LEARN A NEW SKILL HERE: LONDON CRAFT WEEK
London Craft Week This weekend sees the final few days of London Craft Week. This year is the first time that Chelsea has participated. Visitors to the area can join local master craftsmen and makers for a series of events, demonstrations, workshops, experiences and talks. From outstanding architecture, artisanal food, classic and contemporary art and pioneering fashion, the ‘Artisan Chelsea’ programme will showcase the best of the area’s boutique independent stores, global flagship brands and local producers via a series of hands-on experiences. We like the sound of the ‘Weave Workshop’ at Anya Hindmarch on Sloane Street, the London Cheesemongers’ cheesemaking masterclass and the Liberty shorts-making workshop at The Fashion School on the King's Road. Various locations; 8th-12th May
DECORATE YOUR HOME HERE: Affordable Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Hampstead this weekend, presenting thousands of original works priced from £100, to give people who don’t have the bank balance of a millionaire the chance to own art. New for 2019, the fair has joined forces with Balance, the go-to for inspiration on how to live well, to create the ReBalance Room – a space dedicated to discovering ‘the art of wellbeing’, this year’s theme. Alongside over 100 international galleries and thousands of original artworks at affordable prices (from £100-£6,000) the fair will host yoga and breathwork classes, therapeutic workshops, immersive art and relaxation classes throughout the weekend.
Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, NW3 1TH: 9th-10th May
END THE WEEKEND ON A HIGH HERE: Bastarda x Leroy
This Sunday, Bastarda – a wine-and-food project from sommelier Honey Spencer and chef Anais Van Manen – will be taking over Leroy in Shoreditch. Joined by Tillingham Wines and equipped with an entire barrel of new release wine, Bastarda will be live-bottling while Leroy breaks rank from its usual offering to grill up lamb skewers from Tillingham’s farm in Sussex. Bastarda and Leroy will also be curating a one-off wine list comprised of their favourite producers from this weekend’s Real Wine Fair. Bastarda is known for pulling in fun crowds and this event is likely to be no different. What a way to end the weekend.
18 Phipp Stret, Hackney, EC2A 4NU; 12th May
PREPARE FOR A NEW DOG HERE: Fetch & Follow
Fetch & Follow has announced a series of events for dog owners. The first of these workshops will be held this Sunday with Ciara Clarke from Vet In The City. Focused on welcoming pups to your family, the workshop is for people who have just got a new dog (puppy, adult or rescue) and what they should expect during their first few months together. The workshop will cover what essentials you really need during the first couple of months along with tips and advice on everything from toilet training to getting the dog familiar to new places. At the end of the hour-long session, each owner will receive a Fetch & Follow doggie bag.
1-65 Gossamer Gardens, Bethnal Green, E2 9FN; 12th May
TRY A NEW CLASS HERE: Gymbox
With the weather heating up and distractions cropping up everywhere, Gymbox has decided to launch a series of classes aimed at ‘refocusing and recommitting to your mind and body fitness flow’. The new classes include ‘Rolling With My Yogis’, which introduces a yoga wheel into the practice. Whether you’re a beginner looking to perfect and strengthen your poses or a seasoned yogi hoping to roll deeper into your inversions, this versatile tool will help open up your chest, get those hips flexing and align your spine with the rest of your body. Meanwhile ’Sucker Punch’ offer a chance to square up to the Spar Bar – a relentless boxing training tool that puts your reactions, defence and pride to the test. ‘Digital Detox’ is a 45-minute class which allows you to let yourself disconnect from the digital world via a combination of sound baths, low lighting and essential oils.
Locations in Bank, Covent Garden, Cannon Street, Farringdon, Old Street, Westfield London, Ealing Broadway and Holborn
WATCH THIS: High Life
Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. A space horror, also starring Mia Goth and Andre Benjamin.
