TRY NEW FLAVOURS: Habibi Nights Pop-Up At The Hoxton, Southwark
Tomorrow night, The Hoxton in Southwark will welcome Kian Samyani from Persian restaurant Berenjak for an exclusive one-night pop-up featuring a new menu of Middle Eastern dishes. The event will give Samyani a chance to experiment with new ideas for his Soho restaurant. Expect dishes like fried poussin in zaatar with beiti sauce, crispy prawns with pickled red chillies and lime, plus sides of falafel, fatuoush and batata harra – potatoes with shallots, tahini mayo and Lebanese gunpowder. Tables are expected to go quickly, so don’t delay in making a reservation.
40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NY
VISIT THIS NEW POP-UP: RIXO, BOXPARK Shoreditch
We’re big fans of RIXO at SL, so we were pretty excited to hear about their new pop-up store in BOXPARK Shoreditch. Shoppers can browse a selection of archive pieces, all of which are on sale, from maxi dresses and midi skirts to blazers and summer blouses in a range of fun, signature prints. We love the silk skirts and floral midi dresses – ideal for summer weddings and outdoor events. Once you’ve browsed through the rails, head to the branch on the King’s Road or St John’s Wood to see the current collection. The BOXPARK pop-up will be available to shop until September.
BOXPARK Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY
GET CREATIVE AT HOME: The Vegetarian Kitchen Course By Anna Jones
In collaboration with Create Academy, food writer and award-winning chef Anna Jones launches a new online vegetarian cooking course today. Following the success of her latest cookbook, One Pot, Pan, Planet, Anna’s course is made up of 25 video lessons (each between eight and 25 minutes) which cover the basics of vegetarian cooking. Alongside some tasty recipes, you’ll learn how to minimise waste, cook with leftovers and reduce plastic in the kitchen. Ideal if you’re looking to reduce your meat and fish consumption – or want to add a few healthy recipes to your repertoire – classes come with a downloadable workbook so you can recap what you’ve learnt after each session. Courses start from £127.
TOAST TO PRIDE MONTH: Crystal Head Vodka Pride Edition
Crystal Head Vodka has created a new limited-edition magnum for Pride Month. Available to purchase from Selfridges, the cool new bottle features the brand’s signature spirit in a striking pride flag bottle. A percentage of sales will go to the brand’s charity partner Kaleidoscope Trust, the international LGBT+ human rights charity who address the persecution and discrimination of LGBT+ people around the world. A great addition to any home bar, a vodka cocktail is our idea of a great start to the weekend.
GET YOUR NAILS DONE: The BABE Dream Store, Covent Garden
Head to Covent Garden this weekend to visit The BABE Dream Store, the latest addition to the Covent Garden Rosé Festival. Situated within the Royal Opera House Arcade, BABE, the cool canned wine brand, is taking over the space in collaboration with Secret Spa to offer guests manicures to enjoy alongside a cold can of sparkling wine. Visitors can also shop a range of BABE merchandise, which starts from just £5. The pop-up store will be available for walk-in beauty treatments from 1-6pm on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June.
Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: KARVE, Kensington
If you’re looking to up the ante this weekend, KARVE is the new High Street Ken gym to know about. An endurance-based method with Pilates at its core, the NY-inspired KARVE method focuses on building slow-twitch muscle fibres to increase body strength and kick-start the metabolism, ideal if you’re looking for speedy results. Classes, which follow a sequence of resistance-based movements, are carried out on KARVE’s bespoke spring-loaded machines and are joint-friendly, making it a top choice if you’re prone to niggles or are looking to build strength after an injury. Head to a weekend class solo or bring along a friend – founding memberships cost £200 per month, but it’ll be worth the splurge when you see the results.
198 Kensington High Street, W8 7RG
BRING THE FAMILY HERE: Elephant Family CoExistence Art Exhibition
From Monday 14th June, the Elephant Family charity will showcase a new exhibition across several London landmarks and Royal Parks to raise awareness and funds for elephant conservation projects. The moving exhibition which has travelled around the world consists of 40 life-sized elephant sculptures made from lantana wood by the Adavasi tribal communities, who live in close proximity to wild elephants. Ideal for a family day out, visitors can see the elephants at St James Park, Green Park, Berkeley Square until Friday 23rd July.
