SUPPORT TEAM GB:
Olympics Opening Ceremony
After a year delay and countless setbacks due to the pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally kicks off on Friday with the Opening Ceremony. Tune in from 12pm (Tokyo is eight hours ahead of the UK) to watch what’s set to be the largest and most-watched ceremony of the year. On BBC One, coverage will be headed up by Clare Balding and Alex Scott where viewers can expect a series of performances and installations that showcase Japanese culture. The Olympic flame will be lit to mark the start of the Games, followed by the procession of athletes – a great chance to see who’s competing this year, including Team GB who have sent a record number of female athletes to the Games. With new sports added to this year’s roster of events, including skateboarding, sport climbing, karate and softball, it’s not one to be missed.
ENJOY A FREE DRINK:
Greenall’s Gin Cube, Southbank
To celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions, Greenall’s Gin will be serving free G&Ts from a huge ice cube pop-up on the Southbank. The cool cube has mirrored walls to create a mirage-style reflection of the view from the Southbank, where you’ll be served an ice-cold drink by Greenall’s barmen. Available today between 12-4pm, there are 1,000 up for grabs, so don’t delay in heading riverside for a refreshing drink. Look out for the brand’s new Blood Orange & Fig flavour – delicious served with tonic water, orange slices and plenty of ice.
BRING THE GIRLS HERE: Decimo Brunch At The Standard
Decimo at The Standard hotel has just launched a new series of live music brunches where diners can enjoy breakfast dishes while listening to performances from some of London's most exciting, up-and-coming musicians. Headed up by Michelin-starred chef, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, it’s the first time the restaurant on the 10th floor has served brunch, so we’re expecting big things. The Mexican-themed menu includes Spanish tortillas, huevos a la flamenco, marinated red peppers with pork croquettes, and lamb tacos, served alongside jugs of margaritas or bloody Mary’s. A great new brunch spot to enjoy with friends, expect music from Groove Science and James Priestley this weekend.
10th Floor, The Standard, 10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG
STOP FOR COFFEE HERE:
How Matcha!, Marylebone
If you’re after a new Insta-worthy coffee shop to visit this weekend, head to How Matcha! in Marylebone. With a menu celebrating the health benefits of matcha, diners can choose from a range of healthy options, alongside indulgent treats. Drinks include the ‘Immune’ made with matcha, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, matcha honey, bee pollen and your choice of milk; the ‘Radiant’ featuring rose water, collagen and milk; and the ‘Matcha Bubble Tea’ made with tapioca and brown sugar syrup. All drinks can be enjoyed either hot or on ice – ideal for the warm weather. Be sure to add on a slice of matcha-infused cake or a plate of avocado on toast, too.
47 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 7HQ
VISIT THIS NEW EXHIBITION: Paula Rego At Tate Britain
Tate Britain has just unveiled the UK’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition by Portuguese artist, Paula Rego. Rego, who revolutionised the way in which women are represented in art during the 50s, is famous for her huge body of work, which includes everything from comic strips to history paintings. The exhibition tells the story of her life, highlighting the personal nature of her work and the socio-political context in which it came from. Featuring over 100 works including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels, drawings and etchings, the show spans Rego’s early work from the 1950s to her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000s. Look out for one of her most famous paintings – The Devil and the Devil’s Wife in Bed. The exhibition will run until Sunday 24th October; tickets cost £18.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
RADA Talks: Phoebe Waller-Bridge And Fiona Shaw In Conversation
Killing Eve fans, this one’s for you. On Wednesday 28th July at 8pm, RADA is hosting a virtual evening with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Fiona Shaw as part of their RADA Talks series which feature award-winning actors and directors. The two will discuss their experiences working together on the iconic shows, Fleabag and Killing Eve, and chat about their time studying at RADA and the challenges they face as leading female creatives within the world of film, television and theatre. The talk will be livestreamed and will then be available to watch on demand for 48 hours; tickets cost £8.
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS:
Brixton Disco Festival
Brixton Disco Festival has just added another date to this year’s list of events. In addition to an exciting line-up on Saturday 7th October, on Friday 8th October, the festival will take over Electric Brixton, with a pre-party and stage at Brixton Village. Norwegian synth and disco DJ Todd Terje is set to headline, with a series of edits featuring the likes of Stevie Wonder, Chic and Sister Sledge. Legendary DJ Paulette (who has had residencies at Hacienda, Ministry of Sound, and Pikes Ibiza to name a few), will also take to the stage, as well as up-and-coming DJ, Usher Lavelle. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so don’t delay in getting your friends involved. Tickets cost £24.98.
