TRY A NEW ROAST HERE: 12:51
12:51 is making a fresh change for spring and replacing its roasts with a new spring goat roast sharing dish, available all day every Sunday. To celebrate the beginning of the warmer weekends, the new twist on the classic roast uses one of chef James Cochran’s favourite meats cooked three ways. James will be going nose-to-tail with the spring goat so guests can expect a weekly changing selection of jerk-spiced goat – from braised shoulder to crispy goat belly with corn nuts and a simple roast haunch. This will be served with a range of seasonal sides such as potatoes roasted in goat fat, roast onions, coal-roast asparagus and wild garlic mayonnaise. As with the rest of the menu at 12:51, this new dish showcases James’s Scottish and West Indian heritage as well as his Michelin-starred training.
107 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QN; 21st April
TAKE THE KIDS HERE: Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station is set to become the ultimate playground this Easter. Adults can browse a new riverside food and craft market, running for four days from Friday-Monday, to discover street food, sweets and desserts, artisan bread, cured meats and farmhouse cheeses. There will also be a petting area filled with farmyard animals, such as llamas, chickens, ducks and ferrets, as Sharky & George brings its outdoor mobile farm to the power station. Elsewhere, kids can undertake an afternoon of Easter decorating with luxury biscuit decorating boutique Biscuiteers, and Skewbald Theatre will return with a modern twist on the classic tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin with The Pied Piper – A Ratty Tale.
Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW11 8A; until 30th April
STOCK UP FOR EASTER HERE: Canopy Market
From 19th to 22nd April, King’s Cross food market Canopy Market will celebrate Easter with a series of one-off special events with families in mind. Events will include a petting farm, an Easter egg hunt, dance performances, art and design workshops and food tastings. These will run alongside Canopy Market’s regular offering of artisan food, craft beer, street food, drinks and live music. The perfect place to stock up on any last-minute chocolate gifts before Sunday.
King’s Cross, N1C 4LW; 19th-22nd April
GO ON AN ALTERNATIVE EASTER HUNT HERE: London Shell Co
This Easter weekend, the London Shell Co crew will be holding an Easter hunt around Paddington Central and Maida Vale. Each day on Friday-Sunday, the team will hide a bottle with a message inside – a voucher for a dining cruise and wine pairing for two worth £210. To be in with the best chance of winning, participants are encouraged to follow @LondonShellCo on Instagam, as the team will be posting clues on its feed and stories from 11am. Once found, the winners will need to bring their message in a bottle to the London Shell Co crew, who will be docked at Paddington Basin, to claim their prize.
Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, W2 6PY; 19th-21st April
HUNT FOR ECLAIRS HERE: Maître Choux
This Easter, get ready to search high and low as Maître Choux launches its éclair hunt. Maître Choux will be hiding mini éclairs all around the King’s Road and those lucky enough to find them can redeem them in store for a full-sized chocolate éclair, filled with an intense and creamy dark chocolate. Guests can pair these signature éclairs with a cup of Maître Choux’s award-winning hot chocolate, made with three kinds of chocolate, including manjari, guanja and jivara, and a touch of cinnamon. Well, it wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate.
59 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 4ND; 19th-22nd April
KIDS EAT FREE HERE: Café Murano
Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano is running its ‘kids eat free’ initiative over the Easter holidays. The restaurants will treat all children under ten to lunch or dinner on them, when they dine with a paying parent or guardian who orders a main course. Kids will also get a chocolate egg on Easter Sunday. The child menu is deliberately made to the same high standards as the adult a la carte – pasta is made in house daily, with organic 00 pasta flour. Child-friendly versions of the grown-up dishes include chicken Milanese or a selection of freshly-made pastas and sauces.
36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB and 33 St James's Street, St James's, SW1A 1HD; throughout the Easter holidays
ENJOY SOME SPRING SUNSHINE HERE: Roof East
This bank holiday weekend, Roof East opens for the summer season complete with a new look, fresh games and different street-food vendors. Opening the earliest it ever has, this adult playground invites guests to grab a drink, friend and scorecard. Featuring six action-packed gaming lanes, players can curl, bowl or shuffle to victory. Five free games include cornhole, Jenga, table tennis, foosball and table-top curling, while more extreme events include Sluggers, London’s only batting cages, Birdies crazy golf and newcomer House of Foos, a VR mix of traditional football and table foosball. If you’re not feeling competitive, Flow East Yoga will be saluting the sun at Roof East every week, offering vinyasa flow classes suitable for all levels.
