GO BIG ON BREAKFAST: 26 GRAINS
Coffee shop and bakery 26 Grains has launched an at-home isolation kit. As well as selling essentials such as flour, porridge packs and granola, it’s also put together Breakfast, Market and Aperitivo boxes. Breakfast boxes include everything you need for a weekend brunch at home, while the Market and Aperitivo options come with selections of olives, homemade focaccia bread, cheese and natural wine.
CURATE YOUR OWN CANNES: BFI PLAYER
In lieu of this year’s live Cannes film festival, BFI Player has dropped a special collection featuring previous Palme d’Or winners and other notable films that have caused a stir in the south of France over the years. From thrillingly weird horrors like 2015’s Green Room to last year’s Maradona documentary, there’s something for everyone – rent movies individually or subscribe for £4.99 a month.
TUCK INTO A TAKEAWAY: RICE ERROR FROM BAO
BAO is the latest London stalwart to open a takeaway service that brings its famous bao buns and rice boxes to the at-home masses – look out too for Taiwanese fried chicken and ice cream tubs. There’s even a ‘Cocktail Rescue’ service, allowing you to choose three of its signature drinks to be delivered to your door.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW: EVERYTHING BY KOTA THE FRIEND
Rapper, storyteller and musician Kota The Friend is known for a soulful, hip hop sound. Having announced himself to the world on streaming platform SoundCloud, he’s already got three successful albums under his belt. His latest release, Everything, has been independently produced with his dad and features 12 tracks that couple soft guitar melodies with honest and direct lyrics. A must listen.
ACCESS SOME ART: THE BRITISH MUSEUM
The British Museum’s Curator’s Corner videos are the place to go for a cultural fix. The series sees the museum’s curators discussing their work and showcasing some of the institution’s oldest and most interesting objects that capture something special from human history.
WORKOUT AT HOME: THIRD SPACE
City-based health club Third Space is running a series of Pilates and cardio-intensive workouts online during lockdown. On Saturdays, instructors can lead you through some of the club’s signature workouts, such as core, yoga and HIIT sessions. Each class is streamed live on Instagram and you can view the timetable a week in advance.
READ SOMETHING NEW: FAIR WARNING BY MICHAEL CONNELLY
Bestselling author Michael Connelly released his latest thriller earlier this week. Fair Warning follows Connelly’s journalist-cum-detective Jack McEvoy as he hunts down a serial killer who has been left to prey on his victims for years. Suspenseful and gory, this gritty page-turner is one to get stuck into this weekend.
GET THE DRINKS IN: BELLE LIVINGSTONE SPIRITS NIGHT-IN KIT
Belle Livingstone’s night-in kit comes with everything you need to create a jazz-age speakeasy at home. With a selection of spirits, syrups and bitters, as well as a five-piece equipment set, the kit is enough for you to create 12 cocktails. There’s even a playlist to set the mood. Sign up to the newsletter for updates on the latest kit drops.
PICK UP A PODCAST: THE ART OF CHANGE
Stephen Fry stars in the Barbican’s latest podcast series. Journalist Chris Gunness sits down with the actor and comedian to discuss the healing power of art, music and literature. Opening up about his personal life, from suicide attempts to dealing with homophobia, Fry’s frank account of his struggles makes for a profound weekend listen.
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