SHAKESPEARE IN THE STREETS
Sunday 27th April 1pm - 3.15pm
This week celebrations are in full swing as its the 450th birthday of the iconic world renowned bard Shakespeare. A unique quirky event which Anomalous London has found in celebration of this grand birthday is the Sonnet Walk from Shakespeare in the Streets.
This is a site-specific event that is part self-guided tour and part promenade performance. The audience are given a specially written route to follow and as they walk around a town, they encounter actors who perform a Sonnet (14 line poems) as if they were mini-plays. Shakespeare in the Streets was originally inspired by Sonnet Walks for Shakespeare’s Globe in London and has now been developed into successful walks that have taken place in New York, London, Liverpool, Truro and Bury St Edmunds . The poetry and the places are used as inspiration for actors to create individual performances with invited fine artists, musicians and choreographers to create work based on the Sonnets.
Sonnet Walks are a unique way of encouraging audiences to view and interact with their surroundings, which celebrate a city as well as extraordinary poetry. The Sonnets depict love in all its forms, and as such are timeless and speak to everyone. A Sonnet Walk brings the contemporary and the classical into dialogue, creating a piece of theatre that is different to any other.
This Sonnet Walk has been created especially for Hampstead by a host of local professional actors, artists and musicians, it’s Shakespeare – and Hampstead – as you’ve never seen it before! Setting off in small groups every 15 minutes, you will walk a guided route exploring some of the hidden (and not so hidden) secrets of the village’s past and present. You’ll encounter performers along the way and you’ll never know what to expect. A fun, filled, educational day out for both the young and old!
Here’s what past audiences had to say:
“Brilliant fun, unexpected and full of surprises.”
“Such a delightful idea – bringing Shakespeare’s Sonnets into our world.”
“Fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon, fun and spontaneous.”
The performance begins at Burgh House from 1pm.
Last Sonnet walk is at 3.15pm.
CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Kew - The Royal Botanic Gardens
Till 21st April 2014
Roald Dahl, one of the world’s most imaginative storytellers, (his books have sold 200 million copies worldwide), infamous tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be brought to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014. Together with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, a unique cultural, literary and education hub in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works, various themed arts and crafts workshops based around the four main Chocolate Factory rooms featured in the book will be available for free. In the 'Chocolate Room' get creative with a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café to decorate your very own chocolatey creations.Join Willy Wonka and his head Oompa-Loompa in the 'Inventing Room' for songs, music and interactive performance. Colouring-in and drawing are the focus in the 'Nut Room'.In the 'Television-Chocolate Room' listen to Oompa-Loompa poems and Roald Dahl’s hilarious Revolting Rhymes, as told by storytellers from the Roald Dahl Museum, with lovely photo opportunities.
Also on offer is the chance to sit back and enjoy the animated introduction to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The New Musical, which uses the exuberant drawings of Roald Dahl’s principle illustrator, Quentin Blake and tells the story of how chocolate is made.
In addition to that there is the Whipple-Scrumptious Plant Hunt which is a discovery about the plant origins of some of the ingredients in favourite sweets and desserts. Such as annatto, which is used to give sweets the red and orange colour and vanilla orchid which flavours ice-cream.
Face painting will be available throughout the day and choose from a variety of other Charlie inspired designs and there will also be many delicious Willy Wonka inspired treats. The traditional Easter Egg Hunt will be on Sunday 20 April 2014 from 9.30am – 12.30pm with delicious Lindt chocolate eggs to find. The Georgian Kitchens in Kew Palace gives an opportunity to see who the Georgian cooks used chocolate in their cooking. The Kew Explorer land train gives an opportunity to hear a special narrated tour exploring the history of chocolate. April sees Kew Gardens in full spring bloom. Take in the full beauty of over five million bulbs with a guided ‘Spring Spectacular’ hour long tour and explore the very best of the wonderful bulbs and blossoms on display during the Easter period. These tours run daily from 12noon – 1pm and are free. The 250 magnificent magnolias across the Gardens are a sight to behold in early April. The trees grouped together at Elizabeth Gate, with their large pink and white flowers, stand out as a special highlight for your visit. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants. Kew Gardens has 132 hectares of landscaped gardens and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. A fun, enjoyable day out for the whole family. Make the most of the good weather and enjoy yourself outdoors eating lots of chocolate! Happy Easter!! For more details and to book tickets click here.
RITZ PARIS BAR
AT THE CONNAUGHT HOTEL
Till 13th April 2014
For a very limited time, Londonner’s have an opportunity to witness the cocktail magic of two iconic Hotel bars together in a unique experience. Top mixologists Colin Field, from Bar Hemmingway at Ritz Paris and Agostino Perrone, from the Connaught Bar have devised a specialised drinks menu that blends their respective styles.
