BOOK A TABLE: Kraft Dalston
Opening on Monday 17th May, Kraft Dalston brings together three brands: Germany’s Kraft Brewery, sustainable urban gin distillery Jim and Tonic, and modern kebab house Le Bab. Housed in apart-hotel Kingsland Locke, the space has a sustainably managed microbrewery and gin distillery and will see Le Bab expanding east for the first time, offering new slider-sized kebabs cooked on a wood-fired robata and served with homemade sourdough flatbreads. The menu includes the team’s signature paneer kebab, plus tasty meat options. On Friday and Saturday nights, diners can also enjoy live music from guest DJs.
130 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2LQ
GET YOUR SWEAT ON: UN1T Holborn
Fitness studio UN1T is opening a branch in Holborn. Known for its emphasis on strength and conditioning training, UN1T lays on workouts designed to improve mobility and stamina. In the new space, expect Concept 2 rowing machines and Echo bikes, Olympic barbells and kettlebells, kit provided by BLK BOX, plus a KIN Nutrition smoothie bar. ‘My Zone’ technology means you can challenge your friends, track your progress and create challenges. Seven-day free trials are available for new members.
23 Kingsway, Holborn, WC2B 6UJ
GET THE DRINKS IN: OurWhisky Virtual Festival
OurWhisky is running a virtual whisky festival every Thursday until the end of May. On 20th May, OurWhisky will lead a special ‘New Kids on the Block’ tasting session featuring whiskies from some of the newest and most exciting distilleries around. Tickets cost £30 and include a box of five drams delivered to you ahead of the event – you need to book at least four days in advance. All profits go to The Drinks Trust, which supports those struggling in the hospitality industry.
ENJOY A CLASSIC: Rooftop Film Club
Five spots – including The Bussey Building in Peckham, Queen of Hoxton and Roof East in Stratford – have reopened to play host to the Rooftop Film Club. Alongside a roster of fresh releases such as Oscar-winning Minari, the venues will host screenings of classics like The Breakfast Club, The Princess Bride and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Food and drink will be served an hour before each film and post-film until 11pm.
SETTLE IN WITH THIS SERIES: The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness
Netflix has dropped a new true crime doc. The hunt for the ‘Son of Sam’ captivated the world in the late 1970s, but the story behind one of America’s most notorious serial murderers is all but forgotten – until now. While the arrest and conviction of David Berkowitz brought the nightmare to an end for many New Yorkers, for journalist Maury Terry the real mystery was just beginning. Convinced Berkowitz had not acted alone, Terry would go on to spend decades attempting to prove that the web of darkness behind the murders went deeper than anyone imagined – and his pursuit of that elusive truth would eventually cost him everything. Featuring archival news footage and conversations with the people closest to the investigation, this is a thrilling watch.
UPGRADE YOUR PICNIC: Napoli Gang Delivery
The Big Mamma group behind Italian restaurants like Gloria and Circolo is delivering pizzas to London doorsteps and parks. The Napoli Gang menu includes starters like arancini balls, burrata, and Sicilian olives; and a choice of seven pizzas, including truffle cream with ricotta and nduja sausage. Add on a lemon meringue pie, slice of cheesecake or signature tiramisu alongside a bottle of red to complete your meal. Available to selected postcodes in the capital via UberEats and Deliveroo.
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: Blood Legacy By Alex Renton
In this extraordinary and moving book, journalist Alex Renton tells the story of his family's history as slave and plantation owners, examining how we owe it to the present to understand the legacy of the past. When slavery was abolished across the British Empire in 1833, tens of thousands of enslavers were paid millions of pounds in government money. Blood Legacy explores what inheritance – political, economic and moral – has been passed to the descendants of the slave owners and the descendants of the enslaved. He also asks how the former, including himself, can begin to make reparations for the past.
TUNE INTO SOMETHING NEW: Don’t Tell Me The Score
Don't Tell Me The Score, the podcast that uses sport to explore life's bigger questions, is back with a new series. Each week Simon Mundie sits down with experts, from the biggest sporting names to neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers and former Buddhist monks. They discuss a theme that touches on life and how best to live it – issues including the importance of self-acceptance, facing addiction and developing resilience are all here. Don’t miss the latest episode with former heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno.
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