London Spy Report: May

Each month our Lucky Onion London Spy leaves Cheltenham and the Cotswolds behind and heads for London. The Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the capital. Check out what May has to offer.




His Michelin-star restaurant, Dabbous, is one of the hottest tickets in town. Now, chef Ollie Dabbous is giving another chance to sample his genius with the launch of Henrietta, a new restaurant housed in Covent Garden’s swishy new boutique hotel The Henrietta. Featuring a simple and seasonal, ingredient-led menu with a subtle nod to France, there will also be excellent cocktails with drinks historians and cocktail specialists Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller, aka Mixellany, on board.
Opens 15th May. 14-15 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH; 


Peckham Rye Music Festival


This under-the-radar festival returns for a second year. And it’s bigger and better than before. Spread across ten Peckham venues, the line-up boasts some excellent leftfield and alternative names, covering everything from funk to dub to house and much more. Glaswegian electro artist, Kode9, and Swedish house music DJ Axel Boman head up this year’s line-up alongside a raft of other artists. It’s a day and night affair with fringe events, workshops and talks completing the fun.
From 12th to 21st May. 


Sofar Sounds


Picture this. An intimate 45-person unplugged gig featuring the likes of Emeli Sandé, Tom Odell and Bastille – in a private home. Sofar Sounds – Songs From A Room – is where the performer is kept secret until they turn up and the venue is revealed only a couple of hours beforehand, often in someone’s sitting room. Bringing back the magic of live music, it’s the perfect place to catch talented artists in a stripped-back, no frills setting.


Canaletto and the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery


Canaletto, Venice: The Central Stretch of the Grand Canal, c.1734

In 1762, the young George III bought nearly the entire collection of Canaletto’s agent and dealer Joseph Smith. Two-hundred-and-fifty-years later, these spectacular works along with a selection of other 18th-century Venetian art from the Royal Collection are going on display. From the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnivals, artists include Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.
From 19th May to 12th November 2017. Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA. 


Annie at Piccadilly Theatre

Great excitement in Theatreland as award-winning comedian Miranda Hart prepares to tread the boards in her West End debut as Miss Hannigan in the family musical Annie. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, Annie is forced into a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. However, malicious Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her real parents.
From 23rd May to 17th September 2017. 16 Denman Street, London W1D 7DY; 0844 871 7630; 


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