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WHAT'S ON IN LONDON IN APRIL

28.03.17

We've looked into what events, restaurant openings and exhibitions are taking place in the capital this month so you don't have to

SHOP WOMEN'S NEW ARRIVALS
SHOP MEN'S NEW ARRIVALS
for a weeknight dinner: bronte

Positioned on one of London’s most prolific streets, The Strand, and named after its neighbour Lord Nelson who stands in stone in close proximity in Trafalgar Square, Bronte is a stylish new hotspot on London’s landscape. Designed by Tom Dixon, every element of the interior is considered and laced with historical relevance, linking back to The Duke Of Bronte’s travels. Pink concrete and green granite appear ever-more opulent when positioned in the bright, airy space, fusing the season’s most covetable interior trends with something much more long-standing in terms of aesthetic. Even the cocktail menu features sketches inspired by the Duke’s collectable trinkets. This season, Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter and Head Chef Guy Betteridge have worked together to create a menu that offers both traditional British and classic Asian dishes. To start, try the much-talked about chorizo and prawn Scotch egg followed by the Miso Black Cod or stick to the vegetarian speciality; the Edamame and Kale pancake for something off-piste.

1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5EJ

FOR A FRESH CUT: CUT AND GRIND SOHO

If you’re looking to spruce up your look but want something more from your experience than simply a quick trim, book in to Cut and Grind in Soho; a barber's parlour with a difference. Aesthetically, it would perhaps be better placed on the streets of Shoreditch than in vibrant Soho, with it’s exposed brick interior and rustic wooden floors, but we only mean that in a complimentary way – it’s a contemporary take on a must-have service and it’s one to add to the list. Choose from an expert beard trim or shave and sample the in-house coffee as you wait for your appointment.

25 D'Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EJ

for the must-see exhibition: kensington palace

Arguably this season’s most talked about exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story has set up residence at Kensington Palace and will run until 2018. Showcasing a vast selection of some of her most famous fashion choices, from occasionwear gowns to demure daytime outfits, it’s a real insight into the life and style of the late Princess. Head down there now, whilst its still fresh on the culture scene to tick the box ahead of time and free up your summer diary for outdoor pursuits.

Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

FOR THE CREATIVE outlet: MAKE YOUR OWN RING

If you’re looking to exercise your creative side this month, then perhaps a session with The Workbench London is what you’re looking for? Founded by two like-minded jewellery lovers, the idea is that you design and make your own ring, carving a mould on the night and then sending it off to be cast in silver post-event. Book in to the workshop on the 25th April at the Olympic Park and go along with a friend to enjoy cocktails, conversation and to ultimately come away with something meaningful to add to your accessories collection.

Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS

FOR WEEKEND BRUNCH: Rail House Café

The latest addition to the Village London portfolio, Rail House Café is Victoria’s much-anticipated all-day hotspot. Positioned within the newly developed bar and restaurant hub just outside Victoria station, this two-story destination has been conceptualised to look like a Metropolitan station itself. There’s a distinctive correlation between the aesthetic of Rail House and its sister establishments; Village East and Riding House Café, so fans of the brand will be in their element. It’s consistent with it’s concept as well so whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks that you’re looking to enjoy, there’s a menu to suit. We recommend arriving in time for the brunch offering and trying the Green Tea Waffles, but be sure to hang around long enough to try a cocktail or two from the ever-changing drinks menu for a (highly photogenic) combination that’s sure to satisfy.

8 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ

FOR THE FITNESS FIX: Another Space

There’s no denying that health and fitness has become an increasingly prominent trend of late and there’s a host of premium studios, gyms and classes at our disposal in London. Another Space in Covent Garden does things particularly well. Designed with fresh, minimalistic interiors and stocked with enough Cowshed products to rival the spa itself, it’s not just your average gym session. The concept revolves around 3 different classes that combine to offer a well-rounded timetable; yoga, spin and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). The line-up features themed rides each week as well as Mash Up workouts, which is a combination of cycle and HIIT and arguably not for the faint hearted. But their offering doesn’t stop there. This month’s Detox Kitchen event is set to take place on 22nd April at the studio and consists of a choice of a hot yoga or classic yoga class followed by a brunch and a talk with the Detox Kitchen founder, Lily Simpson about how she made her passion into a career. Whether you’re new to the brand or already an advocate, it’s a great way to meet like-minded individuals and add something a little different to your diary. You can buy tickets for the event here.

FOR COCKTAILS WITH A TWIST: TT Liquor

The latest addition to Kingsland Road has arrived and it’s a concept to rival even the most contemporary of East London hangouts, TT Liquor. The multi-faceted establishment is split into four key liquor-themed attributes spread across three floors; a cocktail bar, a specialist liquor store, an area for cocktail making classes and a level for tasting experiences. The latter will make for a particularly memorable option if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion. The experiences are set in padlocked Members Boxes that pay homage to the building’s prior use as a 19th Century police station and they house between 10 and 15 guests. If you’re looking to invest in liquor (be it gift or for personal use), there really is no better spot, as the shopkeeper at TT Liquor will guide you through a selection from the 1,000+ variations stocked. Everything you find here is also available in the cocktail bar for a special ‘drink in’ price.

17 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA

FOR CAREER INSPIRATION: WORKSHOP, STARTING A BUSINESS

One for the country’s up and coming entrepreneurs, Start Up Direct are hosting a series of talks and events throughout the month of April to offer mentoring to those embarking upon their own business venture. On Wednesday 5th the team will be popping up in London in WeWork on Chancery Lane. Tickets are £10 and you’ll be guaranteed a one-to-one session of around 50 minutes on the day, so turn up prepped with a series of questions to tailor your experience to exactly what you need.   

14 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8HN