MAKE A RESERVATION HERE: Solas At The Savoy
For the first time in The Savoy's history, Savoy Court has been transformed into an exclusive pop-up for al fresco dining. Celebrating the new collaboration between the hotel and Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Solas will welcome guests with an array of cocktails and a special raw seafood bar. Alongside three different types of oysters, the menu also includes lobster rolls with corn on the cob, Dorset crab with avocado, poached lobster with Marie Rose sauce, and scallop ceviche. In terms of drinks, there’s an extensive whisky selection and wine and champagne list. The court is adorned with a beautiful chandelier and unique artwork, making it a great choice for a special occasion meal.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Cointreau's Margarita Terraces
To celebrate Margarita month this May, Cointreau is launching three themed terraces showcasing twists on the original margarita, plus a selection of frozen margaritas. Head down to FAM Bar in Mayfair, Blanchette in Soho or The Little Orange Door in Clapham for al fresco drinks. Choose from a refreshing watermelon margarita, a Lager-ita made with Camden Hells, a classic margarita and a range of frozen flavours. If you’d rather enjoy drinks in the park, cocktails will be available for takeaway from The Little Orange Door, too. In collaboration with Difford’s Guide, Cointreau has also released at-home cocktail kit with a cool painting by numbers set – ideal for a fun activity-based weekend.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS HERE: Lark & Berry, Marylebone
Luxury jewellery brand Lark & Berry has just launched three new piercing packages in time for the store’s reopening. Whether you’re after a new ear piercing to add to your collection, or want to bring your friends and family along for a group piercing session, Lark & Berry has three new packages for groups of up to three. Bring a friend along for the ‘Sparkly Duo’ package to receive 10% off, refreshments and an aftercare package, or make it a family affair with the ‘Diamond Trio’ where three guests will receive 10% off, plus refreshments, an aftercare package, and a complimentary fragrance. The best bit? Lark & Berry’s jewellery is made with eco-friendly and ethical practises – even more of a reason to make a booking. We love the brand’s fine piercing collection in 14k gold – ideal for a killer curated ear.
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CELEBRATE SPRING: Garden Day
To celebrate Garden Day on Sunday 9th May, farms, gardens and hotels up and down the country are putting on a series of events to mark the start of spring. Back for its third year, the events will be led by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Rachel de Thame, florist Hazel Gardiner, presenter and model Lisa Snowdon, florist Arthur Parkinson, and founder of Wild at Heart Nikki Tibbles. Event highlights include a floral workshop at Daylesford Farm, a virtual flower crown masterclass from Lavender and Green, a virtual tour of The Newt’s iconic gardens, and an IGTV tablescaping masterclass by The English Garden. With plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy, there’s something for everyone.
EAT WELL AT HOME: Strazzanti Sicilian Al Fresco Feast Box
Regular SL readers will know how much we love Strazzanti who have recently expanded their supper club and events business to offer a range of Italian at-home meal kits. The latest launch is the Sicilian Al Fresco Feast Box which has everything you need to make an authentic Italian feast for four. Each kit (£54) includes olive oil with bread, pecorino cheese and Sicilian honey; pesto trapanese with cherry tomatoes and burrata or mozzarella; pasta with a Sicilian aubergine and salted ricotta cheese sauce; and a zabaione mousse served with Strazzanti’s signature ‘Cubaita Siciliana’. Invite your friends round for supper and don’t forget to add on a few treats from the deli shop, too.
ENTER THIS COMPETITION: Tables For Heroes At Le Gavroche
To celebrate front line workers who have helped the country get through the past year, Michel Roux Jr has set up a new initiative, Tables for Heroes, where you can nominate a friend, family member or colleague to enjoy lunch or dinner at his Mayfair restaurant Le Gavroche. To thank supermarket employees, teachers, volunteers, charity workers, carers, soldiers, and those in the community who have helped during the pandemic, Michel and his team want to mark the re-opening of the hospitality industry with this special celebration. With 25 tables to be won from June until the end of the year, successful nominees will be treated to a four-course Saturday lunch or dinner with drinks for them and a guest. Entries must be made by midnight on Sunday 23rd May.
READ THIS NEW BOOK: Love and Theft
If you’re after a new book to enjoy on an upcoming staycation, Love and Theft by Stan Parish comes out today. After pulling off an epic Las Vegas jewellery heist, Alex Cassidy returns to his small-town east coast life. When he meets Diane Alison at a party, the chemistry between them is immediate, but neither realises that their paths have crossed before. Contemplating retirement for an easy life together, Alex invites Diane to his Mexican beach house only to realise he has to pull off one final, spectacular job with the highest stakes imaginable. An exciting read ideal for a bit of escapism.
WATCH THIS NEW SERIES: Selena, Netflix
The second series of Selena landed on Netflix this week. Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. Selena explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time — and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together. We can’t wait to see the wardrobe – if the first series is anything to go by, we can expect seriously cool 70s and 80s-inspired outfits.
BOOK A TABLE HERE: The Montague On The Gardens
The Montague On The Gardens in Bloomsbury has recently opened a beach bar pop-up where diners can enjoy an al fresco breakfast or lunch. Aiming to bring the Caribbean to London, the new outdoor space features a sandy beach area, a beach-hut style thatched roof, palm trees and a tropical backdrop. Diners can choose from cocktails served in coconuts, alongside an extensive wine and spirit list, barbecued meat and fish, and seafood platters. Beach experiences start from £29 per person.
STREAM THIS ONLINE PROJECT: 8bit, Royal Opera House
Last week, the Royal Opera House released a series of experiential short performances as part of its 8bit digital series. Bringing together innovative contemporary artists in five short films, two audio performances and a ‘web browser experiment’, viewers can watch performances online via the Royal Opera House website, YouTube, Facebook or Instagram. From poetry readings to videos starring Royal Ballet dancers, there’s something interesting for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss Our Dark Side and the Moon – a guided listening experience reflecting on our relationship to the moon, narrated by Nazan Fikret. Tickets are free.