CATCH THIS SMASH HIT MUSICAL HERE: Hamilton
This Friday night, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton will land on streaming service Disney+. Having fast-tracked the premiere of the filmed version to reach audiences sooner amid the coronavirus pandemic (it was supposed to drop in October 2021) subscribers will be able to watch the production in full from this weekend. Following the tale of America’s founding fathers, and filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June 2016, Hamilton stars Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Tony Award nominee Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. Book your front row seat by signing up to Disney+ for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year.
ENJOY THE VIEWS FROM THIS ROOFTOP BAR: Skylight London
Skylight London, known for its panoramic and uninterrupted views across the capital’s skyline, will be opening its doors for its belated and long-awaited summer season this Saturday at midday. Londoners will finally be able to meet up with friends at one of the city’s best outdoor venues, and enjoy food and drinks in a safe, clean, open-air environment. In preparation for its summer re-opening, the Skylight management team have worked closely with a leading health and safety consultant to devise a robust Covid-secure system. This means bookings for its iconic rooftop lawn games have been temporarily paused to allow for greater physical distancing, with all tables now bookable for a £10 reservation fee. Guests will need to have a booking in order to enter the venue and ensure controlled numbers, and drinks collection points will be located at the end of each table. There will also be a simple one-way system throughout the venue as well as a controlled stairway, and Skylight’s cleaning staff will be working hard to maintain the necessary standards.
GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: Les Blancs
An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, having returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm. This week for the National Theatre’s at-home broadcast, Yaël Farber directs the final play by playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which critics call a “brave, illuminating and powerful work” that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution. This archive recording was originally captured by the National Theatre during the 2016 run, but will be broadcast via the theatre’s official YouTube channel this Thursday at 7pm. It will also be available to watch for a further seven days after that.
BRUSH UP ON YOUR MAKE UP SKILLS HERE: Charlotte Cowen
With some of the world's best make up artists losing a sighnificant amount of work amid the global lockdown, it was only a matter of time before they embarked on new ventures. After realising how many people were keen to learn new skills while in isolation, Charlotte Cowen has launched online makeup lessons so you can perfect your technique from home. Broken down into two parts, lessons consist of an initial one-hour consultation, which sees Charlotte go through your existing makeup bag as she watches you apply your usual products via Zoom. From there, you'll run through products from Charlotte's professional kit which she reckons will work for you. For part two, with your newly-delivered products in hand, listen as Charlotte explains how to use them as she applies her own makeup at the same time as you. By learning together on Zoom, you'll master a new look in no time. Each lesson costs £100, with more details – including how to contact Charlotte – available online.
REMINISCE WITH THIS REBOOT HERE: The Babysitter’s Club
For anyone who grew up in the late 80s and 90s, reading The Babysitter Club books marked a rite of passage. Having already been turned into a film starring Rachel Leigh Cook in 1995, the Netflix reboot lands this Friday, and stars another 90s icon in the form of Alicia Silverstone, who plays one of the girl’s mothers. The streaming giant has said it hopes to share the adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Ann Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) with a whole new generation. Fans of the original books will be glad to hear writer Ann M. Martin is a producer on the series, with the contemporary dramedy aiming to champion the same important themes, including friendship, female empowerment, divorce and racism.
Available on Netflix from Friday 3rd July
RETURN TO THIS CLASSIC LONDON EATERY HERE: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy Chelsea Garden reopens this Saturday, 4th July, with a newly-refurbished summer garden for guests to enjoy with friends and family. Guests can look forward to a host of exciting, creative cocktails and delicious dishes, all set against a backdrop of tranquil surroundings. The restaurant has also collaborated with one of the UK’s leading garden designers, Jo Thompson, to create a beautiful, floral installation in celebration of the re-opening of the restaurant, and the hospitality sector as a whole. Rest assured, the restaurant will be implementing the highest standards of health and safety, ensuring both guests and employees are dining and working in a completely safe environment. Measures will include thermal cameras for temperature checks, the use of tracking software for all employees and professional deep cleaning and disinfecting on a daily basis. Air filtration units have also been fitted (they’re 99% effective in killing the MRSA and H1N1 viruses, which are part of the same RNA Coronavirus family) and dedicated members of staff have been appointed to ensure health and standards are met. Bookings are essential and can be made online.
