August is a funny time in London. With everyone either firmly ‘OOO’ for four weeks solid, or grumpily wishing they were, it’s certainly not a time when the country’s productivity levels are outreaching expectations. Instead, it’s the month to kick back and make the most of whatever summer the British weather gods have decided to give us. From new season styles you can wear now, to the latest food and drink news in the capital, here’s everything you need to get through the first week of August.
It’s time to get into Ivy League logos
Regular readers may well have noticed that retro sportswear and old school branding have both returned to the fashion landscape this year. But, next season, these trends are set to grow even bigger – see Polo Ralph Lauren’s new collection for proof. Centred around vintage sportswear-inspired pieces, like this varsity cardigan complete with a traditional college crest on its chest pocket, the new season Polo collection is a timely reminder that the trend for retro branding isn’t going anywhere. Layer over a simple white tee and beige pleated linen trousers now for a contemporary take on ‘50s style – and swap your linen trews for dark selvedge denim jeans when it cools down.
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NOMOS Glashütte breaks down borders with Médecins Sans Frontières
NOMOS Glashütte is known first for its super cool minimalist watch designs, beautiful in-house movements and accessible pricing strategy, but that’s not the reason for shining a light on the brand this week. The German watch manufacturer is partnering with international aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (or Doctors Without Borders), which delivers humanitarian aid in more than 70 conflict-affected countries. NOMOS has made a series of limited edition watches to denote the link, all versions of its Tangente and Tetra models featuring a red 12 and supporting MSF markings. It’s pledged to donate £100 (or €100/$100) from the sale of each watch to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organisation, with the goal of raising €1 million. Fantastic watches, fantastic cause.
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Afternoon tea gets a testosterone shot
We all know that afternoon tea’s a Great British institution, but it can at times be a bit fussy. Dainty morsels and pretentious finger sandwiches are all well and good, but there are moments in life when only something altogether more substantial will do. To answer this call, Covent Garden based brewery the Porterhouse Brewing Company has created a contemporary twist on the quintessential afternoon tea right here in London – designed to banish cucumber fingers to culinary purgatory. It’s paired a selection of its craft beers with small plates designed to enhance the flavour profiles of each brew. Available as a trio of light or dark beers, dishes include Porterhouse Pilsner with mini Pilsner battered fish & chips, or the brewery’s famous Oyster Stout served with mini black pudding on Irish soda bread. Say goodbye to rum babas, bring on the mini burgers.
Available between 1-5pm for the duration of the summer. Book here
Unplug with Some Voices
Some Voices, for those who may not know, is one of London’s jazziest amateur choirs. A fun, friendly and community-focussed choir that nonetheless takes singing seriously, it was founded five years ago by three friends and now has over 200 members. The choir’s known for its excellent acoustic sets and this Saturday, it’s taking over South London’s iconic Rivoli Ballroom, the only high Victorian ballroom left standing in the capital. The show’s been designed to ‘sing the stress out of your summer in the city’, with all 200 odd members soothing your troubles away with a well-paced mix of soul, jazz and soft-sounding folk. If you’re in need of a cultural pick-me-up this weekend, we’d heartily recommend you swing by the Rivoli.
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Brunch comes to Ella Canta
Brunch and Mexican food are two things Londoners just can’t get enough of. And now, the smart-thinking team at plush Park Lane Mexican restaurant Ella Canta has brought the two together with their all-new brunch menu. At £45 for three courses and unlimited margaritas (or sparkling wine) brunch at Ella Canta is a journey through the best and brightest of Mexican dishes, all intelligently crafted by chef and founder Martha Ortiz. From scrambled eggs served Mexican style with black beans and maize totopos, to Mexican bread stuffed with slow cooked pork and adobo salsa – a popular hangover cure in Mexico, apparently – the vivid menu is rich in flavours, colours and spirit.
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