BRING LONDON’S TOP RESTAURANTS TO YOUR HOME: Covent Garden Delivery
Missing the dining scene of Covent Garden? You can now order your favourite dishes straight to your door. A range of the square’s best eateries have joined the online revolution amid the continued shutdown of pubs and restaurants, so foodies can choose from Din Tai Fung’s famous chilli crab and pork buns, tacquitos from Sushisamba or custard tarts from Santa Nata. Other restaurants including Duck & Waffle, The Oystermen and Henrietta Bistro have also curated takeaway menus for Londoners missing their favourite dishes, available for delivery or pick up this weekend. Alongside these at-home culinary experiences, Covent Garden’s Instagram channel is also providing virtual entertainment. Tune in to see head gardener Kenny Raybould answer planting and growing questions on a weekly basis, teaching followers how to ‘grow your own’ and make homes greener, with exclusive content and online events for the week ahead announced every Monday.
GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: National Theatre At Home
It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation. During this era of chaos, when a staggering number of politicians die and age-old traditions are thrown aside, MPs find they must roll up their sleeves and bend the rules to navigate a way through the mother of all parliaments. Following two sold-out runs at London’s National Theatre in 2013, and a West End transfer, this week’s at-home broadcast is This House – a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics by James Graham (the same writer behind the recent TV smash Quiz). Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the play will be broadcast via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel at 7pm this Thursday, and will be available to watch for a week thereafter.
DISCOVER A NEW SERIES HERE: Space Force
This new series starring comedy heavyweights Steve Carrell and Lisa Kudrow – alongside fellow Hollywood mega-star John Malkovich – lands this Friday on Netflix. A workplace comedy series (fans of Carell in the US version of The Office will feel it’s a natural fit) centres on a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces: the United States Space Force. Mark Naird (Carrell) is the general in charge of the effort to get "boots on the moon" per the orders of the president – with chaos bound to ensue. Early reviews have called the series “glitzy, frivolous fun” and a “TV lover’s dream” – making it the perfect box set.
Available on Netflix from Friday 29th May
SAMPLE A NEW FAVOURITE TIPPLE HERE: Pink Marmalade Gin
If you’re keen to freshen up your weekend G&T, this premium colour-changing gin from Pink Marmalade is a fun addition to any bar cart. Dry and zesty, this bottle balances organic botanicals with colour-changing magic: when mixed with tonic, the gin turns from a cool blue to a subtle rose pink via entirely natural methods thanks to butterfly oea flower. The brand is also offering drinkers the chance to order packages from their website, complete with a bottle of Pink Marmalade Gin and five bottles of Fever Tree tonic water for a taste of luxury at home. You can also customise your bottle with a handwritten message for the perfect gift to send to a friend in isolation.
GET CULTURED WITH THE KIDS HERE: #TellingTalesTogether
Explore magic, nature and joy in some of Shakespeare’s most famous stories. Bringing Shakespeare’s Globe’s trademark playfulness into your home, these new interactive online events will include a variety of storytelling and workshop sessions – many of which have been specially designed for kids of different ages. Led by the theatre’s practitioners, the sessions enable kids and their families to get involved from anywhere in the world – simply book in advance and join in from home via Zoom. This Friday kicks off with special workshops on Macbeth, followed by sessions looking into family-favourite A Midsummer Night’s Dream and finally The Tempest. Great if you fear kids are missing out on literary learning at home.
TAKE PART IN A FESTIVAL HERE: Bamford Virtual Wellness Festival
Inspired by the belief that now – more than ever – we need to be nurturing our bodies, minds and spirits, Bamford’s Virtual Wellness Retreat is designed to help you target four key aspects of your well-being: strength, energy, nourishment and peace. Join them online for a restorative day of connection, relaxation and self-reflection, hosted virtually by a team of wellness practitioners from the Cotswolds. With a schedule curated for all levels of ability, individuals, families and friends in the same household can experience the retreat together. Kicking off from 9am and lasting until 4pm, take part in a posture workout before discovering a range of different foods designed to support your immune system. Tickets are £25, with online booking available. You’ll also find all relevant information regarding equipment needed for the day.
ENJOY A COMPLETE COCKTAIL SERVICE HERE: Paloma & Margarita Cocktail Kit Delivery
Two Keys mixers and Tequila Enemigo have partnered up to launch a cocktail kit delivery service allowing bar-starved and thirsty consumers to make bar-quality palomas or margaritas at home. Available for next-day delivery nationwide, the cocktail kits contain a bottle of Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino and four Two Keys mixers, either pink grapefruit or lemon. What’s more, Two Keys will donate 5% of sales to animal charity Tusk.
JOIN AN INSTAGRAM TAKOVER HERE: Tiffany & Co
Tiffany & Co has launched ‘T Time’, a new weekly Instagram Live series consisting of takeovers each Thursday by creative and influential friends of the iconic jewellery house. Focusing on messages of optimism to get us through this difficult time, each guest is invited to share what has inspired them recently, as well as taking questions from Tiffany’s Instagram audience – offering the opportunity to chat to inspiring women. Previous hosts include community builder and author Cleo Wade, stylist to the stars Karla Welch, models Ashley Graham and Carolyn Murphy, and footballers Ashley Harris And Ali Krieger. Tune in every Thursday at 8:30pm over on the Tiffany & Co Instagram page. Not convenient? Previous T Times are saved on the brand’s highlights reel so you can revisit the sessions at a time that suits you.
DINE IN CHELSEA STYLE HERE: Hans’ Bar & Grill
Chelsea dwellers should make the most of Hans’ Bar & Grill’s new takeaway service, which is now available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Having already opened its doors for takeout, the restaurant is serving up some of its signature dishes, with menus (which change weekly) posted online. You can also select from the restaurant’s extensive wine list and arrange for a full Sunday roast if you don’t fancy making your own. Simply place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org between 8am – 8pm with 24 hours’ notice. Lunch collection is between 11am and 1pm, while dinner collection is between 4pm and 6pm. Single and family portions are available and if you have any allergies or food intolerances, you can state them when placing the order.
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