Spring has officially arrived in London, and the delight of lighter evenings, warmer weather and April sunshine is getting us excited for the Easter bank holiday.
Is your social schedule looking a little lacklustre? Has your date night inspiration dried up? Have you exhausted all avenues of what to do in London? We've compiled a list of the ultimate things to do in the city that are guaranteed to make you fall in love with the capital. Whether you're into fine dining with a view of London's skyline, or playing a round of crazy golf with your family is more up your street - we have got you covered.
Read on to discover the very best things to do in London for every budget, tried and tested by HELLO!'s writers.
Best things to do in London in April
Dance the night away at Lío London
Lío London has officially opened, everyone! The new jewel of the West End needs to be on your must-visit list. The one-of-a-kind, immersive entertainment and dining experience is based in the former Café de Paris venue, breathing life back into one of London’s most iconic and historic nightclubs. It really is quite the sight as soon you enter.
Expect to be wowed by artists, acrobats, singers and dancers, all while you enjoy Lío’s signature cuisine. After midnight, the venue transforms into a nightclub – bringing the inimitable Pacha spirit to London’s nightlife scene. This is where you go to have fun with a capital F. Lío London is now open for bookings from 7.30pm-3.00am Wednesday to Saturday.
To book, visit liolondon.co.uk
Experience Puttshack’s new Brunch Club
Tee up for great vibes, mouth-watering food and drinks and more than a touch of friendly competition from this month with Puttshack's brand new Brunch Club - pairing high tech mini golf with an indulgent bottomless brunch that's all set to take Sunday fun to a whole new level! Brunch Club debuts at Puttshack's Bank location in central London with dates throughout April, and is priced from £45 per person. Set yourself up for scoring with a delicious two-course brunch with a choice of savoury and sweet options from a marvellous new menu. Puttshack’s much-loved buttermilk fried Chicken & Waffle has had an upgrade for 2023, served with free range egg, dry cured streaky bacon, pickles, cinnamon honey butter and spiked maple syrup. Bring on your vegan brunch game with the house-made Indian Dosa with scrambled tofu, green chilli, spring onion, tomato, pomegranate, coriander & mint chutney and chargrilled lime. Soundtracked by resident DJs at every session, Brunch Club at Puttshack is just the ticket to swing into Spring.
If you're looking for Easter fun, Puttshack will be hosting an eggstra-special treasure hunt experience this coming half term. Families can head over to the White City, Lakeside or Watford venues to hunt for golden golf balls as they play mini-golf. Those who find a golden ball can claim the ultimate Easter treat - a show stopping Puttshack Oreo Freakshake. It’s delicious!
To book, visit puttshack.com/uk
Book a terrarium making class to step into Spring
If you're hopeless at keeping house plants alive, why now join the Botanical Boys at their Coal Drops Yard studio to build your very own sustainable terrarium garden. You’ll be taken back in time to learn the historical and fascinating journey of terrariums and how they made a global impact before getting stuck into building your very own. Every step is fully guided by their entertaining tutors. At the end of your class, you’ll be the new proud owner of your terrarium to take home with you. Perfect for a date night, a hen, a birthday party, or just a special Saturday. It'll last for life!
To book, visit botanicalboys.widget.obby.co.uk
Immerse yourself in AI art
Calling all gin, art, and tech enthusiasts! Launching on World Creativity Day (21 April) at the Design Museum in London before travelling to Chelsea Factory in New York in May, Bombay Sapphire and Baz Luhrmann present the Saw This, Made This installation, an experience designed to showcase the creativity and beauty that exists in the everyday and encourage people everywhere to engage with their creative side.
The new installation marks the culmination of the Bombay Sapphire Saw This, Made This global campaign which launched in October 2022. As the campaign’s Creative Director, Baz Luhrmann called for people to see the world as a gallery of creative inspiration and share on social media what they ‘saw’ and consequently ‘made’ via #SawThisMadeThis.
Visitors can interact with Ai-Da, the world's first ultra-realistic robot artist to explore how Artificial Intelligence can enrich and enable human creativity, while two limited-edition Bombay Sapphire bottle label designs, featuring artwork painted by Ai-Da, will be made available for purchase in the Design Museum Shop and on BombaySapphire.com
Prepare for the London Marathon at Barry's St Paul's
Anyone training for the London Marathon (or any marathon, for that matter!) will be well aware of the battering your muscles take in the run-up to the race. With this in mind, Barry's in St Pauls has partnered with physiotherapy specialists Anatomie Physiotherapy to create a limited-edition package, called Run and Recover.
Available until the end of April, the package includes a class at any Barry’s London studio and a muscle-reviving 30-minute sports massage with an Anatomie Physiotherapy specialist in a private treatment room located within Barry’s St Paul's studio. The sports massage utilises deep tissue techniques, to reduce muscular tension, discomfort and pain to help a wide variety of conditions associated with overuse injuries.
We tried the package and left the studio post-class with legs that felt as light as air, with no sign of the exertion they'd just been through in the red room!
Days out for children
Struggling to keep the kids entertained this Spring? You need to head to Covent Garden, ASAP. Fans of Beatrix Potter's legendary stories will love the 'Peter Rabbit Easter Adventure' which is an immersive experience running throughout April. There's a live performance that features beautiful puppetry, including Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggywinkle, and of course, Peter himself. Lasting just under an hour, ticket holders accompany Beatrix Potter to search for secret notes, maps, and other clues in Covent Garden.
Afterwards, grab some rabbit themed refreshments and take a peep at the gift shop; it's not to be missed!
Tickets are available until 16 April. To book, visit peterrabbiteasteradventure.com/london
Head to Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical is now booking through to 26 May 2024. A tonic for audiences of all ages, this anarchic production about a strong and determined heroine with a vivid imagination has now won 101 international awards including 24 for Best Musical. You'll leave the theatre feeling inspired with those catchy songs just spinning round your head - one to add to the bucket list for sure!
