The Handbook
The Handbook

From restaurant reopenings to the latest art exhibition to catch, fall back in love with London this weekend with these action-packed plans.

It’s set to be hot, hot, hot this weekend so explore the best of London’s culinary and arts scene as you explore Bloomberg Arcade or stay inside and BBQ at home with the new fun, country album from The Chicks as your soundtrack. Here are ten plans to get stuck into:

Location: 1 Poultry, Bank, EC2R 8EJ
Website: www.coqdargent.co.uk

Brunch The Right Way Atop Coq d’Argent

If you’re as obsessed with rosé as us you’re going to love this… French rooftop restaurant, Coq d’Argent has partnered with premium rosé brand, M de Minuty to bring us Londoners a rooftop inspired by the summer tipple. 

Alongside the Rosé on the Roof partnership will be their new Saturday brunch menu too (another weekend essential). Executive head chef Damien Rigollet has created a menu of French classic dishes, drawing inspiration from the sunny South of France. Choose from delights like crevette, a mix of prawns, mayonnaise and lemon; Coq au vin, braised and marinated chicken in red wine, mushrooms, baby onions, carrots and pancetta; and Pomme, caramelised apple, cinnamon and gingerbread mousse and salted caramel. All of course served alongside a glass of M de Minuty. You’ll be left feeling on cloud wine…

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Explore The Best Of The Culinary & Cultural Scene Of The Square Mile

Fall back in love with the arts and culinary scene as you stroll through Bloomberg Arcade, the site known for reopening the once lost Roman area of Watling Street and reviving it into the 21st century.  

Bloomberg Arcade has reopened once again for takeaway and deliveries so you can enjoy the glorious independent restaurants on offer. From the pizza joint on everyone’s lips, Homeslice, to the best poke spot in London, Ahi Poke, feast on some of the best grub in the city this weekend.

Location: Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Website: www.bloombergarcade.com

When: FRIDAY 17TH JULY
Location: 80 CITY ROAD, SHOREDITCH, EC1Y 2BJ
Website: www.passorestaurant.com

Head To ‘Giz & Green’, The Pop-Up Inspired By Professor Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway Series

If lockdown had us doing anything it was endlessly scrolling on Instagram and trying to recreate our favourite restaurant dishes at home. Rapper Professor Green and chef Gizzi Erskine brought these two worlds together through their fun, weekly lockdown series called ‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway’. The series was inspired by the best takeaway options and how they could recreate the popular dishes at home. 

If you were watching closely throughout lockdown, you’ll be eager to find out that they’re launching this series into a pop-up concept this month! Launching Friday 17th July, ‘Giz & Green’ will be popping up at Passo, bringing with them exciting new versions of the humble pizza, with the aim of encouraging customers back to restaurants.

Make The Most Of The Weather With A BBQ At Terra Terra

Neighbourhood Italian restaurant Terra Terra have been firing up their BBQs every Sunday since opening, bringing with them a summer season of tasty meats and grilled vegetables. Dine out on their beautiful outdoor terrace that manages to mix urban chic with a traditional Italian restaurant, with hanging foliage overhead. Booking ahead is required.

Location: 120 FINCHLEY ROAD, SOUTH HAMPSTEAD, NW3 5JB
Website: www.terraterra.co.uk

Boogie At Home To Montreux Jazz Festival

Festivals may be off the cards this summer but that hasn’t stopped Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival from showcasing some of their best performances to celebrate their 54th anniversary.

Running until Saturday 18th, head over to their YouTube channel and catch Rag’n’Bone Man bring his big, powerful voice to the centre stage on Saturday or go old school with Marvin Gaye’s 1980 performance.

When: Until Saturday 18th July
Stream Here

Unlock Your Own Inner Detective With These Murder Mystery Box Sets

While we’re a nation obsessed with gripping true crime Netflix docs, nothing quite beats a classic murder mystery tv show. 

From Agatha Christie retellings to David Lynch’s bizarrely brilliant Twin Peaks, unlock your inner detective this weekend as you work your way through some of the best murder mystery box sets.

Catch The Stars Are Bright Exhibition

If you’ve been missing your culture fix, your prayers are about to be answered as you explore rediscovered early works by young Zimbabwean painters at The Stars Are Bright: Zimbabwe through the eyes of its young painters from Cyrene. The exhibition spans seven years, exploring a collection of work that showcases the changing world around these young artists. It’s the first time the work has been seen in public for over 70 years so it’s truly special. 

Expect rich colours, different styles and techniques as you make your way around the collection.

When: 15th July – 30th September
Location: The Theatre Courtyard Green Rooms, 36 Bateman’s Row, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HH
Website: www.thestarsarebright.com

Location: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Website: www.gillrays.com

Indulge In The Best Steak And Chips In The City

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar has it all. Sat on the Southbank, Gillray’s has become renowned for its views over Parliament and the River Thames and, of course, the steaks. Right now to celebrate their reopening Gillray’s has an offer of indulgent steak and crispy, but soft in the middle, chips for just £15. It’s a real steal and we’ve already booked in this weekend to give it a try.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: The Old Guard

Get your action fix this week with Netflix’s big new blockbuster The Old Guard. Starring Charlize Theron, The Old Guard follows a group of immortals who for centuries have fought to save the world in action-packed, audacious battles. But now in a world where technology is overbearing and it’s near impossible to be kept under the radar, their secrecy becomes threatened. Expect epic shooting scenes and dramatic action throughout.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: The Chicks – Gaslighter

We’re back with another country album this week and it’s the return and reinvention of Dixie Chicks, now formerly known as The Chicks. 

Fans of The Chicks have been waiting long and hard for this return as Gaslighter sadly fell into the pandemic pushback album routine, but the week has finally arrived. Gasligher is The Chicks’ first album since 2006 and sees the country trio delve deeper into their emotions and open up. It follows Natalie Maines recent divorce and gives her a voice to really open up about her past relationship, but they still manage to put their fun, country spin on the mix.

Release Date: Friday 17th July
Stream Here