FILL YOUR BOOTS: PICK & CHEESE
Pick & Cheese in Kerb’s Seven Dials food market is doing bottomless plates for £20pp throughout September. Try pure cheeses from clothbound cheddar to gouda, as well as orange cured ham, grilled cheese sandwiches and baked dishes. Book seats in advance either at the conveyor belt bar or in one of the roomy booths.
CHECK OUT SOME CUTTING-EDGE ART: THE SAATCHI GALLERY
The Saatchi Gallery is reopening. From Thursday, it’s inviting visitors back in to explore its new exhibition. London Grads Now showcases 250 works of art from more than 150 graduates from the country’s leading fine art schools. Booking is required, with tickets costing £3.
CATCH A MOVIE: OPEN AIRE FLOAT-IN CINEMA
To enjoy the nation’s very first float-in cinema, jump on a GoBoat and head for Merchant Square in Paddington where you can drop anchor for a hit film. This weekend’s movies are two of last year’s smash hits: Joker and Rocketman. Tickets cost £215 per boat – which have room for up to six people – and include an optional pre-show trip around Little Venice. Landlubbers can book deck chairs instead.
WORK UP A SWEAT: VICTUS SOUL
This Aldgate gym runs Hit & Run and Hit & Box classes for serious cardio and strength workouts. Hit & Run comprises high-intensity interval sprints on the treadmill followed by conditioning work, while Hit & Box unleashes your inner fighter.
JOIN THE PETROLHEADS: CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE
Concours Of Elegance is taking over the gardens at Hampton Court Palace for three days, filling them with more than 300 of the rarest and finest motors that span century-old classic models to modern-day supercars. Tickets cost £45 for the whole day, or £30 for a half-day.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: FT WEEKEND LIVE
The Financial Times Weekend digital festival starts on Thursday. It’s brought in some heavy hitters to fill out a busy schedule that runs from debates on current affairs to wine tastings – hear Tony Blair on the new normal or, for something a little more relaxing, catch Simon Russell Beale reading Wordsworth and EE Cummings. All-access passes cost £45.
ENJOY A CRAFTY ONE: THE MARE STREET TAPROOM
Hackney’s Five Points brewery has opened a taproom. Pull up a seat in the yard and enjoy its full range of beers on keg, as well as wood-fired pizzas from Ace Pizza. The taproom is open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday – booking’s recommended but you can also walk in.
QUESTION EVERYTHING: FAKE LAW BY THE SECRET BARRISTER
Blogger turned bestselling author the Secret Barrister has their second book out. Drawing on current affairs, recent news stories and present-day legal cases, Fake Law shows us how little we really know about a system we put so much trust into.
CHILL OUT WITH A NEW ALBUM: GOLD RECORD BY BILL CALLAHAN
Out on Friday, Gold Record is a ten-track LP from Bill Callahan, who used to record under the name Smog. Here, he’s channelling Kevin Ayers and Johnny Cash to consider birth, death and everything in between. There’s a mild country twang to his uncomplicated guitar riffs and poignant character-led stories that makes for warm, easy-going weekend listening.
DIVE INTO A GREAT LIFE: RUSSIAN ROULETTE BY RICHARD GREENE
This new biography tells the fascinating story of Brighton Rock author Graham Greene. As a young boy, Greene attempted suicide after suffering from bullying. Later, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Russian Roulette gives a thorough, sensitive account of a troubled life that produced a body of work that endures to this day.
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