ROUND OFF THE WEEKEND HERE: Prawn On The Lawn
292-294 St Paul's Road, Islington, N1 2LH; 21st July
HAVE A DESIGNER DRINK HERE: Ralph’s Coffee
1 New Bond Street, Mayfair, W1S 3LU; until 21st July
CATCH SOME RAYS HERE: The Allbright Mayfair
24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: The Coal Shed
Tower Bridge Road, London Bridge, SE1 2UP; 21st July
HAVE A DANCE HERE: Somerset House Summer Series
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA; until 21st July
BE A VIP HERE: Kindred
Luxury members’ space Kindred is one of Hammersmith’s best-kept secrets. Created to create conversation, connection and community, Kindred’s on-site restaurant The Cellar is an ideal spot for weekend brunches, lazy lunches, intimate suppers and everything in between. Set in a beautiful Grade II-listed building, the restaurant offers a mix of fresh pastries, coffee, sharing plates and stonebaked sourdough pizzas. This month, the venue is offering SL VIPs 30% off food. Not a member? Sign up using the link below.
Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW; until 30th July
BOOK THIS: Sweat
Following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat transferred to the West End’s for just 50 performances. This breathtaking play delivers as it delves deep into the forgotten heart of middle America. Centred around the friendships of factory workers and set in an all-American bar, the play explores the relationships, resentments and fears of a community left divided by de-industrialisation, as simmering racial tensions and mounting anger lead to a devastating outcome for the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania. The final performance is this Saturday – and tickets are still available.
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, W1D 6AR; until 20th July
BE A VIP HERE: Nutbourne
Brought to London by brothers Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin, Nutbourne gives Londoners the chance to enjoy all the spoils of the English countryside without setting a foot outside the city. Nutbourne offers a true taste of rural life with a line-up of all-British ingredients. The restaurant is located by the water with seating looking out over the neighbouring dock. This 40-cover outside space, complete with palm trees, festoon lighting, water troughs, foliage and lily pads, is the place to head for a stylish supper. Until the end of August, the restaurant is offering all SheerLuxe VIPs 25% off, plus a free signature ‘Daily Loosener’ cocktail. Sign up to the membership scheme using the link below.
29 Ransomes Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP; until 31st August
TRY COCKTAILS HERE: Caravan Fitzrovia
With summer officially in full swing, there’s no better time to go and try Caravan’s summer cocktail selection. The menu includes a punchy ‘Secret Cocktail’, comprised of Aperol, mandarin, calvados, vanilla, lemon and aqua faba, or if you fancy something a little more familiar, they have a great twist on a negroni, featuring gin, Campari, rosé vermouth and a hit of plum. For those feeling adventurous, you can leave it up to the bartender to make you something that could be new and original to you – your very own cocktail. Don’t let the booze go to your head – team your drinks with the kitchen’s array of bar snacks, which include cod dumplings with sambal, soy, crispy shallot and coriander cress, and burrata served with pickled nectarine, sorrel-sunflower seed pesto and sherry vinegar.
152 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6AJ
WATCH THIS: The Dead Don’t Die
Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevingy, Tilda Swinton and Iggy Pop, this isn’t your average zombie movie. In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviours. News reports are scary, and scientists are concerned, but no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: the dead rise from their graves and feast on the living, and the citizens must battle to survive.
In cinemas now
EAT LOBSTER NOODLES HERE: E&O Chelsea
E&O in Chelsea has just undergone a contemporary refurbishment, refreshing its dining room in the process. The pan-Asian restaurant offers inventive dishes cooked over a robata grill, served in stylish but relaxed surroundings. The menu blends the flavours of China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand, which are highlighted by local, market-fresh produce. Current highlights include Korean lamb chops with kimchee; blackened salmon; and Cantonese-style flamed king prawns which are offered alongside old favourites lobster noodles; duck, watermelon and cashew salad; and a selection of dim sum, tempura, sushi, salads and Thai and Sri Lankan-style curries.
392 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UZ
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