To book, visit matildathemusical.com
Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial is going on tour!
Vardy v Rooney: The Agatha Christie Trial is going on tour! After their West End run at the Ambassadors Theatre finishes on the 20th May, the production will be heading to Woking, Liverpool, Southend, Dublin and Brighton. The verbatim production opened on 15 November 2022 at the Wyndham’s Theatre where it played to packed houses and standing ovations. The trial that gripped the nation has been adapted from seven days of High Court transcripts by Liv Hennessy (finalist in the Paines Plough’s Women’s Prize for Playwriting) and directed by Lisa Spirling (Artistic Director of Theatre503). Now audiences can watch the iconic moment in media history play out on stage in a city nearby - this is one to add to your list!
To book, visit wagathaplay.com
Head to a pop-up market
This month, Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled The Laphroaig Market in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens. Open Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April in Borough Yards, London, the market will be a celebration of some of London’s most interesting culinary pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of flavour today.Inspired by Islay, the island home of Laphroaig, Tom Aikens will prepare and serve six totally unique dishes to order, bringing to the fore the flavours of salt, fire and peat – the three elements that make Laphroaig whisky unmatched in quality and flavour. Dishes on offer include: Lobster Roll with sudachi, spiced mayo, nori, fried cabbage and cicely, Steak Rib Eye with Laphroaig 10 year old shallot sauce, grilled onion and pink purslane, as well as Cold Smoked & Charred Cabbage with fermented grains and gremolata. Each dish will be served with a bespoke Laphroaig cocktail or dram from the dedicated Laphroaig bar to bring out the flavours of salt, fire and peat.
Tickets available from £25. To book, visit designmynight.com/london/whats-on/daytime/the-laphroaig-market
£5 golf, food and cocktails at Swingers
To celebrate Swingers West End 5th birthday on Monday 24th April, all putters will be able to enjoy rounds of golf for just £5, an exclusive birthday cocktail for £5 and selected street food for…you guessed it - £5! A birthday party is not complete without an delicious bite to eat, so hungry crazy golfers can also tuck into street food from a special 5th birthday menu featuring dishes from Breddos Tacos, Patty&Bun and Slice by Pizza Pilgrims, who will all be offering selected dishes for only £5.
Book your slot in advance here
Best luxury things to do in London in April
Book a treatment at London's luxury wellness space Grey Wolfe
West Londoners looking for some TLC should look no further than luxury wellness destination Grey Wolfe in Barnes, a complete wellness sanctuary offering bespoke treatments that align the heart, body and soul, focusing on tailor-made wellness experiences and catering to people seeking alternative therapies for healing, body and health.
Face and body treatments are based on your individual needs, all products are earth-based and natural, and all treatments are guided by spiritual principles. The space itself has been designed with the elements to promote relaxation and rejuvenation, with the warm palette of natural wood and concrete. Treatments mould themselves to guests’ needs and guests are encouraged to spend as much time at Grey Wolfe as they like; resting in their relaxation room after treatment, catching up with their practitioner, sipping fresh herbal tea, journaling and browsing the shop floor.
To book in for total bliss, visit greywolfe.co.uk
Treat yourself to a spring-ready manicure at Townhouse
Located in the heart of West London, in bustling Chelsea, the brand new Townhouse King's Road is the hottest beauty spot around. The luxury nail salon raises with gorgeous interiors, luxurious treatments, and state-of-the-art technology for a modern pamper experience like none other, plus its super Instagrammable. Whether you need a quick Colour Refresh or want to sit back and relax for an extended pamper session, Townhouse King’s Road is the place to go.
Customers can expect their favourite Townhouse offerings in this new state-of-the-art salon, including the brand’s flawless manicures and pedicures, seasonal nail art collections, self-book kiosks, digital colour libraries and chic interiors. If you're in need of a spring-ready mani update, Townhouse has got you covered.
For more information and to book, visit townhouse.co.uk
Get the hair of your dreams at luxury salon Limoz Logli
If you like your salon interiors as beautiful as your new hair colour, head to Limoz Logli in Chelsea. The renowned hair stylist's eponymous salon is located on Ives Street and it's all chic marble and eclectic vintage pieces. Loved by London's elite, Logli is famous for creating effortless, natural-looking colour. If you need a sun-kissed summer refresh, there's nowhere better.
For more information and to book, visit limozlogli.com
Get spring ready at Duck & Dry
Start the season in style at Duck & Dry’s nail bars in Mayfair or Islington this spring for a manicure and cocktail treat. Treat yourself to a Classic Gel or BIAB manicure and take your pick from the delicious bar menu of Prosecco and cocktails. Whether your heart desires adorable pastels, seasonal nail art that every-bunny is bound to love, or a classic French manicure, you’re bound to leave with a smile on your face and a Negroni in hand.
To book, visit duckanddry.com
Calling all London Marathon Runners
Sea Containers London has created a special Race and Recover package for those accomplishing the amazing feat that is running the London Marathon. Available for a two-night stay only from Saturday 22 April to Monday 24 April, the package includes two nights’ accommodation in the Ship Shape Suite; a unique space created for those looking for the ultimate private fitness and recovery experience. The spacious suite has been equipped with the latest fitness equipment from renowned premium brands including Technogym bands and a Theragun Pro to aid recovery. To prepare, guests can also use the in-room VAHA interactive fitness class mirror, Peloton bike and more. A good night’s sleep the night before is vital and guests staying in the suite will have access to a state-of-the-art ‘8 Sleep Pod 3’. To fuel up the night before the race, guests will receive £50 credit for dinner in Sea Containers Restaurant where they can load up on carbs including Egg Pasta ‘Roosters Crown’ with mushroom, truffle, chestnuts and soured cream or any of our delicious flatbreads, like ‘Nduja with onion, potato, curd and mint. After 26.2 miles of hard work guests can recover with a little R&R after crossing the finish line with a signature Advanced Bodywork massage in agua spa the following morning - what a treat!
