WHAT IS IT? Returning for 2018, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.
WHERE: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
NEAREST TUBE: Liverpool Street
WHAT IS IT? This fizzathon is back celebrating Italy’s finest export with leading producers showcasing their bottles. A ticket will bag you up to eight glasses of fizz – and there’ll be plenty of authentic Italian food if you’re not up for a liquid lunch.
WHERE: Oval Space, 29 – 32 The Oval, E2 9DT
NEAREST TUBE: Bethnal Green
WHAT IS IT? Get yourselves and your offspring to Pop’s free Easter bonanza, which this year is hip hop themed. Test your agility at a breakdancing class, test your concentration on a hip hop jigsaw puzzle and try your luck at the gold chain giveaway. At 3pm it’s time for the big kids to hit the dance floor as The Doctors Orders take over the decks from Fun DMC, and play a mixture of hip hop, R n B and grime until the small hours.
WHERE: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road. SW9 8PQ
NEAREST TUBE: Brixton
WHAT IS IT? Paddington Basin is getting a sprinkling of sparkle as a full-on flotilla of illuminated origami boats are released on to Regent’s Canal. ‘Flotilla’ by artist Steve Messam, is an armada of 180 boats at Merchant Square, which look like white ‘paper’ creations by day and light up at night to set the canal gleaming with a changing pattern of luminous colours.
WHERE: Merchant Square, Harbet Road. W2 1BF
NEAREST TUBE: Paddington
WHAT IS IT? With its cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers, the London Marathon is our very own world-famous running race. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April. Here’s all you need to know about running the London Marathon 2018, whether you’re a road-pounding-pro or a newbie in a Disney costume.
WHERE: All around london
NEAREST TUBE: Check site
WHAT IS IT? It comes from the team behind the Michelin-starred Ellory, now closed. This place is mostly about the wine, much of it natural or ‘low intervention’. I’m sure Leroy will quickly join the ranks of the best natural wine bars in London.
WHERE: 18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU
NEAREST TUBE: Old Street
WHAT IS IT? Tomos Parry’s Basque barbecue inspired restaurant sits above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch (also on this list) and it’s about as smoking hot as it gets right now. Instagram is awash with pictures of grilled turbot grilled slowly and served with an emulsion made from the gelatinous cooking juices. The menu is focused mainly on seafood, sourced from Cornwall and cooked over fire. Londoners are going gaga for it.
WHERE: 4 Redchurch Street, E1 6JL
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch High Street
WHAT IS IT? Long gone are the days where a trip to the hairdressers only meant a cut, flicking through a copy of OK! Magazine and discussing your next jaunt to Europe. Turning the traditional idea of hairdressing salons on its head, newly opened SALON64 offers far more than your classic cut and colour. I’m talking about a coffee bar, a dedicated station to putting on your make up (because touching up your eye liner on the tube is never good news), charging points, and drool-worthy interiors
WHERE: 4 Bateman St, Soho, London W1D 3AG
NEAREST TUBE: Oxford Circus
WHAT IS IT? Go and experience a masterclass in pizza making with drinks, Neopolian snacks and your own creation to be had along the way! On arrival you are served friggitoria (Neapolitan street food!) and a glass of prosecco or beer. The class will start once everyone’s settled in, and you’ll be shown how they make the dough, then using one we made earlier you’ll get the chance to throw it yourself, top it, cook it and then eat it all with another couple more drinks along the way! At the end of the session, you’ll get a shot of Pococello (our limoncello) and some of our famous Nutella pizza ring. You will also get some Pizza Pilgrims goodies to take home.
WHERE: 12 Hertsmere Rd, London, E14 4AE
NEAREST TUBE: Canary Wharf
WHAT IS IT? 100 Wardour St are proud to present Dirty Dining. Along with delicious food your heart and feet can feast on the sounds and motions of one of the world’s most memorable movies. A hand picked cast has been brought together to
present a loving (slightly tongue in cheek) homage to the iconic movie, “Dirty Dancing”. Your trip to the Catskills will begin with a lavish 3 course dinner, featuring dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare, roasted chicken with a champagne sauce, and passion fruit tart with coconut sorbet. Then, settle in and watch the show.
WHERE: 100 Wardour St, W1F 0TN
NEAREST TUBE: Tottenham Court Road
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