What’s On in South West London: 11 May – 17 May


SWLondoner provides your weekly round-up of what South West London has to offer.


By Helen Wright

Looking for something to do this week? South West Londoner provides your weekly round-up of the best action in town…

Starlight Express, The New Wimbledon Theatre

11th-19th May 2012

Starlight Express explodes back onto the stage with a new production for 2012, destined to take the UK by electrifying storm.

Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime – with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes, extraordinary roller-choreography and some Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical hits.

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The Fabulous Feast on St John’s Hill, Clapham

14th May – 20th May

The Trader’s Association of St John’s Hill have announced that they will hold a week-long “celebration” of food & drink on St John’s Hill, from 14th-20th May 2012. The Hill is lined with many wonderful food & drink venues, who serve delicious cuisine from around the world. The selection on the Hill is huge: from African cuisine to Indian food and from fish n chips to traditional pub grub and tapas style meals – you can enjoy all this and much more on St John’s Hill.

During this special week, each of the venues will offer set menus to diners for just £15 per head. The restaurants, bars and cafes invite you to eat out on the Hill and perhaps to try something new. On the Saturday, to be known as: “Open Kitchen”, the Hill will be filled with LIVE food & drink events such as demos, tastings and classes – plus there will be visiting food & drink stalls and a mini farmers market, hosted both inside and outside the food & drink venues.  

The Science Museum: Signs, Secrets, Symbols: An illustrated guide to alchemy 

23rd April 2012 – 23rd April 2013


The exhibition displays 22 of the most striking images from the rich collection of the Science Museum’s Library & Archives.

Dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, these works reveal the power and intricacy of alchemical art, whilst allowing us to attempt an interpretation of the hidden meanings behind the symbols.


The London Pet Show, Earls Court

12th – 13th May, 9.30am-5.30pm

Tickets: Adult Ticket (age 16+) £13, Child Ticket (ages 5 – 15) £9

The UK’s largest event showcasing a range of pets, will open its doors to a wonderful world of creatures great and small on 12 – 13 May at Earls Court Two, London.

An opportunity to get up close with micro pigs, pygmy hedgehogs, tortoises, meerkats, armadillos and birds of prey, plus lots more unusual animals.

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Wandsworth Arts Festival

11th -27th May 

The variety of activities and events from this year’s fringe and main programmes, along with The Shimmy makes for an exciting, eclectic combination of live events, exhibitions, installations and workshops. 

From Battersea to Tooting and the rest of town centres in between, there is something, somewhere for everyone.



Surbiton Farmers’ Markets’ Got Talent

Sunday 13th May, 4pm–6pm


Singers and musicians of all ages are invited to step up to the stage to enter Surbiton Farmers’ Market’s Got Talent. The award-winning community market, held on the third Saturday of the month on Surbiton’s Maple Road, is in search of local musicians to enhance the ambiance on market days.

Auditions will take place from 4pm on Sunday 13 May at Gordon Bennett Bar + Kitchen, 75 Maple Road.

The best acts will be invited to play at the spring and summer Farmers’ Markets. Apart from winning an appreciative audience, chosen musicians will also be presented with a grand trophy and treated to a box of market goodies.

For more information contact David Jacobson on [email protected].


42nd Richmond May Fair, Richmond Green

Saturday 12th May


The fair will be filled with stalls set up by charities who are keen to raise funds and offer you a fun day out at the same time.

There will be a large selection of stalls selling bric-a-brac, crafts, and many cake stalls with tempting homemade treats.

There will be over 100 charity stalls, maypole dancing, a quality craft marquee, a vintage carousel & helter-skelter and all day free entertainment as well as the crowning of the Richmond May.

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