Compared to the rest of the British Isles, England’s patron saint doesn’t seem to get as much attention as his contemporaries across the borders. However, with St George’s Day coming up this Saturday, Hard Rock Café London are celebrating the best of English with a special menu for one week only so you can indulge your inner patriot… and your appetite.
From 20 until 26 April, there will be an exclusive St George’s Day menu featuring an English twist on the Hard Rock’s classic burger and drink. The dish will be made from the finest English ingredients with locally sourced produce. The St George’s Day Burger comprises of the classic HR Patty with creamed horseradish, Lancashire cheese, and rare roast beef (from the oldest butcher in the capital) served on toasted bun with fresh watercress. On the side will be Gunpowder mustard (from the Houses of Parliament shop) fries with cider vinegar and Bovril gravy.
When it comes to drinks, what could be more English than a Gin and Tonic? The Afternoon G ‘n’ Tea Cocktail will feature Hendrick’s Gin infused with Earl Grey tea mixed with sweet and sour, served with a refreshing twist of basil and lime.
- The St George’s Day menu is only on from 20-26 April 2016. Hard Rock Cafe London, 148 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QY. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner. For more information, visit the Hard Rock Cafe website.
For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.
For Metro Girl’s bar and restaurant reviews, click here.
Spring is well and truly in full swing, with the Easter Holidays kicking things off from the end of March. As the temperatures warm and the days get longer, the festival season is really starting to kick off. Here’s a guide to special events on in London this April.
For a guide to what’s on in London over the Easter holidays, click here.
- 1 – 10 April : London Games Festival
A new festival is bringing 15 fun events to 10 locations in the capital, including South Bank, Tobacco Dock and the Museum of London. The first three days of the festival features talks, workshops and an exhibition in Somerset House. For more information, visit the Games London website.
- 2 April : Prohibition Party
Step back to the 1920s with Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Prohibition Party, featuring fabulous costumes, gambling, cocktail making classes and more speakeasy fun. 8pm-2am. Tickets start from £30. The Laundry, 4 Sidworth Street, London Fields, E8 3FN. Nearest station: London Fields. For tickets, visit Prohibition 1920s website.
- Now until 2 April : Hung Up, Ripped Off @ Atom Gallery
An exhibition of artist David Shand’s screenprints of collages from photographs of decayed photos and adverts. Open 11am-6pm. Atom Gallery, 77 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3EG. Nearest station: Finsbury Park. For more information, visit the Atom Gallery website.
- Now until 3 April : Easter Rising 1916 Sean Sexton Collection
Exhibition of the role of photography of keys events in the battle for Irish independence between 1840 to 1930s, including the Easter Rising in 1916. Opening hours vary. Tickets: £3/£2.50. The Photographers Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies Street, Soho, W1F 7LW. Nearest station: Oxford Circus. For more information, visit The Photographers Gallery website.
- Now until 3 April : Ideal Home Show
A place of inspiration for homeowners including interiors, fittings and gardens. Includes plenty of opportunities to buy things both big and small for the house. Tickets: £12 (weekday) or £14 (weekend). Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX. Nearest station: Kensington Olympia. For more tickets, visit the Ideal Home Show website.
- 4 – 24 April : CircusFest
Three week festival of spectacular UK and international circus. Ticket prices vary. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8EH. Nearest station: Chalk Farm. For more information, visit the Roundhouse website.
- 6 April – 4 September : Exhibitionism @ Saatchi Gallery
The Rolling Stones stage their first major exhibition to mark 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll. Open 10am-6pm. Tickets: £21. Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4SQ. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Saatchi Gallery website.
- 6 April – 4 September : Goosebumps Alive
This summer, another immersive theatre experience returns to the tunnels below Waterloo station. With two separate shows for adults or children inspired by the ’90s cult horror series. Take a journey through the dark, abandoned vaults and scare yourself silly as you try to escape the stuff of nightmares. Times vary. Tickets: Adults start from £32.50. Children from £15. The Vaults, Launcelot Street (off Lower Marsh), Waterloo, SE1 7AD. Nearest station: Waterloo. For booking, visit Goosebumps Alive website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the production.
- 7 – 10 April : The Other Art Fair
Chance to buy art from 130 unrepresented artists, regardless of how experienced you are in purchasing artwork. Also features book signings, panel discussions, an immersive dining experience, film screenings, performance art and pop-up food and drink with DF/Mexico, First Aid Box and Meantime Craft Brewery. Tickets: £8.80 in advance. Victoria House, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA. Nearest station: Russell Square or Holborn. For more information, visit the Other Art Fair website.
