The clocks have gone forward, the daffodils are out, and the shops are full of clothes way too flimsy for this weather. It can only mean one thing; spring in London has officially sprung!
To help you celebrate the end of winter we've put together the ultimate guide to the best nights out in London this spring. From Bavarian beer and Prohibition parties to ping pong for singles and ghoulish ghosts, we've got your spring evenings sorted.
Fans of Baker Street’s most notorious detective will love this Sherlock Holmes-themed film night at the Museum of London on Friday 10th April, in association with Film Hub London. Organised to close the museum’s recent Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die exhibition in style, expect talks, comedy raffles and quizzes before the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film is screened at 9pm. What’s more, the bar will be open until late and the most imaginative costumes will win prizes. Grab your deerstalker and head down there.
Address:150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Phone: 020 7001 9844
Why wait until Oktoberfest when you can celebrate all the joys of Bavarian beer with the 'Spring Festival' at London's very own Bavarian Beerhouse? This weekend-long event will feature live Oompah music (don't confuse this with Oompa Loompa), dancing, German dishes and plenty of drinks.
Held on two consecutive weekends, April 24th - 26th and May 1st -3rd, it's time to break out the lederhosen and welcome in spring, Bavarian-style.
Address: 190 City Road, London EC1V 2QH
Phone: 0844 330 2005
Smack bang in the heart of London’s theatreland, swanky private member’s club LIBRARY is opening their doors to the public on April 17th for a month-long collaborative pop-up with Edible Stories. Every week the pop-up will play tribute to a classic production with a quirky storytelling menu inspired by Phantom of the Opera, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Les Miserables.
With everything from a shape-shifting cocktail for Matilda to Wonka’s Chocolate Factory treats, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable night. While you’re there, check out the new Honesty Champagne room too for some pre or post dinner bubbles.
Address: LIBRARY 112 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BD
Phone: +44 (0)207 240 2874
Fed up of the modern world? Take a trip back in time to 1940’s London (minus the threat of the Luftwaffe) with the Lights Out! Party at historic Soho establishment Kettners on April 24th.
From swing bands and gramophones to Tom Collins cocktails in tin cups, every aspect of the flirty 40s will be represented at this retro party. While dressing up isn’t compulsory it is strongly encouraged, and to help you out they’re offering a special discount at Angels Fancy Dress on Shaftesbury Avenue, with the code KETTNERR10 for 10% off retail prices and KETTNERH20 for 20% off hire prices!
Address: 29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D 5HP
Phone: 020 7734 6112
Feed Me Films are back with another excellent food and film combination on Saturday 11th April, this time with an Italian-American theme to accompany Martin Scorsese 1990 mafia classic ‘Goodfellas’.
Follow the exploits of the wise-guy gang as you enjoy five courses of delicious Italian cuisine and drinks from Campari. In the worlds of the Geto Boys - ‘damn, it feels good to be a gangster’.
Address: Tripspace, Arch 339-340, Acton Mews E8 4EA
Phone: 020 7923 9417
If you’re single and looking to mingle this Easter, try something a little different with ‘Balls to Dating’ at Bounce, a unique ‘anti-dating’ event where you can mix with other like-minded solos while enjoying a few competitive rounds of ping pong.
Hosted by active dating site DoingSomething on Saturday 5th April, the night starts off with confessions of the worst traditional internet dates (with prizes for the best), followed by drinks, ping pong games, and a DJ set from Pete Pong until the wee hours. Makes the classic ‘dinner and drinks date’ look a bit lame doesn’t it?
Address: 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
Phone: 020 3657 6525
We’re going back in time again but this time to the Jazz Age with Sakura in Old Tokyo at The Candlelight Club on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April. A 1920s-themed speakeasy filled with candles (hence the name), this secret spot is the the ultimate place for a Prohibition-era party.
Their next event celebrates the cherry blossom festival in Japan, so expect Eastern-inspired food and cocktails. Get your flapper dress on and party like it's 1929.
Address: Secret (revealed upon ticket purchase)
Phone: 07768 628788
Spend your spring evening with ghosts of London past on one of Great British Tour's famed London Ghost Tour. With over 2,000 years of history in our fair city (and some of it fairly gruesome), we've picked up plenty of troublesome spirits, haunted houses and creepy characters.
The tour includes London's most haunted park, ghostly monks and nuns, 900 years of blood and gore at the Tower of London, and even a potential appearance from infamous murderer Jack the Ripper. Be afraid - be very afraid...
Address: Green Park Tube (Green Park Exit) , W1J 7BX