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  • Ways to celebrate the August Bank holiday

    August bank holiday is upon us and everybody can breathe a sigh of relief. The scorching summer temperatures have been turned down a notch to perfect, and is set to continue, Carnival is back, for the first time in two years, and August bank holiday weekend feels somewhat…normal? This is the last official holiday of the summer, and it’s going to be BIG! So grab your friends, put on your glad rags and seize it with both hands. If you’re not attending Carnival this year, we have rounded up some of the hottest events happening across London for you to attend. West End Drag Brunch at The Folly Sprinkle a little sparkle on your bank holiday with a West End Brunch at The Folly. Featuring some of the best drag queens from West End shows like Kinky Boots and Priscilla Queen of The Dessert! Sit back and enjoy dazzling performances, spectacular vocals, death drops and ample sequins, feathers and sass! Guess will enjoy 90 minutes of bubbles and bottomless cocktails alongside an “unlimited” selection of grazing plates, including fiery slow-cooked pork ribs and smoked aubergine & mozzarella arancini. Sunday 28th August | Tickets from £54.95 | 12pm – 3pm | Book tickets here. Website: https://www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk/the-folly/whats-on/west-end-drag-brunch Saint Lucian Rum Bounty hosts Notting Hill Carnival after party To celebrate the return of the Carnival after two years, Bounty Rum will be hosting after-parties at three renowned local cocktail bars. Held at The Beachcomber Tiki Bar & House of Rhum Agricole, Trailer Happiness and Beach Blanket Babylon. Let the festivities continue into the night whilst you enjoy rum punch and frozen cocktails, DJs and live performers! The hard part will be picking what after-party you want to join! Saturday 27th – Monday 29th Bombay Citron Pressé x Fashion Refresh Masterclass Get your creative juices flowing with the Bombay Citron Pressé x Fashion Refresh Masterclass on Saturday 28th August. Give your garments a new upgrade, inspired by the refreshing and invigorating flavour of the brand’s NEW 100% naturally lemon flavoured Bombay Citron Pressé. Root around in your wardrobe and find your best pre-loved items to upgrade, bring along items such as denim jackets, jeans, T-Shirts or tote bags. If you can’t find any pre-loved items, fear not there will be T-shirts provided by UNIQLO available to jazz up. 28th August at 2pm | Tickets can be purchased here. Seven Dials Market’s Carnival Weekender with Reggae Roast Seven Dials Market is celebrating the return of Carnival, promising to serve up pure carnival vibes this Bank Holiday weekend! Reggae Roast DJ’s will ensure you are entertained throughout the day and while you are there look out for a parade of feathers, masks, glitter, live calypso sounds and of course rum punch and scrumptious cocktails and food! www.sevendials.co.uk Live music sessions at The Nest in partnership with craft spirit, Tidal Rum Treehouse London has partnered up with Tidal Rum to host live music sessions at rooftop bar The Nest, offering spectacular views of London’s iconic skyline. Sip on a Tidal Rum cocktail, kick back and listen to the sweet tunes of Naná Aldrin-Quaye. It’s the perfect way to unwind with friends or enjoy a romantic date with your loved one. Drink highlights include Grapefruit Spritz, Banana Fizz, Deconstructed Mai Tai and The Rocky Pineapple. www.treehousehotels.com House Party In Soho at The Little Scarlet Door The Little Scarlet Door is partying hard all weekend long with resident DJs to keep you on the dance floor all night long, expertly crafted cocktails and lots of good vibes! It’s the flat party you don’t want to miss out on (if you know, you know…) Friday 26th – Monday 29th August | from 2pm – 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4pm – 1am on Sunday & Mondays | Reserve your table here. www.thelittlescarletdoor.co.uk

  • KRAFT Dalston, is hosting pop-up collaboration between Re-considered and Revive

    Calling all London-based conscious fashionistas! This coming Sunday the 28th of August, Dalston’s newest venue, KRAFT Dalston, is hosting pop-up collaboration between Re-considered and Revive, with a focus on ethical, sustainable and upcycled fashion. Running from 12 noon until 6pm, the day will include a fab line-up of workshops and round-table discussions, as well as a pop-up exhibition featuring unique upcycled pieces for sale, created by the two amazing ladies behind two circular fashion brands – Re-considered and Revive. Dreamt up during the COVID lockdowns by founder Tabby Bunyan, Re-considered offers a service reworking pre-loved clothes, to give them a whole new look and feel. The label also has a gorgeous ready-to-wear upcycled collection available online. Revive was founded by Teresa Carmona, who designs beautiful upcycled collections featuring her unique embroidery inspired by her Chilean roots. She also offers a service reviving pieces sent in by her clients. Together the two women sourced unique vintage towels from second hand stores and markets. Tabby then turned them into cute boxy shirts, and Teresa added her hand embroidery bringing a touch of one-off magic to each piece. Interested in learning how to upcycle your own clothes? The Embroidery Workshop will be held from 1pm-3pm, while Rework Your Wardrobe workshop will take place from 3pm-5pm, followed by a panel discussion at 5pm with Tabby, Tamara and the founder of comhla – a new site dedicated to bringing together brands and businesses to help consumers create and curate more sustainable wardrobes. Independent brands German Kraft Beer, Jim and Tonic Distillery and Seoul in a Bottle join forces to offer Modern Korean cuisine, tank-fresh craft beer and sustainable urban gin distilling all under one roof. Written by Lupe Castro Photography courtesy of KRAFT Dalston