ENJOY SUNDAY LUNCH AT: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
If you’re looking for a weekend spot with great food and entertainment, The Ivy Chelsea Garden has just announced they will host live music every Sunday afternoon. From 12pm to 3pm, ALR Music’s ‘The Legends’ – known for their feel-good Cuban tunes – will play a summery set for guests to enjoy alongside their meal. The seasonal menu currently features tasty dishes like Milanese chicken, traditional battered fish and chips, lobster linguine and monkfish and prawn curry. Opt for one of the restaurant’s signature G&Ts or standout desserts to finish.
195-197 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EQ
DISCOVER NEW ART: Wilder Gallery, Kensal Rise
For a cool culture fix, head to independent art gallery Wilder in Kensal Rise. After launching in lockdown 1.0 with online exhibitions, the gallery has finally opened its doors with a new series of three-week exhibitions featuring emerging artists. The best part? All the artwork is available to purchase, and prices start from just £150 per piece – ideal for adding interest to your home or creating a gallery wall. The current exhibition is Between the Acts, a joint collection of paintings by artists Anne Carney Raines and Catherine Repko, which will be available to shop until Saturday 3rd July.
77 College Rd, Kensal Rise, NW10 5ES
READ SOMETHING NEW: We Play Ourselves By Jen Silverman
If you’re looking for LGBTQ+ fiction to read during Pride Month, We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman has just been published in hardback. When Cass, a promising queer playwright receives a prestigious award, it seems as though her career is finally taking off. That is until she finds herself at the centre of a searing public shaming, which relegates her from rising star in New York to a nobody on her best friend's sofa in L.A. As she comes to terms with the extent of her failure, she is forced to question who she is without the thing that has always defined her: her art. Filling her days by stalking her playwright nemesis, Cass becomes involved with her neighbour and begins to dream of her comeback…
BRING YOUR FRIENDS HERE: Madison x CÎROC, St Paul’s
Madison in St Pauls has partnered with CÎROC to transform its rooftop into a luxury Ibiza style beach club. The new ‘City Isles’ rooftop, which has stunning views across St Pauls and beyond, has chic rattan daybeds, sofas and palm trees to transport guests to the White Isle. In terms of drinks, CÎROC cocktails include the Champagne Colada made with rum, coconut and champagne, and the French Touch with grapefruit, lychee liqueur, and Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic. The new summer menu includes shellfish platters, crisps cod tacos, and charcuterie boards. A great spot during evenings and weekends, the rooftop will also host DJs and saxophonists for the ultimate Ibiza experience.
One New Change, London EC4M 9AF
ADD THIS TO YOUR WATCH LIST: Fleabag Live, Amazon Prime
Didn’t get tickets to the original show? Fleabag Live at the National Theatre will be added to Amazon Prime tomorrow. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at a day in the life of a 30-something woman. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, our protagonist suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. If you were obsessed with the BBC’s hit TV adaptation, it’s a must-watch.
BOOK A TABLE HERE: Powerplant At Selina Camden
This weekend, head to new hotel Selina Camden to sample tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes. The on-site brasserie Powerplant is the first launch from its new restaurant brand where diners can choose from a range of tasty, healthy dishes. For brunch, guests can choose from breakfast bowls, falafel waffles with aubergine and tahini, bacon baps, and Huevos rancheros, while the lunch and dinner menu include dishes like bibimbaps with aubergine tartare, grilled watermelon with feta, and the restaurant’s signature plant-based burger. Be sure to check out the hotel rooms which have great city views and cool, quirky furniture.
89 Chalk Farm Road, Chalk Farm, NW1 8AR
BROWSE THIS POP-UP: Mondo Corsini, Parson’s Green
Don’t miss the chance to browse the cool pop-up by Mondo Corsini which is open until Friday 11th June at 4pm. Located on Studdridge Street in Parson's Green, shoppers can browse through the current collection, with a range of clothing and accessories on offer. Ideal for a last-minute addition to your staycation packing or summer wardrobe, choose from linen maxi dresses, woven basket bags and more.
41-43 Parson’s Green Lane, SW6 4HH