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: Sky Garden Morning Yoga
Need a new fitness class to get back into the swing of things? London’s highest green oasis – Sky Garden – has just launched its summer series of morning yoga classes with TruBe. With panoramic views of the city, classes will take place amongst Sky Garden's luscious tropical greenery where guests can enjoy a one-hour session of vinyasa flow yoga, suitable for all levels and abilities. With a focus breathwork, the TruBe instructors will guide you through a range of postures designed to boost energy levels and make you feel rejuvenated. After the class, grab a coffee at Sky Pod Bar or have breakfast at the Darwin Brasserie before enjoying a leisurely walk through the beautifully landscaped gardens. Starting on Saturday 24th July, classes take place between 8.30-9.30am every Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost £20.
GET TICKETS FOR THIS:
Dalston Wine Club x Silver Lining
On Thursday 29th July, Dalston Wine Club are hosting a tasting evening at Hackney wine bar, Silver Lining. Led by DWC founder Hannah Crosbie and Silver Lining’s general manager Sarah Maddox, the event will focus on the wine style of the season, Pét-Nat. Guests will taste their way through a flight of four naturally sparkling wines, each with a delicious and varied expression, alongside a selection of French bar snacks. Ideal for date night or a fun evening with the girls, tickets cost £40 and guests will receive 10% off purchases from the wine bar on the night.
The London EDITION x Central St. Martin’s Fashion Illustration Masterclass
This summer, The London EDITION hotel is partnering with Adventures in Apparel for a series of fashion illustration masterclasses to celebrate emerging new talent from the Central Saint Martin’s 2021 Fashion Programme. Hosted in the hotel’s Punch Room, guests will be greeted with a welcome drink before enjoying an introductory talk presenting the designers and their collections. During the masterclass, you’ll learn about several creative processes and will have a chance to ask questions about the designs and your own work – artist Arianne Scott will host the first class on Monday 26th July from 6-10pm. Tickets cost £15.
The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
ENTER THIS COMPETITION: The Uncommon x Grape & Fig Dial-A-Picnic
On Saturday 24th July, canned English wine brand The Uncommon will launch their Dial-A-Picnic competition. Over the next three weeks, 20 picnic hampers (worth £250) are up for grabs every Saturday which will be delivered to winners in the park. This Saturday, head to Hackney’s Victoria Park (or Primrose Hill on Saturday 31st July and Clapham Common on Saturday 7th August) to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive hamper, filled with food from Grape & Fig. Each one feeds four and also includes a selection of The Uncommon drinks, a soft, recycled wool blanket, and a game of quoits. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is WhatsApp the hotline with your name, choice of park, and the song that would make your picnic.
HEAD BACK TO THE CINEMA:
The Witches Of The Orient
The Witches of the Orient was released in cinemas last week, just in time for the Olympic Games. The experimental documentary tells the story of the Japanese women’s volleyball team, named so because of their seemingly supernatural powers on the courts. Now in their 70s, the film tells the story of the legendary Olympic squad, who, inspiring legions of fans and a whole cult genre of manga comics and anime shows, have left a unique sporting and cultural legacy. Featuring unseen archive footage and interviews with four of the ‘witches’ it’ll transport you straight to Japan in the 60s.
TRY NEW FLAVOURS:
Taqueria, Exmouth Market
Popular Notting Hill Mexican restaurant Taqueria has just opened a new outpost in Exmouth Market. After starting life as a small market on Portobello Road back in 2005, the restaurant has since gained a cult following thanks to its tasty quesadillas and spicy margaritas. The menu includes dishes like fried squid with scotch bonnet mayo, shredded chicken tostadas, salmon ceviche quesadillas with mango and coconut puree, deep fried crab tacos with guacamole, and fried plantain with crema. Be sure to add on a watermelon or smoke-infused margarita and finish the meal with churros dipped in caramel sauce. We can’t think of a better menu to start the weekend with.
8-10 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell EC1R 4QA