BOOK A TABLE: Hackney Bridge
Hackney Bridge has just opened a 400-cover al fresco space where diners can enjoy a selection of tasty street food, and drinks including craft beers. Just a short walk from Hackney Wick station, you’ll find pop-up stalls serving Neapolitan pizzas, freshly made pasta, stuffed tacos, Filipino barbecue boxes, salt beef bagels, burgers and more. Diners can also choose from a range of orange and skin contact wines by Silver Lining’s residency until the end of July. Open from 3pm until late, book your table in advance, though walk-in groups of up to six are welcome.
Units 1-28, E Bay Lane, Hackney Wick, E15 2SJ
WORK UP A SWEAT: BXR Park
Head down to Paddington Gardens where reigning heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua’s boxing gym BXR is taking over the space for outdoor sessions. Choose from boxing, cardio and core conditioning and strength classes, all put on by the club’s five-star team. Classes are held throughout the week for £20 per session (or six for £100), although BXR members get complimentary access until 17th May. There’s no need to bring anything – you’ll be provided with a fully sterilised mat, set of weights and resistance bands prior to your session. If you’re a BXR member, you can also sign up for household, work or bubble in-studio classes on the legendary VersaClimber.
24 Paddington Street, Paddington, W1U 5QY
EAT WELL AT HOME: Home By Nico Cooking Mexico Meal Kit
If you’d rather stay in this weekend, Home By Nico’s new Mexico kit will ensure you eat well. Available throughout May, the £65 kit has everything you need to recreate a standout Mexican feast for two. On the menu there’s chicken tostada with piquillo peppers; flat iron steak with coriander, lime and olive oil; aviator salad mixed with anchovies, aged pecorino and gem heart lettuce; refried beans with adobo chilli and smoked paprika; elotes with confit garlic and chilli; a tangy dessert of arroz con leche with lime, tequila and dulce de leche; and a bottle of red.
TAKE AN AUDIO TOUR: In King’s Cross: Art + Culture Tour
Discover one of London’s most vibrant districts in a 45-minute audio guide which explores the art, culture and history of King’s Cross with actor Russell Tovey. Along the route, you’ll be guided through world-class art installations, famous architecture, and a rich cultural history. The tour starts at IFO, the illuminated ‘birdcage’ just outside the station entrances and finishes up at the ‘kissing roofs’ of Coal Drops Yard. The tour is free – all you need to do is join on your mobile via this link.
FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION: Solas At The Savoy
For the first time in the Savoy's history, there’s a pop-up on Savoy Court. An al fresco dining collaboration between the hotel and Bowmore Islay whisky, Solas will welcome guests with an array of cocktails and a special raw seafood bar. Alongside three types of oysters, the menu features lobster rolls with corn on the cob; Dorset crab with avocado; poached lobster with Marie Rose sauce; and scallop ceviche. For drinks, there’s an extensive whisky selection and wine list with something for everyone.
MEET YOUR MATES HERE: Pizza On The Square With The Botanist
Newly pedestrianised Sloane Square has just welcomed Pizza on The Square for al fresco dining. A collaboration between The Botanist and George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila, its terrace can seat 85 for wood-fired pizzas and exclusive tequila cocktails, served straight-up and frozen until the end of September. Pizza toppings include garlic and mushroom; parmesan cream, buffalo mozzarella, walnuts and truffle oil; pepperoni with caramelised onions; and aubergine with peppers, capers and black olives.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Swift's Park Drop
Cocktail bar Swift has launched a drinks drop service delivering its pre-made cocktails to your picnic spot in one of three east London parks. If you’re headed to Victoria Park, London Fields or Haggerston Park, order ahead or choose your drinks on the day. Options include spicy margarita, coconut old fashioned, elderflower gimlet, and a fruity rhubarb and custard milk punch. You can even request cups and ice. Just download the What3words app to place your order.
ENTER THIS COMPETITION: Tables For Heroes At Le Gavroche
To celebrate the frontline workers who have helped the country get through the past year, Michel Roux Jr has set up the Tables for Heroes initiative that lets you nominate a deserving friend, family member or colleague to enjoy lunch or dinner at his Mayfair restaurant Le Gavroche. There are 25 tables to be won from June until the end of the year – winners will be treated to a four-course Saturday lunch or dinner, with drinks for them and a guest. Entries must be made by midnight on Sunday 23rd May.
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: Male Tears By Benjamin Myers
Male Tears is a debut collection of stories that encompass 15 years of work by Benjamin Myers. He lays bare the male psyche in all its fragility, complexity and failure, hearing from farmers, fairground workers, gruesome gamekeepers, bare-knuckle boxers and ex-cons with secret passions. The men that tell these unsettling, wild and wistful stories form a multi-faceted, era-spanning portrait of just what it means to be a man. A fascinating and moving read.
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