BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: 2:22 – A Ghost Story At The Noël Coward Theatre
Lily Allen is making her debut on the West End stage in this new production at the Noël Coward Theatre. Jenny (Lily Allen) believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam (Hadley Fraser) isn’t convinced. They spend the night arguing with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren (Julia Chan) and new partner Ben (Jake Wood aka Max Branning from EastEnders). Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up until 2:22… and then they’ll know. Opening on Tuesday 3rd August, the show has an all-star cast and is set to be a sell-out, so don’t delay in securing a ticket. Tickets start from £15.
DISCOVER NEW SKINCARE: Dr.Jart+ Pop-Up, Carnaby Street
Skincare junkies, this is exciting. Dr.Jart+ is finally coming to the UK with it first pop-up inside the MAC store on Carnaby Street. The Korean brand is known for its high-performance skincare with a playful twist – you’ve probably seen its Tiger Grass range all over TikTok. Shoppers can browse the space and try a range of products with the help of the Dr.Jart+ team, and learn about the cool Cicapair™ collection. The space also features installations from Good Wives & Warriors and Anna Higgie, two up-and-coming artists, who will be giving out poster prints inspired by the Cicapair™ range. Put your artistic skills to the test and add a drawing to the colouring-in installation, then get the all-important Insta shot at the ‘Creator Studio’ – the ideal backdrop for a Reel or TikTok video. The pop-up is available to shop until the end of September.
31 Great Marlborough Street, Carnaby, W1F 7JA
SEND YOUR FRIENDS SOMETHING SPECIAL: Bobbie's Brownies
If you’re looking for a special gift to send to friends for a birthday gift or celebratory treat, Bobbie’s Brownies have just launched a range of ‘gigantic’, indulgent brownies, freshly made to order. Made with quality and Fairtrade ingredients, choose from triple chocolate brownies drizzled with melted white and dark chocolate, ‘Powerpack’ brownies containing a few scoops of vegan protein, and the ‘Slab’ – a whopping 1.4kg of brownie, topped with white and dark chocolate. You can also choose three- and six-pack boxes containing a range of flavours so they can try a bit of everything and add hot chocolate and Manumit coffee to the order, too. For every brownie bought, Bobbie’s will donate to their charity partner Mary's Meals who deliver nutritious meals to children across the globe – even more of a reason to indulge. Available for nationwide delivery; boxes start from £19.99.
WATCH A CLASSIC: Bend It Like Beckham At Fellowship Square, Walthamstow
Sad now that all the Euros drama is over? Head to Fellowship Square in Walthamstow on Sunday 18th July to watch a football classic, Bend It Like Beckham. Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), the daughter of a strict Indian couple isn’t allowed to play football. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley), who convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. But when Jess develops romantic feelings for her coach Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), everything is to play for. The film starts at 7.30pm but be sure to head to the venue early to buy street food and cocktails from a range of local vendors or set up your own picnic on the green. Tickets are free.
VISIT THIS NEW EXHIBITION: Dancing In Dark Times At The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Mayfair
This new exhibition at the At The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery opened last week. Featuring a range of emerging artists, Dancing In Dark Times explores the new awareness we have in our bodies, heightened during lockdown and the upheaval of the past year. With a collection of paintings and textiles, the exhibition includes work from an international group of artists – many of whom are showing in the UK for the first time – including Jessie Makinson, Tonia Nneji, Nengi Omuku, Samantha Rosenwald, Constanza Schaffner, Lee Simmonds, Didier William and Hiroka Yamashita. The exhibition will run until Friday 6th August; tickets are free.
6 Heddon Street, W1B 4BT
TREAT YOURSELF: Magnum Pleasure Sensorium, Brick Lane
Ice-cream lovers, this one’s for you. Magnum has just opened a new interactive experience where visitors can taste new ice-cream flavours and walk through a life-sized Magnum passage. Available to visit today until Sunday 18th July at The Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, the experience will take you through the layers of the new Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire. You’ll taste chocolate coins whilst listening to a variety of sounds to heighten your taste experience, then feel your way around a biscuit passage, before trying caramel sauce in the ‘Caramel Bath’. You’ll then be seated at a table and presented with contrasting textured ice-cream spoons to master how texture impacts taste, before going to the ‘Dipping Bar’ to create your own ice-cream dipped in melted chocolate. Tickets cost £10.
The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR
READ THIS DEBUT NOVEL: Other People's Clothes By Calla Henkel
Calla Henkel’s debut thriller came out last week. Two art students arrive in Berlin from New York, both desperate for the city to solve their problems. Zoe is grieving for her high school best friend, murdered months before in her hometown in Florida. Hailey is rich, obsessed with the exploits of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Together, they rent a huge apartment from eccentric crime writer Beatrice Beck and spend their nights twisting through Berlin's club scene. Soon, inexplicable things start happening in the apartment and the two friends suspect they are being watched by Beatrice. Convinced that their landlord is using their lives as inspiration for her next thriller novel, they decide to beat her at her own game. The girls start hosting wild parties in the flat and quickly gain notoriety, with everyone clamouring for an invite. But ultimately, they find themselves unable to control the narrative and it spirals into much darker territory. A must-read this summer.
