HAVE A BEAUTY BRUNCH HERE: B&H Garden Room
This month, John Frieda has teamed up with Bourne & Hollingsworth to create its ‘Weightless’ brunch experience. The events include a two-course meal, cocktail, unlimited hot drinks and an exclusive John Frieda goody bag worth over £40, plus a chance to win a sunrise champagne hot air balloon ride for two. Taking place every weekend this month, this Sunday the brunch will be hosted by model and beauty blogger Ruth Crilly and beauty editor Nadine Baggott. The pair will co-host a 20-minute discussion covering some of the expert beauty tips and tricks they’ve amassed over their years in the industry, and sharing insights on the products that have transformed their beauty regimes. Diners will have an opportunity to pick their brains with a ten-minute Q&A after the talk.
31 Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden, WC2H 0LS; 10th-11th August
SEE A NEW EXHIBITION HERE: Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery’s latest exhibition explores the pioneering printmakers who captured the spirit of 1930s Britain. Bringing together 120 prints, drawing and posters, Cutting Edge features iconic works from Claude Flight and eight of his leading students including Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power, Lill Tschudi, William Greengrass and Leonard Beaumont. Cutting Edge champions the medium of the block-print linocut, which influential teacher and artist Claude Flight described as “an art of the people” due to its affordability and accessibility. Highlighting the radically changing times of the interwar period, the exhibition will explore themes of transport, speed and movement, industry and labour, sport and leisure, as well as showcasing the original tools, lino blocks and studies that revolutionised the printmaking process.
Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AD; until 8th September
STAY UP ALL NIGHT HERE: Mr Black Espresso Martini Festival
Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest, now in its third year, is the first festival dedicated to the eponymous cocktail. This weekend, bars across the city will be pouring £6 variations of the drink using Mr Black coffee liqueur, over the course of the five-day festival. All guests need to do is flash their free festival pass on the DrinkUp.London app to get access. The tours are self-guided, so as long as the bars are open and the drinks available, you can taste and explore at your own leisure – whether that’s hitting up a whole host of bars in one night, or savouring one per day.
Various locations across London; until 11th August
GET YOUR GLOW FIX HERE: Eve Wrestling
If you’ve already binge-watched the third series of Netflix hit Glow, get ready to immerse yourself in London's underground answer to the show as Eve’s Riot Grrrls of Wrestling returns to the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green with its ‘Fights and False Lashes’ night. Eve is a ground-breaking feminist-punk-rock wrestling live event experience filled with death-defying, jaw dropping and action-packed wrestling stunts, fuelled with characters, cabaret, comedy and much more. Expect to come away inspired.
265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, E2 9RF; 10th August
EAT HERE: Flat Iron
Flat Iron has expanded, this time opening a restaurant in Spitalfields. The best thing about the brand is that it keeps the menu minimal: besides a few specials on the board, you can choose between ‘The Flat Iron Steak’ or the bavette; the former is more tender, while the latter has more flavour. You simply tell them how you like it cooked, and it’s as easy as that. For sides, we like the moreish aubergine with parmesan, basil and tomato (which also comes as a main for vegetarians), dripping chips and an off-menu, seasonal offer of plump, salty tomatoes. If you have room, you must try the sticky toffee pudding, crunchy round the edges and deliciously soft and sweet in the middle, you won’t regret going up a belt loop for this one.
88-90 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LY
TRY A NEW CHILDREN’S MENU HERE: Kricket
To mark the arrival of the summer holidays, Kricket has launched its first children’s menu at its Television Centre restaurant. Famed for creating Indian-inspired dishes using the best of seasonal British ingredients, Kricket’s kids menu offers a selection of toned-down dishes, still Indian in essence but more accessible for younger tastebuds: think Keralan fried chicken served with fresh ketchup and curry leaf mayonnaise; breaded haddock fingers with coconut; and a mild, fragrant chicken butter masala. Sides include rice, cheese naan, desi fries and tenderstem broccoli. Delicious.
