VISIT A NEW MARKET HERE: River Walk Market
This Saturday, head down to River Walk Market, a new weekly independent market at the foot of Battersea Power Station. From the founders of Real Food Festivals – who are dedicated to supporting small, sustainable and ethically minded producers and have staged some of the biggest food events in London – River Walk Market hosts independent food and drink producers, artists, designers, street food and live musicians every Saturday. Food stalls include American bakery Outsider Tart, European deli Popina, Sicilian dessert experts Casa Cannoli, award-winning sourdough makers The Flour Station and British cheese makers Heritage Cheese.
Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AX; 15th June
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE HERE: Boxpark Wembley
Boxpark Wembley will be celebrating the Spice Girls reunion at Wembley Stadium this weekend by creating a dedicated Spice Girls fan zone. Taking place from 13th-15th June, fans will be able to come to Boxpark Wembley to celebrate the fab five, whether they’re attending the official show at Wembley or not. The fan zone will have a number of Spice Girls-themed cocktails for sale, as well as choreographers on hand to teach you those iconic 90s dance moves. There will be glitter art and face painting available (perfect for kitting you out before attending one of the shows), plus there’ll be a 90s pop playlist to keep fans dancing.
18 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0JT; 13th-15th June
SOAK UP SUMMER HERE: BOB’s Lobster
Having made a name for itself as a superlative street-food experience serving seafood at street-food markets, festivals, fashion shows and events, BOB’s Lobster has now opened in its first permanent site at London Bridge. Here, the menu channels classic Americana vibes: think moreish ahi tuna tacos, indulgent lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and the team’s original hit – a lobster and crayfish roll. Of the rest of the menu, we recommend the shrimp and grits (the best we’ve tried outside the States) and the crab stack: layers of avocado, ahi tuna, crab meat, papaya and ginger salsa and cashews, served with tortilla chips. Given the team’s connection to Bedales of Borough down the road, expect a great selection of wine available by the glass, carafe and bottle. The restaurant is fronted by a suntrap terrace, providing the perfect spot for people watching while sipping on a chilled glass of rosé.
71 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9AL
WATCH THIS: Gloria Bell
A free-spirited divorcee (Julianne Moore) spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. But she soon finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with the joys of budding love and the complications of dating.
In cinemas now
CELEBRATE PRIDE HERE: Coal Drops Yard
This weekend Coal Drops Yard is hosting a spectacular day of events to celebrate Pride month. Building up to the Pride weekend at the start of July, there will be eight different parties, talks, exhibitions and workshops throughout the day this Saturday. Guests can gather in the yard to sharpen their vogueing skills, brush up their hula-hooping skills, taste a one-off Pride special beer or hit the shops. From music to arts and crafts, the street party offers something for everyone and is free and open to all. We like the sound of ‘One Last Dance’ – where from 7-8pm, Savage Disco will round off celebrations with a DJ set. Sequins are advised.
Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4DQ; 15th June
ORDER A ROUND OF SUNDOWNERS HERE: City Social
Jason Atherton's modern British fare is served in art deco-style surroundings with 24th-floor views at his City Social hotspot. Located on level 24 of Tower 42, City Social houses a relaxed bar, Social 24, alongside its Michelin-starred dining room. Inspired by the famous London landmarks that can be spotted from the bar's panoramic view, Social 24 serves a selection of beautiful cocktails, as well as an interesting selection of beers, spirits, wines and champagnes. The venue also serves a delicious food menu, perfect for after-work drinks and social gatherings with friends.
