CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY HERE: The Modern Pantry
Since opening its doors ten years ago, The Modern Pantry has been fusing store-cupboard ingredients with global flavours to break the boundaries of traditional cooking, such such as their infamous sugar-cured New Caledonian prawn omelette with spring onion, coriander, smoked chilli sambal and Krupuk crusted soft shell crab, Singapore style sauce, Thai basil, spring onions and pea shoots. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, they’ve invited a handful of guest chefs – including Shaun Searley of The Quality Chop House, Ravinder Bhogal of Jikoni and celebrated pastry chef Claire Clark – to collaborate on some special dishes, including a special afternoon tea.
47-48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ; throughout August
WATCH A FILM ON THE BIG SCREEN HERE: Film4 At Somerset House
It’s that time of year again: grab your picnic blanket and a bottle of bubbles and settle down for London’s Film4 Summer Screen, taking place once again within the gorgeous grounds of Somerset House. Festivities kick off today with a screening of the 2017 drama The Wife. This Saturday, a double-billing of fantasy classics Labyrinth and The Wizard of Oz will take place, with a more sobering viewing of the 1940 melodrama Rebecca. Plus, Grey Goose will have a pop-up bar in the East Wing, with a delicious selection of craft cocktails and special Le Grand Fizz ice pops in the courtyard bars. There really is something for everyone.
Strand, London WC2R 1LA; until 22nd August
RELEASE YOUR INNER FANGIRL HERE: Spice Up London!
Girl power takes over London’s Business Design Centre this August with the biggest exhibition of Spice Girls memorabilia ever. Spice Up London! will showcase a number of truly iconic costume pieces worn by our favourite fivesome, as well as plenty of former merchandise – and the actual Spice Bus from the cinematic classics, Spice World: The Movie. Guess it’s time to spice up our lives once more…
52 Upper St, London N1 0QH; until 20th August
MIX ART AND FOOD HERE: Cubism Afternoon Tea
Art aficionados, listen up: Rosewood London is bringing back its award-winning Art Afternoon Tea for another year, with Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins has taken inspiration from distinctive styles of cubism and pop art this time around. For the cubism section of the tea, three classic pastries have been fashioned into abstract shapes and forms in line with the cubist style, including a mango and lime macaron, finished with a chocolate triangle that imitates the style and colours of the godfather of cubism himself, Picasso; a chocolate tart topped with delicate chocolate triangles; and a raspberry choux bun, finished with an edible version of Picasso’s The Weeping Woman.
But the pièce de résistance of this afternoon tea is the pop art desserts: a black forest gateau in the shape of Andy Warhol’s infamous soup cans; a cheesecake homage to Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke; and a yuzu mousse covered in Yayoi Kusama’s eye-catching spot design. They look good enough to eat.
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN; throughout August
RELIVE YOUR LOVE OF HAMILTON HERE: Spamilton
For anyone who didn’t manage to get tickets to Hamilton’s London shows earlier this year, then we’ve got the next best thing. Spamilton is a musical parody that sings, dances and raps its way through Hamilton’s plot, but re-words the script to track Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s success rather than Alexander Hamilton’s. Sounds confusing? It is a bit.
Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU; until 15th September
GROOVE OUT HERE: An Ode To Jimi Hendrix At The Blues Kitchen
This weekend, The Blues Kitchen Camden are paying homage to the greatest guitarist of all time. Amazingly, Jimi Hendrix’s mainstream career only spanned four years, but during that time he quickly became one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. A live band will be taking on all the Hendrix classics, from The Watchtower to Purple Haze and Hey Joe to The Wind Cries Mary. Then resident DJ Eli will be spinning the finest vintage rock until late.
111-113 Camden High St, London NW1 7JN; 10th August
THINK PINK HERE: Nobu Shoreditch
This month Nobu are celebrating all things pink with a themed brunch in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. To celebrate Veuve, a limited edition of Nobu’s unlimited weekend brunch will offer both unlimited Rosé Champagne, alongside a specially curated menu showcasing both their signature dishes and some new classics.
10-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH; throughout August
GET CREATIVE HERE: MUD
Have your very own Ghost moment at MUD this month, a new ceramics factory at Tom Dixon’s King’s Cross HQ. Partnering with Central St Martin’s BA Ceramics Design course, the free masterclass will teach visitors how to make beautiful pottery, from clay to kiln. Whether you’re into abstract plates or cute vases, you are the master of your own creation – but if you want to take one home, you’ll have to make double, as creations will be used for their Coal Office restaurant.
The Coal Office, 1 Bagley Walk, London, N1C 4PQ; until 31st August
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