TUNE INTO A NEW PODCAST: Pressed
Influencers Nella Rose, Mariam Musa and Adeola Patronne have joined forces in this new BBC Sounds podcast. Discussing the most pressing topics each week, from the latest gossip from the Love Island villa to the pros and cons of cancel culture, expect hilarious and brutally honest conversations from the trio. In each episode, they answer the public’s questions (from those who have sent in their dilemmas via WhatsApp voice notes) and spill the tea on their own love lives. Don’t miss episode three where they reminisce about their recent holiday to Ibiza and share gossip from their post-lockdown antics – just make sure you’ve got headphones in if you have little ones around...
VISIT THIS STORE: Pollenet, Peckham
Here at SL, we’re big fans of Pollenet, the florist founded by Holly Clemett who make stunning bouquets with seasonal blooms, so we were very excited to hear they’ve just opening their first store in Holdrons Arcade in Peckham. Customers can buy flowers or arrange a delivery to nearby addresses – ideal for birthdays and special occasions for friends and family. You can also shop candles from The Goods and Slowe Burn, as well as Pollenet’s collection with lingerie brand Crease Studios, with further collaborations to be released further down the line. Holly chooses different flowers every week, so you can always expect beautiful arrangements with seasonal foliage.
135A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
TUNE INTO THIS VIRTUAL EVENT: In Conversation with Celeste
On Friday 20th August at 4pm, singer-songwriter Celeste, who won the BBC’s Sound of 2020 and the BRIT Rising Star Award, is hosting a virtual workshop for budding musicians and those interesting in breaking into the music industry. The event will be broadcast from the Apple Creative Studios in London, with the aim of inspiring young people and those in underrepresented communities to unlock their creativity. During the hour-long talk, Celeste will talk about her artistic journey, in conversation with presenter Jay McGregor. Expect to hear about her career in music so far, from laying down tracks in GarageBand to winning awards and making her debut studio album. Tickets are free, simply register online to sign up for the event.
TREAT YOURSELF: Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea At The Lanesborough Hotel
If you’re after a weekend treat or want to arrange a surprise for a special occasion, The Lanesborough hotel has created a new afternoon tea experience with luxury bakery, Peggy Porschen. Available to enjoy until mid-November at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Céleste, the space is decorated with beautiful flowers, pastel hues and Peggy’s signature pink aesthetic. Diners can enjoy a range of tasty treats including finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a bespoke afternoon tea blend created by Peggy and The Lanesborough. Sweet treat highlights include pink pavlova, lemon and elderflower tartlets; cherry and chocolate chip cupcakes; salted caramel and popcorn cupcakes, and lemon, raspberry and rose layer cake. Be sure to add on a glass of champagne to toast in the weekend.
Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
READ THIS NEW BOOK: All the Young Men By Ruth Coker Burks
If you loved Russell T Davies’ Channel 4 series It’s a Sin or read up on the 1980s AIDS crisis during Pride Month, add this new memoir to your reading list. It’s 1986 when 26-year-old Ruth Coker Burks visits a friend in hospital, only to discover that the door to one of the patient's rooms is painted red. The nurses are reluctant to enter, drawing straws to decide who will tend to the sick person inside. Out of impulse, Ruth enters the quarantined space and begins to care for the young man who cries for his mother in the last moments of his life. As word spreads in the community that she is the only person willing to help the young men afflicted by the growing AIDS crisis, Ruth goes from being an ordinary young mother to an accidental activist. Forging deep friendships with the men she helps, Ruth works to find them housing and jobs, and then funeral homes willing to take their bodies – often in the middle of the night. Both deeply moving and shocking, it’s a powerful account of one woman who brings hope to an otherwise spurned group of ailing gay men on the fringes of society.
SHOP SUSTAINABLY: Circular Block Party, Shoreditch
Circular Block Party is a new initiative that brings together small brands and start-ups to celebrate their sustainable and circular approach to fashion. On Friday 20th to Sunday 29th August, shoppers can head to Club Row in Shoreditch to browse a range of sustainable and ‘slow fashion’ brands, including Henri, Conscious Citizen, Reconsidered, Sami-K, Revive and Saywood. With a focus on ethical shopping and mindfulness, throughout the pop-up, you can also get involved in creative workshops, natural wine and tea tastings, and yoga, as well as listen in on a live discussion hosted by sustainable fashion influencer Bianca Foley, from the Sustainably Influenced podcast. Head to the pop-up for the launch night on Friday from 6-9pm, or shop visit the space from 11am-6pm for the remainder of the residency.
Club Row, Shoreditch, E1 6JX
BRING YOUR FRIENDS TO THIS: Frank Ocean Choir Performance, The Blues Kitchen Brixton
On Friday 20th August from 8pm, The Blues Kitchen in Brixton will welcome the Testify Gospel Choir for a special rendition of Frank Ocean’s two pivotal albums, Channel Orange and Blonde. Expect to hear all the hits from the two Grammy award-winning albums, including Thinkin’ Bout You, Nikes, Ivy and Pyramids as the choir perform two set of Frank Ocean classics alongside their live band. After the performance, the Blues Kitchen House band will take to the stage to play timeless soul, Motown and rock tunes until 2am. Tickets cost £5.
TREAT YOURSELF: Como Garden, Kensington
Whether you're looking for a cool spot for an al fresco meal or somewhere for a special occasion, add Como Garden to your list. The restaurant, which celebrates the best of Italian food, has an extensive tapas-style menu to choose from, where diners can enjoy pasta, pizza and seafood dishes, surrounded by chic interiors that transport you to Lake Como. Highlights include gnocchi with gorgonzola and caramelised walnuts, lamb chops with garlic and red wine sauce, and beef carpaccio with pesto and parmesan. Be sure to order the grilled octopus and a couple of Aperol spritzes, too.
37-45 Kensington High Street, W8 5ED