What’s on in London? April 2019
Free all-you-can-eat chocolate? We’re there. Tony’s Chocolonely, the Amsterdam-based chocolate brand, which has us questioning our Cadbury obsession is launching a Soho pop-up this week for five days only. Other than offering mouthwatering chocolate, the pop-up has an even more appealing mission: to make slave-free chocolate the norm in the cocoa industry. At the pop-up, guests will also learn about the colossal slavery issue in West African countries like Ghana and the Ivory Coast. It’s good chocolate with a great cause. 28 March – 1 April; 11.00am – 8.00pm (- 5:00pm on the last day),
The Son at Kiln Theatre
The Son is the final in a loose conceptual trilogy of Florian Zeller’s plays at Kiln, following Olivier Award-winning productions of Zeller’s The Father and The Mother. The chilly family thriller tracks the lives of a divorced couple and their teenage son Nicolas whose devastating depression threatens to upend the family’s core. Brilliant use of set design and thrilling performances from a talented cast, including Sherlock‘s Amanda Abbington, make The Son a must-see production. The play’s grappling with the guilt and blame associated with mental illness is especially poignant in today’s society, where anxiety and depression amongst teenagers is rampant. 20 February – 6 April
Go for Tea at Mariage Frères
Mariage Frères in the heart of Covent Garden boasts the longest tea wall in the world, as well as a restaurant with a tea-themed menu, private event spaces, and a tea museum. One for tea lovers for sure, and those who love an aesthetically pleasing place to dine.
Vinegar Yard Opening in London Bridge
Although London is seemingly full to the brim with pop-up restaurants, bars, shops and galleries, we always welcome more. Vinegar Yard is the brand new all-day destination where you’ll be spending plenty of your upcoming summer evenings. The space, launched by the team behind Flat Iron Square, brings together street food from some of the city’s most loved vendors (Baba G’s and Up in my Grill among them), a coffee house from The Gentlemen Baristas, open-air bars, and pop-up shops with vintage and makers stalls, as well as incredible art installations from British artist, Joe Rush. More information at
Avo Bun Lobster Burger at Avobar
Avobar, the superfood restaurant in Covent Garden, has long catered to avocado lovers with their fresh salads and scrumptious sandwiches. With their latest addition of the Avo Bun Lobster, you can bet the California cool restaurant will draw a crowd. The bright green burger features lobster chunks encased between two avocado halves, served with a fresh celeriac slaw and watercress salad. The first 100 sold on the launch day will be just £1, so get there for an early lunch at 11.00am to snag a delicious deal.
V&A’s ‘Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams’ & ‘The House of Kensington’
The largest exhibition on infamous fashion house Dior is coming to the V&A this February, inviting guests to explore the history of the brilliant brand to where it stands today. Coinciding with the exhibition, London’s finest townhouse hotel The Kensington has launched a special package, ‘The House of Kensington’ which includes not only complimentary tickets to the exhibition, but an exclusive cocktail, ‘La Ligne Corolle’, inspired by Dior’s first couture collection. Book the stylish package and stay for 3-nights in one of The Kensington’s ‘Signature Suites’, so that after perusing the exhibition at the V&A you can stroll just 10 minutes back to your hotel and enjoy a round of the elegant cocktails. The House of Kensington package starts from £1,800 and includes a three-night stay in a Signature Suite on a B&B basis based on two sharing, two tickets to the V&A’s ‘Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams’ exhibition and two Corolle cocktails at K Bar. The package is available for stays between 2nd February – 30th June 2019. For more information, visit
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 191-33
Tate Modern explores the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) in a year-long, free display, drawing upon the rich holdings of The George Economou Collection. This presentation of around seventy paintings and works on paper addresses the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era, in which liberalisation and anti-militarism flourished in tandem with political and economic uncertainty. Until 14 July 2019
Swingers West End 1st Birthday
To celebrate their first birthday, crazy golf guru’s Swingers will be offering visitors a special deal – perfect for a night out with friends that isn’t you standard ‘afterwork drink’. Swing into the week with half price crazy gold, a spin on the Swingers ‘Wheel of Fortune’ where everyone walks away with a prize, street food from Patty & Bun, Made of Dough, Breddos Tacos and Hackney Gelato for £5 all day, more. 8 April, pre-book via
Let Me Tell You A Story at The Arts Club
The Arts Club London is pleased to present Let Me Tell You A Story, a group show of international contemporary artists (including 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid) whose powerful figurative paintings explore a range of salient topics effecting us today, from race, gender, and war, to love, privacy, policy and social media.
