Things To Do Today In London: Monday 2 April 2018
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TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: Visit an outdoor photography exhibit that lets you explore the big wide world without ever leaving the Big Smoke. 140 winning images from the International Travel Photographer of the Year Awards are now on display at London Bridge City, so take a stroll along the Thames and discover Japanese snow monkeys, the riverbeds of Utah, and mysterious death rituals from Indonesia. London Bridge City, free, just turn up, all day, until 29 April
IDEAL HOME SHOW: Get inspired to turn your humble abode into the Pinterest-worthy sanctuary of your dreams on the last day of the Ideal Home Show. Don’t miss early-noughties icon Laurence Llewellyn Bowen waxing poetic over paisley at his pattern masterclass. Olympia London (Hammersmith), £18, book ahead, 10am-5pm
TEA TIME: The whole family can get crafty at Chiswick House’s Georgian tea party-inspired activity day. Create vibrant teapot decorations inspired by the nation’s favourite beverage, to be proudly displayed at the Palladian villa’s summer garden party. Free entry for kids. Chiswick House, £8, just turn up, 10am-5pm
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH: Banish your bank holiday hangover with a little (or a lotta) hair of the dog. Drink, Shop & Do are offering a cracking Easter brunch. Choose between endless fizz or bottomless Bloody Marys to wash down a feast of sinfully fabulous bagels. If you haven’t already OD’d on chocolate, they’ll even throw in an Easter egg. Drink, Shop & Do (King’s Cross), £26, book ahead, 10.30am-6pm
GAME ON: From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario Kart, there’s something for every kind of gamer at Power UP, the Science Museum’s interactive gaming bonanza. Get nostalgic by revisiting the games of your childhood and then look into the future with the latest virtual reality experiences. Science Museum (South Kensington), £10, book ahead, 11am-5.45pm, until 15 April
EPPING EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Escape the hustle and bustle for a day of family fun in Epping Forest. Kids can keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny as they decorate hard-boiled eggs, partake in an egg rolling race or complete the nature trail in pursuit of a chocolate prize. The View (Epping Forest), free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm
BEAT IT: Back by popular demand, At Your Beat’s open day gives you a chance to try a banging selection of dance classes for free at two of their studios. There’s FitBEAT Reggaeton for all you Despacito devotees, BoxBEAT to unleash your inner rage and much more. At Your Beat (The Castle Centre, Elephant & Castle/The White Space, Leicester Square), free, book ahead, 1pm-6pm
BEER FESTIVAL: Come sunshine or rain, the show will go on at Wild Card Brewery’s annual Easter beer festival. Sample over 30 varieties of kegged, cask and bottled beer from Britain’s best breweries and tuck into Caribbean BBQ street food. Wild Card Brewery (Walthamstow), free, just turn up, 5pm-12am
CANDLES AND HANDEL: Bask in the beauty of Handel’s Messiah, performed in an ethereal glow by the critically acclaimed Belmont Ensemble of London. Part of St Martin-in-the-Field’s Concerts by Candlelight series. St Martin-in-the-Field (Trafalgar Square), £29, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY: Round off the long weekend with film score composer Joshua Abrams and his musical ensemble Natural Information Society. The group uses traditional & electric instrumentation to build an intricately psychedelic environment that incorporates the hypnotic beats of the Gnawan guimbri. OSLO (Hackney), £11, book ahead, 8pm
GOLDEN SURPRISE: Travel with Addison Lee this Easter, and it might turn into your lucky weekend. The global transport provider has hidden a golden egg in 10 of its London vehicles. If you find one on your ride, get your selfie face on and share a snap with @AddisonLeeCabs on Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #EggsplorewithAddLee — your snap could win you flights to New York. More information and T&Cs here. Eggs hidden 29 March-2 April (winner drawn on 4 April).
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Satisfy your sweet tooth while helping to fund the National Trust’s vital conservation work. Head to Homerton’s hidden gem Sutton House for a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt where you can explore the intricate, oak-panelled rooms of the Tudor manor house while the youngsters search for their goodies.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…
That’s right, gin. Got your attention now, haven’t we?
If you’re a fan of the good stuff, can we tempt you into a gin run? Jog a scenic 10km route, keeping yourself hydrated with gin and discovering the gin history of London. Play gin themed games and stop at historic gin palaces. You’ll be rewarded with a well-deserved G&T at the end of the run.
Gin runs take place the whole week 2-6 April 2017, with different paces for different events. Check the website for details and find the one that suits you best. Get tickets
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London’s most superstitious hotel. On Matt’s tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
Perfect your skin base, create a flawless finish with your makeup and add some colour to brighten your look – before getting the wow factor for those all important work parties and nights out. The Seventa Image Academy intensive Makeup & Skincare Group Masterclass is your ticket to learning all the correct application techniques, including cleansing of the face, choosing the correct foundation, contouring and highlighting and perfecting the smokey eye. Get tickets
Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets