May Hot List

7 May 2015

I am slightly baffled by the fact I am writing about summery May-like activities already, but we've had our bank holiday fun and now comes the drudgery of work whilst we look for new things to be excited about. Luckily, there is PLENTY to be excited about... the fact there is still another bank holiday to come (May 25th, try not to get too giddy) and a whole host of pop-up foodie events, film clubs and exhibitions.

Just because the media are seemingly banned from talking about anything other than the election, doesn't mean there aren't other things going on. 

There's lots going on in London town....and the suggestions below are just the tip of the iceberg.

Have a fabulous May!



'The Alice Look' exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood

I don't remember ever not loving Alice in Wonderland. From her perfect blonde hair and cornflower blue dress to her IDGAF attitude when taking on the flower choir, Alice is a girl we can all look up to. 2015 marks 150 years since her creation (crazy, I know!) and this free exhibition looks at the trends she has influenced, from Vogue photo shoots to Japan's Harajuku girls. The global influence of Alice isn't stopping any time soon, she's just too damn badass. The free exhibition runs until November. More info here.

Pitch Perfect 2. 

All the one-liners you could wish for blended with songs you haven't heard in ages. No, it may not be as good as the first movie (how often does a sequel live up to the hype, really?) but it's a lot of fun nevertheless. You can't not love Rebel Wilson. Can't she be our new prime minister? In cinemas everywhere from 15th of May.

A movie on the roof. 

Rooftop Film Club is in full swing now and you can expect new releases such as Wild and Birdman to be shown in Kensington, classics like Jaws, The Beach and Trainspotting at Straftford and a whole host of great films at their Peckham and Shoreditch venues. It will be hard to choose what to see but you need to be quick, tickets are selling so fast for May dates that you may not be left with any choice at all! Find full listings and booking details here


Run (or walk...or totter) in high heels around Battersea Park on May 30th in aid of HOPEHIV. 

Running in heels isn't easy (ask anyone who has missed the last tube) but this fun charity event raises much needed cash for children and young people in sub-Saharan Africa who have been orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS. The course is 2.4km and men are very much encouraged to don a pair of heels to join in too. Expect butlers in the buff, vodka jelly shots and selfie stations dotted around the course....because it's that kind of sporting event. WE WHOLE-HEARTEDLY APPROVE. Entry is £20 in advance or £30 on the day and all of this goes to the charity. More info here.

Get your hands on some new clobber and help Oxfam in the process at Rumble in the Jungle 4. 

It’s back! After raising £27,000 at last year's event – and with a very special appearance from Elton John's sparkly suit – Gemma Cairney and The Music Circle’s mammoth celebrity and music themed jumble sale returns on May 9th with all proceeds going to help empower women around the world. Tonnes of celebrities have donated their jumble (IMAGINE owning a Mark Ronson suit or Alexa Cung's jeans?!) and this is no church hall affair where you pay 20p and hope you'll get a biscuit on your way out if you're lucky. You can expect fab fashion finds, cheap vinyl, gorgeous prints, DJs, hair and make-up treats and all sorts....all for a great cause. Entrance is £5 plus a bag of good quality jumble, more info here

Get some holiday outfit inspo by admiring over 100 years worth of seaside clothing at the Fashion & Textiles Museum. 

From the 22nd May, this exhibition celebrating Riviera Style will take you from the English seaside to the Côte d’Azure, all the way to California and back again. With swimsuits and sarongs, brightly patterned beach cover-ups, boat neck Bretons and beach pyjamas, palazzo pants and playsuits, bikinis and burkinis, the exhibition features over 100 years of clothes for wearing in and beside the sea. It promises to be a feast for the eyes and I can't *wait* to see those vintage prints up close. Tickets are £8.80 for adults and can be bought on the door, more info here.


Street Feast is baaaaaaack! 

Get thee to Dalston Yard, because Street Feast is back with more food and booze traders than ever. Just look at this list (not if you're hungry, mind) and tell me you can resist a visit. Open now, every Friday and Saturday, til late September. Entry is free between 5pm and 7pm and then £3 after. More info here.  

Pretend to be beside the seaside at Vintage Salt. 

You can always rely on Selfridges to do something fun with their roof space, but this is a particularly charming use of their prime real estate. Relax in a striped deckchair, chow down on a fish finger sandwich, buy a drink from the beach hut...and momentarily forget you're on Oxford Street in this Cornish themed pop-up. Book a table and see the menus here.

A biskie (or eight) at Cutter & Squidge. 

You haven't lived until you've tried a biskie. Honestly, they are VERY special. Luckily, the Cutter & Squidge girls have a pop-up cafe in Soho where you can get your fix easily. Which is both brilliant and dangerous. At the pop-up cafe you'll find 16 flavours of biskie, at least 5 different flavours of dream cake, veggie marshmallows, chocolates, jars of salted caramel aaannnnnd wheat free salted caramel brownies. You need this in your life. Find them at 4 Brewer Street until June, opening hours etc are here


Re-acquaint yourself with The Sterling at the re-launch party. 

At the foot of the Gherkin, there aren't many places more lovely than The Sterling to drink in the sunshine. Well it just got better, thanks to a fancy make-over and new menus. Come and see what all the fuss is about at one of the welcome parties in May. Register here

Celebrate the fact the election is nearly over (finally!) with a Vojito. 

Obviously we encourage you wholeheartedly to go down and vote on Thursday, but if all the election chatter is driving you slightly doolally then how about a vojito to make all the manifesto manhandling go away? You can order a red (strawberry), blue (blueberry), green (mint) or yellow (mango) mojito across all our central London bars until Friday and the good news is that you can solely let your tastebuds decide the outcome of this drinkified election. Oh and they're only £4.50. More info here.

Have a drink in a hot tub whilst watching a movie? Sure. 

Hot Tub Cinema is back and you can enjoy waiter service as you watch your fave films from a hot tub. As far as outdoor drinking goes, this is a pretty epic way to do it. Tickets are selling FAST so book your fave movie soon to avoid disappointment. More info and booking here.

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