HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH HERE: BAO Fitzrovia
BAO Fitzrovia has launched its Fried Chicken and Whisky Nights, a series of suppers celebrating the steam bun joint founders’ love of Taiwanese fried chicken and Asian whisky. The evenings will be brought to life through the graphics of Jean Jullien, the internationally renowned French illustrator known for his distinct style and observational humour.
31 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, W1T 2JN; every Monday in April; three courses from £25
EAT A ONE-OFF FEAST HERE: Bubbledogs & Kitchen Table
Former Great British Menu winner Richard Bainbridge is coming to Charlotte Street’s Bubbledogs & Kitchen Table for one night only this month. Alongside the restaurant’s James Knappett, Richard will take diners on a journey of food nostalgia with a 12-course tasting menu. We like the sound of Pineapple on a Stick – a parmesan mousse with scorched pineapple.
70 Charlotte St, Bloomsbury, W1T 4QG; 3rd April; 12-courses £140
COMBINE STREET FOOD WITH STREET VIEWS HERE: Rumpus Room
The 12th-floor rooftop bar at Mondrian London has announced a ‘Tuesday Takeover’ series in collaboration with a number of top street food vendors, launching this April. The event will see a new vendor pop up each month – in April it’ll be chicken pros Other Side Fried.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD; every Tuesday in April
GET YOUR FASHION FIX HERE: Canary Wharf Spring Fashion Weekend
During the first weekend of April, the malls of Canary Wharf will be transformed into a series of catwalks. Aside from the fashion shows, there’ll be exclusive discounts of up to 20%, pop-up boutiques, live music, entertainment and more. Brands offering discounts include Sandro, Whistles, Wolford, Karen Millen, L.K.Bennett, Bobbi Brown, Aspinal of London, Paul Smith and Ted Baker. This year will include a new maternity pop-up showcase featuring an elegant clothing collection handpicked by a celebrity stylist.
Canada Place and Jubilee Place shopping malls, Canary Wharf; 6th-8th April; FREE entry
EXPLORE EAST LONDON’S FOOD SCENE: Deptford Bites Live
The Guardian’s food critic Grace Dent and food event pro Kate McKenzie have joined forces to celebrate the launch of Deptford Market Yard’s new weekly food market. Taking place from 10am to 4pm, the event will feature a series of talks by the likes of Adrian Luckie from Mama’s Jurk and vegan ambassador Jay Brave, as well as a showcase of food from vendors such as Little Nan’s and Dirty Apron.
Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4BX; 7th April; FREE entry
MAKE LIKE MEGHAN & HARRY HERE: Kensington Hotel
The Kensington Hotel is celebrating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials by hosting a series of royal-themed masterclasses. Held in its restaurant the Town House, we’re most intrigued by the ‘Hostness with the Mostess’ class, given by The Social Kitchen’s Dani Tucker. Participants will learn how to set a table perfectly, how to keep cool throughout and will be given a recipe for the perfect roast chicken.
109-113 Queen's Gate, Kensington, SW7 5LP; 11th April; tickets £80
MIX COMEDY & MASTERCHEF HERE: Girl on Girl
The female finalists of MasterChef 2017 have teamed up with comedy/immersive event duo Mam Sham (aka Rhiannon Butler and Maria K Georgiou) to create Girl on Girl – an event that will pair three courses to the routines performed by stand-up comedians Sindhu Vee, Twayna Mayne and Desiree Burch. All money from ticket sales will go towards Refugee Women Centre.
Oval Space, 29–32 The Oval, E2 9DT London; 12th April; dinner tickets £40
EXPLORE LONDON’S LATEST FOOD DESTINATION HERE: Television Centre Festival
Want to know all about London’s hottest new food destination? The Television Centre will open to the public for three days in April, filled with street food trucks showcasing ‘test menus’ that the permanent restaurants will serve once fully open. As well as food by Bluebird Café, Homeslice, Kricket and Patty & Bun, expect live podcasts, DJ sets and a performance from the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Television Centre, 89 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FA; 12-14th April; FREE entry
PRETEND YOU LIVE IN PORTLAND HERE: You Can, In Portland
Can’t make it over to Portland, Oregon this year? Well, let it come to you instead. For three weeks, the US tourism board is taking over the Truman Brewery to offer Londoners an immersive experience of what the city has to offer. Expect free vegan tattoos, spoken word slams, spirit tea sampling, live mural making, a showcase of Portland produce and talks with leading designers and artists.
91 Brick Ln, Spitalfields, E1 6QR; 19th April-7th May; FREE entry
DO SUNRISE YOGA HERE: Tate Modern
Start your weekend right with one of the Tate Modern’s Skyline Yoga sessions atop the Bankside gallery. Taught by former ballet dancer Chrissy Stundt, the 8am class will take place before the gallery opens, and will be followed by sound meditation, juices, brunch and a viewing of its new Picasso exhibition.
Bankside, SE1 9TG; 21st & 22nd April; £45pp
GRAB A TICKET FOR THIS FAST: Second Home
Literary salon Voices at the Table has announced its sixth outing, this time at Second Home in Spitalfields. An evening celebrating voices in the food industry, expect to hear eight speakers – including The Sunday Times Food Editor Lisa Markwell, and Anna Jones – alongside offerings from food & drink entrepreneurs such as ice-cream sandwich vendors Happing Endings. Be quick, the last event sold out in hours.
68-80 Hanbury St, Spitalfields, E1 5JL; 25th April; tickets £20
BOOK THIS: Breakthrough Women Film Series
This month, Bulgari Hotel London is hosting the third of its four monthly film screenings celebrating female filmmakers and female-drive narratives. Held in the five-star hotel’s private cinema, the event will feature a screening of the critically acclaimed film Blame followed by a Q&A with 22-year old writer, director, producer and lead actress Quinn Shephard.
Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW; 25th April;
BROW DOWN HERE: Benefit Extreme Brow Bar
Benefit Cosmetics is throwing a one-day event, offering guests the chance to receive a brow wax, style and pamper from 65ft in the air. Located on the South Bank, we imagine the views will be pretty special. As a bonus, anyone who braves the Brow Bar will be given a £100 voucher to spend on Benefit products.
Observation Point, 58-72 Upper Ground, Gabriel’s Wharf, SE1 9LT; 10th April
LEARN THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE HERE: The Secret Styling Club
The Secret Styling Club – aka professional stylists Maxine Brady and Laurie Davidson – is hosting its second three-hour interior design workshop in Wandsworth. Promising to arm you with insider knowledge, you’ll learn how to create a mood board and which trends will be big in 2018, plus there’ll be fizz, cake and refreshments, plus goodie bags to take away.
Cult Furniture, 811-813 Wandsworth Road, Wandsworth SW8 3JH; 25th April; prices £65pp
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