TUNE INTO A NEW PODCAST: The Drop Out
This new podcast tells the unbelievable story of Elizabeth Holmes, a former American businesswoman who scammed millions of dollars out of investors for her so-called pharmaceutical company, Theranos. But how did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire heralded as ‘the next Steve Jobs’ lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did she find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to decades in prison? How did her technology, meant to revolutionise health care in the US, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many people along the way get it so wrong? Presented by ABC news, you’ll hear about the investigation via former employees, investors, patients, and for the first-time, the deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes herself.
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Fortnum & Mason Supper Clubs
Regular SL readers will know how much we love Fortnum & Mason, so we were very excited to hear they’ve created a new series of supper clubs featuring some of the country’s top chefs and up-and-coming culinary talent. Hosted by food critic William Sitwell (of MasterChef fame) there’s a different menu on offer each month. On Wednesday 13th October, chef Mike Robinson (who runs The Hardwood Arms in Fulham, London’s only Michelin-starred pub) will host a dinner at the Fortum & Mason Restaurant at The Royal Exchange. There’s also a tasting menu from chef Tommy Heaney at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon on Wednesday 10th November. Menus are strictly under wraps, but if Fortnum’s recent jazz evenings are anything to go by, we’re expecting good things. Tickets cost £95pp.
VISIT THIS COOL POP-UP: Peachy Den, Soho
Peachy Den, loved by celebrity insiders and those in the know – think Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Maya Jama – has just opened a pop-up shop in Soho. Available to shop until Saturday 9th October, the space is selling limited-edition designs of the brand’s cult Kernel jumpsuit, as well as cool Peachy Den merch like pretty underwear, water bottles and art prints. From today until Saturday 25th September, customers can also stop by for a complimentary manicure by @Pheebs.Nails – we love her cool on-trend designs.
27 Peter St, Soho W1F 0AJ
BRING THE GIRLS TO THIS: Core Collective's Singles Night
On Thursday 30th September from 6pm-10pm, Core Collective is hosting a speed dating singles night at its Kensington studio. A fun night out to enjoy with your single friends, the evening starts with a 45-minute HIIT class with a series of couple-based exercises led by Core Collective’s head trainers. After the workout (and a shower), the vibe will be set by the resident in-house DJ to continue the party. Expect plant-based canapes from vegan restaurant Holy Carrot, vodka cocktails by Trøve and White Claw, and refreshing drinks from new Westfield White City bar, The Phoenix. Tickets cost £30pp.
45 Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RZ
WATCH THE PROS: Champions Tennis, Royal Albert Hall
British teen Emma Raducanu made history as the first qualifier to ever win at the US Open earlier this month. If you didn’t manage to secure tickets to Wimbledon, you can see the star in action at the ATP Champions Tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th November – tickets are expected to sell out quickly. During the friendly tournament, other top players on court include Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis, Radek Štěpánek and Tomáš Berdych. There are both afternoon and evening sessions to choose from; tickets start from £20.
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
BOOK DINNER HERE: Isla, The Standard
A night at The Standard hotel is always a good idea, so we were pleased to hear that its restaurant, Isla, is returning to the ground floor with a new menu, drinks list, and garden terrace. Diners can choose from a new menu of seasonal dishes, with a particular emphasis on seafood, like scallops with and mussels, Koji grilled chicken, aged feta and sesame, whole lemon sole with seaweed butter and Ikejime trout with salsa verde. Order poached pineapple with bread ice-cream for dessert and be sure to try one of the new cocktails – we like the sound of the extra spicy margarita.
TREAT YOURSELF: Words With Wine
If you’re after a lovely gift to send to a friend, or a treat for yourself, Words With Wine is a new subscription to have on your radar. Every month, they’ll send you a book, an information card and a full-sized bottle of wine to enjoy while you read. Ideal if you want to discover some of the best fiction hitting the shelves each month, the contents of each box is strictly under wraps, so you can enjoy a surprise when it arrives. Once you’ve read the text, head to WWW’s online book club to discuss it with other members – whether you opt for a monthly subscription or one-time purchase. Boxes start from £25.
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Moulin Rouge! The Musical
After a successful run on Broadway, Moulin Rouge! the Musical is finally hitting the West End in November. Based on Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film, the show features iconic songs from the original, as well as new additions from Adele, Katy Perry, Sia, Rihanna and Beyoncé. As the story goes, it’s Paris, 1899, when a young man becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. However, she’s been promised by the manager to a Duke in return for funding his next production. As the young lovers meet in secret, Satine's wedding day draws closer, but she hides a fatal secret from both Christian and the Duke. We can’t wait to watch the performance when it opens on Friday 12th November. Tickets start from £36.
Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY
SEE FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Chelsea Creek
To celebrate The Chelsea Flower Show which is taking place this week, Chelsea Creek has installed a beautiful display of floral arrangements. Located by Imperial Wharf Station and the Chelsea Design Centre, visitors can walk along the man-made canal to see a variety of flowers and plants set in 15 acres of greenery. Until the end of the month, you can also attend the Voyage exhibition at Chelsea Creek, made up of over 100 floating LED origami boats which light up the canal. Don’t miss the Insta-worthy bespoke flower installation by Kitten Grayson Flowers. A lovely afternoon the whole family can enjoy; entry is free.
9 Park Street, Chelsea Creek, SW6 2FS
WATCH THIS NEW DOC: Subnormal: A British Scandal
A new documentary which has just landed on Amazon Prime, Subnormal examines one of the biggest scandals in the history of British education: how Black children in the 1960s-70s were disproportionately sent to schools for the so-called ‘educationally subnormal.’ With moving recounts from a range of those directly affected and people who sought to overthrow the system, the documentary recounts how Black parents, teachers and activists banded together to expose the injustice and force the education system to change. An interesting and important watch, particularly in the wake of last year’s BLM movement.
ENJOY GREAT PASTA: Pastaio, Carnaby Street
Covent Garden restaurant Pastaio has created a new menu slushie menu, inspired by the favourite cocktails from some of Soho's coolest neighbouring bars, including Quo Vadis, El Pastor and Golden Gai. Available until mid-October, there’s a new drink on offer every couple of weeks, like pina coladas and spiced mango margaritas, as well as tasty pasta dishes and antipasti sides – we loved the burrata and peach salad. Be sure to order tiramisu or pistachio ice-cream for dessert.
19 Ganton Street, Carnaby W1F 9BN