Spring is here! And thank goodness for that...
April brings with it the promise of Summer with lighter evenings and warmer weather - your social calendar is about to get jam-packed with great things to see, do, eat and drink!
We don't want to miss a thing, so this month we're taking extra care to savour every moment of fun possible! We'll be enjoying our favourite cup of coffee during London's Coffee Festival, browsing our favourite car boot sale, heading to the movies for a date with Tom Hiddleston and will be making the most of some amazing restaurants, pop-ups and exhibitions.
Sit back, pop on this month's playlist and get inspired...
Jane, Lucy and the RSG Team x
WIN: JULIUS CAESAR BUST CUSTOMISED BY LIVINGETC
Isn't he amazing? This customised bust featured in the April issue of Living Etc Magazine can be yours. The flecks of dark paint and golden studs have updated the statuesque figure for a bold and beautiful contradiction. Merging the traditional with the contemporary; talented stylists Hannah Franklin and Donna Gucci collaborated to create a unique piece of art that covers the punk and the neoclassical in their 'Artists' Marks' shoot last month.
Paired with beautiful monochrome accessories and decór as well as pops of bold gold to accent the room - the space is transformed from blank to FAB. The bust has become a must-have addition for your quirky decór, enter below for your chance to win him!
To be in with a chance of winning this handsome prize, simply click the link above to be redirected to the competition page where you simply have to enter your name and email address. Good Luck! x
SHOP: THE CLASSIC CAR BOOT SALE
This event has been on our radar for a while, and we get so excited every time it comes around! The event returns to King's Cross with an expanded offering of classic cars, great shopping, music, dance, walkabout entertainment and street food. You know how obsessed we are with car boots, and this really is the ultimate spot for all those desirable vintage finds...
The Classic Carboot Sale - Lewis Cubitt Square, King's Cross, London N1C 4UZ on the 16th & 17th April. 10am - 6pm. £5 on the day / £4 online
We love a quirky (and sometimes bizarre) movie - and one with Tom Hiddleston sunbathing nude... Well it's a winner isn't it?! Well, maybe not for everyone - but this movie ticks all our boxes, and in style. Created by one of the UK's most exciting contemporary filmmakers, Ben Wheatley has delivered a slick new movie based on the novel by J. G. Ballard, High-Rise. Set in London 1975, the interiors are inspirational, the plot is exciting and the story - thrilling! Watch the rise and fall unfold with chaos in the midst.
"This film is both beautiful and grubby; it bathes your eyes but leaves a sticky residue. From the ethereal elegance of an aristocratic French fancy-dress party (costumes wrapped around warped souls), to the lithe musculature of a naked Hiddleston, to the striking image of his paint-splattered face — it is crammed with dreamlike (or at times nightmarish) moments."
- Nev Pierce, Empire Magazine.
The cast also includes Luke Evans, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. In cinemas now - watch the trailer here:
VISIT: ROLLING STONES EXHIBITION
We are huge fans of the Stones at RSG so won't be missing our chance to catch the next exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery. 'Exhibitionism' combines over 500 original Stones' artifacts including never seen before dressing room and backstage items, original instruments, costumes and tracks which will be taking over the entire two floors of the gallery with 9 thematic galleries. Offering the most comprehensive insight into the band's fascinating fifty year history; personal diaries, audio tracks and a wrap-around cinematic experience will explore works by an array of artists, designers, musicians and writers, including Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen and Martin Scorsese. After three months in London, Exhibitionism will embark on an initial four-year world tour, taking in 11 cities including New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo - don't miss out!
Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd , London SW3 4RY. 5th April - 4th September. Tickets £22.00.
DRINK: HR HIGGINS
With The London Coffee Festival returning this year (7th - 10th April) and promising to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers, we instantly thought of our all time favourite spot for a premium cup of the good stuff!
HR Higgins have been established since 1942, supplying speciality tea and coffee to connoisseurs in all parts of the UK and all over the world. They will expertly match your tastes to the perfect blend of coffee or tea, and their basement café is in the ideal spot to step away from busy Oxford street shoppers! Not only is the coffee divine, but the interior is executed with equally skilled precision. The café was recently renovated with the help of fashion designer Ann Louise Roswald, who also designed the beautiful floor tiles. We love the wooden panelling, copper accents and zinc hanging glass picture frames... (sourced from RSG!).
Next time you're in town check it out - or if you can't get there you can also buy online!
HR Higgins (Coffee Man), 79 Duke St, London W1K 5AS.
GO: THE 80'S OFFICE PARTY
The Art of Dining are inviting guests to their 80s-themed pop-up experience combining food, music, theatre and set design, all inspired by the classic 80's office party. Step back in time to boardroom heaven: big hair, big ambition and even bigger shoulder pads. The evening costs £55 which includes a five course meal with a welcome drink and entertainment.
The pop ups are open 6th April – 9th April and 13th April – 16th April at the Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1 5SQ.
EAT: JIN JU
The JinJuu menu will spoil you for choice. With celebrity chef Judy Joo at the helm of this modern Korean food restaurant, the signature fried chicken and traditional rice dishes make for a sensational meal that is ideal for sharing (if you can part with your dish!). You must try the pork belly tacos, short ribs and bibimbap bowls for an incredible mix of flavour and wash it all down with the delicious cocktails! Reservations are required and get booked up quickly, so be sure to enquire far in advance to secure your table. Our eye is also on the interiors of this place - the exposed brick, colourful wall art, wooden benches and sleek black exterior hit all the right spots.
Jin Ju, 15 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PS. The nearest tube is Oxford Circus.
LISTEN: ZACH BRAFF'S IPOD
We're obsessing over the incredible soundtracks that feature in our favourite Zach Braff's movies this month (think Garden State and Wish I Was Here). Luckily for us (and you!) Zach Braff's iPod playlist is available on Spotify! Click, Listen and Chill to this month's Playlist, HERE.