From drinking a Negroni to making your vote count, this is how you should be spending your time this week
5-11 June. Negroni Week at Bevis Marks, The Alchemist.
Embrace the spirit of Negroni Week with The Alchemist’s unique take on the Italian aperitivo. Known for putting an unconventional spin on classic cocktails, try the bar’s new edition combining rich and fruity Cocchi Vermouth Di Torina with aromatic Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin, topped, of course, with bittersweet Campari.
8 June. Vote.
The coolest thing to do this week is to vote in the general election. Keep up to date on the polls, manifestos and debates to make your decision and be part of our democracy.
8 June. Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! at Serpentine Gallery, London.
Opening at the Serpentine Gallery this week is a major exhibition from Grayson Perry. From tapestry to ceramics, cast bronze and print, Perry’s new work draws on his interest in masculinity, class, politics, sex and religion in contemporary life. Expect to be shocked, engaged and amused. While visiting, drop into the concurrent exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, showcasing the dynamic practice of cinematographer Arthur Jafa (who has worked with Spike Lee and Solange, to name a few) comprised of films, installations and performances touching on themes of identity and race.
9 June. Dimensions Festival International Series launch party at Patterns, Brighton.
Head to the seafront for the launch party of the seventh Dimensions Festival. It may not be Croatia (fly out on 30 August for the full weekend experience), but the vibrant terrace bar and club Patterns in Brighton is hosting a club debut from DJ Antal, spinning a soulful (some even say spiritual) and diverse selection of records to spark up a festival atmosphere.
8 & 9 June. Snatch screening at Town Hall Hotel, London.
Once the setting for countless films, productions, fashion shoots and music videos, the stunning Town Hall Hotel has now turned things around to host the screening series Town Hall Classics. Staying true to its roots, the hotel will be teaming up with local establishment F Cooke pie shop to keep you fed while you sit back and watch Guy Ritchie’s classic Snatch in true east-end fashion.
9 June. Ace Hotel rooftop.
For the first time Ace Hotel is opening their previous private hire only rooftop to the public for the summer. Anyone who’s been up there before knows what a great find it is and in a city flooded with rooftop bars, this one stands above the rest. From Sunday brunch over a panoramic view of the city to a dinner menu by Hoi Polloi, as well as live DJs transforming the space into a go-to party spot in the night, Ace Hotel is ticking every box.
10 June. Butchery demo at Flat Iron, London.
Vegetarians look away, as Flat Iron opens its kitchen doors for a demonstration in cutting a steak the Flat Iron way. Education aside, arguably the best bit is to follow: a perfectly cooked steak with house salad, chips, creamed spinach or market greens, all for a tenner.
Bar Douro, London.
Under the arches of London Bridge you’ll find the newly launched summer terrace at Bar Douro, just one of the hidden gems in Flat Iron Square. Influenced by Portuguese cuisine, try the restaurant’s contemporary twist on traditional cerveijarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto.
Blonded Radio, Apple Music
If you’ve missed Frank Ocean’s Blonded Radio so far, catch up on the last six playlists to hear tracks from the artist’s eclectic taste – from The Flaming Lips to Erykah Badu. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next episode, as they are always released unannounced.
After Hours at Whitechapel Gallery, London.
A collaborative project between top dining spots 10 Greek Street and 8 Hoxton Square, After Hours is hosted at Whitechapel Gallery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. While the Refectory space transforms into an informal wine bar setting, we suggest making use of the late Thursday evening gallery hours to get a dose of culture before indulging in artisanal charcuteries and cheeses as well as a curated choice of wine and craft beer, adapted monthly.
Ongoing Annabel’s London.
For over 50 years Annabel’s has hosted everyone from royalty to the Hollywood elite. After 52 years in Berkeley Square the members’ club has been relocated and refurbed, moving just two doors down. The venue’s decadence and charm have stayed, as well as the collection of racy drawings and original dance floor, but the £55m revamp has transformed the nocturnal playground into an all-day experience and given it a new lease of life, with restaurants, bars, private dining rooms, a garden terrace, a cigar salon and a spa. Get your name on the list, leave your phone in the cloakroom and make sure you don’t take your jacket off in the most glamorous basement in London.
MEATliquor Dead Hip-PIE
What better collaboration than MEATliquor and Squarepie who have teamed up to create a fusion of the signature Dead Hippie burger and iconic pastry pie. Beef, melted cheese, puff pastry complete with hippie sauce, served with fries or skin-on mashed potato. There are a limited number each day, so get them before they’re gone.