What’s On in the City: May

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A roundup of what’s on in the City this May.

Putting the Market back into Leadenhall

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To kick off Leadenhall’s exciting new weekend series that will be popping up over the summer, Judy’s Vintage Furniture & Flea market will be taking over the cobbles on May 26 from 12-5pm. Selling furniture from the mid-century onwards, alongside fashion from the twenties to the noughties, Judy and her team have 20 years in the business of providing beautiful one-off pieces at reasonable prices. To keep you refreshed after all that shopping, a number of Leadenhall’s cafes, bars and restaurants will also be open over the weekend!

Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LT

Tango Dancing at Spitalfields

Tango Fever dance school invites you to step into summer with a series of free outdoor Tango lessons. A great way to unwind from work, head to Bishops Square at Spitalfields Market from 1pm – 5pm on Sunday May 19 to enjoy open-air tango dancing. Whether you’re experienced or you’ve never tangoed before, this class is open to all levels and ages!

Spitalfields Market E1 6AA

Needle Felted Sheep Workshop at Spitalfields City Farm

On Sunday May 19, head to Spitalfields City Farm to take part in a wonderfully woolly workshop! After a meet and bleat with the sheep, you’ll be guided through the process of creating a 3D needle felted sheep based on the woolly model of your choice. This workshop also includes lunch at the farm café, helping to put the sheep to bed at the end of the day and plenty of information about where to buy materials and find online tutorials to keep up your new craft. This workshop is for over 18s only and must be booked in advance via the Spitalfields City Farm website.

Spitalfields City Farm E1 5AR

Origin City

Origin City, the pasture to plate, nose to tail restaurant, in West Smithfield, is thrilled to announce a partnership with Never Say Die, in celebration of International Whisky Day, running from Tuesday 14th May to Saturday 18th May.

House mixologist Giacomo Falcicchio and drinks consultant Ruchira Neotia have curated a bespoke Origin City Cocktail Flight, featuring three delicious cocktails infused with Origin’s very own housemade vermouth and bitters, in collaboration with Never Say Die. One to add to your list this month.

12 W Smithfield EC1A 9JR

Expressionists at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern’s latest exhibition tells the story of the friendships between the artists that formed the collective known as The Blue Rider. Through a collection of pieces that showcases various contributions from the group’s members, Expressionists highlights how these artists worked together to transform modern art by experimenting with light, colour and sound to produce bold and vibrant creations. Experience the paintings, sculptures, photography, performance and sound that shaped the 20th century modern art movement. The exhibition features over 130 works, brought together in the UK for the first time in over 60 years.

The Tate Modern SE1 9TG

London premiere of Masterclass at the Southbank Centre

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Brought to you by the internationally renowned Irish theatre company, Brokentalkers and the award-winning comedian, Adrienne Truscott, Masterclass is a critically acclaimed piece which explores the parody of the ‘great male artist’. Following its huge success at the Edinburgh Fringe, Masterclass will be debuting in London at the Southbank Centre from May 9 – May 12. Expect to see Truscott at her very best, portraying a male playwright with a big ego and an alleged inability to write complex female characters. The performance will involve an array of wigs, costumes and choreography!

Southbank Centre SE1 8XX

OXBO Bankside

OXBO Bankside, the vibrant, local neighbourhood eatery at Hilton London Bankside, the design-led hotel and a Hilton flagship, has recently unveiled its new ‘Prosecco Fridays’ package to kick start the weekend. Providing guests with unlimited glasses of prosecco every Friday from 6.00pm – 8.30pm making it the perfect way to end the week. For just £40pp guests can enjoy a perfectly paired 3 course meal accompanied by 90 minutes of free-flowing bubbles.

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The Princess and The Pea at Unicorn Theatre

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From May 17 – June 16, Unicorn Theatre will be bringing this classic story to the stage to whisk the whole family away on an acrobatic adventure. Suitable for ages 2 and above, The Princess and The Pea will be reimagined to include breathtaking performances from leading contemporary circus company, Upswing. Get ready for a fairytale remix with lots of clowning around!

Unicorn Theatre SE1 2HZ

Kimpton Fitzroy London and Anthropologie Unveil Exclusive Spring/Summer 2024 Accessories Collection

Picture this: you’ve settled into your room to get ready for your spring / summer evening soirée. You’ve opened up your suitcase and realised… you forgot to pack that one thing – the belt that perfectly accentuates your outfit, the sunglasses that pop just the right colour for you or, even worse, your statement clutch has gone missing. Well fear not, because Kimpton Fitzroy London has got your back.

In collaboration with Anthropologie, Kimpton Fitzroy London has launched their stunning S/S accessories collection tailored for guests to showcase their style while exploring the city this season, as part of their hotel perk scheme,_ Forgot It? We’ve Got It!_. Accessed via a QR code found in-room, guests staying at the hotel can choose from any item in the Kimpton X Anthropologie Accessories Collection to add to their outfit, whether it’s a Melie Bianco shoulder bag, a chic and simple necklace, or one of the coveted array of polarised sunglasses.

At Home Superheroes powered by Marvel: A Month-Long Adventure

At Home Superheroes invites participants to join one of four Marvel-themed SUPER TEAMS, each joined by a Super Partner and a few Everyday Superhero mascots to inspire and encourage the team.

The goal for each team is to accumulate as much distance as possible over four weeks, from 15th June to 14th July, with anything going—from walking, wheeling, and rowing to running, swimming, and Super Sensory challenges. Every kilometre completed by a team member brings their SUPER TEAM closer to the finish line.

Blue Tit Crystal Palace

Preparing to join the famous Crystal Palace high-street, Blue Tit ventures into their fifth South London spot and are launching their third salon in under a year. Celebrating equality, inclusivity and individuality in all neighbourhood salons, Blue Tit Crystal Palace prepares to welcome new and existing clientele to the salon from 10th May.

50% OFF appointments on 10th-17th May
25% OFF appointments on 18th-25th May

For the first time in nearly 40 years, market stalls will be returning to London’s Leadenhall Market.

A series of summer pop-ups will be hosted on weekends throughout the summer.

Furniture, fashion and craft market stalls will welcome weekend shoppers to Leadenhall, representing a new identity for the legendary London destination famously popular on weekday evenings.

When: Saturdays or Sundays between 26 May – 14 September
Prices: Free to attend
For more information, visit Leadenhall Market 

Royal Festival Hall 

Chaka Khan celebrates with a slew of her iconic hits including ‘Ain’t Nobody’, ‘I’m Every Woman’ and ‘I Feel For You’ ( RFH, 14 June) before the 10 Grammy award-winning artist closes her Meltdown with the first ever live performance of her 2004 album ClassiKhan alongside leading jazz ensemble Nu Civilisation Orchestra (23 June).

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