Top 10 things to do this May bank holiday

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

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Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and get out and about over the 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 26 2014).

1

Hammer & Claw

You can say what you like about American cuisine, but there's no denying they know how to make dinner an event. This bank holiday weekend crab feast is in the style of a traditional Maryland boil, with sacks of steamed potatoes, corn on the cob and crabs in a spicy seasoning dumped onto communal, paper-covered tables for hungry guests to dive at. Don't panic: the hosts will also be providing gloves, hammers and bibs. No crab will be left unsmashed.

  1. Farr's School of Dancing 17-19 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
  2. Sat May 24
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2

Chelsea in Bloom

  • Free

This free festival – that runs during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – sees shops and restaurants in and around Sloane Street, Sloane Square and Duke of York Square decorate their premises with floral installations, this year with the theme 'Creation in Colour'. This year's attractions include pop-up ice cream and champagne bars, free rickshaw tours taking in the flowery displays, and numerous family-friendly activities taking place in shops around the area.

3

Hear No Evil

How to make the most of your Bank Holiday Saturday? Well you could do a lot worse than head down to the London Fields Brewery arches, the site of this fundraising festival for the Macmillan cancer support charity. The music bill, which leans towards reverb-heavy psych-rock and pop, includes some of London's best young bands, and there's plenty of comedy and other fun stuff too. Oh, and because of the location, there'll be a fair amount of craft beer sloshing about.

  1. London Fields Brewery 365-366 Warburton St, E8 3RR
  2. Sat May 24 - Sun May 25
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4

The Rite of Spring - The Great May Masquerade

To celebrate the one hundred and first anniversary of the scandalous Parisian premiere of Russian ballet 'Le Sacre du Printemps' – which caused a right ol' fuss when it was first performed back in the early1900s – party crew A Curious Invitation are hosting this enticing extravaganza, featuring performance, cabaret, dance and music to transport you back to the wilder, weirder part of the early 20th century. You'll find all sorts here – The London Gay Symphony Orchestra playing live, producer Attack Attack Attack blasting out debauched electro tunes, a baroque buffet, a life-drawing room and hot springs (hot tubs), so you can wash away your sins.

  1. The Coronet New Kent Road, Elephant And Castle, SE1 6TJ
  2. Sat May 24 - Sun May 25
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5

Alchemy

The South Bank Centre’s ten-day celebration of South Asian culture, turns five this year – and there’s an extra-special line-up to mark the occasion with a programme off free and ticketed events exploring everything from politics to fashion across the subcontinent. Hiighlights include concerts by Anoushka Shankar and Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh, comedy from Pakistani YouTube star Humza Arshad, a design Wallah pop-up shop, a street- food market, and restaurant Roti Chai Chaat Shack and Bar will be serving up its signature Indian eats in Festival Village. That’s not all – there’ll be fashion shows, riverside DJing and much more.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Until Mon May 26
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6

Meantime Brewfest

Meantime Brewing produce craft beer in Greenwich all year round, but their spring festival sees 40 breweries from all over the world gather at The Old Royal Naval College for three days of beer tasting, food pairing and live music. Your ticket includes a branded glass, tasting notes and six 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. There'll be tutored beer and cheese tastings in the evenings, and to make sure you're still standing at that point it might be a good idea to line your stomach with some food from the spit roast.

  1. The Old Brewery Burnside Place, IV11 8XQ
  2. Until Mon May 26
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7

Morden Hall Park Food Festival

Enjoying a picnic surrounded by 25 varieties of roses in a former deer park sounds idyllic enough for an Edith Blyton novel, doesn't it? National Trust-owned Morden Hall Park offers a whole day of picturesque food-based activities at their food festival. Pay them a visit for lashings of street food and quality produce, cookery demonstrations and workshops and a baking competition.

  1. Morden Hall Park Morden Hall Rd, Morden, SM4 5JD
  2. Mon May 26
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8

Spotlight Sumatra

The Indonesian island of Sumatra is the only place in the world where elephants, orangutans, tigers and rhinos still live in the wild together. This free outdoor photographic exhibition hopes to highlight the threats that this habitat faces and what is being done to safeguard the island's unique species. 24 Photographs by top international wildlife photographers will be displayed on large 2-meter wide panels.

  1. More London Riverside
  2. Until Sat May 31
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9

Nature's Sanctuary

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have already started making plans for the summer. Visitors can go au naturel (from the ankles down) to wander the barefoot walking trail: balance on beams, hop across tree trunks, experience the moist, bouncy softness typical of rainforest floors and get muddy in the squelch zone. For those who are more about tasting nature than touching it, the gin and tonics garden will be open, teaching tasters about the forgotten medicinal properties of cocktails (no, really).

  1. Kew Gardens Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
  2. Until Sun Sep 7
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Pololina
Pololina

Just saw the advert for the Morden food event and saw that the name Edith Blyton was used as a novelist.  Is this the same lady that wrote the "famous five" and the "secret seven" novels?    If it is, I think her name was ENID BLYTON.