CHECK OUT SOMEWHERE NEW: Seoul Bird
South Korean chicken shop Seoul Bird has opened its second London outpost in Canary Wharf. The menu includes mixed buckets of Korean fried chicken with double-fried tenders, four wings and thighs, or a grilled selection cooked over charcoal, served with signature dipping sauces. There’s also chicken burgers, wraps and Seoul Bowls filled with steamed rice, salad and chicken or portobello mushrooms. Add on sides – like fried cauliflower, tater tots and mac and cheese – and wash everything down with a beer or fruit cooler with a shot of rum.
Unit 24 Jubilee, Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
Reggae fans, this one’s for you. Tickets have just gone on sale for The Bob Marley Musical which opens in October. Directed by Clint Dyer, the show celebrates Marley’s legacy, charting his rise from a life of poverty to visionary star. Expect to hear from some of London’s best reggae musicians and soul singers. Tickets start from £20 for what’s set to be one of the standout shows of the year.
Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, West End, W1D 7ES
GET YOUR SWEAT ON: LIFT Week At Barry's Bootcamp
From today until Sunday 25th July, Barry’s in Soho is offering a complimentary LIFT class for new members. First come, first served. If you’re looking for a new gym post-lockdown or need a push to get back into exercise, this is a 50-minute strength training class that targets primary and secondary muscle groups. Each workout aims to build muscle and strength with a variety of loads and reps using bench, dumbbell and bodyweight exercises. Whether you’re a seasoned lifter or doing it for the first time, classes are led by Barry’s instructors, so you’ll be in good hands.
59 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5QL
ENJOY A CURRY NIGHT: Tom Cenci At Tandoor Chop House
Chef Tom Cenci (of Stoney Street fame) has started a residency at the Tandoor Chop House in Covent Garden. Look out for the confit duck leg with green chilli, peanut brittle, pink peppercorns and a miso caramel. You can also choose from tandoor chicken, black pepper tikka masala, crispy lamb chops, chickpea chaat with pomegranate and green chilli, and black dahl. Be sure to add on onion bhajis, naan bread, and a couple of craft beers or ciders. Throughout the collab, £1 from every dish will be donated to new charity Beder, which raises awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.
8 Adelaide Street, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HZ
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: Landslide By Michael Wolff
The third book in Michael Wolff’s epic trilogy on the Trump presidency came out last week. First, in Fire and Fury Wolff defined the early phase of the Trump administration. Then in Siege he wrote an explosive account of a presidency under fire. Now, in Landslide Wolff closes the story of Trump’s four years in office and his tumultuous last months at the helm. Wolff’s extraordinary access to White House aides and the ex-president himself yield a wealth of new information and insights about what really happened inside the highest office in the world.
HAVE A LAUGH: Nish Kumar’s Lockdown Laugh At Southbank Centre
This Friday at 5.30pm, Nish Kumar hosts a free comedy night on the Riverside Terrace at Southbank Centre. As part of the venue’s ‘Summer Reunion’ season of collaborations with guest curators, Kumar will present some of his favourite shorts, sketches and skits he’s seen and heard over lockdown from various comedians. Bring a blanket, some beers and enjoy the show.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Craft Rum Club
Craft Rum Club is a drinks subscription to have on your radar. Every month, the team deliver a premium bottle of craft rum straight to your door, alongside snacks, cocktail ingredients and a copy of Rumspiration magazine. This month’s box contains a bottle of Equiano Light or Belgrove Spiced Fig & BlackBerry, plus two Sekforde mixers, ingredients to make the cocktail of the month and a packet of Darling Barbecue Corn. Subscriptions cost £39.95 a month and boxes are available for nationwide delivery.
LISTEN TO THIS: Sob Rock By John Mayer
John Mayer’s eighth studio album came out last week. With guest vocals from Maren Morris, it’s an eclectic mix of love songs and punchy punk-inspired sounds that nod to the 80s. Tracks include New Light, I Guess I Just Feel Like, and, one of the best on the album, Carry Me Away. In Mayer’s own words on Twitter: “I really think you’re going to love this.”
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