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Spots to watch the Euro final in London – plus pottery, free fish and chips and drinks on a barge


Everything you need to know about in London this week

It’s starting to look decidedly unlikely we will be achieving our beach bodies this summer. But do we care?

Do we care when the reason for maxi-swimwear is free plant-based fish’n’chips, Mediterranean goodies at Bubula, al fresco binging at Barge East, cocktails and maybe brunch at Duchess of Dalston and the whole of the blinking London Restaurant Festival? No we do not care.

We have voluminous beach cover-ups waiting in the wings, extra sparkly ones for the drag brunches down at The Book Club. Oh and forgot to book your seat for the England v Italy Euro 2020 final? No fear! We’ve got the ideas!

Euro 2020 final

The Lucky Club, Mayfair offers cocktails and a big screen (Picture: The Lucky Club)

We may just have a couple of suggestions for you as long as you promise – hand on Three Lions on heart – you will not throw beer in the air Boxpark-style if/when we score goals.

First up is Camden Market’s first ever pub called The Farrier, where, if the lamb scotch eggs don’t take your mind off the game, there’s a big screen.

Or The Lucky Club, a hidden cocktail bar in Mayfair with an extensive espresso martini menu and even more extensive screen. Oh, no, you’re welcome.

Camden Stables Market, London NW1

56 Davies Street, London W1

Moving Mountains

Try a free chippie tea with a plant-based twist (Picture: Kennedy’s of London)

Want some free fish‘n’chips? Of course you do. But there’s a catch (fishing-based pun unintentional). Or is it a catch? Maybe it’s a boon.

Well, that’s how we choose to see the fact that plant-based foodies Moving Mountains are now working with legendary chippie Kennedy’s of London on the brand new Fish Fillet. Only it’s not fish!

So, no cruelty, no environmental damage (we’ve seen Seaspiracy, we know what goes on) and all the taste and comfort of a regular chippie tea!

As for the free bit, they’re giving away 200 serves, so you can see what all the fuss is about… on them! Lashings of salt and vinegar with ours, please.

Today July 8, from 1pm, 169 Whitecross Street, London EC1

London Restaurant Festival

Expect to eat your way around the city for London Restaurant Festival (Picture: Alex Maguire)

A restaurant festival? A festival with no mud, no loud music, no filthy bathrooms and lots of food and drink? Sign us up! Especially for the Wimbledon finals at The Melusine in St. Katharine Dock and the Jose Pizarro tasting menu with views of Canary Wharf.

We’re also well up for Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Helene Darroze at The Connaught and Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley especially as everything will be awash with the London Restaurant Festival partner Moët Hennessy.

Actually, sign us up for the lot of it, we can handle it. The only things we won’t be able to eat our way through are those events exclusively for Amex Centurion Cardmembers… unless we can bag ourselves one. Don’t put it past us.

Various locations, until July 31

Sculpd

You could end up with something like this (Picture: Sculpd)

Ever been to the British Museum to look at the Greek vases and thought, ‘I could do that!’? No?

Well, even if you haven’t had that thought, you could still turn in a pretty decent Greek vase (perfect presents!) thanks to Sculpd and their online Greek-style vase-making workshop.

And you don’t even need to put it in the oven! All you do is order up your Sculpd dry clay and go online to join – and enjoy! – the entirely free masterclass then end up with a thing of beauty and a joy forever. At your mum’s house.

They’ll take any old rubbish as long as you made it. Not that it’ll be rubbish with expert help, you understand.

July 14 (next Wednesday), tickets from eventbrite.co.uk

Bubula

Bubula has Middle Eastern influences (Picture: Rebecca Hope)

‘If you love vibrant Mediterranean dishes, Bubula will be your East End sweetheart,’ said food critic Jay Rayner, who clearly knows his food. So we thought we’d try and the old duffer actually has a point.

Head Chef Helen Graham has a simple concept: two set menus, one veggie, the other vegan. Take it or leave it.

With Middle Eastern influences you can expect labneh, confit garlic, za’atar (we don’t know what that is either but we like the sound of it), oyster mushroom skewers, fried aubergine, halloumi with black seed honey and tahini, date and tangerine ice cream to finish.

Now if that doesn’t sound to die for, we don’t know what does.

65 Commercial Street, London E1

Drag Brunch

The Book Club is offering new brunch options (Picture: The Book Club)

God bless the concept of the drag brunch, getting lazy-bones drag queens out of their make-up-smeared beds hours before they would usually shake a leg and keeping them in gainful employment even in these hard times.

And there’s no better ticket than the brunch at The Book Club, where you get a welcome cocktail, a two-course pizza brunch – savoury pizza then sweet! – bottomless Prosecco plus bingo games, lip-syncs, party tunes, prizes, surprises… and drag queens.

The dress code? Dress To Kill. As if we’d set foot outside the house any other way! We might even turn up again on the Sunday for the No Sleep Brunch Club!

Every Saturday, 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2

The Duchess of Dalston

Grab a drink at the Duchess of Dalston (Picture: The Duchess of Dalston)

Now this is news to us. We thought we were the Duchess of Dalston… well, that’s how we behave after we’ve had a couple. But apparently not.

It is in fact the brand new cocktail bar from the award-winning team behind Callooh Callay, which is basically bartender Nazarath Rodriguez, whose concoctions we can highly recommend if not quite remember (well, we get thirsty in cocktail bars).

But it’s not just cocktails. There will also be weekend brunch activity, in-house events from drag queens to jazz quartets and no doubt a very vibrant and diverse crowd – well, we are talking Dalston. And it’s all about the booths. And we do love a booth.

392 Kingsland Road, London E8

Barge East

An al-fresco dream come true at Barge East (Picture: Jonathan Perugia)

One of the Slice team’s favourite spots in the whole of glittering London, Barge East is tricky to describe.

It’s a barge, like a floating restaurant-type affair, but it’s set in lovely gardens so it’s an al fresco dream come true, big enough for 300 or so, with views across the canal and everything. Lovely it is.

Grab yourself a cocktail or a beer or a wine, choose some street food or go for one of Head Chef Stefan’s Camplone’s new flatbread concepts with ingredients selected from his very own on-site garden!

We recommend the bacon and sage scotch egg or the crispy mushroom burger with deep-fried apple tart to finish up. But you have what you like. You’re paying.

River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, London E8

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