The weekend: blooming marvellous things to do in London this bank holiday weekend

By Rose Adams | 25 May 2018

Set your bank holiday in bloom as Tempus delivers your ultimate weekend schedule
* The weekend: Celebrate the royal weekend with art and entertainment fit for royalty
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* Chelsea Flower Show
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* Blossom City Bloom Rooms
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* Theo Randall at the InterContinental
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* Solo: A Star Wars Story
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* Lee Bul: Crashing at Hayward Gallery
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As May draws to a close edging us ever closer to summer, London is in full bloom with a vibrant selection of things to see and do. The Chelsea Flower Show should be your first port of call for a dose of green-fingered inspiration, while Blossom City kicks off another year offering floral feasts and installations across the capital. Elsewhere, Lee Bul: Crashing opens at The Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery to take you on a visual journey through her best works. For more of London's best bits sign up to our newsletter now. 

Chelsea Flower Show

The prestigious flower show renowned for presenting the cream of the crop when it comes to garden design and inspiration is back, bringing with it a blooming delightful range of visual inspiration. Boasting over 90 floral displays in the Great Pavilion, a diverse range of styles of Artisan Gardens and Matt Keightley’s Feel Good Garden, promoting health and wellbeing, there’s an abundance of plants in every shape, size, and colour guaranteed to delight the senses. 

22 – 26 May


Blossom City Bloom Rooms

Toast to the bank holiday with a myriad of floral food and cocktails as D&D London launch their hugely popular Blossom City, showcasing the vibrant colours and flavours of the new season. This year, new ‘bloom rooms’ have also added to the bill, a collection of kitsch wooden domes adorned with fresh flowers and winding ivy, providing the perfect spot to sip Moët & Chandon. The campaign is supporting The Gynaecological Cancer Fund’s Lady Garden Campaign, and a discretionary £1 from every bill will for straight donated to the charity – think cocktails with a conscious. Find them dotted around London at the terraces of Coq d’Argent, South Place Hotel Secret Garden and Plateau, as well as further afield at 20 Stories in Manchester and Crafthouse in Leeds.

14 May – end of June 

Theo Randall at the InterContinental

For a taste of bespoke cocktail inspiration, Theo Randall at The InterContinental is launching ‘Negronificio’, an opportunity for guests to mix their own unique variation of Italy and the UK’s negroni – a cocktail traditionally made with gin, vermouth rosso and Campari, and garnished with orange peel. Ingredients to aid your perfect blend include authentic Italian spirits and fruits and essential cocktail utensils, allowing you to channel your inner mixologist with ease. 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Be transported to a galaxy far, far away as the latest instalment of Disney’s galactic Star Wars saga hits cinemas. This time Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, takes centre stage as we follow the origins as to how he came to meet future co-pilot Chewbacca – years prior to joining the Rebellion. Featuring a stellar cast including the likes of Childish Gambino singer Donald Glover, Thandie Newton and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, it’s an adventure not to be missed.

In cinemas nationwide 

Lee Bul: Crashing at Hayward Gallery

Lee Bul: Crashing celebrates the pioneering work of one of Asia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, known for blending painting and performance with installation and architecture. Presenting a thought-provoking mix of her new works – including one especially commissioned installation – with a collection of silk velvet paintings and mixed-media works integrating organic and architectural elements, the exhibition also coincides with Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary.

 30 May – 19 August 2018

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