Lead image: InKERBator Weekender (© Jake Davis)
1 Alice in Wonderland Bash at Barts, Chelsea
Uncle Bart is decking out his apartment for an Alice in Wonderland themed Easter Weekend with live entertainment on Thursday, crazy cocktails throughout the weekend and the ultimate Wonderland party on Sunday, complete with a magician, themed fancy dress and face painting. Step through the secret black door of a covert apartment block in Chelsea to London’s iconic first speakeasy, where you’ll sip cocktails like the CBD Shroom or G&Tea Time from mismatched teacups as the ‘Mad as a Hatter’ host performs sleight of hand fit for Wonderland. Across the weekend, you’ll be free to delve into Bart’s box of curiosities and throw on a mad hat from the fancy dress box, or have a Cheshire cat’s grin painted onto your face. From 6pm. Free entry, book online to reserve a table.
2 Feast of St George at Trafalgar Square
Saturday 20 April
The Feast of St George takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 20 April, turning London red and white for a day of festivities to mark England’s national day and its patron saint. You’ll find English music, food and culture, as well as London’s world-famous Pearly Kings and Queens. Entertainment will include performances by Frobacks of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer fame, live music, and the Poodle Club Comedy Tent compered by Ada Campe with magical-comedy star Paul Zenon, outspoken comic Shazia Mirza and ‘Grumpy Old Men’ star Arthur Smith. There will also be a Handmade in England craft market, hot food stalls, dance workshops led by professional dancers and choreographers from Frobacks and the West End, some St George MythBusters, and a life-size replica of Del Boy’s Robin Reliant van.
Trafalgar Square, Westminster WC2N 5DN; london.gov.uk
3 London Shell Co’s Easter Hunt, Paddington
This Easter weekend, the London Shell Co crew is hosting a canal-inspired Easter hunt around the Paddington Central & Maida Vale area. Each day, the crew will be hiding a bottle with a message inside, offering a pretty smashing prize of a 2.5 hour dinner cruise for two with complimentary wine pairing worth £210. To be in with the best chance of winning, follow the clues posted on @londonshellco‘s Instagram account. The first clue will be posted at 11am on hunt days (19, 20 & 21 April). Once found, the winners will need to Instagram message their message in a bottle to the London Shell Co crew, and take it along to the boat, which will be docked at Paddington Basin, to claim their prize.
4 Springfest German Bier Festival at Alexandra Palace
Friday 19 April
The UK’s largest German Bier Festival returns to Alexandra Palace this Easter with the finest biers, bratwurst, streetfood and more at Springfest. For one-night-only, the iconic Great Hall will be transformed into a Bierkeller of gigantic proportions with rows of keller-style benches and an army of kellners serving the best Meister Pils. Head to the West Hall for a specialist craft beer, your souvenir stein, schnapps and cocktails. There’ll also be plenty of great music, from the authentic sounds of an Oompah band to Club De Fromage DJs and The Counterfeit Beatles tribute act. 5.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets £17.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; springfest.alexandrapalace.com
5 inKERBator Weekender, South Bank
KERB heads to Southbank Centre to showcase London’s next top street food traders this Easter Bank Holiday weekend. KERB’s inKERBator programme provides aspiring entrepreneurs with the training and tools needed to kick start their street food business, and the inKERBator Weekender brings the programme to life with 25 hot new traders battling it out for your tastebuds – and those of a daily panel of industry judges. Over five days, Londoners will feast on £5 dishes from a curated line-up of the newest inKERBator batch, like Filipino Pittmasters Turo Turo, plus some successful graduates like vegan Thai peddlers Greedy Khao. There will also be free workshops and panel talks for London’s budding food entrepreneurs, as well as bespoke cocktails, craft beer and Chapel Down wines. At the end of the Weekender, one trader will be crowned with the Future of Street Food award.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; kerbfood.com
6 The Savage Valley Californian Winery at Savage Garden, the City
From Friday 19 April
Savage Garden, London’s wildest rooftop bar, is bringing Napa Valley to the capital with the launch of Savage Valley – Californian Winery this Easter. The pop-up will bring a taste of California to the City with an authentic winery installation serving eclectic wine ranges from The Golden State, with unique blends to excite the palate and inspire the senses. A new menu of Californian-inspired morsels, given the Savage twist of course, will compliment the wines, and Californian producers will hop over the pond to host monthly seminars and tastings. Running until September 2019 seven days a week.
7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF; savagegarden.co.uk
7 Bunga Bunga Battersea’s Easter Extravaganza
Eat, drink, dance and sing all weekend long at Bunga Bunga Battersea this Easter weekend. Kicking off the festivities on Friday 19 April is Wow That’s What I Call Bunga! 90’s Karaoke. Sing your heart out to 90’s hits from 6pm, before making your way upstairs to Il Club. On Easter Sunday, it’s time for La Famiglia Brunch, an authentic Italian meal filled with sweet brioche, cured meats and sourdough pizzas, alongside live entertainment set to transport you to the streets of Italy (from 12pm, £19.50). Bunga Bunga’s Bank Holiday Sunday Supperclub, keeping the Bank Holiday weekend vibe going with live performances, two hours of bottomless bellinis and plenty of pizza (5pm-7.30pm, £35pp).
