SEE A FILM HERE: Backyard Cinema at Capital Studios
Backyard Cinema opens its first permanent home in Wandsworth this Friday. Capital Studios has previously played host to the Beatles, David Bowie and Ready, Steady, Cook. They have been brought back to life to create an immersive, 250-set cinematic playground, which will be showing the likes of Aladdin, Rocketman, the Harry Potter series, True Romance, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman and Moulin Rouge over the next few weeks. A large, heated and seated courtyard, set out with feasting tables, can host parties big and small, providing the ultimate all-day and night hangout for locals, families and film buffs alike. Backyard Cinema will also offer street food from Honest Burger, Mother Clucker and Dappa Ice Cream, a ten-tap craft-beer bar from Gipsy Hill Brewing Co, and live music.
13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, SW18 1ET; from 13th September
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Bryn Williams at Somerset House
This September, Bryn Williams at Somerset House is serving up a tipsy twist on its brunch menu with the launch of its limited-edition bottomless offer. For one month only, guests will have the option of ordering an hour’s worth of unlimited prosecco or Bloody Marys, made with a choice of spirits including Welsh Brecon Five vodka, Welsh Brecon gin or tequila. The brunch includes one dish and bottomless drinks for £25.95, with options including smoked haddock served with crumpets and Welsh rarebit, and tomato and goat’s cheese frittata with avocado and rocket salad. For a supplementary charge, more substantial dishes such as rib-eye steak with field mushroom, grilled tomato and triple cooked chips, and battered cod and chips with peas and tartare sauce are also available with the bottomless offer.
Somerset House, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LT
CELEBRATE LFW HERE: The Donovan Bar
The Donovan Bar was named for famous photographer Terrence Donovan, who snapped some of the biggest fashion icons in the 60s and 70s. In homage to his photography, famed mixologist Salvatore Calabrese has created a dedicated cocktail menu – Our Generation – which includes five fashion-based tipples such as ‘Viva Biba', ‘The Twiggy’ and ‘Model Muse’. In honour of London Fashion Week, which runs from Friday until Tuesday 17th September, the bar team has created a limited-edition cocktail to celebrate that most sought-after spot – the front row. The ‘FROW’ cocktail will combine distinct citrus notes with gin and triple sec. Delicious.
Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP; until 17th September
HEAD TO A NEW FOODIE DESTINATION HERE: Seven Dials Market
Kerb has opened the doors to its first permanent home. In an old West End warehouse, Seven Dials Market is an all-day destination packed with 25 independent food businesses alongside a bar and bookshop. The market is divided into two distinct areas: Cucumber Alley, an indoor lane of specialist London producers; and Banana Warehouse, home to a selection of street-food traders and new restaurants. Vendors include cheese conveyor belt Pick & Cheese, Square Root’s Temperance Bar, vegan Club Mexicana, Monty’s Deli, seafood restaurant Claw and ramen specialist Nanban. We’re looking forward to trying Yum Bun’s ‘Bao-Wow’, a Chang Mai sausage in a soft bao bun. Diners can feast at baby-pink Italian terrazzo marble counters with orange leather stools – and an electric-pink elevator that takes centre stage.
Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LX
HAVE YOUR PORTRAIT DRAWN HERE: London EDITION
For London Fashion Week, London EDITION has partnered with renowned fashion illustrator Jessica Bird, who has previously worked with the likes of MATCHESFASHION, SHOWstudio, Maje and The Rake. Her brightly coloured chalk pastel and charcoal live drawings have captured backstage activity and key looks from the runway. Each night during Fashion Week, the illustrator will take up residence in the Lobby Bar, from 6pm to 8pm, creating individual 15-minute fashion portraits of the hotel’s guests and members of public alike. Jessica will work on a first-come, first-served basis, inviting guests to take away a one-of-a-kind portrait free of charge.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP; 13th-17th September
TREAT YOUR DOG HERE: Skylight London
Dog Day at Skylight returns this Sunday. Tobacco Dock’s rooftop spot is home to three floors of bars, street food, games and entertainment and, on the penultimate Sunday of the month, the team mixes up ‘doggy cocktails’ and offers treats for each four-legged friend. Dog Day cocktails will include the ‘Frenchie 75’, ‘Paw-n star Martini’ and the ‘Who's A Good Boy’, with a percentage of proceeds from each cocktail going to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Treats will be supplied by 100% natural dog-food companies Soopa Pets, Forthglade, Lecker Bites and Laughing Dog. There will be an Instagram competition for best photo of a dog at Skylight.
