There’s a GLUTEN-FREE street food festival this weekend

Expect live music, cooking demos, free workshops and – obviously – tons of gluten-free grub. So turn up hungry…

If you’re looking for things to do in East London this Saturday (29 April), you could certainly do a lot worse than a trip to Limehouse Basin, particularly if you don’t eat gluten, as a Gluten-Free Food Festival will be happening from 11am until 5pm.

Sticky Bundits gluten-free rice fusion burgers
Twice as rice: Sticky Bundits is one vendor. It sells gluten-free rice fusion burgers (yum!)

The event’s free to attend but, unfortunately, they’re going to make you pay for the food. However, it’s unlikely to be over-priced as competing vendors selling allsorts – from celiac-friendly cupcakes to rice fusion burgers – will all be after your cash.

There’s a full list of traders on the event’s Facebook page.

It’s not all about gluten-free street food, though (wheat addicts, breathe a sigh of relief). There’ll also be a handful of traders selling ‘normal’ grub, plus a small farmers’ market, live music, free fitness sessions and a free graffiti workshop.

Gluten-Free Street Food Festival, Limehouse

When I lived in Bethnal Green, Limehouse Basin (or Marina) was somewhere I’d often pass on a stroll along Regent’s Canal. It’s a bit of a hidden gem and looks lovely on sunny days. Not a bad place to spend a Saturday if the weather holds up.

Will you be going? Send me photos on Facebook or Twitter.

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Grab a FREE slice of cake every day until Friday

How do you improve a slice of Victoria sponge cake? Well, obviously by sticking the word ‘free’ in front of it…

That’s right. Every day this week, to enjoy a totally free slice of Victoria sponge cake, simply pop into the new Bill’s restaurant that’s opened in Cathedral Walk near Victoria station any time between 3pm and 5pm until Friday (28 April).

Bill's Victoria sponge cake

Get there as soon after 3pm as possible, though. Today was the first day of this offer and apparently, 100+ slices of cake had been snapped up by 4pm. But if you’re quick off the mark, there should also be a free cup of lemonade to wash it down.

If you do manage to do this, send me a photo on Facebook or Twitter.

There’s a Jersey Royal potato pop-up in Covent Garden

This weekend, TV farmer Jimmy Doherty is selling buttery Jersey Royals at a one-of-a-kind potato pop-up shop in London…

After living in London for a while, there’s a tendency to think you might have seen it all. That’s until someone tells you about a new a pop-up cafe in the West End selling nowt but Jersey Royal potatoes in butter to tourists and passers-by.

Jersey Royal potato pop-up shop at Covent Garden in London
As spud as it gets: Jersey Royals served by Jimmy Doherty at his pop-up in Covent Garden.

Located in Covent Garden, and the brainchild of TV farmer, Jamie Oliver’s mate Jimmy Doherty, it’s a truly unique establishment. All you’ll find on the menu is a £3 cone of Jersey Royals boiled with skins on and drenched in minted butter.

Jimmy himself was in the shop when I popped in, speaking to anyone who’d listen about the history of Jersey Royals. If you’re interested, you can learn all about them on the official Jersey Royal website (because of course Jersey Royals have a website).

Jersey Royal potatoes
Taters gonna tate: Jimmy Doherty’s shutting up shop after tomorrow (Sun 23 April).

And if you want to taste Jimmy’s spuds for yourself, I’m afraid tomorrow’s your last chance. He’ll be back behind the counter at 52 Floral Street from 12pm-4pm (Sun 23 April). After that, the pop-up closes for good. Enjoy ’em while you can!

Sneakily get Kew Gardens 2for1 entry for a whole YEAR

A visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew costs £15 per adult, but you can half the price for couples with a 2for1 voucher…

If you live in London, chances are you don’t have a garden.

While there are countless green spaces where you can drag your blackened lungs and breathe clean air free of charge, very few match the splendour of Kew.

Right now, you can blag a Kew Gardens 2for1 voucher to use as many times as you like for a full 12 months. And it’s valid at other gardens too.

Kew Gardens palm house
Kew’s the daddy: The iconic Kew Gardens palm house.

To get one, simply buy the May issue of Gardeners’ World (£4.75). It’s on newsstands from Tue 25 April until Mon 29 May.

Inside the magazine, you’ll find a reusable 2for1 entry pass valid at 400+ gardens across the UK. Six of them are within easy (ish) reach of central London.

Simply turn up on the day and wave your pass – keep it safe – to enjoy a buy-one-get-one-free on every visit until Thu 12 April 2018. So how much can you save?

Well, entry to Kew Gardens costs £15.50, which means factoring in the £4.75 for a copy of Gardeners’ World, couples save £10.75 the first time and £15.50 every time after that. The only catch is you can’t use it in July or August (bugger).

Kew Gardens treetop walkway
Leaf encounter: Get up close with nature on the Kew Gardens treetop walkway.

So even if you only go the once, this saves money. Though if you’re the outdoorsy type and can’t stay away, you can save an absolute fortune by rinsing the 2for1.

But remember, it’s not all about Kew Gardens.

The same voucher will gain you 2for1 entry at all the following gardens, National Trust and English Heritage sites located in or around London and Surrey:

For more information, see the Gardeners’ World website. And if you do this, let me know in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Get a FREE 15-minute massage on your lunch break

If you work anywhere near Liverpool Street station, tomorrow you can have a totally free head, shoulder and back massage in your lunch hour…

Appointments are first-come, first-served, so head down to the Japanese Bamboo Garden at Broadgate Plaza at 11am to get involved. If there are lots of people ahead of you, you’ll be asked to pop back later on – it’s on until 2.30pm (Thu 20 April).

hedgehog-massage
“Yeahhh, that’s the spot.”

You’ll be treated to a blend of Japanese, Thai and Indian head massage, and the good news is you can remain full clothed throughout your 15-minute slot.

It’s part of Broadgate Plaza’s Urban Eden season, so if you can’t make it tomorrow – or even if you do – there’s a second chance to get a free massage at the same times on Thu 11 May. For more events, see full listings.

Well, it beats grabbing a sarnie and lumbering back to your desk.

Win FREE Krispy Kreme prizes at Waterloo on Wednesday

Attention! I’ve got some important doughnut news to share with anyone who’s passing through Waterloo tomorrow…

From 7am on Wed 19 April, I’ve heard there’ll be a free pop-up Krispy Kreme slot machine in Waterloo station where you can pick up some tasty prizes.

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A hole lot of fun: Win free doughnuts, milkshakes and other edible prizes at a Krispy Kreme slot machine in Waterloo Station from 7am on Wed 19 April.

You might get a free Hershey’s milkshake, or a bar of Hershey’s chocolate (there’s a new Hershey’s doughnut range, can you tell?), or if you’re really lucky, you can also bag a full year’s supply of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. That’s more like it.

However, after Wednesday it’ll be gone forever as the Krispy Kreme slot machine’s on a tour of the UK. So there’s no time to waste if you’re giving this a go.

But if all you really want is a free Krispy Kreme doughnut, head straight toward the company’s Facebook page where you can claim a free doughnut voucher anytime.