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May

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With two bank holidays in May we’ve got some great ideas on how you might want to spend your long weekends. Sometimes it fun to explore the city we live in. Festival season kicks off this month and we will be sharing our favourites to check out this Summer.

The BBQ Club

The BBQ Club

The BBQ Club - Starting 3rd May

Based on the Southbank, directly on The Thames, The BBQ Club encompasses the best of modern BBQ food. From their reservation only interactive 6 course rooftop dining concept each evening, to a delicious casual street food menu featuring everything from burgers to showcasing the best rare breed meats with their low and slow specials… All washed down with delicious and refreshing summer cocktails and craft , its a must to check out. To book tickets and for more info click here.

Wine Week

Wine Week

Wine Week - 13th -19th May

London Wine Week is a seven day summer festival which takes place across the city, with delicious events happening each day of the week – from pop-up wine bars to al fresco parties, decadent dinners and tutored tastings – plus some of the very best wine bars creating bespoke tasting flights of wine for just £6 for you to try! For the first time - Festival Passes for London Wine Week are free meaning even more reason to drink up for more info click here.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 21st - 25th May

The world’s most famous flower show is back for another year, featuring cutting-edge garden design  fabulous shopping and plants from every corner of the globe. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, runs from 21 to 25 May 2019 and will feature the very best that the gardening world has to offer, including the famous Great Pavilion at the heart of the show packed with specialist growers and nurseries. It’s the ultimate day out for tickets and more info click here.

Grand Design Live 4th -12th May

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, returns in 2019 at London's ExCeL from 4-12 May and from 9-13 October at Birmingham’s NEC. Based on the Channel 4 series and presented by Kevin McCloud, the show offers visitors top expert advice, new product launches and specialist exhibitors in six project zones. Whether you’re planning a self-build, renovation or are adding the finishing touches, find ideas and inspiration for your very own Grand Design at this multi-award winning event. This year Sommer will be taking part in a panel, health vs the home. For tickets and more info click here.

All Points East

All Points East

Festival season kicks off this month, each month we’re going to share some of our favourites to check out. Starting with All Points East.

All Points East - 24th May to 2nd June

All Points East is a music festival held over two weekends once a year in London’s Victoria Park, run by AEG Presents. The 10 day event comprises of two weekends of the most exciting names in music and four days of free entry and community activities known as In the Neighbourhood. For more info and tickets click here.

Float Tanks

Float Tanks

3 Tribes - Floatation Tanks - now open

With wellness becoming the biggest trend of 2019 we love to explore new ways to relax and look after ourselves. If you find it hard to relax then head to a floatation tank.

Floating is an experience that can help to reset our mental well being and bring balance to our thinking. By taking some time to quieten all the thoughts passing through our head, we allow ourselves to think clearly and become more focused. Floatation tanks are a modern and controlled way to meditate. Many of us have high-pressure jobs and find it hard to take time away from screens, people and everyday noise. For more info and to book an appointment click here.

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard - now open

Vinegar Yard is set to be a brand-new eating, drinking, shopping and art space from the team behind Flat Iron Square. Located under the direct gaze of The Shard, Vinegar Yard will comprise art installations, container pop-up shops, bars, street-food traders and a huge open-air garden area with outdoor seating for hundreds of people. Open seven days a week from early until late, we imagine the venue will be filled with after-work drinkers and weekend fun-seekers come summer. For more info click here.

Lyaness

Lyaness

Lyaness - now open

Lyaness is the brand new bar from the award-winning Mr Lyan and team, continuing their collaboration with Sea Containers London and the iconic space overlooking the Thames. We love the interiors an can’t wait to check it out for more info click here.


April

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April has arrived and we’re full of excitement with the promise of longer and warmer days. With the Easter holidays creeping upon us, we have some ideas of what to get up to this month in and around London, and not just for the kids, we’ve got the grown ups covered too.

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

19th-23rd April Easter weekend

Looking for a chocolate fix with a difference this Easter why not head over to The Chocolate Cocktail Club. Their mouth-watering cocktails range from creamy and intense to cool and refreshing, each drink is garnished with a treat to get the tastebuds flowing for a night of heavenly cocktails, what’s not to love...Chocolate and Cocktails! For more details click here.

Easter Egg hunts

Easter Egg hunts

1-28th April - Cadbury Easter egg hunt.

