TRY LOADS OF RESTAURANTS HERE: Marylebone Food Festival
The Marylebone Food Festival sees the neighbourhood’s food and drink establishments – ranging from local cafes and wine bars to Michelin-starred restaurants – put on special menus and host exclusive masterclasses, one-off collaborations, food tours and talks, throwing the spotlight on the gastronomic diversity of the area. Across five days, festival highlights include Donostia's Basque cider and pintxo festival, Carousel London’s pasta-making workshop, a Baa-rolo (spring lamb and Barolo) evening at Boxcar Butcher & Grill, a secret vegan supperclub at The Gate, and a butchers-block-to-table experience at Daylesford Organic.
Various locations across Marylebone; 24th-28th April
LEARN TO MAKE PISCO SOURS HERE: Pachamama
Love pisco sours? Do you want to learn how to make your own from one of the best? Then head along to one of Pachamama Group’s pisco sour masterclasses, taking place this Friday evening. At Pachamama in Marylebone, guests will learn how to prepare the most popular cocktail in Peru. The experience includes an intimate masterclass with one of the group’s bar seniors, followed by a delicious feasting menu arranged to complement the delicious sours you’ll be preparing – and drinking.
18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JY; 26th April
GET A TICKET FOR THIS: Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Britain is where Kubrick created the battlefields of Vietnam for Full Metal Jacket (1987), an orbiting space station for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and Dr Strangelove’s war room (1964). Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition will offer a unique insight into the director's vast archive through original props and costumes, set models and rare photographs, while tracing the design story behind Kubrick’s body of work. Relive iconic scenes from The Shining (1980), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and A Clockwork Orange (1971) and see objects on display for the first time in the UK, exploring the unique relationship Kubrick had with England and particularly London as his film location and source of inspiration.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6AG; 26th April-17th September
WATCH A NEW PLAY HERE: Toast
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this month Toast makes its West End debut. Nigel Slater’s Toast is a new play based on his award-winning autobiography. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and… toast. A must for anyone who loves being in the kitchen.
The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, Victoria, SW1E 5JA; until 3rd August 2019
GRAB A TASTE OF SPRING HERE: Dominique Ansel Bakery London
Dominique Ansel is celebrating the arrival of spring with the launch of brand-new sweet treat: rhubarb and custard soft serve. The classic rhubarb and custard flavour combination will be transformed into a whip of silky soft serve and homemade fresh rhubarb sorbet swirled together with custard soft serve and served in a hand-rolled ginger honey tuile waffle cone and topped with a crunchy rhubarb crisp to finish. Instagram likes guaranteed.
17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RP
ATTEND A FITNESS FESTIVAL HERE: EleFit
This weekend, Castle Square in Elephant & Castle will be transformed into a fitness and wellness retreat for the first EleFit, a free festival dedicated to celebrating health and wellbeing. Stretched over two days, the local community and visitors alike can all take part in activities and workshops ranging from R&B yoga hosted by Gymbox to ‘rap therapy’, Rollerpaluzza’s cycling challenge, a cheerleading class for the over 65s and face-painting and raving for children. Guests will be taken back in time for Ministry of Sound’s ‘80s Fitness Dance Workout’, while Sunday will see a more serene line up, focusing on meditation and mental wellbeing.
Castle Square, 40 Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1AY; 27th-28th April
TRY A NEW BAR HERE: Lyaness
Mr Lyan (aka Ryan Chetiyawardana) and his award-winning team have reinvented Dandelyan at Sea Containers, relaunching the space as Lyaness. Showcasing a daring new offering that focuses on seven ingredients instead of a traditional cocktail menu, Lyaness offers a playful approach to drinking. With guidance from the team, guests can choose from the list of familiar ingredients manipulated into unfamiliar and exciting forms. One such flavour is the ‘Infinite Banana’ – an alternative to the ‘fake’ banana (isoamyl acetate) taste, this ingredient is created through a range of different techniques from parallel fermentation to precision use of everyday bananas. Designed to democratise the current way cocktails are consumed – usually dictated by a stricter cocktail menu – this new concept turns the table onto the guest and empowers them to make the decision about what they want to drink.
Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
TRY FLOATING HERE: 3Tribes
This month, leading wellness destination 3Tribes has expanded into Borough Market. Located right on Borough High Street, the space is an oasis from the pressures of city life and features the studio’s popular hot yoga and barre methods. New for this studio is the addition of floatation tanks. Floating is an experience that can help to reset mental wellbeing and bring balance to thinking. The mental and physical benefits of floating have also been proven to help improve sleep, alleviate stress and speed up rehabilitation and recovery.
Brandon House, Borough High Street, Borough, SE1 1HF
GET TO KNOW BERMONDSEY HERE: Native Bankside
This Friday, Native is hosting a special tasting afternoon with GBBO winner, baker and local Bermondsey resident Edd Kimber. Edd (aka The Boy Who Bakes) will be showing guests how to make the most of being in Bankside. Edd will be sourcing local produce from his favourite foodie locations in the Bankside neighbourhood, including Borough Market, then leading a cooking demo and tasting session and it's free for the public to attend. Expect to taste produce from Borough Wines, Bread Ahead, Neal’s Yard and more.
Bear Gardens, Bankside, SE1 9ED; 26th April
WATCH THIS: Mid90s
In 1990s Los Angeles, a 13-year-old spends his summer navigating between a troubled home life and a crew of new friends he meets at a skate shop. Written and directed by Jonah Hill, the coming-of-age drama stars Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston and won a slew of awards when it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year.
In cinemas now
BE A VIP HERE: Pho & Bun
Building on the success of Viet Eat in Holborn, Pho & Bun offers authentic Vietnamese street food at a reasonable price and in a setting that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped foot in Vietnam. Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, adjacent to both London Chinatown and Soho, the restaurant is minutes away from many West End theatres, making this a perfect pitstop pre-show. We always start with some prawn summer rolls, followed by its signature bao burger and pho noodle soups. This month, the restaurant is offering all SL VIPs 25% off the total bill. Not a member? Sign up using the link below.
76 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, W1D 6ND; until 30th April
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