ENJOY A TASTE OF FINE DINING HERE: Folie To Go
Having temporarily closed the doors of its Golden Square restaurant, Folie has launched Folie To Go where diners can receive meals via premium delivery service Supper, as well as by collection. Founder Guillaume Depoix has designed an at-home menu, with dishes focusing on the Italian and French Riviera, plus a drinks offering including Folie’s extended wine list and spirits, and a new selection of ready-to pour cocktails from Paris-based Ely Cocktails. Vibrant mains include chicken paillard with sage, olives and lemon; gnocchi with red peppers, tomato and basil; the ultimate Folie cheeseburger with a house bun, comté cheese and confit onions. All dishes are prepared by exec head chef Christophe Marleix and his team, and are available Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and from 5:30pm until 9:30pm with a delivery radius of 2.5 miles.
GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: Coriolanus
When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. As famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people. This week’s live stream from London’s National Theatre is Shakespeare’s epic play, with Tom Hiddleston starring in the titular role. Originally filmed in 2014 during its inaugural run, the production is directed by Josie Rourke, while the supporting cast includes Mark Gatiss (The Favourite), Alfred Enoch (How To Get Away With Murder) and Deborah Findlay (The Split). The show is available on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel from 7pm on Thursday 4th June until 11th June.
BINGE-WATCH ONE OF OUR FAVE SERIES HERE: Queer Eye Series 5
With lockdown measures still largely in place, the latest drop from the Fab Five couldn’t come at a better time. Landing on Netflix this Friday, series five of Queer Eye follows Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan Fran, Karamo Brown and Anthony Porowski as they transform the looks and lives of people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Even better, this season has been bumped up to ten episodes instead of the usual eight, with a sixth season already confirmed. As always, the show is about much more than just transforming outward appearance – watch as the Fab Five teach their subjects how to appreciate themselves and grow as human beings, too.
Available on Netflix from Friday 5th June
SUPPORT ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET HERE: ENB At Home
Whether its tuning into one of English National Ballet’s Wednesday Watch Parties, or streaming a ballet class with artistic director and professional dancer Tamara Rojo, there are numerous ways to engage with and support one of the country’s premier arts institutions. Upcoming highlights this month include live streams of Kenneth Macmillan’s Song of The Earth and Manon (both of which will remain available for 48 hours after they are broadcast), as well as exclusive behind the scenes access to the ENB 70th Anniversary Gala. Still want more? Watch ENG artist Amber Hunt prepare her pointe shoes as part of a one-off 30-minute documentary on the iconic ballet shoe, or take part in a family Swan Lake workshop with dance artist Sarah Golightly.
REPLICATE YOUR LOCAL PUB GARDEN HERE: Sun Tavern Delivery
With summer well and truly on its way, and current guidelines allowing for up to six people to meet in a park or garden, now seems as good a time as any to replicate your favourite pub garden at home. The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green has created a selection of bespoke picnic hamper kits filled with bottles of prosecco and rosé, alongside a snack selection of local cheeses available for collection from the Hackney cocktail bar. With glasses, cutlery and plates provided in the hamper, it’s the perfect al fresco set-up for any summer affair or gift experience. Other new additions include a series of limited-edition beer kegs created in conjunction with some of London’s best independent breweries, a rhubarb cider home brewing kit, as well as pre-bottled cocktail sets and frozen Irish coffee, served daily from the bar's hatch on Bethnal Green Road. All those within a two-mile radius will have The Sun Tavern’s co-founder Andy Kerr personally hand deliver the cocktails out of his 1980’s MG, ensuring your cocktails will arrive in style.
PLAN A VIRTUAL PARTY WITH A DIFFERENCE HERE: The Digital Murder Mystery Co.
A great way to celebrate milestone occasions, connect with friends and family, or host a work party – even while the majority of us remain apart – digital murder mystery parties are everywhere. A new business born out of lockdown, The Digital Murder Mystery Co. brings you three types of packages, so you can choose the perfect style to suit your budget. Starting at just £69, choose from download-ready parties, immersive evenings with award-winning performers, and fully bespoke events – all of which are designed for entertaining online. Appropriate for between four and 12 guests, and with multiple themes and guides available, packages also include custom recipes and playlists to get everyone in the spirit. We love the sound of 1920s Paris, which sees Coco host another one of her famed soirées – when one of the guests is found poisoned to death. The doors are locked and everyone is kept inside. Someone at the party is responsible, and it’s your job to see through their glittering charm and unmask the secret killer.
ENJOY A LIVE GIG HERE: Royal Albert Home
This Thursday at 7:30pm, Tim Burgess will deliver an exclusive set from his home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Having toured the world as frontman of The Charlatans, who have performed at the venue twice, Burgess just released his fifth solo album, I Love The New Sky. During lockdown, he’s been busy uniting music lovers with #TimsTwitterListeningParty, in which people all around the world listen to an album at the same time and share their experiences. He’s also been learning the guitar – new skills which will no doubt be on show as part of this concert.
BUY FRESH GROCERIES & FLOWERS HERE: Tart At Home
While its Belgravia restaurant and deli remain closed, Wild By Tart has been working to bring the best of its famous dishes and produce to your homes. Having finally launched its Tart at Home online shop, fans of the eatery can now order Tart favourites, meals, groceries, gift hampers, homeware and flowers – all of which are available for collection or delivery within a 10 mile radius. The online offering is updated every week and you can sign up to the mailing list for updates. We seriously recommend the tomato and harissa tart paired with a summer leaf and herb salad. Fancy trying some of the deli classics at home yourself? Order a copy of A Love Of Eating: Recipes From Tart London here.
DISCOVER A NEW FAVOURITE READ HERE: Writers & Lovers by Lily King
An extraordinary new novel of art, love and ambition from Lily King, the New York Times-bestselling author of Euphoria, Writers & Lovers fizzes with wit, eloquence and wisdom. It follows Casey in the last days of a long youth, a time when everything – her family, her work, her relationships – comes to a crisis. Hugely moving and impossibly funny, it is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another. A novel about love and creativity, it captures the moment when a woman becomes an artist, and is achingly perceptive about the hopes and disappointments of modern relationships.
ENJOY A TASTE OF JAPAN HERE: Yatai
Created by Japanese-born Angelo Sato and brought to life at Market Halls in 2019, the opening of Yatai followed a hugely successful bento box pop-up, Mission Sato, in Old Street in 2017, and permanent grab-and-go restaurant Omoide in Bermondsey. Now, the team has launched a new food delivery service to bring traditional Japanese dishes to the residents of south London, with a menu featuring classically prepared sushi bowls, donburis, katsu curries and sandos. Fans will be familiar with many of the dishes on the menu, such as the chicken katsu curry and the bestselling ‘Pride of Japan’, a tuna-based sushi bowl which packs a healthy kick. For Londoners outside of the current delivery radius, Sato has joined forces with Lucky Pilgrim's newest project, The Cook Down, to help satisfy those with katsu cravings through a collection of his own recipes. As part of the project, Sato reveals an assortment of his culinary secrets, including how to create the perfect dashi noodle broth, and how to perfect Japanese-style pickles.
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