What We’re Up To This Weekend: 13th – 15th April
Not sure abut you but boy are we missing our three day weekends? As the week slides at a glacial pace toward the weekend, let’s at least focus on what’s coming up once we hit Friday!
What: Food Festival at Television Centre
Why: It may have been the home of the BBC for ages, but now it’s one of London’s most exciting foodie spots and what better way to make a fanfare than an actual fanfare? Thankfully the BBC Concert Orchestra will be doing just that, to kick off a weekend of celebrations. Gird your loins for a weekend featuring Bluebird Café, Homeslice, Kricket, Patty & Bun, Butterscotch and Bad Sports running test card menus, and involving interactive workshops, pop-ups and a music programme curated by YOYO’s Seb Chew.
Thursday 12th April to Saturday 14th April
Where: 101 Wood Lane, Shepherd's Bush, W12 7RJ
What: Sunday Swing
Why: You could stay in on a Sunday night, watching Netflix and prepping your lunches or you could dust off your brogues (yuck!), dig out your best vintage outfit and head to The Ned for their brand-new Sunday Swing. Each week, from 7-10pm, members of The London Dance Orchestra directed by Robin Harris, will bring a dose of live swing music, accompanied by some of the finest swing dancers on the swinging scene (er, you know what I mean). Listen to the all the best sounds from the ’30s to the ’50s, including jazz, jive and something calling itself Lindy Hop. Definitely a better way to end the week.
Sunday 8th April
Where: 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
What: Ascot Spring Garden Show
Why: In case you weren’t aware, it’s apparently spring. Which means it’s time to get your green fingers out of your mittens and into the soil. To celebrate, Ascot Racecourse are going to be celebrating with a day aimed at gardeners. And there’ll be gardening royalty in attendance in the form of TV’s David Domoney, floral decorator Simon Lycett, the top team from the Gardens of Windsor Great Park and Gardeners’ Question Time’s Pippa Greenwood. Sadly there’s no actual racing on, but at least this gives you the most opportunity to enjoy the plant stuff.
Friday 13th to Saturday 14th April
Where: High Street, Ascot, SL5 7JX
Andaz London Liverpool Street
What: Yoga In A Temple
Why: In the heart of Andaz London Liverpool Street lies a dark secret, a hidden temple that lay undiscovered for decades. But given we’ve written about it pretty much once a month for the last year or so, we’re guessing the cat is well and truly out of the bag. Still, we recommend checking it out, in equal parts fascinating and creepy, the former Masonic temple will be playing host to yoga extravaganza ‘My Body is a Temple’ (geddit?), a bespoke wellness experience followed by Eastway Brasserie’s new sharing brunch offering, featuring bottomless dessert and unlimited tea and coffee.
Sunday 15th April, tickets can be bought here
Where: 40 Liverpool Street, The City, EC2M 7QN
What: Hop along to London's newest brewery
Why: Put your drinks down, there’s a new brewery in town! And what better way to celebrate than enjoying the start of summer (yes, we know, everyone who chose this hook for their event was being ambitious) than checking out Georgeous Brewery? The independent, family run artisan brewery (triple hipster points) with its own beer garden is based at Highgate’s famous Bull Pub. So why not head down and enjoy one of the eight unique beers and enjoy the sun. Or the clouds.
Where: The Bull, 13 North Hill, Highgate, N6 4AB
What: Roof Down Party at Pop Brixton
Raise the roof down at Pop Brixton, except literally don’t because they’re celebrating the start of summer (ahem!) by taking down their iconic roof to reveal the shipping container lined park in all its glory. The roof down shindig involves food, drinks and a set all evening from Pop’s resident DJ, Chris P Cuts, delighting guests with a mix of everything from house music to Reggae in a set that promises to be ‘banging’.
Friday April 13th
Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ
Hilton London Bankside
What: Eat Your Way Round Bermondsey
Why: X marks the spot, that is if X is where to eat in and around Bermondsey. Hilton London Bankside have created a beautiful illustrated foodie map that will take you around the best this South Eastern postcode has to offer. Whether it’s cycling on their bamboo bikes to Flat Iron Square and munching down on sourdough from Burnt Lemon Bakery, walking along the Low Line, feasting on cakes at Konditor + Cook, stocking up on cheese at Neal’s Yard or heading to Mercato Metropolitano for wine. Get out your compass, pack a knapsack and Kendal Mint Cakes and get going on the best DofE expedition ever!
Where: 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, Bankside, SE1 0UG