ATTEND A COOL POP-UP HERE: Allpress Lates
Allpress Espresso will be teaming up with some of the most respected names in food and drink this summer to mark its 30th birthday. Named Allpress Lates, the series is free to attend and will comprise of one-off weekend events showcasing old favourites and new creations from the likes of Mr Lyan Studio, Margot Henderson, Claire Ptak, Bad Sports, Olia Hercules, Snackbar, Belles Hot Chicken, Wildflower, Three Sheets and Max’s Sandwich Shop. The line-up of guest chefs and mixologists will bring fun, creative events to the Allpress Dalston roastery garden, which will be open late into the evening for the first time. Kicking off proceedings this Friday is Regent’s Canal’s Towpath Café, when the waterside eatery will bring its seasonal and homely food inland and into an evening setting for one-night only.
55 Dalston Lane, Dalston, E8 2NG
BOOK TICKETS TO THIS: Barber Shop Chronicles
Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles has returned to London for a six-week run at the Roundhouse until 24th August. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play which leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra over the course of a single day. The production transports audiences from newsrooms to political platforms, confession boxes to preacher’s pulpits – gathering with African men in barber shops to discuss the world as they have for generations. Fades, Braids & Identity will run at the venue at the same time. This series of theatre, photography, film and spoken word will showcase a diverse range of voices and explore race, gender, identity and the importance and politics of black hair culture. Naturally, there’ll also be a pop-up barber shop.
Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8EH; until 25th August
DRINK ROSÉ HERE: Dinings SW3
This acclaimed Japanese restaurant has launched its Summer Rosé Garden in partnership with Ruinart. Inspired by the summer blooms of Japan, the Instagram-worthy garden invites guests to drink among pink foliage delicately weaved around the courtyard walls. Executive chef Masaki Sugisaki and his team has created a series of new dishes including octopus carpaccio with yuzu and jalapeño; dashi-marinated British tomatoes; and yellowtail tartare, while the bar team will offer a range of champagnes by the glass from Ruinart including its signature cuvées blanc de blancs and rosé pour. On the cocktail front, the newly created ‘Kurabu Spritz’ will take centre stage, showcasing Ruinart Brut alongside umeshu plum sake, Tio Pepe Fino, rhubarb and cardamom.
Lennox Garden Mews, Chelsea, SW3 2JH
GET TROPICAL HERE: Granary Square Brasserie
This summer, Granary Square Brasserie has transformed its terrace into a tropical paradise in collaboration with Jamaican coconut rum Koko Kanu. Guests and sun-seekers will be transported to an exotic tropical island with a striking installation and archway featuring palm trees and pink hummingbirds. Open all day, the brasserie’s al fresco terrace allows guests and passers-by to enjoy cocktails, lunch or dinner in the sunshine throughout the summer. Until the end of August, Granary Square Brasserie will also be hosting a series of weekend brunch events with live entertainment, Koko Kanu cocktails and dishes from the restaurant’s brunch menu.
1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4AB; until 1st September
TRY A HIGH-END BRUNCH HERE: Hide
Ollie Dabbous’ Hide has launched a lavish brunch menu. Known for its inventive cuisine, Hide received a Michelin star just six months after opening, and his brunch selection offers the same inventive touch. On arrival, guests will be treated to a ripe peach and lime leaf mimosa, created by renowned bar manager Oskar Kinberg. Sharing plates include Porthilly oysters with Amalfi lemon; tempura aubergine served with Thai basil and green peppercorns; and flatbread cooked over charcoal with beetroot hummus and Graceburn creamy cheese. For mains, guests can choose from burrata with ripe tomato, basil and black olive or cured organic salmon, chervil mayonnaise and pickled yellow courgette. Rounding off the menu is a selection of desserts. We like the sound of the summer fruit clafoutis with lavender and crème fraiche or the mango and pandan leaf sundae.
85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NB; 27th-28th July
HAVE A DRINK HERE: The Love Lost Speakeasy
Following a seven-week sold-out run attended by over 7,000 people, The Lost Love Speakeasy has released an additional 4,000 tickets from now until 24th August. Brought to life by the people behind live events In Night’s Darkling Glory and The Great Christmas Feast, The Lost Love Speakeasy is a secret bar – a place where guests dress to the nines, sip on illicit prohibition cocktails and immerse themselves in a tale set in the Jazz Age. Feasting comes courtesy of Temper head chef Neil Rankin, who has put his open-fire spin on some American classics: think ‘Shorty’s Catch’ (watermelon, tuna, grapefruit, sesame), ‘Hoppin’ John Oyster & Pickleback' (baked oyster, habanero mornay, pickles, Four Roses Bourbon) and sirloin steak served with ox cheek, blue cheese mash and gumbo, followed by New York cheesecake topped with salted bourbon caramel.
Secret location near London Bridge, until 24th August
BUY LOCAL HERE: Riverside Farmers Market
The company behind the popular London Bridge and Bloomsbury lunch markets is opening a weekly farmers market at London Bridge to coincide with Summer By The River festival. Riverside Farmers Market will host 15 different food stalls each week, offering a wide variety of hot food and ingredients from farmers, bakers and more. Look out for award-winning bread from Bread Bread Bakery, seasonal vegetables, pickles, eggs, fruit and juice from biodynamic Brambletye Fruit Farm, meat and burgers from Woodwards Farm, vegan and vegetarian dosas from Mumai Mix, free-range sausages and pies from The Parsons Nose, falafel and salads from The Bow Belly and fresh pasta from Seriously Italian.
Morgan’s Lane, London Bridge, SE1 2AF
WATCH THIS: The Lion King
In this new live-action version of the Disney classic, Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother – and former heir to the throne – has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. A must watch.
In cinemas now
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