I love Spain, and one of my best ever holidays was a tour of Andalucia taking in Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Cadiz. I have fond memories of the many amazing sights we saw and, of course, the many tapas bars we visited. Well, this coming bank holiday weekend, Spain and in particular Andalucia, comes back to the Southbank, in the aptly named Bernie Spain Gardens near the Oxo Tower, for the Feria de Londres.
Spring Fairs are a tradition going back centuries and are huge events in many towns and cities of Spain. At the Feria de Londres you’ll be able to experience a flavour of this tradition as the gardens will be lined with colourful stalls serving authentic food and drink from Spain. In particular, there’ll be tastings of Andalucia’s finest sherry with sponsors Tio Pepe, who’ve invited us along to one of their tasting masterclasses which will be taking place over the wekend.
So, plenty of Iberico ham in prospect, along with pimientos de padron, tortillas, croquetas and of course churros, along with cold Spanish beers and cocktails including the Tio Pepe Rebujito – fino sherry, lemonade and fresh mint on the rocks – I’m seriously looking forward to this!
It’s not only a festival of food and drink though – there’s also Sevillana dance lessons, flamenco rhythm workshops, and loads of family-friendly activities, with face painting, hair styling, and arts and crafts. Dance group performances of flamenco and live bands will get a party atmosphere going, while a DJ will get everyone dancing.
So for some authentic flavours of Spain and Andalucia, get down to the Southbank this coming weekend for the Feria de Londres.
FERIA DE LONDRES
Friday 25th May – 4pm to 9pm
Saturday 26th May – 12 Noon to 9pm
Sunday 27th May – 12 Noon to 8pm
Bernie Spain Gardens, Southbank, SE1 9PH