WATCH THIS: Bohemian Rhapsody
As its name suggests, this Queen biopic focuses on Freddie Mercury, a singer who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most loved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of Queen, Mercury’s darker influences and AIDS diagnosis, his failed solo career, and the build up towards the band’s legendary concert at Live Aid. A part originally given to Sacha Baron Cohen, Mr Robot’s Rami Malek takes on the role of Mercury. We can’t wait to see what’s in store.
In cinemas now
GET A PIERCING HERE: Astrid & Miyu
Renowned for their signature ear cuffs and ear stacking, jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu has opened an ear-piercing pop-up in Seven Dials. In residence until January, the Covent Garden store features a larger private piercing area, where piercing will be on offer seven days a week. Once pierced, customers can work with an A&M stylist to create their own personalised ear stack using their new piece of jewellery and a selection of the brand’s ear cuffs: each stylist has been trained to create the perfect stack based upon the customer’s ear shape and style.
35 Neal Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9PR
GRAB SOME GOODIES HERE: Camden Farmers Market
As harvest season gets well under way, fresh produce markets are the perfect place to stock up on autumnal goods, including squashes, marrows and purple cauliflowers. New to the game is Camden Market, which has launched a weekly farmers' market, selling fresh fruit and vegetables alongside baked deli treats every Saturday. The market will showcase brands such as Bread Winners (a grassroots charity who provide training and jobs for refugees across its London farmers market stalls), The Well Bean Company (a chocolatier that gives a percentage from all its profits towards supporting mental wellbeing projects), Pick's Farm and Ted's Veg.
North Yard, Camden Market, Camden, NW1 8AF
TRY A NEW JAPANESE IZAKAYA HERE: Fat Baby
Night Tales Bohemia Place has prepared for the winter months by installing a roof (complete with Northern Lights-inspired illumination), dotting flickering candlelight throughout the space and stoking up the fires and heaters to create a snug and inviting environment. Brand new for the season is the team’s first permanent restaurant, the indoor/outdoor 42-cover Japanese izakaya joint Fat Baby. The new sit-down menu, created by ex-Umu chef Greg Round features dishes such as braised ox cheek korokke; pork belly and mustard green gyoza; quail kushiyaki; and fried tofu with Korean miso glaze. Head over this weekend for a Halloween-themed extravaganza.
Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Live At The Chapel
Live At The Chapel is one of the biggest comedy clubs in the country. Each month the very best in comedy take to the stage at Islington’s striking Union Chapel, alongside the house band, for a truly funny show. Book ahead for next weekend’s show, where US stand-up sensation and Catastrophe co-star/co-writer Rob Delaney will be joined by 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Rose Matafeo, cult oddity Angelos Epithemiou and Live At The Apollo star Jen Brister.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, N1 2UN; 3rd November
BECOME A MATCHA MASTER HERE: Muji
Muji is launching a two-week residency dedicated to all things matcha. Ohh Cha Bar is a contemporary tea bar which will allow visitors to experience high-quality, original matcha from Japan. In addition, daily workshops will be held at the custom-designed bar, where tea experts will demonstrate how to make, appreciate and taste matcha and a variety of rare Japanese teas. The step-by-step tutorial will use traditional teaware and will enable you to practice and refine your techniques to prepare and whisk matcha.
6-17 Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, W1T 1BF; until 26th October
ATTEND THE FIRST ‘OYSTER HAPPY HOUR’ HERE: Prawn on the Lawn
From this Saturday, Prawn on the Lawn will launch a seasonal ‘Oyster Happy Hour’ for to celebrate the native delicacy. ‘Oyster Happy Hour’ will run from 4:30-6:30pm each day at the Islington seafood restaurant and fishmonger, with the choice of freshly shucked Cornish Porthilly oysters or deep-fried oysters with garlic crème fraiche for only £1.50 each. These will be served alongside a glass of Cornwall’s award-winning pink fizz, Trevibban Mill organic sparkling rosé, for just £7 a glass. Delicious.
292-294 Saint Paul's Road, Islington, N1 2LH; 27th October
JOIN VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE HERE: Selfridges
For two weeks only, pre-owned fashion site Vestiaire Collective is popping up in Selfridges, where they’ll be bringing the brand to life and allowing consumers to both buy and sell pre-owned luxury fashion in-store. Visitors will be able to shop an exclusive edit of timeless classics, modern vintage and iconic designs: included in the selection will be globally coveted products such as Dior Monogram bags, Prada Nylon accessories, mini Chanel belt bags, iconic Tom Ford for Gucci and vintage Celine. On Saturdays and Sundays the team will be on hand to offer tips on how to sell your pieces to how to maximise your chances of selling your goods faster.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB; until 3rd November
BE A VIP HERE: Bluebird White City
The Bluebird Café has spread its wings to White City's Television Centre, one of London’s hottest new developments. Taking the buzz and familiar charm of the café at the original Bluebird Chelsea, this new location brings a chic, all-day drinking and dining destination to west London. A relaxed and stylish destination with a beautiful terrace, Bluebird Café suits everything from power breakfasts to leisurely lunches to working dinner and drinks. SL VIPs will get 25% off the bill, plus a glass of fizz when they flash their SL VIP card. Just email the team and quote 'SL VIP' when booking. Find out how to become a VIP using the link below.
GO SEE THIS: Old Vic
Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Brief Encounter) brings her impish vision to Angela Carter’s great final novel as she launches her London residency at the Old Vic. It’s 23rd April, Shakespeare’s birthday. In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 70th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope.
The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8NB; 8th October-10th November
TRY SELF-CARE FOR SUCCESS HERE: Marriot Grosvenor Square
Tonight, Marriott Hotels is launching a series of free panel discussion events, beginning with ‘In Focus: Self-Care’ – which will see chairwoman (and fashion industry fave) Pandora Sykes interview Nadia and Katia Narain, authors of Self-Care for the Real World, Laura Archer, author of Gone for Lunch, and Andy Cope, happiness researcher and author of The Art of Brilliance, as they offer insights into the world of self-care and happiness as part of a career. All of the future events are also themed around current career trends, from side-hustles to self-care, to help ambitious people reach their full potential.
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JP; ‘In Focus: Self-Care’ talk 25th October; FREE