COOL DOWN HERE: 45 Jermyn St
45 Jermyn St has a new menu dedicated to alcoholic ice-cream floats and homemade sodas. The new concoctions are inspired by the eccentric recipes of the soda jerks and pharmacists who operated London’s very first soda fountain, which was housed on this site in the 1800s. Highlights from the float menu include the decadent ‘Kentucky Morning' which sees cornflake ice-cream doused in brown butter syrup and topped with bourbon and the ‘Grand Fiasco’ which sees beetroot and tarragon syrup mixed with chianti and Grand Marnier, topped with pistachio ice-cream and blood orange sorbet.
45 Jermyn Street, James's, SW1Y 6JD
WATCH THIS: Animals
Laura and Tyler are soulmates. Thirty-something best friends and revellers residing in Dublin, they are ingrained in the fabric of each other’s lives; dating, partying, drinking and living their life without limitations. However, the girls find themselves drifting apart when Laura becomes engaged. Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth, the film is both a celebration of female friendship and an examination of the choices we make when facing a crossroad. An honest, funny, unconventional and bittersweet snapshot of modern women.
In cinemas now
GRAB SOME DOUGHNUTS HERE: Bread Ahead x Harrods
Top London bakery Bread Ahead is popping up at Harrods for a special summer residency. Located in the beautiful new bakery section on the ground floor of the department store, Bread Ahead will be serving up its well-loved doughnuts to Harrods customers throughout the summer from its very own stall. The doughnuts on offer will be filled with jam or cream and flavours will include raspberry jam, blueberry jam, vanilla cream and chocolate cream.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL; until September
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Cindy Sherman at National Portrait Gallery
This major new retrospective explores the development of Cindy Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and features around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery. Focusing on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion, the show explores the tension between façade and identity. A must see.
St Martin's Place, Charing Cross, WC2H 0HE; until 15th September
GO TO A BEACH PARTY HERE: Fulham Beach x Little Blue Door
Two of Fulham's most in-demand summer hotspots, The Little Blue Door and Fulham Beach, are teaming up to create the ultimate evening-long beach party this Saturday. First up, join them Thames-side from 6pm for frozen cocktails and DJ-led summer grooves as you watch the sunset in true beach club fashion. As the night sets in, guests can amble five minutes down the road to The Little Blue Door for the after party, complete with an indoor garden, gin-inspired summer terrace, rosé pong, frosé and guest DJs who will play until the early hours.
871-873 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HP; 3rd August
EAT HERE: Gigi’s Hoxton
If it’s variety you’re after then head to newly opened Gigi’s Hoxton. Having taken over Zigfrid von Underbelly, it’s a venue with at atmosphere like no other. Rock ‘n’ roll design, contemporary food and some of the best cocktails you’ll taste out east, Gigi’s is the ideal Friday night location for dinner and drinks with the girls. The menu has been created by Antonio Mollo and his Italian heritage really shines through. We recommend you try the burrata, served with heritage tomatoes, basil oil and carasau bread, followed by the rack of lamb, accompanied by minted courgettes and lemon crème fraiche. It’s summer on a plate.
11 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, N1 6NU
TRY A NEW BAR HERE: Lost In Brixton
A new hidden bar has opened in Brixton Village. At Lost in Brixton, expect to find music, local draft beer, a Latin American-inspired cocktail menu, a retractable roof and a service that will bring food from the market itself into the venue. In a space that’s never been seen by the public, Lost in Brixton has capacity for 440 guests, accessible via a secret staircase. Against a backdrop of brick railway arches, natural materials and jungle greenery will fill the space, plus there’s a retractable roof ready for long summer evenings.
Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS
CELEBRATE SCOTTISH GIN DAY HERE: Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour
In celebration of International Scottish Gin Day, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour will be taking its guests on a trip to the Highlands with a special menu dedicated to Scottish spirits. With over 240 gins on its shelves, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour houses some of the finest Scottish gins, including Fidra, Holyrood, Teasmith, Avva, Badvo and Biggar. Cocktails on offer this Saturday will include the ‘Scottish Spice’ (Caorunn gin, apple juice, cinnamon syrup, lemon, Bols Genever and egg white) and ‘Hendricks in the Highlands’ (Hendricks Orbium gin, cashew milk, rose syrup and Schweppes muscovado dark spirit mixer). We love the sound of the ‘Scots Seaside Martini’ with Edinburgh Seaside gin, Tio Peppe fino sherry and grapefruit bitters.
1 New Row, Leicester Square, WC2N 4EA; 3rd August
BOOK THIS: Night Of The Iguana
Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) stars alongside Lia Williams (Kiri, Mary Stuart) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) in Tennessee Williams' last great play. In the strange limbo of 1940, on a dilapidated hotel verandah high in a rainforest above the west coast of Mexico, a group of lost souls collide – a defrocked priest turned tourist guide, the grieving widow who runs the hotel, a family of jubilant Nazis and an itinerant portrait artist with her 97-year-old poet grandfather. The result is an epic battle between flesh and spirit, captivity and freedom, art and faith, heightened by a tropical rain-storm.
85-88 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AP; until 28th September
ATTEND A FASHION POP-UP HERE: Rixo x The Ivy Kensington
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie has launched a collaboration with fashion brand Rixo. Until 17th September the brasserie will play host to a vibrant external installation incorporating Rixo prints and two limited-edition cocktails, which can be enjoyed individually or alongside the restaurant’s current pre-Proms set menu. The beautifully-designed floral installation pays homage to the fashion brand’s bold and playful prints and offers the perfect place to spend a sunny weekend. The two cocktails include the ‘Mint Cream’, a blend of Grey Goose, crème de menthe verte, crème de cacao blanc, double cream and chocolate sprinkles and the ‘Psychedelic Butterfly’, with Plymouth sloe gin, crème de rose, pineapple juice and lime juice.
96 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 4SG; until 17th September
WIN TICKETS TO WILDERNESS FESTIVAL HERE: Wines From Rioja
The Rioja Wine Terrace is popping up at Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival this weekend and thanks to Wines From Rioja, one lucky SL reader and a friend will win tickets to the festival. At the Rioja Wine Terrace, festival-goers can relax in an al fresco bar and listen to the sound of Robyn, Groove Armada and Bombay Bicycle Club, all while enjoying glasses of red, white or rosé from Spain’s flagship wine region, alongside expertly carved Iberico ham. Here, you’ll also be able to brush-up on your wine knowledge with an informal ‘Rioja session’ with Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch wine expert, Raúl Díaz.
Enter the competition here
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