MEET YOUR MATES: Four Quarters Arcade Bar
Bring your mates to the arcade at Four Quarters East in Hackney Wick this weekend. With original arcade machines – including Nintendo, Sega and PlayStation – vintage console booths and projection gaming areas, it’ll feel like stepping back into the 90s. Once you’ve set a new high score, hit the bar for craft beers, burgers, hot dogs and loaded fries. If you’re south of the river, keep an eye out for the new venue that’s set to open in Elephant in Castle later this summer.
Unit 8, Canalside, E Bay Lane, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS
CATCH A CLASSIC CAR: The London Concours At The HAC
Today and tomorrow, The London Concours returns to the gardens at the Honourable Artillery Company’s HQ near Old Street for an al fresco garden party. With 100 classic and performance cars on show, the garden will be transformed into a motor display with over £50m worth of rare collectible cars on display. Searcys will serve gourmet food in a pop-up restaurant while Veuve Clicquot will be on hand with champagne. Guests can book a three-course lunch or drop by in the evening for cocktails and canapés. Tickets start from £25.
City Road, Old Street, EC1Y 2BQ
FIND NEW THREADS: Harrods Sportswear Room
Last week, Harrods opened a sportswear room on its menswear floor. On level two, shoppers can browse the best of 20 sports brands including Lacoste, EA7 and Fred Perry. There are also nine brands new to Harrods, including ON Running and Rapha. Whether you’re after sweat-wicking tennis clothing or just some afternoon casualwear, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the display of on-trend sneakers.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
GET THE DRINKS IN: Solar Pergola
Television Centre in White City opens a new al fresco terrace on Saturday. The immersive sun-themed destination (with a cool canopy of lights) will show live sports and welcome a range of DJs for sundowner sessions. For food, expect pop-ups from Kricket, Patty & Bun, Homeslice and Bluebird, while The Allis by Soho House serves late-night cocktails. There’s no booking required – simply turn up and start ordering.
1 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7DP
EAT WELL AT HOME: Decent Drop Euros Tasting Kit
To celebrate the Euros kicking off on Friday, Manchester-based subscription service Decent Drop has created a special tasting kit to enjoy while you watch the footie. Each kit (£33) contains six European bottles of wine, plus paired cheeses, crackers, chutneys, olives and a selection of cured meats. If you’re in the north, you can join the Decent Drop team for their first in-person tasting session at Foundation Coffee in Manchester.
WATCH THIS DOCO: Breaking Boundaries: The Science Of Our Planet
David Attenborough’s latest documentary landed on Netflix last week. Breaking Boundaries features world-renowned Professor Johan Rockström and the most important scientific discovery of our time – that humanity has pushed Earth beyond the boundaries that have kept it stable for 10,000 years. As well as outlining the fragility of our planet, it offers up solutions for protecting Earth’s life support systems. A sobering but important watch.
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: Formula 1: The Impossible Collection
Assouline has just released a collector’s book on Formula 1. Overseen by veteran F1 journalist Brad Spurgeon, The Impossible Collection chronicles the milestones that lifted F1 from a gentlemen’s club in the 1950s to a global sport with millions of fans around the world. Highlighting technical innovations, remarkable driver achievements and exciting race finishes, it captures the brilliance of names like Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, Enzo Ferrari and Colin Chapman, as well as more recent stars like Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
BOOK A TABLE HERE: Publiq
Publiq has just opened its doors in South Ken, offering a modern take on the traditional pub. Expect a changing seasonal menu made with sustainable British ingredients. Choose from beef brisket croquettes, mutton skewers with sautéed mushrooms, as well as rotating cuts of meat and sustainably caught fish. The nine-strong cocktail menu has something for everyone – including a turmeric and kumquat negroni.
1D Palace Gate, South Kensington, W8 5LS
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: Behind The Rings
Audi has launched its first podcast. Behind the Rings pulls back the veil to give listeners a behind-the-scenes glimpse of all things Audi, from its very first model to today’s innovative technology. Hosted by motoring enthusiast Alex Goy, you’ll learn about famous motorsports legends and the technicalities of car design. Expect to hear from guests like motoring champion Allan McNish, actor Matt Smith and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
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