Spring is finally here in London! With the warmer weather comes many more activities to fill your days. From walking through Old Spitalfields Market surrounded by great-quality local retailers, sipping unique chocolate cocktails on Brick Lane or working together with your friends to master the escape room of Poppa Plocks Wonky Workshop.
Here are some upcoming events you shouldn’t miss out on:
Home to artists, creatives and artisans, Spitalfields Market is open all year round but is the perfect place to visit in Spring. Bringing together local retailers, independent brands and producers, explore the stories of these pop-ups inside the daily market and their attention to quality and detail in their products. Why not pop down for Spitalfields three-day FAM EAST event from Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th April, where you and the family can take part in the creative workshops. Then, head down to ‘The Kitchens’, London’s best street food situated in the centre of the market where you can have a unique all-day dining experience within the ten fully working kitchens. From burgers to sushi burritos, to bao buns, there are a multitude of options here to choose from!
Why not stay across the river in the enchanting LaLiT London? On the river banks of the Thames by London Bridge, feel like a Mahajara when you walk into this renovated Victorian schoolhouse. With a mixture of modernism and a traditional Indian touch, from rich art and culture to fine cuisine, The LaLiT London is the perfect stay.
Introducing drinking and dining to a new era, Pergola On The Roof takes over unused and unloved spaces around London and turns them into unique go-to social destinations. Free entry and open every Thursday to Saturday until 11 pm, this rooftop venue is the perfect place to be when the sun is out. From cocktail bars to known streetfood stalls such as Patty & Bun, Vietnamese barbeque, Mam, tropically infused dishes from Yucatan and many more, this two-level rooftop bar is THE place to be this spring and summer!
As West London’s largest outdoor drinking and dining venue, take in the incredible city skyline views from Pergola On The Roof whilst indulging yourself in the lively atmosphere surrounding you.
Make your way to Islington's gastropub, The Depot, where Handmade Mysteries’ Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop is located. Do you dare try to escape the twisted toy-maker of Poppa Plock in the 60-minute challenge?
This unique yet hilarious escape room is the perfect activity for couples or groups of up to six. Filled with twisted toys, crazy contraptions and live actors, this is an 18+ game due to “containing bizarre moments that could drive weaker minds into madness”. Costing around £30 per player, make sure you book your tickets soon so you can master the escape with the help from the outrageous ventriloquist dummy, Oki.
Experience the beautiful botanical gardens of Richmond, and discover the science and conservation behind the challenges of over 50,000 plants and fungi at the world famous Kew Gardens. From frequent tours, exhibitions, talks and much more, feel rejuvenated in these botanical gardens this spring.
With over 250 years of history, be surrounded by exotic flowers, wild meadows and walk amongst the treetops in the wooded west London. Standing at a tremendous 300 acres, stroll through the Victorian Palm House and seek out the distinctive flora whilst scientists work away in hidden labs behind the scenes. Discover the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, which is a favourite of visitors, exploring some of the world’s rarest and most threatened plant species. This glittering cathedral of Temperate House tells the story of how Kew Gardens and their partners around the world saved these plant species, and how they’re still working on rescuing more.
Take in the enchanting views of the grounds from the Tree Top Walkway, sat 18 metres high, and indulge yourself in your surroundings.
Journey down the rabbit hole and embark on a cocktail journey for one weekend only. Cocktails In The City invites Londoners on April 4th to have an immersive experience at Waterloo’s theatre, The Vaults, and witness London’s cocktail making elite in action as each bar competes with each other to be crowned the best bar in London!
Indulge in the unique and cutting-edge cocktails whilst exploring the hidden rooms of the Vaults. Get lost in the Secret Garden whilst you sip exclusive botanical cocktails surrounded by flora and fauna, witness cocktail wizardry in the Experimental Lab, travel back in time to the Underground Bunker and immerse yourself in some old fashioned fun and let loose in London’s most infamous party at the Good Times vault, with many many more secret areas to discover.
From £15 per person, a free cocktail comes with the ticket and all cocktails thereafter are £7.50 each!
Book your tickets now and make your way down to the Cocktails In The City Festival - this exclusive hidden event is not one to miss.
Bringing you world-class entertainment at London’s Southbank, the incredible Underbelly pop-up festival is an unmissable event this year. Located in the heart of Central London, this festival is full of a wide range of music, comedy, cabaret, live circus and much more! Be at one with the true festival atmosphere and enjoy international street foods and drinks in one of the largest outdoor bars.
