HIT THE BEACH HERE: Beach At Brent Cross
The Beach Brent Cross is a family festival which takes place every year at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London during the summer months – and it ends its 2019 run this Sunday. Within, expect a sandy beach, splash pools and a whole host of Urban Beach rides as entertainment. These 25 different rides are suitable for all ages, from toddlers right through to adults, and range from roller coasters to gentler rides that all the family can enjoy. There are also food and drink stalls and friendly staff on hand.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Hendon, NW4 3FP; until 8th September
TRY SUPERLATIVE PASTRIES HERE: Claridge’s
Parisian pâtissier Yann Couvreur is set to open his first store outside of France in Mayfair at the end of this year. To celebrate, this week he’s joining the pastry team at Claridge’s for a week-long residency. Taking over the pastry kitchen, Yann will develop five signature pastries: his famous ‘Paris Brest’, as well as a dark chocolate and tonka bean éclair, a ‘merveille’, a lime and shiso tart and a fig and walnut tart. All priced at £7, these will be available in the foyer for elevenses from 11am-12pm or wrapped ready to take-away. Claridge’s afternoon tea will also get the Yann Couvreur treatment for the duration of the week.
Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR; until 11th September
HAVE FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE HERE: Coral Room
This weekend The Coral Room is teaming up with spirit brand Capucana Cachaça to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a vibrant evening of colour and cocktails. Commonly called Sete de Setembro, 7th September is observed as a national holiday in Brazil and is marked by patriotic displays and military parades in most cities. To bring this spirit of patriotism to the event, the evening’s featured drinks will draw inspiration from the bold hues of the Brazilian flag. Guests are invited to celebrate and samba in style to DJ Fabio, before heading down to The Bloomsbury Club Bar for a late-night party. Best of all, the venue will be donating £1 from each Capucana Cachaça cocktail to the Rainforest Alliance.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN; 7th September
CELEBRATE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL HERE: Din Tai Fung
Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung is celebrating ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’ with two limited-edition rabbit-shaped desserts. The steamed buns will be on offer at the Covent Garden restaurant until 20th September and will be available in steamers of one (£4) or two (£7). The traditional mooncakes will be available in two vegetarian-friendly fillings, one with salted egg yolk custard and the other with lotus paste and yam. Taiwan’s Mid-Autumn Festival, known also in Eastern-Asian culture as the Mooncake Festival, is dedicated to an archer named Hou Yi who used his bow and arrows to shoot down nine of the suns, leaving just one and saving Earth.
5 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8PT; until 20th September
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Flat Iron Square
The Brunch Collective is back at Flat Iron Square each week from this Sunday. Food vendors set to take over the square each week include Original Fry Up Material, Lime Hut, pancake purveyors Zip & Zing Juices, Waffle On and The Farmers Mistress. Guests can also book in for a Ketel One Bloody Mary masterclass (running twice hourly), grab an ‘Espresso Martini’ or check in the Regeneration Station for a head massage. Independent record label Communion will also be on hand, programming a selection of vinyl DJ sets over the season. Food traders will change monthly and the square offers plenty of covered and sheltered seating areas – ideal as autumn creeps in.
Flat Iron Square, 64 Union Street, Borough, SE1 1RU; 8th September
ATTEND A VIP EVENT HERE: HAYA
Officially open from 10th September, this Saturday all SheerLuxe VIPs are invited to the exclusive soft launch of Haya, with 50% off the total bill. Haya is a neighbourhood Mediterranean restaurant with Israeli influence in Notting Hill. Inspired by founder Victoria Paltina’s visits to the city of Tel Aviv, the restaurant is born of the lively, spirited culture she found there and focuses on seasonal ingredients and simple sharing plates devised by head chef Oren King. Expect to try dishes such as burrata with loquat compote; quinoa salad with feta cheese and pomegranate seeds; and spiced lamb cutlets served with a spoonful of honey yoghurt.
184 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ES; 7th September
WATCH THIS: IT Chapter Two
Evil resurfaces in Derry, Maine as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club – young and adult – in a return to where it all began. It Chapter Tw is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and worldwide box-office hit IT, which became the highest-grossing horror film of all time. It Chapter Two brings the characters – who’ve long since gone their separate ways – back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film. A must for horror fans.
In cinemas 6th September
ATTEND A HOT POP-UP HERE: Santo
Portobello’s favourite former Mexican restaurant, late-night salsa bar and local haunt has returned for a limited pop-up. A five-night Mexican fiesta, Santo will turn The Little Yellow Door into a lively South American knees-up where tacos, margaritas and live music will be the order of the evening. Alongside the menu, the team will make sure the party continues long into the night with a programme of Latin-heavy music. The menu will be a vibrant affair, with dishes designed to be shared. Dishes include ceviche, cóctel de pulpo (Mexican-style octopus cocktail with avocado, pico de gallo and sweet and sour salsa), and plant-based items such as fried plantain with guacamole and pomegranate. Dessert will take the form of rum flambédflambé plantain with vanilla ice-cream and pecans.
6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, W11 1HH; until 7th September
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: The Doctor
The always-brilliant Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz star in the world premiere of this new play written and directed by Robert Icke. Freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's 1912 play Professor Bernhardi, The Doctor will run until 28th September and will be Icke's final production as associate director at the north London theatre, following productions including Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Oresteia and Mr Burns. Despite its 1912 source material, this feels thoroughly modern, as rights to abortion and the procedure’s conflict with religion form the cornerstones of the story.
Almeida Street, Islington, N1 1TA
IT’S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS: The Worst Witch
Mildred Hubble is just an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. But not everyone is thrilled by Mildred’s unexpected arrival and her less than predictable ways. Can she overcome the objections of stern Miss Hardbroom and the conniving tricks of jealous Ethel Hallow? Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this action-packed new stage adaptation by Emma Reeves (Hetty Feather) includes original songs, music and magic. A great way to celebrate the end of the first week back at school.
404 Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 0NH; until 8th September
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