Last week I went down to Notting Hill to catch up with the guys in our store, finding out what’s new in store and anything of interest going on around London in May.
Basking in the April sunshine, Notting Hill looked radiant with the cherry blossoms coming in to bloom and the old white washed town houses giving the area a sense of wonderment. Situated on Westbourne Grove, giving it a prime slot on one of the most picturesque high streets in London, our store is geared up ready for the summer months. Walking in there is a spattering of vernal colouring and aestival styles, curated to perfection, the whole vibe cries out for sun.
I got talking to the guys about what the previous few months have been like, how the new stock is performing and also what they thought of our store exclusive brands. The feeling was, much like most of the UK, that they are ready for the arrival of spring and the end of this extremely British weather. They have started to see an increased footfall and larger appetite for that summer centric product. Newer brands such as Samsoe and Samsoe and Portuguese Flannel have remained a firm favourite along with store staples Stone Island and Belstaff.
With the arrival of more SS18 product from the like of Folk, Albam, Barbour, CP and many more you can pick up your summer essentials and more, all with the help and knowledge of our dedicated store team.
Over the next month the hype is around the double bank holiday and there is plenty going on for it around London. What says long weekend like a festival, with Arcadia taking place on the 5th & 6th May, featuring an arachnophobes worst nightmare in a giant mechanical spider. This is a festival for those of you who are into your dance music, with acts like Sven Vath, Groove Armada and Rudimental playing. If that’s not quite your cup of tea, then over the next long weekend you can find All Points East, showcasing a more diverse grouping of acts such as LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Sampha and Bjork. Running from 25th to the 27th May this is another great way to spend a weekend.
Other events that we think are well worth taking in over May are things like the Spring Festival at the Bavarian Beerhouse, picture Oktoberfest in the spring. It will be loaded with steins as big as your head, authentic German cuisine and live Oompah music, making it a truly wonderful experience. We have also been informed that Lederhosens are not mandatory!
If you are looking for a more relaxed activity then it is also London Wine Week, starting on the 15th May running to the 20th with a host of events to look out for. Different locations means that there should be something to fit everyone’s need and taste.
If you are after sporting events then they include the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United on the 19th at Wembley, in the boxing world Tony Bellew goes toe to toe with David Haye again at the O2 on the 5th and for you rugby fans there is the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham on the 26th.