To book, visit seacontainers.com
Check out the Aperol x Nugs kiosk at Kings Cross
The Aperol x NUGS kiosk will be open from 19th -21st April in Kings Cross. A fun twist on the trend for aperitivo and the next big thing in Al Fresco dining, the kiosk will be serving up a pairing and sharing menu of three delicious nugget flavours, which are Italian-inspired takes on the comfort food classic. Featuring chicken or cauliflower nuggets tossed in a variety of sauces, this is the perfect pit stop before you head off on your travels!
Getting your hair summer ready
With spring officially in the air, more people than ever are flocking to salons to perfect their summer look – and Jo Hansford's London-based salons are at the top of our list. With locations in the gorgeous Harvey Nichols store in Knightsbridge and another located in Mayfair, the friendly and capable stylists at the salon go above and beyond to give you your desired look – and a comfortable, relaxing treatment along the way.
Sip tea and know that you're in good hands while they work their magic for the ultimate summer look – complete with a bouncy blow-dry! Visit for an appointment with dry winter hair full of split ends, and leave feeling like a new person ready for all of the brunches, parties and pub gardens that summer has to offer.
In 2023, the salon is seeing plenty of emerging trends in hair colour – so if you need inspo, we've got you covered! Honey beige blonde, reverse balayage and cinnamon dusty copper are among the salon's favourite trends for the summer season – and are even offering hidden lights, a new technique with highlights blending between roots to your hair tips. Basically? Anything you can think of, this salon can do! Not to mention, if you're particularly interested in learning more about the salon, there is also an upcoming talk with the founder herself, as she discusses staying at the top of the hair game for over 30 years. Sign us up!
Visit johansford.com to book an appointment
Freshen up your look with a new 'do
There's no denying that the hairdressing salon environment is once again becoming a sanctuary where you can relax and get a well-earned respite from your worries and stresses of daily life. To help you look and feel your best, why not visit your local RUSH salon to experience the latest treatments and hair trends, in the hands of their expert team, such as Dee from the Ealing branch, and be wowed by their skills and ability to transform your hair.
To book, visit rush.co.uk
Sink into spring with a Muscle Melt massage at The Bentley
Head over to West London where you'll find The Bentley London, a grand hotel home to the Le Kalon Spa. This month, enjoy full access to the leisure and spa facilities while indulging in a restorative 90-minute Muscle Melt massage. Feel your worries and stress dissolve as an expert therapist works their magic, ensuring you leave the spa feeling like a new person ready to face the bustle of the city.
To book, visit Virgin Experience Days
Get inked at the Tattoodo Flash Weekender in Shoreditch
Tattoo fans rejoice! The world's most downloaded tattoo app, Tattoodo, is launching in the UK with their ‘Tattoodo Flash Weekender’ from 21-23 April at 149 Shoreditch High Street, London. Expect a weekend of drinks, music, merch, competitions and free ‘flash’ tattoos from 10 renowned artists. Bag one of the exclusive tattooing spots at the event or simply party the night away. Tattoodo aims to demystify and democratise the process of getting inked. The brand's ethos is to help people find the right artist and make the booking process simple - helping first-timer tattooees avoid overwhelm at every stage. Whether you’ve wanted a tattoo for years but never quite worked up the nerve, or you're peppered in them, this event is perfect to mingle and make a bold artistic choice that you can display proudly on your body forever.
To book, visit eventbrite.com
Best bars to visit in London in April
Try the ultimate Bank Holiday brunches at 100 Wardour Street
To celebrate the four Bank Holiday weekends this spring, 100 Wardour Street have announced a new DJ-led brunch series. The brunches are set to hit all the right notes, inspired by the ‘NOW That’s What I Call Music’ albums from the past two decades. Running from 12-5pm on Sunday 9th, 30th April and Sunday 7th and 28th May. With two courses priced at a reasonable 30pp and three courses for £35, a wide selection of dishes can be expected. Bottomless bubbles can also be added for an additional £25pp - yes please!
To book now, visit 100wardourst.com
Enjoy tapas and sundowners at Somerset House
Calling all foodies, San Miguel and Somerset House are set to welcome celebrity Spanish Chef and Founder of Tapas Revolution, Omar Allibhoy for a special menu takeover. Expect sharing boards with Iberico Chorizo, Cecina Smoked Beef, Manchego cheese, Pan Con Tomate and more, to an assortment of delicious pinchos. A menu highlight will the traditional cocas, the stone-baked flatbreads from the regions of Valencia and Catalonia, which are topped full of Spanish flavours and pair perfectly with an ice cold San Miguel.
From ice cold beers to San Miguel cocktails, relaxed seating areas and an iconic spot on the River Terrace, the Somerset House Terrace Bar is set to be London’s favourite al fresco destination for sundowners this spring.
Enjoy a shaken not stirred tipple at The Londoner
Celebrate His Majesty's upcoming coronation in style with a visit to The Londoner's limited-edition martini bar. Enjoy King Charles' favourite tipple – a classic martini – alongside Fine de Claire oysters in the exclusive and stylish bar The Stage, located in the boutique hotel in Leicester Square.
To more information, visit thelondoner.com
Sample the Wigmore's new cocktail menu
The Wigmore, the modern British pub located at The Langham has just launched a brand new cocktail list. The list has been created by Head Bartender Borden Burkovetskyi, who has had a successful career as a Bar Manager in Kyiv, Ukraine. Highlights include Earl Grey Negroni, Pineapple Express Martini and Bitter Sweet Symphony - delicious! Accompanying the drinks list, several new dishes join The Wigmore’s food menu, including Pork rillette; Spiced duck pastilla; Baba ganoush; and Heritage carrot, quinoa and feta salad. These take their place alongside The Wigmore’s much-loved signature dishes such as the XXL stovetop 3 cheese & mustard toastie; Masala spiced scotch-egg; Bloody Mary salt chips; Braised beef and onion pie; and Cheeseburger with grilled ox-tongue.
