SHOP FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Women For Women International x Alex Eagle Car Boot Sale At Selfridges
On Saturday 14th May from noon to 5pm, Selfridges and Alex Eagle Studio are hosting a charity car boot sale at Selfridges’ car park to raise money for Women for Women International, a charity that supports survivors of war. The luxury fashion car boot sale will feature a range of pre-loved, vintage and past-season items donated by some of our favourite brands, including The Vampire’s Wife, Rixo, Reformation, Simone Rocha, Hunza G, Manolo Blahnik and Needle & Thread. There will also be donations from Chanel and Balenciaga, plus beauty items from Charlotte Tilbury, 111Skin, Neal's Yard Remedies and Face Gym. Tickets start from £10 for one-hour shopping slots.
400 Oxford Street, West End, W1A 1AB
DINE AL FRESCO: Pasta Evangelists x Kocktail Spritz & Pasta Garden Pop-Up, Covent Garden
Pasta Evangelists and Kocktail are hosting a summer pop-up where diners can feast on pasta and summer cocktails inspired by an Italian trattoria. Today until Sunday 15th May, you can choose from popular Pasta Evangelists dishes like pappardelle al ragù with slow-cooked beef shin red wine, lemon and ricotta triangoli with sage butter, and orecchiette Norma with tomatoes and aubergine, then order Kocktail drinks like the lychee and elderflower spritz or espresso martinis. On Friday 13th May, there’s a special VIP cocktail and pasta making masterclass taking place at the pop-up – to WIN one of ten tickets, enter the completion via the link below.
East Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF
MEET THE GIRLS FOR BRUNCH: Jurema Terrace At The Mandrake
The Mandrake hotel has created a botanical weekend brunch at its outdoor terrace Jurema (£65pp). Available on Sundays from noon to 4pm, diners can expect South African dishes followed by vegan desserts and summer cocktails, while DJs set the vibe into the evening. Grab a table on the terrace, surrounded by lush greenery, to enjoy dishes like padron peppers with smoked chili salt, crab and fennel tostadas with lime, chorizo and poached egg muffins with chimichurri hollandaise, mushroom and kale tacos, and buttermilk fried chicken buns with pickled jalapeno coleslaw. Finish the brunch with a chilli and chocolate mousse with coconut and fruity cocktails – we like the sound of the ‘The Mangosteen’ made with Patron silver, mangosteen, hibiscus, and lime and grapefruit soda.
20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Photo London Exhibition At Somerset House
Photo London’s annual exhibition returns to Somerset House today until Sunday 15th May. Featuring over 100 artists and photographers, highlights include solo presentations by Mikhael Subotzky, Melanie Manchot and Hannah Hughes and a talk by artist Anastasia Samoylova in conversation with writer and curator David Company. From Thursday to Saturday, ticketholders can also book film noir workshops hosted by Nikon to learn how to shoot noir style. Tickets start from £9.50pp.
Strand, WC2R 1LA
DISCOVER NEW BEAUTY: Trinny London Land
Regular SL readers will know we rate Trinny London’s compact make-up products, so we were excited to hear Trinny herself is hosting a pop-up shop in Soho to celebrate the launch of the brand’s new skincare line. Open today until 9pm, Trinny London Land is an interactive experience where shoppers can try new products and listen to talks from industry experts. Tickets cost £25pp and are redeemable against purchases today.
The Vinyl Factory, 18 Marshall Street, Soho, W1F 7BE
PLAN A COOL DATE NIGHT: Yard Sale Pizza x Top Cuvée Vin-Yard
Yard Sale Pizza has teamed up with natural wine specialists Top Cuvée for a pop-up bar at the pizza restaurant’s Hackney Road basement. Today until Wednesday 25th May, diners can enjoy 12-inch and 18-inch pizzas – choose toppings like hot pepperoni, spicy nduja sausage, tender stem broccoli, pine nuts, garlic oil and parmesan, and add on sides like cheese and Marmite garlic bread. Top Cuvée will serve a selection of natural wines, plus beers and cocktails like spicy picantes and classic negronis. Don’t forget to order an ice-cream sandwich for dessert.
BE CREATIVE: London Craft Week
It’s London Craft Week, and this year’s festival will bring together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. Visitors can take part in creative workshops and masterclasses, listen to talks from artists, and visit exhibitions at galleries around the capital. This weekend’s highlight includes a hand embroidery demonstration at Alex Eagle studio, a Robert Kime exhibition, the Maker’s Market at The Royal Exchange, and the 'Plant Explorations' exhibition at The New Craftsmen.
WATCH SOMETHING IMPORTANT: Goliath At BFI Southbank
Actor Tilda Swinton has narrated this virtual reality installation at the BFI. Goliath won the prize for best VR work at last year’s Venice International Film Festival, so we’re expecting good things. It explores schizophrenia and psychosis through the story of Goliath, an isolated man diagnosed with schizophrenia who finds human connection in the world of online video games. A timely release for Mental Health Week. Tickets cost £5.
PAMPER YOUR POOCH: Liberty Pet Spa x London Dog Grooming Company
Liberty has just opened its first pet spa with London Dog Grooming Company so visitors can treat their pooches to a bespoke selection of grooming services and indulgent spa treatments. Ensure your four-legged friends look and feel their best with canine massages, reiki healing, puppy blow-dries, pet pedicures, mud baths and teeth cleaning. Go all out and choose the ‘Liberty Package’ for a full day of pampering for your pup while you shop.
Regent Street, Carnaby, W1B 5AH
ENJOY A FAMILY DAY OUT: Underbelly Festival
Something the whole family will enjoy, Underbelly Festival has an exciting roster of events on offer this summer. Running in Cavendish Square until the end of July and at Earl’s Court from Friday 13th May to Sunday 17th July, little ones can enjoy everything from circus shows and baby discos to ‘Shark in the Park’ – a special show for budding scientists. There’s also a comedy club for kids, while adults can enjoy live podcast shows and cabaret performances before hitting the bars for street food, beers and cocktails.
Cavendish Square, West End, W1G 0PN; Empress Place, Earl’s Court, SW6 1TT
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