Looking to exhaust the kids over the Easter holidays? Why not explore one of the National Trust properties across the UK. With their enormous grounds and lush gardens the National Trust properties were clearly made for Easter Egg hunts. Make sure you’re breaking into a Cadbury egg come Easter by joining the big Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. For more details just click here.

Sunrise Yoga at Sky Garden

Sunrise Yoga at Sky Garden

From 2nd April - Sunrise Yoga at Sky Garden

36 floors high - Sky Garden is the perfect setting for sunrise yoga and a delicious breakfast.

Set among Sky Garden's luscious tropical greenery with a backdrop of incredible city views, take to the mat in the idyllic City Garden. With a dynamic, vinyasa flow style, this class is suitable for all levels and abilities and they offer two ticket options for each class - yoga and breakfast package or yoga-only ticket. For tickets and more info click here.

The London Marathon

The London Marathon

28th April - London Marathon

The race is on and the 2019 London Marathon is nearly upon us! Join cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers at the world-famous London Marathon. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April. If you want to cheer all the runner’s on just click here to find out all the spectator info.

Gin-House Burlesque

Gin-House Burlesque

12th April - Gin-House Burlesque

Following a year of sold out roaring gin-house parties, London's premium vintage showgirls welcome you back to east London's best kept secret speak easy, The King's Head Members Club for evenings of Burlesque, Circus, Music and Vaudeville delights! For tickets and more info click here.

The Prince

The Prince

Now open - The Prince

The Prince is from the same team behind Pergola on the roof so you know its going to be a good time. It’s made up of 1 street, 3 bars, music, food, drinks, 3 restaurants and an enclosed woodland garden.

Whether you’re looking for a stunning spot for a romantic date, an unusual location for those after-work drinks, or somewhere truly unique to celebrate a special occasion, The Prince has what you’re looking for. For more info and reservations just click here.

The B&H Garden Room

The B&H Garden Room

Now open - The B&H Garden Room

The next in line of London’s increasingly innovative drinking experiences, comes from stepping into this living, breathing botanical bar. Brought to you by experiential drinks aficionados Bourne and Hollingsworth, The B&H Green room will feature an array of fresh ingredients and garnishes ripe for the picking (and then promptly adding to your booze) in its brand new ‘Living Bar’. Green life will be running up the walls, along a trellis behind the cocktail bar, and across the room’s ceiling, helping punters to get inspired before they sip. For for info and reservations click here.

GARDEN TIPS BY SHELLEY HUGH-JONES

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April is nearly upon us and the days are getting longer and brighter.  Blossom and bulbs are flowering everywhere so if you feel inspired to make changes or give your plants a good start, now is the time to do it.

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

House Curious

House Curious

Feeding: A generous layer of mushroom compost or composted manure will give everything a good start. Follow this up with a regular feed from April through to September and your garden will flower more and be generally healthier. Scrape off the top 5-10 cms of compost in your planters and refresh with new multi-compost. 

Lawns: Now is the time for the first cut if you have not started mowing already! Feed your lawn too.

Moving plants: It’s not too late to lift or divide if anything has got to big for its space or pot. Grasses and perennials can be divided and shrubs moved but do it soon before the weather picks up. Tie in all climbers before they wrap themselves around neighbouring plants!

Weeds: Remove the weeds before they get too large and unruly!

Soho Farmhouse

Soho Farmhouse

 Colour: Add colour to your patio with pots of flowering bulbs, perennials and annuals. These can be changed and added to as the season progresses and moved around the garden filling any holes in the beds.

Bulbs: Leave all bulb foliage to die back for at least 6 weeks after flowering has finished so the goodness goes back into the bulb for next year. Finish planting summer flowering bulbs .

Save the Bees: Plant something for the bees this year. Flowers in the garden look beautiful but are also vital for our bees whose numbers are diminishing and as a result we are facing major problems on a global scale if they continue to decline. Avoid using pesticides and try biological or insect safe alternatives.

Phyllis Odessey

Phyllis Odessey

Fruit and Veg: Buy some seeds for sowing vegetables. Strawberries can be planted in April, plus sow some sunflower seeds; great to do this with children. Local plant nurseries sell seeds and can advise.

 

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

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Words by Shelley Hugh-Jones - Garden Design

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