Weekend Guide April 29 - May 2
It’s the first May long weekend and for those sticking in London, we’ve got terraces, roof gardens, barbeques, dive bars, and the whole shebang. Plus, we’re foraging in Harvey Nichols, masqueraving with Jamie XX, and partying to some French disco. London, you ain’t so bad.
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI NT’s Summer Terrace • SAT Masquerave • SUN Jacques
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indoor gardens
1. For some instagrammable cherry blossom displays, Sake no Hana is in full bloom

2. Or, check out the cherry blossoms at Shochu Lounge below Roka

3. New restaurant Dalloway Terrace has secret garden vibes written all over it

4. A UJ fave, the Boundary Rooftop’s orangery has had a Provençal makeover for summer

5. An oldie but goodie, Petersham Nurseries’ plant filled greenhouse cannot be beaten
Jekyll & Hyde
The Old Vic
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For a dose of great theatre combined with great dance, book tickets to Jekyll & Hyde at The Old Vic, the new dance thriller devised, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. One of the UK’s most innovative theatre choreographers, Drew McOnie reimagines Robert Louis Stevenson’s sinister drama in a physical new dance production with music by Grant Olding.

Jekyll & Hyde has been commissioned by The Old Vic as part of its new dance collaboration with The McOnie Company, led by Associate Artist Drew McOnie.
Jekyll & Hyde at The Old Vic. The Cut, SE1 8NB, May 20 – May 28, tickets from £10
NT’s Summer TerraceTalli Joe
It’s back! One of our favourite east London watering (and cheese toastie) holes is about to get better with the opening of its Sunset Terrace. Decked out with booths and tropical greenery, there’ll be a DJ on decks to soundtrack the night as you sip on piña coladas and flavoured margaritas. Food wise, it’s all about the barbeque. We’ve had izakayas done all ways, Oriental diners, and now, it’s time for an Indian dive bar.
Helmed by former Michelin-starred Benares chef Sameer Taneja, expect Indian half plates such as rasam poached shrimp and bone marrow nihari (a slow cooked stew) – washed down with Indian riffs on classic cocktails – our eyes are on the turmeric infused south Indian gimlet.
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Free entry
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street,
E8 3RL
Prices vary
152 Shaftesbury Avenue,
Dalston Roof ParkMasquerave
Another rooftop. Dalston Roof Park reopens this weekend after a winter’s landscaping and we hear it’s the greenest incarnation yet with hanging baskets, hops, grasses, climbers and creepers covering the whole space. Plus, there’s a new lighting system in play taking you from ambient sunsets to disco glows. As for food, drinks and entertainment? It’s all taken care of via a new bar, food vendors (Root & Bone) and a DJ spinning from 3pm until 12am. Seth Troxler, Jamie XX and Jillionaire are just some of the DJs coming together for the black tie fundraising masquerave party in east London. Hosted by cancer charity (and Samuel L Jackson?) One for the Boys, all proceeds go towards the fight against male cancer. So don your mask, dig out the black tie, and dance… all in the name of charity.

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£3 on arrival
18 Ashwin Street,
E8 3DL
The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road,
E1 0HX
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Bombay Sapphire ® Rooftop Retreat at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Terrace
Forget foraging in a forest. This summer, we’re foraging the Bombay Sapphire way – i.e in the Harvey Nichols Foodmarket to find our Ultimate Gin & Tonic twist ingredient. Part of ‘The Bombay Sapphire Rooftop Retreat at Harvey Nichols’, a series of masterclasses will be held on May 11 and May 25, inviting guests to explore a more in-depth gin & tonic experience, hosted by brand ambassador Renaud de Bosredon. But, for those who prefer to just sit back and relax G&T in hand –the rooftop retreat on the 5th floor is open to everyone, until July 11.
Bombay Sapphire ® Rooftop Retreat at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Terrace 109 -125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ. To book masterclass tickets, contact 5thfloorevents@harveynichols.com
Pizza Bianca with black truffles
On an unassuming rainy Monday night we slid into Chucs on Westbourne Grove for a late night snack; we ordered the pizza bianca with black truffle and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. So thin, so crisp, not too creamy or too rich. And we aren’t even usually white pizza fans. If you like pizza, get yourself to Chucs with haste!
Chucs Westbourne Grove, 226 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
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Miles AheadJacques
We love a movie with a booming musical score (Whiplash, Biggie & Tupac) so our eyes and ears are tuned for Miles Ahead. Set in the 70s, the story follows down-and- out jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) as he tries to recover his session tape from music producers. As for what to do after the movie? Dinner at Osteria seems like a no-brainer. If you have yet to check out the new incarnation of George and Dragon, here’s the perfect excuse. DJ, producer and UJ fave Andrew Armstrong (Monarchy) and Thomas Peltan (Ubermax) will be on decks for a night of French touch, disco, house and pop oddities. Get set to dance.
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6.15pm & 8.35pm
From £11.50
The Barbican,
Silk St,
Free entry, downstairs
Queen Adelaide of Cambridge Heath,
483 Hackney Road,
E2 9ED
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Al Fresco at Barrafina Drury lane
Recover from the weekend’s carnage with glass of Spanish wine or sherry (or both) and the best tapas this side of Barcelona at Barrafina Drury Lane. Normally, we’re faithful to Frith Street, but with news of their new terrace—try to hold us back. The no-reservations, first come, first served policy means get there for opening to guarantee yourself an outdoor table.
Barrafina Drury Lane . 43 Drury Lane, WC2B 5AJ.
Pickling, fermenting and kimchi on everything has been the way for a while, so finally, we’re trying our hand at it via the patron saint of pickling, Freddie Janssen and her new cookbook Pickled. Bring on the pickletinis.
Pickled, available from Amazon
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