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April

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April has arrived and we’re full of excitement with the promise of longer and warmer days. With the Easter holidays creeping upon us, we have some ideas of what to get up to this month in and around London, and not just for the kids, we’ve got the grown ups covered too.

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

19th-23rd April Easter weekend

Looking for a chocolate fix with a difference this Easter why not head over to The Chocolate Cocktail Club. Their mouth-watering cocktails range from creamy and intense to cool and refreshing, each drink is garnished with a treat to get the tastebuds flowing for a night of heavenly cocktails, what’s not to love...Chocolate and Cocktails! For more details click here.

Easter Egg hunts

Easter Egg hunts

1-28th April - Cadbury Easter egg hunt.

Looking to exhaust the kids over the Easter holidays? Why not explore one of the National Trust properties across the UK. With their enormous grounds and lush gardens the National Trust properties were clearly made for Easter Egg hunts. Make sure you’re breaking into a Cadbury egg come Easter by joining the big Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. For more details just click here.

Sunrise Yoga at Sky Garden

Sunrise Yoga at Sky Garden

From 2nd April - Sunrise Yoga at Sky Garden

36 floors high - Sky Garden is the perfect setting for sunrise yoga and a delicious breakfast.

Set among Sky Garden's luscious tropical greenery with a backdrop of incredible city views, take to the mat in the idyllic City Garden. With a dynamic, vinyasa flow style, this class is suitable for all levels and abilities and they offer two ticket options for each class - yoga and breakfast package or yoga-only ticket. For tickets and more info click here.

The London Marathon

The London Marathon

28th April - London Marathon

The race is on and the 2019 London Marathon is nearly upon us! Join cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers at the world-famous London Marathon. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April. If you want to cheer all the runner’s on just click here to find out all the spectator info.

Gin-House Burlesque

Gin-House Burlesque

12th April - Gin-House Burlesque

Following a year of sold out roaring gin-house parties, London's premium vintage showgirls welcome you back to east London's best kept secret speak easy, The King's Head Members Club for evenings of Burlesque, Circus, Music and Vaudeville delights! For tickets and more info click here.

The Prince

The Prince

Now open - The Prince

The Prince is from the same team behind Pergola on the roof so you know its going to be a good time. It’s made up of 1 street, 3 bars, music, food, drinks, 3 restaurants and an enclosed woodland garden.

Whether you’re looking for a stunning spot for a romantic date, an unusual location for those after-work drinks, or somewhere truly unique to celebrate a special occasion, The Prince has what you’re looking for. For more info and reservations just click here.

The B&H Garden Room

The B&H Garden Room

Now open - The B&H Garden Room

The next in line of London’s increasingly innovative drinking experiences, comes from stepping into this living, breathing botanical bar. Brought to you by experiential drinks aficionados Bourne and Hollingsworth, The B&H Green room will feature an array of fresh ingredients and garnishes ripe for the picking (and then promptly adding to your booze) in its brand new ‘Living Bar’. Green life will be running up the walls, along a trellis behind the cocktail bar, and across the room’s ceiling, helping punters to get inspired before they sip. For for info and reservations click here.

GARDEN TIPS BY SHELLEY HUGH-JONES

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April is nearly upon us and the days are getting longer and brighter.  Blossom and bulbs are flowering everywhere so if you feel inspired to make changes or give your plants a good start, now is the time to do it.

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

House Curious

House Curious

Feeding: A generous layer of mushroom compost or composted manure will give everything a good start. Follow this up with a regular feed from April through to September and your garden will flower more and be generally healthier. Scrape off the top 5-10 cms of compost in your planters and refresh with new multi-compost. 

Lawns: Now is the time for the first cut if you have not started mowing already! Feed your lawn too.

Moving plants: It’s not too late to lift or divide if anything has got to big for its space or pot. Grasses and perennials can be divided and shrubs moved but do it soon before the weather picks up. Tie in all climbers before they wrap themselves around neighbouring plants!

Weeds: Remove the weeds before they get too large and unruly!

Soho Farmhouse

Soho Farmhouse

 Colour: Add colour to your patio with pots of flowering bulbs, perennials and annuals. These can be changed and added to as the season progresses and moved around the garden filling any holes in the beds.

Bulbs: Leave all bulb foliage to die back for at least 6 weeks after flowering has finished so the goodness goes back into the bulb for next year. Finish planting summer flowering bulbs .

Save the Bees: Plant something for the bees this year. Flowers in the garden look beautiful but are also vital for our bees whose numbers are diminishing and as a result we are facing major problems on a global scale if they continue to decline. Avoid using pesticides and try biological or insect safe alternatives.

Phyllis Odessey

Phyllis Odessey

Fruit and Veg: Buy some seeds for sowing vegetables. Strawberries can be planted in April, plus sow some sunflower seeds; great to do this with children. Local plant nurseries sell seeds and can advise.

 

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

House Curious - Photo by Gavin Smith

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Words by Shelley Hugh-Jones - Garden Design

gardens@shelleyhughjones.co.uk

Happy Hour - Vanilla Espresso Martini

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Happy Friday !!

It’s happy house at House Curious and we’re raising our glasses to the weekend. We’re putting our own spin on the traditional Expresso Martini and you can watch the recipe over on IGTV or follow the instructions below for our Vanilla Espresso Martini.

Vanilla Espresso Martini

Vanilla Espresso Martini

Serves: 1 glass   
Cooks in: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
- 40ml Vanilla Vodka
- 40 ml Kahlua
- 50 ml Espresso coffee or cold brew coffee.
- Ice
- 2- 3 Coffee beans per glass

Instructions:
Place some ice cubes in your 2 in 1 cocktail shaker, add the rest of the cocktail ingredients, hold the top down tightly and shake vigorously. Pour and garnish with 2-3 coffee beans.

Top tip: Fill your glasses up with ice just before you make the cocktail to chill the glasses. Tip out the ice just before pouring the cocktail.