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From exploring London’s vintage market scene to cooking up a storm in the kitchen with MasterChef 2020 finalist, Sandy Tang, here’s everything to do to make this weekend one to remember.

Stroll Around Vinegar Yard’s Resident Vintage & Makers Market

At last some good news! London is gradually reopening its doors, outdoor spaces and markets, with one of the first being Flea, Vinegar Yard’s resident vintage and makers market in London Bridge. 

The time has finally arrived and this weekend, we can look forward to strolling through the market, rummaging through the treasure-trove of vintage and artisanal offerings. Following government guidelines and regulations, the team have put in place several adjustments to the operation, including capped capacity, one-way systems and socially distanced traders.

When: Every weekend, 12-5pm

Join Beavertown For The Ultimate Friday Afternoon Virtual Gig

London based brewery, Beavertown have helped to revolutionise your Friday afternoon lockdown plans by bringing you their #4pmWithBeavertown tunes. This week sees South Coast DJ duo WE BROKE FREE take centre stage bringing with them a wild mix of classic tunes and new hits to get you into the summer festival mood, even if we can’t party it out at one for real this year. The duo have performed at all of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown and Bestival, so you can be sure that these two know a thing or two about getting the audience into the groove. Pack away your work equipment early, crack open a beer and let the weekend begin with a bang.

When: Friday 12th June, 4pm
Website: Join The Live Stream at @beavertownbeer

Fall In Love With London Again This Weekend With These London-Based Novels

Now that we aren’t whizzing from one end of the city to the other, it’s easy to forget the areas and quirks that made us fall in love with London in the first place. From its vibrant arts culture to royal history, London has been the backdrop of literature since the Victorian era. But, rather than dipping into the classics this weekend, why not get stuck into the best of the contemporary tales and relive the reasons you feel in love with London all over again. Add these 12 reading options to your nightstand.

Elevate Your Weekend Dinner Plans With Easy-To-Make Chinatown Recipes

Join MasterChef 2020 finalist Sandy Tang as she cooks up a storm on the Chinatown London Insta account as part of their #BringingChinatownHome series. Armed with a few simple ingredients, Tang has been challenged to bring some of Chinatown’s beloved dishes to life so that fans can enjoy the authentic flavours at home, with ingredients delivered by Chinatown London supermarket, SeeWoo UK. If you’re wondering what to do with that lingering block of tofu at the back of your fridge, this Saturday, Tang will be reinventing the typically bland ingredient by rustling up one of Plum Valley’s recipes of sea spiced aubergine and tofu hot pot. We’ll certainly be joining in to try our hand at creating this delicious dish.

When: Saturday 13th June, 6pm
Website: Join The Live Stream at @chinatownlondon

Enjoy A Delicious Delivery Courtesy Of The Cricketers On The Green

This one is a little different but Surrey dwellers, we’ve got you covered.

The Cricketers On The Green has recently launched their delivery service, bringing you seasonal classics and delicious Neapolitan style pizzas to your door. Available every Wednesday to Sunday, the menu is filled with dishes a’plenty so you can scroll through umming and arring over what your savoury tooth fancies. Those nearby can also shop their online farm shop so you can fill up your stock cupboards with all of the essentials, plus a few extra artisan treats too.

Reinvent Your Friday Night Plans With These Hackney Deliveries 

While restaurant doors remain closed for a little while longer, pimp your Friday night plans with a little help from these Hackney borough restaurants. If you’re an East London dweller, you’re in for a real feasting treat this weekend. Enjoy everything from Pidgin’s Michelin-star menu to Angelina’s seven-course dinner party to your door.

WHAT TO WATCH: I May Destroy You

BBC’s I May Destroy You is the television show that’s on everyone’s lips this week.

Flocking brilliant reviews across the board and even managing to obtain a cheeky five stars from The Guardian, I May Destroy You is the brand new drama you need to indulge in this weekend. Starring, written and created by Michaela Coel, the narrative follows Arabella, a bestselling author who rose to fame in the oh-so-usual 21st century way via Twitter and her book, Confessions of a Fed-Up Millennial, became an instant viral hit. But the narrative isn’t quite as simple as that, in a midst of dealing with influencing life, trying to write a second hit book and dealing with daily pressures, she’s caught up in a drug dealing crowd. One evening they go out on the town when her drink of choice is spiked with a date-rape drug. Her whole world begins to spiral out of control and the following morning she’s left with traumatic flashbacks from the previous night involving sexual assault. It’s an agonising watch at times but it’s well worth the viewing for an honest account about consent, assault and drugs.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off The Floor 

Norah Jones’ much anticipated album Pick Me Up Off The Floor was another release that was pushed aside and postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus, but at last we can enjoy her soulful voice and jazz influenced sounds come to life. 

Reminiscent of the classic jazz songbook era, Jones’ Pick Me Up Off The Floor is the perfect album to listen to with your Saturday nightcap or to add a splash of soulful sound to your Sunday afternoon. The album will make fans remember why they fell in love with Jones’ soft sounds time and time again, over twenty years ago. 

Release Date: Friday 12th June
Stream Here

Look Forward To: An Afternoon At The Races, Almost

While a day at the races is off the cards for now, you can still enjoy the theatrics of the Royal Ascot at home.

Ascot Racecourse have announced that for the first time in 250+ years, the Royal Ascot will take place behind closed doors. Running Tuesday 16th until Saturday 20th, you can still immerse yourselves in the 36-race programme from home, watching live coverage while also joining in 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.

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Turn your kitchen into a restaurant with Shoryu’s DIY Ramen Kits

If you’re missing authentic, steaming bowls of umami broth and slippery noodles ramen joint, Shoryu’s at-home kits are going to please.

Including everything you need to make the restaurant’s popular Ganso Ramen, from a rich 12-hour cooked tonkotsu soup to real ramen noodles, char siu BBQ pork belly, to shoga red ginger, the only things you’ll have to add are a soft boiled egg and a pair of chopsticks. The dish takes less than 15 minutes and comes with a helpful step-by-step guide to make the whole process foolproof.

Kits go on sale each Friday and we hear they sell out, so be quick. We had the chance to try one for ourselves and we can confirm it was super easy and utterly delicious. Probably the best lunch idea we’ve had all lockdown.

Shoryu will release their Ramen Kits each Friday priced at £20 kit for two people. Kits can be kept for up to one month in the freezer.

The Handbook has teamed up with The Grill at The Dorchester for an exclusive competition. Entrants will have the chance to win a dinner for two at The Grill at The Dorchester when it re-opens!