ENJOY SOME FOOD & SHOPPING HERE: Buck Street Market
Buck Street Market has now reopened to the public. Home to the largest rooftop in Camden, the market’s skyline garden will be covered in green plants and feature a millennial-pink terrace complete with a big screen showcasing festivals, environmental films and talks. There are also more than 80 food, drink and retail traders which make up the market, all of which are committed to sustainability and eco-conscious practices and products. Having closed only ten days after its initial launch in response to the coronavirus crisis, Buck Street Market has since implemented one-way systems, installed multiple hand-sanitising stations across the site, and has encouraged its traders to operate within the government guidelines. Social distancing will also be implemented across the area, although the outdoor space will be able to provide activities and events including, yoga classes, workshops and outdoor film screenings.
Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP
TUNE INTO A LIVE COUNTRY GIG HERE: Nashville Meets London
This Saturday, at 7:30pm, a selection of some of the most exciting names in country music will deliver exclusive home sets as part of a takeover of the Royal Albert Home live concert series. Having closed the venue’s doors to keep audiences safe, these shows have opened a (virtual) window so you can still experience some of the most talented artists around. Launched in August 2016 as a music festival, Nashville Meets London (NML) has developed into a global music brand, providing opportunities that support the spread of country and Americana music. For this special online concert, they’ll be presenting one of Nashville’s most versatile bands The Cadillac Three, American country music singer Michael Ray, Canadian singer-songwriter Tenille Townes and Yorkshire-native, Twinnie. The night will also be compered by Country Hits Radio presenter Matt Spracklen.
HEAD TO THIS CELEBRITY POP-UP: ‘Giz & Green’ Pop-Up
After the success of their weekly lockdown Instagram mini-series ‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway’, where musician Professor Green was taught how to make his favourite takeaways by chef Gizzi Erskine, Giz & Green will now be taking over Old Street’s popular Italian-inspired restaurant Passo during the summer. The two friends have decided to turn the most successful dish of the series (their take on the Anglo-American deep-dish stuffed crust pizza) into a pop-up concept by collaborating with Passo, opening this Friday, and are aiming to encourage customers to return to and support local businesses. Other highlights from the menu include the classic Hawaiian, pepperoni and veggie ‘stuffed crust’, with dough made from the highest quality white rye sourdough and sourced from local bakery hero Breadstation. All other ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, while Dalston’s Soda Co. soft drinks will all be available. The menu will be available to eat in (bookings and walk-ins are on offer), take-out and delivery.
80 City Road, Old Street, EC1Y 2BJ
TAKE PART IN A VIRTUAL COCKTAIL PARTY HERE: Zymurgorium Tasting Event
This Friday at 7pm, join brewing experts Zymurgorium to take part in a virtual summer cocktail tasting event. For £30 per person, you’ll learn how to make a host of summer cocktails, with the helping hand of party hosts including acclaimed radio presenter Hattie Pearson and bartender Charlie. Four of those cocktails contain Zymurgorium gin-based liqueurs, including cherry bakewell; sweet violet; strawberry mint; quince and ginger and Turkish delight – all of which will be sent out to you ahead of time, while a Zoom access code will also be emailed to you shortly before the event. With games and challenges to keep things entertaining throughout the evening, tickets and more information can be found here.
