WATCH THIS: Amazing Grace
This weekend, set aside some time to witness singer Aretha Franklin as she performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. Amazing Grace is a concert film directed by Sydney Pollack in the 70s which follows Franklin as she records her 1972 live album. The film was never released due to difficulties syncing the audio with the video and was relegated to the vault at Warner Bros. That was until 2007, when producer Alan Elliott purchased the raw footage and created this 87-minutes musical masterclass and tribute to the legendary late star.
In cinemas now
HEAD TO THE ROOF HERE: Bussey Rooftop Bar
Bussey Rooftop Bar is open for summer 2019, offering one of the best 360-degree views of London and a floral makeover for the season ahead. This year, guests can grab a seat and sample one of Rockadollar’s hunger-busting delights, such as burgers, hotdogs and fully loaded, ‘pimped up’ fries. Guests can also take in the views alongside one of the bar’s signature cocktails: ‘What a Melon’ is immensely fruity while the ‘Hit the Roof’ is a real thirst quencher. This year, the venue will host a number of weekly events – this weekend’s is a throwback ‘Saved By The 90s’ bottomless brunch.
The Bussey Building,133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4SL
TRY A SWING CLASS HERE: Cahoots
Cahoots, the underground, 1940s-inspired cocktail bar in Soho, is throwing a knees-up this bank holiday. Between 5-7pm, Cahoots will be hosting dance lessons for those who are keen to learn the art of swing dancing. Then, from 7pm onwards, the doors will open to everyone and ‘Auntie Maureen’ will play a DJ set on her gramophone while professional swing dancers put on a show. Throughout the evening, delicious Belvedere ‘Espresso Yourself On The Dance Floor’ martinis will be served to keep everyone energised, and a selection of quintessentially British fare such as toasties and sausage rolls will be on the menu.
13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW; 26th May
SEE SOME FLOWERS HERE: Chelsea In Bloom
Didn’t get tickets for Chelsea Flower Show? This week, over 80 shops, restaurants and hotels have transformed the streets of Chelsea with ‘Under The Sea’-themed floral displays. In Sloane Square, there’s a pop-up bar and central floral installation created by florists All For Love London, featuring a coral reef complete with giant dolphin made from mixed foliage, and an octopus with tentacles of celosia heads and pincushion proteas. Another large-scale floral installation is a giant 4m Orca whale on Pavilion Road, which is created from tropical leaves and mixed shades of delphiniums, hydrangeas and frothy gypsophila. Meanwhile, on Duke of York Square, florists Maison de Fleurs have created a giant turtle comprised of a mixture of plants, succulents, moss and brightly-coloured flowers. Charity partner Plastic Oceans UK’s hub will be located on Sloane Square, with an interactive installation to raise funds and awareness.
Various venues across Chelsea; until 25th May
EAT AL FRESCO HERE: Cinnamon Kitchen
There’s change afoot at Vivek Singh’s original Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant on Devonshire Square. The all-weather terrace has been transformed, transporting diners to a tropical oasis. Palm trees, plants, colourful daybeds and festival-style festoon lighting provide a stylish spot for a relaxed lunch and a twinkling setting for sundowners. With modern sharing plates, grills, classic curries and biriyanis sitting alongside a tasting menu and an express lunch, the menu is made for convivial conversations and casual dining. We recommend kicking things off with finger-friendly snacks like firecracker chicken wings and masala popcorn followed by breadfruit shammi kebabs; chicken tikka and cheese naan; or Indo-Chinese chilli paneer.
9 Devonshire Square, City, EC2M 4YL
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Education, Education, Education
The Wardrobe Ensemble’s hit comedy Education, Education, Education is returning for a West End run at the Trafalgar Studios from 31st May-29th June. It’s May 1997: the iPhone doesn’t exist, no one knows who Harry Potter is, Titanic is on the shelves of every Blockbuster and we have just won Eurovision. Britain is the coolest place in the world. Education, Education, Education dissects education and responsibility at the dawn of Blair’s Britain in 1997. This whip-smart love letter throws audiences back to the 90s; the music, the fads and icons as well as issues that remain pertinent to the twenty-first century experience.