  • Marvel partner with Kith for Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary in Selfridges

    In celebration of Spider-Man’s 60th Anniversary, Marvel has partnered with global lifestyle brand Kith to honour Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary, as interpreted through the Kith lens, with a special edition pop-up in London. Opened on 15th July in Selfridges, the pop-up will present a special installation featuring archival artwork captured from six decades of the Super Hero, as well as an apparel collection that shows the evolution of the character and a range of accessories including skateboard decks, iconic posters, hats, and more. Archival artwork from the Spider-Man comics were used to create a collaborative collection of adults and kids’ apparel and accessories to showcase the evolution of the iconic character. The collection features an assortment of specially designed apparel inspired by Spider-Man, including intarsia knit sweaters, cotton fleece hoodies, and a range of vintage washed long sleeve and short sleeve tees. The 16-piece kid’s offering features similar artwork seen on the adult products. The apparel silhouettes include lounge sets, intarsia knit sweaters, hoodies, and tees. The accessories include an assortment of headwear, as well as lifestyle goods such as skateboard decks, posters, and puzzles. As part of the partnership, a new Marvel | Kith Spider-Man 60th Anniversary Comic Book is being released that features an original storyline and previews upcoming unreleased Kith collections. The limited edition comic tells the story of Spider-Man trying to stop Doctor Octopus and his robot army from wreaking havoc on his hometown of New York City, and features cameos from other characters including Iron Man, Tinkerer, and Ronnie Fieg. The Spider-Man pop-up in London be found on the men’s floor in Selfridges and is located at 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB. It will remain open while supplies last. To shop at the pop-up, customers can pick up a wristband from the Duke Street entrance. Written by Lupe Castro Photography courtesy of Marvel

  • Oriole launches new cocktail menu

    Beloved cocktail bar Oriole has unveiled its latest cocktail menu, expanding on the Smithfield cocktail bar’s ethos of travel, exploration and a sense of place. The highly creative menu uses an extravagant mix of ingredients and flavours to reflect the central concepts of The Old World, The New World and The Orient. Sweetly set to a nightly backdrop of live swing, jazz and blues, guests are invited to step inside to experience a sense of travel and exploration, delving into uncharted spaces on the world map through flavour. The new cocktail menu will offer the opportunity to explore the unique flavours and histories of each continent from the heart of the city of London. Alongside the decedent menu of boozy tipples, there will also be a selection of equally creative low-alcohol cocktails. The Oriole team will also celebrate the launch of their latest cocktail menu by hosting takeovers from three of the best bars from across Asia, Europe and The Americas, having already kickstarted at Singapore’s acclaimed Nutmeg & Clove on 15th June. Address: Oriole Bar, E Poultry Ave, London EC1A 9LH Website: www.oriolebar.com Written by Jordan Crowley Photography courtesy of Oriole

  • Ed Sheeran launches a capsule collection in partnership with Lucy & Yak

    Pop icon Ed Sheeran has launched his own fashion range in collaboration with independent clothing brand Lucy & Yak. Inspired by artwork from Ed’s latest album ‘Equals’, Ed Sheeran and Lucy & Yak will feature an exclusive collection of organic items, including a Limited Edition pair of the brand’s signature dungarees. Ed wanted to partner on a collection that brings together his love for his fans, and Lucy & Yak’s iconic designs and sustainability-focused approach; the collection is made of organic cotton, with reversible bucket hats made of deadstock fabric. Adorned with butterfly prints and designs and with a neutral colour palette of ecru and black, the capsule collection comprises organic dungarees, hoodies, tees and a zero-waste bucket hats. Wearable in all seasons, the unisex pieces are made to be enjoyed beyond this summer’s festival fashion, but also into autumn and winter, with a jumper underneath for the ultimate cozy comfort dressing. Ro view the collection visit: www.lucyandyak.com/pages/ed-sheeran Written by Lupe Castro Photography courtesy of Ed Sheeran & Yak

  • London artist Ian Berry has turned over 400kg of clothes into a giant piece of art in Canary Wharf