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA; battersea.bungabunga-london.com
8 The Doctor’s Orders Presents: Easter Bank Holiday Party at POP Brixton
Sunday 21 April
From 12pm till 3pm The Doctor’s Orders presents a freedaytime Family Block Party is for parents of Lil Waynes and Missy Elliots with dancing graffiti and plenty of places to chill. DJs Spin Doctor and Mattman will get the vibes going and activities include a dance teacher and dance competitions, graffiti train, hip-hop colouring in, the FUN DMC stall, a baby play area and plenty of food stalls. Then, from 3pm till midnight it’s the TDO X POP Bank Holiday Party, a 9-hour bash with DJs Kidkanevil, local Brixton hero Mr Play, Spin Doctor, Mo Fingaz and Russ Ryan spinning floor-filling sets of hip-hop, soul, disco, garage and whatever takes the mood. 3pm-12pm. Free.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
9 Swing Dance Sunday at Cahoots, Soho
Sunday 21 April
Cahoots, the 1940s tube-themed underground cocktail bar in Soho, has quite the Easter Sunday lined up. Kicking off with Easter Cocktail Cuppas and Cakes from 3pm, when you can fill your boots with spiffing cocktails served in tea cups, alongside chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and live swinging entertainment (from £28pp). Swing Dance Easter Sunday sidles along from 5pm, offering up dance lessons with Swing Dance UK, then, from 8pm, Auntie Maureen will take to the decks with an incredible DJ-set while swing dancers put on a spiffing show – ladies can even get their hair done in victory rolls (entry from £10). Finally, from 9pm-11.30pm, the Hotsie Totsies, all the way from 40s NYC, will captivate with their flawless harmonies and comedic banter.
13 Kingly Court, Carnaby W1B 5PW; cahoots-london.com
10 Hide & Seek from Sweeney Todd at London Dungeons
Until 22 April
The London Dungeon’s own Sweeney Todd is calling on brave souls to play his twisted new game of hide and seek. Following a narrow escape from his barbershop, you’ll need to seek refuge in a secret room full of creepy crawlies and dripping pipes – all in hope of escaping the demon barber’s blade and keeling your head. This new show is running for a limited time only, but while you’re there why not check out the attraction’s 19 interactive shows and two thrilling rides? The experience is included in the standard ticket price (adults £30, kids £24).
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7PB; thedungeons.com
11 Dinner is Coming at The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 2 June
Dinner Is Coming is a new immersive spoof dining experience inspired by Game of Thrones at The Vaults in Waterloo. The event blends an indulgent feast with theatre and comedy deep inside the Vaults’ underground tunnels, which will be reimagined as the world of the Several Kingdoms. You’ve been invited to celebrate the marriage of Jaffrey Bearathon, heir to the Several Kingdoms, and Margarine, the beautiful daughter of the noble Trywell Family. On the night, you’ll be encouraged to dress in accordance to your chosen house – whether a richly decorated Lord or Lady from Easteros or a rag-wearing peasant. Choose your kingdom, pledge your allegiance and keep your wits about you as fellow revelers might just betray you… Tickets are £35-£55 (previews £30).
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; thevaults.london
12 Night of the Living Dead at The Pleasance, Islington
Until 19 May
Based on George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, the first ever UK stage adaptation and the only officially authorised production opens at The Pleasance in Islington this month. Directed by Benji Sperring, the show pays homage to the cult monochrome classic, skirting the line between the horrific and the hysterical as it resurrects the original zombie masterpiece. This new adaptation features all the iconic scenes, as well as an entirely new journey from the farmhouse for the beloved characters, in a loving, comedic tribute to the world-renowned film. Tickets from £15.
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF; livingdeadlondon.com
13 Toast at The Other Palace, Westminster
Until 3 August
A new adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs, Toast – the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, has just opened at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace theatre. Following its world premiere at The Lowry in Salford in May and a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London transfer has been hotly anticipated. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience will be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of that cookery. Monthly brewery takeovers will also be taking place in the ground floor bar area with Toast Ale, which produces craft beer from surplus fresh bakery bread, on Thursday 11 April, 9 may, 13 June and 11 July.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; nigelslaterstoast.co.uk
14 Power UP at Science Museum, South Kensington
Until 22 April
This Easter the Science Museum welcomes back its phenomenally popular interactive gaming event Power UP. Returning for a fourth year, this hands-on video game extravaganza features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. This year will take both gaming fans and novices on an interactive journey covering four decades of gaming history with 160 consoles and hundreds of games, from retro arcade classics through to the latest in VR technology.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2DD; sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup
15 Sankeys Easter Special at Studio 338, North Greenwich
Saturday 21 April
Sankeys, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, returns to Studio 338 for a 16 hour Easter marathon on 21 April. The huge outdoor terrace will be transformed with a brand new production as part of the 25th Anniversary Tour. With summer in sight, make Easter weekend the time you ramp up your alfresco lifestyle at this celebratory day party, running from 2pm right through till 6am. The line-up includes Amine Edge & DANCE
Hector Couto, Tim Baresko, PAX, Anek and Jozef K. Tickets from £25.
338 Boord Street; Greenwich SE10 0PF; studio338.co.uk