Calling London folk and those in the vicinity… Welcome to this shiny new monthly ‘London Hit List’ series where I’m going to do monthly round ups of some of the coolest things going on in London that month. Or at least, stuff that I think is kind of cool and hope you will too. Apologies for getting this inaugural post up a few days late (promising start eh?) but I vow to be a little better at forward planning here on in. From art exhibitions to wine tasting, and cheering on those poor souls running 26.2 miles around the city, here’s some of the stuff I hope to get to this month…
Chinese Laundry Pop-Up at Newcomer Wines
Chinese Laundry, the fun and creative Chinese restaurant that made a name for itself and garnered a tight following when its had a permanent site in Islington is back on the scene with a few events. Catch them at Dalston’s Newcomer Wines for two nights only this month (17th and 18th April) and enjoy great food (hello squid dumplings and drunken prawn toast) and funky wines by the glass. It’s no reservations, just £25 tickets at the door which includes all the food. If you can’t make the dates or don’t bag a table, they’re also doing a residency in Brockley (woot, my ends) May 9th through August 4th, which should be a goodie. More info here.
Martin Parr: Only Human at the National Portrait Gallery
Until 27th May
I suck at ever going to galleries and exhibitions but there are a few things on this month that I’d really love to see, including Martin Parr: Only Human, which is on at the National Portrait Gallery ’til the end of May. I remember being first introduced to his photography when I was doing my A Level Art, and loving how honest but eccentric it was. Need to find a time to go! More on the exhibition here.
Cheer on the London Marathon runners
Sunday 28th April
Eek! It’s officially marathon season, and two years ago, I was one of the thousands taking on the 26.2 mile gruelling slog around the city. The thing that made London Marathon so memorable — and bearable — for me and so, so many others is the crowd. No other city does does a marathon crowd quite like London: it’s euphoric, electric, and overwhelmingly supportive. On Sunday 28th April, get out there, get some cans and some snacks, and go find somewhere on the sidelines to cheer and shout, and show your support. It’s heaps of fun and you’ll never know how much a high five means to keep someone going. The Week have put together a very comprehensive spectators guide, including the best pubs along route.
Tutto Wines Spring Tasting
Sunday 28th April
If your kind of Sunday involves wine (yes), get tickets for the Tutto Wines Annual Spring Tasting, that’s taking place on Sunday 28th April at The Round Chapel in Clapton. Over 40 of Europe’s most interesting winemakers will be pouring their plonk, so there’s chance to chat, try and buy. I haven’t been before but I hear it’s always a lot of fun. Tickets are £15 and no doubt gonna be snapped up quick (keen winos never miss it). I’m gonna be on a plane on my way back from Chicago otherwise I’d be there in a minute. More info and tickets here.
Go wild for hot cross buns
’Tis the season to eat hot cross buns aplenty and I’m really going for it. I like ‘em toasted with loads of butter at home, but density and fruit to dough ratio is what’s most important. Out and about, you’ll find the best of the best at Brick House Bakery, Lyle’s or St. JOHN.
Peckham Soul Record Store Day
Saturday 13th April
I'm all for embracing my neck of the woods, so anticipate a lot of Peckham/ South East love in this little Hit List series. I don't own a record player but if I did, I'd be stocking up on new tunes at Peckham Soul Record Store Day next Sunday. There'll be special vinyl releases aplenty, all first come first serve. Get down to Bussey Building early doors! More info here.
Sakura Sunday Brunch at Roka
Some Sundays are about beans on toast in bed, others are about swishy sashimi feasts and doing your hair for the occasion. If you’re looking for the latter, get to Roka Charlotte Street this month for their Sakura Sunday Brunch. From 12:30-4pm, £60 will get you a feast of sashimi, maki, soft shell crab PLUS bottomless wine, yuzu and Mezcal cocktails, that you get to enjoy under a canopy of pretty pink cherry blossom. See the menu here.
The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories
Until 14th July
Another arty-farty thing I’m keen to get to is The Poster Prize for Illustration: London Stories at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Celebrating all things London (and I’m a real sucker for this city), it features 100 illustrations from all different artists — a shortlist from the 1500 that were submitted for the annual competition. I love that everyone has their own reasons for loving London, and their own favourite stories about the city, so I’m looking forward to seeing it in 100 different ways. More on the exhibition here.
Ping Paan Sundays at BAO Fitz
Every Sunday, ongoing
Switch up your standard Sunday eggs and avo for some banging BAO in Fitzrovia. BAO Fitz has launched Ping Paan Sundays: a fixed priced feast to share with your mates. For £35pp, get stuck into a chicken or seafood sharing platter, with chilli chicken, chicken nuggets and Taiwanese kimchi, or beer battered cod, sweet potato fries, fried mussels and battered gherkins (erm, yum), all served with steamed BAOs and sauces. Sounds epic. See the menu here.
Berlin Takeover Dinner at Silo, Brighton
Thursday 18th April
Okay not technically London but I wanted to shout out the Berlin Takeover Dinner that’s happening at Silo in Brighton this month, which sounds totally great. On 18th April, Wines of Germany will be joining the team at the highly acclaimed zero-waste restaurant for a special evening of banquet-style dining and low-intervention German wines. I’ve no doubt it’s gonna be not only delicious but super insightful too — I can’t say I know a lot about German wines nor zero-waste dining. Tickets are still available online… book your seat at the table!