GO OLD SCHOOL: Wellesley Hotel Cigar Terraces & Lounge
Kensington institution The Wellesley has reopened its Cigar Terraces & Lounge. Next to Hyde Park, the weather-proof terraces are a handsome spot for a negroni and a Montecristo. Inside, the Lounge’s climate-controlled room is expertly run by Giuseppe Ruo and his team, who can guide you through one of Europe’s most impressive collections of cigars. No need to book, though a call ahead to the concierge will guarantee you a seat.
BE INSPIRED: Work Hard & Be Nice To People by Anthony Burrill
Graphic artist Anthony Burrill knows how to deliver a punchy, upbeat message. He’s worked on comms for Apple, Nike, Diesel and more; now he’s turned his attention to you. This restyled paperback edition of his Make It Now! collection of screen prints contains solid, hard-won life advice handed over to the reader in the form of iconic, inspirational designs.
HAVE THEM COME TO YOU: Shop Cuvée
Highbury’s coolest neighbourhood wine bar has had a decent lockdown. First it turned itself from Top Cuvée into Shop Cuvée, delivering the holy trinity of bread, wine and cheese around town by bicycle. In the face of sky-high demand for its well-chosen natural wines, it’s now launched a nationwide delivery and subscription service. It’s £55 a month for three bottles or £110 for six. Delivery is same-day in London and next-day elsewhere.
CATCH IT WHILE YOU CAN: Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography
This Barbican exhibition opened in March then quickly shut. Now running until Sunday 23rd August, it looks at masculinity from the 60s to the present day through the work of more than 50 artists, photographers and filmmakers. At a time when traditional conceptions of masculinity are being challenged, it explores themes from power to hyper-masculine stereotypes in an attempt to show how film and photography have shaped modern understandings of masculinity.
PITCH UP AT A POP-UP: Royale
Royale is a rotisserie from the team behind Michelin-starred Leroy in Shoreditch. As such, it’s a bit special. You’ll find it at East London Liquor Company’s home in Bow Wharf, where a no-messing menu of chicken and sides is matched to cut-above wines, spirits and cocktails courtesy of the host bar. Don’t want to travel? Royale also offers a Big Night In delivery service.
FOR THE FRESHEST ENTERTAINMENT: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The Open Air Theatre in the middle of Regent’s Park reopens on Friday. Jesus Christ Superstar until run until 27th September. If you missed the Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning production that ran here in 2016 and 2017 – then at the Barbican last year – this concert staging has been put together by the same team.
GO EASY ON YOURSELF: Bloomberg Arcade To Go
The Square Mile’s premier foodie hub is now bringing its many, varied wares to you. Its multitude of incumbent restaurants from Ahi Poké to Vinoteca are ready to deliver direct to your door. Go Nordic with Ekte’s smorrebrod sandwiches and cinnamon buns, or subcontinental with Brigadiers’ chilli mango margarita slushies and kathi rolls.
CATCH A CLASSIC: Rooftop Film Club
Rooftop Film Club’s drive-in cinema at Ally Pally has a loaded line-up this week. On Thursday evening, there’s a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s 90s banger Pulp Fiction. Friday afternoon brings a showing of what might just be the film of the 80s, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The big one on Saturday is Jurassic Park. Popdogs will be on hand throughout, serving up American classics alongside popcorn and soft drinks. Tickets are £29.50 for a car of four.
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