London is a year round culture magnet, and when its parks begin to bloom with bursts of bright yellow daffodils and the clouds make way for some welcome spring sun, you can’t beat a jolly jaunt to the British capital. Whatever your agenda, whether art, theatre, al fresco festivals or foodie finds, London has it all and more this spring...
March means one thing to many people and that is the countdown to eating your way through Easter. For some of London’s most indulgent chocolates head to William Curley in Belgravia for either a chocolate infused afternoon tea, Easter treats of all shapes and sizes or perfect your skills with an artisan chocolatier at one of their many classes. (Also available in Harrods’ food hall)
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For all-round Easter fun, join revelers at the Pop Brixton Easter Extravaganza and Fête. On Saturday 26 March there is a cool vintage and craft market, live music and DJs, on Easter Sunday, a screening of Oscar winning movie Birdman and Easter Monday is one for all the family, with an Easter Egg Hunt, kiddies disco, face painting and street performers.
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London Coffee Festival
In April, caffeine seekers and coffee culture-vultures should make a date with the London Coffee Festival, which returns to the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane from 9 - 10 April. Learn how to make and brew the perfect coffee at home, watch top baristas at work, sample some seriously gourmet coffee, tea and artisan delights or simply get your coffee kick with a twist, at the Espresso Martini Launch Party on the 8th (8pm – 10pm).
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Lily James & Richard Madden as Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre
Theatre lovers are also spoilt for choice this spring, with leading ladies stealing London’s limelight. Glenn Close stars in the English National Opera’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum in Covent Garden from 1 April – 7 May, Sheridan Smith continues her success as Fanny Brice in the hit revival of musical Funny Girl, which is transferring to London’s Savoy Theatre for a 12 week run from 9 April while Lily James is set to play Shakespeare’s Juliet opposite Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden’s (Robb Stark) Romeo, in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre, Covent Garden.
Muhammad Ali 'I Am The Greatest' at the O2
Two global icons of another kind are celebrated this year, with London’s 02 Arena hosting I Am The Greatest, an exhibition showcasing the remarkable life and career of the world’s most famous heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali (4 March – 31 August), while legendary rockers The Rolling Stones are celebrating their ongoing success with The Rolling Stones - Exhibitionism at Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery, featuring thousands of rare items, memorabilia, photos and footage. 5 April – 4 September
The Affordable Art Fair
London is certainly never short of art exhibition or two, and with the Tate Britain’s Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 – 1979 (12 April – 29 August), Vogue 100: A Century of Style at The National Portrait Gallery in Leicester Square (until 22 May) and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at the Royal Academy of Arts in Mayfair (until 20 April), London is once again, a buzz with art of all genres. The Affordable Art Fair is also back at Battersea Park from 10th – 13th March for those who want to big up their art collection without a hefty drop to their bank balance, with work from the 100 contemporary galleries exhibiting priced between £100 and £5000. If perusing some of the world’s most awe-inspiring feats of architecture and design is more up your art avenue, then the annual Designs of the Year awards and exhibition, at Bermondsey’s Design Museum is well worth a visit. 25 – 29 March
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