From just under £20 per ticket, this five-month festival is the perfect entertainment destination this spring/summer!
Just a 20-minute walk across the river lies a hidden delight behind an original London townhouse in the heart of Soho. The historical, luxurious boutique of Mimi’s Hotel Soho offers the perfect mixture between antique and modern style. Indulge in the bohemian chic vibe of the ground floor whilst you sip a cocktail next to the fireplace, after a long day spent at the Underbelly Festival.
The famous Grade I-listed park in Central London is one of the perfect places to walk through this Spring. As part of one of the four Royal Parks, its history goes back to over 900 years where Henry VIII was on the throne. Hyde Park is filled with beautiful landscape scenery, rose gardens, ponds and fountains, magnificent stone statues and an array of memorials.
Home to high-profile summer music festivals, Winter Wonderland, special royal occasions and a wide range of events, there is always something to do here! Take a stroll through this enchanting park and find yourself surrounded by charming flora and fauna. Why not attend the free event of the Queen’s Royal Gun Salute in celebration of her 93rd birthday on the 22nd April, and watch the firing of the canons, or join the rejuvenating six-week Flow Yoga programme with famous yoga instructor, Avni Dhanani, who hosts fortnightly yoga sessions in the heart of the alluring Hyde Park, starting on the 20th May.
Have a love for chocolate and cocktails? Then you don’t want to miss this pop-up…
Situated in Shoreditch’s famous Brick Lane, prepare for your sugar cravings to be satisfied at the Chocolate Cocktail Club. For just £10 a ticket, you can enjoy the incredible Chocotini (Chocolate Martini) and watch the on-site chef freshly prepare chocolate brownies, chocolate beer, chocolate wine and prosecco… could this sound any more appealing?
The Chocolate Cocktail Club is the UK’s first chocolate cocktail bar, with an array of mouth-watering unique cocktails that you never knew could exist! Running until the end of May, this is something the chocolate and cocktail lovers cannot miss.
Set in two Victorian townhouses, Portobello Hotel is the perfect rockstar hangout. Known for its many famous residents from the music, fashion and show-business industries, this is the perfect hotel stay after your evening filling your bellies with chocolate cocktails! Only a short underground tube or taxi ride away, the eccentric spirit of Portobello Hotel will leave you feeling inspired, allowing you to release the creativity within.
Situated in the sixteenth-century famous art gallery, the Tate Modern, lies the first major exhibition of the notorious French painter, Pierre Bonnard. Allowing the newer generations to discover this eighteenth-century painter's eccentric use of colour, whilst startling his other fans, indulge yourself in his captivating work, and be mesmerised by his paintings. See how he expresses these moments captured by his unique handling of colour and contemporary sense of beauty.
Bonnard became one of the greatest colourists in the twentieth century and was loved especially for the stylised decorative qualities and use of bold colours in his paintings. He was a leading figure in the transition from impressionism and modernism, where he painted landscapes, portraits, urban and intimate domestic scenes.
Exhibiting until the beginning of May, this £18 per ticket exhibition is a must for all you art-lovers out there!
With dazzling shades of bronze and greys merging in each room, the bespoke furniture in the 1851 Georgian townhouses of Flemings Mayfair gives a lavish twist to your getaway. This hotel is a true gem, providing everything a city break needs. Indulge in the flavours of Michelin-starred chef, Shaun Rankin’s menu, and enjoy the array of magnificent cocktails that ooze sophistication.
What a way to wrap up the spring season than by treating yourself to the theatre in the West End?
Filled with rich humour, emotional force and poetic precision, Harold Pinter’s 1978 masterpiece, Betrayal, is considered as Pinter’s most dramatic work. Originally produced by the National Theatre in 1978, this play is described as “the greatest, and most moving of all Pinter’s plays”. Featuring Golden Globe’s award-winning actor, Tom Hiddleston, alongside actresses, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, this is a drama about a trio of lovers with a seven-year affair between two characters Emma and Jerry. Betrayal is unique due to its reverse chronology and compelling storyline.
Why not continue on the theme of stardom and stay at the swanky hotel of The May Fair, a hotbed for A-listers in town. From bright colours to contemporary design, the elegance of this hotel conveys the retro, luxurious flair of the history of the 1920s and will complement your visit to the theatre.
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