LISTEN TO THIS NEW PODCAST HERE: Doing It Right With Pandora Sykes
As her collection of essays How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? is published this week, journalist and podcast host Pandora Sykes has launched a new show to tie in with the book’s release. With only two episodes released so far, each week Pandora interviews an expert in their field, about their life, their work, and the trivialities, myths and anxieties of modern life. A show that combines the big and the little things – because a good life is made up of both – the first episode sees television presenter Joe Lycett sit down to discuss consumer activism, parking tickets, his Bafta nomination and why comedy should "punch up" not down, while the second sees Pandora joined by educator and disability advocate Sinéad Burke. An eye-opening listen.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS TO THIS SUMMER EVENT HERE: Pub In The Park
Having postponed seven of its original events until next year, Pub in the Park’s latest venture – designed especially for the times we find ourselves in – is your way to enjoy delicious food and a great line-up of live music – all from the safety of your own private enclosure. The drive-in Garden Party – which will take place in three different locations over three weekends this September – allows visitors to park up and party with a car-full of friends and family, while enjoying the music and food from their very own socially distanced garden. With a choice of five different restaurants, courtesy of Michelin-starred chefs including Tom Kerridge, Atul Kochhar and Paul Ainsworth, each event will also provide three hours of live music and DJ sets, with acts including the Kaiser Chiefs, 80s legend Rick Astley, Groove Armada, Gabrielle and Basement Jaxx. Hampers of drinks can also be ordered before or during the event and will be safely delivered to each enclosure by waiting staff. Guests will be able to wander the perimeter of the giant main arena to soak up the atmosphere, although full social distancing measures will be in place. Tickets are available to book from Friday 17th July.
DROP BY THIS GROUND-BREAKING EXHIBITION HERE: Somerset House
London’s Somerset House will re-open part of the site to the public from Thursday 16th July, including its critically acclaimed free exhibition Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, which has been extended throughout the summer. Highlights in the exhibition from writer and curator Francesca Gavin include seminal American artist Cy Twombly’s collage portfolio paralleling natural world and human history, watercolours from renowned author Beatrix Potter, composer John Cage’s limited-edition Mushroom Book of recipes, observations and illustrations, and inspiring works from emerging contemporary artists. Contributing artists include Takashi Murakami, Haroon Mirza, Hannah Collins, Adham Faramawy, Annie Ratti, Simon Popper, Jae Rhim Lee, Graham Little, Seana Gavin, Perks and Mini, and Mae-ling Lokko. Visitors will need to book a timed slot online so the site can manage capacity, and all visitors are asked to consider making a donation with their ticket to support the gallery following its prolonged closure.
Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA
GET READY FOR THIS FRESH DROP HERE: Black Is King
Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King will drop on streaming service Disney+ on Friday 31st July. And while that’s not for a couple of weeks, use this weekend to tune into 2019’s live version of The Lion King – which sees Queen Bey voice the female lead, Nala – the film which has spurred the upcoming release. Having netted more than $1bn dollars at the box office last year, the film follows the same plot as the animated original, transporting audiences to the African savanna, where a future king overcomes betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock. Now, Disney has described the singer’s follow up album as a “celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience”, based on the film which is “a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.” To watch The Lion King ahead of the album’s release, simply sign up for a membership with Disney+ for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year.
GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: Amadeus
Set in Vienna, the music capital of the world, a rowdy young prodigy named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Having enjoyed its premiere at London’s National Theatre in 1979, Peter Shaffer’s iconic play has won multiple Olivier and Tony awards since its debut, and even been adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. In this latest production, directed by Michael Longhurst and starring Lucian Msamati, audiences are treated to live orchestral accompaniment by the Southbank Sinfonia. Even better, you can enjoy a live stream of the performance this Thursday at 7pm as part of the final broadcast by the National Theatre’s At-Home programme.
RESERVE YOUR PLACE AT THIS NEW OPENING HERE: Wildflower By Adrian Martin
This Saturday, Wildflower by Adrian Martin will open its doors once more, aiming to re-energise the notion of fine dining. Making the most of top-quality produce from his home country, the restaurant marks the 28-year-old Irish celebrity chef’s London debut. With 30 covers having been reduced to just ten amid the current regulations and safety measures, Wildflower is an intimate, charming space, offering a seasonally driven tasting menu. The regular and vegan eight-course tasting menus are £60 per person or £110 per person including a paired wine flight. Championing simplicity over complexity, the dishes allow just one or two ingredients to sing: think onion and bacon bread; scallop and alexander root with Jerusalem artichoke velouté; and hay-baked celeriac with hazelnut and barley. From 25th July a simplified lunch menu will also be available for £36 per person, featuring uncomplicated Irish fare like quail, celeriac, lentils and roast cod; and wild mushrooms with Irish bread and butter.
Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP
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