Lead image: The Octopad by Patrick LeMieux is one of the must-plays at Somerset House’s gaming festival, Now Play This
1 Cocktails in the City at The Vaults, Waterloo
This annual celebration of all things cocktails will be taking over The Vaults in Waterloo to host a three-night long underground cocktail party. You will be able to enjoy cocktails from 25 of London’s finest bars who will be out in force hoping to be crowned as the best bar. What’s more, there will also be a negroni bar all the way from Florence to celebrate 100 years of the infamous tipple. Tickets cost £20, which includes a free cocktail from any of the participating bars.
Leake Street, Lambeth SE1 7NN; cocktailsinthecity.com
2 Vegan Vibes, Greenwich Market
Vegan Vibes returns to Greenwich Market for its first time this year on Friday 5 April. The monthly vegan event, which takes place on the first Friday of the month from April to October, brings together a host of London’s best vegan stalls. This weekend you can enjoy vegan street food from the likes of The Green Grill, RAWsome, Renee’s Kitchen, Elusive Juices, Veganauti, Miss Flits Bakes Vegan and Black Milq Ice Cream. You can also sample a number of vegan beers, vegan cocktails and vegan wines from the likes of Off The Wagon’s portable bar, Barnes-based Jefferson Brewery and Double Bubble’s prosecco van. 6.30pm-10pm. Tickets are free but should be reserved beforehand at eventbrite.co.uk.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london
Make sure you don’t miss The Boat Race this weekend, which sees Oxford and Cambridge battling it out to take the top spot once again. Starting in Putney, the 4 mile stretch will host both the women’s race (starting at 2.13pm) and men’s race (starting at 3.10pm) on Sunday 7 April. There are plenty of places to settle in and watch it, including great pubs like The Boathouse and The Duke’s Head in Putney. Make a real day of it and enjoy a riverside bottomless brunch at Bistro Vadouvan near Putney Bridge from 11am.
4 The Creative Craft Show and Cake International on Tour, ExCeL centre
The world’s biggest and best-loved cake decoration show, Cake International is hitting the road with Cake International on Tour. It will be coming to London at the ExCeL centre from the 4 to 6 April showcasing over 500 competition entries from across the globe. Alongside the Cake International on Tour, the Creative Craft Show will also be at the ExCeL bringing the latest craft ideas, workshops and quality haberdashery supplies to keen crafters.
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks E16 1XL; excel.london
5 Vinegar Yard, London Bridge
From 3 April
Vinegar Yard, the brand-new eating, drinking, shopping and art space from the team behind Flat Iron Square, opens on 3 April in London Bridge. The rotating food line-up includes TV’s Million Pound Menu winners Baba G’s, serving their signature ‘naanwhiches’, BBQ experts Up in My Grill, and burgers and croquettes from Nanny Bills, as well as ‘well-mannered’ coffee from The Gentlemen Baristas and an open-air bar. There will also be sustainable shopping daily from an eclectic mix of makers and vintage traders, as well as Flea London, a curated vintage and makers market, at the weekend.
St Thomas Street, London Bridge SE1 3QU; vinegaryard.london
6 Number 90’s Birthday Weekender, Hackney Wick
Number 90, Hackney Wick’s cool canal-side venue, is throwing its biggest birthday party to date to celebrate its fifth birthday. Taking place over four days from 4-7 April, the free birthday weekender will include DJ sets from the likes of Tom Trago, Fabric’s new resident DJ Anna Wall and the all-female collective SISU. On Saturday night, legendary record store Phonica Records will take to the decks alongside special guests for an all-night party. Throughout the celebrations, you can also sample Number 90’s new summer food and cocktail menu.
90 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9 5LN; number90bar.co.uk
6-14 April 2019
Now Play This is Somerset House’s annual games festival celebrating the latest in experimental game design from around the world. Part of the London Games Festival, the nine-day festival showcases exciting hands-on gameplay for all ages, from solo games to multiplayer collaborative experiences. Make sure you tackle the Octopad by Patrick LeMieux – a classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) from the 1980s with eight controllers featuring only one button each, which means you’ll have to cooperate with others to play. There will also be two free outdoor games, open to all visitors of Somerset House. Tickets £8 (concs £6.50, weekend pass £25).
Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
8 Toast at The Other Palace, Westminster
From 4 April
This new adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs is coming to The Other Palace this month. Following its world premiere at The Lowry in Salford in May and a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London transfer is hotly anticipated. Giles Cooper will take on the role of Nigel Slater, alongside Lizzie Muncey as Mum and Stephen Ventura playing Dad. Running until 3 August.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; nigelslaterstoast.co.uk
9 Annual Portfolio Review: Winners Exhibition, Old Street
PosterSpy is hosting its Annual Portfolio Review: Winners Exhibition this weekend, showcasing the very best of the alternative poster art scene. The 10 portfolios on display have been shortlisted by industry experts from hundreds of submissions for their unique rethinking of classic movie posters. The weekend will see the grand reveal of the winner and guests have an opportunity to buy the PosterSpy: An Alternative Movie Poster collection.
The Old Street Gallery, 62 Paul Street EC2A 4NA; posterspy.com
10 Piglet Pop-Up Shop, Westbourne Grove
Until 7 April
Piglet’s first ever pop-up shop is now open on Westbourne Grove, showcasing the British linen brand’s entire collection of 100% French flax linen bedding, table linen and sleepwear. To celebrate the opening of the pop-up, Piglet, recently launched a limited-edition collection of linen pyjamas in collaboration with artist Alexandria Coe. The Piglet x Alexandria Coe Pyjamas retail at £120, with 35% of the sale price from each piece being donated to Plan International, a humanitarian organisation working towards the advancement of girls’ rights. In-store activations will run throughout the pop-up, including yoga sessions and a talk on decluttering using the KonMarie method.
79-81 Ledbury Road, Westbourne Grove W11 2AG; pigletinbed.com
11 Sh!t-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist, Leicester Square Theatre
Until 12 April
Sh!t-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist is the all-singing, all-dancing sibling of Sh!t-faced Shakespeare. Returning with a boozy version of Oliver!, the Dickensian classic tale of the boy who asked for more with Booze, Glorious Booze (you know the one?). The production features songs from Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Les Misérables and other West End hits, plus one genuinely inebriated cast member – will it be an ars*holed Dodger, a fuddled Fagin or an out-of-it Oliver? Tickets from £17.25.
6 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX; leicestersquaretheatre.com
12 Power UP, Science Museum, Kensington
This Easter the Science Museum welcomes back its phenomenally popular interactive gaming event Power UP. Returning for a fourth year, this hands-on video game extravaganza features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. This year will take both gaming fans and novices on an interactive journey covering four decades of gaming history with 160 consoles and hundreds of games, from retro arcade classics through to the latest in VR technology.
Exhibition Road, Kensington SW7 2DD; sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup
13 Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Hampton Court Palace
The Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt returns to Hampton Court Palace for 2019, with the famous Lindt Gold Bunny hiding throughout the palace and gardens. Every bunny found reveals a new story from Hampton Court’s history, with successful hunters offered the chance to claim a delicious chocolatey prize. The hunt is included in Hampton Court Palace admission.
Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU; hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace
14 Mary Quant at the V&A, Kensington
From 6 April
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, this new exhibition at the V&A is all about discovering how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. Visitors will be able to see over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive in every fashion lover’s dream show. Tickets cost £12 and it opens to the public on 6 April.
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
15 Haegue Yang: Tracing Movement at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 26 May
Large-scale works from acclaimed South Korean artist Haegue Yang’s Trustworthies series adorn the walls at South London Gallery for her latest exhibition, Tracing Movement. But the star of the show are the two large, movable sculptures from the Dress Vehicles series, Sonic Dress Vehicle – Hulky Head and Sonic Dress Vehicle – Bulky Birdy, which channel Yang’s interest in identity politics, movement and dance. The powder-coated aluminium frames, dressed with Venetian blinds and bells, are activated daily at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm (and Wednesdays at 7pm), moving around the space and producing a quiet yet distinctive rattle.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org