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We’ve made it through another working week at home and we couldn’t be more happy that this one is only a four day week… Even during lockdown the weekend is a refreshing time of relaxation, even if we can’t explore the best of city life.

While the VE Day street parties and celebrations may have been cancelled, there’s still a whole host of activities we can get up to this weekend, from perusing online craft fairs for a cute new trinket to gushing over Netflix’s latest documentary, Becoming, that’ll see you delving into the world of none other than Michelle Obama’s life.

Here’s to another bank holiday inside, my friends.

Create Searcy’s Special VE Day Desserts

Celebrations are looking a little different this year and the same goes for VE Day street parties. 

This year you might have noticed the May Day bank holiday has been moved to a Friday rather than its usual Monday, and the reasoning? To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and while we can’t go out and celebrate VE Day as we usually would, we can bring the party inside with our dearest few. 

To celebrate, Searcy’s have put together a recipe for their special toffee and milk pudding that’s extra special and screams baking victory, mainly because there’s little baking involved, but also because it’s deliciously sweet. Tuck into a pot this weekend while you tune into The Queen’s speech at 9pm.

Explore The Best Of British Surrealism Virtually

With everything feeling so strange right now, life feels like a surrealist painting version of what we are used to…

Over on the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s YouTube channel, British Surrealism curator and modern British art expert, David Boyd Haycock, will be hosting a talk and Q&A, exploring the British surrealist movement and works from Conroy Moddox to Leonora Carrington, Edith Rimmington to Ithell Colquhoun.

When: Friday 8th May, 6:30pm
Where: Dulwich Picture Gallery’s YouTube Channel

Join Laura Whitmore For A Virtual Dinner Party

Promised you’d host a virtual dinner party this weekend but have no idea where to start? Join TV personality and actress, Laura Whitmore, this evening as she hosts her own virtual dinner party over on Grey Goose’s Facebook.

From cocktail making to table scaping, she’ll be spilling all of her secrets and top tips for hosting the best virtual dinner party. Expect a few boozy Grey Goose cocktail tutorials too.

When: Thursday 7th May, 5pm
Where: Grey Goose Facebook Live

Relive Your Youth By Rewatching The Best 90s & 00s TV Shows

Anyone else finding comfort in binging on old TV boxsets from their younger days? I’m three seasons into rewatching Gossip Girl and every Upper East Side adolescent dramas are about the only things keeping me sane. If you too fancy getting your binge on this bank holiday weekend, make sure you do it the right way and relive your youth by rewatching the best 90s and 00s TV shows. Here’s a selection of our favourites.

Peruse South London’s Craft Fair Virtually

My perfect weekend would consist of wandering around market after market for the perfect crafty interiors for my home, and while I can’t do that currently, I can enjoy perusing South London’s Craft Fair virtually on Saturdays. And you can too!  

The premise is extremely simple: all you need to do is head to their Instagram account from midday and mooch through the products from small and local businesses on their stories. If something takes your fancy, click through to the sellers page and hopefully snap up a cute new piece for your home or yourself.

When: Saturday 9th May
Where: Tune in Here

Explore Soho House’s New Open House Series (Even If You Aren’t A Member!)

Ever wondered what it would be like to have access into one of the world’s leading members’ clubs? Well now you can! Well, sort of. 

While you won’t be able to go inside the houses, Soho House has launched a brand new digital events series that’s open to everyone, not just members. There really is something for everyone in this new series, from home hair care tutorials from Queer Eye star, Jonathan Van Ness through to an ‘in conversation’ with Tiger King’s Trevor Groth, yoga and meditation sessions with leading experts to renowned Soho House recipes to try at home. 

Keep up to date on their series over at www.sohohouse.com

WHAT TO WATCH: Becoming

Michelle Obama is deemed something of an icon. Former first lady of the United States, political activist and, not forgetting, mother-of-two, Michelle Obama is loved by all, but what do we really know about her? Of course, she’s been in the media’s eye since Barack Obama campaigned to become president and she was the first lady for eight years, but before that, we knew very little. Until now.

Netflix’s new documentary, Becoming, explores Michelle’s life before the limelight and delves deep into her upbringing and past experiences, and how these became to form the icon we love today.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor 

If you’ve spent the last 15 years in disbelief that one day Hayley Williams will drop a solo album, you can rest easy as Petals For Armor: Part II will finally be released on Friday 8th. 

From her pop-rock days spearheading Paramore into a female fronted band like no other, this new album from Williams lets us explore the softer side that we all knew existed. It’s in this solo album that Williams breaks down the barriers, strips out the drum solos and lets the lyrics speak. Every song is different but is just as beautiful as one another. A personal favourite is Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris (ft. boygenius).

When: Friday 8th May
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