To book, visit the-wigmore.co.uk
Head to Peckham Arches for cocktails & craft beer
Cocktails, craft beer and a BBQ grill - if this sounds like your dream night, make your way down to South London's latest hotspot Peckham Arches. The al fresco dining venue will play host to DJs and live music throughout the summer, making it the perfect place to head on a sunny evening. Expect the likes of wood roasted chicken with nduja sauce and BBQ’d bavette steak tagliata, plus some of the best passionfruit margaritas we've tasted.
To book, visit: peckhamarches.com
Running the London Marathon? Stop by Clays Canary Wharf for a complimentary cocktail
At 'Mile 18' along the route, Clays Canary Wharf is offering a complimentary cocktail to all Marathon participants on Sunday 23rd April with a glimpse of their medal, following the race. As fans refuel from cheering, spectators can opt for a thrilling 90 minutes of virtual clay shooting alongside tasty sharing plates and cocktails to round off the special day.
For more info, visit: clays.bar/canary-wharf
Take in the city skyline at Sabine Rooftop
Sabine Rooftop Bar offers a luxurious dining experience with surprisingly reasonable prices right in the heart of England’s capital. Climb the stairs to the lush botanical oasis that is Sabine's vibrant rooftop gem, made all the more enticing by the unbeatable views of St Paul’s.
Perfect for light bites and eclectic cocktails, Sabine offers delectable portions and signature cocktails perfect for winding down a busy week in the capital.
Experience a limited-edition Royal Cocktail Masterclass
In celebration of the appointment of King Charles III, join Smith & Whistle Bar for a Royal Cocktail Masterclass, right in the heart of Mayfair, in partnership with Lanique! This hands-on class with expert mixologists demonstrate step-by-step how to create three classic cocktails – but with a rosy twist. Mix and muddle signature Lanique cocktails including Rose Spritz, Rose Margarita and Rose Negroni. The Lanique masterclass starts at 6.30pm with a welcome “King Charles III” cocktail - Lanique Spirit of Rose, Maraschino, Supasawa, and tonic water – and canapés.
To book, visit: eventbrite.co.uk
Satisfy your sweet tooth on Harvey Nichols' rooftop
To kick off the spring season, Mozart Chocolate Liqueur has taken over the Fifth Floor Terrace at Harvey Nichols, transforming it into an extravagant escape in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge.
The Mozart Liqueur Chocolate Terrace will be serving a fresh spring menu with serves on offer including the decadent Espresso Choctini, a chocolate-y take on the Espresso Martini, created with Mozart Chocolate Cream. For a spicier serve, the intense Chocolate Old Fashioned is a mix of Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Bourbon, Sugar Syrup and Bitters, or the more sweet-toothed may enjoy the luxurious White Chocolate Strawberry Fizz with Mozart White Chocolate Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, Strawberry Shrub and Soda.
Perfect for chocoholics (and shopaholics!) to replenish energy in between a shopping trip!
Best restaurants to visit in London in April
Sample Madera at Treehouse London's Easter Roast
Madera at Treehouse London is bringing some serious flavour London for the Bank Holiday weekend with a special Easter Roast menu. The playful menu will take the classic roast and amplify it with the bold, colourful flavours of Mexico and fun Californian twists, served with all the trimmings.The adventurous take on the roast includes smoky Spatchcock chicken adobado with chipotle chillies, veal shank in tangy tomatillo sauce and flavour-packed Josper Butternut squash with chimichurri, all served with buttered new potatoes, heritage roasted carrots and endives salad to share. To finish, diners can indulge in deconstructed apple and walnut tart – yum!
You can also order from the regular weekend brunch menu, with highlights including avocado toast served on freshly baked wood-fired sourdough, corn tortillas filled with scrambledeggs, jalapeños, sautéed onions and tomatoes. The Madera Easter Sunday Roast is available from Saturday 8 to Monday 10 April from 11am to 11pm, starting from £26pp.
To book, visit:= www.treehousehotels.com/london/eat-drink/madera
Hit up Gloria for unbeatable Italian cuisine
There's a reason why Big Mamma has become somewhat of a household name in London. The eccentric chain of larger-than-life Italian restaurants is much loved for its deliciously indulgent menus, vibrant interiors and eclectic trattorias that bring the joy of Italy to the capital. Gloria, situated in the heart of Shoreditch, is a zany 70's Capri-style venue, perfect to sip away the hours with friends as you dine out on a platter of Mediterranean delights. From rich burrata doused in fragrant pesto, to pillowy focaccia and pasta flooded in creamy truffle sauce, lunch dates don't get much better than this. And if you've room for dessert, the homemade tiramisu truly is *chef's kiss*.
To book, visit bigmammagroup.com/en/trattorias/gloria
Don't miss new Chinese food hotspot Chop Chop
You might not think the Hippodrome Casino would be home to a gourmet dining destination, but you’d be wrong. Enter Chop Chop, London’s new Chinese food hotspot from renowned restaurant group Four Seasons. Inspired by 1960’s Hong Kong with counter seating and cosy booths, the unassuming venue’s menu is seriously varied and delicious, serving up an array of favourites including an extension dim sum selection and flavourful duck pancakes.
Other highlights include lobster and a steamed whole seabass with ginger – perfectly seasoned and melt in your mouth delicious. Of course, we also had to try Four Seasons’ Hong Kong style roast duck, and it lived up to its reputation. Crispy and juicy, it certainly delivered on taste. We loved how authentic everything was – even down to the unassuming ice cream sticks for dessert (highly recommend the White Rabbit). Perhaps the best thing about the subterranean restaurant is the hours, though. Open from 6pm until 4am, Chop Chop is perfect for both a quick pre-theatre bite to eat in the heart of the West End as it is for refuelling following a late night on the town.
