GET YOUR WEEKEND WINE DELIVERED HERE: Bar Douro
As Bar Douro continues to adapt to these challenging times, the London eatery has edited a list of its wines to drink at home, with cases now available to order straight to your door, Monday to Friday, just in time for your weekend dining plans. The selection includes an organic and unfiltered pet nat by folias de baco ‘Uivo’ from The Douro, a zesty and fresh vinho verde, Filipa Pato’s creamy and chalky white from Bairrada and a selection of wines and ports from Churchill’s, including the dry white port – aged for ten years and best served chilled neat or mixed with tonic, and garnished with a sprig of mint and orange peel. Often recognised as having one of the best Iberian wine lists in London, the team’s carefully sourced Portuguese bottles have always been as important as the small plates usually served alongside it.
READ THE KIDS A BEDTIME STORY HERE: Caribu
If you’ve got young children, you’ll be all too familiar with the importance of the bedtime story. With this brilliant app, essential worker parents and (socially) distant relatives can now dial in to help read to little ones at night. Once you’ve created an account, you’ll be presented with a blank screen and a single book. First, add your contacts – you’ll need to ensure everyone who requires access has an iPad and an account with Caribu – by using their email addresses. On placing the video call, you’ll see a screen for each participant and a virtual bookshelf – one for you, and one for the other person. Each new user can enjoy one free e-book, with most costing in the region of £1.99. That said, any user can read a book from another’s bookshelf – so volumes need only be purchased once. The best news? You can also colour, draw and watch cartoons together too. Perfect for grandparents missing out on valuable time spent with their grandchildren.
“GO” TO THE THEATRE HERE: Treasure Island
In this week’s broadcast from the National Theatre, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Streaming live on YouTube at 7pm on Thursday 16th April, but available to view until the 23rd, see Olivier Award-winner Patsy Ferran (Summer and Smoke) play Jim and Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) play Long John Silver in this rip-roaring adventure, suitable for children over the age of ten. It’s free to watch, but if you’d like to support the National Theatre, you can donate here or text ‘NTATHOME 10’ to 70085 to donate £10.
GET YOUR LOVE ISLAND FIX HERE: Too Hot To Handle
Finding there’s a Love Island or Love Is Blind-shaped hole in your life? Netflix is on the case, bringing you a new reality-based relationship series this Friday. Too Hot To Handle will follow ten singles as they are taken to a special island villa for four weeks to find love and $10,000 each, or $100,000 in total. However, while on the island, the contestants are informed by a virtual assistant, Lana, that they cannot do anything romantic or sensual. If they give in to temptation, then the prize money will drop. With a mix of international contestants from Australia, the UK and the US, the series is eight episodes long – ideal for those fearful of long-term commitment.
SUPPORT THE NHS HERE: Thank You T-Shirt
As the coronavirus lockdown continues, conscious e-commerce specialist Kindred has teamed up with the #ClapFourOurCarers campaign (founded by Dutch national Annemarie Plas) and the NHS Charities to try and raise £5m to support the UK healthcare system at this critical time. You can help support the cause by buying one of these certified organic cotton t-shirts – complete with the now-iconic rainbow logo – via the Kindred online shop for £20. Printed in the UK with low-waste printing technology in a renewable energy powered factory, the t-shirts have already won a legion of A-List fans, from Laura Whitmore to Claudia Winkelman. A great way to say thank you to all the frontline workers.
ENJOY THE SECRET CINEMA EXPERIENCE HERE: Secret Sofa
Known for its immersive storytelling, Secret Cinema is launching Secret Sofa, a weekly home entertainment series where audiences can create their own cinema experience, in collaboration with ice-cream brand Häagen-Dazs. For an initial eight weeks, at 7:30pm every Friday, Secret Sofa will facilitate a virtual in-home screening of Secret Cinema’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed films, as well as lesser-known gems. Expect character narratives, costume suggestions, interactive elements and typical Secret Cinema surprises. This week’s screening will be The Grand Budapest Hotel, with screenings announced as part of a new weekly newsletter. Here, viewers will also receive a special code to order the chosen Häagen-Dazs flavour of the week via a collaboration with Amazon Prime. To match the whimsical style of director Wes Anderson, this week’s flavour is strawberry cheesecake.
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ORDER IN A WEEKEND FEAST HERE: Jimmy’s Isolation Party
At a time when the nation’s been asked to stay at home and going to the supermarket has become a less-than-enjoyable experience, consider ordering one of these isolation boxes from Jimmy Garcia, one of London’s most well-known pop-up restaurateurs. The team will even lend you all the expert kit, plus all the ingredients, fuel and recipes so you can have your own fondue party, make you own stone-baked pizza or fire up a BBQ. Delivering boxes on a Friday, the team will collect the equipment on the following Tuesday (just put them back into the re-usable boxes provided), while all recipes are backed up by online videos and instruction cards. Even better, you can help support Jimmy’s ‘Donate A Dinner’ campaign, which has already raised almost £15,000 to deliver and cook 5,000 meals to those that need it the most, as well as NHS staff at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
GET BACK TO NATURE HERE: The Well Gardened Mind
With all of us allowed out for just an hour a day, the healing power of nature has never been clearer. In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, new book The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – that working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence. From the prisoners less likely to reoffend if they’re given the chance to grow plants, to the elderly people living longer if they have access to a garden, author Sue Stuart-Smith tells brilliant, illuminating stories of people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction, from asylum seekers to veterans, inner-city young people to the retired. A pertinent reminder of the power of the natural world during a challenging time.
DISCOVER A TASTE OF ITALY HERE: Tuscany Now & More
Amid the lockdown, luxury travel and villa company Tuscany Now & More is bringing a taste of Italy right to your own kitchen. Hosted by various Italian chefs and wine experts, tune into its Instagram Live sessions to learn how to make spinach and ricotta ravioli at 4pm on 19th April, followed by a wine tasting at 5:30pm, exploring pinot grigio from the north-east of the country. Not sure if you’re free? The lives will be saved to the brand’s highlights reel on Instagram, so viewers can watch later or revisit instructions and advice. Ingredients and necessary wines will be available on the Tuscany Now & More Instagram page on the Wednesday before each session.
SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE HERE: Tove Studio x Women's Aid Archive Sale
Starting on Thursday and lasting through Sunday 19th April, contemporary fashion brand Tove Studio is aiming to raise money for Women’s Aid in light of the soaring number of mental and physical abuse cases amid the global coronavirus lockdown. Reacting to some of the heart-breaking stories of women and children who have been forced to stay home or return to abusive partners due to coronavirus, the brand will donate 100% of its profits from a one-off sale of its archive pieces to the women’s charity. With full details yet to be announced, be sure to keep a close eye on Tove’s Instagram @tovestudio and main site for more information.
CATCH UP ON ALL THINGS SL HERE: In Conversation, Instagram & More
This week, SheerLuxe founder Georgie Coleridge Cole is joined by Laura Mills, aka The Fashion Bug Blog, to chat all things lockdown, as part of our new podcast series In Conversation. The two discuss everything from daily burpies, to baking with babies, from how to wear colour (seriously, check out her Instagram page for proof) to how to strengthen your pelvic floor. Plus, hear all her tips on who to follow now, and the best tips for nailing social media content. Still want more? Keep up with the SheerLuxe Highlights Podcast, The Brief and don’t forget to tune into our Instagram account for everything from recipe suggestions to at-home vlogs with some of SL’s favourite staffers.
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