VISIT A CLASSIC LONDON EATERY HERE: 45 Jermyn St
In the heart of St James’s, 45 Jermyn St is re-opening for both walk-ins and advance bookings. The restaurant has been reworked for guests to be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room and bar. Those looking to embrace the London sunshine can opt for the elegant terraced seating overlooking the corner of Duke Street and Jermyn Street. A new menu will feature moreish starters including raw Cornish mackerel and caviar tacos; and Piccadilly smoked salmon, smoked locally on the restaurant’s rooftop. Cocktail lovers will also be spoilt for choice, with over 20 pages of iconic sips to choose from.
Visit 45JermynSt.com to make a restaurant booking, or download SUPPER to place an order for local delivery.
TOUR A GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION HERE: Ai Weiwei 360
Those craving a culture fix should immerse themselves in this virtual tour of Ai Weiwei’s 2015 blockbuster exhibition at the Royal Academy. With a voiceover from Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow, the tour offers navigable 360° imagery, video and audio channels, with a huge range of specially created video footage to help you uncover the meaning, context and technical detail of Ai Weiwei’s work. Accompanied by commentary from the exhibition’s curators and interviews with the artist himself, viewers can explore the galleries at their own pace, and in any order they choose. Available on desktop, tablet or smartphone, or just using just an internet browser, Ai Wei Wei 360 was the first exhibition to be captured in photorealistic stereoscopic 3D, which means it’s also available on Google Cardboard.
ENJOY SHOPPING & AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Burlington Arcade ‘Tea For Two’
Mayfair’s Burlington Arcade is celebrating its reopening by bringing back a summer tradition. It has launched a ‘Tea for Two’ package in partnership with Ladurée and Moët & Chandon champagne. Available now, shoppers who book an appointment with any retailer in the arcade receive a complimentary Tea for Two basket, or you can buy the basket directly from Ladurée to take away. Filled with freshly baked signature scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream, macarons, Ladurée’s signature blend tea and a 37.5cl bottle of Moët, the basket might be best enjoyed as a post-shopping treat in nearby Green Park. Baskets are available to collect every day from 11am to 6pm at Ladurée until 31st July, with prices ranging from £12-£60.
TUNE INTO A SEMINAL RADIO PLAY HERE: Shoe Lady By EV Crowe
Viv (Katherine Parkinson) has lost a shoe. They’re her work shoes, her weekend shoes, her only pair of shoes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The curtains are falling, her foot is bleeding, and she’s starting to feel a little overwhelmed. all will be well in the world only once she finds that missing shoe. Lockdown saw this Fleabag-esque play – written by EV Crowe – close a week early. Thankfully, those who missed out on seeing it live at the Royal Court theatre can catch a radio broadcast of Shoe Lady via BBC Sounds, which has made it available until mid-July. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of the Lockdown Theatre Festival, Vicky Featherstone directs, with sound design by Tony Gayle and music by Matthew Herbert. Fans of Phoebe Waller-Bridge shouldn’t miss it.
HEAD TO AN OUTDOOR FOOD MARKET HERE: Canopy Market
Canopy Market is moving for the summer to the open-air shopping and dining district of Coal Drop’s Yard. Visitors can enjoy a line-up of great food producers including Crosstown Doughnuts, Turnips fruit and veg, Woop Evo Bar and Noodo gluten free bakery. The market will also showcase local craft, art and designer-makers, with one-off jewellery, ceramics, fashions, accessories and homewares all available to buy. Free to attend, the market is currently trading from 11am-7pm on Fridays, 11am-6pm on Saturdays and 12-6pm on Sundays. Measures have also been put in place to ensure the area is as safe as possible.
DELVE INTO A SHORT STORY COLLECTION HERE: Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine
Set in the author’s native Belfast, the ten stories in Sweet Home lay bare the heartbreak and quiet tragedies that run under the surface of our everyday lives. One lonely woman is fascinated by her niqab-wearing neighbours; a middle-aged teacher becomes obsessed with a young Gaelic football player; and an employer covers for two employees caught having sex in a public toilet. Author Wendy Erskine offers a brilliantly observed portrait of people trying to carve out lives while coping with loss, grief and regret. Warm, compassionate and funny, this short-story collection drew instant comparisons with Sally Rooney on its initial release, while the Guardian, the White Review, the Observer and New Statesman all made it one of their books of the year. Reading enthusiasts can now enjoy the new paperback version.