Book your table at hippodromecasino.com
Finish your weekend at Penelope's
Forget the Sunday scaries! This day-time party is the perfect way to kickstart the week or finish the weekend with a bang- Penelope’s style. Every Sunday, brunch enthusiasts can enjoy crowd-pleasing brunch classics with Israeli-Spanish influences including the Shakshuka, to the ever more indulgent ‘Dirty Diana’ featuring a medium rare steak hash with fermented hot sauce and runny cheese. Whilst soaking up the ambience, you’ll be served with free-flowing bubbly against the backdrop of Penelope’s signature funk soundtrack.
Booking: Penelope's Restaurant
Enjoy a seasonal spring menu at The Ivy
The Ivy Soho Brasserie is here to make all your dreams come true this spring. Whether guests wish to enjoy a delightful mid-week lunch, a Friday evening celebration like no other with friends, or even a Sunday with the family, whatever the occasion, dine every day at The Ivy with something for everyone. Indulge in a luxurious lunchtime experience with the All Day Dreamers set menu, brimming with dishes that dreams are made of. Starters include a warming Creamed Cauliflower Soup, a fresh Pan-fried Scottish smoked haddock or Emilia Romagna cured coppa ham.
For mains, guests can choose from a selection of seasonal dishes including Spicy Jackfruit and Toasted Peanut Bang Bang Salad served with Mexican chayote, seasame, coriander, white mooli and shredded Chinese leaf, or chargrilled, grass-fed Rump Steak, served with thick cut chips. The new Dream Dessert features a crispy vanilla cloud with warm chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, and hot yuzu caramel sauce, perfect for those guests with a sweet tooth.
To book , vist ivycollection.com
Celebrate Greek Easter With a Traditional Spring Feast at Vori Greek Kitchen
Vori, the authentic neighbourhood restaurant situated on London's Holland Park Avenue, is celebrating the occasion with a traditional Greek Orthodox feast on Sunday 16th April. Greek Easter takes place on the first full moon following Passover and represents the end of the fasting period; this celebration is a significant moment in the Greek calendar. Vori has chosen to honour this with a set menu of traditional Hellenic dishes including Greek Easter eggs, traditional slow-cooked dishes and Ekmek Cheesecake for guests to enjoy in the restaurant’s warm and contemporary setting.
To book, visit vorigreekitchen.co.uk
Wendy's Biggie Meal Deal comes to the UK
It's not easy to find a wholesome n' hearty meal in the capital for under £10, but Wendy's is changing the game for Londoners looking for the ultimate lunch deal. The love for chicken reigns supreme at Wendy's with their iconic Biggie Meal Deal, coming complete with a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Nuggets, fries and a drink – all for £7.99. Snap it up at one of it's London branches or order on Deliveroo. It's delicious!
Enjoy a true Italian meal at Brasseria Notting Hill
Situated on the corner of the iconic Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove, Brasseria brings a taste of real Italian heritage and glamour to the heart of Notting Hill. The kitchen serves up signature Italian dishes, from the Cotoletta alla Milanese, hand-made Fettuccine della Casa and Dover Sole alla Mugnaia, plated and deboned tableside. The bar team specialise in classic cocktails, shaking and stirring Espresso Martinis and Negronis to order at the marble-topped bar, transporting diners to a bygone era of understated Italian elegance.
The menu will not leave you disappointed, and make sure to leave space for their delicious desserts, which include Tiramisù, Crème Caramel and their speciality LaB Cheesecake.
To book, visit brasserianottinghill.com
Enjoy a taste of spring with Amazónico’s new lunch menu
Amazónico’s lunch menu, or ‘Menu Ejecutivo’, is ideal for those seeking a swift lunch in style. Available from Monday to Thursday between 12pm and 4pm, the menu is offered at 3 courses for £38 and 4 courses for £45. Guests can enjoy signature dishes such as the Ensalada Amazónica - mango, avocado, confit tomato, kalamansi citrus and Lomo Saltado - marinated beef fillet, amarillo chilli, potato. A range of indulgent dishes have been created exclusively for the Menu Ejecutivo, including Corvina Chifera, Flamed wok sea bass, bok choy, peanut sauce and Crema de Choclo, Corn brûlée, coconut sponge, vanilla ice cream.
To book, visit: amazonicorestaurant.com/london
Visit Larch, for a taste of Italy in the heart of the city
Larch, a brand new-restaurant, bar and café from the team behind the Sky Garden has just opened. With an expansive al fresco terrace, at 1 Sky Garden Walk, Larch is now open! The menu champions authentic and pleasingly familiar dishes of cicchetti, antipasti, pasta and pizza, alongside main plates and classic desserts. The Burrata Bar offers the creamy and indulgent cheese three ways – Sicilian aubergine ragu with green olives; peas, broad bean, mint and preserved lemons; and Datterini tomatoes with basil and olive oil. We’d recommend the perfectly balanced bean, mint and preserved lemon plate. With pastas, risottos and perfectly topped pizzas on the menu, there really is something for everyone. The ragú Bolognese was simply divine, with handfuls of parmesan of course! Be sure to add Larch to your list!
To book, visit skygarden.london
Visit Battersea's brand-new dining destination Boudica
This April, the ever-evolving borough of Battersea will become home to Boudica, a brand-new all-day dining destination showcasing an impressive international and British-influenced food and drink menu. To be enjoyed in either the lively foliage-filled restaurant and bar or on the tranquil alfresco terrace. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, the stunning biophilic-inspired hideaway will be adorned with woodland foliage, Italian stone, and a wooden parquet floor, bringing a subtle twist of nature to the centre of Battersea. Boudica’s innovative menu designed by Head Chef Luigi Vairo, formerly of Corrigan’s, features British and internationally inspired dishes. With an extensive selection of vegetarian, vegan, meat, and seafood dishes that are impressively assembled using sustainably sourced ingredients from UK producers.