In cinemas now
LEARN ALL THINGS WINE HERE: London Wine Week
This week, London Wine Week returns for a sixth year, ready to encourage wine enthusiasts and novices alike to try a selection of wine from London’s finest wine bars and worldwide producers. The festival’s Flat Iron Square hub, which is open from midday to 11pm each night until Sunday, will feature a selection of al fresco wine bars, including Vins de Provence, Renegade Winery and Berry Bros. & Rudd. In addition, more than 75 venues across the capital will be offering £6 wine trios and hosting a variety of events, with some bars also offering a glass of wine and food pairing option. Festival goers can partake in these self-guided wine tours, by simply flashing their free festival pass at the bar. The perfect excuse to visit that bar you’ve always wanted to go to.
Various locations; 13th-19th May
PRETEND YOU’RE IN CALIFORNIA HERE: Savage Valley
Rooftop bar Savage Garden has brought California to the capital with the launch of its ‘Savage Valley – Californian Winery’. The pop-up, which is open until September, offers a taste of California with an authentic winery installation serving some of the best wines The Golden State has to offer, including producers from Napa Valley, Santa Barbara County and Mendocino County. Throughout the summer, there’ll be monthly wine tastings and guests will be able to taste and purchase wines that are not available anywhere else in London. A new cocktail and food menu has been designed to keep visitors hydrated and well fed. Enjoy a ‘Bitch and Wine’ or ‘Pour Decisions’ while snacking on soft-shell crab spicy sliders, burnt pepper taco or a Cali-style quarter pounder cheese burger.
Floor 12, 7 Pepys Street, City, EC3N 4AF; until September 2019
SEE A MUST-VISIT EXHIBITION HERE: Thomas Dane Gallery
The arrangement of objects, sculpture and images into immersive installation has become a constant for Anthea Hamilton, whose work frequently mines heterogeneous image sources. This includes The Prude, her first exhibition at the Thomas Dane Gallery. A provocative artist, Hamilton’s interest in the literary figure of "the prude" in part, references Cecil Vyse — the aloof character of E.M Forster's A Room with a View (1908). This skewed mode of being, the prude-as-persona, serves a framework for the exhibition, where the prude is put to use as a proxy for Hamilton, who performs a "hands off" physicality.
3 Duke Street, St James's, SW1Y 6BN; until 18th May
FEAST HERE: Honey & Smoke
This May, Honey & Smoke – the buzzy Middle Eastern grill restaurant from Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich – will be welcoming friends and family to gather together elbow to elbow to enjoy late night iftar feasts, the meal eaten at the end of the day during ramadan. As the sun begins to dim, the grills will be fired up and guests will be welcomed to settle in for the evening with a sweet pick up of three Madjool dates and a handful of almonds. The table will then become full with a seasonal iftar mezze selection of flat breads, zaatar-infused olive oil, hummus with tatbilla dip, aubergine and tomato salad, falafel with tahini dip, courgette, dried apricots and pistachio salad, vegetable fritters and labaneh topped with spring greens. Mains will be made up of platters of Joojah chicken kebabs and slow cooked lamb with plums and roses, served alongside rice with roasted almonds. To finish on something sweet, guests will be able to indulge in Honey & Smoke’s signature feta cheese cake.
216 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 5QW; until 31st May
TRY A TASTY NEW LUNCH HERE: Blacklock Shoreditch
With a focus on quality meat week-round (mostly cooked over fire), lunchtimes at Blacklock Shoreditch sees the restaurant come into its own with their new Worker’s Lunch menu. We recommend kicking things off with a Beefy Mary (great any time of the day, hangover or no), and go old school with a Nosh Salt Beef Sarnie (layers of cured brisket, sauerkraut and melted Emmental inside grilled challah); or try the Blacklock Steak Sarnie, topped with bone marrow and dripping, mustard mayo and watercress; or really get in touch with your East End side and order the Pie & Mash, choc-full of well-aged beef, and paired with a dollop of mash and liquor gravy. But if you really want our opinion, order all three – you won’t regret it.
