London Spy Report: April

Each month our Lucky Onion London Spy leaves Cheltenham and the Cotswolds behind and heads for London. The Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the capital. Check out what April has to offer.


Tamarind Kitchen

The sister restaurant of Michelin-starred Tamarind Mayfair opens this month in Soho – and it’s bound to be a tasty affair with dishes fresh from the restaurant’s authentic tandoor oven. With a stunning array of fish, meat, game and vegetarian dishes, feast on ‘Karara Kekda’, soft shell crab with potato salad and homemade pickles, ‘the Game Platter’ of tandoor-cooked quail, duck and guinea fowl on a bed of vermicelli and a traditional South Indian Alappuzha Fish Curry with Kingfish and spiced with tamarind, mustard and curry leaves.


Opens April. 167-169 Wardour St, London, W1F 8WR.


Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths at the British Library

Part of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, this major exhibition shines new light on the unprecedented and world-changing events of the period, focusing on the experiences of ordinary Russians living through extraordinary times. Beginning with the reign of the last Tsar, the show tells the incredible story through posters, letters, photographs, banners, weapons, items of uniform, recordings and film including a souvenir album of the Tsar’s coronation and propaganda wallpaper hand-painted by women factory workers.

28th April – 29th August 2017. 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB. 0330 333 1144;


The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Donmar Warehouse

Chicago. Jazz. Gangsters. Brecht’s masterpiece is a sharp and thrilling allegory of the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II. And with Lenny Henry as the lead, you’re in for a treat. Set amongst the murk of the Great Depression, Ui is a small time crook who decides now is the time to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power. After a little bribery here, some harmless corruption there and soon something much more dangerous begins to take hold.


From 20th April to 17th June 2017. Seven Dials London, 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX. 0844 871 7624;


Printworks London

This new 5,000 capacity groundbreaking space in the Docklands is the place to see and be seen. All the coolest happenings in town can be found here, among the industrial labyrinth of rooms and corridors, which still house the giant printing presses that once delivered the Metro and Evening Standard. After playing home to Secret Cinema’s Star Wars and Mulberry’s Fashion Week show, next up are a mini jazz season, a classical music programme, vintage fairs, food festivals and Cartel, a new car show concept to hit London in the autumn.


Photography by Justine Trickett

Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7PJ. 020 8498 4934;


National Trust’s Cadbury Egg Hunt

Deemed the best Easter egg hunt in town, The National Trust is teaming up with Cadbury once again to offer egg hunts in many of its beautiful London properties over the Easter weekend. Hunt through muddy woodlands, around mystical lakes, along nature trails and through spring gardens blooming with life. There are lots of exciting venues to choose from – go for Ham House, a rare 17th-century treasure trove beside the River Thames in Richmond.


Cadbury Egg Hunt © Zane Colquhoun. Venues across London. 0344 800 1895;