What’s On in South West London: 18 May – 24 May


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


By Matthew Reason

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

The Fabulous Feast on St John’s Hill, Battersea

Friday 18th May – Sunday 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, running untill Sunday. 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.  

Wandsworth Arts Festival – multiple venues across Wandsworth

Until Sunday 27th May

Tickets: Varied

This annual event has something for everyone. With many varied performances, exhibitions and living art installations across the area. You may prefer the Opera, or a Tooting High St shop that does not sell but ‘exchanges memories’. Whatever your tastes, or maybe you want to try something new, it is guaranteed you will find something to grab your interests.

The program is available here.


Museums at Night: The Secrets of Southside House

Saturday 19th May at 7pm

Tickets: £15

With wine included in the price this a great chance to take a guided tour around the historic Southside House filled with art, historical objects and belongings cumulated over centuries. The eccentric museum house has connections to the Serbian Royal family and numerous dukes and ladies.

Curator and writer-in-residence Richard Surman will be giving a talk and guided tour of the house and revealing its many secrets. Booking is essential.

Visit for more information and bookings.


Die Walküre – St John’s Church, Fulham

22nd, 23rd­­, 25th and 27th May at 6pm

Tickets: £20

The Valkyrie is one of the best known pieces of Opera and the second part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.  The controversial German composer can be credited with giving the world, without foresight, one of the most recognisable movie soundtracks – The Ride of The Valkyries; most controversially aligned with ‘Aryan propaganda’ film – Birth of a Nation.

Fiona Williams and Robert Presley direct a cast with Zoë South as Brunnhilde and Ian Wilson-Pope as Wotan. Ben Woodward is on piano.

Visit for bookings and more information.


Universe of Sound: The Planets – The Science Museum

From Wednesday 23rd May for six weeks – 10am till 6pm

Free Admission

The Science Museum’s brand new digital installation with its own, albeit virtual, Philharmonic Orchestra. It is designed to surround visitors with a truly interactive performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets Suite.

Using an array of giant screens, multiple projections, movement sensors and touch screens visitors will be immersed in the orchestra. You can take on roles as musicians, conductor and composer or just as a member of the audience taking it all in.

Visit for more information.


Elgar Comedy – Elgar Room: Royal Albert Hall

Wednesday 23rd May 8:30pm

Tickets: £10

The newly renovated Elgar Room at the Royal Albert opens its doors to a regular comedy club. Wednesday’s line-up includes posh-boy double act Totally Tom. Originally gaining popularity through YouTube, the duo received a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award nomination in 2011, featured on Channel 4’s Comedy Lab and received praise from Thick of It writer Armando Iannucci.

Also featuring is the charming Sean McLoughlin whose mix of self-deprecating humour and highly personal comedy can surprise and charm even the hardest of audiences.

Visit for more information and bookings.

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