Available at Waterstones.com
SAVOUR A TASTE OF ITALY HERE: Manteca
Manteca has reopened its doors. Inspired by the regional cooking styles chef and co-founder Chris Leach encountered on his travels through Rome and Naples, the eatery aims to capture the simplicity and conviviality of Italian dining culture, while also taking cues from the up-tempo metropolitan food scenes in LA and New York. With a menu featuring hand-rolled pastas and fire-cooked cuts to share, Chris and his team are now following the local corner bars and delis of Rome by serving Italian-style focaccia sandwiches to take away for the first time. Available for lunch only, fillings include ciccioli, apple ketchup, fennel mayo and pasta scraps, or slices of hot porchetta. Downstairs, there’s space for up to 20 people to dine in.
58-59 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JY
GET READY FOR DATE NIGHT HERE: Patty & Bun Date Night Kits
For those doing at-home date nights, two London destinations have teamed up to create a proper night in. The Patty&Bun x Swingers ‘Date Night Kit’ includes two burger patties, smoky mayo, cheese, bacon, homemade pickled smoky onions and buns. Meanwhile, crazy golf specialists Swingers will provide all the ingredients required to make summer citrus daiquiris. Cocktail and cooking novices needn’t worry – the kit includes full instructions for both burgers and cocktails. To set the mood, there’s also a playlist to download, as well as a competition to win a free box for the best-looking burger and cocktail each week.
WATCH THIS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SEQUEL HERE: The Kissing Booth 2
In the follow-up to 2018’s The Kissing Booth, high-school senior Elle is learning to juggle a long-distance relationship with boyfriend Noah, college applications and a new friendship with a handsome classmate that could change everything. Starring Joey King (Fargo, The Act) and Jacob Elordi (Euphoria), and based on the novels by Beth Reekles, The Kissing Booth 2 lands on Netflix this Friday. While we can’t wait to see what Elle and her bestie Lee (Joel Courtney) get up to this year, we’re especially keen to catch the cameo by 80s icon Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink) as Noah and Lee’s mother Mrs Flynn.
RELAX OVER A ROOFTOP BRUNCH HERE: Coq d’Argent’s ‘Rosé on the Roof’
French rooftop restaurant Coq d’Argent is launching ‘Rosé on the Roof’ – a Saturday brunch menu in partnership with rosé brand M de Minuty. Drawing inspiration from the south of France, head chef Damien Rigollet has created a menu full of classic French dishes from Toulouse, Nice and Saint-Tropez, complemented by M de Minuty Rosé produced in nearby Provence. Guests can enjoy brunch inside the restaurant or al fresco on the Coq d’Argent terrace, which will be laden with plants and trees in true riviera style.
GET FREE MARGARITAS HERE: The Margarita Moped
To celebrate National Tequila Day on 24th July, mixer brand Two Keys has partnered with Patrón to launch The Margarita Moped, a complimentary delivery service bringing ice-cold cocktails to homes across London. To be in with a chance of winning a visit, enter the competition live on the @TwoKeysDrinks Instagram page and tag the friends you would like to enjoy your socially distanced margaritas and palomas with. If you’re a winner, Liam Cotter – former bar manager at Hawksmoor – will arrive at your door to create a Two Keys Margarita and a Two Keys Paloma in under two minutes, leaving everything to need to make further margaritas and palomas at home.
HOST A FIVE-STAR BBQ: Provenance BBQ Box
Notting Hill-based Provenance Village Butcher – founded by Tom Gibson and Struan Robertson – has launched a BBQ box. The team hand-delivers grass-fed, free-range meat, sourced from award-winning family farms, and this new package includes a T-bone steak, two ribeye steaks, two lamb skewers, Iberico pork chops, four beef burgers, sausages, a whole marinated chicken and a bottle of Prairie Fire BBQ sauce. The box, which costs £100 and serves six, is available for London-wide delivery for the rest of summer.
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