WATCH THIS NEW NETFLIX SERIES: Cooking With Paris
Paris Hilton’s new cooking show – yes you read that right – landed on Netflix yesterday. And she can cook… kind of. Paris is never one to follow conventions, as you’ll know if you watched her YouTube documentary last year, and her cooking is no exception. She may not be a trained chef, but she’s not trying to be. With the help of her celebrity friends, including Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato and Saweetie, she navigates new ingredients, new recipes and fancy kitchen appliances. Inspired by her viral YouTube video (where she makes breakfast with an iron), we’ll get to see what she buys at the supermarket and how she turns it into a delicious spread. We can’t think of a better way to kickstart the weekend.
GET CREATIVE AT HOME: Clarins Calm-Essentiel x Jessica Yolanda Kaye Drawing Workshop
To celebrate the launch of their new Calm-Essentiel skincare range, Clarins is hosting a free virtual drawing workshop on Wednesday 11th August at 7pm. Led by Jessica Yolanda Kaye, an Australian artist based in Notting Hill, you’ll learn how to create a simple line portrait and discover the therapeutic powers of art. During the workshop, you’ll be shown how to create a series of sketches to help boost your wellbeing – a great way to unwind in the evening. All you need is something to draw with (pens, pencils, crayons or pastels) and some paper. The best part? Attendance to the event includes 20% OFF any Calm-Essentiel product from Clarins – we love the corrective eye gel and restoring treatment oil from the range, both of which are formulated with natural ingredients and are ideal for sensitive skin. Register via the link below.
VISIT THIS COOL POP-UP: Napoli Gang x Fiorucci, Soho
As part of Fiorucci's Summer Series, Napoli Gang are taking over their flagship store in Soho every day from 12-7pm until the end of August. Napoli Gang (by Big Mama Group who are also behind Gloria in Shoreditch, Circolo Popolare in Shoreditch and now Ave Mario in Covent Garden) will be serving tasty antipasti dishes like fresh burrata and Luigi Devodier parma ham, as well as a selection of gelati treats, including cappuccino ice-cream with hazelnut sauce and Lotus Biscoff crumb, and their Insta-famous XXL Lemon Pie. During the residency, there will also be exclusive Fiorucci drops (think the brand’s cherub t-shirts will a cool twist), artist takeovers and DJs on the decks.
39 Brewer Street, W1F 9UD
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Dino Snores For Grown-Ups, Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum’s evening events are back. On Friday 27th August, visitors can stay overnight at the museum for a culture-filled sleepover. Guests will get to experience a range of activities and talks, before tucking into a delicious three-course dinner and sleeping in the iconic Hintze Hall beneath the blue whale skeleton. During the night, you’ll have access to the galleries, including the Our Broken Planet exhibition, and get to meet some cute animals at a live animal workshop. There’s also a pub quiz, science show, stand-up comedy and an all-night monster movie marathon if you’re too excited to sleep. Tickets start from £165.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: lululemon x Joe Wicks: The Year That Changed Me
We were very excited to hear that Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach, who kept us and the rest of the nation moving during lockdown, is lululemon’s latest ambassador. To celebrate the collab, the two have joined forces for a new YouTube series where Joe talks about how the last year has affected his own mental and physical health and shares his tips on how to improve your holistic wellbeing. The channel will also have some feel-good workouts to keep you motivated – the first ten-minute class is a quick and easy way to get started. Two instalments from the series have already dropped, with the final being released on Monday.
DRINK THIS: Lockdown Liquor & Co Lychee Martin
Regular SL readers will know we’re big fans of Lockdown Liquor – the overnight success from lockdown 1.0 – so it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited about its latest flavour: the iconic lychee martini. Ideal for serving at parties and as a thank you gift, the pre-mixed cocktail designed to be served ice-cold. Bottles start from £12.99 and are available for nationwide delivery.
FIND HIDDEN GEMS: Classic Car Boot Sale, King's Cross
This weekend, the Classic Car Boot Sale returns to King’s Cross for another year. Taking place across Granary Square, Lewis Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yard, shoppers will be able to browse over 100 stalls of fashion, homeware, art, accessories, and vinyl. A great spot for picking up vintage pieces, you can shop stalls from brands like Herbie Mensah, Woowoo Boutique and Hang Up Vintage, all of whom will be trading from a line-up of classic cars, vans, scooters and motorbikes. Be sure to check out the Routemaster Bar Bus, where live DJs will play a selection of soul, funk, reggae and disco tunes from across the decades, and swing by the street food vendors for pizza, burritos, waffles and vegan burgers. The sale will run from 10am-6pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August; entry costs £5.
