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What’s On In London

It’s almost here, Easter! If you’re staying in London, here are a few ideas to help you fill your four-day weekend … Bring it on.

1. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine out, La Brasserie has a number of fun stuff planned for Easter. They include:

Easter Friday: Complimentary mini hot cross buns for all diners.

Easter Saturday: A snail race will take place at 12pm. Not real snails but wind up snails and whoever chooses the fastest snail in the race will win a bottle of Champagne.

Easter Sunday: La Brasserie’s Easter Egg hunt will start at 11am. Eggs will be hidden around the restaurant for children to find whilst their parents enjoy their Champagne breakfast or anything else they fancy.

Easter Monday: All diners will receive free raffle prize tickets. Prizes include a mammoth chocolate bunny, a cut and blow dry at Hari’s hair salon and a Champagne breakfast for two. The winning tickets will be picked out at 4pm.

And to top it all off, kids eat for free at La Brasserie during the Easter period!

2. If you’re looking for some last-minute buys, head to Rococo Chocolates on King’s Road, or to their other locations, for their latest Easter collection which includes the Birds of Paradise eggs: 24 half-eggs made of three different flavours: Kalamansi Lime Caramel, Passion Fruit and Rosemary Caramel, and Tonka Bean Caramel.

Rococo Chocolates

3. Do you need to entertain the kids? Head to Kensington Palace for live performances and storytelling throughout the palace. There will also be Easter egg hunts well as an Easter bonnet/hat competition each day. More information.

4. If you’re looking for something different to do then head to Berwick Street’s Record Store Day for live music and DJs on Saturday 19th April 2014, from 12pm – 7pm. This looks like a cool event from all six of Berwick Street’s independent record stores to celebrate vinyl and of course music. For more information on the line-up, here is the event’s website.

5. Or if you’re thinking it would be great to rewind to the 60s then head to Modstock on Great Portland Place. This 60s inspired 4-day event starts on the 17th and runs until Monday 21st April 2014.

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It’s the week before Easter and this weekend sees the London Marathon happening on Sunday 13th April. But if you’re not running around getting ready for Easter or running through the streets of London for charity, what else is there to do this weekend?

1. The Chelsea Art Fair opened its doors at the Chelsea Town Hall on Thursday and you have until Sunday to visit this international art fair that brings together thirty galleries from the UK and abroad. Here is more information.

2. If you are looking for somewhere delicious and spring-like to visit, why not pop into Sake No Hana on St. James’s Street to dine within their pop-up cherry blossom secret garden and enjoy the scent of Jo Malone’s scented candles lingering.

Sake No Hana

“Sakura at Sake no Hana” also involves a limited-edition menu that includes cherry blossom sake cocktails, exquisite bento boxes, macarons and desserts. To find out more about this pop-up which will run until May 19th, here is Sake No Hana’s website.

Sake No Hana

3. Chocolate lovers, head to Duke of York Square for the Easter Chocolate Market on Saturday. For this week only, the Saturday Farmer’s Market will include a wide range of chocolate sellers from established businesses to smaller artisanal chocolatiers. This one-off chocolate market will celebrate both Easter and the 325th anniversary of Sir Hans Sloane bringing cocoa back to London from the West Indies. Now, that is something to celebrate!

Hans Sloane

Hans Sloane: A local hero

4. Pop into the Victoria and Albert Museum to visit their latest exhibition: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014. If you can’t make it this weekend, the exhibition will run until 27th July 2014. I, for one, can’t wait to see it.

5. Foodies, head to the South Bank for the Real Food Festival on either Saturday or Sunday for a guilt-free delicious experience that involves “sustainably and ethically produced food.” To find out more, click here.

The weekend is here! And if you’re still trying to decide on what to do, here are a few suggestions …

1. If you’re currently planning a wedding and are looking for something different for your big day, A Most Curious Wedding Fair “is the bridal event for the expressive, style savvy, design-loving and fashion-forward couple.” It’s taking place on Saturday and Sunday and to find out more, here is their website.

