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12 Reasons to Love May

Jane Ryan | 28/04/2016

Drinks, festivals, holidays, love and junkyards. May has it all going on. In no particular order...

1. London Wine Week

London Wine Week is BACK, taking over our city for its third year this May, 23rd-29th. Join in the fun and experience the best bars and wine producers as well as the tastiest reds, whites, rosés and bubbles available. Bascially grab a glass and get stuck in! There's a ton of events to attend, from summer BBQs on a rooftop to tastings and even an R+B wine dance party. Over 125 bars across the city are serving £5 wine flights or discounted offers and the hub will be in the beautiful Devonshire Square. All you need is a wristband

2. Bank Holidays

Two extra nights to hit London's bar scene, two extra mornings to sleep in and two whole days to frolic in the May spring sun. Yes please! Both May 2nd and May 30th are public holidays so plan your Sunday nights out, pack your picnic baskets and practice your May Pole dance.


3. Brixton Beach Boulevard

Bringing a slice of glittering 80’s Miami to south London, the pop-up beach will host day and night parties, surprise DJ sets, live outdoor screenings of summer’s sporting events and cult 80’s films, street food, cocktails and much more. See details here.

4. MASH Tour

Brooklyn Brewery has announced the launch of this year’s Mash Tour, the largest travelling food, beer and culture festival, which kicks off in London from Wednesday 11th. The line-up includes  Brooklyn’s Beer Mansion in Dalston, The Feast at Soho favourite Smoking Goat and Brooklyn’s DIY Dinner Party, which brings together the best elements of a cooking class, beer tasting and dinner party. 


5. House of Peroni Returns

The House of Peroni Residency will open its doors this year at Proud East in Haggerston from Thursday 19th May for six weeks. Themed around For the Love of Italy ('AMARE L’ITALIA'), the pop-up will offer guests a taste of Italian style to savour. You'll fine a selection of dining options each day, from Cicchetti (Italian bar snacks and small dishes) to La Colazione Pigra (Italian Brunch) at weekends, a selection of homemade gelato ice cream and a pre-bookable private dining experience, Il Banchetto (Italian Feast) plus cocktails from the world-famous Simone Caporale. 

6. Old Spitalfields Night Market

Food, booze, tunes and Friday vibes at Spitalfield's monthly Night Market - the next one being on Friday 13th May. Enjoy live music and DJs from a stage curated by Hoxton Radio, plus in-store music and fun over at Dr Martens. Tuck in from the street food market, with the likes of Bleecker St Burger, Dirty Bagels, Sud Italia, Poppies, Al Chile and Belpassi Bros while DrinkUp.London is taking care of the booze, bringing out our Boilermaker Bar - a bluesy, rock and rollin’ pop-up showcasing the humble Boilermaker (that’s a beer and a shot to you…). We’ve picked six of our favourites brews and six spirits all of varying styles – just roll the dice to pick your poison. Plus, with London Wine Week just around the corner (23-29 May), we’ll be serving glasses of fizz and our favourite wine cocktail the Chambord Royale to get us in the mood. See you at the bar from 1pm to ease in your weekend!

7. Junk Yard Golfing

You ain't never seen golf like this before! Choose one of three nine-hole crazy golf course's of weird and twisted junk, car booty and charity shop shizzle. Navigate jacuzzis, slides, speed boats, wendy houses, cows and treadmills in search of the perfect round. Not to mention the mind-altering UV techo section DAFTWERK. It's not all clubs and swings however, there's also four bars and two awesome street food traders. 


8. Julep Week

The Blues Kitchen is hosting Julep Week this May, showcasing their spectacular bourbon collection in a weeklong ode to one of the American South’s most dearly beloved tipples. 

9. Drinks at the Brand New Cafe Monico

Soho House's latest opening in London, on Shaftesbury Avenue, is a stunning ode to the original Cafe Monico, established nearby in 1877. You'll find French-Italian dishes from breakfast through to dinner, including shellfish, pastas, salumi, grilled meats and fish in a traditional brasserie setting. The drinks menu features classic cocktails, traditional aperitifs and a large selection of vermouths.


10. Chelsea Flower Show Cocktails

Taking inpiration from London's famous flower show, bars across London are shaking up some floral drinks. Try The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar's the Embankment Gardens made from Oxley Gin, Spiced Martini Bianco, Fresh Lime Juice, Fig Leaf Syrup and dressed with a lime twist. Cocktail Trading Company have also gotten in on the act with their version of a Bee's Knees - a light and fresh tipple with gin, lemon juice, and honey served with a sprig of lemon thyme and a rice paper bee. Kansas Smitty’s jazz and julep bar has created the Allotment Julep which transports the drinker out into the garden. Infused with nettle, elderflower, carrot, coriander seed, apple, pear, and mint it is the ultimate green-fingered cocktail.

11. Queen of Hoxton’s Phsychedelic Rooftop

Launching on April 28, the new theme on Queen of Hoxton's roof is all about summer in the swining sixties, making for a colourful kaleidoscopic hideaway waiting to transport dreamers, lovers and revellers back to the hazy summer of 1967. The nostalgic homage to one of the world’s most legendary summers, when scores of young people travelled from across America and beyond in search of a spiritual revolution, foucses on psychedelia, flower power and freedom.


12. Bourne & Hollingsworth's Champagne-soaked Thames Cruise

This May, the magnificent Silver Sturgeon ship will be transformed into a cruise liner circa 1931 and Bourne & Hollingsworth are inviting you to return to the golden age of luxury travel aboard the SS: Atlantica which departs from the Savoy Pier on Saturday 28th May 2016. Glide down the Thames with a soft spring breeze in your fur stole, the sound of water under your immaculately shod pins, and the setting sun sparkling in your Martini glass. Abandon your modern cares ashore and join us on this Champagne-sodden voyage into the glamour of yesteryear.


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