101 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FR
BE A VIP HERE: Les Platanes
For French cooking at its best, head for an intimate dinner in casual yet refined bistro Les Platanes. Newly opened by Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov on Bruton Place in Mayfair, the restaurant captures the spirit of convivial French dining, while the kitchen has an emphasis on cuisine from the south of France. This month, the restaurant is offering all SL VIPs 30% off food, plus a welcome drink for up to ten guests. Not a VIP? Sign up using the link below.
26-28 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6NG; offer valid until 31st August
DISCOVER NEW BANDS HERE: Meltdown Festival
Following in the footsteps of The Cure’s Robert Smith, MIA and Elbow’s Guy Garvey, producer, songwriter, musician, composer, guitarist and sonic trendsetter Nile Rodgers will curate the 26th Meltdown festival, taking over Southbank Centre with his extraordinary creative vision until Sunday. More than a collaborator, Rodgers has been instrumental in the careers of some of the biggest artists in the history of popular music, including David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Daft Punk and Diana Ross. His handpicked line-up for the weekend includes Kero Kero Bonito, Sophie and Songhoy Blues.
Southbank Centre, South Bank, SE1 8XX; 3rd-11th August
MAKE COCKTAILS HERE: Murder Inc
Murder Inc is the latest offering from the team behind The Cocktail Trading Company in Shoreditch. Taking inspiration from the gangster noir era of the 1940s and 50s, the décor and style of the bar mixes industrial New York with mid-century glamour. New for August, the team has launched a series of cocktail masterclasses. Recognising the problem with many cocktail masterclasses – most show you a couple of fancy techniques in a setting you’re never going to encounter again – these workshops are filled with genuinely useful tips and tricks for making drinks at home. Participants will be taught five key principles, before being left to create a drink of their choosing, putting these concepts in place to see that they really work.
36 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1UP
TAKE THE KIDS HERE: The O2
Stuck on what to do with your children this month? The O2 Centre is hosting a series of activities ranging from music, art and wellness classes for all family members to enjoy throughout the month of August. From free classes to £5 workshops, the venue will deliver a schedule of fun-filled and engaging activities, including sing-alongs with Popchoir, trying your hand at Hampstead School of Art’s cartoon and clay mosaics workshops or relaxing with yoga classes from Divya Kohli. Throughout the month, Sunday Sessions from O2 Unplugged will offer a chilled backdrop to the festivities.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0DX; until 31st August
TRY A SECRET GARDEN HERE: Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden
The Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden has now opened its doors in Farringdon. Hidden behind ivy-covered walls, the garden is filled with fragrant herbs, aromatic plants and spritz cocktails. Created by the botanical soft drink and mixer makers Fentimans, the garden is an oasis for after-work drinks and weekend cocktails. The menu explores the full range of Fentimans tonics – from the sweet citrus of Valencian Orange to the candied notes of Pink Rhubarb – which are complemented by homemade herbal infusions and liqueurs, fresh fruit and aperitifs. Spritzes include the ‘Rose Spritz’ (Fentimans rose lemonade with Martini prosecco and fresh strawberries) and the ‘Pacific Island Spritz’ (Fentimans yuzu tonic water with passionfruit liqueur, white wine and basil).
St John Priory Church, St John’s Square, Farringdon, EC1V 4RQ; until 31st August
BE A VIP HERE: Duck & Dry
Duck & Dry offers some of the finest blow dries and updos in London. The best bit? Whatever your hair type and length is, Duck & Dry only charges one price. Once there, guests can flick through a book of the team’s signature blow dries and updos to pick their favourite look, while relaxing at the prosecco bar. Until the end of September, all SheerLuxe VIPs will get 30% off a blow dry, plus a glass of prosecco. Find out how to become a member using the link below.
Locations in Chelsea, Oxford Circus, Mayfair and Soho; Offer valid until 30th September
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