    Following the introduction of a Swap Station clothes donation bank at Canary Wharf, the area has now unveiled a striking new artwork called Urban Refuge, created by artist Ian Berry, using the second-hand denim donated. World-renowned for his work turning old denim into striking visualisations, Berry selected denim items such as jeans, jackets and accessories from the clothes bank, and then spent six weeks transforming them into a piece of exclusive art. Installed for World Environment Day on June 5th, the piece was made by cutting the denim into the shapes of flowers and plants and then attaching them, one by one, to the base structure of the pergola. Shoppers can stand inside or stroll through the installation, which will sit in Jubilee Place mall until the end of July. The Swap Station allowed shoppers to give their old clothes in return for shopping vouchers from a range of retailers at Canary Wharf. Any of the denim not used for the artwork was collected for Love Not Landfill – a non-profit campaign that encourages fast fashion fans to buy second-hand, swap, recycle and give to charity. In total the charity collected over 400kg of clothes! The Swap Station campaign forms part of Canary Wharf’s ongoing investment in public art and sustainability. Canary Wharf is the UK’s leading sustainable developer and the area’s wider Conscious Consumer initiatives encourage visitors to live, eat and shop locally through sustainable choices, refillable water stations, transport links, extensive green spaces and plastic-free lunch spots. Written by Lupe Castro Photography courtesy of Canary Wharf

  • Interview with Valentina – Founder of LELE’S Bakery

    This week we caught up with Valentina, Founder of LELE’S Bakery. Can you tell us a little about LELE’S Bakery and how it stands apart from other vegan bakeries? I am vegan, and so is my great team. We try to support animals and the environment as much as we can through recycled packaging, selecting local suppliers and cooking what is in season. We only sell quality products that we are proud of, and taste is paramount for us. Where did the idea to start up LELE’S Bakery come from? I started LELE’S after being inspired by the young food sellers I came across whilst working as Marketing Director for Pop Brixton. A loss in the family gave me a fresh perspective and the kick needed to make the move and LELE’S was born. The cookery Vegan school is such a great idea, and the classes are so popular, can you tell our readers what you offer? Mental wellbeing is a cause very close to my heart. With this initiative, I wanted to provide a safe environment for people to come together and learn new skills. I think the pandemic made us feel isolated more than ever, so these classes could be an opportunity for people to socialise and come together. Is there anything exciting you are currently working on? A new series of video recipes that I cannot wait to share on our Instagram page. Best piece of advice you have been given when you first started? No one does anything for free. It taught me to watch out for people who might want to abuse our trust and take advantage of our work, and at the same time, it pushed me to be kinder. I try to challenge that statement every day by being kind and supporting others and not expecting something in return. What would your ideal day in London be like? Lazy morning in bed with a coffee and a paper. Stroll with the dog. A visit to the Tate followed by an ice cream. A bit of shopping in charities shops and independent boutiques. Pizza on the sofa and a glass of vino. To order from LELE’S Bakery visit: https://www.leleslondon.com Photography courtesy of LELE’S Bakery

  • Get your pod on at The International Women’s Podcast Festival

    In case you thought the podcast world has been dominated by men, The International Women’s Podcast Festival is here to change that. Landing at King’s Place, London on the 18th June headline speakers from all over the globe including the BBC, FT, Africa Pod Fest, Earbuds Collective and Ghost Island Media will share their knowledge and expertise with attendees. The event has been curated by Content is Queen, the award-winning podcasting agency and community supporting minority voices. Sessions throughout the day will cover marketing, commercial, production, copyright, news programming and legal issues – giving you inspiration to start or the tools to grow your podcast. No matter what level you’re at, the festival is accessible to all and you can meet established podcasters to learn how they do it. Leanne Ali will deliver the festival keynote – a podcast developer and producer for BBC Sounds Audio Lab, as well as the host and creator of “Coiled” – a documentary podcast on black hair. Other speakers include Moya Lothian McLean, formerly of GalDem Collective and now commissioning editor for Novara Media, Charlotte Williams of SevenSix Agency, renowned music journalist and author Miranda Sawyer, comedian Rosie Wilby and former artistic director of the Southbank Centre Jude Kelly, now founder of the WOW Foundation. You’ll get the chance to take part in a live podcast recording: The Baggage Reclaim Sessions, Beyond the Self with Africa Brooke and multi-award winning Masala Podcast are all recording live at the event so you can get a piece of the action. The Festival is live on the 18th June, tickets are available now on Eventbrite Find out more at https://festival.contentisqueen.org Written by Claire Selby Photography courtesy of The International Women’s Podcast Festival

