SINK INTO LONDON FASHION WEEK HERE: Chubby Cloud
As part of London Fashion Week, designer Anya Hindmarch has created ‘Chubby Cloud’ - an experiential installation inspired by the cloud motif in the fashion house’s AW18 Chubby Collection. Located in Banqueting House, visitors will be able to climb on and sink into the world’s largest bean bag under the largest Rubens-painted ceiling in the world. The three-day event will include a series of talks, meditations and music, with highlights including bedtime stories (read by Poppy Delevingne and Claudia Winkleman) and morning meditation with app Happy Not Perfect and Richard E Grant.
Banqueting Hall, Whitehall, Westminster, SW1A 2ER; 14th-16th September
LAST-CHANCE TO WATCH THIS: Little Shop of Horrors
It’s your last chance to grab tickets for Regent Park’s summer production of Little Shop of Horrors. For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential. Will his newfound fame and fortune win the attention of kind, sweet Audrey? And can he finally break free and be happy, whatever the consequences?
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU; Until 22nd September
CHECK OUT A NEW BAR HERE: Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration
The fourth of Inception Group’s Phileas Fogg-themed set of bars, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration pulls into The Strand this Friday. Themed around the train station where our titular character made his first voyage, the bar will offer guests a journey around the world via train carriage (there’s a life-sized Orient Express right in the middle of the bar, where guests can book banquettes), map room and multi-sensory menu. We’re certainly intrigued…
1a Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HH; 14th September
CHECK OUT A TOP FASHION ILLUSTRATOR HERE: The Shop at Bluebird
On Sunday, the Fashion Illustration Gallery (FIG) will be showing the work of artist Rosie McGuiness at the recently opened Covent Garden location of The Shop at Bluebird (one of SL’s favourite shopping destinations). The illustrator will be showing a large selection of her figurative drawings, which display a cross-section of fashion drawing and life drawing. A must for all fashion fans.
Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DP; 16th September
GET YOUR HANDS ON SOME VINYL HERE: Near Mint Record Fair
The third edition of the hugely popular Near Mint Record Fair returns to Pop Brixton this weekend. Bringing together records, music, food and drinks, the venue will be taken over by dealers, labels and indies bringing an eclectic mix of sounds to south London. DJs will set the party vibe with all-day music and an after-party rolling on until midnight, with the performances streamed and broadcast globally.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ; 15th September
TREAT YOUR FURRY FRIEND HERE: Dogs & Design by Fetch & Follow
Redchurch Street is set to get a little more dog-friendly with the launch of Dogs & Design - a week-long pop-up from canine brand Fetch & Follow. The concept dog shop will take place during London Design Festival and promises pet-themed features (such as a postcard auction in collaboration with magazine Four & Sons) plus plenty of smart accessories for your pet. To celebrate the opening, there will be cocktails, refreshments and nibbles throughout the day this Friday.
67 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ; 14th-23rd September
JOIN THE QUEUE HERE: Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream
Filipino ice-cream parlour Mamasons is introducing its street-style “dirty” ice cream to the streets of Chinatown with the launch of their new store. Opening on Saturday, the site will sell a range of Instagrammable pan-Asian puds, including its signature sell-out dessert, the ‘Bilog’: a traditional Filipino milk bun (pandesal) filled with ice cream, toasted in a hot press and dusted with icing sugar. Mmm.
32 Newport Court, Chinatown, WC2H 7PQ; 15th September
SHOP HERE: Kitri pop-up
Following the success of its first pop-up store last September and a permanent spot now secured in Selfridges, Kitri has opened the doors of a new four-month retail space in Soho. The fashion favourite has created a beautiful spot that goes beyond the traditional store concept: expect to view forthcoming collections and purchase in-store exclusives, plus take part in cocktail evenings and a series of events spanning beauty, lifestyle and wellness.
52 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9TQ; until 31st December
DINE HERE: Genesis
Shoreditch has a new vegan hangout with the launch of Genesis, which opens this weekend. The menu is entirely plant-based, GMO-free and organic, and draws on global street food influences. The casual setting and counter-style service will ensure that food is delivered fresh, fast and fuss-free, while the restaurant’s contemporary design and striking neon artwork promises a fun and relaxed dining experience. We like the sound of the ‘American Woman’ burger (coleslaw, BBQ sauce, onion rings, jalapeños, and gherkins) followed by a vegan brownie sundae.
144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6NU; open now
DISCOVER YOUR NEW BEAUTY HEROES HERE: Beautython
Kicking off tonight, Covent Garden is throwing its second annual Beautython – a celebration of beauty brands in London. From tonight until 23rd September, over 30 beauty brands in and around the market will host in-store events, exclusive product launches and Thursday late-night shopping. Highlights include cocktails to celebrate Jo Malone’s new fragrance, a personalised skincare evening at Aesop and the ‘Tilsbury Transformations’ at Charlotte Tilsbury.
The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF; 13th-23rd September
WATCH THIS: American Animals
Spencer, Warren, Eric and Chas are four friends who live an ordinary existence in Kentucky. After a visit to Transylvania University, Warren comes up with the idea to steal the rarest and most valuable books from the school's library. As one of the most audacious art heists in US history starts to unfold, the men question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives are simply misguided attempts at achieving the American dream.
In cinemas now
GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR FOOD HERE: CLAW Carnaby
It shouldn’t work, but it totally does: Two of London’s most loved restaurants – seafood experts CLAW Carnaby and Scottish eatery Mac & Wild – have teamed up to bring us this autumn’s most inventive food mash-up. The ‘Wild Claw’ combines Mac’s infamous rich Scottish venison sausages with succulent Salcombe lobster, topped with spicy Szechuan chilli and encased in a brioche roll. Sounds strange, tastes amazing. The Wild Claw will be available at both CLAW Carnaby and Mac & Wild until the end of September.
21 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5QA