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BOOK A TICKET FOR THIS: The Street At Night Tales, Hackney
Night Tales in Hackney launches The Street on Friday. Taking over Hackney Central’s Bohemia Place every weekend until the end of August, visitors can expect street party vibes, feel good tunes and tasty street food. Patty & Bun and Only Jerkin’ will be on hand to serve guests loaded burgers and barbecued jerk food, while the custom-built outdoor tropical bar will serve refreshing drinks like frozen margaritas, pina coladas, and ice-cold craft beers. On the last Friday and Saturday of every month, DJs and musicians will take to the stage for live performances – the full line-up will be announced shortly.
Arches 14 & 15, Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU
MAKE A RESERVATION HERE: Pasta Evangelists At Harrods
Regular SL readers will know how much we love Pasta Evangelists, so we were pretty excited to hear about their first restaurant opening in Harrods. Having opened on Monday, the restaurant features an exclusive menu created by the brand’s head of food, Michele Rodelli. Diners can start their meal with a selection of authentic antipasti – such as charcuterie meats, Grissini breadsticks and focaccia – before moving on to dishes like lasagne cupcake with an asparagus and parmesan velouté, lobster tortelloni, and rigatoni with black truffle. Finish off your meal with a tiramisu or strawberry crumble and pick a drink from the extensive cocktail and wine list.
87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
TREAT YOURSELF: The Rubens At The Palace Royal Hamper
The Rubens at The Palace has just launched a 'royal hamper' where guests of the hotel, and those within a five-mile radius, can enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury treats in St James’ Park. Each hamper for two (£149), includes lobster rolls, beetroot wellington sandwiches, smoked salmon sandwiches, cheese and asparagus quiche, truffle crisps, black pudding scotch eggs, and a baby spinach salad with butternut squash, coconut bacon, pine nuts, feta and a saffron yogurt dressing. In terms of sweet treats, expect Eton Mess éclairs, G&T drizzle cakes, and oat crumble biscuits. The hamper also includes a bottle wine or fizz, plus still or sparkling water.
SHOP HERE: Independent Ceramics Market
On Saturday 22nd May, the Independent Ceramic Market returns to Abney Hall in Stoke Newington. Bringing together work from over 40 local artists, including students and up-and-coming artists, shoppers can choose from unique and original ceramics, from crockery to art sculptures. Once you’ve perused the stalls, stop off at the hall café for a hot drink and a slice of cake. Entry costs £1.
Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church, N16 0AS
BOOK TICKETS TO THIS: A Midsummer Night's Dream At The Globe
If you’re eager to get back to the theatre, The Globe is streaming a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Available to watch in the theatre or stream at home until Sunday 4th July, the 2019 performance is a fun adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, featuring piñatas, streamers and plenty of glitter. As the well-known story goes, four Athenians escape to a forest where fairy Puck casts a magical spell, accidentally making the boys fall in love with the same girl. Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen, while the four lovers pursue each other around the forest. A vivid and colourful performance, tickets start from £5.
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
BOOK A TABLE HERE: Faith In Strangers, Margate
Faith In Strangers opens its doors today. Located in the pretty area of Cliftonville in Margate, the new music venue and creative hub is spread across a 6000 sq. ft site with stunning sea views of Margate beachfront. Inside, expect plush furnishings and plenty of stylish seating areas. During weekends, DJs will take to the decks to create a relaxed house party feel – the bespoke lighting installations create the ultimate backdrop for a great night out. The bar has a rotating tap of craft beer, cocktails and wine, while the shared workspace is the place to be during the day for remote working or catch ups with friends. Further down the line, the space is also set to house art exhibitions and various events celebrating local creative talent.
7 Ethelbert Cresent, Cliftonville, CT9 2DY
VISIT THIS POP-UP: Kate Spade Blooming
Kate Spade has set up a floral pop-up shop where visitors can choose from a selection of seasonal flowers and summer blooms. Situated on Kingly Street in Soho from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May, the pop-up stall will offer free flowers to passers-by, in the hope of spreading a bit of joy post-lockdown. All you need to do is sign up to the Kate Spade mailing list or make a donation to the brand’s partner charity – Shout UK, who provide support for people struggling with their mental health. Be sure to stop by if you’re shopping in the area this weekend.
60 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5QW
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: Sky High Yoga, Rooftop East
Rooftop East in Stratford is launching a new series of yoga sessions to help Londoners relax and unwind. Hosted by Bethnal Green studio Animo Yoga, classes aim to alleviate tension in the body and relieve stress. Ideal if you’re keen to work out outdoors, hour-long sessions will take place every Thursday at 6.15pm and Sunday at 11.45am. Attendees will need to book their space in advance and bring their own yoga mat; classes cost £16.
7 & 8 Stratford Car Park, Great Eastern Road, E15 1BB
START THIS NEW SERIES: The Underground Railroad
From Barry Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight, this remarkable new series dropped on Amazon Prime last week. Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora Randall, a woman in a desperate bid to flee a life of slavery in America’s antebellum South. Escaping a plantation in Georgia, she discovers a network of trains and tracks beneath the southern soil that may be her ticket to freedom.
MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE: Sidechick, Marylebone
Sidechick opens its first central London restaurant today. Located in James Street, Marylebone, diners can expect ‘home style cooking’ made with simple, local ingredients – think roasted chicken with seasonal veg and potatoes. The menu also includes flatbreads with anchovies, olives and thyme; aubergine, tomato and pecorino salad; grilled cabbage with wild garlic butter; and raspberry and almond tart served with creme fraiche. With both indoor and outdoor seating, it’s the ideal place to catch up with friends over a leisurely lunch or supper.
56 James Street, London, W1U 1HF
CELEBRATE AT HOME: Two Keys Paloma Party Box
Premium drinks brand Two Keys has created a cool party box for those celebrating their birthday or a special occasion at home or in the park. Ideal for last-minute parties or socially distanced gatherings, each kit has everything you need to celebrate in style. Party boxes (£64.95) include eight bottles of Two Keys Pink Grapefruit mixers, a bottle of Patrón Silver, a bottle opener and coaster set, two packers of Savoursmith crisps, a tote bag and a Paloma Pong set.
READ THIS DEBUT NOVEL: Careless By Kirsty Capes
Kirsty Capes’ debut novel came out last week. This coming-of-age story follows the complicated story of teenager Bess. On a hot, sticky day in June, she finds out she's pregnant. But having experienced a troubled upbringing herself, she’s not sure whether she’s equipped to raise her own child. She could tell her social worker Henry, but he's useless. She should tell her foster mother, Lisa, but she won't understand. She really ought to tell ‘Boy’, but she hasn't spoken to him in weeks. Bess knows more than anyone that love doesn't come without conditions. Exploring what it means to be young and neglected in 21st-century Britain, it’s a moving read.