TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Bob’s Lobster
Having made a name for itself as a superlative street-food provider serving seafood at markets, festivals, fashion shows and events, Bob’s Lobster has now opened in its first permanent site at London Bridge. Best of all, brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3:30pm. This is an indulgent place: the weekend menu includes the likes of lobster tail eggs benedict, lobster scrambled eggs with a generous coating of summer truffle, American pancakes, hash browns with bacon, and a seafood tower for two to share, plus the restaurant’s signature take on shrimp and grits. Elsewhere the lobster mac and cheese is a great dish for everyone to dip a spoon into and the mussel and bacon chowder fries are a must-order.
71 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9AL
HAVE AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Cinnamon Bazaar
Vivek Singh and Great British Bake Off star Tamal Ray have come together to create a modern, Indian-inspired take on the quintessential classic afternoon tea. Now on the menu at Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden, their offering brings spice to the traditional teatime spread and is inspired by the duo’s shared family roots in Kolkata, West Bengal. Mixing the flavours of East India with modern culinary techniques, traditional finger sandwiches are shunned for a Kolkata fish finger sandwich with tomato chutney cooked in turmeric, chilli and mustard oil and chicken kathi ‘spring rolls’. Guests can also tuck into pani puri – semolina shells filled with spiced chickpeas, mint and tamarind water – and papdi chaat, crisp wheat chaat with yoghurt, tamarind and coriander chutneys.
28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JSl 23rd-26th August
ENJOY A FREE DRINK HERE: The Cleveland Arms
Housed in a Grade II-listed building on Chilworth Street and only a five-minute walk from both Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations, this atmospheric restaurant offers a playful take on the traditional pub atmosphere, while keeping a hidden gem status. The newly appointed head chef Elisabeth Passédat, a former Masterchef: The Professionals contestant with previous roles at Aster and Koffmann’s at the Berkeley, has created a menu part-influenced by her Parisian roots, using British ingredients. Best of all? All SL VIPs will get a free bottle of rosé when they show their membership card.
28 Chilworth Street, Bayswater, W2 6DT; offer valid until 31st August
STOCK UP HERE: English Wine Fair
This bank holiday, Wine Pantry is collaborating with Canopy Market to stage London's largest English wine event. This weekender is all about showcasing and celebrating these local drinks, giving visitors the opportunity to buy direct from some of England’s best producers, as well as try a range of award-winning, rare wines. Working alongside Wines of Great Britain, Wine Pantry will also be holding masterclasses throughout the day. A dedicated English wine bar will give visitors the opportunity to try rare options beyond the producer stalls as well as stroll through a live vineyard installation and be transported to the wine groves.
West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH; 23rd-26th August
CELEBRATE CARIBBEAN CULTURE HERE: Notting Hill Carnival
As one of the world's largest street carnivals, close to one million people attend this celebration of Caribbean heritage every year. Celebrations include costume-clad Caribbeans dancing to traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba and zouk music, and street vendors selling foods like seasoned jerk chicken, callaloo and traditional goat stew. All day and into the night on Sunday visitors can catch live music on stages in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park and Powis Square and sample incredible foods while listening to all kinds of Caribbean-inspired sounds. As always, the highlight of the weekend will be on Monday with a culmination of dancing, street performances, steel drum music groups and the Notting Hill Grand Finale Parade.
Various locations in Notting Hill, 25th-26th August
FEAST ON GLOBAL FOOD HERE: LDN 195
Fancy trying something new? OpenTable and Carousel are teaming up to introduce LDN 195, a three-day global pop-up. Research shows that despite London’s diversity, there are still some cuisines diners are less familiar with, with the top six underrepresented cuisines highlighted as being Romanian, Goan, Slovenian, Polynesian, Armenian and Ukrainian. This LDN 195 event will showcase these countries via a six-course sharing menu serving Goan curry, Armenian flatbreads and Ukrainian barbecued khorovats and pistachio and walnut baklava. For £50pp, each guest will also receive a welcome cocktail and half a bottle of wine.
71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB; 22nd-24th August
VISIT A NEW STORE HERE: Osman
Womenswear designer Osman has opened a new store in Covent Garden. From the red carpet to the office, Osman’s aesthetic is grounded in exemplary cutting with sculptural and architectural details. The international fashion star comes from a family of artisans – his father was a carpenter from a long line of carpenters and his mother was a tailor – and this background has given him a grounding in both technique and aesthetics. His designs have been worn by high profile VIPs including the likes of Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Emily Blunt, Sophie Turner and Taylor Swift.
20-21 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DS
WATCH THIS: Pain & Glory
In Pedro Almodóvar’s personal new drama, a film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him. Salvador Mallo (played by Antonio Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival for his performance), an ageing Madrid-based auteur, is retreating into himself, facing ill health, depression and the decline of his powers. After a chance meeting reunites him with an actor from his past, a wild new chapter begins, sparking a series of reconciliations and reveries in which Salvador revisits old emotional wounds and tries to piece together the puzzle of his life and his art.
In cinemas 23rd August
DANCE ALL WEEKEND HERE: South West Four Festival
SW4 will once again be touching down on Clapham Common for the August bank holiday weekend. London’s biggest dance music festival (the weekend celebrates all things EDM, house, techno, drum and bass, and grime), the event is famed for its diverse line-up. 2019 is no different, with artists including Chase & Status, Plan B, Andy C and Example all taking to the stage over the two days. Line-up highlights include Craig David Presents TS5, Wiley and Tinie Tempah.
Clapham Common, SW4 9DE; 24th-25th August
CELEBRATE THE BANK HOLIDAY HERE: The Prince
To celebrate the final three-day weekend of the year, The Prince is ramping things up on Monday by throwing a bottomless bank holiday brunch. Guests can expect unlimited drinks for three hours, live music throughout the day and foodie specials from The Prince's new restaurant Wildcard. For £35pp, guests can indulge in bottomless bubbles, Aperol Spritzes and Bloody Marys from 1-4pm, and choose from dishes including scrambled eggs and salmon on toast, buttermilk pancakes, egg, bacon chop and chips and avocado bagel.
14 Lillie Road, Hammersmith, SW6 1TT; 26th August
BE A VIP HERE: Tom’s Kitchen
Offering a comfortable environment and a firm focus on outstanding food, drink and service, Tom’s Kitchen serves tempting classics and seasonal specials, using the very best British produce and working with passionate suppliers, farmers and chefs. This month, the acclaimed Chelsea restaurant is offering SheerLuxe VIPs 30% off the a la carte menus during brunch, lunch or dinner. Not a SL VIP yet? Sign up using the link below.
27 Cale Street, Chelsea, SW3 3QP; offer valid until 31st August
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