  • Google Pixel World of Magic at 55 Regent Street

    Launching at 55 Regent Street on 19th May, Google Pixel World of Magic is set to be a one-of-a-kind immersive event like no other, inspired by the new Magic Eraser feature on Google Pixel 6. Feeling the public’s frustration of photo’s being ruined by annoying intrusions, Google have devised the perfect solution. A mind-blowing camera feature, the Magic Eraser can remove any distractions (or unwanted photobombers) in just a few taps. Imagine capturing the perfect beach sunset with no one in it… you’ll be the envy of all your friends! In honour of this, the event will give guests the opportunity to engage with interactive installations and an unexpected photobooth, along with a chance to explore what’s possible when you merge photography with magic. Google Pixel World of Magic at 55 Regent Street will be open Wednesday to Sunday for two weeks from 19th May- 29th May– and will be free to enter. Dates and times: Week 1:  Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st May – 12pm – 8pm Sunday 22nd May – 12pm – 6pm Week 2: Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th May – 12pm – 8pm Sunday 29th May – 12pm – 6pm Address: 55 Regent St, W1B 4DY Written by Jordan Crowley Photography courtesy of Google Pixel World of Magic

  • CapitalKarts is now open at Canary Wharf

    CapitalKarts is now open at Canary Wharf, bragging the UK’s fastest indoor go-karting track. Speed demons, get ready for 800 meters of uninterrupted track to fling yourself around at up to 40MPH. Human Mario Kart? Sign us up. Pros or beginners will love the experience. Thanks to the multiple twists and turns, the 16-driver course is no picnic for either. The karts are eco-friendly too, re-chargeable and sleekly designed (hence the 40mph speeds). Each kart was made in London, especially for CapitalKarts, and has state-of-the-art technology that measures lap time built in so you can track your progress. Sessions vary from 15-minute “Super Sprints” to double that, and the Grand Prix offers a 15-minute practice before a 20-minute race. Did we mention there’s also a winner’s podium and trophy for the fastest on track? BYO champagne! The 80,000 square foot track venue can host more than 16 people naturally, so expect to be invited to some friend and work parties soon. Pay as you go or there’s even an annual membership for the speed demons. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the new Market Halls food quarter. CapitalKarts is to be found at 15 Cabot Square in Canary Wharf and is open 10:30am to 11pm. Find out more or book at www.capitalkarts.com Written by Paul Armstrong Photography courtesy of CapitalKarts

  • Rianna + Nina launches accessories collection at Selfridges

    Selfridges has launched an exclusive, one-of-a-kind collection by sustainable luxury label RIANNA + NINA. Loved by celebrities, conscious fashionistas and free-spirits around the world, RIANNA + NINA’s unique pieces are made using luxury vintage fabrics, reinterpreted into stunning modern designs. Founded and based in Berlin, RIANNA + NINA’s unique concept and creation process reinforces the label’s commitment to sustainability. However, it is the vibrantly colourful designs, with their contemporary flair and one-of-a-kind exclusivity that has really made this label famous. Their extraordinary one-of-a-kind designs, have been worn by the likes of Madonna, Billy Porter, Jared Leto and Rihanna, and have also been featured on hit shows such as ‘And Just Like That…’ and ‘Emily in Paris’. The Selfridges collection features the Bonbon Bag, the Treasure Box and Elasticated Bracelet with Brooches. Made from vintage, 100% silk scarves and handcrafted in Italy, the Bonbon Bag’s each feature an irresistibly bold, one-of-a-kind design that brings together the timeless beauty of diverse global flavours from around the world. The Treasure Box bags are also handmade in Italy using high-end vintage scarves and combine world heritage with traditional craftsmanship. Each piece is different and completely unique, making these bags extremely limited collectable works of art that each tell a different story. The one-of-a-kind Elastic Bracelets are hand-sewn from couture vintage fabric and decorated with vintage brooches from the 1950s featuring rhinestones and decorative gemstones. They can be worn as a cuff, or as an opulent complement over a blouse or dress. All of the internationally-acclaimed label’s one-of-a-kind accessories are crafted by master artisans and are unique and unrepeatable. Written by Lupe Castro Photography courtesy of RIANNA + NINA

  • FREE Bagel Breakfast Block Party – 7th May

    Who doesn’t love free breakfast, especially when it includes a bagel…The New York Bakery Co. ‘Bagel Breakfast Block Party’ is a free London event for all ages, bringing a taste of the Big Apple to East London! The bagel-inspired party will take place on the 7th May at Ely’s Yard in Shoreditch. More people working from home has been a knock-on effect of the pandemic, and research suggests that people are putting a little more care and attention into their most important meal of the day – New York Bakery Co. are here to support that! The New York inspired food event will host immersive experiences and fun for all the family and, most importantly of all, a free fully-loaded bagel for all visitors. Date: Saturday 7th May | Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm Location: Ely’s Yard, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL Book your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-york-bakery-co-bagel-breakfast-block-party-tickets-316595615007 Written by Lenny Wright Photography courtesy of The New York Bakery Co.

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