Amy Bloom

A Book and Bottle Salon with Amy Bloom - books and bottles

Discover how much more there is to pair with wine than just cheese. Find compatible drinks to Bloom’s White Houses and the book’s scandalous back-room politics and romance at . 25 May,

26 May

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association Fair

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association Fair

Sir David Attenborough will but the ribbon at this event in Battersea Park, which features over 160 exhibitors showcasing rare books and manuscripts from first-edition Harry Potters to Federalist essays by Alexander Hamilton. 24-26 May, .

27 May

Money Must be Made

 Lorenzo Vitturi’s Money Must be Made

Themes of globalisation, colonialism and capitalism are explored in Lorenzo Vitturi’s new series Money Must be Made. Inspiration for the works came from the juxtaposition of a thriving local market with the breakdown of global corporations that he saw in Lagos, Nigeria. 11 May to 30 June,

28 May

Kerb’s Jam on Rye

Kerb's Jam on Rye

Use your bank holiday Monday to join KERB’s Jam on Rye in a new celebration of sound system culture and street food. Enjoy Breddos and Club Mexicana to the tune of Reggae Roast and David Rodigan. 28 May, .

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen x Choose Love

Imad's Syrian Kitchen x Choose Love Supper Club

An exciting new supper club is launching in Shoreditch to raise funds to help children in a hospital in Syria. Created by Chef and refugee, Imad Alarnab and Charity, the special pop-up allows Londoners to experience true Syrian cooking through a traditional three-course meal. All profits raised will go to Hope Hospital in Aleppo which became the first-ever crowdfunded hospital in early 2016. Ever since, it has provided lifesaving operations and treatment to those injured in the conflict, but needs more funding to be able to stay open. Head down to Colombia Road to save some lives whilst enjoying some traditional Syrian cuisine this spring. 29 March – 31 May, Tickets cost £40 and are available to purchase through , £15 from each ticket will go towards Hope Hospital. 

29 May

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

This year, all four shortlisted artists examine the manipulation of images and information. From government propaganda to unreliable visual representation, they all look at modern culture with a post-Trump, post-Brexit awareness. Until 3 June,

30 May

Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy Exhibition


Jump on the train to the Tate Britain from March to September to learn a bit about the fascinating and renowned artist, Picasso. The exhibition takes you through the talented artist’s life during one year and explores how the honoured artist dealt with personal, artistic and political problems through artwork. 8 March – 9 September,

31 May

Sleep Well-Being Meditation Class

For one day only, is holding a sleep meditation class to lead you through the sleep relaxation techniques you need to get a good night’s sleep. Set in the peaceful surroundings of its Sentosa Studio, Ushvani Spa’s in-house yoga practitioner, Ishat will be leading the one-hour session with a series of breathing techniques designed to calm the mind whilst reducing stress chemicals in the brain. 31 May, 7pm-8pm, tickets cost £15 per guest.

David Downton Talk and Book Signing

David Downton

Hear David Downton talk at FIG at this May about the fashion illustrations he’s created for magazines and luxury brands for 21 years. The world’s leading fashion artist will discuss his book DD21 which features some of his finest fashion imagery. One for every fashion-lovers or illustrator’s diary! 31 May, 6:30pm, To reserve a place email [email protected].

British Library Food Season

Spring 2018 will see the launch of the British Library’s first ever Food Season. From tastings to talks, presentations and panels, visitors can explore food through a completely different lens. A cast of food industry extraordinaires from award-winning food writers to Michelin-starred chefs, will be attending the events. The line-up includes Jack Monroe (9 April), Samin Nosrat (24 April) and an exciting collaboration with Ruby Tandoh and Anthony Warner (31 May). For the full event listings, see

1 June

Wellcome Collection’s Summer Exhibition: TEETH

Wellcome Collection's Summer Exhibition: TEETH. Operator attending to mans teeth

Running from 17 May – 16 September, this weird but wonderful event will feature more than 150 objects including cartoons, advertisements, chairs, drills, caricatures and more which all relate to teeth! Head down to Wellcome collection, Euston Road to get your teeth stuck into this interesting event and learn all about the teeth you use every day! Free event, 17 May – 16 September, 

