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FILL YOUR BOOTS:
Gizzi Erskine x Neighbourhood
Newly opened Islington restaurant Neighbourhood is teaming up with some of London’s most recognisable faces for a series of foodie pop-ups and experiences. On Sunday 30th April from noon to 11pm, celeb chef Gizzi Erskine is hosting a bottomless nuggets party. Diners can book one-hour slots to enjoy unlimited chicken or vegan nuggets and fries paired with Gizzi’s signature sauces – Orange BBQ, Mango & Apricot Sweet Curry, Apricot & Pineapple Sweet and Sour, or Korean Sesame, Ginger & Fermented Chill. DJs will join the party from 6pm while Get Baked will be on hand for desserts. Tickets cost £20pp.
77 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NU
DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS:
Worn Again at Selfridges
Selfridges has an ambitious target that 45% of its transactions will come from circular products in the coming years. To reach that goal, the department store has created the Worn Again initiative which includes second-hand shopping, swapping, repairing, upcycling and trading across its stores in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Highlights include a circular pop-up by Coach featuring a range of recycled bags, a charity car boot sale, an outdoor vintage fair and a ‘Stock Market’ in the Corner Shop where items can be valued, traded, repaired or recycled. There’s also an exclusive Marine Serre atelier concept with pieces from its SS23 collection and made-to-order services.
GO HOMEWARE SHOPPING:
The Interiors Collective Pop-Up
The Interiors Collective has opened a pop-up in the Wiltshire town of Marlborough. The space is showcasing local brands like Kate Guinness Design, Sarah.K, Tate & Darby and Sarah Vanrenen, as well as artwork by Lucy Kent, Anna Cecil and ceramicist Victoria Kostoris. Shoppers will find a selection of hand-crafted furniture, rugs, table and bed linen, lamps, wallpaper and other home accessories. We’ve got our eye on the Kate Guinness bedside tables and Sarah Vanrenen hand-painted lampshades.
124 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HN; until Saturday 29th April
DISCOVER NEW WINES:
Nouveau Bank Holiday Rave
Nouveau Wine sources the best fruit from South African farmers practising sustainable farming, and works with award-winning, small-batch winemakers. On 30th April the brand is throwing a rave at Hackney Downs Studios together with Scottish caterer Auld Hag and All Good Beer. Guests can expect an evening of low-intervention wines, Scottish smash burgers and craft beer while DJ Manuel Darquart spins tunes all night. Tickets are £20 and include a burger, a Nouveau glass to take home and a glass of Nouveau wine.
17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney, E8 2BT
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
Styled by Design by Gray M.C.A
Gray M.C.A has opened an exhibition at Cromwell Place on 20th-century textiles. Showcasing a collection of rare and limited-edition works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink and Patrick Heron, the exhibition celebrates the use of silk, rayon, woven wool, linen and cotton which provided a new medium for modern artists. Look out for the vast 1949 Ascher screen print on linen of ‘Two Standing Figures’ by Henry Moore; Ben Nicholson’s 1937 ‘Vertical’; and Patrick Heron’s ‘Nude’ silk scarf.
Cromwell Place, South Kensington, SW7 2JE
MEET THE GIRLS:
Laurel's On The Roof Brunch
Inspired by 1970s Hollywood and the legacy of Laurel Canyon in LA, Laurel on the Roof at Mondrian Shoreditch is an all-day dining and drinking destination serving Californian dishes and cocktails. Meet the girls at its rooftop restaurant to try the new brunch menu, available on Sundays from noon to 4pm. Created with groups in mind, diners can order 10-plate sharing brunches comprising three starters, three mains, two sides and two desserts for £45pp. Dishes include smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, lobster and egg royale, pancake stacks with berries and maple syrup, and French toast. Add on brunch cocktails like mimosas or bloody marys.
45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT
FIND NEW HOLIDAY PIECES:
Labeca London Pop-Up
We’re big fans of Labeca London, so we were excited to hear the travel and loungewear brand has opened a pop-up on Motcomb Street. Visitors can browse its SS23 collection which includes linen two-pieces, cotton dresses, woven shorts, silk kimonos and summer denim. You’ll also find a small edit from cashmere brand Aoi.
24A Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9EX; until 14th May
TRY OLD FAVOURITES:
Taste of Samba Menu at SushiSamba
Available at its Covent Garden and Heron Tower locations, SushiSamba’s new Taste of Samba tasting menu features multiple courses of the restaurant's most beloved dishes. We tucked into signature staples including crispy lobster taquitos and wagyu gyoza to begin with, before moving on to the Churrasco Rio Grande ribeye, with chorizo, fillet mignon served with black beans, sautéed greens and farofa. For those looking for a lighter main, there’s robata black cod with Peruvian asparagus and miso. To finish, the Welcome to the Rainforest dessert was irresistible – it's a medley of flavours including Asháninka chocolate, Asháninka coffee, vanilla, pistachio, macadamia nut and sugarcane. Vegans don't have to miss out – there are options for them, too.
35 The Market, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF; Bishopsgate, City, EC2N 4AY
Seasonal Tuesdays at Kuro Eatery
Notting Hill’s Kuro Coffee recently expanded with Kuro Eatery. Offering a mix of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines, the small restaurant is one of our favourite new openings. It’s now launched ‘Seasonal Tuesday’ when diners can tuck into a surprise five-course set menu for £55pp featuring one-off dishes made with seasonal produce. Expect dishes like hispi cabbage with galomizithra cheese and almonds; chalk stream trout with cucumber and dill; and banana pudding with miso and vanilla. You can also add on paired wines.
5 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill, W8 7SP
FEAST ON THIS:
Toad Bakery x Mambow Steak Bake Special
Peckham’s Malaysian restaurant Mambow has teamed up with local bakery Toad to create a Malaysian take on the classic steak bake. Ideal for a Saturday morning treat (or hangover cure), the Mambow Steak Bake is a flaky croissant with tender 24-hour stewed beef rendang and Red Leicester cheese inside, topped with a picked daikon. Available at Toad until the end of May, you can pre-order the bakes alongside sweet treats like croissants, mini ‘Jaffa Cakes’ and lemon meringue cakes.
44 Peckham Road, Peckham, SE5 8PX