April Hot List

12 April 2015

If you thought April was all about Easter then you're mistaken, we may have gorged ourselves silly on hot cross buns and creme egg mojitos but there's plenty of fun left to be had.

Whether you want to learn all about gin in the City, watch goats race one another (really!) or just pop into the SpiceWorld exhibition on your way to Mabel's, there's plenty going on in London town this month. 

Have a good one!


Watch the London Marathon on April 26th

If the weather's nice, then watching the London Marathon is always a good laugh. Go down and cheer on the runners whilst sipping a pint or three, whilst promising yourself that you'll "definitely" sign up next year. See the best places to watch it here.

Spice up your life at Ripley's Believe it or Not! 

Nineties girls rejoice, Spice Girls mega-fan Liz West (Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of Spice Girl memorabilia in the world) is lending her treasures to Ripley's for April and May.The collection includes outfits, jewellery, shoes, rare endorsement items, sponsorship merchandise, official products and worldwide releases on vinyl, CD, cassette, VHS, DVD and other formats. I have been told they play Spice Girls on loop throughout the exhibition, just to add to the awesomeness. Tickets to Ripley's aren't the cheapest, but assuming you're happy to go after work then a post-5pm ticket is almost a tenner cheaper at £16.95. You can pop to Mabel's after too! Tickets and more info here.


Pretend to have a garden for an evening. 

If the good weather has made you crave a garden party but you actually live in a tower block (can't just be me?!) then head to the RHS London Spring Fair Late - a plant fair with a difference, on Tuesday 14 April 2015 from 6pm. There'll be garden party themed food, springtime cocktails, a gypsy jazz band, lawn games and even face painting for grown ups. Really! Tickets are £5 in advance or £8 on the door and it's an easy walk from Victoria or St James' Park. More info and booking here.

Pick up something wonderful at the Renegade Craft Fair. 

On the 11th and 12th of April, the US-famous Renegade Craft Fair comes to London for the first ever UK Spring Edition. Expect a thoughtfully curated selection of the finest independent makers from the UK and beyond. Indie shopping at its best (there'll be fab food too!). It's taking place at the Old Truman Brewery and is free to attend, you can find details of stall holders here.

Remember to register to vote

If you've moved about as much as most Londoners, you need to make sure you're still registered to vote. Update your address and details by the 20th of April or you won't be able to complain (so much) when the whole country falls apart. Register here, it only takes a minute.


Brunch, lunch, dinner or anything really (it's all pretty great!) at Mabel's Covent Garden. 

There's a new place to be in town and it goes by the name of Mabel's. As well as being a gorgeous place for cocktails, you can enjoy Mabel's aaaaaaall day (literally) starting with eggs royale and smashed avocado on sourdough for breakfast, grilled sandwiches, pizzettas and mouth watering salads at lunchtime and then properly delicious burgers, fish, risotto and steaks at dinnertime. You NEED to visit Mabel's. Book a table and read the menu here.

Cocktail flavoured cakes? YES PLEASE

I just got back from the US where I fell head over heels in love with cake balls and cake pops. Luckily, you can buy them here too and what's better than cake? COCKTAIL FLAVOURED CAKE. 'Poptails' come in various cocktail flavours (think Pina Colada, Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Tequila Sunrise mmmmmm) and you can get a pack of eight for £19.99 here.

The Papi's Pickles pop-up (that's a lot of Ps!) at Market House Brixton. 

On weekday evenings (5.30-9.30pm) from the 13th of April to the 8th of May you can enjoy properly brilliant South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine at Market House in Brixton as Papi's Pickles take over the kitchens. We'll have five dosas and all the pakoras and pickles, please. More info and menu here


Learn all about gin and whiskey with a complimentary masterclass. 

What could be better than taking an hour out of your day to head to the City and learn more about your chosen tipple? With various classes running throughout April at Bury Court, you can expect to be hosted by a true master, who will educate and inform you whilst you get on with the important part - the tasting. More info and booking here

Pretty much everything at Mabel's. 

Lucky ol' Mabel is getting two mentions in this month's Hot List because THAT'S how much we're convinced you need to head down there. Obviously you should drink at least one Mabel when visiting Mabel's (St Germain elderflower liquer, peach bitters, mint and champagne) but all the cocktails are dreamy. It's the new place to be. Book a table and see the drinks menu here.

The new modern classics at Bury Court.

As well as gin and whiskey classes, there's a new (and fantastic) drinks menu at Bury Court which comes straight from the history books. Think Regents Punch, Sherry Cobbler and Shakey Pete's Ginger Brew. Book a table and see the drinks menu here.

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