What To Do This Weekend 05.08.22
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Le Petit Beefbar
Le Petit Beefbar has opened a terrace. With space for 18, the tables stretch out in front of the restaurant on a purpose-built raised deck. It’s a top spot to catch the last of the summer rays, but there will also be parasols and heaters so you can enjoy your meal away from any unwanted drizzle. All the restaurant’s menus are available on the terrace: those looking for a quick bite at lunch can enjoy the reasonably priced set menu; weekend brunchers shouldn’t miss the croque sando; and we heartily recommend the wagyu and veal bolognese alongside a side of the summer truffle beef-fat chips for the table.
27 Cale Street, Chelsea, SW3 3QP
HEAD TO A FESTIVAL
South Facing is a month-long outdoor concert series taking place at the Crystal Palace Bowl, one of London's most scenic outdoor venues. The striking amphitheatre is in the middle of hosting six diverse nights of live music across the summer, hosting everyone from Bombay Bicycle Club to the English National Opera. This Saturday, Richard Ashcroft – who shot to fame as the singer in The Verve – takes to the stage to perform all the classics, including ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and ‘Lucky Man’. See you down the front for the singalong.
Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace, SE19 2BA; 6th August
BOOK INTO THIS HOT POP-UP
This Saturday, cult pop-up chef Whyte Rushen will take over Double Standard for a one-day burger party – with DJs – from 2pm until late. In a nod to the venue's name, Whyte will be serving up his Instagram-famous, signature burgers in double form for the first time. Burgers will be served alongside ‘Rye-Ball’ cocktails (Bulleit Bourbon and Luxardo aperitivo) and loaded fries (hand-cut duck-fat fries piled with fresh truffle, aged balsamic mayo, crispy onions, chives and hot sauce). Tickets are priced at £35, with the option to add caviar for an additional £15.
10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, WC1H 8EG; 6th August
READ A LEGEND’S FIRST NOVEL
The Twilight World by Werner Herzog
In his first novel, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog tells the incredible story of a Japanese soldier who defended a small island for 29 years after the end of World War II. In 1944, on Lubang island in the Philippines, with Japanese troops about to withdraw, Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda was given orders to stay put by his superior officer. So began Onoda's long campaign: weeks turned into months, months into years, and years into decades. All the while Onoda continued to fight his fictitious war, at first with other soldiers and then, finally, alone. The Twilight World immortalises and imagines Onoda's years of absurd yet epic struggle – and is a moving and profound exploration of the purpose and meaning we give our lives.
TRY AN IN-DEMAND SANDWICH
Viet Populaire at Arcade
Luke Farrell’s banh mi’s are back by popular demand this week. For a limited time only, the pop-up at Arcade Food Hall follows the success of Luke’s Thai restaurant Plaza Khao Gaeng. Each baguette is served warm with a still-crackling crust and filled with pâté, butter mayo, head cheese (pressed ham with offal, tongue and fat), roast pork or fried tofu, and fresh herbs and vegetables (think carrot and mooli vinegar pickle, soused chillies, cucumber, coriander and rau ram). Just for the pop-up, Luke has created a breakfast banh mi, featuring all the trimmings and a fried egg – the ideal way to kickstart your weekend.
103-105 New Oxford Street, West End, WC1A 1DB; 5th-7th August
GET STUCK INTO SOME SPORT
After packing out stadiums across England and Wales last year, The Hundred is back. Taking place during the summer holidays, cricket’s fastest new format is accompanied by DJs, live music and family friendly activities, with prices set at £5 for under 16s and free for children five and under. Eight city-based sides will compete: Welsh Fire (Cardiff), Southern Brave (Southampton), Northern Superchargers (Leeds), London Spirit, Trent Rockets (Nottingham), Oval Invincibles (London), Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix. The opening weekend sees the Originals host the Superchargers, the Rockets face off against the Phoenix and the Fire travel to the Invincibles – if you can’t get tickets, you can watch all the action on Sky.
Various dates & locations
HIT THE CINEMA
Blockbuster director Ron Howard’s latest film focuses on the real-life rescue efforts to save 12 schoolboys and their football coach from a series of flooded underground caves in Thailand in 2018. Starring big-hitters Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman and Paul Gleeson, Thirteen Lives is incredible true story of one of the most public rescue missions the world has ever seen. It opens at cinemas (and on Prime Video) this Friday.
Watch the trailer here.
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