5 things to get us out and about this April

Now that those dreary cold days are behind us (we hope), we can finally step out of hibernation and involve ourselves with all the spring happenings around our beloved capital. As we all know, there’s nothing quite like the ubiquitous mood-switch that occurs in  London as soon as the clocks go forward – weekends get fuller, the nights-out get longer and an overwhelming sense of jubilation takes over the city.  So just as you’re feeling a little inspired to venture out and explore, we’ve decided to share some of the things we’re looking forward to in the coming weeks:

Garage Brunch

Get ready for a mastermind quiz, a bingo, and numerous other party games that are based around your favourite music genre from your youth – UK Garage. Brought to you by the guys behind Hip Hop Brunch and 90s Brunch, this event features a host of fun-filled activities that will no doubt get your weekend going. At Garage Brunch, you can expect bottomless cocktails, a two-course meal and booming’ day-party packed with bangin’ tunes.

14th and 28th April 2018. Visit: garagebrunch.com

Hankies at the Montcalm

If you’re looking for something a little different, why not venture down to Marble Arch (yes, Marble Arch) for some authentic Indian street food at Hankies restaurant, inside the luxurious Montcalm Hotel. Renowned chef, and Hankies founder, Anirudh Arora has brought his new and inspired concept to the West End. Having launched earlier this year, this brilliant new concept combines the fuss-free, fresh, light and aromatic small plates and incredible value for money that are synonymous with this type of cuisine, but does so in the stunning surroundings of the Montcalm.

Hankies at the Montcalm Hotel, 2 Wallenberg Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 7TN

Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK

The UK’s first ever exhibition of graphic design from North Korea. This exhibition is showing common objects such as posters, sweet wrappers and stamps collected by Nicholas Bonner, who has led tours to the country for over 20 years and recently wrote Made in North Korea (Phaidon). The objects reveal a graphic style honed over decades in a closed society, giving an extraordinary and rare insight into the everyday life of North Koreans.

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH, until 13th of May 2018

An Evening of Meat at the Vaults

Launching at The Vaults this month, An Evening of Meat is a unique and provocative dinner installation: a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses. Having gained a cult following across the world, American director Kate March along with her all-female creative collective, I AM, brings her unique mixture of choreography, performance art and food to London for a limited run this Spring. Featuring a fine-dining menu and dancers using a table as a stage, An Evening Of Meat is a powerful conceptual dining experience that explores the all-fours position.

An Evening of Meat, The Vaults, until 22nd April 2018


BAFTA-nominated John Fitzpatrick’s brand new play Reared will debut at Theatre503 this April. With unfailing humour, Reared tackles intergenerational conflict, postnatal depression, and the role of the Irish mother in the ‘sandwich’ generation caught looking after both their children and their parents. Under one roof, three generations of Anglo-Irish women try to find space for a fourth. As Caitlin waits for life to begin, her grandmother Nora fears the end and Eileen frets about them both. Between her mother in-law’s incipient dementia and her daughter’s struggle for independence, Eileen finds herself battling to adjust her household and wrangle her husband.

Reared, Theatre503, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW, 4th of April to 28th April 2018


Ahmed Elmi


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