TAKE THE GIRLS: Dim Sum Afternoon Soirée at Park Chinois
Looking for a cool spot for a girls’ lunch? Park Chinois in Mayfair has created a new experience where diners can enjoy dim sum afternoon tea with immersive entertainment from a range of performers (£85pp). While a DJ plays Balearic and South American beats, diners will be treated to performances from burlesque dancers, flame eaters and contortionists. The three-course menu consists of a selection of dim sum followed by dishes like sweet and sour prawns with caramelised pineapple, black cod, and stir-fried chicken with ginger sauce, all served with seasonal veg and egg-fried rice. To finish, there’s a seasonal dessert (like a coconut and passionfruit bomb) plus a glass of champagne.
17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
HEAR FROM A FILM ICON: Fashion & Cinema Talk at The Soho Hotel
On Sunday 24th April, the Soho Hotel will host a special event with world-famous costume designer Sandy Powell. Powell will discuss her career in the film industry with writer and curator Keith Lodwick – she’s been nominated for the Best Costume Design Oscar 15 times, winning for Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria. During the talk, expect to hear about some of the other films she’s worked on including Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed and The Favourite. The talk will be followed by a showing of Powell's chosen film Orlando starring Tilda Swinton. Tickets cost £35, which includes a glass of wine of arrival, or £65 for a three-course meal at Refuel Restaurant too.
4 Richmond Mews, Soho, W1D 3DH
HAVE BRUNCH: Goddard & Gibbs
Goddard & Gibbs, the stylish seafood restaurant at new hotel 100 Shoreditch, has created a brunch menu where diners can enjoy a three-course meal with bottomless cocktails or Laurent Perrier champagne. Small plates include prawn cocktail, crab and avocado on toast, and Whitstable oysters with Maldon salt. Mains include lobster rolls with sriracha mayonnaise and fries, and fish tacos with avocado and pickles. For a sweet treat, finish with fried donuts with malt ice-cream, baklava tart with raspberry sorbet, or warm waffles with chocolate soft service ice-cream.
100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch E1 6HU
SHOP FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Bay Garnett & Friends x Oxfam Charity Sale
Celebrity stylist – and queen of thrifting – Bay Garnett will transform St Peter’s Church in Notting Hill into a fashion emporium for a one-day charity shopping event on Saturday 23rd April. From 10am to 5pm shoppers can browse hundreds of designer pieces, from priceless vintage items to new-season picks, all of which have been donated from Bay’s friends including Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Alexa Chung and Simone Rocha, to name a few. There will also be a gallery area with artwork from artists including Mary McCartney and Lucy Temple, as well as homeware and bric-a-brac stalls. DJs will set the vibe with house tunes, and you can even keep little ones entertained at the kid’s corner with interactive badge making, storytelling, and arts and crafts. If you can’t make it on the day, there’s an online auction and raffle with prizes donated from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Chanel – as well as overnight stays at luxury hotels and coffee with Mark Ronson up for grabs. All proceeds will go to Oxfam’s emergency relief fund, which provides aid for global crises including those in Ukraine, Yemen and South Sudan.
St Peter’s Church, Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2PN
BRING THE OUTDOORS IN: Chelsea Physic Garden Plant Fair
On Saturday 23rd April, Chelsea Physic Garden hosts a plant fair from 10am to 5pm. Shoppers can choose from houseplants, succulents, herbs and outdoor plants, and terrariums from the likes of Kew Plantsman, Peng Succulents, Forest London, and Spitalfields Candles. The garden will also be open all day for visitors to explore a plant collection of over 4,500 medicinal, herbal and edible plants from around the world. Once you’ve made your selection, stop by the food pop-ups for street food and drinks.
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HS
BE TRANSPORTED TO THE AMALFI COAST: Malfy Gin Pop-Up
Malfy Gin will transform Protein Studios in Shoreditch into an immersive venue where guest will be transported to the Amalfi Coast in an Italian-themed pop-up from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April. Enter through the ‘Con Limone’ entrance on Malfy’s speedboat (and take some shots against the Insta-worthy backdrop), then make your way through each zone, inspired by a different Malfy flavour. Enjoy small Italian plates alongside spritzes and cocktails at the bar, then take part in cocktail making workshops. Tickets cost £20pp including the cost of cocktails, antipasti and one masterclass.
