GET LAST-MIN TICKETS FOR THIS: All Points East
A new kid on the block in 2018, this ten-day festival kicked off last weekend and will take over Victoria Park for three more days of music and arts from Friday until Sunday. Occupying the former home of Field Day festival, the park will host pop-up bars, street food from east London local Sourced Market and various entertainment across four stages. Line-up highlights for the finale include Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, Run The Jewels, The Staves, The Vaccines and John Grant. See you at the front.
Victoria Park, Bethnal Green, E3 5TB; until 2nd June
WATCH THIS: Booksmart
Academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realise they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night: a chaotic adventure no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.
In cinemas now
TRY A NEW TIPPLE HERE: Donovan Bar
Donovan Bar in Mayfair has a new cocktail list which pays homage to the Swinging Sixties and those who Terence Donovan – the namesake of the bar – photographed. Named ‘Our Generation’, the menu is split into four categories: ‘portrait’, ‘fashion’, ‘music’ and ‘screen’ and each theme includes five cocktails designed by world-famous mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. These stylish drinks include ‘The Twiggy’ (Grey Goose vanilla vodka, passion fruit syrup, egg white, lemon juice and Butterfly Pea tea, topped with champagne) and the David Bowie-inspired ‘Starman’ (kikuna leaves and 12-year-old Dalmore whisky).
Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
COMBINE SUSHI & MUSIC HERE: Koji
Sushi restaurant Koji is kicking off the start of summer with a DJ and sushi night. Taking place this Saturday, the event will combine cocktails, fun fine-dining and a great soundtrack provided by DJ My Future Husband, who’ll be playing until 1am. Guests can choose to take a seat at the bar, or book in for a lively dinner. Dishes on the menu include hamachi with caviar umami jelly; wild sea bass with fresh lime juice and gold leaf; and a selection of plates from the Japanese-style grill.
58 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4LS; 1st June
BE A VIP HERE: Manetta’s
Manetta’s Bar, located in the luxury boutique Flemings Mayfair hotel, is a decadent and sophisticated hangout steeped in rich history and oozing with old-school glamour. Quintessentially British, the 1930s-inspired bar is the perfect spot for classic aperitifs, inventive cocktails and indulgent nightcaps alongside tasty dishes and bar snacks. Until the end of the month, the bar is offering all SheerLuxe VIPs 25% off the menu. Find out how to become a member by clicking on the link below.
7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, W1J 7BH; until 31st May
EAT BY THE RIVER HERE: Megan’s
Megan’s is a group of small, dog-friendly neighbourhood restaurants in Fulham, Parsons Green, Balham and Clapham. This month, it’s opened its fifth site at Battersea Power Station. Like its other restaurants, the new spot will be offer all-day, wholesome dining. When it comes to brunch, you’ll find free-range eggs benedict and shakshouka. On the weekends brunch goes bottomless: £18pp will get you 90-minutes of unlimited Pimm’s, prosecco or Bloody Megan’s. The evening offering includes sharing mezzes, ‘posh’ kebabs and steak and chips, followed by the team’s well-loved half-baked Nutella cookie dough for dessert.
Battersea Power Station, 27 Circus West, Battersea, SW11 8NN
GRAB BRUNCH WITH A DIFFERENCE HERE: Monsieur Le Duck
Monsieur Le Duck has launched a brunch menu at its new site in Clerkenwell. Here, expect everything from classic pastries to hearty French favourites, all with duck as the central focus. Hits from the menu include confit duck hash with a poached duck egg; croque madame; boiled duck eggs with soldiers; duck steak baguette and croissant with grilled Margret breast. Accompanying the food is a newly devised cocktail, wine, beer and spirits list, all inspired by South-West France: think classic apéritifs and delicate spritzes. Inside, the restaurant features bright tiling, exposed brickwork and low lighting. Now it’s summer, the indoors will spill out onto outside tables, making it an ideal spot for al fresco, boozy weekend brunches.
27 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1M, 5RN
HAVE A NIGHT OUT HERE: NT’s
Located in the centre of Netil House you'll find freshly launched NT's, a buzzing warehouse-style cocktail bar and rooftop hideaway in Hackney. The open-plan space features huge windows which look out onto east London’s railway tracks and hosts an intimate heated roof terrace which offers far-reaching views of the capital’s skyline. During the week, guests can try a seasonal menu of cocktails in softly lit, leafy surroundings as resident DJs play music to suit the vibe. Come the weekend, NT's transforms into a night-time destination complete with a dance floor. The venue’s music policy keeps things lively so you can expect everything from Balearic, disco and house to world, afro, funk, soul and R&B.
1 Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL
GET CREATIVE HERE: Peckham Levels
Following the success of last year’s Open Studios in June and December, this weekend Peckham Levels is opening all its levels to the public. Known for its upper levels – which are home to a number of exciting street food traders and bars, plus a yoga studio and hair salon – Peckham Levels’ closed lower floors house a myriad of local creatives. This weekend, visitors will have the chance to take part in portrait drawing with Nicky Pasterfield, festival glitter workshops from Eco Glitter, a community dance showcase by The Movement Factory, paper printing and earring-making masterclasses by 3rd Rail Print Space and £5 yoga classes from LEVELSIX Yoga. Foundation FM will be airing live throughout the weekend, giving a behind-the-scenes view of London’s emerging all-female radio station.
Peckham Town Centre Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4TG; 31st May-2nd June
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Rosmersholm
An election looming. A country on the brink. A rabid press baying for blood. At the centre of the storm stands Rosmer's home, the grand house of an influential dynasty. This is where the future will be decided by John Rosmer, a man torn between the idealised hope of the future and the ghosts of his past. This Ibsen classic is a twisting thriller and stars two electrifying actors in the leading roles. Tom Burke (Strike, The Musketeers) is the soulful Rosmer haunted by history and tradition. Hayley Atwell (Howards End, Captain America) is Rebecca West. Enigmatic and unpredictable, free-spirited Rebecca brings the winds of change to Rosmersholm with the force of a hurricane.
Duke of York's Theatre, 104 St Martin's Lane, West End, WC2N 4BG; until 20th July
UPDATE YOUR FEED HERE: Scott’s X Louboutin
Christian Louboutin has partnered with Scott’s to design the hot spot’s 2019 summer terrace, bringing the eponymous designer’s signature vision to the restaurant’s Mount Street façade. Landscape design is one of Louboutin’s little-known private passions and the terrace takes inspiration directly from his 13th century chateau in Champgillon. As part of the collaboration, Scott’s bar has created an exclusive cocktail imagined by Louboutin. The ‘Champgillon’ is made with Konik’s Tail vodka, raspberry syrup, Orgeat syrup and a dash of lemon juice, topped with champagne and six mint leaves. Ruinart rosé will also be available to order on the picture-perfect terrace.
20 Mount St, Mayfair, W1K 2HE; until 18th June
WATCH A FILM HERE: Sunborn London
Sunborn London has re-launched its Sunday Movie Club with a new theme – ‘Best of British’. Each Sunday throughout the summer, the Thameside yacht will be serving a Laurent Perrier afternoon tea followed by a classic Brit flick, such as Four Weddings & A Funeral, The King’s Speech, Bridget Jones’ Diary and – this weekend – Sense & Sensibility. Open to hotel residents and visitors alike, the films will be screened in the 40-person theatre, which comes with a wide-screen projector and the latest audio-visual technology. Make sure to arrive early for an atmospheric drink on the deck.
Royal Victoria Dock, City, E16 1AA; 2nd June
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