Things to do in London this weekend

David Ellis
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Four. Glorious. Days.

The Easter weekend is here, and it's set to be magnificent. Though, weather wise, it won't be quite the stunner of last week, we're still set for a decent showing, so be sure to get out to one of London's parks, and get out to a rooftop bar.

Besides fun in the sun, there's plenty happening, from boozy brunches to New Year celebration for Songkran. Enjoy!

1. Have a cracking Easter

Whether you’re in the mood for an egg hunt, want to spend time with the family, head out for a Sunday lunch or go on an epic, Easter-themed bar crawl, there's plenty on this Bank Holiday weekend. Don’t forget to pick up family/friends/yourself one of 2017’s best Easter eggs, either.

Info: All weekend, across London, standard.co.uk

2. Celebrate Songkran

​Songkran, the Thai New Year, falls as it does every year on April 13, this year a Thursday, and lasts until the 15. While once it flew somewhat under the radar, Songkran is slowly making its mark on the capital’s annual calendar. Though Londoners may struggle to start the day making an offering to Buddhist monks, there’s a few chances to get stuck into the celebrations. Read our guide for more.

Info: April 13 – 15, across London, standard.co.uk

3. Get wired at London Coffee Festival

Prepare to get highly caffeinated. This weekend marks the launch of the sixth annual London Coffee Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. Last year saw more than 250 coffee shops, stalls, restaurants and bars partake and this time round will be no different. From an espresso martini party headlined by Norman Jayon Friday, to the main festival itself at the Old Truman Brewery, there’s a lot planned.

Info: All week, across London, standard.co.uk

4. Kick off the weekend with a new boozy brunch

New(ish) Turkish restaurant Firedog in Fitzrovia (the place that banned avocados) are launching a brand new bottomless brunch. Besides the unlimited prosecco, there’ll be Aegean mezze, including the likes of Lor with walnuts, and Sujuk with charred spring onions. For this weekend only, it’s a bargain at £25 per person (£35 thereafter). Be sure to flick through the gallery above for our other top bottomless brunches across London.

Info: From April 14, Firedog, 92 Newman St, W1T 3EZ, fdog.com

5. Sunday Papers Live

The broadsheets brought to life: this real life incarnation of a newspaper has proved popular enough that this weekend marks its tenth show. Each page from one of the Sunday papers gets its own performance: this weekend, Bruce Parry tackles the travel section, BAFTA-winning satirists Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse wrestle with the UK News, and east London collective Sofar Sounds are in charge of the culture. There’ll also be buckets of Bloody Marys and a Sunday roast to tuck into.

Info: April 16, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, NW1 7AY, sundaypaperslive.com

6. Festival of Beer and Bar Snacks

Following a roaring success last year, this festival returns for more fun. Across the weekend, guests will be able to try creative snacks from the pub’s in-house kitchen team, while gastro big guns Bao, Som Saa and Kiln will also be collaborating to create a selection of exclusive one off dishes. Festivities run from 4pm-3am on Thursday 13, and 12pm-3am on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16.

Info: April 13 – 16, The Adam & Eve, 155 Homerton High St, E9 6AS, standard.co.uk

7. Head to the world’s first Crow Café

Provided it doesn’t get cancelled, like the owl cafe and the fox cafe before it, this Crow Café should prove a huge hit. They’re saying it’s the world’s first, which is pretty hard to dispute. It’s much more about the crows than the café, with a display and talk from Trevor Smith, who is bring his crows, YumYum and Charlie for guests to meet, as well as Gilbert the Rook and Elijah the raven. There’ll also be crow-shaped snacks to tuck into while you learn more about these under-appreciated birds.

Info: April 16, Off Quay, 8th Floor, Capstan House, E14 2BA, eventbrite.com

8. Tuck into the Kobe Menu at Sushisamba

SUSHISAMBA is often more about the view than the food, but this week you’ll likely find it difficult to tear yourself away from the dishes they’re plating up. Kobe week sees them celebrate, shock horror, Kobe beef, with a menu that boasts 12 specials. You can spend a little on dishes (£6.50), a lot (£156), or a lot lot (Beef Ishiyaki at £1000). Try their one-off cocktail too, an Old Fashioned made with Japanese whiskey and washed with Kobe beef fat.

Info: Until April 16, SUSHISAMBA, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, 39th Floor, EC2N 4AY, sushisamba.com

9. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comedy about the meeting point between buisness and pleasure is getting a production at Wilton’s Music Hall in the East End. The score was written by Guys and Dolls composer Frank Loesser, and promises a night of toe-tapping and laughter.

Info: Until April 22, Wilton’s Musical Hall, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB, wiltons.org.uk


10. Eat, drink and be merry

What better way to spend any weekend than gorging on glorious grub? We have everything you need to know, including London’s best brunches, the capital’s finest Sunday roasts, the best bars the city has to offer, and more of the finest food you can get your hands on.

For those of you still coming to terms with the triggering of a certain Article, there’s also our guide to eating the EU in London.

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