WATCH A LIVE RECORDING:
London Podcast Festival
London Podcast Festival kicks off this weekend with its first batch of live recordings. Taking place in front of an audience at Kings Place in King’s Cross, the annual festival will showcase some of the UK’s most popular shows – and there’s something for everyone. Highlights over the next two weeks include a special mash-up show between The Guilty Feminist podcast and the Brown Girls Do It Too podcast where Deborah Frances-White will be joined by Poppy and Rubina to talk about feminism and sex on Saturday 10th September. There’s also a live recording of the Pressed podcast with influencers Mariam Musa and Adeola Patronne on Saturday 11th September. Tickets start from £9.
90 York Way, King’s Cross, N1 9AG; 8th-19th September
Needle & Thread Sample Sale
Regular SL readers will know we love Needle & Thread’s unique occasionwear, so we were excited to hear it’s holding a sample sale at Showcase on Friday 9th September from 8am-7pm. Go down during your lunch break or after work to browse romantic designs, floaty gowns crafted from layers of tulle, and prairie-inspired cotton midis – all up to 70% OFF. Ideal if you’ve got an autumn wedding coming up or simply want to elevate your current event wardrobe, the brand will also donate a percentage of profits to The Prince's Trust’s Women Supporting Women initiative.
12 Regent Street, St James's, SW1Y 4PE
CATCH SOME SHAKESPEARE:
National Theatre Live: Much Ado About Nothing
Tonight, The Soho Hotel is hosting a live screening of the National Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing – and there are still a few tickets left. Guests can enjoy a two-course meal and cocktails at the hotel’s Refuel Bar & Restaurant, before the screening starts at 7pm in the cinema. The adaptation oozes glitz and glamour, with a stunning set that transports audiences to the Italian Riviera. Stars Katherine Parkinson (Home Im Darling, The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula, She Stoops to Conquer). Tickets cost £60pp.
4 Richmond Mews, Soho, W1D 3DH
RELAX MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Interlude Wellness Centre at The London Edition
On Sunday 11th September, singer and holistic coach Roses Gabor will return to the London Edition for another day of her signature programme, the Interlude Wellness Centre. Taking place on the same day as the harvest moon (the brightest moon closest autumn which is thought to boost productivity, clarity and aid reflection), the programme has been designed to restore harmony to the mind, body and soul. Guests can take part in a jivamukti yoga class, a crystal alchemy sound bath, a skincare talk from Salon C. Stellar and a cacao ceremony – a special ritual using cacao powder. Tickets start from £125 and include a healthy plant-based lunch.
10 Berners Street, West End, W1T 3NP
FIND A NEW FRAGRANCE:
Maison Margiela Replica Pop-Up
Maison Margiela produces some of the fragrances that are most loved by industry insiders and it’s now opening an experimental pop-up store to celebrate its cult Replica range. Visitors can try fragrances and candles as they walk around a cool installation full of interactive activities and art. They’ll also be given complimentary samples and a box full of keepsakes to take home. Book a slot or drop by for a walk-in appointment.
59 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 3DZ
TRY NEW FLAVOURS:
Mei Ume Mid-Autumn Festival
Mei Ume at The Four Seasons Hotel London at Tower Hill has created a special menu to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival in Chinese culture. Available until Saturday 10th September, diners can work their way through a seven-course tasting menu (£124pp) highlighting seasonal ingredients and special Asian flavours. The meal begins with edamame and a rich miso broth; followed by a sashimi and nigiri selection; a Teochew prawn roll featuring a salted egg yolk centre; a dim sum selection; and a choice of angus fillet or wagyu beef served with a black bean sauce and steamed rice. For dessert, diners will be treated to a traditional mooncake of their choice – choose from flavours like rose jam, chestnut or red beans.
10 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AJ
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre
London's Southbank Centre hosts its biennial Unlimited Festival this weekend – a five-day event celebrating the creative work of disabled artists with special performances across music and film. Running from today until Sunday 11th September, over half of the events are free to attend, so there’s no excuse not to bring your friends along. This year’s programme focuses on climate change, identity and marginalised experiences. Highlights include Jess Thom's Touretteshero's Masked Ball (Friday 9th); Corali Dance Company's family friendly show Super Hot Hot Dog which explores the relationship between performers with and without a learning disability (Sunday 11th); and a performance from Ruth McGinley, one of Ireland's leading pianists (Thursday 8th).
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
TRY A NEW WORKOUT:
The brainchild of Gareth Bale and team GB powerlifting champion Hendrick Famutimi, the Rowbots workout is for those looking for an athlete-worthy session. In addition to its signature rowing machine workouts, the gym is launching two new classes this weekend. Head to Rowbots City or Rowbots Fitzrovia to try a 50-minute ‘Energy Strength’ class which includes strength training exercises with weights to help increase stamina and flexibility. From Friday 9th September, there’s also the new ‘Capacity’ conditioning class at Rowbots City, designed to push you to the max so you can train harder and faster. One class credit costs £22, or memberships starts from £130 a month.
9 Appold Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 2AP; 6 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 8BB
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC:
Turning Tides Festival at Greenwich Peninsula
Greenwich Peninsula is hosting a free festival on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. Visitors can listen to live music from jazz and R&B singers, and sample street food from local vendors and drinks from a pop-up bar at Tide Square. Confirmed acts across the weekend include drumming ensemble South London Samba, jazz singer Muva of the Earth, Brixton Chamber Orchestra, and percussionist Falle Nioke. Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha (who recently played on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage) are set to headline alongside Afro-jazz band Nubiyan Twist. Register at the link below for a free ticket.
Greenwich Peninsula, Tide Square, Greenwich, SE10 0XW