BOOK A TABLE HERE: Pizzeria Mozza At Treehouse Hotel London
If you’ve ever been to LA, you’ve probably heard about cult pizza restaurant, Pizzeria Mozza. Now, American chef Nancy Silverton is set to open her first UK outpost in the stylish Treehouse Hotel later this month. Diners can choose from a selection of pizzas, loved for their tasty dough and crispy crusts, as well as meat and fish dishes, and a special drinks menu curated by wine expert Joe Bastianich. Start your meal with antipasti plates like salt cod fritti; shrimp with melon, mint, and chilli; and squash blossoms with ricotta; then move onto a traditional Italian-inspired salads or a selection of salamis and mozzarella. Choose from classic margarita or Napolitana pizzas or opt for toppings like clams with pecorino or a Hawaiian with jalapenos. There are also weekend brunch options, including torta rustica with bacon, potatoes and caramelised onions; oxtail hash al forno; and an Italian take on a fry-up.
14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: The Stratford Summer Wellness Series
The Stratford hotel has kicked off its summer wellness series with a range of yoga and Pilates classes taking place on its rooftop gardens. Available throughout the summer until the end of August, there’s a different hour-long class every Saturday morning which aims to reset and recharge the mind and body after a long working week. Choose from gong therapy sessions – a relaxing and restorative class where you’ll mediate to gentle vibrations generated by gongs and other therapeutic instruments – and Pilates which aim to strength the core and improve balance. There are also mindful yoga sessions to help tone the body and awake the mind, and ‘Fast Burner’ classes if you’d rather enjoy a high-intensity cardio workout. Classes start from £15.
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Royal Opera House Unlocked
Covent Garden has partnered up with the Royal Opera House for a month-long outdoor festival of culture. Running until Sunday 8th August, visitors can watch open-air performances staged at the ROH Summer Stage on the Piazza, as well as performances from The Royal Opera Chorus, and take part in singing workshops and dance classes based on The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. With events and workshops suitable for both adults and children, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to visit the Royal Opera House Arcade to see an exhibition of pointe shoes designed by ERDEM, Simone Rocha, Rejina Pyo, Liberty, and other world-renowned designers.
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: Pieces Of Britney
If you’ve been following the #FreeBritney movement and the media coverage of Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship, this new eight-part podcast is a must-listen. Written and presented by journalist and SL friend Pandora Sykes, it tells the story of Britney’s journey from small-town girl to one of the most successful popstars of all time. Told through interviews with people who knew her during the peak of her career, as well as TV clips, and dramatised versions of events performed by actors, you’ll hear how she landed her big break as a child star on the Mikey Mouse Club, went on to sell millions of records worldwide, and struggled with fame and family heartbreak which ultimately led to her public breakdown in 2007. With classic Britney songs woven throughout each episode, it’s as much a celebration of her life and career as it is as a critique of the media and notorious paparazzi of the noughties.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Plateau Wild Summer Terrace X The Botanist Gin
Plateau, the French-style restaurant with stunning views across Canary Wharf, has transformed its outdoor space into a Wild Summer Terrace in partnership with The Botanist Gin. A great choice for Friday night drinks or weekend cocktails with the girls, there’s a new food menu to choose from, as well as an exclusive gin-based drinks selection. Diners can choose from steamed courgette flowers with scallops and white crab, roast pollock with Jersey Royals, and herb crusted lamb with ratatouille and smoked yogurt. There are also five refreshing gin cocktails to choose from, including ‘The Botanist Spritz’ made with elderflower cordial, prosecco, peach liqueur and mint, and ‘The Rocking Tree’ featuring amaretto, pineapple juice and passionfruit puree. The terrace will be open until Sunday 5th September.
4th Floor, Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, Canada Square, E14 5ER
TREAT YOURSELF: Colette Brunch Hamper
Family-run delicatessen Colette has just created an epic brunch hamper, ideal for lazy weekend mornings and special occasions with friends. Encased in a stylish hand-woven wicker basket, the hamper, which feeds four, has everything you need for a delicious spread with options for everyone. Each basket contains, smoked salmon, a loaf of sourdough, four croissants, organic eggs, ribeye steak, bacon, a charcuterie selection, mushrooms, homemade baked beans, smoked tomatoes, homemade butter and jam, Colette Granola, milk, tea and coffee, and organic orange juice. Available for collection from their Chelsea store or local delivery within a four-mile radius; hampers cost £110.