Next Thursday marks the Queen's milestone 90th birthday, so why not celebrate with a girly afternoon tea fit for royalty aboard the Good Ship Benefit? 2016 also marks 400 years since William Shakespeare's death and a new theatrical afternoon tea has launched at Mr Fogg's.
For the music lovers, a visit to the Rolling Stones' new exhibition is just the ticket, while bookworms will want to check out a special gala evening in honour of World Book Night.
FOOD AND DRINK
Theatrical Tipsy Tea
To commemorate the 400 years that have passed since William Shakespeare's death, Mr Fogg's Tavern in Covent Garden has launched its Aunt Gertrude's Tipsy Tea. The first theatrical afternoon tea that London has ever seen, the experience invites guests to partake in a twist on the classic English pastime. Every Saturday gin and champagne cocktails inspired by the Bard of Avon's most celebrated plays will be served in the gin parlour and salon, alongside a delectable array of homemade sweet and savoury delicacies. Mr Fogg's Tavern's resident magician, Dee Riley, will thrill guests with his mind-bending magic all afternoon. Tickets cost from £38 per person.
To book a table visit mr-foggs.com/tavern.
Kristen Dunst, Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton star in new sci-fi drama Midnight Special. A father and son in Texas are forced to go on the run after the government and a group of religious extremists are drawn to the young boy, who possesses special powers. The dad, Roy, and his long-time friend Lucas, a state trooper, help bring the child to an undisclosed location on a specific date, unsure of whether a world-changing event may occur.
FOOD AND DRINK
Hanami at ROKA
Not everyone can travel to Japan in spring to experience the season of sakura, meaning cherry blossom in Japanese. But guests visiting the Shochu Lounge at ROKA Charlotte Street in London can get a taste of the time-honoured tradition of hanami – the enjoyment and viewing of the transient beauty of flowers – throughout the month of April. Guests are invited to try the new sakura-inspired cocktail menu, featuring three new tipples, under the canopy of gorgeous cherry blossom.
To book a table visit rokarestaurant.com.
The Queen's birthday tea
Hop aboard the Good Ship Benefit, the new Benefit Cosmetics pop-up docked at Victoria Embankment, on Thursday 21 April. The ship will be celebrating the Queen's milestone 90th birthday with an exclusive afternoon tea. Expect delicious sweet and savoury dishes inspired by the monarch, served in the ship's Brow Bar.
To book a table visit goodshipbenefit.com.
Calling all Rolling Stones fans! The legendary rock band has staged their first ever major exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery and has aptly named it Exhibitionism. Spread across two floors, the exhibition gives visitors a comprehensive and immersive insight into the lives of the popular musicians, and their fifty year history. Over five hundred unseen Rolling Stones artefacts are on display. The exhibition is open until September 2016.
For more information visit stonesexhibitionism.com
World Book Night
In celebration of World Book Night, which falls on Saturday 23 April, the British Library is holding a special gala evening to celebrate reading and all things Shakespeare. Kicking off at 7pm, a stellar panel of authors will discuss the place of books in their lives, followed by a Shakespearean-inspired birthday party in the library's entrance hall. Special guests, performance, music, food and drink, as well as entry to the landmark exhibition Shakespeare in Ten Acts are included in the price of a ticket, which start from £14.
To book tickets visit bl.uk/events/world-book-night-2016.