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The Savoy Concierge Guide To London - May 2023

11-05-2023 / London Concierge Guide


Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

Saatchi Gallery – 18th – 21st May 2023

This year marks the 66th edition of one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world. Whether

you’re a collector looking for the next masterpiece to add to your library, or a bibliophile who loves browsing, this

fair helps you discover titles by distinguished authors, and manuscripts from history’s great moments.


A tribute to Jeff

Royal Albert Hall – 22nd-23rd May 2023

Sandra Beck and Eric Clapton have announced two nights of concerts with rock legend colleagues and friends to

honour the memory and artistry of the late Jeff Beck. Some of the guests include Doyle Bramhall, Eric Clapton,

Gary Clark Jr, Johnny Depp and Sir Rod Stewart.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Royal Hospital Chelsea – 23rd – 27th May 2023

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a world-renowned flower and garden show held annually. The event features

stunning displays of flowers, plants, and garden designs. The show will showcase amazing garden designs,

gorgeous floral displays and exclusive shopping options.



The Offbeat Sari

Design Museum – From 19th May 2023

Curated by Head of Curatorial, Priya Khanchandani, this exhibition will unravel its numerous forms, demonstrating the sari to be a metaphor for the layered and complex definitions of India today. It will bring together dozens of the finest saris of our time from designers, wearers and craftspeople in India.


Belgravia in Bloom

Belgravia – From 22nd May 2023

Expect a celebration of exquisitely crafted floral displays and experiences showcased throughout the beautiful

central London neighbourhood, coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. During the festival, Belgravia’s

leading boutiques and landmarks will be abloom with unique floral-themed exhibits and experiences.


Private & Public: Finding the Modern British Garden

Garden Museum – Until 4th June 2023

The interwar period in Britain saw a flowering of artists who retreated to planting and painting in their gardens

This exhibition brings together intimate depictions of gardens and greenhouses, public parks and favoured plant

specimens by artists of this era including Charles Mahoney, Evelyn Dunbar, Eric Ravilious and Ithell Colquhoun.


 Our theatre recommendations

Aspects of Love

Lyric Theatre

34 years after starring in the original West End production, Michael Ball returns to this lesser-known Andrew Lloyd

Webber musical, this time playing the older role of George. It’s a sweeping story of passion, love and heartbreak, which takes place over the course of 20 years. The direction, by Jonathan Kent, is inspired and there are powerful songs that tug at your heartstrings – especially the soaring “Love Changes Everything”. This, together with the strong lead performances, mean it certainly is a real crowd-pleaser.


Jersey Boys

Trafalgar Theatre

Still one of the best ‘jukebox musicals’ around, this one works in a way that so many others falter. It’s the true

story of the members of the band, and the music is a soundtrack to their lives, so they don’t just start singing a

random song for no apparent reason. And they did have some great hits – from Beggin’ through to December ‘63.

It’s full of “Oh wow, did they write that?!” moments. Strong performances from all four of the leads mean that it’s

a surprisingly meaningful, heartfelt production.


Mrs Doubtfire

Shaftesbury Theatre

This musical arrives in the West End after a recent sell-out run in Manchester where it received regular standing

ovations. We follow the story of Daniel who disguises himself as Euphegenia Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny, so that

he can be close to his children after losing custody in a messy divorce. It is certainly amusing and full of heart, and

we get the best bits from the 1993 Robin Williams film.


New Restaurant openings


St. James

Riviera brings a warm journey to the South of France. Celebrating a vibrant Mediterranean experience where

creative and fresh flavours are mixed with a uniquely curated wine selection in an artistic dining room. You’ll have a choice of three glamorous areas: the ground-floor bar and lounge, the main dining area or the outdoor terrace.




The people behind The Marksman, a popular East London restaurant, is opening a new venture at the National

Theatre. The new restaurant will be a big change from the original Hackney pub. The menu has been described as “brasserie style dishes brought to life through a classic yet contemporary lens”.




This is a more intimate space compared to its sister restaurants. As with all the Big Mamma restaurants, different

areas of the restaurant will have a different vibe with the basement being called a “80s midnight blue velvet paradise”. The menu will feature a traditional Neapolitan & Sicilian classics with an Americano twist.