We've got a good feeling about May: The days are getting longer and it's gradually getting warmer – but, better yet, we've got a smörgåsbord of cultural happenings to anticipate in our Capital.

From iconic art works showcasing for the very first time in the UK, to a designer car boot sale in the name of charity, and a can't-miss musical moment, here are our top picks for the month... 

Found: A Harold Feinstein Exhibition
Celebrating the work of the late legendary photographer, Harold Feinstein a once prominent figure in the New York City street photography scene – The Store X have orchestrated a UK first, compiling his expansive and visceral oeuvre, alongside exclusive film footage and immersive audio.

Devoting his life to photography (read: capturing humanity and connecting with the world around him) and teaching the medium for the best part of sixty years, Harold’s passion is palpable – and his images speak a thousand words. Don’t miss your chance to soak up his vintage and contemporary works!

The exhibition runs from 15 May until 26 May by appointment only; contact info@carrie-scott.com to book. Main image 'Coney Island Teenagers' by Harold Feinstein.

Blind Date by Chris 'Daze' Ellis. Credit woodburyhouseart.com.

Chris Ellis – The Journey
Another New York icon, but this time of the graffiti scene, Chris ‘DAZE’ Ellis was a pioneer of the movement in the 1980s, alongside contemporaries, such as Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat and Richard Hambleton. Now, his well-known and never-before-seen pieces come together on our home soil – as another UK first – spanning back to the epoch in which he made his name and right up to today.

Exploring the urban climate of the city and the current difficult political landscape, the exhibition is centred around his thoughts on the state of world affairs and, rife with commentary, the pieces are no short of conversation starters.

The Journey will be open to the public on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May from 10am to 6pm at 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 4AQ.

Aretha Franklin.

Amazing Grace
Back in 1972, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, recorded her career-defining album, Amazing Grace, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in LA over two nights. It was captured by Oscar winning filmmaker, Sydney Pollack, but due to technical complications it sat unseen for almost five decades… That was, until now!

Directed by Sydney and Alan Elliott, and staring a shouting and dancing audience – including Aretha’s father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, gospel legends, Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers, and Mick Jagger – the film is a music lovers delight that marks an extraordinary moment in American musical and social history.

For venue details, RSVP to Hannah.Golanski@organic-publicity.co.uk.

Image credit #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale 2018; photo by Oliver Rudkin.

Women for Women International's #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale
Hosted by Alex Eagle and The Store X (and sponsored by The Outnet), our very favourite annual car boot sale is back in its fourth edition! It lands at fashion's favourite carpark – on Brewer Street, obvs – with pre-loved and delicious designer goods at discount prices, all in aid of international charity, Women for Women, who strive to help female survivors of war to rebuild their lives.

With 38 million items of clothing finding themselves in landfill each year from the UK alone, and with samples and unique ready-to-wear and accessories from the likes of Charlotte Olympia, Mira Mikati, Temperley London and Edeline Lee, this carboot gets our vote for its eco-friendly and guilt-free nature, all for a very important cause. 

The car boot will run from 1pm until 5pm at Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, W1F 0LA.

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+ This is London's best organic eatery. You're welcome. 

+ Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri brought Dante's Inferno into the 21st Century.

+ Welcome to the only lipstick you need to know about this season.