27.04.17: 5 Bank Holiday Weekend Events in LondonBy Angelica Malin
Plans? We can’t get enough of them. There’s plenty of fun stuff going on in the capital this bank holiday weekend. Head to Model Market to feast on darn good street food, or take a trip to Flat Iron Square for some gardening fun. Have a good’un, people:
Weekend Guide: Friday 28th April
What: Model Market is back! Launching on Friday (28th April) for a mighty, three-day bank holiday blowout and running every Friday/Saturday from 5pm – 1am all summer long, expect ten micro-diners and five brilliant bars at Lewisham. Get your weekend off with a boozy bang – there’s cocktails, street food and SE13 beats.
Why: Get ready for a line-up of street food heroes. Model Market will be welcoming two, brand new traders to the scene – don’t miss terrific new taco talent, Tacos del Rey, as well as Japanese soul food from Nanban – make sure you add their deep-fried chicken wings with Scotch bonnet ponzu butter honey sauce to your Model Market bucket list. Expect the return of Lewisham locals Mama’s Jerk, Mother Flipper and SE Cakery, alongside Street Feast favourites including Up In My Grill, Mother Clucker, You Doughnut, Petare and INK.
Price: Entry is free before 7pm and £3 after.
Where: Model Market, 196 Lewisham High Street Lewisham, London SE13 6LS
Weekend Guide: Saturday 29th April
What: GymClass is offering numerous signature full body classes over the bank holiday weekend at both their Holland Park studio, and their brand new shiny studio on the aptly named Gun street in the City.
Why: The bank holiday weekend classes features resident DJ on the decks playing thumping tunes, changing lighting and enthusiastic instructors set the tone for a 50 minute explosive HIIT and strength training class. Combining squats, push ups, burpees and lunges, as well using the specially-built apparatus including pull ups, assault bikes, punching bags, prowler and kettle bells – prepare to sweat.
Price: GymClass offers an introductory class for £15. See the website for more details.
Where: Locations here
What: London-based collective Housekeeping Records will be bringing South Africa’s most respected DJ Black Coffee to One Embankment on Saturday. Having recently featured on Drake’s number 1 album ‘More Life’ with stand out track ‘Get It Together’, Black Coffee has become an extremely sought-after DJ on the international circuit.
Why: With the likes of Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers having all played Housekeeping events, their latest takeover at One Embankment promises to bring a slice of Ibiza to central London with a set up mirroring the iconic Amnesia with VIP tables in the upper terrace and a large dancefloor on the lower level. Expect immersive and eccentric production in typical Housekeeping style, combining performance art and panoramic production throughout.
Price: Tickets here.
Where: One Embankment, 8 Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2AB
What: Running for two days (29th-30th), Flat Iron Square will host a weekend of Royal Horticultural Society inspired stalls, talks and activities, encouraging everyone, whether you’re a gardening novice or pro, own a window box or a garden, to get involved in gardening. Guests are invited to peruse the gardening inspired stalls, full to the brim with plants, trendy succulents and flowers. Regular Flea traders, inspired by the RHS, will be stoked with vintage plant pots and furniture, as well as vintage clothing, jewellery and ceramics.
Why: Famed Garden Designer and RHS judge James Alexander Sinclair and landscaper, Tv presenter and writer Joe Swift will be running the RHS entertainment stage and helping budding urban gardeners with ideas and advice for their indoor plants, allotments and London gardens. Other talks across the weekend include innovative urban garden designers Cityscapes and South London Gardener Patrick Featherstone, alongside cooking demonstrations, workshops and live music.
Price: Free entry.
Where: 68 Union St, London SE1 1TD
Weekend Guide: Sunday 30th April
What: In two months time Field Day will take over Victoria Park for one day of the finest music, food and drink that London has to offer. Ahead of the big day and to give a taster of what to expect Field Day is teaming up with street food pioneers Street Feast for a Bank Holiday blowout. Street Feast will host the 10 hour party at its street food arena Dinerama, featuring eight food traders and eight bars for ticket-holders to enjoy throughout the day.
Why: Expect sensational live-fire Swedish barbecue from Lagom, delicious steamed dumplings from Yumplings, stacks of fiery fried chicken wings from BBQ Lab plus killer cocktails, craft beers and wonderful wines. Erol Alkan leads the musical line-up for Field Day at Dinerama, with the London DJ taking to decks along with Django Django, Tim Burgess, Cowboy Rhythmbox, Kiwi and DJs from regular Field Day collaborators Bugged Out and Resident Advisor.
Price: Advance: £8. On the door: £10. Available here.
Where: 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
One for luck…
What: New York City’s Craft Hospitality are bringing a wealth of culinary event expertise to London for their first event – Margarita Rumble – which will take place Sunday, and is sponsored by Jose Cuervo. A celebration of London’s best margaritas; Margarita Rumble will invite the public to a grand ole fiesta to sample your favourite bars own take on the spicy classic as they duke it out for the title of being crowned London’s best in town.
Why: The event will see over 15 specially curated bars and restaurants and their top mixologists competing for the prestigious title. Everyone can choose to join one of three sessions, with each reveller being given a token on arrival to put into the ballot box of their choice and vote for their favorite margarita. The winner will be chosen in the last 15 minutes of the final session. And the entertainment will be provided with a traditional mariachi band, dancing day of the dead skeletons, DJ’s, Jose Cuervo will also have their tequila experts on hand who will be offering master classes.
Price: General admission: £35. Tickets here.
Where: The Yard, 89½ Worship St, London EC2A 2BF