• Erin

Five Things I'm Doing This April

Updated: Apr 6

HEARD in London - History, Eat, Art, Refresh and Discover


Here's five of my suggestions for the month of April, and luckily there's still plenty to do from the safety of your own home!

History

Lockdown restrictions are easing, but with many of us choosing to stay at home there are lots of online lectures, talks and tours going on this month, here are a few of my suggestions;

  • City Churches Collection: The Barbican by The Friends of City Churches. 12th of April at 2pm, £3. Book here.

  • On the 21st of April at 2pm is The Discover of London's Roman Amphitheatre from the Guildhall Library. Book here.

  • Food and Drink Emporiums of London with Joanna Moncrieff on the 22nd at 18.30pm. Another fab sounding lecture from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries. Book here.

Eat

I've had some amazing meal kits recently and it's great to hear so many restaurants are going to continue doing them even after they reopen. First off was probably my favourite so far from Made in Olstead. They've changed the way you order so you won't need to queue online for 2 hours before getting onto the website like I had to! Three courses for £55 and that's including delivery.

Another vegetarian Michelin Star meal box which I would recommend is from Gymkhana. A tad more expensive at £105 plus delivery, but that was for four people and we had plenty of leftovers. There's lots of choice with restaurants Trishna and Brigadiers available too. Have a look at their selection here.

Coming next week I've got a burger kit from Patty & Bun. Their meal kits are pretty reasonable starting at £15 and I've got high expectations! In my opinion they do some of the best vegan burgers (coming from a meat eater!).

And finally, I'm really looking forward to trying out Thai Apron. They were mentioned in the Guardian and sounded amazing, but I think many other people also had the same idea and they got booked up pretty quickly!


Art

There's not much going which takes my fancy this month, but I guess art galleries are gearing up to reopening instead! Wartime Paintings in London did catch my eye though - 8th of April at 18.30pm, book here.


Refresh

I've signed up to plenty of online wine tasting this month as always! Unit 2 for Italian Wine Scholar starts in a few weeks with West London Wine School which is a must for any professional in my opinion! They've got loads of other tastings for every level so do check them out. I've also got another tasting with Tipple Talk coming up which I'm really looking forward to. It's too late to book for this months tasting but I do urge you to have a look at their May tasting on the wines of England!

I also had a look at The Online Wine Tasting Club and I'm really tempted by their Eastern Europe - the Birthplace of Wine (Adventurer Series) on the 24th - I'll let you know if I'm swayed...


Discover

I've gone with a few book recommendations for this months "Discover". I've finally been able to read books which aren't about wine now my exam is over, so I've got a few to share with you.

King Solomon's Carpet by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) - I loved this book, such a page turner. It follows a group of people who live in a shared house by the underground, and their relationship with the transport system. It's so weird, so good, and unusually for me I wanted to read it all again as soon as I've finished.

The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham - A murder mystery set in London and very well written.

I've also decided to re-read one of my favourite novels on London, aptly named London. It's by Edward Rutherfurd and I absolutely loved it the first time round. I've also loved his other books Sarum and New York if you want to go a bit further afield.


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