Field who has been voted twice as the world’s best barman by Forbes Magazine, will have his signature cocktails, Serendipity (a blend of mint, apple juice, Calvados and Champagne) and the Ritz 75 (his take on a French 75 using gin instead of Cognac) which can be found alongside Perrone’s ever-popular Fleurissimo (bitters, sugar, Cognac and Champagne) and the Connaught’s signature martini mixed with the bar’s selection of homemade bitters. The menu will also feature two new cocktail creations devised by the pair and fusing their talents. The pair will mingle with guests, explaining their creations and imparting a wealth of knowledge and great stories.
Named after its celebrated guest, author Ernest Hemingway, the Bar Hemingway has been a vibrant heart of the Ritz Paris since the 1920s. The intimate 54-seat Connaught Bar, in the heart of Mayfair, is part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, which continues to offer its guests a unique and authentic experience that reflects the individual nature of each of their legendary five-star hotels.
If you enjoy cocktails then this is the place to be in London this weekend! Dress to impress...
DRIVE-IN FILM CLUB
Till 11th April 2014
This week Anomalous London brings you DRIVE-IN Cinema, from the creators of the UK's No1 outdoor cinema, Rooftop Film Club. The Drive-In Cinema experience will transport you to a classic American style Drive-In as you enjoy the very best of film on a giant screen, all from the comfort of your own car.
Currently screening at the iconic venue Alexandra Palace, high up on the hill has fabulous views of the whole of North London and beyond on a clear day. With a good choice of films ranging from the classics such as Grease and Top Gun to the latest blockbuster releases About Time and the multi award winning Gravity. There is something for everyone. Costing only £22 per car, this is a quirky way to enjoy a good movie for friends, couples or families.
There is hot food available such as the traditional hotdogs and chips. A selection of drinks can also be purchased to take to your car. The Drive-In Film Club waiters on rollerskates can bring over to your car any other munchies such as bag share chocolates and popcorn and soft drinks throughout the screening. All you have to do is turn your hazard lights on to call for their attention! Whichever film you select, comedy, action or romance, this is a definite feel good night out and not to be missed. Only on this week at Alexandra Palace before the screen moves on to Brent Cross for a few weeks. Book early to avoid disappointment.Click here to buy tickets.
Sit back in the comfort of your car, tune in to the radio frequency given and enjoy!
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LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL
The Old Truman Brewery
3 - 6 April 2014
The UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event is back in Brick Lane for its fourth year. Featuring over 250 coffee and food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and much more. For any coffee fanatic this is one festival not to be missed! This is in the lead up to UK Coffee Week 7-13 April.
This year the festival expects to welcome over 20,000 visitors across the four day period. Festival organiser, Ludovic Rossignol commented: “The exciting coffee journey London has been experiencing for the last decade is an indication that it is fast becoming one of the most advanced coffee cities on Earth. Coffee is becoming a lifestyle, not just in London but across the UK. It is our vision to promote the diversity and excellence the UK coffee scene has to offer, spanning from food, design, art to music and fashion.”
Some favourites to return this year are the True Artisan Café , The Roastery and the SCAE UK Barista Championship finals. New features for 2014 include Milk & Sugar, London’s urban lifestyle brand event which will showcase inspirational brands spanning from fashion to design and food. The Viennese Poetry Café will encourage visitors to share their favourite piece of poetry with them before the event. Budding poets are encouraged to visit this Café. The Kahlua Coffee House, inspired by the unique heritage of Veracruz, Mexico, will feature Mexican inspired coffee cocktails such as the Kahlúa Espresso Martini, as well as multisensory master classes. The Science of Espresso is where coffee meets science and things get precise and even a little geeky. Concentrating on four key areas: grinding, temperature, pressure, and milk deconstructing the science behind a great espresso. Stop by the Cravendale stand at this year’s festival to witness top baristas from throughout the UK compete in the Cravendale M.I.L.K Battle. The heats – taking place on Thursday and Friday – will see baristas go head-to-head to see who can create the most elaborate latte art. The final takes place on Sunday where one barista will win the trip of a lifetime to a coffee country of origin.
Music will be provided from DJs spinning the decks in the True Artisan Café to world music straight from the coffee belt, Brazil on Friday, Columbia on Saturday and Africa on Sunday.
A fun filled Coffee event not to be missed. Get your tickets here.
50% of the standard ticket price will be donated to clean water projects in coffee-producing countries - PROJECT WATERFALL.