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Weekend Guide May 27 - 29
It’s the last long weekend for a while, so make it a good one. To start, we’re wining and grinding in Dalston before getting down and dirty in west London. Saturday, you’ll find us stretched under a pergola on a sunbed…in a car park (because, London!) before going tropical in Dalston. Sunday, it’s off to a mini-festival in Brockwell Park before channelling Miami circa 1982, via Brixton. But, if you do want to get out of the city for reals (and you missed our latest Travel Supplement), we’ve rounded up our top five travel destinations.
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Genuwine • SAT Pergola on the Roof • SUN Brixton Beach Boulevard
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Jungle is Massive at Town Hall Hotel
It’s the east end’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show. Go-to Hackney florists Grace and Thorn have been given free reign to green up the Town Hall Hotel’s Council Chamber and it’s going to be mega. Booyaka booyaka!
Grace and Thorn X Town Hall Hotel presents Jungle is Massive. Friday, May 27. 8am -6pm.
Free entry
Top 5
travel destinations
1. For a city break that’s ticking all the trend boxes, hit up Barcelona

2. Or, go explore the gritty but cool East Amsterdam

3. Winos looking for a new region to explore, try Slovenia

4. And for you foodies, forget NY, right now, it’s all about Charleston

5. White Isle lovers, check into the new hotel on the Ibiza scene, La Granja Ibiza
From last week’s magnums in a motorcycle garage to this week’s GENUWINE, is it just us or has the wine world gotten cool? Tonight, we’re hitting the tiles, pinot in hand, as GENUWINE, the R&B Wine Party, takes over Ruby’s Bar & Lounge. Daniel Willis from The Clove Club will be on decks pumping out R&B and hip-hop classics while sommelier Courtney Stebbings (River Cafe, Lyle’s) and Aimee Hartley of Above Sea Level have taken care of the killer wine list. Wining and grinding, here we come! The end of an era. Cult west London club night MAXILLA is coming to an end. And, doing what it does best, it’s throwing a Bye Felicia party. Go, play, dance, snog and say goodbye to the off-the-cuff club night held, well, whenever, in the Portuguese Working Man’s club in Westbourne Park. Buh bye.
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Free entry
76 Stoke Newington Rd,
N16 7XB
From 9pm
27 Elkstone Road,
W10 5NT
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The Jazz Café
Sponsored Listing
Just in case you haven’t heard, The Jazz Café is back! The new-look space (think Art Deco meets industrial cool) will not only feature jazz, but it’s added the best in funk, hip hop and electronic music to its bill, plus there’s a new pumping sound system and 69-seat dining area on the mezzanine level with a revamped menu serving dishes such as pulled duck sliders, Korean beef lettuce wraps and brisket cheeseburgers. To celebrate the relaunch, there’ll be live sets by Pantha Du Prince, Dave Harrington, Dam Funk, Egyptian Lover, Portico, Pete Josef (to name a few) plus showcases from 22a and NTS. Tickets and reservations can now be made via TheJazzCafeLondon.com.
The Jazz Café. 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG
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Pergola on the RoofPalm Club Dalston
The former BBC Television Centre car park has been turned into a mega street food feast, with sweeping views of west London. Featuring the biggest temporary pergola in Europe, nab a sun bed before filling your plate from the line-up of street food traders including Salt Yard, LeCoq, Rabbit and Patty & Bun. Frozen margaritas, mai-tais and Tiki vibes. Sound good? Then head to Dalston’s latest pop up bar, Palm Club. Open from Thursday to Saturday, it’s nothing fancy, just a bar with a passion for all things tropical – y’know the look: green palms against pink walls, rattan furniture and ice cold fruity cocktails – we want the cocktail in a pineapple.
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Free entry
Television Centre – multi-storey car park
Wood Lane,
W12 7RJ
Free entry
14 Bradbury Street,
N16 8JN
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The House of Peroni
Sponsored Listing
Last week, we hit up the Floating Negroni Bar at The House of Peroni and this week, we’re going in for the private dining experience – and with Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria and previously L’Anima) in charge, our hopes are high. With five courses around the theme ‘For the love of Italy’, expect an inventive take on his family meals in Calabria: think antipasti, liquorice-cured salt cod and roast lamb rounded off with desserts like crema al bergamotto (bergamot cream) and a selection of handmade Italian pastries. Priced at £65 per person plus booking fee, the event will take place three evenings a week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Tickets are selling fast, so book now.
The House of Peroni at Proud East, Haggerston , May 19 – July 1. Tickets to the decadent Italian feast and other Masterclasses are available to buy now from www.thehouseofperoni.com
New Opening
Foley’s Tasting Kitchen
Foley’s Tasting Kitchen is gearing up to be one of the hottest openings this summer, thanks to scoring Mitz Vora, the sous chef at The Palomar, as its head chef. It’s set to open on July 1st, but if you want in sooner, make sure to register here for a chance to nab a spot for their soft launch. Go!
Foley’s Tasting Kitchen, 23 Foley Street, W1W 6DU. Opens July 1
Brixton Beach BoulevardGALA at Brockwell Park
A slice of glittering, sun-kissed 80s Miami… in south London. This we have to see. So, we’re starting Sunday by sunning ourselves in the pop up neon beach town in the heart of Brixton. We’re told to expect everything from a series of immersive day and night parties and surprise DJ sets to outdoor screenings of classic 80s films, all fuelled by local street food vendors and juicy cocktails Welcome to Miami! Now, time to hit a mini-festival and GALA in Brockwell Park is just that. Showcasing the south London scene, pick and mix from food vendors such as Kricket, Rum Kitchen and Salon (to name a few) as you get down and dirty to the sounds of Norman Jay, Crazy P, and Nightmares on Wax. As for drinks, it’s all about the Aperol Spritz bar.
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From 1pm
Popes Road,
Brockwell Park,
SE24 0PA
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Love or loath Jeff Koons and his multimillion reproductions of banal objects, his latest show will, no doubt, prove his influence on pop culture over the years. Koons’ biggest UK exhibition since 2009, NOW at Newport Street Gallery will feature over 30 paintings, works on paper and sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014. Hoover sculptures, stainless steel balloon animals… and before you ask, yes, the lobster inflatable has made the comeback.
Jeff Koons: Now at Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, SE11 6AJ. Free entry
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