Weekend Guide April 22 - 24
We’ve had a couple of false starts, but, it seems, spring is here! With that in mind (and a certain someone’s 9.0 in mind), we’ve filled the weekend with barbecues, mojitos, spritzes, and a colour blocking party. Not in the mood for fun in the sun? We’ve got a new neighbourhood bar and heady techno on the menu. Enjoy!
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Smokey Tails • SAT Sven Vath at Koko • SUN Reflect London
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Top 5:
Spring tonics
1. For all manner of spritzes from Rickies and aperitif sodas to Champagne cocktails, pull up a stool at 45 Jermyn St.

2. Or, go for straight bubbles instead at the Franciacorta & Prosecco Bar, opening in Harvey Nichols

3. If Aperol Spritz is more your tonic, make tracks to the Aperol Spritz Terraza at Bird of Smithfield

4. As for signature drinks, it’s all about Vermouth di Torino and soda at the Marksman

5. For some of the best fizz cocktails in town, try Sager + Wilde Restaurant
Colour Block Party at Now Gallery
We’ll use any excuse for a party, even if it’s for construction site cranes. Well, sort of. In honour of artist Morag Myerscough and her series of vibrant coloured cranes used on construction sites overlooking the River Thames, Now Gallery is throwing a colour blocking P.A.R.T.Y. There’ll be a talk by Morag Myerscough, Bip Ling will be on decks, there’ll be free colourful cocktails, performance art, film… and boozy marshmallows. The best bit? It’s free. Party, party!
Colour Block Party, April 21, Now Gallery, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0ES. 7pm-10pm
Walter and MontyFanny Nelsons
More barbecue – this time by acclaimed street food vendors Walter and Monty. Specialising in marinades and charcoal cooked meat and fish, it’s simple, barbecue goodness. The cuts of meat will be served in a flatbread or straight up with rice and salad. Oh, and for those who want free flow access to pints, beer taps are on every table. First Sager + Wilde, then The Marksman, and now, Fanny Nelsons, the latest neighbourhood bar (by Andy Bird, part owner of Happiness Forgets and Original Sin) to join the Hackney Road/Columbia Road set. Aside from great beers, natural wines, and forward-thinking cocktails, there’ll be a brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday, and the best Bloody Marys in London – so they say. We’ll be the judge of that.
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Bury Court,

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32 Horatio St
E2 7SB
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Smokey TailsSven Vath at Koko
Start the weekend with some Detroit barbecue action. DJ Seth Troxler’s travelling pop up, Smokey Tails, has found a permanent home in Hoxton Square – and, just like previous years, expect “dirty, delicious, finger-licking food”. Think hickory smoked pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and Mamma’s cobbler for dessert. Oh, and boozy cocktails and big beats, same as always. Tickets are still available for Techno juggernaut Sven Vath’s show at Koko. He’ll be going it solo, meaning it’ll be just him on decks all night. One for the true blue Papa Sven fans. Be warned, tickets will not be sold on the door, so grab ’em online while you can.
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2-4 Hoxton Square,
N1 6NU
1A Camden High St,
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Reflect London197 Chiswick Fire Station
From Donald “Drawbertson” scaffolding to Charles Pétillon, Alex Chinneck and Jeff Koons sculptures, Covent Garden has fast become known for its installations. And this season’s big reveal? 32,000 square feet of mirrors around the eastern façade of the Market Building. A solution to ugly construction works (thanks to Sushisamba moving in), scaffolding has been replaced with 67 mirrors. Genius. End your weekend with pineapple and sage mojitos at 197 Chiswick Fire Station. The new restaurant/bar, converted from the old firehouse, is now all soft pinks, chalky whites and pale greys, and casual, all-day dining from breakfast to nightcaps is the vibe. Find us in the courtyard with a fennel and grapefruit spritz in hand.
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Covent Garden Piazza
All day
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197-199 Chiswick High Road,
W4 2DR
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