2 June

Venetia Berry at the Modern Society

Venetia Berry at the Modern Society

An exhibition of artist Venetia Berry’s works will be on show at cult concept store Modern Society. As well as unveiling a range of ceramics, Berry’s work will be on display at the boutique and she will host a one-off ceramic-painting class on 13 May for those wanting to turn their hand to the craft. Until 30 May,

3 June

Protests in Pictures at The Design Museum

Hope to Nope

It has been a decade of unrest, from the credit crunch of 2008 to Brexit and Trump, to the Arab Spring and refugee crisis. The Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition explores the visual representations of political messages that have emerged from good old-fashioned placards to hashtags and memes. 28 March to 12 August,

4 June

The Opera Tavern’s Revolving Walls Art Series

The Opera Tavern interior

Regularly changing art exhibitions from local galleries will be displayed inside the ’s newly converted dining room. Whilst listening to a talk from Castle Gallery Curators Jess Devenish and John Stoke, guests can enjoy sharing dishes of stuffed courgette flowers drizzled in honey and Ibérico Pork Fillet with Rocket Pesto. Talks on 4 June 7:30pm-9:30pm and 23 June 12:30pm-2:30pm.

5 June

Grant Macdonald – International Silversmith

The Goldsmiths’ Company is to host an exhibition of Grant Macdonald’s works in silver and gold that are produced using traditional silversmith skills and the latest technology. The results are beautiful, unique pieces of art. Until 25 July,

6 June

A Special Concert for World Gin Day


To mark World Gin Day this year, will be celebrating gin o’clock early with a very special and intimate concert featuring one of the best DJ’S in Ibiza, Gorgon City as well as Tom Findlay from Groove Armada. Taking music and gin fans from sundown to sunup, the event will take over the infamous for one night only to celebrate all things gin related. Drink your night away with a BULLDOG Gin & Tonic in hand and thank us later. 6 June, 7pm- 11pm, RSVP .

Poem Brut

Poem Brut is Southbank Centre’s answer to how we can connect to handwriting, abstraction and scribbling in the computer age. 6 June, 

Take Residence Free Evening Running tour of the Capital

Take Residence Free Evening Running tour of the Capital

TV presenter and fitness instructor, AJ Odudu will be continuing the Take Residence series on the evening of the 6 June with a free running tour around the capital. Fitness junkies can expect to take a flying visit past some of London’s iconic sights, as well as some of AJ’s favourite spots in the city. Give yourself a pat on the back afterwards and refuel with a smoothie back at Residence Inn London Bridge to end the evening. 6 June, Tickets can be booked through

A Nordic Culinary Adventure at Ekte

Ekte restaurant food

in the Bloomberg Arcade will host a culinary adventure through the Nordics this June. Expect Finnish gin tasting and canapés to start, followed by a Swedish starter, Danish main course and a Norwegian dessert; all with matching wines. 6 June, To book visit

7 June

Mary Beard, Miriam González and Laurie Penny on Women and Power

Britain’s best known classicalist, Mary Beard is coming to the stage this June to discuss her bestselling book, Women and Power: A Manifesto. Come along to have your questions answered as Mary will be in conversation with radical commentator Laurie Penny, lawyer and campaigner, Miriam González and Decca Aitkenhead, award-winning interviewer for the Guardian who will be in the chair. 7 June, .

8 June

The Late Shift at The National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery Late Shift

Visiting the National Portrait museum is no longer a serious, sober daytime affair as every Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9pm, they host talks, drawing, live music, film and photography events. It’s our new favourite way to go to the museum. The bar, café and restaurant have nothing to do with it… Come along this evening to experience the likes of Lecture: Portraits for the Stereoscope: Seeing the Victorians as you discover the Victorians in a completely new and different light – full colour and in glorious 3-D. Events change each week, Thursday and Friday evenings,

9 June

Pop Brixton’s 3rd Birthday Party

Pop Brixton

Pop along to celebrate Pop Brixton’s 3rd birthday with a smashing line-up of entertainment from morning to night. From daytime crafts for kids to a handmade clothing market for adults, as well as some of London’s best DJ’s, it’s a bash you won’t want to miss. Clear your diary and get in the party mood… 9 June, 11am-midnight.

