It’s going to be raining and grey but we’re Londoner’s so what’s new?! Hide from the weather with these great things to do in London this Easter weekend…
Did somebody say cocktail hour?
The Aqua Shard has created an Easter cocktail inspired by Hot Cross Buns. Yes, really. Sweet and salty, the drink combines Hennessy Cognac, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto (a blend of bergamot peel, lemons, chamomile, lavender, yellow roses) and Mozart Dark chocolate liqueur, shaken with Star Anise coriander seeds, cinnamon and cloves and then topped dramatically with a sugar nest and chocolate eggs. Who needs an Easter egg? Available until 8th April.
Little Bat in Islington is the sister bar to the Lewis Carroll themed Shoreditch hangout Callooh Callay. This Easter, their Kentucky Bourbon Bulleit cocktails will be sure to warm your cockles (we’re so over you Beast from the East.) If you happen to spot a golden egg about the place you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail. Eyes peeled.
An absolute classic
Amadeus at the National Theatre has had everyone answering the call of classic music. Many people know the 1984 film adaptation but this modern version of Peter Shaffer’s play has received almost unanimously positive reviews across the board. The life and tribulations of arguably the most famous classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is described by the Guardian as the ‘sublime return of a sparkling production that doesn’t miss a note. Don’t miss it’.
Watch a legend in action
Take cover from the rain this weekend in the UK’s only documentary cinema the Bertha Dochouse. Newly released, much anticipated and highly controversial documentary ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’. Director Lorna Tucker walked in Vivienne Westwood’s shadow for almost 3 years to create an intimate depiction of the iconic designers epic life, and who is, incidentally, the films biggest critic.
Lose yourself in the wonderful world of Wes Anderson
Anderson’s new stop motion film ‘Isle of Dogs’ follows the story of a young boy searching for his dog in dystopian futuristic Japan after the outbreak of a dog disease banishes all dogs banished to an island. The film features powerhouse actors Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Foundry Fox favourite Frances McDormand. The Store X on The Strand is exhibiting puppets from the film, as well as a pop-up ramen bar inspired by the one frequented by Bill Murray’s character in the film. The event is free and runs until April 5th.
Sunday Lunch – like a boss
Head to the Hemingway in Hackney, famous for its beef Wellington which comes as a sharing portion for two. You have to try it. The small, cosy interior, buzzy atmosphere and well stocked bar, make it the ideal spot to while away a wet afternoon – game of Scrabble anyone? If you do feel like braving the Spring rain the beautiful Victoria park is a few minutes around the corner.
The Stag in Belsize park boasts one of the best roasts around in one of the loveliest settings. The melt in the mouth rib of beef is delightful. Or if roasts aren’t your thing why not try the chicken wings in a spicy blue cheese sauce. Make the most of Hampstead Heath and take a leisurely stroll to explore the area. Try The Gipsy Queen for their huge outdoor garden and bottle shop offering a Fill-Enjoy-Rinse-Repeat service. The twinkly Holly Bush is also a great spot for a drink.
Sunday roast, another classic British food – Beef roast with Yorkshire pudding 🙄 I would recommend this pub if you wanted to have a British pub experience. Definitely one of the best looking pubs I have seen so far as it is nicely decorated especially upstairs. And what's more important is that it doesn't smell like beer or alcohol when you walk in. So that is already a big plus I suppose.
Pretend it’s summer
DJ and MC collective Amps&Decs bring the summery festival vibes to the inevitably rainy Shoreditch BoxPark for a Drum and Bass special with legendary DJ Jumpin Jack Frost. Expect to see their in-house percussionist and violinist making you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Tickets are free but be sure to grab one before it sells out!
Get your hands on a one-off
Head over to Can’t Buy Me Love vintage shop in beautiful Muswell Hill. Pick up a vintage T or a summer shift and enjoy a lovely bit of cake while you’re at it.
Party like a German
Springfest returns to Alexandra Palace this Good Friday with its Bier Keller style long tables, Oompah bands, street food and of course beer! Escape the madness in The Village Green, where you can find a Schnapps and Jager bar and plenty more food options. Tickets are £17 plus booking fee.
Immerse yourself in Another Kind of Life
The Barbican’s current photography exhibition follows the lives of diverse individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention. It’s well worth a visit. Tickets from, 13.50.
Go to a prohibition party
Barts speakeasy bar in Sloane Avenue are hosting three events this Easter weekend kicking off today with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Sip spirits out of teacups, bring your best hat and don’t knock over any taxidermy. Make sure you know the password.