VISIT YOUR LOCAL HERE: Mulberry
This season, Mulberry’s creative campaign revolves around the British pub and all that it represents. To launch the AW19 collection, the luxury British brand is throwing three free parties at some of the capital’s best-loved pubs, where guests can experience the collection via live music, free drinks and a reinvention of the traditional pub quiz. On Monday, legendary gig venue Sebright Arms in Hackney will be showcasing traditional pub games and live music from English rockers Yak, plus DJ sets by musician and DJ Lou Hayter and poet and musician James Massiah. Inside, there’ll be free soft and alcoholic drinks and classic pub grub on offer.
34 Coate Street, Hackney, E2 9AG; 9th July from 7-11pm; find out more info here
TRY A NEW AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Balthazar
Balthazar in Covent Garden has launched an afternoon tea inspired by its New York City roots: the ‘NY-TEA’. The playful meal puts American-inspired spins on both the savoury and sweet sections and menu highlights include a pastrami bun with egg, pickle and mustard; smoked salmon and lemon crème fraîche, while sweet treats include a peanut butter and jelly eclair; a slice of the restaurants famed pecan pie; a cookies 'n' cream tart and a wedge of key lime pie. The bar team have also put together a cocktail using its seriously impressive American whiskey collection.
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ
UP YOUR WINE KNOWLEDGE HERE: DIRT
DIRT is a series of wine events launched by Mattia Bianchi, co-founder of Berber & Q. Beginning in 2017 at Berber & Q Shawarma Bar in Exmouth Market, the event is back for a third year and this time will be taking over Naughty Piglets in Brixton for one night only. Every year, Mattia invites world-renowned sommeliers to the event. This year, she’ll be joined by Margaux Sherratt, owner of Naughty Piglets and Emily Campeau, wine buyer at Montreal’s Restaurant Candide, as they battle it out to serve some of the most obscure sparkling wine bottles from across the world. Some bottles will even see their debut serve in the UK on the night.
28 Brixton Water Lane, Brixton, SW2 1PE; 30th June
FIND YOUR FAVOURITE FLAVOUR HERE: Gelato Festival
This weekend, Gelato Festival returns to the capital. Held at Canopy Market in King’s Cross, the family friendly event brings together 16 elite gelato makers, giving guests the chance to vote for their favourite flavour. Now in its tenth year, a £15 ticket (£10 for children) allows visitors to sample all flavours, as well as giving access to masterclasses and themed activities during the day, including a gelato school where guests can learn the skills and secrets behind everyone’s favourite summertime treat. During the London leg of the tour there will be an expert technical jury, including Stefano De Constanzo of Locanda Locatelli, among other familiar faces, who will be judging entries over the weekend.
West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH; 29th-30th June
BOOK THIS: The Lehman Trilogy
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles as the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside, dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin, alongside three powerful performances. Get tickets while you can.
Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, West End, W1D 7DY; until 31st August
BE A VIP HERE: Matcha And Beyond
Situated between The Ivy Chelsea Garden and the Chelsea Town Hall, Matcha And Beyond is an alternative to the high street coffee shop chains, offering premium quality matcha drinks, matcha treats and more. There is also speciality coffee, infusions, breakfast, lunch and healthy bites. Start your day with a delicious overnight oats with matcha or avocado on toast, or for lunch enjoy a vegetarian buddha bowl or kimchi toastie. The restaurant also offers gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options. The team’s new vegan matcha ice-cream with homemade toppings is a must-try this summer, plus all SL VIPs get 20% off the bill until the end of the month. Not a member? Sign up using the link below.
191 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5ED; until 30th June
TREAT YOURSELF WITH ICE-CREAM HERE: Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky has launched its ‘Sundae Sessions’, where guests can create their own ice-cream sundaes from a table heaving with toppings. The session runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 3:30pm. Here, guests can create their own sundaes or get access to bottomless ice-cream and unlimited toppings for one hour. Over 15 toppings are on offer, including S&W wafers, homemade honeycomb, raspberry marshmallows, fresh berries and salted caramel sauce. Sundaes cost £9 for adults and £5 for children. Bottomless ice-cream and unlimited toppings costs £15 for adults and £9 for children up to the age of 12.
1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, WC2N 6HT; 29th-30th June
WATCH THIS: Yesterday
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.
In cinemas now
GO TO A FREE EXHIBITION HERE: Somerset House
Hennessy: For The Culture is a free exhibition at Somerset House this summer. The show explores London's underground music scene and its increasing presence in the mainstream, particularly grime and hip hop. Music historian Lloyd Bradley and grime commentator Hattie Collins track through London's most pioneering black music scenes from 60s to now – featuring soundscape interviews and imagery from Skepta and his sister Julie Adenuga, Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy, Giggs, Jammer, Wiley, Kano, Ms Banks, Twin A & Twin B, Novelist and Lady Leshurr. The exhibition reveals why Hennessy is so synonymous with these genres (it's the most referenced brand in 5000+ hip hop and grime tracks), delving into the never-before-seen archives that showcase rare advertising campaigns with the likes of Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA; until 15th September
SOAK UP THE SUN HERE: Vintry & Mercer
Newcomer Mercer Roof Terrace is set to be a popular al fresco dining spot this summer. Sitting atop the new Vintry & Mercer hotel, between Bank and Mansion House tube stations, guests can enjoy the best of modern British cooking with views of London's skyline – from the dome of St Paul's Cathedral to the tip of the Shard. The menu showcases meat and fish from the British Isles, and cocktails include inventive recipes using house-infused spirits. During the week, Mercer Roof Terrace features a set-lunch menu offering two courses for £29.50 or three courses for £33.50.
19-20 Garlick Hill, City, EC4V 2AU
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Zela
Zela has launched a bottomless brunch, which will run every Sunday from 12-8pm. Opened last year, the kitchen mixes Japanese techniques and flavours with Mediterranean ingredients. Brunch also offers an imaginative mix of dishes and offers a sharing menu for £59pp with bottomless drinks for two hours, including prosecco and bellinis for the table. There will also be a bloody mary bar where guests can create their ideal drink and guest DJs will spin Balearic beats throughout the day. Sharing starters include salty edamame with Spanish salmorejo, sweet miso aubergine, stone bass ceviche and a classic Sushi omakase selection. A choice of mains includes charcoaled salmon with crispy skin, 48-hour wagyu teriyaki, chicken satay skewers with Japanese rice balls, or Thai papaya salad. Dessert is a sharing selection of mousse and ice-cream.
336-337 Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1HA; 30th June
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