April food diary dates


Cotton‘s Caribbean Rum Shack



Opens: 18 April
Where: Boxpark, London


With restaurants in Camden and Islington, Cotton’s is spreading its wings East. With 250 varieties of rum, the mini restaurant chain will be serving a Caribbean buffet at lunchtime and Caribbean tapas – a selection of grilled dishes over the evening.


Oblix at The Shard



Opens: 2 April

Where: 32nd Floor


One of many restaurants to be opening up on The Shard this year. The owners of Zuma and Roka restaurants are opening their new venture, with a rotisserie and grill, where you can enjoy spit-roasted joints, charcoal grill and wood-fired bread and pizza, a delicious enough sounding menu to cure anyone of vertigo.





Where: 333 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL


With a stylish yet informal vibe serving New York-Italian dishes,  such as wood-fired pizzas, steaks, delicious pancakes drenched in maple syrup and bacon, and indulgent desserts such as New York cheesecake and Italian gelato.



The Dessert Deli – A ‘Hearty’ Sunday Roast Pork & ‘Scrumptious’ Dessert – ‘Kitchen Pop Up’ in Battersea

When: Sunday 14 April, 1.30pm
Where: The Dessert Deli Kitchen, Unit 16 Battersea Business Centre, 109 Lavender hill, SW11 5QL
Tickets: £25 + fees

Following a successful stint of ‘Dessert Deli’, chef Laura Amos is hosting another Sunday lunch at her kitchen in Battersea. It’s £25 for a hearty lunch, and – the winning thing –  there’s also delicious dessert AND it’s BYOB!!

Menu will be Roast Pork with the works, followed by a dessert from The Dessert Deli Cookbook.

The Portuguese Conspiracy’s April Fools Lunch Party in Dalston



When: Monday 1 April, lunchtime
Where: The Dead Dolls Club, 428 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA
Tickets: £40, buy them from here

The Portuguese Conspiracy are back for a lunch on Easter Monday at The Dead Dolls Club in Dalston, There’s a five courses menu, and wine…and dancing…

Mother clucker

Where: The Endurance pub Soho

When: Until Sunday 28 April

The latest in fried chicken is pop up Mother clucker.



Real Street Food



When: Easter weekend: 29 March – 1 April
Where: The river front by Southbank Centre

A new market festival offering the chance to taste global street foods, from Korea, to Europe, to Asia.


The London Coffee Festival



When: 25 April – 28 April
Where: Brick Lane, Old truman Brewery

Tickets: From £9.50

The current line up of exhibitors includes a wide range of artisanal coffee roasters and independent coffee shops, industry suppliers and branded coffee chains.

Exhibitors will showcase new products and unveil fresh innovations targeted to both industry insiders and the general public, with a focus on celebrating the coffee industry and promoting new development. Among those already confirmed are Allpress Espresso Roastery, Alpro Soya, Bean About Town, Caffé Fratelli, Costa Coffee, Delonghi, Joe & the Juice, La Cimbali, La Marzoccco, Matthew Algie, Mulmar, Rancilio, SEDA, Starbucks and Union Hand-Roasted.


Cheese and Wine Spring Festival



When: 26-28 April
Where: Outside London’s Southbank Festival

Foodies with a passion for fromage, this is where to head. Here there’ll be artisan cheeses and produce from the UK’s best suppliers and a line up of free events and passionate people celebrating  the cheese.


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