Lunch 12pm – 3pm; 28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ
HAVE VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA HERE: 108 Pantry
108 Pantry has unveiled its new ‘English Country Garden’ afternoon tea. The quintessentially British treat has been designed to encapsulate an idyllic English country garden in springtime: think Heatherfield Smokehouse smoked salmon with lemon crème fraiche; lavender panna cotta with sparkling wine jelly; and elderflower and strawberry battenberg. Exec chef Russell Ford and pastry chef Moinal Islam have also created a new vegan menu. The best of the season can now be enjoyed in a fully vegan afternoon tea filled with plant-based savouries, sweets, scones and spreads. Highlights of the new menu include sandwiches filled with smashed avocado, roasted piquillo peppers and rocket and sweets such as lemon drizzle cake, cashew and blueberry ‘cheesecake’ and a salted caramel slice with toffee popcorn.
108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2QE
BE A VIP HERE: Mrs Foggs
Mrs Fogg’s is inspired by Aouda, explorer Phileas Fogg’s Indian wife in the classic adventure novel Around The World in 80 Days. This new spot serves up inventive cocktails and innovative dishes with a nod to her heritage and nautical travels. From the moment they enter, guests will be note the decor of Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club, complete with all of the sights and sounds of a faraway port. We can’t wait to try its new gin brunch, with an Indian-fusion menu that features brunch favourites with exotic twists. Every Saturday this month, the team is offering SL VIPs 50% off brunch and a free glass of prosecco. Sign up to become a member using the link below.
37 Broadgate Circle, City, EC2M 2QS; 11th May
GET FIT HERE: Balance Festival
Balance Festival is popping up at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for a weekend dedicated to wellness. Visitors can expect to workout with leading global fitness experts, sample healthy food, learn from top wellness gurus, discover the latest athleisure labels, test innovative wearable tech and get pampered with natural beauty products. Guests will be able to get stuck into a curated programme of 150+ cutting-edge workouts – some exclusive to the festival – and trial the best of London's boutique fitness studios. On hand there will be leading nutritionists and chefs, world-class trainers and awe-inspiring yogis. Don’t forget your gym kit: there’ll be high-octane workouts from the likes of KXU, BLOK, Another Space, Third Space, Barry’s Bootcamp, F45 and UNIT.
The Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, Shoreditch, E1 6QR; 10th-12th May
TRY A WINE-FOCUSED DINNER HERE: Ottolenghi
Ottolenghi Spitalfields and Nopi, Ottolenghi’s Soho restaurant, will be hosting two one-off winemaker dinners for this year’s Real Wine Fair – a two day event in London bringing together organic, biodynamic and natural wine from around the world. First up Ottolenghi Spitalfields will host a supper club with Stefanie Renner, one half of up-and-coming Austrian winemakers Rennersistas. The Ottolenghi team will create a special menu for the evening to be paired with wine presented by Stef. Then on Monday, Nopi will host an intimate dinner with natural wine hero Elena Pantaleoni from La Stoppa, the long-established wine estate from Northern Italy. Elena will talk guests through their wines which will be paired with Nopi favourites at the table.
Ottolenghi Spitalfields, 50 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, E1 7LJ on 12th May and Nopi, 21-22 Warwick Street, Soho, W1B 5NE on 13th May
SUPPORT WOMEN THROUGH FASHION HERE: #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale
This Saturday, fashion fans should head down to what is quite possibly the most stylish car book sale ever. Taking place at Soho’s Brewer Street car par, the event, in association with charity Women For Women, will raise awareness and vital funds to support female survivors of war. The day will be hosted by Alex Eagle, the Creative Director of The Store and Founder of her eponymously named and impossibly cool concept store. On the day, browse car boots filled with past-season and pre-loved designer items at discounted prices, discover one-off items from some of the charity’s celebrity supporters and get made-over by the team at Charlotte Tilbury beauty. Confirmed car boot brands that will be there on the day include Alex Eagle, Bionda Castana, Charlotte Olympia, Jigsaw, Manolo Blahnik, Temperley London and many more.
#SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale, Brewer Street Car Park, London W1F 0LA, Saturday 11th May at 2pm.
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