To book, from 28th April visit: boudicalondon.com
Book brunch with a twist at Saltie Girl
We all love brunch, but have you ever fancied a slight twist on the classic format? Then look no further than Saltie Girl, located just off of Bond Street, which has launched its seafood brunch.
Enjoy classics like Saltie Girl Eggs Bennie topped with smoked salmon, lobster, spinach or ham or even Eggs on Eggs with scrambled eggs, toast points and caviar. Or if you're in the mood for something fancy you can try the New England lobster roll; Gnocchi with caviar or a warm spicy crab roll.
As for drinks, try the Saltie Mary - an elevated twist on a punchy brunch classic or the passionfruit with vodka, passionfruit and grapefruit bitters.
Go bottomless for your Sunday roast
OXBO Bankside at Hilton London Bankside, the design-led hotel and a Hilton flagship, has launched a new bottomless roast dinner (yes, really!) experience.
Available every Sunday, the new brunch offering includes a traditional roast dinner with the diner’s choice of Roast Beef, Roast Chicken or a Veggie Roast, all of which are served with a flavoursome Jus; fresh Vegetables; fluffy Potatoes & giant Yorkshire Puddings to share. Also included is unlimited plates of savoury starters and sweet dessert treats from a buffet style selection of dishes from the Chef’s overflowing Traders Tables, allowing guests to go up and fill their plates to their hearts’ content. Priced at just £38.00 per person (no alcohol) or £55.00 per person with two hours of bottomless bubbles, red or white wine, this new brunch experience is the ultimate Sunday get-together to end the week on a high with friends and family.
Celebrate Sakura season at Aqua Kyoto
The Japanese cherry blossom season is one of the country’s most striking sights, and this spring, Aqua Kyoto is bringing the beauty and elegance of sakura to London, from March 13th until April 30th. To start, guests can opt for the Sakura Roll: four sumptuous pieces of maki featuring blue prawn, avocado, cucumber, Yukari – seasoning made from shiso leaves – and Morello cherry jelly, £16; followed by a main of pan-fried duck breast in a sour cherry teriyaki sauce, truffle pak choi and sakura crisps, £38. To finish, a delicate yet brightly floral cherry blossom vermouth cake with mint crémeux and a tangy yuzu sorbet, £12, will be ceremoniously served.
The limited edition In Bloom cocktail will also be available to complete the sakura experience – featuring Kokoro Cherry Blossom Gin Liqueur, Mancino Sakura Vermouth, soda and prosecco, £15.The menus presented to diners will also act as an instructional guide, teaching how to turn their paper menus into beautiful origami hearts, decorated in blossoms, to take home as a memento – further enveloping guests in the atmosphere of sakura season.
To book, visit sevenrooms.com/reservations/aquakyoto/
Hit up Charco Charco Hot Pot for an epic dining experience
This Covent Garden restaurant offers a truly unique culinary adventure. From stunning sushi dishes to exciting street food offerings and a showstopping set menu focusing around the Charco Charco Hot Pot in all its bubbling glory, this lavish new restaurant is a seriously exciting spot to level up your date night.
If you haven't been defeated by the ever-popular dragon rolls doused in orange mayo and eel sauce, or stuffed yourself with fresh sashimi and uni-topped oysters followed by silky scallop carpaccio, the bubbling brothy hot pot is a must-try. Adventurous diners choose between hearty rabbit or frog for the base, before poaching an array of traditional Chinese dishes. Shrimp balls, marbled lamb, and aromatic vegetables are amongst the generous offering of dippable ingredients available for you to create your own delicious dining experience. And don't miss out on the exquisite sake or yuzu-based cocktails!
To book, visit charcocharco.com
Take a culinary trip with Alex Webb
MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Alex Webb, has made his pop-up permanent at the InterContinental London Park Lane, and with that comes a fresh new wave of menus from an accessible two course menu through to seven course tasting experiences. Dishes are inspired by nostalgic flavours from Alex’s childhood and his travels, while championing seasonal British produce.
With the option for two-courses (£40) or three-courses (£60), highlights include a Beef carpaccio with pickled shimeji, pine nut purée, truffle and sourdough crouton; an Atlantic cod topped with sea herbs, an onion purée, pickled onions, crispy potato and champagne sauce; and Lake District pork chop with pearl barley risotto, slat backed carrot, apple compote, crispy pork skin and pork jus.
The star of the show though is the immersive seven-course tasting menu (£110pp) that showcases Alex’s passion for seasonal ingredients and creative storytelling food through his recipes. Be ready to be wowed with Alex’s fast becoming signature – Lobster toast with black sesame and sweet chilli jam and a Beef fillet with black mushroom purée, girolles, tomato gel and beef jus. Finish off with an espresso martini soft whip followed by the Insta-worthy secret dessert - Alex’s Mystery box – we are sworn to secrecy!
Celebrate Coachella at One Hundred Shoreditch
Celebrate Coachella on The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch and be transported to Palm Springs this April with a Coachella-themed brunch in collaboration with Tequila Patrón. Bringing the Cali festival spirit to the heart of Shoreditch with its vibrant decor, lush succulents, delicious brunch, and an incredible line up of live entertainment The Rooftop will take you all the way to the sunny desert oasis of Indio. Serving up twists on classics with a Californian-inspired brunch menu, featuring dishes such as smashed avocado on toast, wild mushroom tacos, and shrimp burgers with spicy tartare sauce, all washed down with bottomless Prosecco or refreshing Patrón Paloma cocktails. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best festival outfits and there’s a glitter station for those who want the ultimate festival glow-up. DJ’s will be taking guests through a playlist of music inspired by this year's Coachella line-up, and there will also be a live performance from the legendary Cara Melle who will be transporting guests back to that iconic Beyoncé 2018 Coachella performance - a show not to be missed!