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, City, EC2N 1HQ
SEE THE SUMMER EXHIBITION HERE: Royal Academy
The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show which has taken place every year without interruption since 1769. Each year, the event provides a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting and printmaking to photography, sculpture, architecture and film. This year, Peyton and Byrne has launched a new gin-focused cocktail menu, where three quintessentially British drink brands – British Cassis, Fisher’s and The London Essence Company – have collaborated to create a trio of English summertime-inspired drinks. These cocktails will be available to sip in two different gin bars in the Royal Academy’s courtyard. See you there.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD; until 12th August
CELEBRATE BRITISH FLOWERS WEEK HERE: Royal Opera House
In celebration of British Flowers Week, Royal Opera House (the site of the original Covent Garden flower market) has teamed up with celebrity florist Simon Lycett and Flowers from the Farm, a cooperative of small regional flower farmers and growers, to host a flower-themed activation. Events across the weekend include: two pop-up shops selling scented posies and bouquets, buttonholes and floral crowns, hosted by Flowers from the Farm; Ballet Dots, where babies and children with their parents and carers are encouraged to move together through a creative, sensory workshop; and a flower-themed ‘ROH Late’ –expect music, dance and a lot of larking about as the venue lets its wigs down for a party after dark from 6pm on Sunday.
Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD; until 16th June
SUPPORT A STARTUP HERE: Snackbar
Snackbar is a female-led food initiative from Freddie Janssen and Anais van Manen. The duo have ten years of experience in restaurants: Anais in the kitchen (Nuala, Trullo, Bones) and Freddie in marketing (Lyle’s) and running pop-ups across London, picking up awards for ‘Best Street Food’ at the Young British Foodie awards and ‘Best In Taste’ at Taste of London. In order to raise £20,000 for their forthcoming cafe, urban farm and co-working space in Dalston, the duo have launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, where donors can buy a spot at a series of chef collaborations. These events include dinner with Nuno Mendes (Maos, Chiltern Firehouse), James Lowe (Lyle’s), Nud Dudhia (Breddos Tacos) and Merlin Labron-Johnson (The Conduit), where each chef will cook a menu around a theme of their choice. The events will take place on Sundays between September 2019 and February 2020, but the campaign ends next week – so support them while you can.
Location to be revealed; the fundraising campaign ends on 18th June
GET YOUR FASHION FIX HERE: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection
This month, the Wallace Collection and Manolo Blahník have unveiled a new collaborative exhibition: An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection. The show features a personally selected edit of shoe designs from Blahník’s private archives set among the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection. This exciting venture juxtaposes an icon from the world of contemporary fashion with Wallace’s outstanding collection that has been an inspiration to artists since it opened to the public in 1900. This is a rare opportunity to see excellence in contemporary design alongside the exceptional quality of the Wallace Collection’s own art works – and best of all? It’s free entry.
Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, W1U 3BN; until 1st September
BE A VIP HERE: Black Roe
Black Roe takes influence from modern Asian flavours and adds a Mayfair flair. Expect a concise yet varied menu, from the decadent tomahawk steak with bone marrow for two and slow-cooked dover sole tempura, to lighter options like Thai shrimp, tuna avocado summer rolls and pan-seared hake with jungle chilli. Accompanied by signature cocktails and twists on the classics created by expert mixologists, Black Roe is an innovative spot with a vibrant atmosphere, perfect for a relaxed working lunch or a more luxurious evening dining experience. This month, the restaurant is offering SheerLuxe VIPs 50% off food. Not a member yet? Sign up using the link below.
4 Mill Street, Mayfair, W1S 2AX; until 30th June
ATTEND A YOGA BRUNCH HERE: Wild By Tart
Following a sell-out event in January, Wild by Tart are hosting another collaborative yoga brunch with Lily Silverton and Yoga Brunch Club this Sunday. Taking over the Wild by Tart restaurant and event space in Eccleston Yards, there will be two ticketed sessions consisting of a yoga class, followed by a delicious three-course brunch from Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison of Tart London. The event will begin with a 75-minute relaxing hatha flow practice, followed by a banquet. Guests will also receive an exclusive goodie bag to take home at the end of their session, which will be packed with wellbeing products and treats.
3-4 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, SW1W 9AZ; 16th June
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