HEAD FOR WEEKEND BRUNCH HERE: Café Beam
Award-winning neighbourhood café Beam has reopened both its Highbury and Crouch End sites. Known for its delicious Mediterranean and British-inspired dishes, the full menu will be available along with a new sharing breakfast, ‘Kahvalti’ – a traditional Middle Eastern-inspired spread which translates as “before coffee”. Including spicy sausage, halloumi with honey, filo pastry, shakshuka with aubergine, two fried eggs with chilli flakes, hummus, harrisa yoghurt, beetroot borani, feta and marinated olives, the new breakfast costs £16pp. The restaurant has also implemented a range of measures to ensure diners feel comfortable: tables are at least one metre apart; staff will wear masks at all times; tables, chairs and condiments are all cleaned between sittings, and bathrooms are also cleaned thoroughly and frequently. Meanwhile, west Londoners should make a note of Beam’s new restaurant opening in Notting Hill at the end of August.
VISIT THIS YOGA EVENT HERE: Pop-Up At The Beach
You don’t have to jet off this summer to feel the sand between your toes. Pop Up At The Beach is back for its third year at Neverland London in Fulham, for another season of (socially distanced) beach yoga. Starting this Saturday, kick off the weekend with a 75-minute beach yoga flow class led by experienced yogi Cassie, as well as guest teachers who will bring their own styles to each session. From vinyasa to yin, and power to acro, there’ll be something new to try each week. With socially distanced mat space and flexible booking times at the Thamesside beach spot, yogis can experience a little slice of paradise surrounded by palm trees and beach huts – giving you that holiday fix without having to leave the country. Class tickets cost £20 and also include entry to Neverland London, as well as a vegan treat to enjoy at the end of the class.
GET INTO A NEW NETFLIX SERIES HERE: Dating Around Brazil
Good news for those missing Love Island this summer – a new dating show lands on streaming service Netflix this Friday. Following six singles seeking love in São Paulo, watch as each contestant goes on five blind dates to meet people who are completely different from each other. The result: a romantic kaleidoscope where it is possible to witness the rise of genuine connections, but also the dreaded ‘friend zone’. If one of the crushes appears to be the perfect match, a second date will take place in one of the city’s most iconic locations. For those wanting more, the first two seasons of the original, US version of Dating Around are available to watch on Netflix now.
ENJOY A SUMMERTIME TREAT HERE: Dominique Ansel Bakery
Loyal customers will be pleased to know the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Belgravia has reopened its doors after its coronavirus-imposed lockdown, and is bringing back its popular What-a-Melon soft serve to celebrate. The limited-edition offering requires hundreds of slices of ripe watermelon, all of which are filled to order with refreshing homemade watermelon soft-serve and chocolate "seeds" to finish. If that sounds like your idea of a summertime treat, be sure to pay the bakery a visit before the end of August when the item will disappear from menus. The bakery is open from midday to 8pm daily, with prices for the What-a-Melon soft serve starting from £6.50.
17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RP
TAKE IN SOME WORLD CLASS ART HERE: National Gallery
The capital’s museums and galleries are gradually opening their doors, including London’s National Gallery. While the museum was free to enter prior to the coronavirus outbreak, future visitors are now required to book a ticket in advance – even to access the general collection – so that social distancing measures can be maintained. Hand sanitiser will be available at regular intervals, while all visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask or covering. Personal protective equipment (PPE) has been given to all staff, and the frequency of cleaning throughout the gallery has been increased. Art lovers should make a point of booking tickets to the five-star exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death, which has been extended to run until 17th January 2021.
Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, WC2N 5DN
SUPPORT THE NHS HERE: NICE Wine For Heroes Charity Bottle
Having launched its pale rosé and sauvignon blanc in slimline cans last year, summer 2020 should have seen the rollout of London start-up NICE’s canned red wine – a smooth Argentinian Malbec. Instead, with summer events still largely on hold, NICE has decided to pay it forward, creating Wine For Heroes, a limited run of 20,000 bottles, profits from which will be donated to NHS charities. The new initiative follows NICE’s ‘Nurses Are Awesome’ campaign, which asked people to nominate NHS carers to receive free wine during lockdown. The new bottles are dressed with an eye-catching label depicting a true NHS hero – frontline nurse Ella. The new bottle will go on sale via the brand’s website and Amazon, and the existing range can be found at Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Amazon.
GET OUT AND ABOUT HERE: National Trust sites
The National Trust is gradually opening its gardens and parklands across England and Northern Ireland, but all visitors will be required to make advance bookings to ensure reduced capacity and social distancing. New tickets will be released every Friday (tip – try to get in early), with one week of booking opened at a time and more sites added each week. A range of new safety measures have also been put in place to organise the flow of vehicle and foot traffic, minimising the need for person-to-person interaction and maintaining a safe flow of people coming into the site. For now, stately houses and homes remain closed, with all visitors urged to visit property web pages for the latest information about which facilities are open. Picnics and bring-your-own snacks are encouraged, but BBQs are banned due to fire risk.
TAKE PART IN A PRIVATE SUPPER CLUB HERE: Supa Ya Ramen
Before Supa Ya Ramen opens the doors to its first permanent restaurant, it plans to return to its supper club roots. From 8th July, the intimate Supa Ya Ramen shop on Hackney Road will host small bubble bookings for between six and eight people to enjoy their own private dinner. Priced at £25 a head, each guest will be treated to a set menu, featuring a choice of a meat or vegetarian ramen and sharing plates, as well as corkage for BYOB. Initially available through its Instagram page here, booking are available Wednesday to Sunday each week – although Supa Ya Ramen will also be looking to make its outdoor tables available for walk-ins, as well as setting up a click-and-collect service for hot food.
GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: The Deep Blue Sea
With Britain’s theatres set to receive emergency funding as part of the government’s coronavirus bailout package, the National Theatre’s run of live streams is drawing to a close. The penultimate broadcast – this time of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea – stars Helen McCrory in the main role of Hester Collyer, who is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt. Set in in west London in 1952, it follows the story of Hester’s tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion, all set behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility. Available to watch from 7pm this Thursday, the play earned McCrory five-star reviews during its original run. Broadcast via the theatre’s YouTube channel, the production will be available to watch until 16th July.
GET YOUR PIZZA FIX HERE: Pizza Pilgrims
Pizza Pilgrims is gradually reopening its doors, starting with its West India Quay location where guests can book to be the first to try the pizza pioneers’ new eight cheese pizza, along with the usual fan favourites. To ensure guests eat-in with confidence, all Pizza Pilgrims locations will now have reduced capacity, along with increased table spacing, digital ordering and contactless or phone payments. Guests are encouraged to pre-book, with a maximum of six people per table, while booking times will be staggered to reduce congestion. Walk-ins will still be allowed – but names will be taken for every party. For now, West India Quay is the only open location, but Kingly Street and Dean Street will follow suit this weekend. The brand’s Pizza in the Post kits, which sold out in 37 seconds when first released during lockdown, along with click-and-collect and delivery pizzas are all still available to order online or via Deliveroo.
Various locations across London
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