Exciting events to put a spring in your step this month

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  • Marle on the Italian Terrace at Heckfield Place

    For those craving a countryside escape as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, Skye Gyngell’s new al fresco restaurant at Heckfield Place offers the perfect solution. The acclaimed chef behind London’s Spring has created a seasonal dining experience in the most picturesque surroundings, looking out over the impressive grounds, woodlands and lake of Heckfield’s idyllic Hampshire estate. Whether you make a trip for lunch, an indulgent tea, or to celebrate the return of restaurant dining with an opulent five-course dinner, it’s the ultimate place to reunite with friends and family; while feasting on delights like crab salad with shaved asparagus, grilled sirloin with crushed broad beans, and rhubarb tart with peach blossom ice cream. With its own canopy, blankets and fire pits – making it suitable for all weathers – consider Marle on the Italian Terrace your chic new go-to.

    14 April – 9 May

  • Gillian Jason Gallery: ‘Heart of the Matter’ virtual exhibition

    Since the late Gillian Jason opened her first gallery in Camden in 1982, the family-run venture has made it its mission to champion the work of talented modern and contemporary women artists. Its latest exhibition is no exception, in the form of an exciting virtual experience curated by Mollie E Barnes, Founder of She Curates. With works from both established and up-and-coming female artists, the exhibition was launched to coincide with International Women’s Day last month. Housed online in an immersive 3D Virtual Viewing Room, it features insightful works – many of them new – by acclaimed names like Tracey Emin (whose work Blue Madonna (2020) is pictured), Bridget Riley, Sikelela Owen and Layla Andrews. With an eclectic spread of styles, from figurative pieces to abstract and expressionist works, ‘Heart of the Matter’ is a (virtual) must visit for anyone with an interest in the contemporary art landscape, and in GJG’s mission to tackle gender inequality in the art world.

    Until 15 April

  • ACO StudioCasts

    While it may be some time before musicians are able to tour the globe once again, we can at least experience some of the world’s most talented performers from home while we wait. The acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has just embarked on its first ever digital concert season, ‘to provide a moving and musically rewarding experience for those who can’t get to our concerts.’ Shot in stunning locations across Sydney, each of the eight 50-minute films can be viewed as part of a subscription or as a one-off purchase. Created with the help of eminent directors and cinematographers, they’re both a visual and auditory feast – making for a truly transportive experience. Whether you’re a long-running fan of classical string music or are just looking to try something new, don’t miss an exciting opportunity to see one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras at work.

    First film premieres 31 March, then available on demand

  • Mon Dessert’s Hot Cross Bun Kit

    If you’ve always been beguiled by the idea of tucking into home-baked hot cross buns on Easter morning, but lack a little confidence in the kitchen, Mon Dessert is here to save the day. The beloved creator of DIY kits that are gratifyingly simple to follow – yet yield exceptional results – Mon Dessert demystifies the art of baking at home. The Hot Cross Bun Kit comes complete with all the dry ingredients and equipment you need; all you have to add is milk and butter (or a vegan substitute, meaning no one has to miss out). Kickstart the day in a vision of domestic bliss, with the festive scent of spices hanging in the air, and get your Easter off to a truly delicious start.

    Available to order now

  • Southbank Centre: Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro in Conversation

    The acclaimed novelist behind such hits as Never Let Me Go and the Booker-winning The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most respected authors of our age (and has a Nobel Prize for Literature to prove it). Don’t miss the chance to see the literary legend in conversation with his daughter and fellow writer, Naomi Ishiguro (pictured), as the pair discuss both of their newly-published works in this online event. Joined by journalist Razia Iqbal, the authors will delve into their respective books, Kazuo’s Klara and the Sun, and Naomi’s debut novel Common Ground. Whether you’re an Ishiguro devotee or are seeking to expand your literary horizons this year, these two fascinating novels – with common themes of humanity, friendship and hope – are a thought-provoking place to start.

    5 – 12 April

  • JOY at Portobello seafood terrace

    JOY at Portobello has quickly become a firm Notting Hill favourite, with its acclaimed shop and home delivery service acting as a saving grace for food aficionados during lockdown. On 12 April, chef Stevie Parle is set to reopen the restaurant portion of the venture, with the dreamiest of al fresco experiences. Expect a stunning spring-like decor made up of Parle’s home-grown Parrot Tulips, plus an unmissable seafood menu sourced from farmer’s market The Goods Shed and its Kentish fishmonger, and from Welsh-based Lockdown Lobsters. An exquisite, seasonal showcase of the finest bounty from UK shores, dishes can be enjoyed either in JOY’s glass greenhouse, one of its heated pavilions, or beside the canal – the perfect place to reunite with friends over an exquisite restaurant meal.

    From 12 April

  • The Farrier opening

    If there’s one thing many of us have longed for through the gloomy lockdown winter, it’s the glorious return of the Great British pub. Lucky north Londoners will soon be able to make up for lost time at The Farrier, a new pub and restaurant opening in Camden Market this month. Set in the charming surrounds of a Grade II listed former stables, it’s complete with an outdoor heated terrace, secret courtyard and fire pit – just the thing for crisp spring nights. With a menu masterminded by a three Michelin star trained chef, expect an elevated take on comforting pub classics, alongside a selection of artisanal and natural wines, cocktails and more. Book now for all your long-awaited al fresco reunions.

    From 15 April

  • Christie’s X Le Ciel Foundation: ‘Wisdom and Nature’ online exhibition

    With many of us dreaming of far-flung locations, Christie’s London’s new online collaboration is the perfect way to indulge in a little armchair travel – while raising funds for a truly worthwhile cause. ‘Wisdom and Nature’ is an exhibition and auction in aid of Le Ciel Foundation, a UK-based charity that aims to restore ‘harmony and ecology on a global scale’, with a focus on safeguarding indigenous knowledge and acting as an ‘interface between ancestral wisdom and modern society.’ The exhibition features 54 stunning artworks, donated by artists and galleries from across the globe, exploring themes including ‘experiences and perceptions of interconnectivity, the natural beauty of the planet, and the traditions of its communities’. All proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting Le Ciel Foundation’s vital education, inclusion and preservation projects.

    Online exhibition and auction, 6 – 27 April; Final auction, 27 April

    Pictured: Vang Vieng by Thia Konig, 1998

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