LISTEN TO THIS GROUND-BREAKING SHOW HERE: The Michelle Obama Podcast
Fresh off the back of Michelle Obama's Netflix documentary Becoming, the first episode of the former First Lady's new podcast has just dropped exclusively on Spotify. The first project to come out of Spotify's deal with the Obamas' own production company, the show premiered yesterday, and will now release nine episodes in weekly instalments. Featuring deep conversations between Mrs Obama and her loved ones – family, friends, and colleagues – the show looks at the relationships we all have in our lives, and how they make us who we are. For the first episode, who better to join the former FLOTUS than her ex-President husband, Barack Obama? Listen as the two powerhouses have an open – and at times, frank – conversation about what positive change means today.
ENJOY ROOFTOP CHAMPAGNE HERE: AllBright x Veuve Clicquot Terrace
Female-only members club The AllBright has reopened the doors of its Mayfair headquarters with a terrace take-over by Veuve Clicquot. Offering champagne tastings, as well as breakfast, lunch and al fresco dinners with seasonal summer menus designed by executive chef Sabrina Gidda, the stunning, floral-led design has fully incorporated government recommended guidelines, including professional cleaning and sanitisation of all floors and surfaces, hand sanitiser stations and face masks for guests. Surrounded by delphiniums, foxgloves, and lupins, the tranquil garden will see guests sipping on Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label by the glass or bottle, or one of the bright, refreshing seasonal cocktails on offer. Meanwhile, the food menu follows a Mexican theme with snacks and light bites including a charred corn salad with pickled jalapeño, tomato and queso fresco, or yellowfin tuna ceviche with coriander, chilli and lime, as well as a selection of Mexican inspired desserts including churros and a fresh lime granita. Members can reserve spaces via the website.
24-26 Maddox St, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
PAY TRIBUTE TO FRONTLINE WORKERS HERE: Dear NHS, Edited By Adam Kay
Compiled and edited by Adam Kay, the author of the bestselling This Is Going to Hurt, this anthology features a hundred stories from a group of high-profile contributors – including Stephen Fry, Sir Paul McCartney, Bill Bryson, Emilia Clarke and more – all of whom share their gratitude to the 1.4 million heroes of Britain’s NHS. At a time when the heath service has never been more important, guest writers share their stories of how the NHS has been there for them and changed their lives in the process. Deeply moving, at times hilarious and always hopeful, the stories weave together to form a love letter to the frontline workers who go above and beyond the call of duty every day. All author and publisher profits from the book will go to NHS Charities Together and The Lullaby Trust, which supports bereaved parents.
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VISIT A SUMMER POP UP HERE: Elliot’s Ell Fresco, Borough Market
Having already re-opened its doors to the public, a new £29 set menu is now available at one of Borough Market’s favourite eateries, Elliot’s, offering a selection of small plates and sourdough pizzas. To match, they’ll be serving delicious Aperitivo’s and an all-natural wine list to celebrate its official outdoor summer pop up, Ell Fresco. Choose from pizza toppings including taleggio, sage and brown butter; courgette flower, basil and red cow Parmesan; black truffle, stracciatella and potato; and pepperoni, nduja and gorgonzola dolce. Then, follow up with Amalfi lemon sorbet and prosecco col fondo. Currently, the restaurant is only able to accept reservations for tables of between two and six guests in accordance with the government guidelines, with all outdoor seating located across the road from the restaurant on Stoney Street.
12 Stoney Street, Borough Market, SE1 9AD
HAVE A PICNIC IN STYLE HERE: Le Deli Robuchon
Le Deli Robuchon is now offering bespoke picnic hampers, complete with a selection of wines including Domaines Ott Rosé. From freshly baked pastries, viennoiseries and handmade breads, to a large selection of fresh salads, hot and cold sandwiches, quiches and cheeses, the picnic hampers champion seasonal produce, most of which has been locally sourced, while the hampers themselves are all made in Britain. With prices starting around £80, all hampers are completely bespoke, with guests able to choose anything from the menu here. Hampers will then be assembled, and ready to collect from Le Deli in store.
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GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: Old Vic In Camera
When Patrick is eight years old, his absent father returns unexpectedly and in a brief but memorable encounter, sets him the challenge of ‘The Three Kings’. Years later – recalling that meeting, and the revelations that followed – Patrick traces the events of his father’s life, taking the audience on a journey of grandiose plans, aching disappointments and audacious self-delusion. Three Kings is a new play by Stephen Beresford, written for and starring Fleabag’s Andrew Scott, and created especially for London’s Old Vic In Camera series. About fathers and sons, the gifts and burdens of inheritance, and the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships, this scratch performance will be streamed live directly from the iconic Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop for five shows only. Ticket prices start from £10, and every performance is live captioned and audio described.
