It’s not all Brexit — six reasons to be cheerful

Parliament is in paralysis 

The bad news is that no one knows what’s happening and the entire nation is likely to be in a state of confusion and uncertainty for another week (at least). 

The good news is that those commiseratory leaving-the-EU drinks are cancelled for the time being and London is set to be warmer than Barcelona this weekend. Here’s what to look forward to if you are B.O.B — that’s Bored Of Brexit.

Sun’s out 

Things are hotting up: the capital is set for a scorcher this weekend with highs of 19 degrees Celsius. Madison Bar in the City has a Spring terrace that has been transformed into a floral haven of poppies, roses and blooms – the perfect place to enjoy an Aperol Spritz, and Savage Garden in Tower Hill is about to open a pop-up California-inspired rooftop wine garden straight out of Napa Valley. Cocktails in the City festival kicks off next week and Underbelly Festival returns for a six-month run on Southbank from Friday. Pitch up next to the river for circus acts, cabaret and comedy in the sun. 

Great Scott

Fleabag is back for a second season and we’re all swooning over her surprising new crush: a sexy, foul-mouthed Irish priest played by Andrew Scott. The bad news is he’s complicated — last week, Scott’s priest told Fleabag that they can’t have sex — but the good news is we’re about to see a whole lot more of him. The 42-year-old is about to take to the stage in the Old Vic’s new production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter and is also set to reunite with former co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in James Bond director Sam Mendes’ upcoming First World War flick 1917. Amen to that. 

Wind the clocks

British Summer Time starts on Sunday, which means an hour less in bed, but happily, an hour of extra sunshine in the evenings. Hurrah! Swap your usual gym fitness regime for a post-work jog or even an outdoor swim. 

Author Libby Page’s love-letter to Brockwell Lido, The Lido, comes out in paperback on Friday — the perfect excuse to take a dip. 

Dance it off

April will be lively at Ally Pally. Robyn is putting on a comeback gig with her album Honey in a couple of weeks and Alan Carr is hosting a comedy night on 18th. Four Tet follows shortly after, adorning the entire Great Hall with an illuminated spectacle featuring 42,000 hanging lights. Elsewhere, Drake starts his seven-night O2 stint on Monday as part of his Assassination Vacation Tour, and Take That follow in the arena next month.  

Screen time

Line of Duty returns on Sunday for its “scariest” series yet, according to DI Steve Arnott actor Martin Compston, and brand new David Attenborough Netflix docu-series Our Planet lands next Friday, from the team behind Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Expect everything from the remote Arctic wilderness to South American jungles. 

That’s just the start: Channel 4’s new satirical dark comedy mini- series, Catch 22, is set to air in late spring and George Clooney, Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie are among the all-star line-up. 

The box is hotting up — be grateful for the distraction.

Great escapes

Brexit deal uncertainty means many put off booking holidays this month — which is good news for those who enjoy a bit of spontaneity. According to TravelSupermarket, package holidays to destinations including Ibiza, Mallorca, Portugal and Corfu are suddenly “much more affordable” this year, available at prices which were “virtually unheard” of for the upcoming school holiday period. You heard it here first. 


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