Poppy's May Hot List

7 May 2014

From #ChilliChilliBangBang and Godzilla to the wedding dress exhibition at The V&A, there is plenty to get excited about this month.

Do

Book tickets to Zoo Lates

Okay so Zoo Lates doesn't actually return to London Zoo til June, but I missed out on tickets last year and am slightly bitter about it so I am giving you warning now in MAY to book your tickets for June and July. Not familiar with Zoo Lates? It's basically the best way to see London Zoo, partly because of the party atmosphere but mostly because there aren't any kids barging past you, hitting the glass and scaring the animals away. As well as approximately 17500 creatures great and small to look at, there's improvised comedy, twisted cabaret, roving performances, pop up bars, a street food festival and carousel rides. The after hours adults only event takes place every Friday night in June and July. Standard tickets are £17.50. More info and ticket booking here

Enjoy some wedding dress history at The V&A

This very special exhibition has just opened at The V&A and features wedding dresses from 1775 to the present day. The exhibition traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. It's hard to pick a favourite style from two centuries worth of blushing brides, but if the comments on Instagram are anything to go by then Gwen Stefani's pink dip dye wedding dress needs to be seen to be believed. Exhibition runs til March 15th 2015. V&A members get free entry, otherwise tickets start at £13.40. More info and ticket booking here

Marvel at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

From the 1st of May til the 18th, you can experience the very best contemporary photography from around the world at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House. The Sony World Photography Awards is widely recognised as the leading global photographic awards programme and the winning and shortlisted imagery on display spans photojournalism, fine art, sport, commercial work and more. The exhibition represents an eclectic and striking view of 2013 through photography. The Chinese rainstorm above was captured by Li Chen and won the Travel award in the Open Competition. Tickets are £7.50. More info and ticket booking here.

See

Godzilla

I can't be the only one who is RIDICULOUSLY excited for Godzilla to hit our screens. A giant radioactive beast causing mass havoc? The potential end of humankind? Haphazard military action? BRYAN CRANSTON? What's not to be excited about?! For optimum 'will the world survive?' tension see it in 3D at the IMAX. Although our gut feeling is that yes, there will be humans left to tell the tale. Opens on 16th of May. More info and ticket booking here.

Channel 4's Comedy Gala

A stand-up show with a difference, the Channel 4 Comedy Gala is probably the only night of the year where you can see so much comedy talent perform live in one room...albeit a massive room like the O2. The whole event is in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, with the target this year being to raise enough money for a new operating theatre. You'll see Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Paddy McGuinness, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh, Warwick Davis and many more. A rip roaring night out for a very worthy cause. Friday 16th of May. Tickets from £45. More info and ticket booking here.

David Brent & Foregone Conclusion - LIVE

Yep, Brent is back! David and his band Foregone Conclusion will be performing such classics as ‘Free Love Freeway', ‘Spaceman Came Down’, ‘Slough’, ‘Life on The Road’ and ‘Ain’t No Trouble’ when they take the stage at Hammersmith Apollo on the 16th and 17th of May. Office fans rejoice! Tickets from £26.75. More info and ticket booking here.

Eat

Get hot at #ChilliChilliBangBang

Over the 9th and 10th of May, Dalston Yard will become the Chilli Pepper Capital of the World. TweatUp have teamed up with Wahaca co-founder and chilli nut Thomasina Miers to bring you lively demos from the UK's most hot-headed chefs, fiery street food from all four corners of the globe, a Spice Market featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, a Hot Sauce Deli, DJs, live entertainment and a barrage of Jose Cuervo chilli tequila cocktails. Expect demos from the likes of Thomasina Miers, Giorgio Locatell and Gizzi Erskine. Tickets are £15 which gets you entry, three drinks, a Wahaca hot sauce and lots of other goodies and deals. More info and ticket booking here.

Stuff yourself and educate yourself at Foodies Festival

The Foodies Festival is at Marble Hill House (near Richmond) on May 24th, 25th and 26th and at Kenwood House (Hampstead Heath) on May 30th, 31st and June 1st. If you nab a £15 ticket you can watch top chefs and experts do their thing in cookery masterclasses, browse the markets, dine at top pop-up restaurants, enjoy an afternoon tea and dance in the Vintage Tea Tent, chill out in the Real Ale and Cider Farm, enter a chilli eating contest, picnic on the grass while listening to live entertainment and much more. The 'Feasting Tent' is where we'll be. More info and ticket booking here.

Eat your way around Urban Food Fest

If you prefer to wait til nightfall to get your foodie on, then you need to head to Shoreditch for the street food night markets at Urban Food Fest. Urban Food Fest showcases 15 different street food trucks and stalls each week and it's free to enter the market, you just pay for what you eat. Simple! Open 5pm-midnight every Saturday night til the 21 June at Euro Car Parks, 162-175 Shoreditch High Street, London. More info here.

Drink

Bill & Ben Sharer Cocktail at Core

If the B&Q ads all over the telly are anything to go by, we've officially entered 'gardening season'. Most London types don't have their own garden of course, but anyone can enjoy the Bill & Ben sharing cocktail at Core. White peach and strawberry purée are shaken with elderflower, Finlandia vodka and a dash of lemon juice then popped into a squeezy green tomato bottle so that you can mix with a bottle of fizz. Sounds like our kind of gardening! Book a table at Core here.

Garden Jam at Foundation 

Want to add some village summer fête charm to your Friday night? The Garden Jam cocktail at Foundation features strawberry purée, basil leaves and fresh lemon all shaken up with Finalndia vodka and served in a jam jar. No winning tombola ticket required. Book a table at Foundation here.

Fruit Loop Sharer Cocktail at Piccadilly Institute

Watering the plants is boring, water yourself instead. Opt for a Fruit Loop Sharer at Piccadilly Institute and a pink watering can will arrive at your table, full to the brim with Eristoff vodka, apple juice, pomegranate juice and elderflower cordial. Deeeeelicious. Book a table at Piccadilly Institute here.

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