From immersive Tarantino cinema screenings and futuristic supper clubs, to gripping theatre shows and canal-side dining, we’ve pulled together a list of the cool events, food feasts, film showings and more to fill your social calendar throughout April and beyond.
WATCH THIS: Romeo And Juliet
Commencing Emma Rice's Summer of Love season, which will be her final season as Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe will stage a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless romance, with Daniel Kramer's wild and energetic version of Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1, 22nd April – 19th July, tickets £5 standing; from £20 seated
LAUGH AT THIS: Pierre Novellie Is Cool Peter
Nominated for Best Club Comic at the 2016 Chortle Awards, Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter is not cool, but he’s desperately trying. Described by The Skinny as "a blistering hour of outsider observational comedy that is packed with brilliantly nerdy contemplations", and “hilarious” by The Sunday Times, set up camp for an evening of riotous gags.
Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, Soho, W1, 18th – 20th April, tickets £10
HAVE TEA HERE: Afternoon Tea at The Zetter Townhouse
Filled with antiques and sumptuous armchairs, the gorgeous Georgian parlour at Zetter’s Marylebone townhouse is the ideal setting for an afternoon of pure indulgence. Choose from Aunt Wilhelmina’s dainty offerings – think smoked salmon with herb crème fraiche; sloe gin glazed ham finger sandwiches; and egg mayonnaise with mustard cress sandwiched between golden brioche – or for the heartier of appetites, delve into Uncle Seymour’s moreish spread, which includes Lincolnshire pork pie and piccalilli; haggis sausage rolls; and melt-in-the-mouth black pudding Scotch eggs served with a drizzling of Indian spiced mayonnaise.
Seymour’s Parlour Afternoon Tea, The Zetter Townhouse, 28-30 Seymour St, Marylebone, W1, £28
SET SAIL HERE: Smoke on the Water
Adding a sprinkling of Indian soul food to Alfred le Roy’s east London waterside hangout, Chai Ki will be hosting a special one-off cruise packed with aromatic Asian delights. Colourful cocktails will be mixed at the bar accompanied by freshly prepared Chai Ki chaats of Bombay bhel; puffed rice, potato, imli and coriander mint chutney; and dahi puri with crunchy semolina shells, sweet yoghurt and tangy tamarind. A selection of modern Indian sharing dishes will follow, as the Alfred sets sail along the rippling waters of Regent’s Canal.
Smoke on the Water, Alfred le Roy, CRATE Brewery, Canalside Queen's Yard, London, E9, 6th April, 7pm, tickets £20pp
DON’T MISS: Alice’s Adventures Underground
Les Enfants Terribles’ Olivier Award-nominated production is set to return to The Vaults this April, with a whole new series of darkly humorous, whimsical tales. Climb down the rabbit hole and join in with Alice’s mystical adventures, meeting her friends – Walrus, White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter – along the way. Word of warning: tickets are selling fast, so be sure to book before they’re gone.
Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, SE1, 15th April – 10th September 2017, tickets £31.50; not suitable for children aged below 11, instead, see Adventures in Wonderland for children aged five to ten.
WATCH THIS: Angels in America
Catch Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America – a gripping drama about the AIDS crisis in mid-1980s America – at the National Theatre this April. The 1993 play won a Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk Award, and it was later developed into an HBO miniseries, so you can expect big things from its latest adaptation, which will be directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott.
Angels in America, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1, 11th April 2017, tickets are currently sold out for April, but you can enter the £20 ticket ballot
GET BACK TO NATURE HERE: Sakura Sake no Hana
Until 10th June, Sake no Hana, the Hakkasan group's chic Japanese restaurant, will be celebrating the arrival of spring and the Japanese cherry blossom season with an art installation created by renowned British artist Rebecca Louise Law. The breathtaking installation will stretch across the ceiling of the restaurant, creating clouds of natural, preserved white flowers entwined with Law’s signature copper wire. Tuck into sushi, raise a glass of sake, and marvel at the glorious surroundings.
Sake no Hana, 23 St James's St, St. James's, London SW1
WATCH THIS: Backyard Cinema: The Last Chapel
Tarantino fans, prepare to take a dark, eerie turn into an abandoned chapel, deep in the Nevada Desert, where you’ll be welcomed by an unhinged priest who is still seeking salvation. Handily, this church is actually set in Borough, so no long-haul flights necessary, but you can look forward to an epic roster of Tarantino classics, including everything from Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs to True Romance and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The house bar will be From Dusk Till Dawn themed, serving craft beer and specially mixed cocktails.
Backyard Cinema: The Last Chapel, Mercato Metrpolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Borough, various dates until 30th April, tickets £16.50
FEAST HERE: Italian Easter Weekend with Cafe Murano
Foodies, prepare yourselves for an afternoon of Italian indulgence; Cafe Murano will be serving an indulgent Italian Easter feast at both restaurants with either two or three courses of traditional Italian-inspired fare. Look forward to lamb roast with salsa rossa and Jersey royals with mint and fennel; and sea bream with baby gem and Sicilian caponata. St James head chef Maurizio has also recreated his mother’s Pastiera Napoletana – a traditional Easter dessert made with ricotta and orange blossom.
Italian Easter Weekend with Cafe Murano, 13th – 16th April, Cafe Murano, St James and Covent Garden locations, two courses £18; three courses £23
STEP BACK IN TIME HERE: Operation Red Rocket with The Art of Dining
Pop-up foodie extraordinaires, The Art of Dining, will be inviting dinner guests to travel back in time to take a glimpse of an imagined tomorrow with Operation Red Rocket – a retro-futuristic dining experience that promises an entire evening of fun, frolics and cosmic-themed culinary treats.