31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EY
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE: Inside Out x LinkedIn Pop-Up At Westfield Stratford City
Social enterprise Inside Out helps disadvantaged young people gain skills in business, fashion and retail. Today until Thursday 28th April, it’s hosting a pop-up at Westfield Stratford in collaboration with LinkedIn to raise funds for the project. Shoppers will be able to buy the UK’s first clothing range created, designed and hand-produced by young ex-offenders. Throughout the week, it will also host a series of inspirational panel discussions to help young people gain self-confidence and learn about business. Visitors can also get free professional headshots and one-to-one career advice from LinkedIn career coaches who will be available at the pop-up on Tuesday 26th April.
Montfichet Road, Stratford, E20 1EJ
DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS: King's Cross Classic Car Boot Sale
The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to King’s Cross this Saturday. Taking place across Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard, shoppers will be able to browse over 100 stalls of fashion, homeware, art, accessories and vinyl. A great spot for picking up vintage pieces, you can shop stalls from brands like Herbie Mensah, Woowoo Boutique and Hang Up Vintage, all of which will be trading from a line-up of classic cars, vans, scooters and motorbikes. Be sure to check out the Routemaster Bar Bus, where live DJs will play a selection of soul, funk, reggae and disco tunes from across the decades, then stop at the street food vendors for pizza, burritos, waffles and vegan burgers. Tickets cost £5 and kids go free.
Stable Street, King's Cross, N1C 4DQ
SHOP FASHION FOR CHARITY: Resale Therapy At The London Edition
The London Edition hotel is the site of Resale Therapy, a pre-loved designer and vintage fashion sale hosted by Pixie Geldof, Fran Burns and Claudia Sinclair on Sunday 24th April from 11am to 4pm. All the funds raised will go towards charity Choose Love, which provides humanitarian aid to refugees around the world. Taking place in the hotel’s basement, items on sale will include pre-loved pieces from Miu Miu, Prada, Balenciaga, Chanel and more, as well as one-off vintage pieces. Tickets cost £3 on the door.
10 Berners Street, West End, W1T 3NP
VISIT THIS COOL EXHIBITION: Small Is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition
This new exhibition is all about tiny artwork. Featuring over 130 miniature creations and 80 photographic pieces from more than 30 artists from around the world, the exhibition is now in London after showing in Paris. Taking over a small gallery space on Old Brompton Road, expect to see works from artists like Esha Kiran Bijutkar – who creates tiny models of food like sushi, pastries and roast dinners – Le Mini de Claudia, known for her tiny bakery and kitchen scenes, and Minimiam whose signature work includes tiny figurines on life-sized plates of food. Tickets cost £16.
79-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 2ND
ENJOY A SPECIAL DINNER: Sally Abé at The Pem
From Friday 22nd April, chef Sally Abé will serve a special five-course menu for four weeks at her St James’s restaurant The Pem. The ‘Banquet Worthy’ menu consists of bubble and squeak served with chicken sausages and potato skins; ‘Scolli Bolli Sweetie Darling’, a scallop dish served in a halved Bollinger champagne bottle, inspired by the iconic Absolutely Fabulous characters Patsy and Edina; pork chop and pork gel with scalloped potato, turnip and celeriac puree, black pudding, and pork crackling; and a rich chocolate and raspberry pudding served with caramel sauce. The dinner costs £140pp, plus £75pp for Bollinger champagne and wine pairings.
22-28 Broadway, St James’s, SW1H 0BH
SHOP SUSTAINABLY: Beyond Now
From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Oxford Street is hosting its Beyond Now weekender – a series of sustainable experiences, events and workshops. As part of its Project Earth campaign, highlights include sneaker cleaning workshops at adidas, mini in-store events at Boots with a focus on plastic-free periods and recycling, and sustainable drinks tastings at John Lewis & Partners. Shoppers can also head to the department store’s beauty hall to recycle their empty beauty packaging to receive £10 off their next purchase. Don’t miss Aqua Kyoto’s vegan brunch, where resident DJs will set the vibe with house tunes.
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