What To Do This Weekend 22.09.21
BOOK AHEAD: Champions Tennis, Royal Albert Hall
Emma Raducanu made you realise tennis isn’t just for two weeks in July? Check out some masters of the game at the ATP Champions Tennis event, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th November. Some big-names from yesteryear are competing, including Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis and Tomas Berdych. Choose from afternoon and evening sessions; tickets start from £20.
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
CHECK OUT SOMETHING NEW: Design District, Greenwich Peninsula
Greenwich Peninsula has opened a cool space for creatives. The Design District spans 16 buildings designed by architects from around the world that will host pop-ups, exhibitions and events throughout the year. There’s even a basketball court on the rooftop of the C1 building where you can shoot hoops against London’s skyline. Catch an exhibition at NOW Gallery and see a film at the open-air screen at The Tide, before trying street food at the new food hub and market, Canteen – we suggest heading straight to Ehla for Mediterranean bites and falafel wraps.
The Gateway Pavilions, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: A Wish For Afghanistan
The speed of the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan last month took the world by surprise. Now there is uncertainty and fear among many Afghans: what will Taliban rule look like? What will become of their country? The BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet has followed every twist and turn of the Afghan story. In this series of interviews, she hears from Afghans about how the last 20 years have shaped them, their dreams for a new future, and their fears that the cycle of violence will never stop. A fascinating, important listen.
SEE A SPORTING LEGEND UP CLOSE: Schumacher, Netflix
Netflix has released a string of strong sporting documentaries in the last couple of months. Its latest tells the story of Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher. Featuring rare interviews and unreleased archive footage, the doc looks at what defined this complex athlete, tracking his meteoric rise through a dangerous sport. Spanning marriage to his childhood sweetheart to the life-changing 2013 skiing accident, this one’s a must-watch for F1 fans.
DINE LIKE 007: The James Bond Experience
To celebrate the release of No Time To Die next week, The Distillery Pub on Portobello Road has created an immersive James Bond dining experience. On Thursdays, diners can enjoy a five-course meal alongside champagne, bourbon and martinis – shaken not stirred, of course. The menu is strictly under wraps, but you can be sure of a slick event if The Distillery’s regular offerings are anything to go by. Dust down your black tie for the occasion; tickets cost £90pp.
MEET YOUR MATES: Four Quarters Bar, Elephant & Castle
Need a new hangout? Elephant & Castle is changing fast right now. Retro arcade bar Four Quarters has just opened a flagship site in Elephant Park. The venue has over 30 original arcade machines, four vintage console booths, and two large-screen projection gaming areas. Battle it out on a Nintendo, Sega or PlayStation, while getting the craft beers in – there are 16 on draught.
20 Ash Avenue, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1GQ
TUCK INTO A MEAT FEAST: HotBox, Camden
Spitalfields BBQ restaurant HotBox has just opened an outpost in Camden. Settle in for a bottomless brunch of unlimited cocktails and dishes like pork belly benedict, chicken and waffles, truffle eggs on toast, and breakfast burgers. Or choose from the all-day options on the smoked meats and burger menu. We can endorse the Korean pork belly with pickled slaw or the beef rib DIY tacos with poutine fries on the side. The own-brew beer is pretty good too.
Unit 192, Water Lane Hawley Wharf, Camden, NW1 8JZ
GET THE DRINKS IN: Bandra Bhai
Looking for a drinking den to take your mates to? Bandra Bhai is the new bar on Mortimer Street to have on your radar. Paying homage to 1970s India, there's an extensive drinks and cocktail menu to choose from to transport you back in time, including the ‘Rajdoot’ – a vodka martini (inspired by the vesper) infused with cassia bark, samphire, sage and elderflower; and the ‘Disco Inferno’, made with Belvedere vodka and chilli spiced mango. If cocktails aren't your thing, ask for a couple of Indian beers instead.
79-81 Mortimer Street, Soho, W1W 7SJ
FIND BURIED TREASURE: Walthamstow Flea Market
Get down to Walthamstow this Sunday from 11am to unearth hidden gems. After a successful inaugural event a few months back, Truman’s Social Club – the UK’s biggest beer hall – welcomes back over 60 traders selling furniture, reclaimed fixtures, salvaged lighting, homeware and cool collectables. Whether you want to add to your vinyl collection or need quirky pieces to fill your home, there’s something for everyone. Entry costs £1.
1 Priestley Way, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6AL
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