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Things To Do This April: What The CF Team Are Loving

It’s officially spring and the Citizen Femme team’s calendar is filled with exciting things to do this April.

Including places to eat and stay, plus things to buy, watch and try – this is the ultimate inspiration to see you through the month.

Sheena Bhattessa, Founder


HOST I’m really excited for our next event at AllBright; we have an incredible panel of investors breaking down the world of investments. EAT At Luca, one of my favourite London restaurants. The hidden foliage-filled terrace is a spring gem, and the food is simply exceptional. USE I’m all about a simple morning make-up routine (sunscreen and foundation in one). Heliocare (who do a great SPF) now have a 360° Water Gel Color in Beige, with a natural-foundation coverage and daily SPF protection combined. DRINK I’m heading to The Spy Bar at The OWO for a martini-rendezvous date night with my husband. SEE I’m looking forward to seeing one-man show Harry Clarke, and Denise Gough reprise her role as Emma in Hadestown at the Lyric. VISIT The Sony Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House. TREAT MYSELF TO A day at Claridge’s Spa in the new Pink Room for a modern hammam.

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Gemma Louise Deeks, Contributing Fashion Editor


STAY I’m looking forward to a few days in Tuscany to discover fashion, food and Florence. Name a better trio? EAT At Jam Delish, a plant-based Caribbean restaurant in Islington serving traditional, authentic recipes that are also vegan. BUY It’s my birthday this month, and I have this KHAITE Olivia raffia bag firmly on my wish list – the perfect summer bag that will work in the city and at the beach. TRY Hello Klean’s shower filters, which I first saw on Dragon’s Den, have been a game changer for me. The water in London is very hard, and I’ve really noticed a difference in my hair fall and thickness since installing the filter. WATCH Challengers, a tennis drama centered around a love triangle, starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist.

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Katie Silcox, Managing Editor


STAY At home in Athens, Greece. I have a few guests coming to visit this month so am looking forward to showing them all my favourite spots in the city. EAT At Makris Athens by Domes. I’ve been before but am looking forward to introducing my visitors to the perfectly-executed culinary journey. BUY This plisse blazer and trouser suit set from Leem, a Saudi Arabian-founded brand bringing modest contemporary wear to the UK. Available at Selfridges. TRY To bring spring into my home with these drinking glasses from Akua Objects, each mouth-blown in Murano. Read One of Assouline’s newest coffee-table books, Secret Stays. It was released in March 2024 and would make a great addition to my ever-growing collection of books about hotels.


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Becki Murray, Beauty Editor


STAY In an Apollo Euro camper van. I’m visiting family in Australia towards the end of April and plan to arrive in style while moving between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. TRY The Time Travel Treatment with Dr Kaywaan Khan at The Lanesborough Club & Spa. It’s designed as a total 90-minute reset for your skin, so I’ve dubbed it the ‘spring clean’ facial. EAT I’m still dreaming about the huge signature prawns and black truffle tofu at Shangri-La’s Shang Palace restaurant in Dubai. It’s well-worth booking for a relaxed yet excellent dining experience. BUY Some new bikinis before my trip down under. I’m eyeing up this high-cut Hunza G Nadine Seersucker bikini as the style is super flattering. BOOK Standing At The Sky’s Edge – a musical at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre. It’s a beautiful story about the intertwined lives of families living in a Sheffield housing project over multiple decades.


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Morag Turner, Citizen Enfants Editor


STAY I’ll be heading to the gorgeous Luckham Park in Wiltshire to visit their brand-new Walled Garden restaurant. I’m looking forward to doing a bit of horse riding when I’m there too – they have a fantastic equestrian centre. EAT We are starting April on holiday in Miami and I will be calling into the iconic Colony Hotel in Palm Beach for lunch. SEE I can’t wait to go to the Take That concert at the O2 later this month. As a teenager of the nineties, I know every word to every song! USE I’ve just discovered Beauty Pie’s Youthbomb 360° Radiance Concentrate Serum and it is so, so good. My skin has never looked better. WEAR These cute Mary-Jane Ballerina Flats are a new edition to my wardrobe and will look great with jeans and a blazer this spring.

Bibiana Obahor, Head of Graphic Design


WEAR I’m heading back to Dubai and am all set for another round of chic beach clubs and fun dining spots. This time, I’m packing a bunch of cute bikinis, including this vibrant piece from Australian brand, Shondel. STAY While in Dubai, I’ll be staying at The First Collection at Jumeirah Village Circle, it’s ideally positioned to experience the best of the city. WATCH Netflix’s recent addition, 3 Body Problem. This eight-episode series, based on the first book of Liu Cixin’s renowned trilogy, delves into expansive sci-fi narratives stretching from the 1960s. SHOP Zara’s latest spring collection, I have my eye on this textured co-ord set. READ All in Her Head by Elizabeth Comen. This book promises insightful reflections on historical medical perceptions of women and their bodies, offering an understanding of their impact on contemporary healthcare narratives.


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Grace Robson, Partnerships Director


EAT Noble Rot is one of my favourite London restaurants and I can’t wait to go back. I love the one on Lamb’s Conduit Street as it’s low-lit, warm and welcoming. As a hybrid wine bar and restaurant, there’s an exceptional wine list and a delicious ‘Franglais’ menu. WEAR The Adidas Gazelle sneakers in pink and green. I can’t resist jumping on the hype with these shoes and this colourway is perfect for spring. BUY As someone who’s terrible at keeping plants alive, Brazen Botany’s collection of art houseplants is ideal. They brighten up any room without requiring maintenance. VISIT Frameless. This immersive art gallery is a permanent fixture, dedicated to the art of submersion. SWIM At the Bude Sea Pool in Cornwall. Whether you’re a keen wild swimmer or not, it’s a must visit. As a semi-natural tidal pool, it’s sea swimming without having to battle with the waves – and it’s free for everyone.


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Alexandra Carello, PR Director


BUY These Phoebe Philo sunglasses have been on my mind for a long time. I might just cave this month. SEE Sargent and Fashion at The Tate, exploring Sargent’s use of fashion in his portraits – a must see. WEAR I’m never without my Citizen of Humanity horse shoe jeans, and they are a trending style this season. EAT At Restaurant Dragon in Saint Germain Paris, a jewel of a restaurant from Cyril Lignac. Sit in the private room at the back for the ultimate indulgent dinner. VISIT Marrakech with my daughters, we will be renting a villa equidistant between the medina and the Atlas Mountains. I can’t wait!

Ella Mansell, Editorial Assistant


EAT At Camille in Borough. From the team behind Little Duck The Picklery, it’s a bistro-style diner, and an ideal spot to take an hour out of the day for a delicious lunch with friends. READ Double Click: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines by Carol Kino has just hit shelves and explores the lives of identical twins photographing New York’s ‘Golden Age’ in the 30s and 40s. WATCH The New Look launched on Apple TV earlier this year and I am desperate to see it, to learn more about how Christian Dior and Coco Chanel changed the course of fashion history through new silhouettes. WEAR The Weekend Knit Cardigan by Orseund Iris has been on my wish list for a while because I love the sleek, chic tailoring around the waist. VISIT The Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris; their latest exhibition looks at the power of transparent materials – something the brand has always done well, especially in Antonthy Vacarello’s latest AW24 collection.


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