10 June

Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018

Open Garden Squares Weekend, Pooles Park

For one weekend only this June, 200 of London’s greatest gardens will be unlocked for visitors to wander around and have a snoop! Spanning over 27 boroughs, the green-spaces will range from roof terraces to school gardens and even traditional garden squares.  Be sure to visit the new addition to the open gardens for 2018 and have a wander around the rose-lined gardens at 10 Downing Street. 9 – 10 June, 

11 June

One Night Only: Nathan Outlaw’s Pub Comes to London

Nathan Outlaw’s Pub Comes to London - Beef dish

Nathan Outlaw’s award-winning pub, , is hosting a one-off pop-up event in Knightsbridge this Spring to bring the best of Cornish produce and beer to the capital. Coming all the way from Rock in Cornwall, both Nathan Outlaw and The Mariners’ head chef Zack Hawke will be dishing up a delicious meal to showcase excellent Cornish produce over five courses. Diners can expect to taste a selection of dishes from grilled mackerel with oyster mayonnaise to pork terrine and pickles, each course paired with a selected Sharp’s beer chosen by sommelier Ed Hughes. £110 each,

12 June

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - Little Shop of Horrors

See outdoor theatre in full flourish at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s summer season that kicks off with Peter Pan and runs through August with The Turn of the Screw, As You Like It and Dinosaur World Live. Until 15 September, .

13 June

The Murdér Express

Hop on Board a 19th-century dining car for an immersive experience of top class food and theatre. 25 May until 23 September, .

14 June

Edward Bawden at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Known for his illustrations for Fortnum & Mason and the London Underground, Edward Bawden’s works will be shown in the most wide- ranging exhibition since his death at Dulwich Picture Gallery. His works of fine art, which have largely been forgotten, will be on display including 18 scarcely seen war portraits and his early paintings of the everyday. 23 May to 9 September,

15 June

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Before his death last year, Azzedine Alaïa worked with the Design Museum to curate an exhibition of his works called The Couturier. Stories from his life are told through over 60 garments that give an insight to the designer, who very much danced to the beat of his own drum. 10 May to 7 October,

16 June

Monet & Architecture Exhibition

Head down to the National Gallery from April to July to experience the first solely Monet exhibition to be held in the UK for nearly 20 years.  9 April – 29 July, 

17 June

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject of matter. About time too. Until 13 Jan 2019,

18 June

Fun Home

London finally gets a piece of the fun when Fun Home comes to town. The Broadway export is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and tells the story of her sexuality and her father’s complexities. 18 June – 1 September, .

20 June

GROW London Returns To Olympia

GROW London

Plant lovers, rejoice as you are given the opportunity to learn all you need to know about plant care and keeping your garden neat and tidy this June at the Grow London exhibition at ! Over 50 exhibitors will be attending to give you a fresh insight into their new garden ideas, accessories and furniture as well as plants and planters! Go along and attend the abundance of free talks going on or even book an appointment with one of the several leading garden designers attending if you have a specific gardening emergency and need some advice. 20 – 24 June, .

27 June

Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament

Westminster Hall will host an exhibition that delves into the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. 27 June – 6 October, .

1 July

The Light Princess at Cadogan Hall

The Light Princess by George MacDonald will have its first ever performance this summer. Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson have transformed the Scottish fairy-tale into a musical in collaboration with Club 11 London and Alex Parker Theatre Company. The critically acclaimed production will see Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser step into the roles of Althea and Dibgy at Cadogan Hall on the 1 July. Hop on a train to Sloane Square to see the fairy-tale that deals with grief, rebellion and the power of love. 1 July, 

11 July

King Lear

The Dule of York Theatre’s King Lear will supposedly be Ian McKellen’s last go at Shakespeare in a staging so intimate that half the theatre’s stall seats were removed. 11 July – 3 November, .

11 August

By the River, Henley

This brand spanking new festival on the banks of the Thames promises some of the world’s greatest classical musicians. Enjoy performances by Alfie Boe, Sir Karl Jenkins and Laura Wright while eating local, organic food from the festival’s very own farmers’ market. 11 August, .

MORE CULTURE: The C&TH Festival Guide 2018 / Current Exhibitions to See in London

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