BOOK A TABLE HERE: AT Feast, St John’s Wood
AT Feast in St John’s Wood opened last week. The all-day dining brasserie and cookery school is a great place to catch up with friends for a weekend brunch or dinner. With a cool zero waste ethos, everything is made with sustainability in mind, but the dishes are still packed full of flavour. Diners can choose from dishes like broccoli margarita flatbreads with tomato sauce; kale, pea and ricotta fritters; meatless shepherd’s pie with garlic root mash; and quinoa coated chicken. Here, the desserts are the star of the show – think banoffee pie, bread and butter pudding with custard, and salted caramel pots. There’s also an extensive wine and cocktail menu to choose from, too – we recommend the kombucha margaritas.
47-49 St John's Wood High Street, NW8 7NJ
WATCH A CLASSIC: Openaire Float-in Cinema By Häagen-Dazs
For the second year in a row, the Openaire Float-in Cinema by Häagen-Dazs returns to Regent’s Canal this weekend where visitors can enjoy a cinematic experience by boat. Running from Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 27th June, visitors can watch classic blockbusters – including Mama Mia, Notting Hill, Pretty Woman and Bridget Jones’s Diary – on a GoBoat or deckchair for those who want to stay on land. Upon arrival, boat ticket holders will be shown aboard and can captain their boat on a 45-minute trip along the canal to Little Venice before mooring at Merchant Square in front of the Openaire big screen. Häagen-Dazs ice-cream will be available by the tub, while RaviOllie will be on hand with homemade pasta and cinema snacks. Tickets start from £17.50.
Merchant Square, W2 1AS
TRY A NEW CLASS: FLY LDN
If you’re looking for a new workout class to try this summer, FLY LDN in Aldgate has just launched two new series. For a high-impact session, ‘Bootycamp’ classes incorporate weights, bands and beats in a 45-minute class that targets the glutes and promises to sculpt the lower body. If you’d rather limber up, opt for ‘Deep House Stretch’ classes which includes a series of stretches, mobility drills and self-myofascial release to soothe overworked and neglected parts of the body. The class features a chilled house playlist and is ideal if you’re looking to support weight training or improve your Pilates moves. You don’t need to be a member to get involved, simply head to the FLY LDN website to book onto a class.
24 Creechurch Lane, EC3A 5EH
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Van Gogh Alive, Kensington Gardens
Van Gogh Alive has finally crossed the pond to start its tour of the UK. The immersive multi-sensory sensory experience will take place in Kensington Gardens in an impressive 25,000 sq ft venue from Friday 4th June until the end of September. Visitors can walk through each room to experience Van Gogh’s artwork projected onto huge screens. A cool way to see the iconic work in a new light, expect to be transported through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his timeless masterpieces. Tickets cost £24.
Kensington Gardens, East Albert Lawn, SW7 2AP
TRY NEW FLAVOURS HERE: Rudy's Vegan Butcher x Selfridges
Plant-based brand Rudy’s Vegan Butcher has just launched in Selfridges Foodhall. Whether you’re looking to try new flavours or cut down your meat and dairy consumption, the new counter has something for everyone. With a butcher’s counter and a deli menu available, customers can choose from mock meats and vegan home cooking staples, alongside a range of to-go hot and cold American diner favourites, like mac & cheese and the Rudy’s Ruben’z – a sandwich filled with plant-based pastrami, pickles and crispy onions. Don’t miss the baycon and black puddin’ and the selection of ‘dirty burgers’ – ideal for weekend barbecues.
400 Oxford Street, W1C 1JS
MAKE A RESERVATION AT: LSQ Rooftop, Leicester Square
If you’re after a new for spot for brunch or dinner, Leicester Square has just welcomed a new rooftop bar – LSQ. With a wrap-around terrace and floor to ceiling windows, diners can take in skyline views while enjoying a selection of British dishes. The team have created a clever cocktail menu, each inspired and named after famous London landmarks that can be seen from the terrace including The Rooftop with Edgerton Pink Gin; Big Ben with Kahlua, Baileys and amaretto; and The Shard with Tanqueray Gin, cucumber, syrup de gomme and egg white. In terms of food, expect dishes like crunchy pork crackling with chilli jam and maple glazed carrots; pigeon breast with berry compote and shimeji mushrooms; gin cured salmon ceviche; pistachio crusted rack of lamb with butternut squash puree; and halibut with mussels, celeriac, apple and chives.
1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA
BROWSE STYLISH ACCESSORIES: Ssōne x Ancient Greek Sandals Pop-Up
Ssōne in Marlyebone has created a new ‘Friends of Ssōne’ pop-up initiative to champion and encourage sustainable fashion. The first residency is with SL favourite, Ancient Greek Sandals. We’re big fans of the footwear brand who create stylish shoes handmade by local craftsmen in Greece. Shoppers can explore the space and browse pieces from both Ssōne and Ancient Greek Sandals who will showcase their upcycled and sustainable collections, as well as on-trend clogs that will be available to pre-order and purchase later this year. The pop-up will be available to visit until the end of August.
17 Chiltern Street, W1U 7PQ
VISIT A NEW EXHIBITION: Royal Style In The Making
Opening at Kensington Palace today, this new exhibition explores the relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the mostimportant couture commissions in royal history. Visitors will be able to see Princess Diana’s wedding dress and a rare toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, alongside never-before-seen items from the archives, such as glittering gowns and stylish tailoringcreated for three generations of royal women. We can’t wait to see the original sketches of these iconic dresses.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS HERE: Arenella At The Chapel Bar, Islington
The Chapel Bar in Islington has just opened a new outdoor terrace, Arenella. During weekends, the al fresco space will offer guests a boozy two-course lunch with bottomless Aperol spritz or prosecco. With a range of traditional Sicilian dishes to choose from, the menu includes citrus marinated fennel with rocket, orange and pistachio; mussels with fregola and lemon; lemon & ricotta ravioli; Milanese chicken with pomodoro pasta; and lobster and crab tortellini. Add on seasonal side dishes like roasted cauliflower and wild rocket, and finish off the meal with tiramisu or mini chocolate hazelnut donuts with ice-cream.
29 Penton Street, N1 9PX
READ THIS DEBUT NOVEL: Fault Lines By Emily Itami
Emily Itami’s hotly anticipated debut novel came out last week. Mizuki is a Japanese housewife who has a hardworking husband, two adorable children and a beautiful Tokyo apartment. It's everything a woman could want, yet sometimes she wonders whether it would be more fun to throw herself off the high-rise balcony than spend another evening not talking to her husband or hanging up laundry. Then, one rainy night, she meets Kiyoshi, a successful restaurateur. In him, she rediscovers freedom, friendship, a voice, and the electric pulse of the city she has always loved. But the further she falls into their relationship, the clearer it becomes that she is living two lives – and in the end, she can choose only one…