PRUNE YOUR SKILLS WITH A WORKSHOP HERE: Wild Meadow Bouquet Live Class
Aimed at getting you firmly into the summer spirit, animal welfare charity Wild at Heart Foundation is hosting a floristry workshop with celebrated florist Nikki Tibbles. Although the event doesn’t take place until next Thursday, all bouquet boxes will need be shipped ahead of the event, so tickets should be purchased no later than Tuesday 7th July to ensure timely arrival. Bouquet boxes include all the flowers you need to build a small/medium bouquet and a private Zoom link to the event, where Nikki will demonstrate how to create your own masterpiece. In terms of your own tools, all you’ll need is a good pair of scissors and a vase. All money raised by the event will go directly to the Wild at Heart Foundation and its global projects.
Book your tickets here
RELAX IN A ROOFTOP CABANA HERE: The Mandrake
This summer, The Mandrake hotel is unveiling its Mandrake cabana – exclusive private drinking and dining spaces that open onto the hotel's hidden oasis terrace. Launching this Saturday in sync with the wider hotel re-opening, the cabanas offer laid-back spaces for guests to dance, drink and feast. Each of the ten cabanas are available for reservation throughout both day and night, and a table service menu is available with South American-inspired dishes and cocktails on offer. Meanwhile, YOPO, the hotel’s restaurant and Jurema, its outdoor terrace space, will re-open their doors on the same day. Both YOPO and Jurema will provide guests with a sense of escapism for stylish drinking and dining, from morning to evening. In time for the July reopening, bookings can now be made by emailing email@example.com or calling 0203 1467770.
HEAD TO THE DRIVE-IN HERE: Rooftop Film Club
Rooftop Film Club has brought back its al-fresco cinema experience to offer Londoners a much-needed escape. Located at Alexandra Palace, the Drive In Film Club is set to open this Saturday, with guests able to enjoy an away-from-home cinematic experience from their own vehicle. Audiences can expect to see a mix of modern and classic films, starting with the iconic 50s-set classic Grease. Choose from two different screenings, seven days a week, with the first season of films lasting for the month of July. Tickets are £27.50 per car for the 5pm and 2pm screenings and £29.50 for 8pm screenings, regardless of occupancy. Guests will also have the option to bring their own snacks or order food and drinks once on site. All orders are to be made online and will be dropped off outside the customer’s car door. Finally, to thank NHS workers on the frontline, the drive-in will be reserving 20 free tickets per screening specifically for UK healthcare workers. Meanwhile, all proceeds from one screening a month will be donated directly to anti-racism charities.
ENJOY AN AL FRESCO LUNCH HERE: Wild By Tart Pop-Up
This Saturday, Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison of Wild By Tart will open their pop-up restaurant in Eccleston Yards. A continuation of the restaurant and deli’s farm-to-fork ethos, all ingredients are seasonally or locally sourced, while the bar will serve a carefully curated selection of summery cocktails, wine and draft beer. Focusing on BBQ-style dishes, diners can enjoy a selection of grilled meat, fish and vegetables, such as charred Cornish mackerel with pickled rhubarb and crème fraiche; and glazed pork belly chop with fermented chilli. Accompanied by side dishes such as smokey pulled aubergine with labneh, tahini, chilli oil and pomegranate; and grilled salted English peas with romesco, there will also be a selection of pizzas, including spiced lamb, harissa, feta, coriander yoghurt, pickled guindilla and dill; and charred courgette, goats’ cheese, nettle, tarragon and truffle honey. The Wild by Tart bar will also be open to visitors who are not dining, with appropriately spaced deck chairs and seating available.
SUPPORT THE NHS HERE: The Biggest Thank You Ever
This Sunday, the UK is set to say its biggest thank you ever as we enter the next phase of easing lockdown restrictions. NHS Charities Together is encouraging people to come outside at 5pm and clap to celebrate the NHS' official birthday, as well as all of the key workers who have helped steer the country through the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, there will also be a minute’s silence on the evening of 4th July, when people will be asked to light a candle in their window in remembrance of all who have died during this time. You can RSVP to the event via the NHS Charities Together website, which will entitle you to receive a download pack full of exclusive posters, celebrity chef recipes, decorations and thank you cards.
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