Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- We interviewed the head of the Garden Bridge Trust about the, um, challenges of the job.
- This may well have you licking your screen (or is that just us?).
- Marmite? Jam? Just hot, oozing butter? How do you eat your crumpets (and have you tried this lot)?
- Do London's higher wages counteract the extra expense of living here (we keep telling ourselves 'yes')? The numbers have been crunched.
- London's best chocolate shops are for life, not just for Valentine's Day.
- Forget Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. These are the mash-ups we want to see.
- As the Chinese Year of the Monkey begins, take a look at the history of monkeys in London — including a 13 piece monkey jazz band that made a bid for freedom.
- London's hairdressers are a sassy lot, judging by the names they've given their shops.
- Training for the London Marathon? It's all thanks to this man.
Did you know...
- ...which London department store was the first shop in the UK to stock tins of baked beans?
- ...where your favourite London TV show was filmed?
- ...what Bourbon biscuits, tuxes and the colour purple have in common?
- ...where London's first fish and chip shop was, and who was responsible?
- ...how an accident in Muswell Hill over 30 years ago spawned the name of one of Britain's best known pub chains?
- TfL has proposed a segregated cycle lane on the Westway. See the plans and have your say.
- Two musical greats, one London address. The Hendrix/Handel museum opened this week.
- The cabbie's union lost a legal challenge over one of the cycle superhighways.
- STAGE: The Winter's Tale by candlelight at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is moving and irreverent ★★★★☆
- FILM: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies feels a bit strung out after the first five minutes ★★☆☆☆
- ART: We were hooked throughout Dulwich Picture Gallery's Nikolai Astrup exhibition of Norwegian landscapes ★★★★☆
- ART: House Of Illustration shows the role women have had in comics ★★★★☆
- STAGE: Rabbit Hole goes to show that you can win a Pulitzer and still not hit the mark ★★★☆☆
Things to do
- We love a secret garden here at Londonist, which is why we're excited at the prospect of visiting 211 of them in one weekend.
- Get ready for spring with this bloomin' lovely garden photography exhibition at Kew Gardens.
- Air your feelings for air at this windy festival.
- Feeling arty? These are the exhibitions we recommend visiting (and avoiding) this month.
- Get tickets for fun family friendly entertainment this half term.
- Play with Leonardo da Vinci's creations at the Science Museum.