BOOK BRUNCH HERE: Callooh Callay, Chelsea
Callooh Callay in Chelsea is always a great night out, so we’re expecting big things from their new bottomless brunch menu. From this weekend, you can now enjoy 90 minutes of your favourite cocktails (or prosecco) alongside a selection of tasty brunch options from a Mexican-East Asian fusion menu. Dishes include chicken and waffles; smashed avocado on toast; a hearty breakfast taco; and a breaded pork katsu sando; while the cocktail list features bloody Marys; a ‘Breakfast Paloma’ made with Patron Silver Tequila, grapefruit juice, lime and grapefruit sherbet; and ‘The Garibaldi’ consisting of Campari, freshly squeezed orange juice and Italicus bergamot liqueur. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm.
LISTEN TO R&B CLASSICS: Destiny’s Child Orchestra: Open Air, Three Mills Island
Destiny’s Child fans, this one’s for you. On Sunday 8th August, Three Mills Island in Bromley-by-Bow is hosting an open-air performance of the girl band’s greatest hits. Performed by a 16-piece orchestra, including a full string section, you’ll get to hear songs like Bills Bills Bills, Say My Name, and Survivor with a classical twist, as well as other orchestral renditions of pop songs. There’s also a bespoke light show and special visuals and projections to set the party vibe. Enjoy street food supplied by Street Feast (who are also behind Eastival and Dinnerama, so we’re expecting good things) and stock up on drinks from the bar. Suitable for the whole family to enjoy, the event will run from 12-10pm; adult tickets start from £15.
Three Mills Green & Three Mills Island, E3 3DU
BRING THE GIRLS HERE: Café Juliette, Harrods
Harrods has just opened London’s first rosé bar, Café Juliette. Diners can choose from a range of bottles from some of our favourite vineyards like Mirabeau, Ultimate Provence, Rumor, Dom Perignon, and Laurent-Perrier, with something for everyone of offer. Aiming to transport you on a Provençal holiday, the bar also has classics French bistro plates, including butter-poached lobster salad; wild mushroom, camembert and potato pithivier; mille feuille with Madagascan crème mousseline; and dark chocolate and raspberry bombe. A great choice for brunch, you can also choose from dishes like eggs benedict and eggs royale, washed down with a glass of light rosé, of course.
87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
REWORK YOUR WARDROBE: Loanhood x Kensington & Chelsea Council Clothes Swap
On Saturday 7th August from 11am-4pm, LOANHOOD is hosting a clothes swap at The Curve Community Space in Kensington. Supported by Kensington & Chelsea Council, shoppers will be able to bring and swap clothing to extend the life of unworn garments and reduce the amount of clothes that ends up in landfill. A sustainable way to bring a new lease of life to your wardrobe, there will be a token system in place where you can bring and swap up to five pieces, based on the item, brand and condition. Clothing alteration and repairs company The Seam will also be on hand for clothes repairs and customisations all day – even more of a reason to get involved. At the end of the event, there will be a ‘power hour’ where you can shop any remaining items in the last hour – all items will cost £1, and funds will be donated to The Grenfell Foundation.
READ THIS NEW BOOK: Vaxxers: The Inside Story Of The Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine By Sarah Gilbert & Catherine Green
In January 2020, Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, read an article about four people in China with a strange pneumonia. Within two weeks, she and her team had designed a vaccine against a pathogen that no one had ever seen before. Less than 12 months later, the vaccination was rolled out across the world to save millions of lives from Covid-19. In this fascinating book, you’ll hear directly from Professor Gilbert and her colleague Dr Catherine Green as they reveal the inside story of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, the cutting-edge science behind it, and the unlikely snacks that got them through each day. You don’t have to be interested in science to find this book truly fascinating; Vaxxers invites you into the lab to find out we’ll be saved from this pandemic, and how we can prepare for the inevitable next one.
SUPPORT TEAM GB: Olympic Screenings At The Television Centre, White City
Team GB have already won a string of Olympic medals at this year’s games, but if you want to cheer them on in this weekend’s events, head to the new al fresco Solar Pergola at the Television Centre in White City who are screening all the action. You don’t have to book to secure a spot, simply turn up and find a seat by the big screen. Try some tasty street food from the pop-up BBQ stall (open Thursdays through Saturdays), and choose from a range of wines, spirts and cocktails from the new bar. Local restaurants including SL favourite Kricket, Flying Horse Coffee, Patty & Bun, Homeslice, and Bluebird are also on hand to provide takeaway food and drink.
Television Centre Forecourt, 1 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7DP