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Top 10 things to do this May bank holiday

With a killer line-up of events, this late May bank holiday weekend is set to be a belter

Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and get out and about over the second May long weekend. Plan your time off to the minute with our round-up of the very best events taking place in the capital this bank holiday (Monday May 25 2015).

1

Kerb does Alchemy

Kerb's spiciest street food superstars (and some extra delicious support acts) are moving into the Southbank Centre's marketplace for an eleven-day stretch of special food menus as part of Alchemy festival. Dishes from countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be on offer and chai-wallahs will roam the area to make sure you're never far from refreshment. The hop bar will be pouring IPAs and other extra-hoppy brews, cocktails come with Asian associations and there'll be coram boards, ping pong and table football available to play for free. 

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25 May 2015
2

Meantime Brewfest

Meantime Brewing produce craft beer in Greenwich all year round, but this fourth festival of theirs sees breweries from all over the world gather at The Old Brewery in The Royal Naval College for three days of beer tasting, food pairing and live music. Your ticket includes a branded glass, tasting notes and five beer tokens to get you started, but with more than 150 options you might need to splash out on a few extras, or prepare to be very decisive.

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25 May 2015
3

York & Albany’s Beach Hut

The courtyard at York & Albany will get a seaside-style makeover this summer, with sand, deckchairs and even a beach hut. Order up beach-themed booze such as seaweed martinis, Pimm's ice lollies and rum slushies, or tuck into some mini fish and chips, pickled seafood or something more substantial from the barbecue menu. Sweet treats on offer include raspberry custard doughnuts, sticks of rock and a DIY ice cream machine.

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Until Mon Aug 31
4

Nazeem Hussain – Legally Brown

This Aussie comic is half of two-man stand-up show 'Fear of a Brown Planet' with Aamer Rahman, which has already played multiple sell-out runs at Soho Theatre. Now, like Rahman, Nazeem Hussain is going solo, bringing his full-length show to London. The 28-year-old comic has his own TV show in his homecountry, and has recently supported Dave Chappelle on his Australian tour.

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30 May 2015
5

Foodies Festival

Food-lovers can tuck into a range of masterclasses, talks and tastings at this three-day festival which celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. Chefs who'll be sharing their tips and tricks include Aldo Zilli, Ping Coombes and Michelin-starred Jesse Dunford Wood, and the new Tasting Theatre will host specialist sessions on chocolate, oyster shucking, raw food and even bee keeping. Sip at samples in the Wine & Champagne Theatre, get stuck into sweet treats in the Cake & Bake Theatre and try internationally inspired dishes in the Street Food Avenue. 

Sat May 23

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Until Sun Jul 26
6

Bollywood Fever

Get wrapped up in the fun, energy and melodrama of Bollywood at this three-day festival which will celebrate both modern and classic films in the genre. Street food, live music, dancers and henna artists will all be on site to complement the schedule of screenings, for which tickets must be booked in advance.

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Until Mon May 25
7

Sheeps – Wembley Previews

The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny. A few years ago we said they were ‘one of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years’. ‘Thanks, guys,’ their website says, ‘We use this quote on basically everything even though it was about three years ago now.’ Yeah, we noticed. But it’s still true.

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30 May 2015
8

The Line

Walk The Line between the O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to see sculptures from Damien Hirst, Martin Creed and Gary Hume. London's new sculpture trail will lead walkers along three miles of waterways including London's Royal Docks and along the River Lea. Each work will be illuminated at night-time for late strollers to enjoy too.

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Various London locations, London Until Thursday December 31 2015
9

Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals

When intrepid explorers set out on international adventures and discovered animal species which were completely alien to their society, the only way of explaining them to the wider world was through art and description. Nowadays we have more impressive technology to help us get it right, but an artist's impression is still often our first contact with a previously undiscovered species. This exhibition brings together a range of animal representations including Europe's first image of an Australian animal, medieval accounts of exotic creatures and cutting-edge reconstructions of dinosaurs.

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27 Jun 2015
10

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Find out whether life really is better down where it's wetter in this exhibition of images and information collected during the three-year long Catlin Seaview Survey of coral reefs. More than 250 specimens from the Natural History Museum's collections will also be on show, including coral collected by Darwin on the HMS Beagle. A live coral reef and a virtual dive will give visitors a thorough view of these natural underwater masterpieces.

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Natural History Museum, Brompton Until Sunday September 13 2015

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By: Time Out London editors

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