April is great, isn't it? I'd go so far as to say it's one of the best months of the year. The evenings get lighter, the weather gets warmer (kinda), chocolate is feasted upon, for what seems like weeks on end...
...lambs fill the fields and we're treated to the epic-ness that is the EASTER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
If those aren't enough reasons to get excited about the arrival of 'Awesome April' (April's official full title) then hopefully something below will pique your interest.
These are my top suggestions for what to do, see, eat and drink this (Awesome) April...
Make the most of the Bank Holiday
This goes without saying really, but I was surprised by the number of people I've spoken to in recent weeks who weren't aware of the impending 'NO WORK' goodness. From 5pm on April 17th to 9am on April 22nd you can be the master of your own destiny. There's the Kensington Palace Easter Egg Hunt, Berwick Street's Record Store Day, Trafalgar Square's Feast of St George (expect lots of Morris Dancing) or you could just spend the long weekend boozing and sleeping. Who knows, maybe you'll be a true rock star and have a BBQ. Extra ketchup for me please.
Celebrate International Pillow Fight Day
Head to Trafalgar Square tomorrow (April 5th) armed with a pillow and live out every childhood dream as you fight to the death (well, til exhaustion) with strangers armed only with feathers. The pillow fight fun starts at 3pm. More details here.
Perve over Bond cars
The Bond in Motion Exhibition at the London Film Museum is your chance to see the largest official collection of original Bond vehicles. Highlights include Goldfinger’s badass Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me. Tickets cost £14.50 and we highly recommend you head to nearby Jewel after for a classic 007 Martini. Exhibition details here.
The Boat Race
On April 6th (this Sunday) Oxford and Cambridge battle it out once again to be kings of the Thames. This is the 160th time the two have fought it out on the water and as well as the rowing entertainment you can expect plenty of riverside boozing, blonde highlights and red trousers. The race starts at 5.55pm by Putney Bridge and ends just before Chiswick Bridge, potentially as soon as 16 minutes and 19 seconds later - that was the record set by Cambridge in 1998, anyway. Watch for free from any riverside spot you can nab!
The London Marathon
Sorry to only be suggesting sporting events, but there is something great about a pint or five in the sunshine whilst *other people* exercise. The atmosphere in London on marathon day is undeniably awesome so it's worth heading to somewhere along the route to do some cheering, watch the novelty rhinos run past and then feel comparatively inadequate. The marathon takes place on Sunday the 13th of April and you can find details of all the best places to watch here.
Sexy Beast at the cinema
For the BFI's third annual 'Made in Britain' season they have chosen to celebrate legendary producer Jeremy Thomas. You can see a list of all his films which will be brought back to the big screen over the course of April here but if it's Sexy Beast you want to see (I know that's what I'm booking tickets for) then that's being shown on April 18th, 23rd and 27th - details here. Prepare for swearing.
A Dirty Burger at Tiger Tiger
Been good for Lent and given up over the top indulgences? Well come April 17th you can be your naughty self again and what better way than devouring 8oz of ground beef topped with beef chilli, jalapeños and mature cheddar sauce? Mmmmmmmm....dirty. Of course, those of us who never gave up our favourite pleasures don't have to wait til Lent is over. I'm not sure I'll even wait til lunchtime. £9.95 with fries. Book a table here.
Seagull Eggs from Rococo
Don't worry, I'm not suggesting you steal from a seagull's nest like a slippery snake. These 'seagull eggs' are actually full to the brim with salted caramel ganache. Definitely not your average Easter Egg(s). £7.50 for a crate of 12. Buy here.
Firecracker Easter Egg from Firebox
For the sassy spicy types out there, this rich dark chocolate egg is the one for you. Not only does it have a fiery chilli kick, it's studded with popping candy too. Prepare for a party in your mouth. (Is there a better kind?). £12.99. Buy it here.
Chocolate Orange Martini at Foundation
Keep the chocolatey Easter happiness going with this ENTIRELY AMAZING cocktail which features Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Baileys and chocolate liqueur whipped together with liquid chocolate, cream and orange marmalade. It even comes with a Terry's Chocolate Orange segment on the side. It's very, very, very special. Book a table at Foundation here.
Gluttony at Bar Soho
Let's just keep the gluttony theme going, eh?! This sinful cocktail sees Absolut Vanilla Vodka mixed with orange and lemon juice, sugar syrup, passion fruit purée and double cream. Deeeeeelightful. Book a table at Bar Soho here.
Check out latest bar opening Core
There's a new bar in the City! Core opens to the public tonight and, having been for a sneak preview, I can confirm the cocktails are fabulous, the food is delicious (mmmmmm rosemary fries) and the music is awesome. Expect a cocktail list so long and imaginative that you'll need to make regular visits just to sample them all and def look out for the oh-so-clever signature cocktails that blend craft beers with artisan coffees. Yes, really! More details here. Book a table at Core here.
Poppy Dinsey is the founder and editor of the UK's largest outfit sharing site WIWT.com. Poppy has been named by The Evening Standard as one of London's "1000 Most Influential People" and has been heralded by Stylist Magazine as "changing the face of the fashion industry". Her favourite cocktail is a Pornstar Martini and you can tweet her at @PoppyD.