SHOP FOR A GOOD CAUSE HERE: #SheInspiresMe Virtual Car Boot Sale
This once-in-a-blue-moon shopping event, which was due to take place in London’s Soho prior to the coronavirus outbreak, is now going virtual. Instead of visiting the venue in person this Saturday, shoppers can now raise some much-needed cash for Women for Women via the #SheInspiresMe car boot sale by logging on from the comfort of their own home. Shop the wardrobes of some of the most stylish designers, editors, stylists and influencers out there, all of whom have picked and donated pre-loved items from their closets, with 100% of the proceeds going to women in need. Simply follow the Women for Women Instagram page, and visit your favourite sellers’ own accounts from 11am. Details of the full line-up will be available beforehand, with shoppers encouraged to sign up to the Women for Women newsletter to find out more. Once you see something you love, click through to the @Givergy page to bid on the item you want. Enter your name and card details to place a bid – and wait to see who wins. Direct, no-contact delivery will be then be arranged to get your new pieces sent out to you asap.
GET YOUR FESTIVAL FIX HERE: ALSO Festival
Salon London’s three-day cultural festival will take place online this weekend. A weekend of talks, music, comedy and workshops will include a masterclass on nailing a karaoke classic with ALSO’s resident vocal coach and festival co-founder Juliet Russell, a live book club where guests have the chance to put their questions to some of the country’s best-known authors, as well as a host of different wellness, food and at-home experiences. There’ll also be a selection of thought-provoking talks and lectures on some of the biggest themes affecting British industries. Lauren Bravo heads up the ‘fast fashion’ theme, while Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter explains how statistics can help you look at the wealth of information currently surrounding us and how best to navigate your way to the truth. Tickets for the virtual festival are available online now – while tickets already purchased for the physical festival will grant access to both the virtual and newly rescheduled event in August.
SUPPORT FRONTLINE WORKERS HERE: #DrawForNHS
A new social enterprise, DrawFor, has launched its debut campaign #DrawForNHS – a creative initiative designed to support frontline health workers. Harnessing the talent of UK-based artists, designers and illustrators, the enterprise has created a collection of limited-edition prints, with all profits donated to NHS Charities Together. Available to purchase now via DrawFor’s website for £20 each, the first release of prints features artworks by a range of emerging, established and cult artists, including the playful typography of London-based graphic designer Catarina Bianchini and the vibrant figures of Stockholm-hailed illustrator Alva Sko. Throughout the campaign, DrawFor will continue to invite designers and illustrators to contribute to an evolving collection of works, with artists encouraged to sign up via website to join the growing community.
BRING A TASTE OF SARDINIA TO YOUR KITCHEN HERE: Bitter Honey by Letitia Clark
With all of us spending more time in the kitchen, it’s not surprising to see our cookbook collection suddenly expanding. But when it comes to volumes which offer equal parts foodie and travel inspiration, it probably doesn’t get much better than this new release from Letitia Clark. Long awaited, her new book Bitter Honey pays homage to the author’s new home of Sardinia (she moved there in 2017). Try your hand at roasted aubergines with honey, mint, garlic and burrata, or a zesty salad of celery, orange, anchovy and hazelnut, followed by malloreddus (the shell-shaped pasta from the region) with crab, saffron and tomato. Part holiday, part cookbook, Bitter Honey is a window into a covetable – now more than ever – lifestyle in the sun.
WATCH A WEST END MUSICAL HERE: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Shows Must Go On
Theatre buffs missing out on their regular trips to London’s West End will be pleased to know the king of musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber is attempting to fill the void. Having already launched The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel last month, this weekend sees one of his best-loved productions hit the smaller screen. On Friday 15th May at 7pm, tune in to watch the 1999 production of Cats starring Elaine Paige, John Partridge, Jacob Brent, Jason Gardiner and Sir John Mills. The show will then be free to stream for the next 48 hours. Perfect if you’re looking to resign the recent flop of a film to the history books, and remember what made the show such a hit more than two decades ago.
GET FIT HERE: Barry’s At-Home Membership
Cult fitness brand Barry’s Bootcamp has launched its own virtual Red Room – ‘Barry’s At Home’ – bringing its signature studio workout led by world-class trainers right to your living room. With a full daily schedule of instructor-led, 50-minute classes focused on three different formats – bodyweight, bands and weight training – clients can pay per class through the Barry’s website, or, later this month, sign up to weekly or monthly memberships. Once registered, Barry’s will share a Zoom link 20 minutes before each class, with Barry’s usual front of house staff on hand to sign you in, just like at the studio. Bringing as much of the real experience to digital users as possible, Barry’s instructors will also be there to correct form, offer encouragement and drop the most epic playlists to bring you 50 minutes of high-intensity exercise. Barry’s ‘At Home’ classes are priced at £12 for a single session, while existing packages can also be used against ‘At Home’ classes – all of which will become a permanent feature for the brand moving forward.
BINGE WATCH A NEW SERIES HERE: White Lines
When Zoe Walker's brother Axel is found dead, almost 20 years after going missing while working as a DJ on Ibiza, she decides to travel there and investigate. Once on the island, she quickly heads down a decadent and dangerous path as the police refuse to touch a two-decade old case. From the creator of Money Heist and the producers of The Crown, Spanish-British mystery thriller White Lines drops on streaming service Netflix this Friday. Starring Laura Haddock (Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Capture) and Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, 1917), the new ten-part series combines multiple genres and complex storylines to create something truly original. Filmed between June and October last year in the Balearic Islands, the idyllic locations are sure to be a visual feast. In fact, the early previews have been so well received, a second season is already rumoured to be in the works.
Available on Netflix from Friday
BOOK YOUR BRUNCH TICKETS HERE: Big Brunch Lock-In
The Big Brunch Lock-In is shaping up to be the UK’s biggest and first-ever ‘brunch from home’ event, with anyone across the country able to take part thanks to a range of vendors agreeing to ship nationwide. A £35 ticket will include everything you need, including cocktail delivery, five brunch recipes from the UK’s most loved dining spots, 20% off your bill at those venues when they reopen, and a 90-minute live music set from one of the UK’s most-loved club DJs. Even better, £5 from each ticket will also be donated to the NHS to help support their efforts during the coronavirus crisis. Although not taking place until the end of the month, be sure to book your tickets asap to guarantee your delivery slots.
TAKE A YOGA CLASS HERE: Courmayeur Live Yoga Class
With lockdown restrictions having lifted ever so slightly in Italy, ski resort Courmayeur Mont Blanc has decided to launch a live yoga class on Saturday 16th May at 10am. The class will be live-streamed via the Courmayeur Mont Blanc Instagram page from the garden of yoga instructor Betta Frera – an expert in kundalini yoga for the past 14 years – complete with the stunning backdrop of the Mont Blanc mountains. Surrounded by untouched nature and wild landscapes, members of the class can unwind, reconnect and soak up the glacial lakes and spectacular views – all of which lend themselves perfectly to relaxation and meditation.
GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: NT At Home
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire, the Egyptian queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. As of Thursday 14th May, there’s still time to catch the National Theatre’s breath-taking production of Shakespeare’s Anthony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter, James Bond) and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda). If you’ve missed it, be sure to tune in from 7pm on Thursday night for a never-before-seen archive recording of Inua Ellams’ smash-hit play Barbour Shop Chronicles, about the places where banter is barbed, and the truth is telling.
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