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This year we're welcoming April with open arms – not only do we say hello to springtime and sunshine (here's hoping, anyway), but also to a whole load of excellent events. This month brings us the likes of The London Marathon, Pick Me Up Art Fair, Record Store Day, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, and, lest we forget, the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race. If that lot hasn't excited you enough already, the upcoming four-day Easter weekend (Fri Apr 18 – Mon Apr 21) should put a smile on your face this April.

Below is a handful of great happenings in the city just this week. Got a tip for something hot happening next week? Tweet us your suggestion and it might just make our top ten!

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The ten hottest things to do this week

  • Pick Me Up

    From Thursday

    Thu Apr 24 – Mon May 5. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

    For all the high-profile names involved in this year's Pick Me Up, there’s an informal art-school vibe to this annual festival which celebrates graphic design in all its manifestations. From Thursday onwards galleries, collectives and publishers will be selling a wide range of work by artists and illustrators from around the world in the rambling spaces of the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House. While some of the work on sale is by established artists, there’s plenty of gems by emerging talent on offer at more affordable prices. Expect an unpretentious atmosphere (something you won't always find at an art fair, we'll be honest) as there's a lively programme of extra activities to go alongside the fair, plus, for the first time ever, a Pick Me Up radio channel will be broadcasted and streamed live from the venue featuring DJs sets and interviews.

    Read more about Pick Me Up

    See more unmissable art events in the capital this week

    Pick Me Up
  • Feast of St George

    Monday

    Mon Apr 21. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

    This Easter Monday, St George’s Day will be celebrated once again in Trafalgar Square, two days before 23 April, the doughty knight's actual feast day. This year's event will follow last year's template of traditional English feasting and frolics – live music and entertainers, and, incontrovertibly, Morris dancing. Last year food came to the fore, with free tastings, street-food stalls and high-class cookery demos, but still jesters jingled, jugglers jiggled and shadow puppets set about their silent craft. Expect a children's marquee for craft workshops and storytelling sessions, too.

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    Feast of St George
  • Cat & Mutton

    This new four-star boozer arrives on Broadway Market. 76 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ

    This generously proportioned Georgian tanking house has just had a massive refurb, and the new owner, Tom Gibson, of Ruby’s cocktail bar in Dalston, has created a very cool-looking pub on the ground floor, with a speakeasy-style bar and dining room on the first floor. In the downstairs pub punters sup on Meantime ales or Guinness from the tap, whilst upstairs the C&M team have put together an interesting wine list with lots of choice by the glass, carafe or bottle, and a cocktail list with up-to-the-moment spirits and mixers. Be sure to not drink on an empty stomach as Ben Denner, best known for his Lucky Chip pop-ups, is also in residence on the first floor with his kitchen crew, calling themselves Licky Chops – his menu is interesting, not overpriced and, most importantly, well tasty.

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    Cat & Mutton
  • Time Out Introduces

    Thursday

    Thu Apr 24. Udderbelly, Jubilee Gardens off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX

    Rock up to the Udderbelly Festival this Thursday night and enjoy an evening of scorching comedy from some up the capital's best upcoming talents. One of our favourite funny men, Mr Andrew Maxwell, with introduce a selection of ridiculously funny new(ish) stand-ups who have wowed us lot at Time Out over the past 12 months. In the first of two 'Time Out Introduces' shows at the Udderbelly this summer (the other takes place on Thu Jul 3), rising stars Pierre Novellie, Sarah Callaghan, Masud Milas, Jonny Pelham, Tim Renkow and Alasdair Beckett-King are all set to hit the stage.

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    Time Out Introduces
  • Urban Food Fest

    Saturday

    Sat Apr 19 (and every other Saturday until Jun 21). Euro Car Parks, 163-175 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU

    From now until the end of June, a revolving cast of dozens of food stalls and trucks serve a frankly intimidating variety of global cuisine at the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch. Think Jerk chicken, wood-fired oven pizza, pad thai, halloumi souvlaki, sushi, schwarma, fried chicken, burritos – we could go on. And we will, quickly, to make special mention of the deep-fried frogs' legs at Geaux Cajun. Visitors will also find plenty to drink, along with a 'V Corner' for vegans and their day-walker counterparts, vegetarians. Up-and-coming bands and entertainers round out the experience, while the family-run fest’s ever-evolving lineup ensures second and third visits are well worth the effort. Entry is free. The food, of course, is not.

    Read more about Urban Food Fest

    Find more mouthwatering street food in the capital

    Urban Food Fest
  • Free Film Festival

    From Friday

    Fri Apr 25 – Sun May 4. New Cross, Deptford and various other venues around Lewisham

    Interestingly, and quite surprisingly, Lewisham is one of only two London Boroughs without a cinema (the other is Waltham Forest) so the NXDFFF is hosting a set of free summer film screenings to make up for it. Taking place in some very unusual places – a pool hall, a housing co-op, a library, and an old police station – events include two open-air bike-powered screenings, the first of which, a showing of 'Attack The Block', takes place this Saturday. The second muscle-powered movie night, 'Grease', takes place next weekend (Sat May 3). A mix of other arty, mainstream and family-friendly films are set to be shown over the course of the ten day festival.

