April 1, 2016

April heralds the arrival of Spring, the promise of sunshine, potentially the first bare-leg opportunity of the year and the final goodbye to the Winter Coat. As it’s no longer shiver-inducing weather, we’ve compiled the best of London’s transitory outdoor events for you. Highlights this month include a jaunt along the river Lea on a cocktail cruise, pumping your bod with caffeine at London’s coffee festival and exploring all of the street food markets, including the return of the beloved Dinerama.

London Coffee Festival

Coffee. Your life’s blood. Your Monday morning saviour. Your best friend. London is about to throw a load of espresso martini parties in celebration of your favourite liquid. Queue a brewing lab, latte art demonstrations and specialist food pairings at the London Coffee Festival.

Details: 7-10th April | Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln | £14.50

Alexandra Palace Farmers Market

Throw your hard-earned pennies in the direction of independent growers and head out to Ally Pally’s weekly farmers market to stock up on local, fresh produce.

Details: Every Sunday, 10am – 3pm | Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY | Free

Cocktail Cruise

Sip on summery cocktails whilst cruising down the river Lea on a two-and-a-half hour trip dedicated to getting you toasted. There’ll be an abundance of alcoholic bevies, some lip-smackingly yummy charcuterie, a mixture of cheeses from Neil’s Yard and hopefully a large helping of spring sunshine.

Details: 2nd April – 7th August | £20-40

Urban Food Fest

This delightful urban food fest has an impressive roster of food traders to set your stomach rumbling. If the prospect of brioche lobster rolls, Italian burgers, melted cheese toasties, naughty brownies and chocolate covered waffles has you all wide-eyed and bushy tailed, you’re in the right place.

Details: Every Saturday in April | 162-167 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU | Free

Top of the Hops

Gosnells brewery need your help. They’ve got a lot of mead, and they need your assistance tasting it. Head down to Peckham to sample their five mead varieties, share your opinions and eat some snacks.

Details: Saturday 2nd April |Gosnells Brewery, SE15 4PU | Free entry

Druid Street Market

We ask ourselves, how many street markets is too many street markets? Answer: there can never be too many street markets. This month, we’re all about Druid Street in Bermondsey, which plays host to our favourite ice cream cookie sandwich maker, Blu Top, oysters and gumbo from Decatur and a range of delicious charcuterie from Blackhand London.

Details: Saturdays, 9am – 4pm | Druid St, SE1 2HH | Free


Nights are growing longer and it can only mean one thing: Dinerama is back. Anticipating all your street food needs, Dinerama is a day and night food market with multiple roof terraces, an abundance of cocktail bars, food shacks, food trucks and a gigantic communal dining area.

Details: Every Thurs/Fri/Sat | 19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ | free before 7pm, £3 entry after 7

The City Garden

For a dose of all things floral, check out the new exhibition space at The City Centre. Artist, Rebecca Louise Law has gone all heart-eyes emoji for the green spaces we love in London, taking the outside in by suspending hundreds of fresh cut flowers from the gallery’s ceiling. Bound with copper wire, the flowers will be left to hang over summer where they’ll dry out and naturally preserve themselves.

Details: April 23rd – 30th | The City Centre, 80 Basinghall Street | Free

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones

If you’re a fan of the Stones, (and who isn’t?) the Saatchi Gallery’s latest exhibition, Exhibitionism, is the one for you. Celebrating 50 years of history, the gallery showcases a collection of personal diaries, posters, clothes, photos and album cover work.

Details: Now until 4th September | Saatchi Gallery, King’s Rd London | £19