April is drawing to a close and, just like that, a third of the year is gone *gasp*.
Now's the time to fit in the things you've been meaning to go to and plan your summer weekends. Whether it's drinking in the view at a rooftop bar or heading to a completely covered up concert, you can hedge your bets.
Here's the best of what's on this weekend.
In the bustle of a big city, botanical gardens can provide a little escape from the noise. Fine art photographer Samuel Zeller has photographed gardens in Europe’s most popular cities – Paris, Geneva, Edinburgh and Prague to name a few – through the dappled glass of the greenhouse. An exhibition of his pictures, accompanying the publishing of his book Botanical, runs until May 2 at the Print Space in Shoreditch.
Until May 2, The Print Space, 74 Kingsland Road, E2 8DL, theprintspace.co.uk
Italian glamour at Chucs
For a bit of 1950s Italian glamour, Chucs has opened a new restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Take a stroll through Hyde Park and refresh yourself with an Aperol spritz as the sun goes down, dig in to some delicious beef carpaccio or sea bream, or even get a takeaway pizza to eat on the grass.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, W2 2AR, chucsrestaurants.com
Harry Potter in Concert
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is nearly 16 years old, but it’s no less magical than it ever was. Harry Potter in concert returns to the Royal Albert Hall with live musical screenings of the second film from April 27 to 29. The 40 foot screen will be showing the film while an orchestra performs John Williams' iconic score. No muggles allowed.
April 27-29, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP, royalalberthall.com
Drink up at a Prosecco festival
A four day festival of bubbles comes to Oval Space in Bethnal Green this weekend. Prosecco Springs returns on April 26 - 29 with a mix of mouthwatering Italian food, fizzy masterclasses and live music. You can learn all about tasting with East London Wine School and hang out in the Prosecco Park with a refreshing cocktail. Perfect for a sunny evening.
April 26-29, Oval Space, 29 - 32 The Oval, E2 9DT, ovalspace.co.uk
Time travel inside Abbey Road Studios
A free exhibition at the Barbican Music Library is giving you a behind the scenes peek at one of the world’s most iconic recording studios. Running until the end of June, Inside Abbey Road Studios shows pictures taken by renowned rock photographer Jill Furmanovsky. She has worked with bands at the studio since 1975, when she photographed Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here sessions.
Until June 27, Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, barbican.org.uk
Get up on the roof
Hidden on a rooftop in the heart of west London, Pergola Paddington is back on April 26. Open Wednesday to Sunday until October, it’s a summer paradise on Kingdom Street where you can while away the hours on one of the giant day beds surrounded by gorgeous greenery. It’s set over two floors and has space for 850 people, so get a gang together and enjoy the view.
Until October, Paddington Central, 5 Kingdom St, W2 6PY, paddingtoncentral.com
Dance on at the Brixton Disco festival
The sounds of the seventies come to south London with Brixton Disco Festival to celebrate the 40th birthday of legendary Studio 54. A film screening and record fair at the Ritzy, an exhibition at the Black Cultural Archives and a rooftop party at POW are all on the line up, as well as a disco icons Joey Negro and Jocelyn Brown on the stage at Electric. It’s a boogie wonderland.
April 28, venues across Brixton, brixtondiscofestival.com
Conduct Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Ever dreamt of conducting a full symphony orchestra? Now’s your chance. On April 29, Kensington Symphony Orchestra are performing for six hours non-stop in Westfield Shepherds Bush and letting the public take the baton, all to raise money for War Child and The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation's Grenfell fund. Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms or Tchaikovsky, take your pick. You could be a seasoned conductor or have absolutely no experience at all. Book a slot, sit and watch or join in with the open chorus.
April 29, Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, W12 7GF, uk.westfield.com
Wish Aphrodyki a very happy birthday
If you’re a queer woman, trans or non-binary pop fanatic, Aphrodyki’s third birthday party at Miranda in the Ace Hotel is the place to boogie. Surprisingly enough, it’s London’s only ancient Greek-themed lesbian night celebrating the goddesses of pop and RnB: Destiny’s Child, Shakira, Diana Ross, Lauryn Hill, J-Lo… what more do you need?
April 28, Miranda, Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ, go to their facebook event
Let's get ready to Rumble
Margarita Rumble is taking over The Yard in Shoreditch on April 28 with expert mixologists competing for the title of Best Margarita in London. Jose Cuervo Tradicional agave tequila forms the base of all the drinks and a tequila truck will be holding tastings and masterclasses in salt pairing (not just any salt will do), accompanied by a Mariachi band, dancers and DJs.
Apri 28, The Yard, 89 Worship Street, EC2A 2BF, londonmargaritarumble.com
Be a glutton at Galvin La Chapelle
Michelin-starred gastronomers the Galvin brothers are making the most of the late spring with two special tasting menus. Jeff Galvin’s menu includes parfait of duck liver with blood orange and hazelnut for carnivores and wild mushroom risotto or fennel with grapefruit and avocado purée for vegetarians. You could have four courses or seven, with or without wine pairing. The Spring tasting menus are only available until April 30, so this weekend is your last chance to taste it, before summer officially arrives in May. We can dream, can’t we?
Until April 30, Galvin La Chapelle, 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY, galvinrestaurants.com