TUNE INTO SOMETHING SPECIAL: NICK CAVE
Tonight at 9pm, you can stream an as-live solo performance by Nick Cave, recorded at an empty Alexandra Palace earlier this summer. Available to watch only once, the film features Cave performing a medley of his popular tracks as well as some rarer numbers. Tickets cost £16.
BRING THE BAR TO YOU: NIGHTJAR COCKTAILS
Still not getting the bar-quality cocktails you need at home? Order in from Nightjar, Old Street’s original cool speakeasy. Drinks are mixed on site by one of its bartenders, bottled and delivered to your door. Each bottle provides four servings, costs £35 and is delivered on a Friday ready for the weekend ahead.
HOST A FIVE-STAR BARBIE: PROVENANCE BBQ BOX
Tom Gibson and Struan Robertson, founders of Notting Hill-based Provenance Village Butcher, have launched a BBQ box. It includes two ribeye steaks, two lamb skewers, four beef burgers, sausages, a whole marinated chicken and more. The box, which costs £100 and serves six, is available for London-wide delivery for the rest of summer.
EXPLORE THE CITY ON TWO WHEELS: BUZZBIKE
If you want to get out and about this weekend, but don’t own a set of wheels, Buzzbike can help. Sign up to this subscription service and you’ll get your own bike, insurance and on-demand maintenance should you need it. From £29.99 a month, packages include exclusive discounts on essential kit as well as weekly rewards such as complimentary coffee.
SATE YOUR CHICKEN CRAVINGS: MOTHER CLUCKER D.I.FRY
Mother Clucker’s D.I.Fry kits are all about helping you cook up your own southern fried chicken at home. Order one in and you’ll have everything you need to recreate the group’s signature strips: kits come with halal chicken, buttermilk, flour mix, hot sauce, lime mayo and a tasty slaw. Delivered nationwide, a kit for two costs £18, with £2.50 going to Brixton Soup Kitchen.
HIT UP A BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITION: TITIAN
One of the small mercies of social-distancing rules is that the blockbuster exhibition experience should get a little better. With reduced footfall, there’ll be less jostling around Titian’s masterpieces at the National Gallery’s big summer show, which reunites his six exceptional ‘Metamorphoses’ paintings for the first time in over four centuries.
DOWNLOAD SOMETHING DIFFERENT: JON HASSELL – SEEING THROUGH SOUND
Eighty-three-year-old Jon Hassell drops Seeing Through Sound on Friday. Composer, trumpet player and electronic pioneer, he is best known for his remarkable collaborations with Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Ry Cooderc and others. Early releases from his latest album suggest it will be as imaginative and intoxicating as ever.
EMBRACE A REAL-LIFE ADVENTURE STORY: THE FRAYED ATLANTIC BY DAVID GANGE
David Gange’s The Frayed Atlantic is now out in paperback. It follows the historian through a year spent kayaking north to south along the Atlantic coast of Britain, discovering the stories of the UK’s islands, coves and coastal towns as he travels through a Shetland summer, a Scottish winter and an Irish spring before reaching the warmer waters of Wales and Cornwall.
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