Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Pootling around SW6 this April...

I CANNOT believe April is almost upon us, and SW6 certainly has felt very springlike recently - balmy Sunday strolls down the Kings Road, and the bliss of longer, milder evenings now the clocks have gone forwards (even if  that early alarm clock was jarring).

Spring-time is infectious, and we're full of plans for extended Sunday drinking sessions and BBQ's at The Ship, more barbecue action at the White Horse, followed by lazy afternoons sunbathing on Parsons Green. The sunny weather will lead to inevitable terrace-wars (the relative merits of the private beer garden at Aragon House versus the Sloaney Pony's P.Green-facing patio has been a perennial summer debate for the past several years of my life) and the opportunity to explore some of SW6's outdoor treasures.

But it's tempted to get carried away and ahead of ourselves, it is only April for goodness sake, what have we got on our to-do lists for the month ahead...

I've been missing the back-to-back style coverage of London Fashion Week, and so we'll be heading to the V&A for our cultural fix to check out the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition.

We're really excited about the launch of The Jam Tree (I think it opened today!) on the Kings Road. It provides us with yet another rival beer-garden (and it's lookin' pretty good) and we love the idea of a Colonial-inspired menu. Let's hope it lives up to the hype.

Having picked up (and very much enjoyed) our first issue of Matchbox magazine we loved the idea of First Wednesdays: a host of cultural collaborations and late openings in West London (particularly Notting Hill) on the first Wednesday of each month.

Given that my Tastecard is about to run out (and I haven't used it enough to warrant paying for a new one) we're going to have to max it out in all our local participating restaurants during April. A place that comes highly recommended is Out of the Blue Bar and Kitchen in Clapham Junction, offering 50% off main courses with a tastecard: and if you get there before 7:30 you can hit up happy hour too - perfect!

Another local magazine doing a great collaboration is DV8 who will be hooking up with Ad Hoc (you know, that AMAZING quirky-kitsch shop on the Kings Road) to host a fashion show on April 7th at the fab Earls Court club Miss Qs.

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