As soaring temperatures and golden sunshine gift London with its hottest April day in 70 years, there is plenty on offer within the capital to help you make the most of the early summer rays. Get a spot of gin-spiration at L’Escargot's gin pop-up as they join forces with Fishers gin, The Victoria and Albert museum celebrates the best in Scandi style and Bang Bang Oriental caters to our love for a good old cuppa in homage to National Tea Day. Read on for your ultimate weekend guide...>>
In celebration of St. George’s Day on Monday 23 April, London’s oldest French restaurant L’Escargot has teamed up with artisan gin brand Fishers – renowned for utilising medieval manuscripts and locally sourced Suffolk sea plants in its gin creation – to host a week-long schedule of gin-themed events in the eatery’s newly renovated library. Highlights include Monday’s botanical masterclass with their resident Botanist James Garth, and Friday’s closing party featuring cocktails and a live DJ. Chin, chin!
As Sir David Attenborough prepares to open the ABA Rare Book Fare next month, why not get in the mood for a spot of light reading with Lilly Collin's new romantic drama, The Guernsey Literary and potato Peel Pie Society? Collins stars as bestselling writer Juliet Ashton, who travels to Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II to join the book club of the title. Here she spots the perfect plot for her next book but, with its members forbidding her from writing about them, her investigation leads her to discover a shocking secret within this unassuming community. Expect a mix of love, drama and a few tears too.
Saturday 21 April marks National Tea Day and, in ode to the occasion, North London’s eco-friendly culinary venue Bang Bang Oriental is injecting an exotic spin on the traditional brew. Blowing up at Chatime is the picture-perfect bubble tea in a selection of innovative flavours including Roasted Milk Tea and Oolong Milk Tea. Also on the bill at the venue’s CITROPIA Café is a range of signature Earl Grey teas including Grapefruit Earl Grey, blended with fresh grapefruit and lime juices and Mixed Fruit Earl Grey, with fresh pomegranate, pear, honeydew and chia seeds.
It's time to put your best foot forward in support of more than 40,000 plucky runners pounding London's pavements to raise huge amounts of money for charity. Renowned for attracting some of the world’s most elite Olympic athletes – including Paula Radcliffe and Sir Mohamed Farah – it never fails to gets pulses raising. And with this Sunday set to be another scorcher, 2018 could be the hottest marathon yet, potentially beating the current highest recorded temperature of 21.7C on April 22 in 2007.
Putting the spotlight on the creative influence Nordic design has had on British children's culture and design, Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today celebrates some of Scandinavia’s most influential exports – from BRIO and LEGO, to Finnish design house Marimekko and the much-loved cartoon Moomins. Hosted at the Victoria and Albert museum, this exhibition through time will offer you a glimpse into how this design forward part of the world has influenced our childhoods in all realms from clothing and toys to entertainment and design. [Image credit: V&A Museum, Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today]
Opens 21 April