BOOK A TABLE HERE: Rick Stein Pop-Up At The Goring
This week, Rick Stein returns to The Goring hotel – this time with his sons Jack and Charlie – for a pop-up celebrating Cornish produce. Rick and his team will serve his signature seafood dishes which guests can enjoy in the hotel’s beautiful garden. Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner featuring dishes like whole dover sole with noisette butter; turbot with hollandaise sauce; seabass ceviche with red chilli, tomatoes, and avocado; and crispy smoked mackerel with green mango salad. This weekend, guests can also watch Jack and Charlie in a cooking demo and attend a meet and greet book signing with Rick – you can buy yours on the day or bring your favouruite Stein cookbook with you. The pop-up will run until Sunday 20th June.
15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW
LEARN ABOUT THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: Pleasure And Prudence: A Queer Vauxhall Treasure Hunt
Take a trip through the streets of Vauxhall on a digital treasure hunt and uncover the secrets of its queer and hedonistic past. Created by the Museum of London and Breadcrumbs Games, it’s a great way to learn about the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate Pride Month. Starting at the underground station and ending at the iconic Vauxhall Tavern, you’ll discover the history of Voho, London’s oldest ‘gaybourhood’, solving clues along the way to discover hidden gems of history. Narrated by the fabulous Lady Lambeth, you’ll get the inside scoop on lesbians abseiling into parliament and what connects Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and the country’s most iconic drag bar. The trail takes around three hours to complete and passes a few pubs along the way, so you can stop for a drink while solving each clue. Tickets cost £10 per player.
BOOK A SPECIAL DAY OUT: The Great Garden Escape To The Newt
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of The Newt in Somerset, so we were very excited when they announced their latest venture – The Great Garden Escape. Ideal if you want to head to the country for the day, the journey starts with a first-class train journey to Castle Carey where you’ll be given breakfast freshly prepared by The Newt’s head chef, Alan Stewart. From there, you’ll be guided through the impressive estate and gardens, before enjoying lunch in the Garden Café – be sure to ask for a glass (or two) of Babylonstoren rosé from the hotel’s sister property in South Africa. Guests will also visit the hotel’s immersive Story of Gardening exhibition centre and be guided through a cider tour and tasting session. Finally, stock up on delicious goods from the Farm Shop before hopping back on the train for a special afternoon tea hamper. Tickets cost £295 per person.
TREAT YOURSELF: Pierre Marcolini Citrus Garden Ice-Cream Pop-Up
Luxury chocolatier Pierre Marcolini is bringing a taste of Europe to London with a new ice-cream pop-up stall at his Marylebone store and Selfridges and Harrods counters. Customers can select an ice-cream flavour – such as dulche de leche, coconut, vanilla or dark chocolate – which will then be dipped in chocolate and topped with cracked roasted hazelnuts, almonds or pistachios. If you prefer sorbet, you can also choose from mango and raspberry flavours, too. Be sure to stock up on Marcolini’s signature ice-cream tubs (which contain a simple mix of milk, sugar and cream), with flavours like citrus pistachio, vanilla and caramel, hazelnut praline, rose, and chocolate. We can’t think of a better treat to enjoy after hitting the shops.
7 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4EQ
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: SIX3NINE Yoga
SIX3NINE have just introduced a selection of new yoga classes to their timetables. After an initial launch of virtual sessions held over lockdown, each class is led by SIX3NINE’s in-house yoga expert and personal trainer, Zanna Laczo. Ideal for those looking for a new challenge or wanting to improve their flexibility, there are a range of sessions available, from energising vinyasa – designed to kick-start the week through breathwork and movements – to grounding hatha, made for unwinding and relaxation. Suitable for all abilities, classes are available at both the Covent Garden and City branches.
BOOK A TICKET FOR THIS: Drag Brunch Hosted By Tayce
The crown of RuPaul's Drag Race UK may have gone to Lawrence Chaney, but Tayce was a standout queen (and one of our favourites) to emerge from the series. Whether you’re a fan of the show or you like the sound of a boozy affair with all the glitz and glamour you’d expect from a top drag queen, this brunch is set to be raucous. Taking place on Saturday 19th June at Between the Bridges on the Southbank, diners can expect live performances from the stars of UK Drag Race, alongside an hour of bottomless bubbly and tasty street food from over 30 vendors. Sashay along with the DJs and get involved in the action with a little help from Clapham Grand’s legendary show team. Expect games, special shout outs and the chance to ‘lip sync for your life’. The brunch starts at 11.30am; tickets cost £25.