Pennington Street, Wapping, E1W 2SF; 7th July
HEAD TO AN EXHIBITION HERE: Wallace Chan
From 14th to 17th September, jewellery artist and innovator Wallace Chan puts on his first solo show in the UK, featuring several never-before-seen works. SHAPESHIFTER: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan will trace the development of his work over the last 45 years. It will be the first time that ‘Wallace Chan Porcelain’ – a super-strength porcelain that is five times harder than steel – will be shown to audiences in the UK. The exhibition will include a series of 20 intricately designed pieces of jewellery alongside ten titanium sculptures, demonstrating Chan’s mastery of both materials. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public programme of events, including talks by Chan at the British Museum.
New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, W1G 7LP; 14th-17th September
DISCOVER ALL THINGS BEAUTY HERE: London Beauty Week
London’s first ever Beauty Week takes place in the capital this weekend, running alongside its sister event, London Fashion Week. Beauty fans can expect Covent Garden’s piazza to be transformed into a ‘Beauty Playground’, plus masterclasses and exclusive experiences from brands including Tom Ford and Nars, and a Glossybox treasure hunt. Brands across Covent Garden will join the celebrations, offering late-night shopping and exclusive events for the duration of London Beauty Week. Beauty lovers can pop into Aesop’s King Street store, which will be filled with fresh flower arrangements, for a bespoke skincare consultation, or visit Chanel on 13th or 14th September, when illustrator Melissa Bailey will be on hand to capture the results of the brand’s express beauty services.
Various locations across Covent Garden; 11th-15th September
TRY A NEW BAR HERE: Darling House
Darling House is a new experiential bar set in an eccentric two-storey residence. Brought to life by Darling & Edge – the theatrical set designer that has dressed unusual immersive experiences from Gingerline’s Grand Expedition to the bar at Alice’s Adventures Underground – Darling House features six very different rooms crammed with artwork and oddities. Guests are invited to hang out as if it were their own house, sipping cocktails in the bathtub, pressing for prosecco in the hallway, lounging in the library or hosting the ultimate private house party in the kitchen.
Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8UR
BE A VIP HERE: Barrecore
The Barrecore method is proven to create lasting change in your body in just a few weeks. Its technique incorporates fat-torching interval training with functional stretches to increase flexibility and will effectively – and safely – reshape your entire body. Despite the low-impact nature of the workout, trust us, it’s tough. This month the fitness group is offering all SheerLuxe VIPs a free class, worth £28. Not signed up to be an SL VIP? Become one using the link below.
Locations in Chelsea, Chiswick, Hampstead, Islington, Kensington, Mayfair, Moorgate, Notting Hill, Wandsworth and Wimbledon Village; offer valid until 15th December
BE A VIP HERE: Kurobuta
This hip restaurant is a must-visit for inventive Japanese food and great cocktails in cool, relaxed surroundings. This month brings a grand relaunch at a new location in Fulham. To celebrate Kurobuta’s reopening, the restaurant is offering all SL VIP members 30% off the bill for up to six people, plus a complimentary founder’s membership, which gets you 15% off the bill every time, as well as access to exclusive events and offers. Not yet an SL VIP? Sign up to become a member using the link below.
351 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9TW; offer valid until 30th September
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