Whether you’re back to the daily grind or you’re still WFH in your pjs (lucky sods), we’re sure you’re still lusting over the idea of the weekend and this one’s filled with all sorts of exciting openings, pop-ups and foodie spots to lose yourself in.
From new Italian inspired terraces to exploring London’s very own neon light junkyard, here are 9 things to get stuck into this weekend.
A visit to Harry’s Bar, James Street’s new lemon inspired terrace will make you feel as though you’ve stepped foot off a plane on the Amalfi coast.
Celebrating its Italian heritage, the James Street hotspot’s terrace will be bringing with it a glorious pergola installation and fruity gin cocktails, made using Malfy Gin. Expect lemon trees to be dotted around, along with blue and white Malfy cushions lining the terrace too.
On the cocktail front, our favourite is the Rosa grapefruit sour, a mix of Malfy Rosa Gin, Raspberries, Staibano Lemon Liqueur, Egg Whites, lime juice and Jasmine pearl syrup.
30-34 James Street, W1U 1ER
Fall back in love with the city and explore the best of its foodie scene at Bloomberg Arcade.
Whether you’re after a quick grab-and-go lunch fix or you fancy ordering in a takeaway, Bloomberg Arcade’s top eateries have reopened and are welcoming guests as part of the Arcade To Go initiative. Choose from some of our favourites, including sizzling Indian barbecue restaurant Brigadiers, all-day dining spot Caravan, burger maestros Bleecker Burger and pizza heroes Homeslice.
BLOOMBERG ARCADE, EC4N 8AR
Skip the four hour plane ride and head over to The Coral Room for a slice of Italian paradise as part of their all-new alfresco ITALICUS Aperitivo experience.
The Coral Room’s outdoor area has been transformed into an Italian haven, bursting with a specially curated cocktail menu. On offer will be five different Italicus cocktails, including the popular Negroni.
Our favourite has to be the May Day spritz, a mix of ITALICUS, gin, apricot honey water and English sparkling wine. It’s almost as good as the real thing.
16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
Whether you’re plant based or not, head on over to the new vegan street food pop-up in Clapham Common. Running until 31st August, plant-based junk food eatery By Chloe and Club Cultured have partnered to bring a fantastic range of vegan dishes.
Choose from the likes of kimchini balls, stuffed with vegan cheese, gochujang, spring onions and homemade kimchi; fried tempeh wings glazed in buffalo sauce and served with maple-butter glazed cornbread; and the delicious grilled quinoa burger.
Head on over to the new vegan street food pop-up in Clapham Common.
50 Abbeville Road, Clapham Common SW4 9NF
If you’re missing your cinema and theatre fix, Battersea Power Station has recently launched its own open-air cinema and theatre experience for all to enjoy over the remaining few summer weeks ahead.
The Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty begins this weekend, and will be running open-air theatre performances from The Turbine Theatre and screening classic and new movies from Dirty Dancing to Stand by Me, Joker to Frozen, courtesy of boutique cinema operator, Archlight Cinema.
This weekend the cinematic experience begins with screenings of Mad Max: Fury Road, Back to the Future and Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. And, next week the theatrical performances will begin with a family-friendly special performance of Horrible Histories. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Running Friday 21st August – Sunday 20th September
Millennials, listen up: God’s Own Junkyard has reopened, meaning you can get snap happy again at their neon filled industrial site.
Expect everything around you to be filled with bright neon colours, endless technicolour signs and fellow millennials snapping up a whole plethora of photos for their Insta feed.
UNIT 12, RAVENSWOOD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SHERNHALL STREET, E17 9HQ
From the team behind the immersive dining heroes Gingerline and Flavourology, The Picnic Hunters Club is the family-friendly alfresco dining experience you’ll want to book into this summer.
The experience will keep the kids entertained, and includes a virtual treasure hunt, a three course foodie picnic, cocktail (for the adults of course) and a socially distanced Games Guide for groups of 2-6. Kids go free and there’s the option to add on a delicious kids’ picnic too.
We’ve teamed up with The Picnic Hunters Club to offer our readers 10% off tickets with code HANDBOOK10. All you need to do is pick the location, date and time of your choosing and head to the checkout.
Running Saturdays and Sundays until the late August bank holiday
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Babyteeth
Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth isn’t just your average coming-of-age narrative. Yes, it’s about two teenagers falling hopelessly in love but as we get to know protagonist Milla’s (Eliza Scanlen) story of suffering and terminal illness, we see beautifully that she’s not only falling in love with a no-good drug dealing boy, Moses (Toby Wallace) but that it’s also a story of her yearning for a lustful and normal life.
Expect to laugh, cry and see the beauty of the world differently through the loveable Milla’s eyes.
In Cinemas Now
Bright Eyes finally return after a whopping nine years. Despite returning with a familiar sound, the same introspective and heartbreaking lyrics, Down in the Weeds Where the World once was, is much more of a deeper outlook on life. The lyrics delve deep into adulthood and its problems, and shows you that angst doesn’t end in your teenage years.
Always a group to reinvent and progress, the album is a perfect continuation of the work that’s been there for fans in times of need.
Release Date: Friday 21st August