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Outdoor events for the week ahead


The sun is shining and is set to stay that way, so take advantage of some of the best outdoor venues and events across the capital and beyond this week.


Escape the office and head straight for Queen Mary's Gardens for a dose of mood-boosting flower power in London's largest rose garden.

Queen Mary's Gardens, Regent's Park, Chester Road, NW1 4NR; open dawn to dusk; free


Get back to nature with a trip to Surrey Docks Farm, a working city farm in the heart of London that offers visitors the chance to bond with animals, as well as an insight into farming and food production.

Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5ET; open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm; free


A museum dedicated to gardens - brilliant. As well as horticultural history and a 17th-century style knot garden in the churchyard, there's an exhibition exploring the link between fashion and garden design, along with a stunning hanging flower installation by artist Rebecca Louise Law.

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7LB; opens Sunday - Friday 10.30am - 5.00pm and Saturday 10.30am - 4.00pm; tickets £7.50


Soak up the sun and the architecture of Southwark in a guided walk showing the ways land use has changed around the area over the past 200 years, including spectacular country estates, one of London’s first garden estates and the best preserved Georgian streets.

From Country Estates to Council Estates - a guided walk by Cooltan Arts; starts at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ at midday and finishes at Denmark Hill train station at 3.00pm; free


Combine tea and scones with a sail along the picturesque River Lee on Good Friday. Lee Valley's Cream Tea Cruise takes place from 3pm to 5pm, and booking is essential.

Cream Tea Cruise, Broxbourne Riverside Moorings, Mill Lane, Broxbourne, EN10; 3pm-5pm; £12.50 per person


A street food party is a fine way to end a balmy spring day and Urban Food Fest is one of the best around. Held on Saturdays evenings from April until June, it serves some of the fanciest and most diverse street food from around the world, including vegan and vegetarian options. It's held in a not very picturesque car park, but with gourmet offerings and free entry and entertainment, we're not complaining

Urban Food Fest, 5pm - midnight every Saturday until 21 June; free entry

Berwick Street Record Store Day

Join the crowds in the heart of Soho to celebrate Record Day, with special performances from the likes of Adam Ant and Edwyn Collins.

Berwick Street Record Store Day, Berwick Street W1F 8RP; 12 - 7pm; free


No, you're not too old for an Easter egg hunt - especially not a Willy Wonka-themed one in the beautiful Kew Gardens. The venue is celebrating 50 years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and from 9.30am to 1pm on Easter Sunday, adults and children alike will be searching the gardens for tokens they can swap for eggs.

Kew Gardens Easter Egg Hunt, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, 9.30am to 1pm, free with ticket to gardens - £14.50


If you're going to spend the Easter bank holiday in a beer garden, you may as well make it one with award-winning ales. The celebrated Fox Inn in Hanwell is hosting its annual Easter Beer Festival this weekend and as well as a variety of real ales, it offers a beer garden overlooking the Hanwell flight of locks.

Easter Beer Festival, The Fox Inn, Green Lane, Hanwell, W7 2PJ, Easter Beer Festival, 18 - 21 April

Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features, Surrey Docks Farm, Urban Food Fest



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