It's starting to feel like spring, with the weather warming up in London and around the UK. Read on for inspiration on what to do this weekend and the coming week...
Can't make it to Japan to see the Cherry Blossom? Nope, neither can we! The next best option has to be the gorgeous Bloom Room at P.F. Chang's Asian Table in Covent Garden. Running until 30 April, diners will have the chance to experience Hanami – the Japanese tradition of flower viewing. The Bloom Room's walls will be adorned with vibrant flowers, while guests can sip on limited edition cocktails and tuck into Japanese sweet treats. So Insta-worthy!
Get ready to set sail – Go Boat is back for the spring! Friends, families and even dogs are welcome on board to charter their own electric boat. There's no need for a license or a captain; the boats are easy to manoeuvre and limited to about four miles per hour. The favoured route is go along Regent's Canal to Little Venice, past London Zoo and on to Camden Lock where skippers can turn around and head back to the pontoon at Paddington Basin. Each boat fits eight people and passengers are encouraged to bring their own picnic and bubbly. Time to take to the waters!
London Coffee Festival
It's that time of the year again. London Coffee Festival will bring together caffeine aficionados at the Old Truman Brewery from 12 to 15 April. Set over four floors, the festival will celebrate London's vibrant coffee scene. Guests can take part in home brewing workshops, an around the world coffee flight experience, watch the masters at work at Latte Art Live or have a good old knees-up on the Friday night at the Espresso Martini Party. There's dozens of activities to choose from, plus, a lot of free coffee!
If you're totally on board with making the most of your Sundays, make tracks for Pitch Stratford. They're embracing the return of spring with tonnes of street food, cocktails and candy floss, alongside a brilliant entertainment line-up. Think retro gaming consoles, giant Jenga and Connect Four, beer pong, table tennis, a stellar soundtrack and beanbags to chill on, if you're making the most of their huge screens. Not enough for you? There's karaoke if you feel like exercising your vocal chords.
Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day
Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day falls on Tuesday 10 April this year. Head to the newly refurbished Scoop Shop on Wardour Street, central London and take your pick between classics such as cookie dough and cherry Garcia, or try one of the new flavours from Ben & Jerry's non-dairy range.
Ham Yard Hotel are hosting a pop-up on their dreamy roof terrace this month, and it's all about cocktails inspired by the vegetables and fruits grown in their outdoor garden. Craft G&Ts and biodynamic vinos will feature on the menu too, which pair beautifully with their cured meat and cheese platters, courtesy of Beal's Farm. With cutesy whitman benches, lanterns, beehives covered in leafy foliage and incredible views of London's skyline, there's no need to second guess where we'll be this spring.
Sense of Space
Awaken your senses this spring at Broadgate pop-up Sense of Space. Made up of four rooms (The Doodle Room, The Motion Box, The Infinity Garden and The Zen Studio), the installation is designed to challenge people's sensory perception through art. The pop-up will also play host to events including sensory yoga, movie screenings and a gastronomic journey with experimental psychologist Professor Charles Spence.
The Biscuit Box
Got someone's birthday to celebrate soon? Look no further than The Biscuit Box's scrumptious treats. Each box is filled with approximately 25 hand-iced, super chocolatey biscuits of various shapes and sizes; you can personalise up to two biscuits to make the gift even more unique! The Biscuit Box, which also does Home Sweet Home, Thank You and Get Well Soon tins among others, was established in November 2009 on the picturesque Channel Isle of Guernsey by Jo Griffiths. After studying graphic design, Jo now uses her creativity to ice the biscuits and think up new and inventive ways they can be used. Jo tried over 100 recipes until she discovered a biscuit with a super chocolatey taste that held its shape. Yum!
£28 plus delivery, thebiscuitbox.com
The latest trend from Japan, Japanese Dude Food, has landed at Kurobuta. Situated on the King's Road and Marble Arch, the tapas-style restaurants are launching a bottomless brunch every Saturday inspired by Japanese flavours mixed with the 'dude food' of mid-south America. For £35 feast on unlimited sushi, buns, hot and cold dishes and for another £10 you can have unlimited wine, prosecco and Asahi beer. Launches this month…
The National Wedding Show
Calling all brides-to-be; book your tickets for The National Wedding Show, which returns to London ExCel on 14 and 15 April. Offering the opportunity to try, buy and hire everything you need for your big day, all under one roof, the show is packed with inspiration, regardless of what stage of wedding planning you're at. From choosing the venue to finding entertainment or even buying the all-important dress, you'll be able to do it all, and them some!
Get in touch with your mythical side and try Avenue’s new cocktail menu inspired by the myths and
legends of Latin America and Asia. Half of the menu celebrates five mystical animals in Asian
tradition including the Blue Dragon and the White Tiger with ingredients such as sake, matcha and