Weekender: A giant Monopoly board, Suntory's blossom viewing and free ice cream

This weekend (1-3 April) is looking sun and fun-filled, with experiential events from the new London Games Festival, Suntory and Ben & Jerry's.

The first London Games Festival will take place from 1-10 April
The first London Games Festival will take place from 1-10 April

London’s giant Monopoly board

This weekend Trafalgar Square will be transformed into the UK's largest Monopoly board for the first London Games Festival. At the two-day event, titled Monopoly at the Square, gamers can pass go to complete a lap of the installation and take a selfie in front of the board.  

When: 2-3 April

Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

Suntory's flower viewing experience

Londoners can take part in the springtime tradition of Hanami, or blossom viewing, at Japanese restaurant Roka's Charlotte Street location, where whisky brand Suntory has installed several hand-made cherry trees. The group has created three bespoke Suntory cocktails for the occasion, which will also be available at Roka's restaurants in Aldwych, Canary Wharf and Mayfair. 

When: Throughout April

Where: Shochu Lounge at Roka, 37 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RR

Ben & Jerry's 'give a fudge' event

Starting Friday (1 April), Ben & Jerry's is giving out free scoops of its 'Give a Fudge' ice cream to those who register to vote in London's upcoming Mayoral Election. The campaign, run in conjunction with advocacy group Hope Not Hate, is targeted at the 329,000 people who dropped off the electoral register following recent changes to the sign up process.

When: 1-9 April

Where: Venues around Hackney, Brixton and Tottenham.

Castle Pubs' Craft Keg Fest

More than 50,000 craft beer lovers are expected to attend Castle Pubs' Craft Keg Fest, which will celebrate the best of Britain's breweries over the next 12 weeks. The 115 venues taking part will offer a rotating selection of 16 to 30 brews including Brewdog’s Ace of Chinook and Meantime's Raspberry Wheat Beer.

When: 3 April till 26 June

Where: 115 Castle Pubs across the UK 

The National Autistic Society’s pop-up shops 

The National Autistic Society (NAS) is launching the first of its pop-up shops this weekend, to promote Autism Awareness Week. Each venue will sell a selection of handmade gifts, food and artwork and attendess can learn more about the charity's work with autistic children and adults in their local area.   

When: 2-8 April

Where: Seven locations across the country

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