BOOK A TABLE: Bad Vegan
Tom Kerridge and Mark Emms have just opened a vegan restaurant in Camden. Diners can choose from a plant-based menu, while non-vegans can add meaty toppings to their order, like beef brisket and spicy ’nduja sausage. Menu highlights include the ‘Taternator’, a crunchy potato finger wrapped in a tortilla with vegan cheese, and ‘Streetdough’ flatbread pizzas made with leftover yeast from Bad Vegan’s Session IPA. Toppings include smoky aubergine baba ghanoush, and roast mushrooms with black truffle.
Top Floor, Buck Street Market, 192-298 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP
GET PLANTING: Selfridges Garden Centre
Selfridges has launched a garden centre as part of its ‘Good Nature’ campaign. Shoppers can browse gardening tools, seeds, indoor and outdoor plants, pots and Selfridges’ own-label compost. There are also lifestyle products on offer, as well as an exclusive gardening collection from Prada. Visit the Potting Shed where the resident gardener can offer horticultural advice, or head online for the virtual ‘dial-a-gardener’ service.
400 Oxford Street, West End, W1C 1JS
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: The Novel By Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino’s first novel came out yesterday. Based on his 2019 film of the same name, the book tells the story of actor Rick Dalton, who gained fame and fortune starring in a 1950s TV western. Struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood he doesn't recognise anymore, he spends most of his time drinking with his best friend and stunt double, Cliff. Rick also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate – the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family…
GET YOUR SWEAT ON: Retrofit
Retrofit is the new South Ken gym to have on your radar. The studio is the only one in London to feature Technogym’s Biocircuit station – advanced kit that adapts to your body as your train. There’s also a dedicated Technogym Skillbike Studio where classes replicate outdoor cycling experiences. Retrofit has even created a 12-week rehabilitation programme for those who are recovering from the effects of Covid-19 – a great way to ease yourself back in post-lockdown.
Petersham House, 29-37 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3HD
TRY NEW FLAVOURS: Prairie Fire x Two Drifters, White City
Next week is national BBQ week. To mark the occasion, from Friday 2nd July BBQ pit masters Prairie Fire in White City will join forces with Two Drifters Distillery for a month-long pop-up of barbecued street food and spiced rum cocktails. Tuck into limited-edition spiced pineapple rum hot wings and a spicy fried hot chicken sandwich, then wash it down with Two Drifters spiced rum or white rum –on the rocks or in a cocktail. A rum old fashioned gets our vote.
Arches 88/89, Wood Lane Arches, White City, W12 7LH
WATCH THIS PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMA: Stephen King’s Lisley’s Story
Stephen King fans, this one’s for you. Based on his bestselling novel and adapted by the man himself, Lisey’s Story is a gripping thriller that follows Lisey Landon (Julianne Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Clive Owen). After struggling to come to terms with his death, a series of unsettling events force Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she has deliberately blocked out of her mind. With new episodes released every Friday, there’s still time to catch up on the series so far.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Kensington & Chelsea Summer Festival
Kensington + Chelsea Art Week is running until Sunday 4th July. Taking place in and around the Cadogan Estate, visitors can see outdoor art installations, exhibits and murals, and attend events and talks led by local artists. This year’s theme, ‘Reimagine’, reflects on the borough’s mission to create public spaces for conversation. Follow the light display by contemporary British artist Lauren Baker, then head to Duke of York Square where a pop-up screen will show Wimbledon matches throughout the tournament as part of the wider Kensington + Chelsea festival. Tickets are free.
10 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: The Witness: In His Own Words
Based on Nicola Tallant’s book The Witness, this new podcast is a hell of a ride for true crime fans. In 2005, Joseph O’Callaghan’s testimony helped convict two drug-dealing gangsters for murder, and he became the youngest person ever to enter witness protection in Ireland. Now, as the men he put away agitate for release, he tells his extraordinary life story in his own words for the first time.
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