BOOK A TABLE HERE: SSAW Collective x Newcomer Wines
SSAW Collective and Newcomer Wines are collaborating to create an al fresco dining experience for spring. Championing ethical producers and regenerative farms in the UK, the menu will celebrate simple and fresh ingredients, served in the beautiful setting of Newcomer Wines’ garden in Dalston. The residency will include a new set menu each week, with dishes including pickled mussels and coriander on toast; barbequed asparagus with nettle butter sauce; English mozzarella with braised greens and dill; barbecued hogget; and Jersey Royals with wild garlic butter. Ideal for a special occasion meal, diners can also enjoy a selection of organic and natural wines. Running Thursdays to Saturdays until the end of June, tickets cost £50 per head.
Newcomer Wines, Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
EAT AL FRESCO: Not-Another-Bill Picnic Hampers
Not-Another-Bill has just launched a new range of al fresco hampers in time for picnic season. Filled with a selection of drinks, cocktails and snacks, hampers can be delivered straight to your door for same day delivery, ready to take to the park. There are over 30 drinks and snacks to choose from, including Brindisa olives and cured meats, olive oil and sea salt crackers, The Fine Cheese Company cheddar, Tiptree chutneys, Charbonnel et Walker truffles, Indie Bay pretzels and Coco Chocolatier chocolates. Add a bottle off Sipsmith Gin, Bollinger champagne, Whispering Angel, or The Pickle House spiced tomato mix for the ultimate Bloody Mary to make it a boozy affair. You can even pop in a set of stylish enamel plates, linen napkins, or a bat and ball to play with your chosen five.
BOOK A TICKET FOR THIS: Neverland Tulum Weekender
From Friday 28th May to Monday 31st May, outdoor bar Neverland in Fulham is hosting a Tulum-themed bank holiday weekend party. Groups of up to six can book a beach hut, sofa or veranda table and enjoy the beach club vibes. Aiming to transport guests to the shores of Mexico, expect delicious street food from the Burger Shack, seafood and meat sharing platters, plus a range of tropical cocktails from the beach bar. Challenge your friends to a game of ping pong, or simply sit back and enjoy the house music tunes. Tables start from £10.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY
TUNE INTO THIS VIRTUAL FESTIVAL: The London Library’s Literature Fest
From Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd May, The London Library will host its literature festival. In an exciting line-up, guest speakers to the 180th anniversary celebration include Salman Rushdie, Tom Stoppard, Polly Samson, Philippe Sands, Monique Roffey, C Pam Zhang and Edmund de Waal. Don’t miss Rebecca West’s a performance of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and a discussion about underrepresented voices led by Bidisha and Virago founder Lennie Goodings. With a series of talks and workshops to tune into, there’s something for everyone. Tickets to individual events cost £5 and weekend passes cost £25.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS HERE: Skylight Canalside x KERB
On Saturday 1st May, Skylight opens its new rooftop pop-up in collaboration with the street food masters KERB. Taking over the Quayside area at Tobacco Dock, diners can tuck into a rotating offering of delicious street food, with two new KERB food trucks parking up each month – up first, it’s Fundi Pizza and Tongue 'N Cheek with options for both meat eaters and vegans. Skylight will also be on hand with an extensive drink selection, including pitchers of cocktails, spritzers and champagne. Put your order in, then enjoy the garden games on offer, too. Tables are expected to go quickly, so don’t delay making a reservation.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, London E1W 2SF
BINGE-WATCH NEW NETFLIX SERIES: Fatma
If you’re after a new series to get stuck into, Fatma landed on Netflix this week. Fatma (Burcu Biricik), an ordinary cleaning lady, commits an unexpected murder while searching for her missing husband, Zafer. As no one takes her to be more than an unexceptional cleaner, she becomes an invisible killer and seeks to avenge those who have wronged her in the past. A gripping series, you’ll want to binge-watch it in one go.
BOOK A CLASS HERE: SoulCycle x Selfridges
If you’re yet to get back into the gym, there are plenty of outdoor workout classes to try this weekend instead. Tucked round the back of Selfridges in Edward Mews, SoulCycle has set up an outdoor studio, where bikes are socially distanced for a fun and safe workout. Whether you’re a morning person or prefer to work out later in the day, the jam-packed timetable means there’s something for everyone. Bring a friend or enjoy a class on your own, then head to Selfridges Food Hall for a healthy lunch from Pabellón’s new pop-up kitchen. SoulCycle at Selfridges will be open until 4th July; daily classes are available to book a week in advance.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
SHOP HERE: Loewe Ibiza Pop-Up At Harrods
If you’re after new accessories or ready-to-wear options for spring/summer, Harrods has just welcomed a new pop-up with Paula’s Ibiza 2021 collection from Loewe. Inspired by Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson and his childhood memories spent on the white island, shoppers can browse the brand’s signature raffia totes, as well as a range of kaftan dresses, leather sandals and their summer fragrance collection. Aiming to recreate Ibiza’s cool bohemian spirit, there’s also a room dedicated to the island’s local DJs, with immersive audio-visual experiences. Don’t miss the cool installation to the pop-up entrance made from Loewe totes.
87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
MAKE A RESERVATION HERE: The Berkeley Beach Huts, Knightsbridge
For seaside inspired dining, make a reservation at The Berkeley hotel which has transformed its outdoor space into a beach hut pop-up, inspired by British seafronts including Whitstable, Southwold and Padstow. Celebrating staycation season, five rainbow-coloured beach huts sit centre stage, while countertop and terrace dining are available for diners to enjoy seaside fare and retro classics. The brunch menu includes baked egg shakshuka, French toast and a seafood twist on eggs benedict, while the all-day menu features crab on sourdough, baked scallop, sea trout with fennel salad, and grilled langoustine.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
VISIT THIS EXHIBITION: Stephen Lawrence, Brixton Village
In collaboratiom with south London-based charity Re:Sole and adidas, The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation has just launched an exhibition and campaign to shine light on the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence. Never Forget Stephen Lawrence features 29 flags, installed across the markets’ avenues, with a series of photography portraits of famous faces including Isaac Chamberlain, Goldie, Maya Jama, Jermain Defoe, Speech Debelle, Max Cyrus and Hussain Manawer. As part of the campaign, Re:Sole are donating adidas trainers and footwear to NHS staff at King’s College Hospital, alongside working on mentorship schemes to support marginalised young people in the UK. Once you’ve visited the exhibition, watch the new short film dedicated to Stephen Lawrence here.
Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS