Things to do in London this weekend

Lizzie Thomson
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Things to do in London this weekend

Finally the sun has decided to show its face again, which means this weekend is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever with new exhibitions and food events all in the pipeline.

Those looking for a cultural fix can enjoy immersive cabaret and a new exhibition at the V&A, while foodies can feast on two new bottomless brunches as well as a collaborative menu from four top chefs.

Others can toast to the warmer weather at Prosecco Springs, which returns for a two-day event at Oval Space, and let's not forget about London's Eurovision parties this weekend, too.

But that just scratches the surface — here’s the best of what to get up to in London this weekend.

Hats, Heels and Horses at London Cabaret Club


London Cabaret Club’s new immersive show is a quintessentially British affair — celebrating the country’s cultural heritage, past and present. The show fuses ballroom routines with ariel acts and live music, with choreography from Doni Fierro — whose dance portfolio includes performing at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. In keeping with the British theme, the venue has launched a new range of drinks including a Royal Ascot cocktail to run alongside the seasonal dinner menu.

May 17-18, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA,

Ella Canta's new brunch menu

Mexican restaurant Ella Canta will launch its new Tulum Brunch series this weekend. Set to run on the third Saturday of the month throughout summer, the new brunch menu is inspired by the Mexican coast and the country's vibrant scenery, with tropical seabass ceviche and octopus tostada starters and pork tacos for mains. Guests can wash it down with three different types of bottomless cocktails, including a signature margarita, a blood orange and hibiscus margarita, and a Paloma, made with tequila and grapefruit.

May 18, Park Lane, W1J 7QY,

Secret Nicky’s frozen custard at Model Market

Frozen custard is the capital’s latest quirky sweet treat, thanks to the Secret Nicky’s team at Model Market. They will be offering up two different types of the unusual dessert, from 5pm till late at the Street Feast market. The first, the Big Apple, will come with hot chunks of spiced apple pie and salted caramel, whereas the second comes with hot peanut butter cookie and honeycomb caramel. Tuck in.

May 18, 196 Lewisham High St, SE13 6LS,

Eurovision Party London at Rio Cinema

Eurovision Party London returns to Rio Cinema in Dalston, to celebrate the world's favourite singing contest. The east London venue will pay tribute to this year’s host city Tel Aviv, with Israeli food and some themed cocktails. Those wanting to go one step further can take part in a Eurovision karaoke battle, running from 7pm, with a trophy on offer for the best performance. The live screening will start at 8pm and, following the show, DJ Dave Simmons will take to the decks for some nostalgic Eurovision anthems.

May 18, 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB,


This weekend will see people living with dementia team up with restaurants across the country, to help serve customers, all in aid of Alzheimer's Society awareness week. The national event will aim to demonstrate how employers can be more inclusive of the condition in the workplace. Some of the capital’s venues are taking part include Humble Grape in Islington and Comptoir Libanais in Soho.

May 18-19, across London, for more information of Dementia Action Week and how you can get involved, visit

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A

(Noortje Knulst)

The V&A is launching its summer exhibition this weekend and it’s all about food — but perhaps not as we know it. The show will combine work from chefs, farmers and scientists, and explore how food can be used to take a closer look at society, culture and pleasure. Be sure to look out for unconventional exhibits including the cheese grown from human bacteria and the insect pâté.

From May 18, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL,

Prosecco Springs at Oval Space

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Raise a glass as Prosecco Springs returns to Oval Space this weekend. The festival is to celebrate all things fizz and will offer cocktail masterclasses led by expert mixologists from Grey Goose, Chambord, St Germain and Martini. Each ticket includes eight glasses of prosecco from a variety of small batch producers in Venice, so you certainly won't go thirsty.

May 17-19, Oval Space, E2 9DT,

Little Kolkata's new brunch

Covent Garden restaurant Little Kolkata will be offering its new bottomless brunch menu this weekend. The weekend menu, inspired by Kolkata's brunch culture, features breakfast staples with an Indian twist, such as spiced chilli cheese toast and spiced lamb with quail egg. Free-flowing booze comes in the form of prosecco, mimosas or a traditional lassis.

May 18, 51-53 Shelton St, WC2H 9JU,

'A Four Stars, Four Hands' dining experience at The Greenhouse

This Sunday, executive chef Alex Dilling with welcome acclaimed chef Paul Liebrandnt to his kitchen at the Greenhouse for a gastronomic dining experience. The two culinary experts will collaborate on an eight-course menu that will available for lunch and dinner for one day only. The menu will feature signature dishes from both chefs alongside canapés, petit fours and handmade chocolates.

May 19, 27A Hay's Mews, W1J 5NY,

Urban Village Fete

Urban Village Fete is landing in the capital this weekend, celebrating culture, design and community in the city. This year marks the fifth instalment of the free fete and has a creative mix of comedy, talks, crafts and food in store. The line-up features music from DJ Giles Peterson as well as a workshop led by Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animation.

May 19, Central Park, SE10 0BN,

Bluestocking Teas with Sonia Purnell​​

At this afternoon tea event, hosted by Bluestocking Teas, author Sonia Purnell will be telling the story of American-turned-British spy Virginia Hall — the inspiration behind her book A Woman of No Importance. The event is to take place in the Crypt at St Peter De Beauvoir and will offer tea, coffee, a selection of sandwiches and savoury treats alongside scones with clotted cream and jam, mini cakes and macarons.

May 19, Northchurch Terrace, N1 4DA,