TAKE A DAY TRIP: Rathfinny Wine Estate
Rathfinny Wine Estate in Sussex is the place to toast the harvest season and, most importantly, try some special English wine. Until 8th November, visitors can pair a wine tasting tour with lunch or dinner cooked over an open fire. Head chef Chris Bailey’s seasonal menus are best accompanied by one of the estate’s own world-class sparklers.
White Way, Polegate, BN26 5TU
CELEBRATE A STYLE ICON: Paul Smith
Out this week, the latest coffee-table tome from art publisher Phaidon shines a light on Sir Paul Smith and the influences that have shaped his stellar career in menswear. The man himself has chosen 50 objects – from a bicycle seat to a Dieter Rams radio – that over the years have caught his eye, changed his worldview and helped him hone his unmistakably British approach to style.
GET SWEATY FOR CHARITY: Run With Rangers
On Saturday 3rd October, 80 teams of wildlife rangers from across Africa are competing in a 21km race to raise money for conservation projects on the continent. With wildlife tourism halted by Covid-19, funding for such efforts has slowed to a trickle recently. Help turn the taps back on by taking on a virtual 5km, 10km or 21km race of your own this weekend – just sign up via the link below.
HAVE A MEMORABLE MEAL: IT London
Missed out on your usual summer getaway? Ibiza-influenced restaurant IT London has reopened in Mayfair. Book in for Mediterranean cuisine and eclectic drinks all served to a soundtrack of live music from big-name DJs. From king crab salad to sea bass en papillote, expect delicate plates that are big on flavour.
28-29 Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4LX
GET TO GRIPS WITH THE CLIMATE CRISIS: A Life On Our Planet By David Attenborough
You might have heard Sir David Attenborough’s recently joined Instagram. The great man also has a Netflix documentary coming out on 4th October, but anyone who’s really serious about getting to grips with the parlous state of the planet needs to take a deep dive into his latest book. A Life On Our Planet is the 94-year-old’s powerful witness statement on the dangers of climate change and what we can do to reverse its effects.
EAT WELL AT HOME: JF Edwards
Smithfield market’s JF Edwards has opened an online shop offering a range of fresh, quality produce and subscription meat boxes. The butcher can deliver beef, lamb, veal, poultry, game and smoked fish to your door, just in time for a showstopping weekend meal. Meat boxes start from £35 and delivery’s free for anyone within the M25 area.
REVISIT A JAZZ CLASSIC: Prayer Meetin' By Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith’s iconic jazz album has been remastered for vinyl. Recorded in 1963 at New Jersey’s famous Van Gelder Studios and originally released on the legendary Blue Note label, the organist’s upbeat six-track LP is heavily influenced by 50s jazz and blues. A can’t-miss for jazz heads, Prayer Meetin’ is also an easy introduction to the genre for newbies.
TRY YOUR LUCK: Bush Theatre Pub Quiz
From 5.30pm on Saturday 3rd October, put your general knowledge to the test and join Shey Envy and Mamory Layne at the Bush Theatre for a livelier-than-usual pub quiz. For £5pp, teams of exactly two or four can enjoy some tongue-in-cheek dramatics from the drag queens.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8LJ
MARK BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Walking Tour Of Islington
For Black History Month, Avril Nanton is leading a two-hour walking tour of Islington this Saturday to discover some little-known landmarks and places of significance for notable black people throughout history. As you explore the streets of N1, your guide will reveal the borough’s rich history, including its intriguing Egyptian links. Book online for free.
FEAST ON A KEBAB: Le Bab x Big Zuu
Soho kebab house Le Bab and London grime artist Big Zuu have collaborated for a limited-edition menu of some seriously tasty kebabs. Available until 31st October, the Big Zuu Special features grilled chicken, southern-style chicken, cassava chips, scotch bonnet sauce, garlic mayo and parmesan cheese.
Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, W1B 5PW
FOR A CULTURE FIX: Tune Into The Globe Player
If you’re staying at home this weekend, head to The Globe’s online archive for a selection of Shakespearean plays to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa. Whether you’re after a Greek tragedy or a satirical comedy, choose from a range of past performances performed on the iconic stage. Available for rental and purchase.
SIP SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Bottle Bar
Offering a selection of expertly handmade bottled cocktails and wines from around the world, Bottle Bar is a new way to bring pro-level drinks into your home. Choose from zingy lychee martinis, fresh margaritas and grapefruit gins – all available for home delivery with a minimum £30 spend.
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