BOOK A TABLE: THE PALOMAR
Buzzy Soho bar-restaurant The Palomar has reopened. Much sought-after seats at the kitchen pass are now bookable for lunch or dinner and the updated menu has a Rip & Dip section that’s big on traditional Israeli dishes like labneh and a tahini dip. While summer’s still just about here, you can also take a chair on the terrace and enjoy a glass from the Middle Eastern-led wine list.
PICK UP SOME TIPS: NO RULES RULES BY REED HASTINGS
Netflix boss Reed Hastings has made it onto the long list for the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of The Year. No Rules Rules sees Hastings explain his unusual leadership style and detail the benefits of the unique working environment it creates. From unlimited holidays to a no-approval-needed culture, the book offers unprecedented insight into how a mega-disruptor operates.
TRY SOMETHING NEW: COCKTAILS IN THE CITY
This Friday and Saturday, Cocktails In The City is hosting a garden party in partnership with The Drinks Trust and 30 of London’s best and most creative bars. Callooh Callay, Trailer Happiness, The Hide Bar and Laki Kane will be among those serving drinks, while there’s live music courtesy of Nightjar and The Piano Works. Tickets are £15 and, as well as entry to Bloomsbury’s Bedford Square Gardens, they cover your first drink.
CATCH A CLASSIC: SUNSET CINEMA
Acton’s premier all-American drive-in cinema has a blockbuster weekend lined up. On Friday, 90s gangster classic Goodfellas will be beamed onto its big screen, while Sunday has been set aside for The Shawshank Redemption. Tickets cost £30 for one car and two passengers. Food packages – including Dirty Bones burgers – can be pre-ordered.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING FRESH: AMERICAN HEAD BY THE FLAMING LIPS
Oklahoma’s finest release their 16th full-length studio album on Friday. Across 13 tracks of trademark trippy rock, look out for vocal contributions from the likes of Kacey Musgraves augmenting lead singer Wayne Coyne’s gravelly warbling. The sounds might be classic but, according to Coyne, the album is the Flaming Lips’ first to reckon with their status as an American band in the tradition of the Grateful Dead and Parliament-Funkadelic.
PLAY GAMES: Q-SHOREDITCH
Set over two floors, bar and games club Q-Shoreditch is the place to head for a game of pool this weekend. It’s also got roulette, blackjack and poker tables all managed by pro croupiers. Expertly poured drinks and live DJ sets ensure this isn’t just any old pool hall.
HIT UP A NEW GYM: BARRY’S BOOTCAMP SOHO
Barry’s Bootcamp opens another studio this Saturday. At its Soho site you can work up a sweat in the Red Room before optimising your recovery in the Fuel Bar. Choose between Barry’s original hit workout (50% treadmill and 50% floor work) or the DF (double floor) workout which is all strength and no running. Buy classes in advance online or sign up for an annual membership.
REALLY IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AN EXHIBITION: THE GAZELLI ART HOUSE
The Gazelli Art House has gone interactive this month. Enter Through The Headset 5 is the Mayfair gallery’s biggest VR show to date, featuring artistic works that ask important questions about the environment, barriers and social media. Tickets are free of charge, but there are limited time slots available over the weekend, so book early.
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