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From crafty masterclasses to MasterChef takeovers, COYA’s Peruvian delivery service to the Royal Ascot, here’s 12 ways to make this weekend one to remember.

Head To The Royal Ascot (At Home)

Coronavirus may have cancelled every event on the social calendar but Ascot isn’t letting it cancel their races.

For the first time in over 250 years, the Royal Ascot will be taking place behind closed doors. Running until Saturday, you’ll be able to join in all of the fun from your home. Tune into live races, themed challenges and competitions with the Royal Ascot at Home series. From celebrity chef recipes to jockey workouts, the activities will all be helping to fundraise in support of Ascot’s #StyledWithThanks campaign in aid of those affected by COVID-19.

Running until Saturday 20th June 

www.ascot.co.uk

Enjoy Peruvian Classics At Home With COYA Mayfair

A COYA experience never ceases to amaze. 

London’s hottest Peruvian resto, COYA Mayfair is known for its legendary weekend brunches and tasty tapas-style bites. While their doors remain closed for a little while longer, you can find them bringing their dishes to your doorstep. COYA is open for delivery, allowing Londoners the chance to enjoy a taste of Peru at home. This weekend, why not tuck into their dishes and cocktails, and host your own COYA experience at home. 

We’d recommend getting your hands on their infamous crocantes con guacamole, as well as feasting on their rich papa seca, a mix of Peruvian potatoes, wild mushrooms and truffles. It’ll be sure to satisfy your truffle cravings. If you’re looking for a Saturday night tipple, get your hands on one of their finish-it-yourself cocktails. For those who love an Aperol, try their twist on the usual spritz, made with strawberry Aperol, greek wine and cream soda. All you need to do is add in a splash of Champagne or Prosecco. Upscale your weekend plans with COYA.

Guests within 2.5 miles of COYA Mayfair can order on Supper London, Uber Eats and Deliveroo, or order for collection at www.coyarestaurant.com

Enjoy A Cocktail Or Two With Bombay Sapphire’s Virtual Masterclass

Start the weekend off with an early bang as you join Bombay Sapphire and Print Club London for the second instalment of Bombay Sapphire’s ‘Cocktails & Create’ virtual masterclasses. 

This Thursday’s instalment will see Print Club London and illustrator James Daw joining, demonstrating how to use and immerse yourself in the wonderful art of screen printing. Of course it’s no virtual masterclass without a cocktail or two and master mixologist Franck Dedieu will be on hand, bringing you a duo of gin and tonic cocktails to mix up for yourself at home. Sounds like the perfect start to any weekend if you ask us.

Thursday 18th June, 7PM

Instagram live on @bombaysapphireUK and @printclublondon

Stroll Around Hampton Court Palace’s Royal Gardens 

Hip, hip, hooray! This weekend you can enjoy a royal excursion to Hampton Court Palace as their gardens reopen for business. Explore the gardens where Henry VII, his wives and children lived.

Book online to secure your royal ticket into one of the UK’s finest landscaped gardens.

Reopening from Thursday 18th June

www.hrp.org.uk

Celebrate Father’s Day With One Of These Epic Outdoor Garden Games

While the sun is shining, celebrate Father’s Day in style by challenging your ol’ Pa to a game of croquet or giant dominos. We’ve put together a list of outdoor games that’ll ensure you put down the phone and ignite your competitive nature as you go head-to-head with your dad with these garden games.

Explore Our Favourites Here

Cook Along With The Virtual Foodies Festival 

Foodies Festival isn’t letting the pandemic cease its fun filled activities so they’re bringing their festival activities virtual. Tune in from 11am on Saturday to join a series of top MasterChef winners, superchefs and music live from Toploader. Learn everything from new summer recipes to the art of prosecco tasting. The virtual festival will be raising money for NHS Charities Together and Musicians Against Homelessness so bring your friends, family and have a jolly good time.

Running Saturday 20th June

Connect on Facebook to join the festivities

 

Delight In A ‘Catch Of The Day’ With These Seafood Delivery Services

While restaurants remain closed for now, delight in some of the finest seafood London has to offer with these splendid seafood delivery services. From oyster boxes to family ‘catch of the day’ deliveries, here’s where to get your munch on this weekend.

Beat Your Boredom With This Interactive Burger Kit

If you’ve completely lost the motivation of cooking up a feast every night, Bite Me Burger may just have answered your prayers. The burger brand has teamed with games specialists Ginger Fox to bring you an interactive feasting experience, without you having to put in the leg work. 

This weekend order in their boredom-busting burger box and inside you’ll find succulent burgs alongside the card game ‘Don’t be a Dik Dik’. While you munch through your burgs with your isolation buddies, play the game but just try not to end up with the Dik Dik….

Explore The Best Of The City As The Royal Exchange Reopens 

This week we’ve been able to wave hello to some of our favourite retail spots as they gradually began to reopen from Monday, but one spot we’re particularly excited about is the return of The Royal Exchange. 

The Royal Exchange is home to some of London’s top retailers and brands, including Fortnum & Mason, Hermés, Jo Malone London and Mulberry. Welcome home their return by exploring the best of London and The Royal Exchange this weekend.

For more information visit www.theroyalexchange.co.uk

Celebrate The Summer Solstice

Sunday 21st June marks the longest day of the year and if that isn’t a big enough of an excuse to celebrate the beginning of summer, we don’t know what is. We’ve rounded up the best virtual events happening this solstice weekend to celebrate in style, from pagan rituals to all day festivals.

6 ways to celebrate here

WHAT TO WATCH: Da 5 Bloods 

When it comes to Netflix films, it’s always tricky to know when things are about to ‘drop’ and granted, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods came out last Friday but we wanted to give the film a little extra love this weekend. 

Lee’s latest joint follows four African-American veterans who return to Vietnam and make it their mission to search for the remains of their friend and fellow veteran Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman). This search is also for a significant sum of buried gold, that the quad buried when fighting. Flicking between past and present, we are forced to witness post traumatic stress at its worst alongside the devastating aftermath of war and the ongoing racism prevalent in American society. 

Could an Academy Award be on the cards? We certainly think so.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Phoebe Bridgers’ debut album, stranger in the alps, was one of our favourites of 2017 and now her follow up is finally nearly here. Her dream-like storytelling, cathartic instrumentation and emotive vocals are unmatched in the indie-folk scene and on Punisher, she has pushed her sound even further. Expect songs that are louder, funner and more in your face… But don’t worry, expect tears too.

Release Date: Thursday 18th June

Stream Here


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