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5 August 2020
Fendi Peekaboo Pop-up Bar
Recognisable its ladylike top handle and twist lock-fastening, the Fendi Peekaboo bag has been an enduring icon of the Italian fashion house since its debut in 2009. Each season brings fresh colourways and embellishments, as well as playful charms and add-ons. All of these can be explored at the new Travelling Fendi Peekaboo bar, which is popping up on Bond Street throughout August. Customers are invited to prop up at the gold-rimmed glass counter and customise their own Peekaboo tote, selecting from various materials including calf and patent leather. Choose from 25 handle designs, ranging from plexi leather to glitter finishes, and seven variations of the detachable strap.
Price: Peekaboo bags start from £290
When: until 6 September
Location: 141 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2BS
Nearest station: Bond Street / Green Park
Victoria & Albert Museum reopens
Hurrah, the V&A is reopening once more – albeit with restricted hours. The world-famous museum is operating from Thursday to Sunday, from 11am until 3pm during the month of August. Visitors can wander the lofty Cast Courts and Sculpture galleries, as well as the permanent Fashion and Renaissance rooms. Exhibitions, including Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, will recommence from 27 August.
Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7
Nearest station: South Kensington
Sumosan Twiga's Saturday party brunch
For those seeking an afternoon of escapist glamour and revelry, Sloane Street's upmarket Sumosan Twiga is relaunching its weekend party brunch series. Tuck into a split menu of Italian and Japanese fare, accompanied by live DJs, dancers and performers. Sumosan Twiga is owned by Flavio Briatore, who has nightclubs in Monaco and Dubai. Brunch goers are often dancing on tables by mid-afternoon, before continuing the party in the downstairs lounge.
Price: £55 per person (excluding drinks)
When: every Saturday, 1-6pm
Location: Sumosan Twiga, 165 Sloane Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 9QB
Nearest station: Sloane Square
Harrods beauty consultations
While many beauty counters remain closed, Harrods is now offering one-to-one private video consultations to showcase new skincare and beauty products. Those booking with Clé de Peau Beauté will also enjoy complimentary deluxe samples with any purchase transaction placed over the phone. In January, Harrods completed a three-part, year-long refurbishment of its Beauty Hall, which is now one of the biggest and best in the world. It is the exclusive London stockist for Clé de Peau Beauté, presented alongside a roster of brands including La Mer, La Prairie, Sensai, RéVive, Dr Barbara Sturm and Decorté.
Saturday Supper at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
While not yet fully operating as it once was, the beloved Bourne & Hollingsworth is reopening its doors in Clerkenwell for a weekly supper service. A four-course, rotating set menu has been designed to support small and local producers, accompanied by seasonal cocktails. Positioned on the corner of Exmouth Market, the expansive Bourne & Hollingsworth brassiere is peppered with House of Hackney floral fabrics and hanging greenery.
Price: £50 per person, including four courses and a welcome cocktail
When: every Saturday
Location: 42 Northampton Road, Farringdon, London EC1R 0HU
Nearest station: Farringdon
Book now for Regent Park's Open Air Theatre
Open Air Theatre is often one of the most anticipated events on London's summer calendar. We are therefore delighted that it will return for a six-week run during August, presenting a contemporary new rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Capacity has been downsized from 1,256 guests to just 390 seats, in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, so tickets are likely to go quickly. Theatre-goers can also look forward to outdoor comedy nights, including Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand.
Price: from £25 per person
When: from 14 August 2020
Location: Regents Park, NW1 4NU
Nearest station: Baker Street