What to do
Music will burst from the Barbican and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems as part of Sound Unbound – a free music festival taking place this weekend.
- A screening of the Oscar-winning film The Artist with live music by the BBC symphony orchestra is the highlight of the festival. Check out the full programme here.
- Let J S Bach’s beautiful Cello Suites wash over you in a newly composed version for cello and synths in St Giles’ Cripplegate, 3pm & 4.30pm.
- Or visit Piano Smithfield for cocktails and live piano, blues and jazz. Be warned – this popular bar gets busy, but for good reason.
Budding photographers will enjoy the Photo London exhibition opening this weekend at Somerset House. Showcasing the very best of the past, present and future of photography, this year’s Photo London is bigger than ever, with over 100 of the world’s leading galleries, featuring artists ranging from established masters to rising stars.
Where to eat
Head to newly opened Sloane Place for breakfast – with an eye-popping Bircher muesli and a roof terrace in the heart of Chelsea, it’s the ideal place to kick off the weekend.
For dinner, book ahead at popular Soho restaurant Bao where Taiwanese small plates and steamed buns are the signature dishes. Go in a group and steal from your neighbour so you get to sample as many as possible.
Alternatively put your feet up and enjoy a cosy night in with our film and food pairings guide – from The Big Lebowski to Sleepless in Seattle, bring your favourite films to life with these delicious recipes from our very own Vintage Chef Olivia Potts.
Where to drink
West London is gearing up for next week’s Chelsea Flower Show so be sure to make the most of the flower power on display in and around Chelsea. Iconic nightclub Annabel’s is a sight to behold at the moment with its new Georgian townhouse decked out in flowers. If you’re not already a member, now’s the time to find a friend who is. A botanical afternoon tea and various floral masterclasses are available at Annabel’s from Monday onwards and a flower-festooned Range Rover will be on hand to ferry members to the Chelsea Flower Show.