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Whether you’re looking for the best bottomless brunch to try, a new creative skill to learn or a new Netflix show to binge, we’ve rounded up everything you need to kick off the weekend the right way.

The Barge House, Haggerston
The Waterway, Little Venice

Grab A Pint At One Of These Canalside Boozers

With temperatures set to soar this weekend, while away your afternoon drinking and dining at one of London’s best canalside pubs and restaurants. 

It might not feel quite as luxurious as sipping on cocktails in Venice, but London is home to some charming local pubs dotted along the Thames with beautiful waterside views. Watch the canal boats jet along riverbanks and enjoy a pint or two at one of these canalside boozers.

Learn The Art Of Calligraphy In Four Easy Classes

Like all art forms, calligraphy is a skill that tests your patience, concentration and inner creativity. But it’s also one that’s incredibly hard to master. 

Lockdown has given us all time to work on ourselves, spark up new interests and reignite our passion for creativity, whether that’s baking, crocheting or for me, trying my hand at calligraphy. If you’ve always wanted to give it a try, now you can thanks to Kirstie Bird, founder of calligraphy company Ink and Flow, who will be running a four week online course teaching you everything you need to know about the basics of modern calligraphy and how to put the techniques learnt into practice. 

Kirstie will be taking to Instagram live, starting on Friday 10th July at 7pm, to bring you four weeks of creativity. Head over to Ink and Flow’s website to get your starter kit today.

When: Friday 10th July, 7pm – classes will run consecutively for four weeks
Tune in on Instagram Live at @inkandflowlondon

Check Into One Of London’s Best Boozy Brunches

We’re so glad that restaurants up and down the country have begun to reopen because it means that bottomless brunches are back, bigger and better than ever. 

One boozy brunch we seriously rate is The Cellar’s at Kindred. The restaurant has become a West London favourite and since reopening last week, they’ve kicked off their new bottomless brunch menu, offering you a choice of Prosecco, Mimosa or Bloody Mary’s alongside your dish of choice. 

If you can’t get enough of a cheeky boozy brunch, here’s the best nine to check into.

Pimp Your Picnic With Burger & Lobster’s Posh Picnic 

Move over Tesco meal deal, we want to introduce you to the poshest picnic on the block. Burger & Lobster have just launched the perfect picnic hamper bursting with their legendary lobster rolls and fizz. 

Roll out your picnic blanket this weekend and indulge in one of their picnic hampers, available for two or four people, and tuck into lobster rolls, garden salads, a dessert to share, plus you can add on a bottle of Champagne, Prosecco, wine or soft drink. You’ll never solemnly head for the meal deal aisle again.

Reserve Yours At: www.burgerandlobster.com

Try The UK’s First Wagyu Sandwich At New Japanese Pop-Up, Oro

The duo formerly behind Zuma and Hakkasan have just launched their brand new venture, a new Japanese pop-up, Oro, that’s bringing Londoners the UK’s first ever wagyu sandwich. Arriving at Chucs Belgravia, you can now try the melt in the mouth Australian wagyu cut in a whole new indulgent way. The sarnie is made up of Australian wagyu sirloin, spicy Panko, Japanese coleslaw and shavings of Australian winter truffle, sandwiched between toasted bread. 

It’s got to be up there on London’s most expensive sandwich coming in at a hefty £45 but its indulgent flavours will blow you away and is a must try for wagyu lovers.

Available Until October
Order Yours Here

Enjoy A Summer Cocktail On London’s Best Rooftop Bar

Summer hotspot and Handbook favourite, Skylight Rooftop has returned for a summer season of cocktails, sun (hopefully) and fun. 

This year the rooftop has had a tropical makeover. It’s been filled with garden booths, lush green foliage, cosy cushioned seating areas and even a pop-up bar keeping you cool with their ice cold lagers on tap. 

Sadly, Skylight has had to put a pause on their legendary lawn games but you can still enjoy the best of London’s summer hideout with their Instagram swing-set and tropical makeover.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started

American singer-songwriter Margo Price returns with another fun, country rock album you can’t help but have a bop to.

That’s How Rumors Get Started is full of uplifting, toe wagging anthems that will leave you feeling energised and singing her refrains at the top of your lungs, song after song. Even if you aren’t partial to the country genre, Price’s album merges country with bursts of pop, rock’n’roll and catchy choruses you can’t help but sing, or at the very least, smile along to.

Release Date: Friday 10th July
Stream Here

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Homemade 

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, film sets have been shut down, cameras have been packed up and blockbusters have been postponed. Netflix’s recent Italian-Chilean anthology series, however, was born out of the pandemic, allowing filmmakers from around the world to write, produce and document their stories during lockdown.

The 16-part series is formed of short stories, some are documentaries, others are narratives, but all have been created while the world has been thrust into lockdown. Directors including Bend It Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha and Twilight star Kristin Stewart have all been involved, and it’s really interesting how every director took on the role of storyteller in entirely different formats.