2. If you are a mummy or a daddy and are looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, the London Mothers Club are holding a big event at Broadway Bar & Grill in Fulham on Sunday. It’s A Family Affair and as well as children entertainment, there will also be mummy pampering. As for the dads, there will be plenty of street food and drinks for them to enjoy. Here is the event’s website for more details.

3. Watch the Boat Race along the river or head to Bishop’s Park from noon on Sunday 6th April where there will be a large screen to watch the race on and beer tents. Find out more here.

4. Head to the Chelsea Town Hall on King’s Road for the vintage fashion fair, Frock Me. It’s absolutely gorgeous to walk around and if you love vintage, you’ll be in for a real treat. Here is Frock Me’s website.

5. And finally, pop down to La Brasserie on Sunday 6th April 2014 at 6pm for their bar cocktail competition, which is being judged by the comedienne Helen Lederer. After the competition there will be La Brasserie’s regular Sunday evening cocktail masterclass which costs just £10 and gives you plenty of delicious cocktail fun. Here are more details.

1. If you’re as much of a Big Lebowski fan as I am, you’ll appreciate what I am about to suggest for this weekend. What about going to The Big Lebowski party at Bloomsbury Lanes on Saturday night?! There will of course be bowling and there will be White Russians too. Here is the website, if you want to find out more.

2. If you’re hankering for an afternoon tea in a gorgeous London hotel, why don’t you book yourself in for a 2 for 1 afternoon tea through Emerald Street? Here is the link to find out which hotels are in on this great offer.

3. Have you ever wished you could step back in time to the Jazz Age, inspired by The Great Gatsby or simply because you’d like to taste the cocktails of this glamorous era? Well you could come close to the experience if you pop along to The Candlelight Club on Saturday night. The Candlelight Club is a pop-up cocktail bar which is located in a secret location. Would you like to find out more?

4. And if you haven’t seen Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel yet and are planning to, then I would suggest that you watch it with Secret Cinema. Why? I’m not going to say why because if you can hold out finding out more, do try to. It’ll be worth it. Unfortunately, this weekend’s dates are sold out. But what you could do this weekend is book yourself a ticket for one of the extra dates that have just been added. Here’s the link, enjoy!

5. Finally, if you’re looking for something Chelsea to do then why not pop along to Loughran Gallery to take a look at their latest exhibition: Sprung. Here’s my post on it.

Yikes, it’s been a month since my last ‘Things to do in London’ post. Where does the time go?

Moving along, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend – here are a few ideas:

1. If you love vintage cars or vintage anything, the Classic Car Boot Sale will be taking place over the weekend on the South Bank. With 100 classic cars involved, there should be something for everyone if vintage is your thing. You can find out more about the sale here.

2. Discover the farmers market on Bute Street. Whilst I’m a huge fan of the farmers market on Duke of York Square, I also love the charm of the weekly Saturday market in South Kensington. It’s smaller, more intimate and has a real sense of community about it. To find out which producers are usually there, click here

3. Proud Chelsea’s latest exhibition is Senna: Photographs by Keith Sutton, which runs until 4th May. I don’t think you have to be a petrol head to appreciate this exhibition. I’m definitely not. But I think most people can appreciate the charm and integrity of this Formula One legend who died so tragically.

4. The weather is warming up and the first day of spring is officially around the corner (20th March). This can only mean one thing! Time to get a pedicure, if you haven’t been keeping those toes tidy over the winter. According to Vogue, Cowshed is number one on their list of favourites. So why not pop over to Holland Park, a hop, skip and a jump from Notting Hill, and have one of Cowshed’s Ultimate Cowshed Pedicures at their Clarendon Cross spa.

5. And finally, it’s St. Patrick’s Day on Monday (17th March) and on Sunday there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Trafalgar Square. Here’s the link, if you’d like to find out more.

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