What To Do This Weekend 15.05.21
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BINGE-WATCH THIS NEW NETFLIX SERIES: Halston
Halston lands on Netflix tomorrow. Set in 70s and 80s New York, this series follows the legendary fashion designer (Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame. Life couldn’t be better, until a hostile takeover force him to battle for control of his most precious asset… the name Halston itself. Produced by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story, Pose) we’re expecting big things, plus an incredible wardrobe.
BOOK A TABLE HERE: Lost In Brixton
Lost in Brixton has recently reopened its doors for al fresco drinks and dining. Tucked away on the rooftop at Brixton Village, diners can enjoy a range of Latin American-inspired cocktails, craft beers, and street food from local vendors like Fish, Wings & Tings, Jalisco Brixton, and The Joint. During weekends, expect live music and house tunes from some of the best local DJs to get you into the party mood. The best part? Lost in Brixton has a retractable roof, so you needn’t worry about unpredictable weather.
Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS
BRING YOUR FRIENDS TO: Covent Garden Rosé Festival
From Monday 17th May, Covent Garden is hosting a three-week rosé festival where visitors can try more than 30 varieties of wine and exclusive rosé cocktails. Nine pop-ups, including SL favourite Maison Mirabeau, Amie Wine, Dirty Martini, Chez Antoinette and Fiona Fleur, will be serving a selection of drinks, from ice-cold glasses of wine to refreshing frozen cocktails. In addition to the drinks on offer, 20 restaurants will offer rosé-themed menus, while shops like L’Occitane, Molton Brown and Miller Harris will be on hand with rosé-scented creams, candles and oils. Don’t miss the rose-shaped ice-cream at Italian gelato Amorino.
SHOP HERE: Women For Women Virtual Car Boot Sale
On Saturday 15th May, Women for Women International, a charity which helps survivors of war rebuild their lives, is hosting a virtual car boot sale. Hosted by Alex Eagle, the event will showcase a range of fashion and beauty products donated by designers, style influencers, and brands. Big names include FRAME, Loewe, THE OUTNET, Temperley London, Chinti & Parker, Dior, Louboutin, Kitri Stduio and Charlotte Tilbury. Meanwhile, 100% of the proceeds will go to Women for Women who support those living in some of the world's most dangerous places. Sign up here for access to the sale.
GET BAKING AT HOME: Mon Desserts
Baking enthusiasts will already know about Mon Desserts and their French-inspired at-home baking subscriptions, but for those who haven’t, this month is a great time to get involved. May’s kit contains everything you need to create a special mille-feuille, including pre-weighed ingredients, an easy-to-follow recipe card and all the necessary kitchen tools. An ideal choice for a last-minute birthday gift or weekend activity, the recipe can be adapted if you’d rather go vegan or gluten-free. If you’re up for the challenge, you can also add on other kits, too – from baked doughnuts to lemon tarts. Available for nationwide delivery, subscriptions start from £19.95 per month.
GET THE DRINKS IN: 28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen, Chelsea
If you’re looking for a cool bar to try with your friends, 28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen is due to open a new site in Chelsea on Monday 17th May. A lovely spot for alfresco drinks, diners can enjoy a range of European, brasserie-style dishes alongside an extensive wine selection, plus a small range from their own vineyard in the French Alps. The à la carte menu includes light bites, charcuterie and cheese boards, plus seafood platters containing mussels, rock oysters, prawns, clams, crab, and a grill section.
300 King's Road, London SW3 5UH
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: UN1T Holborn
If you’re ready to take the plunge and head back to the gym, fitness studio UN1T is opening a new branch in Holborn. Known for its emphasis on strength and conditioning training, workouts are designed to improve mobility and stamina. In the new space, expect Concept 2 rowing machines and echo bikes, Olympic barbells and kettlebells, and workout kit provided by BLK BOX. There’s also an on-site smoothie bar by KIN Nutrition for a post-workout energy boost. Be sure to make use of the gym’s ‘My Zone’ technology where you can challenge your friends, track your progress and create challenges. Seven-day free trials are available for new members.
23 Kingsway, WC2B 6UJ
SUPPORT A CHARITY: Horatio’s Garden Summer Art Auction
From Saturday 15th to Sunday 30th May, Horatio’s Garden are hosting an online summer art auction where bidders can snap up work by a range of up-and coming, and famous, artists. The charity, presided over by patron HRH Princess Eugenie, supports patients and their loved ones affected by spinal injury by creating accessible, therapeutic gardens in NHS injury centres. The auction features donated work by contemporary artists such as Phoebe Dickinson, Christabel Blackburn and Patrick Morales-Lee, plus one-off pieces by filmmaker Tim Burton. A worthy cause and a great way to add some new artwork to your home.
UPGRADE YOUR PICNIC: Napoli Gang Delivery
Looking for new ideas for upgrade your picnic? Napoli Gang, from the team behind Gloria in Shoreditch, is available for delivery, so you can enjoy their pizzas at home or in one of the capital’s parks. The tasty menu includes starters like arancini balls, burrata, and Sicilian olives, plus seven different pizzas, including truffle cream with ricotta and nduja sausage. Add on a lemon meringue pie, slice of cheesecake or signature tiramisu alongside a bottle of wine or prosecco to complete your meal. Available to selected postcodes in London via UberEats and Deliveroo.
RELAX AT HOME: LIVENow Holistic Classes
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, streaming platform LIVENow have partnered with Puma to host a week of virtual holistic classes. With daily sessions until Saturday 15th May, classes are hosted by Puma’s ambassadors, including Emma Louise and Stef Williams, and are designed to help you take care of your mind, body and soul. Tonight at 6pm, dancer and choreographer Shantelia Selina will lead a hip-hop workout class, while model Emma Louise is hosting a cook-a-long on Friday 14th May at 6pm. To finish off the weekend, tune into a yoga class at 10am on Saturday 15th May hosted by Puma athlete Lina Nielsen. Tickets are free.
SHOP SUSTAINABLY: FLOW Farmers’ Market, Greenwich
This Sunday, head down to Greenwich Peninsula to shop a new sustainable farmer’s market, created by the foodie duo Bompas & Parr. Inspired by its unique riverside location, FLOW is open to visitors every other Sunday until 19th September. Shoppers can choose from a selection of eco-friendly traders serving tasting delicatessen and street food, including the likes of Big Wheel Cheese, Pick’s Organic Farm, Rok Kitchen and Oliveto Bar. Be sure to check out Choy House for a fruit smoothie, or Antonio’s for a classic Neapolitan pizza.
Pier Walk, Greenwich, SE10 0ES
READ THIS DEBUT NOVEL: The Marks Left On Her By Di Lebowitz
Di Lebowitz’s debut novel comes out on Monday. The book tells the story of Daughter, the only mixed-race child in her Hong Kongese family with a bipolar mother, absentee father and strict catholic grandmother. Trying to navigate her otherness as ‘girl’, she seeks validation in a world where she’s ignored and mistreated, until a sexual assault sets her on a self-destructive spiral that sees ‘Survivor’, her post-trauma alter ego, battle monsters both real and imagined. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, it’s an important and moving read.
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