Tartuffe at the National Theatre
Despite power and success, Orgon is dissatisfied with his lot, so when fraudulent Tartuffe arrives, he is ripe to be seduced. Orgon is submissive to Tartuffe’s supposed divine authority, and becomes suspicious of his own family. With caustic wit, Molière satirises religious hypocrites and those duped into following others with cult-like dedication. Perfect for a post-truth, surreal new year. 9 Feb to 30 April.
Easter Chocolate Market at Duke of York Square
This weekend is the annual Duke of York Square annual Easter Chocolate Market which sees adults and children alike revel in a shared love of the delicious treat. A selection of artisan chocolate market stalls including Diana David, Bad Brownies and Sir Hans Sloane will be showcasing their goods (with tasters, of course). Alongside the artisan chocolatier stalls, a number of regular traders will be offering exclusive chocolate dishes for the special Easter market – expect the unusual (chocolate flavoured Vietnamese spring rolls from Rao Deli) to the boozy (chocolate Guinness cake by Nick Fu). 13 April,
Fat Buddha Yoga Residency at The London Edition
, whose yoga sessions are fast-paced, high-energy and leave you energised and ready to take on the week, are coming to hotel for a series of events, starting 9th March. Set in the hotel’s stylish basement, the classes are suitable for attendees of all abilities and guests can expect dynamic classes which are fun and exciting, helping to release tension and stress and aiming to help guests leave with both a sense of calm and an invigorated feeling. Classes are held on 13 April and 11 May. Tickets cost £12, and the sessions last an hour.
Tulip Fever at Heckfield Place
“Unearth, reconnect and rediscover” is what’s on the agenda for Tulip Fever at The Assembly, Heckfield Place. This spring, to celebrate the springing up of Heckfield’s 25,000 tulips planted last year, the beautiful venue is hosting a series of spring-themed events which invite guests to step into the season with gardening’s most notable figures. Whether you’re a bonafide green-thumb or a wary novice, you’ll leave inspired and equipped with fascinating knowledge and gardening tips to transform your green space this spring.
London Shell Co Easter Hunt
Housed in a converted 30-year-old canal barge, is a unique dining experience with a simple but delightful menu to match. The barge’s blue facade usually sits docked at Paddington Basin where passersby curiously peep into windows. Over the weekend, the restaurant is holding an Easter Hunt for any and all looking for a bit of fun (and a dinner for two and a complimentary wine pairing worth £250). Each day, a message-in-a-bottle will be hidden and a series of clues posted on their Instagram account , the first appearing at 11:00am. Once found, winners will need to bring the prize to the London Shell Co crew who will be docked at Paddington Basin. Happy hunting! The Easter Hunt will be running from 19 March – 21 April 2019.
John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing
At Two Temple Place John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing marks the bicentenary of the artist, critic and social thinker’s birth, revealing his influence on today’s current debates surrounding the arts, education, the economy and the environment. Ruskin wanted to make Britain a better place to live, and we can all get behind that. 26 January – 22 April.
Dine with Da Vinci at The Hari’s Garden Terrace
To celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary in May (and birthday on 15 April), the culinary experts at The Hari’s Italian restaurant, il Pampero, have created a delicious 6-course menu inspired by the iconic artist’s life in Tuscany and his most famous inventions. The dinner’s garden terrace venue is similarly inspiring, with twinkling lights and lounge seating producing an atmosphere imbued with Italian romance. 15 April only, priced at £60 pp. Contact [email protected] to make a booking.
