MEET YOUR MATES: Peckham Levels
Peckham Levels has reopened its doors with a fresh look and some new food vendors. On Thursday and Friday nights in July, diners get 20% off all food and drink from newbies including 081 Pizzeria, Bando Belly, Plantain Kitchen and Beza Ethiopian. Be sure to swing by Ipanema Grill for platters of kebabs, barbecued meats and cassava chips. Get the craft beers in from the bar, then challenge your mates to a range of crazy golf. You can even get your hair seen to at Barber & Blow, browse menswear at Create Shop, or even get a tattoo at Dog & Bone.
F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine
In January 2020, Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, read an article about four people in China with a strange pneumonia. Within two weeks, she and her team had designed a vaccine against a pathogen that no one had ever seen before. Less than 12 months later, the vaccine was rolled out across the world to save millions of lives from Covid-19. In this fascinating book, you’ll hear directly from Professor Gilbert and her colleague Dr Catherine Green as they reveal the inside story of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, the cutting-edge science behind it, and the unlikely snacks that got them through each day. Vaxxers invites you into the lab to find out how science will save us from this pandemic, and how we can prepare for the next one.
GET THE BEERS IN: Sambrook’s Brewery Tap
Sambrook’s Brewery Tap in Wandsworth opens on Saturday. Crust Bros are heading up the kitchen – diners can choose from a range of Crust Bros pizzas (including vegan and gluten-free options) to be paired alongside Sambrook’s 15-strong selection of IPAs, lagers and pilsners. The venue can host 160 in the taproom itself and a further 50 in its beer garden. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm guests can enjoy a bottomless brunch, with 90 minutes of unlimited pizza and beer for just £40.
40 Ram Street, Wandsworth, SW18 1UR
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Sluggers Baseball Cages
On Saturday 24th July, Boxpark Croydon will open Sluggers – a standalone site with three baseball cages, plus menus of craft cocktails and Latin street food. From the team behind Roof East and Birdies crazy golf, the pitching machines can be adapted for every level of batter, whether you’re playing against your mates or solo. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, reward yourself with a beer or cocktail – like a spicy mezcal margarita – and enjoy pulled pork sliders, Cuban sandwiches or cheesy quesadillas. Tickets start from £19 for two players.
Boxpark Croydon, 99 George Street, Croydon, CR0 1LD
TUNE INTO A NEW PODCAST: Breaking Atoms
Breaking Atoms is a deep dive into the history of hip hop. Hosts and self-proclaimed ‘rap scientists’ Sumit Sharma and Chris Mitchell break down everything in and around the genre, from culture and politics to fashion and mega-fans. From high-brow deep dives to low-end theories, expect clinical analysis and subjective perspectives. Don’t miss the episodes on the making of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt, where the two hosts celebrate its 25th anniversary and talk about the blood, sweat, tears and years it took to bring a remarkable piece of work to life.
HAVE A LAUGH: Nish Kumar Comedy Night
On Friday 16th July from 6.30pm, Nish Kumar is hosting a comedy night at Bussey Rooftop Bar in Peckham. Guests can expect a stand-up session from the comedian, as well as appearances from Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club co-host Mawaan Rizwan and BBC New Comedy Award winner Janine Harouni. Order a pizza from Share A Slice and enjoy a craft beer from the bar. Tickets cost £16.50.
Unit B3.1, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4SL
WATCH THIS NEW NETFLIX DOC: Private Network: Who Killed Manuel Buendía?
This true-crime doc drops on Netflix today. Private Network tells the story of the investigation into the death of journalist Manuel Buendía, who was assassinated in 1984 outside his office in Mexico City. More than three decades after his death, the feature-length doc brings together testimonies, police reports and witness statements to get to the bottom of who killed him and why.
TRY NEW FLAVOURS: Bone Daddies x Passyunk Avenue
This month, Bone Daddies has collaborated with Passyunk Avenue to create the Philly Cheese Bao. Available at all Bone Daddies sites until the end of July, the Japan-meets-Philadelphia special is rib eye beef with provolone, white onions, pickled onions, Korean mayo, Passyunk Avenue’s homemade Cheez Whiz and Bone Daddies’ cock scratchings – all encased inside a fluffy bun. A ‘beer & bun’ deal includes a pint of Passyunk Pale Ale for £9.
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