So when you leave the relative comfort of your winter hibernation spot here’s what you should be checking out in London this spring.
1. En-thai-cing food
Food lovers should follow their attuned noses to Som Saa, a pop-up Thai restaurant that’s wowing critics.
It brings together the relative ease and simplicity of the pop-up with professional chefs, British food collectives for ingredients and intense and fulfilling flavours. It’s relatively inexpensive at about £25-30 a head (plus drinks and service) and should not be ignored as an option if you’re eating out.
2. Alien invasion
Fans of photography need only get themselves to the Barbican and check out their exhibition entitled ‘Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers’ to get their fix. It centres on how international photographers have captured the UK socially, culturally and politically since the 1930s and with a standard ticket at £12 it’s well worth a look if you get chance. You also stand to save if you are a member or get a joint entry ticket to the exhibition ‘Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr’ at the Guildhall Art Gallery.
3. Start me up!
Staying with the arts, this time a little more rock and roll; the Saatchi are hosting the Rolling Stones exhibition, or should I say ‘Exhibitionism’ as it’s coined. Behind the scenes imagery, back-stage paraphernalia, rare instruments, footage and audio are just a few of the amazing insights and reveals promised. In the week it will cost you £19 and any die-hard Stones fan can’t afford to miss it! There are even exclusive VIP tickets available too.
4. Show offs
The Stones might have had their rock and roll circus, but the Circus Fest at the Roundhouse could be your chance to see the real deal. With various acts over several dates throughout April and tickets ranging from £15-30 even people with a desire to see The Insect Circus will get their fill at the North London venue.
5. Make your mouth water
Heading outside, but don’t fear- there’s real ale and food stalls, the Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice is a great spectacle and an excuse to enjoy a lovely part of London over the May bank holiday. It’s a chance also to witness a long-standing tradition whilst eating, drinking and being near a body of water... perfect.
6. A giant slide, yes, a giant slide
Lastly, but a personal favourite (no I haven’t grown up); the Mittal Orbit slide is opening.
Yes, that’s right- a 178m tubular slide! Although construction is currently on-going, you visit now to witness the building process of this collaboration project between Carsten Höller and Anish Kapoor (who put the amazing Marsyas sculpture in the Tate Modern). Later, after the build time, tickets will be automatically upgraded free of charge to annual tickets so that you will be able to gain unlimited entry 365 days after your first visit.
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