TUNE INTO THIS VIRTUAL TALK: Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture
Tonight from 7pm, Justine Picardie, former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, will be joined by head of fashion at the V&A, Oriole Cullen, to talk about the inspiring life of Catherine Dior – sister and muse of famed designer Christian Dior. To celebrate Picardie’s new book Miss Dior, the talk will be livestreamed from the V&A, where you’ll discover how the Dior family grew up during wartime France, learned the art of couture dressing making in Paris, and was eventually captured by the Gestapo and deported to the German concentration camp of Ravensbruck. A fascinating story for fashion and history buffs alike, tickets cost £8.
TREAT YOURSELF: Cake Week
If you didn’t know already, it’s Cake Week – a great excuse to try new bakes and sweet treats from bakeries and chocolatiers across the capital, and tune into a number of fun events. On Wednesday 8th, Thursday 16th and Wednesday 22nd September, Hotel Chocolat are hosting a virtual patisserie tasting experience (£20pp) where you can enjoy 14 of their best-selling truffles while learning about the chocolates; while branches of Konditor bakery in London will be serving a limited-edition sticky toffee cake, available for collection or delivery. Fulham bakery Jack & Beyond is launching a new red velvet cheesecake (available to purchase this week only); and Buns From Home has created a special lemon drizzle bun. If you want to get baking yourself, there’s even a Cake Week e-book created in partnership with charity FoodCycle which you can buy at Payhip. All profits go to the charity.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Sky Garden x Fever Tree
The Sky Garden has launched a botanical ‘Spritz in the Sky’ pop-up gin bar in partnership with Fever-Tree. Located on the 36th floor of the skyscraper, the bar will be in residence until Monday 6th September, where you can choose from an exclusive Fever-Tree spritz menu. Kick back on one of the deckchairs with a G&T made with Hendricks gin and Fever-Tree Cucumber Tonic, or go for something fruity with a City Garden Spritz made with grapefruit juice, Fever-Tree soda and Plymouth gin. A great spot for sundowner drinks, Sky Garden has panoramic vistas of the city, so you can enjoy your cocktail with a view – ideal for Friday night drinks with the girls.
1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF
DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS: We Are. Vintage Kilo Pop-Up, Chelsea
On Sunday 5th September from 10am-3pm, We Are. is hosting a pop-up vintage sale at Chelsea Old Town Hall where you can take home a kilo of pre-loved clothes for just £20. With the aim of buying, reusing and repurposing forgotten pieces in your wardrobe, there will be a range of high-street and designer brands to choose from, including Mango, Topshop, H&M and Dior, as well as one-off vintage pieces. Simply book your free slot online and arrive at your allocated time to shop.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, SW3 5EE
WATCH THIS NEW FILM: Cinderella, Amazon Prime
We’re excited for this one. Amazon Prime’s new adaptation of Cinderella is released tomorrow. With an all-star cast and plenty of magic along the way, this new take on the traditional story stars Camila Cabello as the lead role, while her fabulous Fairy Godmother is played by Billy Porter (Pose, Like a Boss, Anastasia). But can he make Cinderella’s dreams come true when she must get to ball, dance with the prince, and be back at home before the clock strikes midnight? Starring Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, we’re expecting good things. Plus, tomorrow night at 6pm, Häagen-Dazs is hosting a free one-off screening of the film at Everyman cinema in Broadgate – a great chance to watch it on the big screen.
SEE SOME COOL ARTWORK: A Neon Wonderland In Covent Garden
Artist Chila Burman has just unveiled a cool artwork installation in Covent Garden’s market. As part of a series of large-scale commissions (which has featured the likes of Damien Hurst and Anya Hindmarch), Burman’s art features a series of light sculptures to transform the space into a ‘Neon Wonderland’ with illuminated peacocks, tigers and snakes, as well as some motivational words. Inspired by Burman’s Hindu Punjabi heritage, the bright lights and vivid colours are best seen at night, so be sure to head to the market after dinner at one of Covent Garden’s restaurants – like new spot Ave Mario or SL favourite, La Goccia. The installation will be in place until October.
TRY NEW FLAVOURS: JENKI Matcha bar
Looking for a cool new coffee shop or brunch spot? JENKI has just opened a matcha bar in Spitalfields Market where diners can choose from a range of healthy drinks and treats. The bar itself has been inspired by Japanese coffee shops – think Japanese seating and bespoke interiors with an ultra-modern design – while the menu has a mixture of traditional and modern Japanese flavours. Expect drinks like rose and collagen lattes, black tahini and charcoal shakes, and yuzu and mint sodas, as well as the ‘Flat Green’ – a twist on a flat white with a dash of matcha. Add on a kimchi sourdough toastie or a bowl of matcha ice-cream to complete your order, then head to the bar in the evening for cocktails.
43 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA
ENJOY LIVE MUSIC: The Royal Docks Music Of The Spheres
On Saturday 4th September Royal Docks is hosting its new ‘Music of the Spheres’ event where visitors can watch a series of performances on the water. Musicians and aerial performers will perform in huge transparent globes that float on the water of the docks, with lights and smoke inside. There are three shows throughout the day with dancers and musicians, finishing with a grand finale from flautist Simon Desorgher who’s set to perform a special piece composed for the occasion. Look out for the digital orchestra and ballet performance on the lake.
Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
GO ANTIQUE SHOPPING: Adams Fairs At The Royal Horticultural Hall
On Sunday 5th September from 10am-4.30pm The Royal Horticultural Halls in Vincent Square is hosting an antiques fair. There are over 100 antiques dealers from across the UK to browse, with wares including jewellery, silver, homeware, artwork and rare collectibles. A great place to pick up some hidden gems, the fair has been held at the same building since the 1970s and is renowned for its eclectic mix of items. Tickets cost £4 for an hour-long slot.
The Royal Horticultural Halls Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, SW1P 2PE
HAVE A SPECIAL MEAL HERE: The Bailiwick Freehouse
The Bailiwick Freehouse in Windsor Park has just reopened its doors with a new look and menu. Ideal for a day trip from London, it’s a country pub worth travelling to, where diners can enjoy traditional British pub food made from local, seasonal ingredients. Meat eaters are in for a real treat – starters include fallow deer pastrami salad and braised pigs’ trotters braised in red wine, followed by mains of roe deer served two ways, glazed gammon with pineapple and chunky fries, and dry-aged steak with smoked short ribs and bone marrow sauce. Finish the meal with a custard tartlet served with strawberries or a bowl of elderflower and strawberry sorbet, and a bottle of wine from the extensive menu.
Wick Road, Englefield Green, Egham, TW20 0HN