To book, visit onehundredshoreditch.com
Indulge this Easter with Park Chinois
Mayfair’s most luxurious Asian restaurant, are taking Easter a step further with the most exclusive Easter Egg hunt in Mayfair. This year, Head Pastry Chef Valentino Pepe has created an exclusive Year of the Rabbit Easter Egg, complete with a fortune inside each one, made with Valrhona chocolate and finished off with a golden rabbit. Over the Easter weekend, from Friday 7th to Monday 10th of April, a surprise number of golden eggs will be hidden throughout the restaurant. Should a lucky guest successfully find a golden egg, they will be surprised with the bespoke The Year of the Rabbit Easter Egg at the end of their meal!
To book, visit: parkchinois.com
Grab a limited edition burger at Byron Burger
Is there such a thing as a better combo than a burger with cheese? Taking a classic concept to the next level, Byron Burger has brought back its legendary Run Rarebit Run burger. Sink your teeth into a juicy 6oz British beef patty, smoked bacon, covered in an oozy Rarebit cheese melt, pickled cucumbers, red onion and mustard mayo. And if you're feeling particularly indulgent, the Byronoffee milkshake is another new drop on the menu. Think thick vanilla ice cream laden with caramel sauce and fresh banana. Hit up London's Covent Garden, Islington or White City restaurants, or order on Deliveroo. Friday night plans sorted.
Epic lunch with breathtaking views of London
Looking for a restaurant that will offer incredible views of London, and also incredibly delicious food to match? Then look no further than SUSHISAMBA, Heron Tower. Here you can enjoy a fantastic cocktail whilst taking in views of the Gherkin or a tasting menu that offers dishes so amazing that you'll be booking your next visit before you've even finished your dessert. The new chef-curated Taste of Samba tasting menu features a multi-course selection of the restaurant's most beloved dishes, perfect when paired with the extensive wine and cocktail menu. Enjoy the likes of Crispy Lobster Taquitos and Wagyu Gyoza, to begin with, before moving on to the Churrasco Rio Grande ribeye, with chorizo, fillet mignon served with black beans, sautéed greens, farofa and SUSHISAMBA dipping sauces.
For those looking for a lighter main, there is the Robata Black Cod with Peruvian asparagus and miso. To finish, the Welcome to the Rainforest dessert is a medley of flavours asháninka chocolate, asháninka coffee, vanilla, pistachio, macadamia nut, and sugarcane. There is also an entirely vegan Taste of Samba version of the menu for those with plant-based diets.
To book, visit sushisamba.com
Step into spring at Isabel
Usher in the Spring at Isabel, Mayfair’s chicest hideaway, with their newly launched menu fusing Mediterranean and Latin flavours available this March.
The Spring menu sees new starters of Lobster Salpicon, with pico de gallo, avocado & Isabel cocktail sauce, while larger dishes include vibrant mains of Grilled octopus with avocado cream, gold kiwi vinaigrette & smoked paprika, Secreto Iberico and Fillet of wild sea bass picada, with Humita (a native South American corn-based dish).
Isabel’s innovative cocktail menu still spotlights reimagined classics such as the Rosetta 75, a twist on a French 75, infused with berries and garnished with a rose petal & dehydrated lychee, or the pisco-based Butterscotch Flamingo.
To book, visit isabel.com
Escape for an Easter treat at LPM
Hidden in a Mayfair Mews, LPM Restaurant & Bar welcomes those looking to spend the Easter weekend in style. On the menu for the occasion is a decadent dessert, consisting of chocolate and hazel coustillant on a meringue based and covered with a vanilla Chantilly. Set to cure those chocolate craving, this elevated dish will be available on the Easter weekend.
Diners can relax surrounded by LPM’s timeless interiors reminiscent of the French-Riviera as their spoiled with the fresh, delicate and playful dishes inspired by the Cote d’Azur and Ligurian coastline such as Carpaccio De Sériole Du Japon, yellowtail carpaccio with guacamole and citrus dressing and Croquettes De morue, cod croquettes with red pepper relish to start. Some of the delicious mains to choose from include Cotelettes d’agneau ‘vivienne’ - marinated Lamb Cutlets with Olive and Aubergine Caviar and Pine nuts, Canard a l’Orange – duck with orange and endive and Ratatouille de Hawazan – hot Mediterranean vegetables and chickpeas.
Indulge in modern Italian cuisine at Archway
If you're looking for a new foodie spot to discover, head to South West London's latest hidden gem, Archway. Located under some unassuming railway arches in Battersea, it's an intimate modern Italian restaurant with a menu created by the same chef responsible for Chelsea's iconic River Cafe. Expect the likes of wood roast atlantic prawns with nduja butter, fresh cavatelli venison ragu and grilled lamb neck with anchovy bagna cauda. The cosy, candle-lit space is perfect for date night.
To book, visit archwaybattersea.co.uk
Treat yourself to a champagne brunch
Enjoy a delightful bottomless champagne brunch at the newly opened Sun Street Hotel. Set in the Orangery - a beautiful space filled with natural light, a breath-taking glass roof and mood-boosting decor - this new brunch hotspot is definitely one that should be on your must-visit list. Served from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the brunch menu offers everything from poached eggs and indulgent fluffy pancakes to healthy crushed avocado and even sweet corn fritters. Could you even ask for more?