Patty & Bun x Kricket “Jiminy Kricket” Collaboration
Two household (and drool-worthy) names in the street food industry have joined forces for a one-off, month-long partnership dubbed “Jiminy Kricket”. The collaborative dishes include a cumin spiced lamb-patty burger with green chilli chutney, and will only be available at the vendors’ White City Television Centre locations. £1 from every special sold will be donated to support key4life charity which helps to provide effective rehabilitation programmes for young men in prison and at risk of going to prison. Do good, eat good. Specials available from 1 – 30 April, ,
Negroni Nights at 45 Park Lane
To celebrate 100 years of the mighty Negroni, Bar 45 at 45 Park Lane is putting on ‘Negroni Nights’, special interactive events with a cocktail menu including three versions of a Negroni: The Classic, The Seasonal, and The Vintage, canapes. Plus, if you book a room at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a complimentary Negroni Trolley. Tickets cost £125 and include 3x cocktails and a canape menu. Book yours by emailing [email protected], phoning 020 7493 4545 or by visiting
MOODS Music Series at The Perception, Soho
W London’s new Saturday night music series, MOODS, will bring an impressive line-up of international DJs to the modern Soho hotel. The evenings will welcome great artists to be enjoyed in an intimate setting with handcrafted cocktails in hand. On April 20, . Tickets cost £20, get yours at
To celebrate Earth Day, artisans soft drink and mixer brand Fentimans has collaborated with wild plant conservation charity Plantlife to compile a list of Britain’s most endangered plants. In an effort to raise awareness (and have fun at the same time), Fentimans have worked with top bartenders around the country, including , to design a special botanical cocktail menu of drinks inspired by ten of these rare indigenous plants – each served with a small packet of meadow flower seeds for drinkers to sow themselves. The Ghost Orchid featuring sparkling elderflower, rum, pineapple shrub, poor Williams and garnished with apple blossom is among their delicious floral offerings. The botanical cocktail menu will be launched across top bars including Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour this Easter Bank Holiday,
The Mouse and his Child at NOW Gallery
This free exhibition showcased at Greenwich Peninsula’s NOW Gallery is an immersive exhibit, looking at the ‘human experience of fiction’. As the gallery is transformed into an immersive sculptural reading room inspired by Russell Hoban’s children’s book, The Mouse and his Child, guests can sit on the huge rug and read all day, and take part in literary events such as lectures and book clubs, literary dinners and spoken word evenings. 27 February – 28 April 2019,
A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME at V&A Museum of Childhood
There’s a loose dress code at the V&A’s Eastside campus. Neckerchiefs, plastic swords and a striped trouser are de rigueur – role play is central to this exhibition, specifically targeted at two to eight-year-olds. Arrive with a Johnny Depp-style accent and sit in a seaside tavern to plot your route to the hidden treasure, then board a huge ship equipped with a bell, telescope and helm, so tiny pirates can find exotic islands and steer through rough storms. Major curatorial brownie points for this unisex celebration of the imagination. Love. Until 22 April.
Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern
Bonnard’s dreamy views of everyday life see beauty in the ordinary; they are nostalgic for the fleeting moment. His vibrant use of colour creates a bridge to abstraction and reportedly influenced Rothko’s palette; now it illuminates the 21st century – fresh, and yet familiar. Expect to crave golden hour in Provence afterwards. 23 Jan to 6 May.
Paris Meets Pondicherry Dinner Series at Bistro Vadouvan
Putney’s beloved riverside restaurant Bistro Vadouvan and its head chef Durga Misra will be joining forces with Michelin-starred chef Éric Chavot for the launch of their new “Paris Meets Pondicherry” dinner series. Masterfully fusing the cuisines of the two cities that most encapsulate Durga’s cooking style, the menu is a courageous and delightful selection of unexpected dishes like the gurnard, cooked with fresh lime, coconut and green chilli and served in a banana leaf. If it’s sunny, you can’t do better than the outdoor seating overlooking the river. The three-course set menu is available Tuesday-Sunday from 20 March,
Announcing the next chapter of the King’s Road
In conjunction with the V&A’s launch of their international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant, whose Bazaar at 138a King’s Road triggered London’s “youthquake” and put the now iconic shopping destination on the map. To celebrate their sponsorship of the exhibition, The King’s Road will be unveiling a series of activations and events to celebrate this extraordinary heritage. 6 April – February 2020,
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