Things to do in and around the City

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Here’s our pick of things to do in and around the City.

Pan Pacific London

If you’re stuck on ideas on how to entertain the kids this month, then why not head down to Five-Star rated hotel Pan Pacific.

The new Bonpoint Children’s Afternoon Tea (£29 per child) is marvellous and there really is something for everyone. Whether your little ones are fans of finger sandwiches with cream cheese or egg mayonnaise – they won’t be disappointed. To follow, you will be served delicious scones with berry jam are followed by a selection of patisserie in Bonpoint’s spring colour palette, such as chocolate almond macarons. During the dedicated children’s swimming hours at the hotel’s infinity pool, children can enjoy a playful paradise with mini deckchairs, pastel cushions, umbrellas, and custom pool floats.

This wonderful experience is truly a magnificent experience for the whole family. This experience is available for children aged 6-16 years’ old – and the fantastic thing about this experience is that there quite really is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re trying to escape the hustle and bustle of City life or just looking for a few hours of pure relaxation, you won’t be disappointed.

Calling all Chicken Lovers

Wing Fest, the world’s largest chicken wing festival, is back and bigger than ever, with even more locations announced for 2024. The wing-centric showdown is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and is set to land in London, Manchester, Bristol, Derby, Sheffield, and Norwich.

Taking over one city at a time, the festival will continue to champion independents, all of which want to be awarded the accolade of Best Buffalo Wing, Best Wild Wing, and Best BBQ Wing by an expert panel of judges. London’s flagship festival will feature guest judges including Professor Green, Michelin starred chef Andy Beynon of Behind in Hackney, and Food Network TV host and chef, Judy Joo.

Over 1,000,000 chicken wings are set to be served and devoured at Wing Fest in 2024. Traders will include Thunderbird, Wingmans, Gurt Wings, Mexican Seoul, Bone Daddies, Jack Blumenthal’s Ginger Wings, and New Orleans inspired joint Poor Boys, to name but a few.

London 26th – 28th July

Tequila & Mezcal Showcase / 25 April from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at The Whisky Exchange Covent Garden, London Bridge and Great Portland Street stores

To celebrate these brilliant spirits we’re hosting an informal walk-around tasting across each of our three central London stores. Each store will have a selection of Tequila and mezcal to discover in what promises to be one of the most exciting tastings of the year.

More details here: Tequila and Mezcal Showcase | DesignMyNight

Earth Day Lunch

To mark Earth Day, The Distillery at Hilton London Bankside will be offering a special Earth Day Lunch created by Head Chef Ollie Couillaud, that promises to be kind to the Earth and your wallet!

Inspired by South London & The Basque Country, via a stopover in The Caribbean, the menu utilizes off-cuts that would otherwise be discarded, to create a delicious, healthy, Earth Day inspired dish served with a mocktail for just £10.

The menu consists of a Zero-Waste Veggie tortilla made with the surplus ingredients of the previous day’s veg prep, combining fennel, red onions, peppers, carrots & herbs. This is served alongside Crispy Skins & a mixed leaf salad, and accompanied by a Wasted Fox mocktail, a regenerative & enlivening blend of pineapple off cuts & skins, ginger, lime & mint. For £3 more guests can add an extra zing with a shot of Bankside gin!

Chef Ollie’s Earth Day Lunch will be served between Friday 19th – Friday 26th April, available from 12-3pm.

The Co-Kitchens (theco-kitchens.com), is opening applications for its brand new incubator programme, worth in excess of £25,000, created to support budding restaurateurs looking to develop business ideas in the food delivery and quick-service restaurant sector.

Successful applications will enter a 6-month programme to launch and test their business ideas. Businesses at The Co-Kitchens will benefit from access to expertise from The Co-Kitchens founder, Shahzad Bhatti, who has founded a number of ventures in London and Dubai and has mentored hundreds of start-ups and hosted numerous programmes supporting early-stage businesses. To find out more about The Co-Kitchens incubator programme please visit:

Vintry & Mercer

Boutique hotel Vintry & Mercer is located at mile 23, just off Upper Thames Street and its rooftop restaurant Mercer Roof Terrace is the perfect place to escape to for refreshments, whilst still being able to keep an eye on the action. Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy the likes of their Scottish pan roasted halibut and Heron’s farm beef 21 day aged rib eye, with a glass of Charles Heidsieck Rosé, whilst cheering on your loved ones (or watching their every movement on the app before running down to watch them in action).

Extending its support to guests participating in the marathon, runners staying at the hotel will receive a complimentary race bag, equipped with essentials to fuel their journey from energy-boosting snacks like bananas and cereal bars to hydration essentials such as Lucozade Sport and sports water bottles.

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