London's May Bank Holiday Round-Up

From ice carving shows to Tai Chi in Kew Gardens, enjoy the May bank holiday in style with our edit of the best things to do…

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Dark Circus Party, Bloomsbury Ballroom

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This Saturday Bank holiday, throw caution to the wind for a night of dancing, drinking and all round pleasure-seeking with Bloomsbury Ballroom’s Dark Circus Party. With drinks a-flowing courtesy of one of London’s finest cocktail purveyors Bourne & Hollingsworth, and entertainment including cabaret acts, acrobats, and contortionists stationed around the venue, it’s looking to be one lively Bank Holiday weekend.

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Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA, 020 7242 0002; Darkcircusparty.com

Jazz Jam: Cervantes Duo, Barts

After something a little different this Bank Holiday? Head down to Sloane Avenue’s Barts speakeasy bar this Sunday for some 1920s bootlegging fun. Punters will be transported decades back with Barts’ weekly Jazz Jam event, with a special knees-up to take place this Sunday. Guests start the evening in the venue’s intimate secret garden, and then move inside for a performance from the famous Jazz pianist/composer, ‘John Cervantes Duo’.

Barts, Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW, 02075813355; Barts-London.com

Mordern Hall Park Food Festival

Love food? Well, you’re in luck. This Bank holiday sees the picturesque grounds of former deer park, Mordern Hall transformed into a haven for food and drink lovers alike. Bringing together an array of food and drink producers, artisan bakers, ice-cream and coffee specialists, it will also feature cookery demonstrations, and talks from food and drink experts. We’re loosening our belts as we speak.

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Morden Rd, Morden, London, SM4 5JD, 01372 869648, Fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com

Plantasia, Kew Gardens

If a walk on the wild side takes your fancy this Bank holiday, Kew Gardens have made this a literal possibility with their newest venture, Plantasia. Opening this Saturday (and available until September), this festival of sorts allows nature-loving revellers to explore, experience and enjoy the stimulating properties of plants. You can meander along wooden beams and verdant rainforest textures on the Barefoot Walking Trail, get physical with Tai Chi sessions on the historic green Syon Vista, or kick back with a cocktail in the Gin and Tonics Garden. Yes, one exists, and we know what we’ll be doing first.

The Royal Botanical Gardens, Brentford Gate, London TW9 3AB, 020 8332 5655, Kew.org

Masterclass in Mixed Alcohol Libations, Mr Fogg’s

Presenting as a Victorian Aladdin’s cave of sorts – all wooden panels with uni-cycles, bird cages and quaint artifacts scattered abundantly – you would be eternally distracted by the décor if it wasn’t for the delicious cocktails. Mr Fogg’s is a treat on the lips and eyes, and its latest event attempts to live up to its quirky name. This Sunday, enjoy ice-carving shows, bar shows, and a whole lot of other drink-related debauchery. See you there.

Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair London, W1J 6JD, 020 7036 0608, Mr-Foggs.com

Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes, Somerset House

All this week, feast your eyes on the vibrant takeover that will be stirring in the heart of Somerset House’s Neoclassical walls - courtesy of Barcelona-born graffiti artist, Sixe Paredes. The artist’s first major solo show in the UK, the exhibition presents the viewer with smatterings of colour and geometric patterns translated into exotic forms such as woven tapestries and totem poles - all while hinting at Paredes’ signature Surrealist style. The exhibition finishes on May 26, so we know what we'll be doing this Monday. It’s not one to miss.

Somerset House Trust, South Building, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, Somersethouse.org.uk

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