Operation Red Rocket, The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, Islington, N1, 26th April – 13th May, tickets £55pp
DANCE HERE: Beefeater Sip-Hop
This month, Beefeater is bringing urban dance to the streets of London by hosting a free hip-hop dance showcase at its iconic gin distillery, Beefeater London: The Home of Gin. Guests will be treated to two complimentary cocktails as well as two excerpts from Smother – the critically-acclaimed hip-hop show that follows the relationship of two young men.
Beefeater Sip-Hop, Beefeater London’s Gallery Bar, Kennington distillery, 20 Montford Place, Kennington, SE11, Saturday 22nd April, from 1:30pm until 3.30pm and 3:30pm until 5.30pm, FREE entry but bookings are essential.
GET FIT HERE: Be:FIT London
This fab fitness festival dedicated solely to women aims to inspire healthier lifestyles through classes, talks and workshops from industry leaders. Expect food from Pip & Nut, Mindful Chef, The Food Doctor and The Chia Co., as well as live cooking demonstrations, yoga sessions, and a shopping village showcasing the best health and fitness brands – all included with your ticket price.
Be:FIT London, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, N1, 28th – 30th April, tickets from £25
SNUGGLE UP HERE: After You
Indulge your romantic side with Katie Lam and Alex Parker’s heartwarming new musical, After You. Cosy up in the intimate setting of The Crazy Coqs at Soho’s Zédel Brasserie to watch this exclusive production about falling in love, which takes inspiration from classic romances including Brief Encounter, Falling in Love and The Way We Were.
After You, The Crazy Coqs, Zédel Brasserie, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, W1, 13th – 22nd April, tickets £20 or £37.75 to include dinner
HUNT HERE: Bubbledogs Easter Hunt
This Easter, Bubbledogs, the gourmet Champagne and hotdog bar, will be causing all kinds of mischief, by hiding 1,000 bottles of Champagne-shaped keepsakes for those in Soho and Fitzrovia to hunt down. ‘Bottles’ will be hidden high and low, tucked away in offices and under bushes, and when found, will earn you a free hotdog at Bubbledogs Charlotte Street. And that’s not all; Easter welcomes a new hotdog on the menu in the form of the Welsh Rarebit Dog served with homemade welsh rarebit and pickled radish.
Bubbledogs Easter Hunt, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Monday 17th of April 2017. Hot dogs will be redeemable on the Friday, Saturday and Monday, The Welsh Rarebit Dog will be available from the 14th to the 17th of April for £7 at Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, W1
SING-A-LONG HERE: Sister Act with a Live Gospel Choir
Pull up a pew at the grand setting of Central Hall Westminster, for an ecclesiastic cinematic screening of ‘90s cult classic, Sister Act. Watch Whoopi Goldberg in all her habit-wearing glory as the legendary singer/undercover nun Deloris Van Cartier. The film will play on a 30ft screen accompanied by a live gospel choir, who will perform all the hit songs from the movie. Bush up on your lyrics, this is set to be an almighty sing off.
Amacoast Cinema Sister Act with a Live Gospel Choir, Central Hall Westminster
Storey's Gate, Westminster, SW1H 9NH, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th April, 2:45pm or 7:45pm, tickets £17.44-£32.70
TEST YOUR CULINARY SKILLS HERE: Flat Three Masterclasses
Want to impress your dinner guests at the next supper party? Brush up on your skills at Flat Three’s intimate cooking class, where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade from head chef Pavel Kanja, with a focus on Japanese, Korean and Nordic cuisine.
Flat Three Materclass, Flat Three, 120-122 Holland Park Avenue, W11, 8th April, 11am, tickets £49pp, class runs for 90 minutes
SING-A-LONG HERE: Lucky Voice
To celebrate the launch of their brand-new bar in Islington, karaoke queens Lucky Voice will be launching a singing sensation on their cocktail menu. The Autotune has been expertly mixed with a soothing range of ingredients to whip the vocal chords into shape. Packed with honey syrup, lemon, mint, basil, apple juice and a dash of vodka, this tasty tipple will get you warmed up and raring to go.
Lucky Voice Islington, 173-174 Upper Street, Islington, N1
PARTY HERE: Silent Disco at Sea Life London Aquarium
Get your Friday night groove on amongst the fishes at London’s atmospheric aquarium.
Silent Disco at Sea Life London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, SE1, 28th April, 8pm, £29 with one drink; £44 with unlimited drinks
DRINK HERE: Rum Kitchen Presents Rum Chronicles
Rum Kitchen, the Caribbean eatery with beach shack drinks and a lively atmosphere, has launched Rum Chronicles at their Notting Hill site, teaching enthusiasts all they need to know about the drink in an intimate (and booze-fuelled) two-hour session. Taking explorers on a journey of rum discovery every Wednesday, you’ll be welcomed with a punchy drink, practice the art of mastering rum cocktails before indulging in other activities including a free pour competition and a shake off.
Rum Chronicles, Rum Kitchen, 6-8 All Saints Road, W1, every Wednesday from 7pm, groups of up to 12 people, £65 pp including five cocktails and a serving of wings and fritters.
SEE THIS: The Philanthropist
With a glittering all-star cast – think Toast of London’s Matt Berry, Simon Bird from The Inbetweeners and model Lily Cole – Simon Callow directs a riotously funny production of Christopher Hampton’s wickedly comical tale of the foibles of bourgeois life in a university town.
The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios, 4 Whitehall, Westminster SW1, 3rd April – 22nd July, tickets from £15