TRY NEW FLAVOURS: Lyaness X Hoppers Afternoon Tea
Lyaness bar in Sea Containers hotel has partnered up with South Asian restaurant Hoppers for a special afternoon tea. Available throughout July, the limited-edition tea (£55pp) takes inspiration from the food and culture of Sri Lanka. The menu includes sandwiches filled with curried chicken salad, Jaffna curry mayo and crispy shallots; tuna or jackfruit fricadels; pumpkin curry puffs; scones with black pepper and pineapple jam; and coconut profiteroles. There are also three cocktails to choose from including the Kandalama Fizz made with Colombo gin, Ceylon kombucha and pineapple, and the Kithul Negroni featuring gin, Kithul, Aperol and Cocchi di Torino. The menu is available on weekends (12pm-5pm Saturday & 12pm-6pm Sunday) until Saturday 31st July.
Sea Containers Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
HEAD TO CARNABY STREET: Soho Music Month
Soho Music Month returns to Carnaby this July. The free month-long celebration will shine a spotlight on the area’s rich and vibrant music history with a series of gigs, DJ sets and fashion pop-ups. To celebrate their new collection, this weekend, GANNI Carnaby Street will be serving drinks in store, while MUJI will be giving away Bluetooth speakers for those who pop their favourite song in the comment section on Instagram. Head to Oliver Spencer to shop their pop-up vinyl store, then stop off at Replay who will be serving refreshing drinks from their spritz trolley this Saturday from 3-7pm. Later in the month, on Saturday 31st July, Size? will welcome Rinse FM to their store for live podcasts and DJ sets. Be sure to head to one of the restaurants in the area, too, for special and musical-themed menus from Senor Ceviche, Rum Kitchen, Bread Ahead and Ugly Dumpling.
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Summer Nights at Colours Hoxton & The Book Club, Shoreditch
If you’re after a fun night out in Shoreditch, Colours Hoxton and The Book Club have a new series of events this summer. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, The Book Club will serve £5 G&Ts from their new cocktail menu, alongside a selection of pizzas and bar snacks. On Sundays, there’s also a bottomless brunch where diners can enjoy espresso martinis, bloody Mary’s, prosecco or mimosas while listening to Ibiza classics from the resident DJs. If you’d prefer karaoke and cabaret, bring your friends to Colours Hoxton for drag duets and sing-alongs. On Friday 9th July from 7pm, the team is hosting a ‘Belter’ night where you can belt out your favourite songs by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and other iconic stars. Tickets start from £24.
2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU; 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH
ENJOY LIVE MUSIC AGAIN: Sunday Evening Jazz At Chelsea Physic Garden
On Sunday 11th July from 7-9pm, Chelsea Physic Garden is hosting an evening of live jazz. A great way to end the weekend with family or friends, the special concert will take place on the main lawns, surrounded by four acres of beautiful scenery. During the evening, expect to hear from artists including Ella Hohnen-Ford, Freddie Benedict and Johatsu. Be sure to order light bites and a selection of drinks from the on-site café, too. Chelsea Physic Garden is also hosting two ‘Summer Lawn Sessions’ on Tuesday 20th July and Tuesday 24th August, from 7-9pm where visitors can hear from a range of emerging artists. Tickets cost £22.66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HS
BRING THE GIRLS HERE: Maison Mirabeau Blush Brunch At Trafalgar St. James Hotel
The Rooftop at Trafalgar St. James hotel has created a new brunch in collaboration with Maison Mirabeau. Available on Saturdays and Sunday throughout summer, the menu includes pink rosé-inspired creations like bao buns with tempura prawns; pink pancakes with scrambled eggs and crispy bacon; eggs royale with rosé hollandaise; and a special burger with sweet potato fries and pink salt. For dessert, options include yuzu chocolate cheesecake with Mirabeau gelée and cardamom buttermilk pudding. Enjoy a glass of rosé with your meal, or choose one of the exclusive cocktails – the Riviera Paloma with Mirabeau Rosé Gin, grapefruit juice, lime and soda is delicious.
VISIT THIS POP-UP: Sister Jane Sample Sale At The Music Room
Sister Jane are having a sample sale today until 8pm. Head to The Music Room in Mayfair, which holds weekly sample sales and fashion pop-ups, to browse a selection of past-season stock, one-off samples and signature styles in sizes ranging from XS to L, all of which are up to 80% off. Look out for the brand’s pretty gingham maxi dresses and floral blouses, as well as relaxed two-pieces from their sister brand, GHOSPELL. Tickets are free.
BRING THE OUTDOORS IN: Big Plant Sale
From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July, Protein Studios in Hackney will host their Big Plant Sale with thousands of plants fresh from growers around the UK. Whether you’re after indoor varieties to decorate your home or outdoor plants for the garden, there’s something for everyone, with over 150 different types on sale, most of which cost £10 and under. Choose from cacti, succulents, tropical plants, terrariums and bigger plants from £15, as well as a selection of stylish pots to house them in. Shoppers must book a 30-minute slot; entry is free.
BOOK A TABLE HERE: The Saxon, Clapham
After three years of development, The Saxon on Clapham High Street is finally open. The stylish new pub is set over four floors with private rooms, a mezzanine, a rooftop and street side terraces. To begin with, diners can choose from small bites like charcuterie and cheese boards; burrata with tomato, lemon oil and toast; Zucchini cakes with turmeric dip; and popcorn chicken with habanero mayo, and later in the summer, there will be brunch, Sunday roasts and traditional British pub classics. Head to The Saxon on Friday nights where a DJ will bring the party and make a beeline for the terrace when the weather picks up.
50 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UL
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: Lift Studio LDN, Clapham
Lift Studio LDN is the new women’s-only gym to know about. Located within Clapham Arts Centre, the studio offers a combination of small group classes and personal training sessions, alongside nutritional coaching. Created by duo Danni and Mimi, the gym specialises in weight training and building strength to reach your fitness goals. Classes take place during the week, and members can drop-in during the weekends, too. There are also drop-in classes available via ClassPass, too. Membership starts from £250 per month, while those from lower-income backgrounds can take advantage of reduced rates.
Clapham Arts Centre, Unit 2B, 26-32 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DH
BINGE THIS NEW DRAMA: Lisey’s Story, Apple TV
Stephen King fans, this one’s for you. Apple TV is showing some of the most exciting series of the summer – this gripping thriller is not to be missed. Based on his bestselling novel and adapted by the man himself, Lisey’s Story follows Lisey Landon (Julianne Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Clive Owen). After struggling to come to terms with his death, a series of unsettling events force Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she has deliberately blocked out of her mind. With new episodes released every Friday, there’s still time to catch up on the series so far.
READ THIS DEUT NOVEL: My Best Friend's Murder By Polly Phillips
If you’re looking for a gripping new book to take on a summer staycation or read by the pool, Polly Phillips’ debut thriller comes out today. Bec and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives.They’ve been through a lot together – from the death of Bec’s mother to the birth of Izzy’s daughter. But there’s a darker side to their friendship, and Bec is about to reach breaking point. Then Izzy’s body is found at the bottom of the stairs. It could have been an accident – perhaps she fell – but if the police decide to look for a killer, Bec is certain she will be the prime suspect. Because she knows better than anyone that those closest to you can hurt you the most.
VISIT THIS NEW POP-UP: Summer By The River At London Bridge
Summer by the River at London Bridge is back for another year of al fresco dining and fun events the whole family can enjoy. Over the next few weeks, they’ll be screening the Wimbledon Tennis Championship finals and a range of family favourite movies. Visitors can also enjoy karaoke nights, musical performances, bingo and open-air fitness classes. Don’t miss musical bingo on Friday 16th July, a festival DJ set from LuDec on Saturday 17th July and a summer boxing workout on Monday 19th July. Summer by the River will also feature the Riverside Terrace Bar at The Scoop where visitors can choose from Mediterranean-inspired drinks, as well as ice-cream from Good Times Rolls and Asian bites from Jimmy’s Kitchen. The best part? All events are free and open for walk-ins, so there’s no need to book in advance.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Sipsmith At-Home Wimbledon Gin Hamper
Regular SL readers will know we’re big fans of Sipsmith Gin, so we were very excited to hear they’ve created a limited-edition hamper for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Ideal for an at-home picnic with friends, each hamper contains a cool bag, a Wimbledon picnic blanket, six highball glasses, six copper swan drink stirrers, a copper bar spoon and jigger, plus a 70cl bottle of Sipsmith Wimbledon London Dry Gin and a 70cl bottle of Sipsmith Strawberry Smash Gin, made from strawberries from last year’s cancelled tournament. Hampers cost £200.