MEET YOUR MATES: Between The Bridges
London’s biggest beer garden has just opened on the South Bank. From the team behind Clapham’s Winterville and Brockwell Park festivals, Between the Bridges promises regular entertainment from DJs and musicians including live sets of funk, disco and house music. Eat your way around the vendors – including Burger & Beyond, Urban Falafel and The Cheese Wheel – then challenge your mates to a game of mini golf or tejo (a Colombian throwing sport). The garden will also host weekly themed markets where shoppers can scour upcycled, retro and vintage finds. Entry is free, except on Friday and Saturday nights when tickets cost £5.
Queen’s Walk, South Bank, SE1 2AA
BOOK AHEAD: Camp Kerala F1 Silverstone Experience
Camp Kerala is best known for its luxury glamping tents at Glastonbury. Now it’s created an impressive F1 staycation experience where guests can stay inside the inner circuit at Silverstone. Packages come with grandstand seats to the British Grand Prix in July, access to a five-star restaurant and bar, a private viewing platform along the Hangar Strait, and nightly entertainment and live music. Guests can relax at the Camp Kerala spa before settling down in one of the tents, complete with all the luxuries you’d expect at a top hotel. The best part? There’s an exclusive Q&A with Jenson Button, access to an after-party and a F1 driving experience. We’re sold.
BAG A TABLE: Intergalactic Vineyards Lunch At Brat
On Sunday 27th June, Brat at Climpson’s Arch teams up with wine connoisseurs Noble Rot to host an Intergalactic Vineyards Lunch. From 6pm, diners can expect a special menu of barbecued dishes like anchovies in grape leaves; grilled lobster with butter and vin jaune; sea trout poached in champagne; whole aged duck with cherries; and grilled quail with bay, liver and olives. Dessert will include honey ice cream and figs cooked with rioja and thyme. Each course comes with a selection of paired wines, including a 2009 Ribolla and a 2013 Munjebel rosé.
FIND A MATCH: Qemistry App
If you’re looking for fresh ways to date post-lockdown, Qemistry is the dating app to have on your radar. Rather than swiping through endless pictures, this one’s all about video content: upload pre-recorded videos from your social media profiles (including Insta Snapchat and TikTok) so potential matches can get a feel for your vibe and personality. You can then ‘like’ other people’s profiles, get talking and – if you like what you see – set up a date. Downloads are free.
GET YOUR SWEAT ON: KXU
We’re big fans of KXU at SLMan so we were excited to hear the Chelsea gym, known for its no-nonsense results-driven sessions, has added a series of new spinning classes to its timetable. U-Cycle is an indoor class that guarantees to get the heart rate soaring: held on Keiser bikes, which feel more like a road bike than your average spin bike, you’ll work your way through 24 levels of resistance, incorporating hills and sprints. For something different, book a U-Cycle MTV class where you can spin to music videos played on a cinema-sized screen.
Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP
TAKE THE FAMILY: Promise Me Memories Installation
Artist Yinka Ilori unveiled his immersive installation in Greenwich last weekend. Standout elements include a hopscotch area made from reclaimed car tyres and a crazy golf course suitable for the whole family. In the coming weeks, the installation will transform into a stage for ‘Summer Sessions’ with live jazz music and DJ sets, and screenings of Saturday night movies as well as sporting events like Wimbledon and the Olympics. Whatever your bag, the installation will be in situ until Sunday 19th September.
The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0ES
FEAST ON THIS: Wing Shack Co x Sauce Shop
Wing Shack Co has teamed up with Sauce Shop to create a new summer menu that’s available to try at Wing Shack Co’s Loughton site and across all delivery and pop-up sites until the end of summer (excluding Selfridges). Diners can tuck into Honey That’s Mustard chicken wings; The Maple Habanero burger with fried chicken, smoky chipotle mayo, shredded lettuce and pickles in a brioche bun; and Island BBQ Wings with chipotle sauce and chives. There are also two new sauces to try: Maple Habanero Drizzle and a Smoky Chipotle Mayo that packs a real punch.
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR: Tales from the Colony Room By Darren Coffield
If you’re in the market for a scandalous, tell-all read, the paperback version of Tales from the Colony Room comes out tomorrow. This is the definitive history of Soho’s most notorious drinking den. It’s a hair-raising romp through the underbelly of the post-war scene: during its 60-year history, more romances, deaths, horrors and sex scandals took place in the Colony than anywhere else. The story’s told through unpublished and long-lost interviews with characters who were central to the scene – expect to hear from Dylan Thomas, Damien Hirst, Lisa Stansfield and more.
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