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Upcoming Time Out events
A chocolate-making and tasting event with Hotel Chocolat at Icetank Studio
Chocolate-makers from the School of Chocolate (Hotel Chocolat's creators and taste-testers) will take you step by step through the process of making the good stuff - from cocoa beans from their own Rabot Estate in Saint Lucia to slabs of deliciousness. You'll also get to taste a selection of chocolates selected by your experts to teach you about the differences and subtleties available.Tickets just £45
'McQueen' at St James Theatre plus a Q&A on June 2
Based on a quote from the couturier himself, the show takes place over one night when McQueen meets a mysterious girl who's been living in the elm tree in his garden and goes on a journey across London with her.Tickets were £55, now £34
Heartbreak Hotel at The Jetty
It's time to check into London's most intriguing establishment that's now accepting bookings. Step inside the Heartbreak Hotel, a utopia for lost souls and broken hearts, when it opens on June 2 and be swept away on the journey of a lifetime.Tickets from £11.75
Rising Stars at The Jazz Cafe on June 9
Get ahead of the crowd and give yourself the chance to discover the next big thing! We’ve got five exciting artists lined up for you, each already gaining serious momentum on their way to the top. Once more Rising Stars returns to one of our favourite venues in the city, Camden Town's famed Jazz Cafe. Tickets are just £10 and include a free drink on arrival!
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Unmissable festivals in London
London Dragon Boat Festival
This event features 40 teams of people racing dragons down a river. Actually, they're not real dragons. But, once you're caught up in the thrill of the competition, the contest does have a certain magic. 2015 is the event's twentieth year, so you can expect the celebrations to be even bigger and bolder than usual. Keeping the crowds entertained between races will be martial arts displays, live music and traditional Chinese lion dancing, while a food festival will be serving up the flavours of South East Asia. This is a family-friendly event and entrance is free, with all proceeds from the races and stalls going to charity.
Weekend plans lacking a certain je ne sais quoi? This celebration in and around Borough Market of all things Français for the country's national day will feature all sorts of activities, foods, games and performances from across the channel. Play some boules or petanque, chop up watermelon using a guillotine and enjoy plenty of bread, cheese and wine at the many tasting sessions. The party will round off with the open-air Bal Populaire (6-10pm), so your evening will be filled with dancing and Gallic merriment.
Let your kids run riot in the Square Mile at a festival that hopes to turn five-to-eleven-year olds into 'architectives'. Some of the City's most iconic buildings are opening to families for workshops and activities that will help children explore aspects of design and construction. Highlights include sessions at the Gherkin, a new festival hub at 6 Bevis Marks, scooter competitions and DIY events.
RHS London Harvest Festival Show
Some of the UK's finest nurseries, growers and independent producers will cart their harvest produce to the Royal Horticultural Society this October for their annual celebration of autumnal fruit and vegetables. Visitors can admire, taste and buy the freshly picked, dug and plucked ingredients, or those who grow their own can enter the RHS Fruit and Vegetable Competition to win cups and cash prizes. The first prize for heaviest pumpkin last year was £1000, which would just about make up for the fact that the winner must have eaten pumpkin with every meal for months afterwards. The RHS Harvest Festival Late will accompany the event.