- 7 – 10 April : London Coffee Festival
A celebration of coffee for the capital’s caffeine lovers at the Old Truman Brewery, featuring food, music and – of course – coffee. Visitors will even have the chance to make perfect coffee at home from some top baristas. Tickets start from £14.40 (advance), £20 (on the door). The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the London Coffee Festival website.
- 7 April – 17 July : Udderbelly Festival
Udderbelly returns to the South Bank for an eighth year, featuring three months of comedy, circus, cabaret and family shows at affordable prices in an inflatable upside down cow venue. Ticket prices vary. Jubilee Gardens (off Belvedere Road), South Bank, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Udderbelly website.
- 28 April – 3 May : Roberto Grosso exhibition
London-based Italian artist Roberto Grosso is showcasing some of his limited edition art on metal, metallic paper and perspex. Space W10, 593 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, W10 4NJ. Nearest station: Kensal Green. For more information, check out the ArtSmart Contemporary website.
- 8 April – 31 May : Anarchy In The UK #PunkLondon exhibition
An exhibition of punk rock photography featuring classic and previously unseen images from the archive of photographer Richard Young. Opening hours Mon 11am-5pm, Tue-Thu 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm. Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, Kensington, W8 4LT. Nearest station: High Street Kensington. For more information, visit the Richard Young Gallery website.
It may not feel very spring-like, but the new season is well and truly upon us with the start of the Easter Holidays. With parents searching for ways to entertain their children, a host of London attractions have curated special activities over the break. My monthly ‘what’s on guides’ include many activities on in the capital during March and April, however for those looking for more family and Easter-centric ideas of what’s on during the holidays, here’s listings of things to keep you occupied. However, it’s not all for the kids, with a special section at the bottom with adults-only Easter fun over the Bank Holiday weekend.
For a guide to what else is on in London in April, click here.
- 18 – 28 March : Find Your London Festival
An 11 day festival celebrating the capital’s outdoor spaces, from gardens to parks, high streets to marketplaces. Featuring over 100 events, including yoga in the park, cycle trails, treasure hunts, beekeeping and an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. For more information, visit London.gov website.
- 19 March – 10 April : Easter @ Kew – Chocolate Sensations with Lindt Gold Bunny
There will be a host of Easter-themed fun at Kew over the holidays, including Lindt Gold Bunny Flavour Trail, Chocolution – bean to bar workshops, story-telling, face-painting and more. Tickets (regular entrance): Adults: £14, Children £3.50. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information and tickets, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 19 March – 10 April : Easter @ Design Museum
Over Easter, the Design Museum will be hosting a series of family-friendly events around the Cycle Revolution exhibition, including Pedal Powered Cinema, Colouring Competition and an Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets (general entrance): Adult £13.65, Children £6.85. Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD. Nearest station: London Bridge or Tower Hill. For tickets, visit the Design Museum website.
- 19 March – 10 April : Where’s Wally @ View From The Shard
Kids can search for explorers Wally, Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard and Odlaw as they explore the viewing platforms at View From The Shard. From 10am until sunset. Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children): £74.95 (advance) or £79.95 (on the door). The View From The Shard, Joiner Street, SE1 9SP. Nearest station: London Bridge. For more information, visit the View From The Shard website. For Metro Girl’s review of View From The Shard, click here.
- 24 March – 2 April : My First Ballet – Sleeping Beauty
Introduce your child to ballet with the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School production of this classic fairytale. Performance times vary. Tickets: £10-£25. Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT. Nearest station: Holborn or Temple. For more information and booking, visit the Sadler’s Wells website.
- 24 March – 10 April : George Irvin’s Funfairs
Travelling funfairs will be setting up camp at Shepherds Bush Green (24 Mar – 10 Apr), Hampton Court (25 – 29 Mar), Clapham Common (25 Mar – 10 Apr) and Crystal Palace (1 – 10 Apr) over the Easter break. Rides include Big Apple Coaster, Dodgems, Bungee Trampolines, Tea Cups, Waltzer, Inflatable Slide and Carousel, among many others. For more information, visit the Irvin Leisure website.
- 25 – 28 March : Easter Egg Hunt @ Battersea Park Zoo
Find out what zoo animals will be holding Easter eggs? Visitors can purchase a £1.50 (including prize) quiz sheet upon entry and follow the trail. General admission: Adults £8.95, Children 2-15 yrs £6.95. Battersea Park, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea, SW11 4NJ. Nearest station: Battersea Park. For more information, visit the Battersea Park Zoo website. Read the rest of this entry