What to eat, drink and do in London: first weekend of April

Make the most of your weekend with this wonderful guide to what to eat, drink and do in the capital

Vinegar Yard

Alfie's at Carousel

2-6 April; 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB

Straight from Washington D.C., Alex McCoy's Alfie's is arriving at Carousel for its second ever residency. It's been two years since Alex and right hand man Ramin Coles delivered Alfie's signature (and spicy) north-eastern Thai street food. They came, they saw and they conquered with electrifying twists on Isaan classics, and now they're ready to do it all over again. Expect dishes like khao soi neuea (braised beef, dry spiced curry broth, maa mee noodles, pickled mustard greens and chilli paste) and mountains of khao niaw sticky rice.

Pink Cactus at Tottenham Social

4-6 April; Gaunson House, Markfield Road, N15 4QQ

From 4-6 April, Michal Gaffke and Elsa Galvez's Pink Cactus will grace Tottenham Social's kitchen with authentic Mexican techniques and irresistible aromas. Dig into flavourful tacos, flautas, ceviche and raise a toast to the evening at the well-stocked bar. The craft beer and wine will be flowing and you can even wrap your laughing gear around whole host of tangy house cocktails. Livin' la vida loca, indeed.

Cocktails in the City Festival at The Vaults

4-6 April; Leake Street, SE1 7NN

A two-day celebration of mixology that will give you the chance to get shoulder-to shoulder with some of the world's leading bartenders? Sounds like a riot to us. Not only will there be a lot of anatomical shoulder action at the Cocktails in the City Festival, but you can also enjoy exclusive new drinks from 25 of the city's finest bars, as Nine Lives, Cahoots, Ella Canta, Heads + Tails, Mr Fogg's and more compete to be crowned the city's best bar. Guests can enjoy a multitude of new experiences including an international negroni lounge, tasting rooms, whisky blending and new sensory cocktail adventures. Entry tickets are £20 and includes a complimentary cocktail from any bar. All subsequent cocktails are £7.50.

Number 9's 5th Birthday Party

4-7 April; 90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, E9 5LN

Number 90 celebrates its 5th Birthday this April with a mini-festival concept spanning three whole days. Bringing together special guests, Number 90's 5th Birthday Party is set to host residents, art, music and some proper ear-pleasing performances. Expect great food, made from locally sourced produce, and an expansive drinks menu including an innovative cocktail list and a strong range of craft beer.

The Frog Hoxton X Brew by Numbers

5 April; The Frog Hoxton, N1 6PD

Yeah, beer's nice, isn't it? And food? Well, food's nice too, really. Put them together and you generally end up with something exceptionally nice. Which is what this collaboration between Adam Handling's The Frog Hoxton and South East London brewery, Brew by Numbers sounds like. Spend the evening tasting Brew by Numbers' latest beer portfolio while tucking into some of the best bites from The Frog Hoxton's new menu. Tickets for the event are priced at £40 per person, including all the food and drink. Nice.

Opening weekend at Vinegar Yard

6-7 April; 80-82 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QU

Get yourself within the vicinity of The Shard's shadow this weekend to sample the opening weekend of London's latest street food venue, Vinegar Yard. Meal purveyors include: Baba G's, Up In My Grill, Nanny Bill's, Sugo and Turnips. The feelings you'll get from eating at any one of those include: joy, excitement, glee and delight. You can even get naanwiches, for God's sake. Naanwiches!

Nordic Rye Bread Masterclass at Ekte Nordic Kitchen

6 April; 2-8 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR

Baking wholewheat is old hat, bud. It's time to get knee deep in some authentic rye bread. Kicking off at 2pm, guests will be gathered in the super Scandi bar area of Ekte Nordic Kitchen for coffee and cinnamon buns before being given a lesson in how to make their own traditional rye bread. A heaping smørrebrød, snapps, and a sourdough starter are also included in the reasonable £35 ticket price and alongside that, guests will, of course, go home with their very own loaf of burnished rye bread.

Petersham Nurseries Pasta Masterclass

Every Saturday; The Counter at La Goccia, WC2E 8JD

Using the freshest ingredients, this pasta workshop is an introduction to making top shelf tagliatelle. In this interactive class, you'll learn traditional dough recipes and a range of pasta shapes including: ravioli, garganelli and tagliatelle, and a number of simple Italian sauces to drench them in. Made using organic eggs from Petersham's sister business, Haye Farm, the rich yolks transform the colour of the pasta. At the end of the workshop, you will take home your freshly made haul as well as some pasta flour, Haye Farm eggs and a homemade tomato sauce to enjoy at home.

Breddos Tacos Bottomless Brunch

12-5pm every Sunday; 82 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DB

What's the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Why, eating as many tacos as humanly possible, of course. For £20 you can get access to all-you-can-eat tacos at either of Breddos Tacos' tantalising taco joints for an hour and a half of Mexican food-based gluttony. With the option to choose between masa fried chicken, baja fish, sweet potato, and black bean tacos – you're not going to struggle for variety, either. For an extra £15 on top you can also join your tacos with a bottomless selection of frozen margaritas and michelada beers. Go loco.

Unlimited pasta at Palatino

Every Saturday; 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB

Head to Palatino on Saturday's between 12pm-5pm where, for £25, you can get your fill of unlimited plates of pasta. Yes, you read that right. Unlimited. Pasta. There's not really much else that needs to be said, really. Though the dreamy carb deal also includes a free Palatino Spritz. Book ahead now to ensure you don't get left out on the linguine feast.

Rum Punch Brunch at Rudie's

Every Saturday and Sunday; 50 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB

If you fancy sipping on some rum-infused cocktails with some real spicy food, then get on down to Rudie's in Dalston this weekend. Running from 12-4pm every Saturday and Sunday, the rum punch brunch offer allows you to get one of Rudie's delicious main dishes (including a hearty 'Full Jamaican' of ackee & saltfish, lamb sausages, baked butter beans, sautéed spinach, boiled green banana and bakes) as well as access to bottomless rum punch for an hour and a half. All of which will only set you back a mere £18. Jerk and rum is a hard combo to top at that price, so make the most of it this weekend.

Pie and a Pint at Rochelle ICA

Every Sunday; The Mall, SW1Y 5AH

Never will you ever feel forlorn on Sunday afternoons again, because, starting from 17 February, Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold will be on hand with pints and pastry to save the day. All you have to do is get on down to the Rochelle Canteen ICA where the two chefs will be running a series of Sunday evening 'Pie and a Pint' dining menus. An excellent pie and a pint (or a glass of house wine) for £10? Monday morning doesn't seem too bad after all.