To book, visit sunstreethotel.com
Dine on a Nordic feast at Ekte
Part of the gleaming Bloomberg Arcade, Ekte offers an array of delectable Nordic dishes to feast upon. Spanning traditional meatball dishes with creamy mash and lingonberries to fresh fish plates, Ekte's irresistible menu is ideal for those in search of a memorable meal out with loved ones. Treat yourself to some toasted rye Smørrebrød topped with roast chicken, tarragon mayo and spring onion, sautéed wild mushrooms on grilled sourdough and a warm cinnamon bun dessert topped off with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. Boasting a serene layout and central location in the Square Mile, Ekte offers the ideal experience for city-goers and foodies alike.
To book a table visit bloombergarcade.com
Enjoy a chef showdown at The Oyster Shed
Riverside pub, The Oyster Shed, has announced the return of its ‘Battle of the Champions’ series, which sees Head Chef and 2013 MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman cook-off against fellow culinary champions. On Friday 28th April, Natalie will go stove-to-stove with 2022’s MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Nikita Pathakji, in a six-course showdown.In what promises to be a feast for the tastebuds, plates will include Artichokes barigoule with Jerusalem purée and a potato and Comté foam, an Octopus Takoyaki with Japanese mayonnaise and furikake doughnut, and Pan-roasted hogget cannon served with braised lamb shoulder croquette, caramelised onion and a nettle salsa.
What’s more, there will be a chance to meet both Natalie and Nikita as the chefs regale tips and tales of their culinary journey and MasterChef experience throughout the evening.
Priced at £85 per person (£114 with wine pairings), with a welcome Plymouth G&T on arrival, book here: designmynight.com
Enjoy a dining experience with a twist at Willows
If you haven't yet ventured to Willows, we recommend you do so pronto! This stylish Scandi-inspired restaurant allows you to create your very own brunch board - or charcuterie board come the evening - piecing together a personalised meal from a vast selection of dishes from sections including bakery, dairy, protein and greens. Must-have brunch options include Willows' very own banana bread, cherry bakewell granola and the indulgent smoked salmon rillette. You can't leave Willows without sampling the roasted squash either - it's divine. Come the evening, dinner options include cheese and meat boards, along with hot, cold, greens and sweet small plates. The butterbean salad, curried parsnip soup and wild mushroom pesto pasta are all very moorish, and no meal is complete without a pudding, so make sure you save room for an indulgent treat - from chocolate truffles to pecan pie. Happy hour is in full swing at Willows too - with cocktails priced at the very reasonable £7 between 5-8pm each day. Choices include a vodka based Apple Pie, a Bakewell Martini and a Kiwi Margareta. A wine list, soft drinks and teas and coffees are also on the cards. Make sure you take lots of photos too, Willows is very Instagram friendly!
To book a table, visit willowsclapham.com
Try something new at Penelope's
Penelope's in Covent Garden is the ultimate date night location. Based at the Amano Hotel, the stylish Spanish and Israeli fusion restaurant brings together Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences for some seriously tasty dishes. Served by attentive and friendly staff, our highlights included the fabulous array of cocktails, with the rum based Tshoka Lahaim being a top pick during our visit. As for the food, the small plate sharers are surprisingly filling, and range from gorgeous black challah-calamari, tiger prawns in a smoked butter bisque and octopus in tomato gin sauce, amazing! For an extra special night, head to their rooftop bar for a light night tipple after your meal and take in the gorgeous views.
To book a table, visit amanogroup.com
Dine in style at Rüya London
Head to the upscale Grosvenor St to enjoy the culinary delights of Rüya London in the very heart of the Mayfair neighbourhood. Boasting of stunning Anatolian peninsula cuisine, from feta cheese and pistachios to the best chicken kebab we've ever had, Rüya puts a lot of love and thought into their beautiful cuisine. Don't forget to try the cheese pide, a favourite during our visit!
To book a table, visit sevenrooms.com/reservations/ruyalondon
Best afternoon teas to book in London in April
Enjoy an Easter afternoon tea at Bluebird
Bluebird, Chelsea have an extra-special child-friendly treat for Easter this year. Bluebird's 'Tiny Tea' offers decadent chocolate milkshakes to cure those Easter cravings and delightful finger sandwiches and mini scones for children of ages 3-10 to enjoy on Easter Thursday to Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm.
The rest of the family can also indulge in a luxurious afternoon tea. To begin, there are a selection of Sandwiches from Rare breed hen egg, mustard cress & truffle to Scottish smoked salmon & cream cheese. To follow, choose from Warm Scones with clotted cream and Bluebird’s strawberry preserve, Yuzu Mint Pavlova, Pear Tart and Salted Caramel Choux. Enjoy with the choice of various tea-infused, gin-based cocktails for a fabulous weekend treat.
Enjoy Diptyque's Afternoon Tea at Sofitel London St James
This latest limited-edition new afternoon tea offering, is served in the hotel’s exquisite Rose Lounge which will be available to guests from the 1st April – 31st May. The tea will be centred around Diptyque’s signature ‘Rose’ scent with interactive elements integrated throughout. Giving fresh, intense notes of rose bushes in May, the fragrance brings a return of pleasant weather. This delicious menu will feature English tradition withFrench inspiration. From truffle egg mayonnaise on spinach bread to sumptuous hazelnut religieuse pastries, our menu brings the finest French cuisine to this classic English tradition.
To book, visit sofitelstjames.com
Experience The Goring Hotel's Coronation afternoon tea
The Goring hotel, a firm favourite amongst the royal family, will launch a Coronation Afternoon Tea to celebrate King Charles III accession to the throne. Served in the beautiful Veranda, guests can enjoy a selection of sandwiches and pastries thought to be the King’s favourite. Featuring all the classics including Coronation chicken and cream cheese with cucumber, and freshly baked scones, the offering is simply delicious. This is the perfect afternoon tea for those looking to celebrate the royal’s big day, with scones decorated with the outline of King Charles’ face and horse carriage moulded chocolates sitting alongside crown shaped treats, this regal experience is not one to miss. We can certainly see why the Queen granted this grand hotel with a royal warrant!
To book, visit thegoring.com
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