Spring Into Action
It is safe to say that Spring has certainly sprung in London! The nights are getting longer, the days brighter, and so what better time to get up and explore what amazing things your capital has to offer? We at LONDNR have scurried out to search the city for the crème de la crème, best of the best in what there is to see and do this season, with hopes of getting you in the springtime mood.
With the indulgent Easter weekend behind us, it is time to spring up and see what else London’s got! From food to fitness, cocktails to culture, we have a round-up of the highlights that’ll have you zinging about the City!
Minna Parikka Shoes
Slipping into a pair of Minna Parikka’s high-top bunny trainers is what you need to put that Spring in your step this season. They’ll have you bunny-hopping all over town like nobody’s business!
Smith and Sinclair Sweets
I know I know, sick of sticky icky chocolate, but still need something to satisfy sweet-tooth cravings? Try Smith and Sinclair’s cocktail flavoured pastilles! Inspired by the sumptuously sweet, tingling tastes of our favourite alcoholic concoctions, these sweets are certainly not for kids. There are three collections to choose from; rum, whiskey or gin. Each packet offers six sweets in two different flavours, from a rum daiquiri to a gin and tonic, go, tantalise your taste buds! Don’t be fooled by the innocent-looking exterior, these sweets have quite a kick! Find them in the alcohol section of Harvey Nichols, as this confectionary is unauthorised in the grocery store due to the strong level of alcohol in each pastille, so whether you are hosting a party and looking for a bit of naughty novelty to serve to your guests or generally intrigued to try them for yourself, pop them on the Spring shopping list.
Liberty Egg Cups
After the over-indulgence in Easter eggs, why not opt for the traditional alternative with the help of these cute Liberty egg cups – add soldiers for full dose of nostalgic.
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While London’s Coffee Festival has resulted in the capital sipping snootily on lattes and cappuccinos – why not skip away from the baristas and dive into Apero for a refreshing Springtime cocktail! Set just behind South Kensington tube station and new on the menu this month is the ‘Spring Gardens Fizz’, recently launched by Apero to celebrate the seasons starting. A mix of Lavender and Apple fizz and a dash of Portobello gin, this drink will quench your thirst and fatigue after a sunny day exploring. If you would rather a tamer tipple, the non-alcoholic ‘Elixir of Love’, lychee, rose, raspberry and lemon – is the perfect virgin version.
Lunch at the Ivy
Recently opened up on the infamous King’s Road, The Ivy at Chelsea Garden is a perfect retreat for late brunch. If the success of The Ivy proper – its big sister in Covent Garden – isn’t enough to entice you in, then you don’t know what you’re missing! A traditional full English is on offer, but so are many lip-licking lighter alternatives such as the Garden Breakfast with halloumi and avocado, instead of bacon and sausage. If you’re not early enough for Breakfast, Brunch is served until 4pm. To complement the sumptuous meals you have the decor. There is an art deco theme throughout, with dainty glass light fixtures, beautifully laid tables standing on tiled flooring, and the refreshing pale green walls give the rooms a very light and airy touch, especially with the accompanying plants dotted around the room. Most ingenious of all are the prints and paintings which line the walls. From old theatre posters to drawings of Chelsea, each one blooms delicately in its frame without overbearing. Make sure to book up early as this restaurant gets full up extremely quickly, and once you dine here yourself you’ll understand why.
Celebrate the finest photographers from across the globe by visiting the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition, showcased at Somerset House this season.
Want to get fit in the trendiest parts of the city? Be a part of Flex in the City, where Boxpark is your gym, and each doorway and wall is used as a part of your fitness routine. With a mix of pilates and dance, this workout is definitely one to try – for the novelty, if anything!