VISIT THIS NEW EXHIBITION: Windrush Day, Brixton Village
Tuesday marked Windrush Day, commemorating 73 years since the SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, carrying over 1,000 Caribbean migrants to the UK. To mark the anniversary, Brixton Village has teamed up with arts organisation The Brixton Project for a series of cultural events taking place today until Monday 28th June. Head down to Briton Village to see The Portrait Parlour, an interactive installation inspired by the work of renowned photographer Harry Jacobs who captured iconic portraits of Caribbean people during the 60s and 70s. Plus, on Saturday 26th June from 11am, Quincy the Comedian and playwright Judy Hepburn will perform a reading of their new book, The Place for Me: Stories About The Windrush Generation, at Windrush Square in Brixton, followed by a Q&A session, suitable for both children and adults. Tickets are free.
Unit 74, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS
VISIT THIS POP-UP STORE: Wyse London, Northcote Road
Today until Wednesday 30th June, Wyse London is hosting a pop-up sale on the Northcote Road in Clapham. With new stock replenished every day over the next week, shoppers can choose from a range of stylish pieces, including cashmere knits, everyday tees and ditsy floral dresses, all of which are reduced to clear. We love the brand’s pretty pastel cardigans and classic striped Breton tops – ideal for a quick summer wardrobe update. Be sure to look through the accessories, too, from floral face masks to canvas totes.
68 Northcote Road, Clapham, SW11 6QL
HEAD HERE TONIGHT: The Acai Girls Summertime Supper Club, Belgravia
If you’re after a last-minute reservation, The Acai Girls are hosting a supper club at Morena in Eccleston Yards, Belgravia tonight. From 7pm, diners will be treated to a three-course meal with sides, sharing plates, and a Latin-American inspired cocktail. The menu includes guacamole with plantain chips, seabass or mango ceviche, chicken tacos, cassava fries and a Mexican salad. For dessert, choose from an açaí bowl or a slice of tres leches cake. In terms of drinks, opt for a spicy margarita made with El Rayo tequila or a non-alcoholic Caleno Dark & Spicy margarita. Tickets cost £50.
10-11 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, SW1W 9AZ
BINGE THIS NEW NETFLIX SHOW: Sex/Life
Sex/Life lands on Netflix tomorrow, and follows the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past. Billie (Sarah Shahi) wasn’t always a stay-at-home wife and mother living in the suburbs. Before she married loving and reliable Cooper (Mike Vogel) she was a free-spirited wild child living in New York City with her best friend Sasha (Margaret Odette). Exhausted from taking care of her two young kids and feeling nostalgic for her past, Billie starts journaling and fantasising about her passionate exploits with ex-boyfriend Brad (Adam Demos), the big heartbreak she never got over. But when Billie’s husband finds her journal, some scandalous truths threaten to rock their marriage. If you’re after a fun and light-hearted show to binge-watch this weekend, this is it.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: The Queer Bible
This new collection of essays written by a range of queer icons is the perfect way to celebrate Pride Month. Based on the pioneering LGBTQ+ website QueerBible.com, this new book is a love letter to the queer community and its allies. Contributors include Elton John, Graham Norton, Russell Tovey, Lady Phyll, Tan France, Munroe Bergdorf, Courtney Act and Paul Mendez, who each tell the story of an iconic queer icon through the ages. Each essay is accompanied by exclusive, bespoke illustrations by queer or ally artists to create a beautiful celebration of queer culture. Whether you enjoy it yourself or buy it as a gift for someone else, it’s a thought-provoking and moving read.
TRY NEW FLAVOURS: Crudo Cevicheria, Fitzrovia
To celebrate national ceviche day on Monday 28th June, Crudo Cevicheria in Fitzrovia will be offering up their signature ceviche bowls for just £5. Diners can choose from four South American-inspired bowls, with toppings including seabass, salmon, king prawns, and a vegan chickpea ceviche with rocoto leche. Ideal for a Monday lunch or post-work supper, each bowl is packed full of healthy veggies like edamame beans, and can be topped up with extras like avocado, red onions, chillies and pickles.