Trafalgar Studios 1, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY; 31st May-29th June
CELEBRATE ALL THINGS SPANISH HERE: Feria De Londres
Returning to the UK for its third year, Feria de Londres will bring its famous Andalusian carnival spirit to London this weekend. Colourful ‘casetas’ will be popping up in the Bernie Spain Gardens on the South Bank, serving up Spanish tapas, cocktails, tasting workshops, interactive activities and live Spanish music. Throughout the weekend, flamboyant dancers from London’s best flamenco schools will lead Sevillana dance lessons and flamenco rhythm workshops, while children can enjoy face painting, fan making and dance lessons. Elsewhere, Tio Pepe will be hosting a series of sherry tasting masterclasses where guests are able to explore the different styles of Spain’s favourite fino. We like the sound of the ‘Feria’ cocktail – Tio Pepe, lemonade and fresh mint on the rocks.
Bernie Spain Gardens, South Bank, SE1 9PH; 24th-26th May
BE A VIP HERE: Humble Grape
The best artisan wines around can now be enjoyed alongside some delicious eggs and pancakes. Part of an independent collection of wine bars, Humble Grape Fleet Street is a great spot to grab breakfast before heading to work in the City, while Humble Grape Islington and Battersea are great options for the weekend when you’ll have time to turn breakfast into bottomless brunch. For May, the team is offering all SheerLuxe VIPs 30% off the bill at breakfast or brunch. To become a VIP, sign up using the link below.
2 Battersea Rise, Battersea, SW11 1ED; 1 St Bride's Passage, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8EJ; 11-13 Theberton Street, Islington, N1 0QY; until 31st May
SUPPORT GOSH HERE: Kanishka
Every last Sunday of the month, Atul Kochhar is to host a three-course, zero-waste charity lunch in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The very first event will be held this Sunday and costs £25pp – all of which will be donated to charity. Dishes will revolve around high-quality off-cuts from Kanishka, which have been carefully vacuum packed and frozen throughout the week to be re-presented at the event as part of the three-course lunch. These lunches will contribute to efforts towards sustainable living and eating, while simultaneously contributing to the work that GOSH does.
17-19 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2QH; 26th Sunday
TRY SOMETHING NEW HERE: Don Papa
Filipino rum brand Don Papa has a three-week residency in east London, featuring a series of events inspired by its the Philippines. Casa Sugarlandia has taken over a two-storey venue on Shoreditch’s Great Eastern Street, revamped as a fully set-designed space, offering Londoners a spectacular taste of the island of Sugarlandia via some of its customs, flavours and flora. Programme highlights include ‘Masked Karaoke’ hosted by international drag collective Sink The Pink; dining experiences from some of the capital’s leading names in Filipino cuisine; and a bespoke menu of Don Papa house cocktails.
46 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EP; until 8th June
CELEBRATE THE 60S HERE: Doughtown Records
This weekend Krispy Kreme is opening Swinging Sixties dessert bar Doughtown Records. Open for just two days, the underground sweet spot will celebrate the launch of Krispy Kreme’s new 'American Pie’ doughnuts and desserts range. Guests can discover the space through a secret doorway hidden at the back of a Krispy Kreme record store on Great Portland Street and will be given entry via a secret code word. Across the event there’ll be live performances, plus an indulgent menu featuring the new doughnut flavours: Banana Kreme Pie, Cherry Pie, Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie and Maple Pecan Pie. Hourly seated tickets are priced at £5 and all proceeds will go to charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust.
105 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, W1W 6QF; 24th-25th May
GET PAMPERED FOR A GOOD CAUSE HERE: Race For Life
Race for Life has opened its ‘Pretty Muddy’ pop-up spa to celebrate its season of Pretty Muddy events. For two days only, Race for Life has teamed up with the London School of Beauty & Make-Up in Barbican to give visitors a more relaxed version of the usual mayhem of the charity’s Pretty Muddy obstacle courses, which see participants climb, crawl and slide their way through mud to help beat cancer. At the spa, visitors can get to choose from a selection of mud treatments and make a donation to Cancer Research UK. Muddy treatments on offer include mini mud-mask facials, plus nail and make-up treatments.
London School of Beauty & Make Up, 18-19 Long Lane, Barbican, EC1A 9PL; 23rd-24th May
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