EAT WELL AT HOME: Benares Finish-At-Home Kits
Michelin-starred Benares has just launched a trio of finish-at-home kits, so you can recreate its signature Indian dishes in your kitchen. The kits, which feed two, come with a step-by-step guide on how to heat and assemble each. Choose from three mains – coastal chicken curry, lamb rogan josh or mixed vegetable moilee – to go alongside basmati rice, tadka dal, kale saag aur makai, fresh kachumber salad, fresh naan, and poppadums with mango chutney and mixed pickles. To finish, diners can also enjoy sweetened gram flour pearls with saffron – a traditional Indian treat. Kits cost £68 and are available for nationwide delivery.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Blackhorse Beer Mile
On Monday 12th April, Blackhorse Beer Mile opens its doors. Set to be the UK’s biggest beer hall, the new destination is home to Signature Brew, Wild Card Brewery, Exale and Truman’s Social Club. Grab your mates, book an outdoor table and enjoy a freshly pulled pint. Expect live music and street food from a range of east London outfits including Zero Sushi and Last Night A Vegan Saved My Life. Further down the line, the space will host exhibitions, markets, pop-up shops, gigs and film nights.
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PICK UP NEW THREADS HERE: Love Brand & Co
Regular readers of SLMan will know we’re big fans of Love Brand & Co, which opens its newly refurbed Chelsea store on Monday. The transformed shop includes an art exhibition space and an outdoor coffee garden. From stylish holiday clothing and sustainable accessories to rustic homeware and unique artwork, the brand has something for everyone. But it’s the signature swim shorts you need on your packing list this summer.
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GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: The Silk Road: A Living History Outdoor Exhibition
Head to Granary Square in King’s Cross for this new open-air photography exhibition. It documents travel snapper Christopher Wilton-Steer’s journey along the historic Silk Road trade route, travelling 40,000km through 16 countries by car, bus, train, ferry, horse and camel from London to Beijing. Expect remarkable images of both iconic and unknown landscapes. Ideal for feeding any wanderlust, the exhibition runs until 16th June. Tickets are free.
TREAT YOURSELF: Haig Club x Grape & Fig
Grazing company Grape & Fig has collaborated with David Beckham’s Haig Club to create a Mediterranean platter kit. To celebrate the launch of Haig Club Mediterranean Orange, the limited-edition kit (£65) contains a bottle of the spirit alongside four mini bottles of Fever-Tree Premium Lemonade, Salut French cheese, Snowdonia Amber Mist mature cheddar cheese, Tunworth soft cheese, Spanish manchego, a pack of dried apricots, sundried tomatoes, stuffed peppers with feta, Filbert's Olives, Peter’s Yard sourdough crackers, and Tiptree chutney. Ideal for an easy aperitivo, the kits are set to be back in stock soon.
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: A Restless Hungry Feeling: The Double Life Of Bob Dylan Vol. 1 By Clinton Heylin
This epic biography of the legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan comes out tomorrow. Documenting the first 25 years of his life, no stone is left unturned. With fresh and revealing information on every page, A Restless, Hungry Feeling tells the story of Dylan's rise to fame; his elevation to spokesman of a generation whose protest songs provide the soundtrack for the Civil Rights movement; his alleged betrayal when he 'goes electric' at Newport in 1965; his subsequent controversial world tour; and the recording of his three electric masterpieces: Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. A fascinating account of Dylan’s early years, this is an impressive, meticulously researched biography.
WATCH THIS: The Mauritanian
Directed by Kevin Macdonald and based on the bestselling memoir Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the inspiring story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the US government. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defence attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up. Available to watch now.
GET YOUR SWEAT ON: Core Collective Open
With gyms set to reopen on Monday, get yourself down to Core Collective to try its new ‘open gym’ concept. From 7am to 2pm every day at its St John's Wood and Kensington sites, you can book a private 60-minute slot for erg, cycle or strength training workouts via the online timetable. You can work out at your own pace in-studio or buy credits (£10 per hour) towards classes throughout the week. If you’d rather stay at home, tune into live sessions via Zoom instead.
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