    Read more about New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival

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    Free Film Festival
  • Rumble in the Jumble

    Saturday

    Sat Apr 26. Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT

    This weekend, The Music Circle, part of Annie Lennox's Circle initiative with Oxfam, is back to host yet another jumble. Stocked with second-hand gems donated by celebs including Arcade Fire, Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, the fair will feature a sterling mix of fashion, records and music garb, plus brand new items from the likes of Whistles, ASOS and Topman but all at boot sale prices. Alongside the shopping, expect to find pop-up hair and make-up salons, a photo booth from The Photo Emporium, live music, and tea and cake from Joe’s Tea Co. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a bag of quality jumble to drop off as you arrive – no jumble, no entry, people.

    Read more about Rumble in the Jumble

    Rumble in the Jumble
  • Gorgon City

    Saturday

    Sat Apr 26. Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ

    This molten-hot dance duo blend house, garage and UK bass into a very on-topic sound that's been a booming success in both underground clubs and on mainstream radio waves recently. The duo's soulful 'Ready For Your Love' (featuring the vocals of Lewisham-born singer/producer MNEK) was a huge hit back in January and is sure to get people moving and grooving this Saturday.

    Read more about Gorgon City at Electric Brixton

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    Gorgon City
  • Electric Run

    Saturday

    Sat Apr 26. Wembley Park, HA9

    Is it a fun run? Is it a light show? We're not quite sure, but Electric Run certainly looks like a good time. Taking place in the UK for the first time, participants deck themselves out in glow sticks, rave wear and anything else light-up, UV or glow-in-the-dark in order to tackle a 5k course. More of an 'electric wonderland' (the organisers' words, not ours) than an obstacle challenge, Wembley Park will be filled with neon trees, lit-up arches, dancing fountains, tunnels of light beams and a rainbow. After rallying through that lot of dazzling distractions, there’s no collapsing at the finish line – the event cranks up another notch with a dj-led dance finale. Crikey.

    Read more about Electric Run

    See more top-notch events taking place in the capital this month

    Electric Run
  • Cabbages & Frocks Dog Day

    Saturday

    Sat Apr 26. Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, Marylebone High St, NW1 5LT

    Is your pooch looking a bit ruff these days? Is your pup in need of a preen and pimp? Take your dog along to this Saturday's special Cabbages & Frocks Market day, which features doggy accessories and grooming, along with tasty treats, canine training and very puppy portraits. If your pet is still looking sharp, why not enter him into one of a variety of competitions? There's 'Handsomest Male', 'New Kid on the Block' (best puppy), 'Waggy Tail', 'Best in Show', and a paw-load more. Those on two legs can enjoy the market's many food, fashion and vintage stalls.

    Read more about Cabbages & Frocks Dog Day

    Cabbages & Frocks Dog Day

Pick Me Up

From Thursday

Thu Apr 24 – Mon May 5. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

For all the high-profile names involved in this year's Pick Me Up, there’s an informal art-school vibe to this annual festival which celebrates graphic design in all its manifestations. From Thursday onwards galleries, collectives and publishers will be selling a wide range of work by artists and illustrators from around the world in the rambling spaces of the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House. While some of the work on sale is by established artists, there’s plenty of gems by emerging talent on offer at more affordable prices. Expect an unpretentious atmosphere (something you won't always find at an art fair, we'll be honest) as there's a lively programme of extra activities to go alongside the fair, plus, for the first time ever, a Pick Me Up radio channel will be broadcasted and streamed live from the venue featuring DJs sets and interviews.

Read more about Pick Me Up

See more unmissable art events in the capital this week

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And our readers recommend...

Richard Hamilton

'Great historic exhibition - a chance to see some iconic work first hand and a must see for all those interested in art and design and the the way we see the world today.' Ann Smith

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Mon May 26
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The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels

'The wonder lies not in the size of these gems, but in their delicacy. This exhibition is made up of dozens of tiny, dazzling universes... it was impossible to choose a favourite.' Darren Ross

  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Mon Apr 28
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Ted Watts
Ted Watts

The service at Blanchette is the worst ever! Food and coffee is pretty average. DON'T GO THERE

Candace D
Candace D

We are in the midst of planning our honeymoon to London in December 2013. This site is going to be great for us to plan things to do and places to see!! Thanks :)

Chris
Chris

I can defintiely recommend the Elmset and Dragwood exhibition, Tomorrow, at the V and A. It's an amazing installation with a very atmospheric vibe. Really accesible and also wryly amusing.

Sophie Henderson
Sophie Henderson

Just thought I'd point out that the NT Films on the Flytower stuff actually happened a year ago, not in 2013. You might want to amend that.

nick walker
nick walker

As regulat KewGarden visitors we were v disappointed with the Incredibles> Carrot patch is boarded up and the boating lake was only using half the boatsx so was fully booked. did not live upto expectations

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