7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road, Stratford, E15 1BB; from 17th April
GET YOUR GAME ON HERE: Science Museum
Science Museum’s ‘Power Up’ is a hands-on, interactive gaming event featuring 160 of the best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. The event features hundreds of games, giving families the chance to explore four decades of gaming and battle it out on retro favourites to the latest in virtual reality. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart. Guests will be able to play against each other in multiplayer showdowns, rediscover childhood favourites and test out some of the latest VR experiences.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD; until 22nd April
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: St Leonards
Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have introduced a new Saturday brunch service to St Leonards. An extension of the restaurant’s menu of honest, simple fare, the pair have devised dishes to tee off weekends in style, accompanied by brunch cocktails from their ‘Hair of the Dog’ drinks list (think beef stock bloody marys made with beef or vegetable stock and forest salt, or ‘Walnut Margaritas’ with olmeca altos blanco, walnut and pale ale syrup). Served each Saturday from 12-4pm, dishes from the restaurant's log-fuelled hearth include smoked pork cheek hash with poached egg and hollandaise; bavette steak and eggs with corno peppers and salsa macha; and brioche ricotta with rhubarb and pistachio. This week, the team will also be serving the same for a one-off Good Friday brunch.
70 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4QX; 19th-20th April
ENJOY FIZZ & CHIPS HERE: St Pancras Champagne Bar
Inspired by the longer evenings, Searcys has created a late-night offer available at its St Pancras champagne bar. From 9pm, guests can tuck into a gourmet selection of chips and wash it down with a whole magnum bottle of Taittanger. The new menu of chips includes toppings such as creamy home-made truffle mayonnaise, harissa sauce and a rich red wine gravy. For those in the mood to celebrate pre-Eurostar, a whole magnum of Taittinger Brut Reserve NV can be enjoyed by four guests for the special price of £99 – an excellent, if indulgent, accompaniment to the chips.
St Pancras International Station, King’s Cross, N1C 4QL; until late-September
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Three Sisters
Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida associate director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn (One For Sorrow, Lela & Co). The cast includes Patsy Ferran (Summer and Smoke), Pearl Chanda (Ink) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Dance Nation). In a room in a house in a provincial town, three sisters wait for their lives to begin. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. Do you ever wonder what would happen if we could live our lives all over again but be fully conscious of it the second time? This play explores exactly that.
Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, Islington, N1 1TA; until 1st June
BE A VIP HERE: Tom’s Kitchen
Offering a slick environment and a focus on outstanding food, drink and service, Tom’s Kitchen offers comforting classics and seasonal specials, using the very best of British produce. This month, both sites are offering 30% off the total bill for SL VIPs. This includes the restaurants’ ‘weekend sharers’: a roast of the day for two-three people, served with all the trimmings for £45. Roasts include a choice of 600g chateaubriand with onion tatin and béarnaise sauce, or seven-hour shoulder of lamb with mashed potatoes and balsamic onions. Sign up to become an SL VIP using the link below.
27 Cale Street, Chelsea, SW3 3QP and 11 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, E14 4HD; until 30th April
WATCH THIS: Wild Rose
Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by Bafta ‘Rising Star' nominee Jessie Buckley (Beast), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had enough of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house (Sophie Okonedo). Directed by Tom Harper, Wild Rose is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality and three chords and the truth.
In cinemas now
BE A VIP HERE: 601 Queen’s Rd
601 Queen’s Rd is a neighbourhood bar located just outside Wimbledon station. Billing itself as ‘a new social sanctuary’, the light-filled venue is crammed full of quiet corners for curling up with a book (or a date), has a rooftop bar and plenty of long-tables for feasting with friends. Open from morning coffee until after-hours nightcaps, the bar serves up a lengthy cocktail list and sharing boards, while the restaurant offers hearty British classics, weekend brunch and Sunday roasts. This month, SL VIPs will receive 30% off food, plus a welcome cocktail (either Seedlip or an Earl Grey and elderflower fizz). Not an SL VIP? Sign up to become a member below.
4 Queens Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8YA; until 30th April
EAT WELL HERE: Plate at M by Montcalm
If you’re looking for someone to eat in Shoreditch this Bank Holiday Weekend, make Plate, at the M by Montcalm hotel, an option. Using only the highest quality, seasonal ingredients, everything is made in-house, from the ice cream to the bread and even the butter – which is worth a mention alone – that’s churned with cream and sprinkled with moreish salted flakes. The menu celebrates some of Britain’s best-loved foods with a modern twist, from Marmite bread to a smoked salmon scotch egg with wasabi mayo. Chef and owner Arnaud Stevens, who’s previously worked under the likes of Ramsay, Atherton and Corrigan, has crafted a Josper grill section into the menu and it’s definitely worth a try, from the very reasonably priced bavette steak (£20) to the ‘Meantime Chicken Thyme’ – half a chicken glazed with Shoreditch’s favourite ale, maple and lemon thyme. Delicious.
Plate Restaurant & Bar, 151-157 City Road, London, EC1V 1 JH
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