CELEBRATE A RESTAURANT RE-OPENING HERE: Sea Containers x Laurent-Perrier Summer Terrace
Sea Containers will re-open its doors this weekend with a champagne-themed summer terrace in collaboration with Laurent-Perrier. Partnering for a second year with the famed champagne house, the new terrace will give guests the chance to enjoy a quintessential summer drink – Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé – while admiring uninterrupted views across the Thames and St Paul’s. This year, there’ll also be a frosé takeaway service on offer, courtesy of exclusive winery Ultimate Provence. Meanwhile, the terrace will also feature a ‘Nominate Your NHS Hero’ fan mail booth and post box, where guests can pick up and fill in a rainbow form with inspirational stories of NHS heroes. Each story will go into a weekly draw and each NHS winner will be rewarded with a prize, such as bottomless brunch for two or dinner and drinks in Sea Containers’ restaurant. For those who prefer to stay in, Sea Containers is also launching its first delivery and takeaway service via Deliveroo from 8th August, featuring dishes from the restaurant’s seasonal and ingredient-led menu.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
GET READY FOR A DAY OUT HERE: Tailored And Made
For those looking to explore or discover a new area of London, Tailored and Made is the single purchase, or monthly subscription service, offering to plan the day for you. Simply pick which area of London you want to head to and answer a quick questionnaire so they can get to know your likes and dislikes. With a bespoke itinerary (and welcome gift or two) delivered the day before, you’ll then be taken on a guided tour of your chosen area. The plan will highlight local brands and introduce you to new experiences, and with everything paid up front, you’ll be helping to support the local economy, putting the spotlight on small independent names and giving money directly to the companies Tailored and Made works with. A great day or night out, a series of personal touches will help make the day feel like a special event, regardless of the occasion.
LISTEN TO A ROYAL IN ACTION HERE: Prince William x The Peter Crouch Podcast
It's not often we get to hear members of the Royal Family talk candidly – and even less the future monarch. This week, former footballer Peter Crouch has released an special one-off episode of his highly popular podcast, featuring Prince William. Originally taped (and filmed) back in March pre-pandemic, and then filled in via Zoom video link, Peter and the Duke of Cambridge – who is also president of the Football Association – sit down with Crouch's co-hosts Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark to chat about the importance of mental health among footballers, and broadly speaking, young men. Between finding out that his favourite karaoke song is Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and that he once bought his wife, Kate, a pair of binoculars for Christmas, there's plenty to keep Royal fans entertained.
ENJOY PANORAMIC VIEWS HERE: Treehouse London
Located at Treehouse London, The Nest is a spacious and open rooftop terrace, with spectacular, uninterrupted 360° skyline views across the capital. A scenic hideaway the city centre, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy an al fresco meal in the sunshine this summer. Now welcoming guests back for breakfast, lunch and dinner, complete with a new reservations system, expect some dishes to be delivered in wicker baskets to allow for safer self-service. Ample space on the terrace also makes it well suited to social distancing measures, with all seating now spread at least a metre apart, with side tables introduced for food to be dropped safely at a distance. All hotel staff wear Liberty London-print face masks, which are also available for guests to purchase.
HEAD TO THE BALLET HERE: The Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty
When wicked fairy Carabosse is furious at not being invited to Princess Aurora’s christening, she gives the baby a spindle, saying that one day she will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy makes her own christening gift a softening of Carabosse’s curse: Aurora will not die, but will fall into a deep sleep, which only a prince’s kiss will break. On her 16th birthday, Aurora discovers the spindle and pricks her finger. She falls into an enchanted sleep, and the whole palace sleeps with her. A hundred years later, Prince Florimund discovers the palace, hidden deep within a dark forest, and wakes Aurora with a kiss. The curse is lifted, the whole palace awakes, and everyone rejoices. With theatres and auditoriums yet to reopen, take advantage of the chance to see this world-class performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, filmed from London’s Royal Opera House, as part of the Royal Ballet’s #OurHouseToYourHouse series. Available to watch on demand until 7th August, the production stars Fumi Kaneko as Princess Aurora and Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund.
MAKE A RESTAURANT RESERVATION HERE: Trinity
Adam Byatt and his team are gearing up to re-open Trinity, Upstairs at Trinity and Bistro Union on 4th August, having kept themselves busy with plenty of dish testing and training. Now, looking forward to getting back to what they do best, the a la carte menu continues to be completely seasonal, while a new classics menu offers a selection of Trinity’s most loved dishes, including the Cornish mackerel; almond gazpacho; melon and sweet Sicily, pork jowl with langoustine and black garlic; and the popular salted caramel custard tart. Upstairs at Trinity will also be available for private dining and will host its popular Sunday Lunch Club starting on 9th August. Meanwhile, having catered in guests’ homes privately for years, Trinity at Home are taking bookings due to increased lockdown demand.
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