LEARN FROM THE BEAUTY PROS: My John Lewis Beauty Feel-Good Festival
On Saturday 19th June, John Lewis is hosting an all-day virtual beauty festival where guests can hear from some of the top names in the business. With six masterclasses spread over the day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The festival kicks off with a 45-minute dance class by 1SCULPT Studio and Sweaty Betty, followed by a summer skincare masterclass from Elemis and make-up artist Cher Webb. Then, beauty expert Really Ree will join Jess Kohn from Laura Mercier in a virtual summer make-up tutorial, before make-up artist Bernicia Boateng and journalist Nadine Baggott team up with Clinique to talk summer-ready skincare. The festival finishes with a 101 guide to bronzing featuring Benefit Cosmetics’ iconic Hoola bronzer, and a Charlotte Tilbury masterclass with make-up artists Kirstie Murphy and Hannah Organ on how to create a dreamy, romantic look. Day passes, which give you access to each event, cost £5.
ADD THIS DOC TO YOUR WATCH LIST: The Me You Can’t See, Apple TV
If you’re yet to dive into Apple TV’s documentary on mental health, add it to your watch list this weekend. The series transcends culture, age, gender and socioeconomic status to destigmatise a highly misunderstood subject and give hope to viewers who learn that they are not alone. The producers partnered with 14 accredited experts and notable people – including Prince Harry, Oprah and Glenn Close – and organisations from around the world to help shed light on different pathways to treatment. With five episodes available, it’s an important watch.
TRY NEW FLAVOURS: HUŎ, Chelsea
The team behind ULI in Notting Hill has just opened HUŎ in Chelsea. Championing fresh and healthy Asian food, the menu features Chinese and southeast Asian dishes made with traditional techniques, like triple-cooked dover sole, stir-fried beef fillet with spicy black pepper sauce, wok-fried kam heong prawns, and spicy soft-shell crab salad. There’s also an extensive drinks menu to choose from with a selection of Japanese whiskies and vodkas. Alongside an impressive menu, the interiors are seriously stylish – think driftwood colours, white timber ceilings and plenty of natural light. Be sure to order the peppercorn salted prawns and spicy pork dumplings.
9 Park Walk, Chelsea, SW10 0AJ
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: Working Hard, Hardly Working
After releasing her first book in April, girl boss Grace Beverley has launched her own podcast, Working Hard, Hardly Working. In the new eight-part series, Grace gives advice on how to achieve a better work-life balance by moving away from the traditional 9-5. Featuring entrepreneurs, influencers, scientists, and CEOs, the podcast lifts the lid on what actually goes on behind the scenes of our working lives and the challenges we all face, from struggling to take time off and avoiding burnout, to finding purpose and fulfilment in the office. Special guests include House of CB founder Conna Walker, artist George Heaton, and entrepreneur and podcaster Steven Bartlett.
PLAN A DINNER PARTY HERE: The Mandrake Hotel
After reopening its door last month, The Mandrake Hotel has just revealed their newly renovated Cabana dining rooms which can host private parties of up to six. Founder Rami Fustok invited some of his favourite artists to rework each space to bring the hotel's tropical Jurema Terrace inside. Inspired by head chef George Scott Toft’s travels of South America, the new rooms are the ideal place to host a fun dinner party. For something a little more casual, book a table at Jurema which has a new summer menu featuring tasty South American dishes like salt cod croquettes with piquillo peppers; octopus, artichoke and olive empanada; pork, corn and roast onion tacos; and prawn ceviche with cucumber and coconut. Be sure to treat yourself to a slice of cherry cheesecake or bowl of Mezcal granita for dessert.
20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG
REFRESH FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS: Chase Raspberry & Basil Gin
Here at SL, we’re partial to a refreshing G&T, so we were very excited to hear that Chase Distillery has added a new raspberry and basil gin to its English countryside collection. Available exclusively from Selfridges, the gin has been distilled with fresh fruit and has notes of basil alongside GB gin’s signature juniper taste. Serve yours with tonic water and plenty of ice or swap it for your go-to spirit in a gin-based cocktail for a refreshing weekend tipple.