35 Riding House Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7EA
MAKE A RESERVATION FOR: Adriana Cavita At The Dorchester
Mexican chef Adriana Cavita has just started her first solo UK residency on the roof of The Dorchester. Showcasing her signature style of tasty Mexican food cooked over fire, the residency will be a chance for Adriana to try out new dishes for her London restaurant which is set to open later this year. Starters include citrus ceviche and a tuna tostada, while the main courses celebrate Mexican street food, with dishes like cochinita tacos and tetela (a pocket of corn filled with pink fir potato); salsa tatemada and Glastonbury cheese; dry aged ribeye steak; and crispy fried lobster with avocado, tomato salsa and black beans. There’s also an extensive selection of tequilas and mezcal, including the seriously tasty Lost Explorer mezcal which is handcrafted in Oaxaca. Tables are available until Wednesday 30th June.
53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA
BOOK A TICKET FOR THIS: The Islander Festival Outdoor Screenings
This Sunday, London City Island launches the Islander Festival with a series of outdoor screenings. Visitors can watch a range of blockbusters including The Greatest Showman, 10 Things I Hate About You, Grease and Dirty Dancing, as well as family favourites like School of Rock and Paddington. From Monday 28th June, visitors will also be able to watch free live screenings of the Wimbledon Championships during the two-week tournament, too. Meanwhile, gourmet chocolate shop Cartografie will be on hand with homemade ice-cream, sorbet, popcorn and strawberries with chocolate sauce, while The Lockdown Beach Hut will offer Pimm’s, Aperol Spritz, champagne, and strawberry mojito ice lollies. Be sure to get a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine from the pop-up bar before your screening begins. Tickets start from £11.
Hopewell Square, London City Island, E14 0QG
BRING YOUR FRIENDS HERE: Backyard Cinema, Wandsworth
To celebrate Pride Month, Backyard Cinema is showcasing ten of the most iconic LGBTQ+ movies this weekend and throughout July at Capital Studios in Wandsworth. Films include Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, Paris is Burning, Rocket Man and Kinky Boots, all of which celebrate diversity and explore identity. The films will be screened in two immersive destinations on site – Miami Beach or L.A Nights – where guests will be transported to a cool, retro style cinema. Take in the beautiful city skyline whilst sipping cocktails atop the luminescent Palm Lounge cocktail bar, then order food from a range of pop-ups, including Cinema Pizza and Honest Burger. The space will also screen various classics until the end of August, like Romeo + Juliet, Dirty Dancing and Moulin Rouge. Tickets start from £19.99.
Capital Studios, 13 Wandsworth Plain, SW18 1ET
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: High Tea & Ronnie Scott's Jazz At Fortnum & Mason
On Thursday 1st July from 6-9pm, Fortnum & Mason is hosting an exclusive high tea with live music from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club at their Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. At the start of the evening, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Fortnum’s champagne, before tucking into a luxury menu. Diners can enjoy lobster omelette with truffle; baked Cornish brill with champagne sauce; seasonal asparagus with citrus hollandaise and a traditional lamb wellington; followed by Fortnum’s famous scones with strawberry preserve, lemon curd and clotted cream; and a selection of special patisserie desserts. During the meal, The Alex Hutton trio from Ronnie Scott’s will perform a range of American songbook classics from some of the greats including Gershwin and Cole Porter. Tickets cost £80.
4th Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James's, W1A 1ER
GET THE DRINKS IN: Incipio Group x Sapling Spirits
Incipo group are marking World Environment Day for the whole month of June in collaboration with Sapling Spirits. Until Monday 5th July, bars across the capital – including Percy’s, Lost in Brixton, Pergola on the Wharf, Pergola Paddington, The Prince and W12 Studio – will offer guests a selection of new cocktails made with Sapling vodka. Each venue will offer a different take on the drink, with fresh options made with exotic fruits. A great excuse to get the drinks in, for each cocktail sold, Sapling will plant a tree at one of their many planting projects in urban spaces around the capital.