10 things to do this weekend

FOUR DAY WEEKEND BABY! Yes it’s Easter, which means eating all the chocolate you can get your hands on and having extra time off work. Make the most of it with street food, punk cabaret, free cocktails, rooftop games and these other things to do this weekend.

1. 50% Off Mains at Harlem Soul

Boondocks is out and Harlem Soul is in. Yes the Soul Food Enterprises group (which also has Stax Diner and Butterscotch Bakery) is bringing a slice of Harlem to City Road with its latest joint. Harlem Soul will serve up over 30 craft beers and a classic American menu of wings, cajun popcorn shrimp, buttermilk chicken and waffles, and burgers like The Harlem (two beef patties, shredded short rib, mac & cheese and thousand island dressing). And it gets better because we’ve hooked up with Harlem Soul to get you lot 50% OFF mains over the long Easter weekend.

Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April 2019
205 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN

2. The InKERBator Weekender

KERB is celebrating the Easter Bank Holiday weekend the only way it knows how…by throwing a big street food party. The inKERBator Weekender will bring KERB’s inKERBator programme, which supporting the next wave of talent, to life. Not only will the weekender feature 25 new traders battling it out for the ‘Future of Street Food’ award, there’ll be free panels and workshops from industry experts and, of course, plenty of street food to chow down on. Greedy Khao (vegan Thai), Mexikings, Turo Turo (Filipino BBQ) and Cally Munchy (West African) will be amongst the traders serving up £5 dishes.

Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

3. Burmese New Year at Lahpet

It’s Burmese New Year or Thingyan this month and Lahpet is celebrating by putting on a special menu inspired by dishes traditionally eaten during the festival. Water games are played during the first four days of Thingyan and grilled fish and meat and sweet jaggery dumplings cooked in banana leaves are just some of the celebratory foods eaten during this holiday. Lahpet’s Head Chef Zaw Mahesh has put his spin on these with his Thingyan menu, which features tofu stuffed with spring veg and tamarind shrimp floss, grilled chicken and pork skewers, grilled whole bream and steamed coconut, jaggery, tapioca and rose parcels.

Fri 19th – Sun 21st April 2019
58 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6JW

4. Free At Your Beat Fitness Classes

If you’re planning to go hard on the chocolate this Easter you don’t need to feel guilty because we’ve got the perfect way to burn it all off… a FREE At Your Beat fitness class on Bank Holiday Monday. At Your Beat is hosting an open day at The Castle Centre where you’ll be able to try out one of their dance fitness classes, like FitBEAT (dance, cardio and toning), VideoBEAT (music video-style choreography and iconic dance moves) and StrutBEAT (learn to turn out hip-hop moves in heels), totally free. All you have to do is pre-register for whatever classes you want, and then get down to the studio and bust a move.

Mon 22nd April 2019
2 St Gabriel Walk, London, SE1 6FG

5. The Lock Tavern Relaunch Party

Iconic Camden pub The Lock Tavern is back in business after a big refurb (think exposed brick, leather banquettes and teal, orange and gold accents) from new owners the East London Pub Co (who also have The Gun and Ten Bells) and to celebrate, they’re throwing a four-day party this Easter in collaboration with Communion Music. DJs from the label will be spinning the tunes across the long weekend, with pub grub and cocktails, G&Ts, beers, and wine on hand to get you in the party spirit. And 20p from every drink sold will be donated to Help Refugees.

Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April 2019
35 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AJ

6. The Little Death Club

She’s taken her Weimar punk cabaret everywhere from Edinburgh to Adelaide and now Bernie Dieter is bringing Little Death Club to London as part of this year’s Underbelly Festival. As well as Bernie herself, the Spiegeltent will play host to the likes of bearded lady Kitty Bang Bang, morose mime Josh Glanc, contortionist and aerialist Beau Sargent. With drag queens, fire-breathing, circus and satire all set to an original Weimar-punk jazz soundtrack, nothing is off limits at the Little Death Club.

Fri 19th – Sun 21st April 2019
Underbelly Festival Southbank, Jubilee Gardens, London, SE1 8XX

7. Edvard Munch at the British Museum

He’s most famous for The Scream but this exhibition at the British Museum delves deeper into the life and work of Edvard Munch, known as Norway’s answer to Vincent van Gogh. In the largest show of his prints in the UK for 45 years, you’ll be able to discover how Munch drew inspiration from his bohemian travels across Europe, how he mastered printmaking and how he became on the first proper ‘modern’ artists.

Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April 2019
Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

8. Play at Social Fun & Games Club

Social Fun & Games Club is back at Roof East for summer and they’ve got a new look, new games and new street food. Not only are Birdies crazy golf and batting cage Sluggers returning to the roof but House of Foos, a VR mix of football and table foosball, is heading up there too. You’ll also be able to chow down on street food from the new Roof Eats line-up, which includes Eat Chay, Kolkati and Jimmy Garcia’s The Burger Project. And you get all that with a bangin’ view over the Olympic Park as your backdrop.

Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April 2019
Roof East, 45a Broadway, London, E15 1XD

9. Earth Day Season at Somerset House

Somerset House is going all out for Earth Day this year with a two-week long programme of events and installations. Justin Brice Guariglia is responsible for REDUCE SPEED NOW!, the courtyard installation this year, which features international voices on the ecological crisis (including activist Greta Thurnberg and eco-theorist Timothy Morton) on nine large LED screens. Other highlights include The Anxious Ocean and The Moon Bathers by Hyphen-Labs, an immersive underwater world installation; flag and audio work Khaos Spirit; a mushroom farm workshop; a screening of Eating Animals and more.

Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April 2019
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

10. Hit Up the Free Whisky Vending Machine

Kick off the Easter weekend in style by scoring a FREE Old Fashioned from the world’s first cocktail vending machine. The Woodsman Whisky is pitching up at Underbelly Festival on the Southbank this weekend with a vending machine that dispenses FREE Old Fashioneds. The Woodsman Whisky is keeping the inner workings of the machine a secret but by pulling a couple of levers and turning a couple of wheels, you’ll get a perfect Old Fashioned poured right in front of you

Fri 19th – Sun 21st April 2019
Underbelly Festival, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London, SE1 8XX

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