Culture edit: Your April guide
With spring approaching and Easter around the corner, you may be looking for fresh inspiration of things to do and see, as well as places to eat and drink during the season ahead. We’ve rounded up a selection of highlights not to be missed this April – from unique restaurants and workshops to must-see exhibitions.
Located on Hoxton’s bustling Old Street, Bean & Wheat is a sustainable coffee shop and deli focused on reducing waste that offers an array of delicious sandwiches, salads, parfaits and preserves. Freshly made every day, the food utilises off-cuts and surplus foods from Adam Handling’s neighbouring restaurant, The Frog in Hoxton. Alongside the seasonal blend coffees and fresh juices, Bean & Wheat is also home to an impressive range of craft beers.
Brought to you by the team behind Scotchtails at Borough Market, this all-day cafe and restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as speciality coffee, low-intervention wines, cocktails and beers on tap. Keep your eyes peeled for their monthly events and competitions too.
The Picklery is a fermenting kitchen and wine bar rotating seasonal dishes using Mediterranean ingredients. As well as a simple menu that refreshes weekly, they host a range of workshops to try – from beginners guides to Fermentation and Kombucha classes to guest chef evenings fuelled by cooking and conversation.
This most-loved vintage sale returns to South London with a host of premium, handpicked styles for just £15 per kilo to choose from. As usual, entry is free, so just turn up to enjoy a day of sustainable shopping.
Embrace the spirit of spring with East London based florist, Lizzie Thorne. Learn about colour palettes, shape pairing and key floristry techniques with a selection of seasonal flowers and foliage to create unique arrangements. All experience levels are welcome and materials are provided.
With the guidance of macramé artist Brooke O’Brien, learn how to make a unique plant hanger using a host of natural materials this April. With an understated and organic aesthetic leading the creative process, this is the perfect workshop for those with an artistic eye who are looking to try something new.
If you missed out on tickets for All About Eve at the National Theatre, catch a live broadcast of the show at the Rich Mix cinema in Shoreditch instead. This is the perfect chance to enjoy outstanding performances from Gillian Anderson and Lily James in a more relaxed setting – with a liberal helping of popcorn.
The (former) First Lady is back in London and coming to the O2 to discuss her latest memoir ‘Becoming’. Learn all about her childhood spent in the South Side of Chicago, as well as her time at the White House and her unique experiences of Motherhood.
David Attenborough returns this month with a groundbreaking documentary exploring the problems the natural world is facing and the solutions needed to improve the issues. It has been four years in the making and was filmed across 50 different countries – from the remote Arctic wilderness to the depths of the ocean and the diverse South African jungles.
The Ikon gallery presents the most comprehensive exhibition to date of British artist, Hew Locke. By encapsulating painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. Fusing historical material with his passion for current affairs, Locke focuses especially on the UK, the monarchy and his childhood home of the then newly independent Guyana.
Op art – short for optical art – emerged in the 1960s and key figures included Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely. Op Art in Focus is a part of Tate Liverpool’s in Focus series – displays of the Tate collection dedicated to modern and contemporary artists or movements.
This month, discover how Mary Quant kicked off a fashion revolution on the British high street. The exhibition displays over 200 garments and accessories to inspire the style enthusiasts amongst us, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive.