Celebrate National BBQ Week at Chotto Matte, Soho (until Friday)
London is ablaze with BBQ Week celebrations. Chotto Matte in Soho is leading the charge with a sizzling pop-up outdoor grill serving smokin' barbecued dishes, in keeping with the restaurant's Japanese-Peruvian slant. Try halloumi teriyaki, courgette and eryngii mushroom or spicy marinated chicken, all with a hearty side helping of spring salad, sweet potato and rice.
Date: 27 May-2 June Time: 12pm-12am Price: Dishes from £6 Location: Chotto Matte, 11-13 Frith Street, W1D 4RB Closest Station: Tottenham Court Road
New Opening: Pasticceria Marchesi on Mount Street, Mayfair
Pasticceria Marchesi, the historic Milanese bakery part-owned by the Prada Group, has opened on Mount Street in Mayfair. Head here for chic sweet and savoury pastries, 100 per cent arabica bold roast coffee, specialty teas and aperitifs, served amid plush interiors imbued with old worldly Italian elegance.
Time: Monday-Friday: 8-7pm; Saturday: 9-5pm Location: 117 Mount Street London W1K 3LA Closest Station: Green Park
Sundance Film Festival at Picturehouse, Piccadilly (from Thursday)
The Sundance Film Festival heads to London’s Picturehouse Central this week to celebrate the independent film industry. Opening night features the much-anticipated European premiere of Late Night starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling. Other cinematic debuts this week include After the Wedding starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams and a documentary film on Apollo 11, featuring footage and audio that’s never been seen or heard before. As well as screenings, talks by guest speakers will also take place during the famous festival.
Date: 30 May-2 June Time: Varies Price: From £10 Location: Picturehouse Central, The Trocadero Shaftesbury Avenue Piccadilly, W1D 7DH Closest Station: Piccadilly Circus
Mayfield Lavender Farm Reopening, Barnstead (from Saturday)
Venture to a luscious lavender farm in Surrey, which reopens this weekend. The picturesque Mayfield Lavender Farm comprises plenty of purple prettiness, an al fresco restaurant and a bee safari, as well as a traditional red phone box in the middle of the field (the perfect centrepiece for your Instagram photoshoot). Trust us, you’ll want to add this to your summer bucketlist.
Date: 1 June-1 September Time: 9am-6pm Price: £2.50 entry fee/ under 16s free Location: 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA Closest Station: Woodmansterne (Southern Rail)
ARDBEG Scottish-Caribbean Carnival in Regents Park (Saturday)
Ardbeg has placed Scotch whisky from ex-Bourbon casks in ex-rum casks from the Americas,to produce a new whisky with a Caribbean twist. To celebrate, the Scottish distillers are hosting a one-day carnival in Regents Park. Revellers can enjoy complimentary cocktails, unlimited Caribbean street food playful activities spanning tug o’war, coconut shies and limbo contests. There will be steel drums, a ceilidh troupe, colourful floats and, if the forecast is accurate, plenty sunshine.
Date: 1 June 2019 Time: from 2pm Price: £38 Location: York Lawns, Inner Circle, Regents Park NW14NS Closest Station: Regents Park
Rocketman hits cinemas, throughout London (all week)
The story of Elton John’s spectacular career hits screens this summer. Starring Taron Egerton as the leading man, the biographical film depicts the star’s breakthrough, from his difficult childhood to worldwide stardom, with his iconic music as the backdrop. It documents his relationship with his manager, John Reid played by Richard Madden and the friendship with songwriter Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) that changed his life. Elton John's starry costumes were recreated by Julian Day, including the notable Dodger outfit embellished with Swarovski crystals (pictured below).
Date: From 31 May