East London’s cute boutique hotel 40 Winks, famed for offering a distinguished and different night’s sleep, hosts these specially themed storytelling events, led by professional storytellers and accompanied by musicians and actors. Pyjamas and nightgowns are a mandatory dress code. This month’s two evenings of ‘Tales of Bewitchment’ feature Xanthe Gresham and Debs Newbold. Nibbles and a nightcap cocktail enhance an experience where you’re sure to have some sweet dreams.
Apr 18 & 19. 7pm-10.45pm, £25
40 WiNKS, 109 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ Stepney Green
This new weekly acoustic open mic night hosts London based-Aussie and Kiwi musicians – Brook Supple, The JT Mills Experience and Owain Pennington are in the crowd tonight – but it’s really about you getting on stage, so get down, strap on a guitar and show London music fans what you’ve got.
Thurs, Apr 19. 7pm, FREE
The Larikk Inn, 425 New Kings Road, SW6 4RN
Late Night Gimp Fight
Bad taste is the best taste and the only order of the day with this foul-mouthed, destined-to- offend sketch comedy troupe. After touring their show nationwide, picking up awards all over the country, they return to London to unload this hour-long set that features singing, swearing, and a rap about beastiality. Brace yourself.
Apr 19-May 5. 8.30pm, £10
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE
Anzac Gallipoli Legacy Ball
One of London’s largest ANZAC Day celebrations, the Gallipoli Legacy Ball honours the brave men and women of the Australia and New Zealand Armed Corps who fought in the First World War Gallipoli campaign. This two-course black-tie dinner includes a charity auction and live entertainment. Lest we forget.
Fri, Apr 20. 7.30pm, £75
Australia House, WC2B 4LA
April Babies Open Air Spring Festival
The grand surrounds of south London’s Greyhound bar and beer garden host this Ibiza Send Off Party. Kick off summer in style with 12 hours of DJs and live acts, including Cimi, Dejavoo and Neutrino, across three stages. There’s creative arts stalls, facepainting and a BBQ. First-come-first-served free entry via the website. We’re feelin’ warm already.
Sat, Apr 21. 3.30pm-3.30am, £12
The Greyhound SW16 5NJ Streatham
This exhibition, with a daily changing title, aims to ‘disrupt the safe environment of the art gallery’. Artists Eva and Franco Mattes do this with a dazzling array of images and performances, including a simulated webcam suicide, fake sculptures by famous artists, and an assortment of images stolen from random PCs. Take that, Hirst!
Until May 18. 8.30pm, FREE
56-57 Eastcastle St, W1W 8EQ
Rubix: in the hub
This new spoken- word event welcomes two of London’s most exciting poetry collectives, Rubix and Elephant, for an entertaining evening of loquacity, live music and cabaret, with the odd special guest appearing as well. So, soak up the lyrical skills and verbal dexterity, and get some culture in you. Word.
Fri, Apr 20. 7.30pm, £5
The Roundhouse, NW1 8EH