In honour of the summer bank holiday, we've collated a bumper selection of London's best food, drink and arts events guaranteed to delight. For gastronomes in pursuit of culinary excellence, Wimbledon Park Food Festival is returning to the capital, while Italian haunt Sartoria has unveiled a tasty new menu. The Tate Modern is exhibiting the work of neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, and The Greenwich Theatre is sending us into the wild with its production of The Jungle Book. Read on for your ultimate bank holiday weekend.>>
Delivering a giant splash of colour to Pullman London St Pancras is internationally renowned London designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, the brains behind 'Chromacolour Catwalk.' As part of the brand’s cultural initiative ‘Artist Playground by Pullman,’ supporting local creatives, activations and installations, the interactive and captivating installation invites guests to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant display. Sunglasses optional.
Until 28 August
Francesco Mazzei’s much-loved Mayfair restaurant Sartoria has unveiled a delicious new all-day bar menu that promises to impress London’s discerning crowd. The new selection offers a fine choice of brunch options – including Cicchetti and antipasti – as well as some heartier main options, such as the Aubergine Parmigiana and Fettucine with lamb ragu. It's the perfect pit-stop for lunch.
The Children Act joins the long list of novel-to-screen adaptations from prolific novelist and screenwriter Ian McEwan – which also include Atonement and On Chesil Beach. Emma Thompson stars as High Court judge Fiona Maye whose fraught marriage and personal life takes a backseat to her high-pressured role inside the ethically complex family law court, as she rules the case of a teenager refusing a life-saving blood transfusion.
In cinemas nationwide now
Dig out your dancing shoes and varsity jumper and prepare to step back in time as Maggie’s Club – a 1980s themed boutique members late-night bar in the heart of Chelsea – hosts a nostalgic night of fun. Guests can expect disco classics, Piña Coladas and Daiquiris and a tuckshop of vintage treats, to the backdrop of 80s paraphernalia, old school cassette tape tables and electric soundtrack courtesy of the resident DJ.
Sunday 26 August, 10:30pm – 2am
Tantalise your tastebuds with a bottomless brunch at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea, Tom Aikens' flagship restaurant within a beautiful Chelsea townhouse. Indulgent favourites such as Eggs Benedict, Baked Turkish eggs and Brioche French toast are on offer alongside à la carte dishes including Spicy Devonshire crab cake, Herdwick lamb rump, smoked salmon niçoise salad and courgette and pistachio risotto. For beverages, guests can pick from a freshly squeezed juice, mimosa or bloody Mary, or bottomless prosecco.
Available 9.30am – 3.30 pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
For a welcome dose of literary escapism, head to The Greenwich Theatre to catch its delightful production of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale The Jungle Book. Featuring a mix of percussion, puppetry and performance in lush jungle surroundings, the play transports audiences to the depths of the jungle to recount the adventure of ‘man-cub’ Mowgli and his animal friends Baloo and Bagheera.
15 August – 26 August
Providing some food for thought is Wimbledon Park Food Festival which is returning to the home of the famous courts for its fifth year. Visitors can sample a wealth of gastronomic delights including artisan bread and pastries, crêpes, fudge, smoked BBQ pulled pork, cheeses and charcuterie from 45 stalls. Also on the bill is a ‘Talks and Tastings’ hub in the festival kitchen, hosting presentations from experts chefs as well as beers, ales and gin varieties.
25 – 27 August
A retrospective solo exhibition dedicated to the witty and provocative designs of American neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer is premiering at the Tate Modern this summer. Focusing on her innovative text-based body of work, based on the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces, the show invites the viewer to consider ‘the words and messages that surround us.’ Highlights on display include her famed 2007 LED work ‘Blue Purple Tilt.’ [Image credit: Exhibition view: Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Photo: Jack Hems]
Tate Modern, 23 July 2018 – July 2019