Weekend Guide April 1 - 3
And, it’s already the weekend. For those who want to hit the snooze button after last weekend’s partying/drinking/chocolate combo, we’ve got some laid-back activities — an exhibition, a spot of shopping, and some fresh poke. For you other lot, we have a banger of a day party, caviar paired with vodka infusions, gourmet fast food and, our favourite louche counter dining spots. The choice is yours. Enjoy!
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Poolside by Slim Aarons • SAT Sidexside at Tobacco Docks • SUN Whistles Men’s Shop
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Top 5
counter dining spots
1. It’s all about loud tunes, friendly chefs and a bustling counter top at The Palomar

2. For a touch of old school luxe dining, you can’t beat The Ivy

3. Although this branch is bigger than their Frith Street restaurant, lines still form for a seat at
the marble counter at Barrafina Adelaide Street

4. Whether you’re after a meal or a glass of Barolo, try Dean Street Townhouse

5. Perennially packed with people waiting for tables, eating, drinking or freelancing, The Electric’s counter is always bustling.
CITADEL Festival
Sponsored Listing
With Easter out of the way, all thoughts are on festival season. And we like the sound of Citadel. Returning for a second year, the relaxed one dayer in Victoria Park has everything you want from a Sunday, including performances from Sigur Rós, Caribou, Lianne La Havas (to name a few) with stages hosted by Communion in association with DIY and Soundcrash in association with Last.fm. There’s also a wealth of activities including Sunday Papers Live, Feasting, The Park Bandstand, Sunday Sports Day, Comedy Tents, Kids’ Activities and much more. Book now!
Citadel, July 17, Grove Road, Victoria Park, E3 5TB, tickets from £49.50 + BF
Galvin at Windows fast foodPOOLSIDE
Move over dirty burgers, right now it’s all about gourmet fast food by Michelin starred chefs – think posh kebabs at Le Bab by the ex-Gavroche team, April Bloomfield’s Salvation Burger in New York and, joining the fray, Galvin at Windows have introduced a new gourmet fast food menu of hot dogs, cheeseburgers,, Korean fried chicken and custard doughnuts, all done their Michelin way. There are different types of holidaying (backpacking, glamping, luxury), and then, there’s the Slim Aarons’ way: “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”. For those who need a 101 in this type of holidaying, check out Poolside, the new show at the Getty Images Gallery showcasing the work of Slim and his objects: the rich and famous.
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12pm to 12am
Prices vary
22 Park Lane,
10am – 5.30pm
Free admission
46 Eastcastle Street,
Don’t Miss:
Wild Card Brewery & Byrd Out present a charity event in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières
Dance in the name of charity this Saturday at this weekend’s fundraiser for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Taking place at the Grade II-listed Mirth, Marvel and Maud in Walthamstow, there will be ambient electro beats from Dr Alex Paterson (The Orb), hip hop beats from the Scratch Perverts and a charity bar from Wild Card Brewery, all with the aim to raise as much money as possible for Médecins Sans Frontières. So get your dance on and SPEND SPEND SPEND!
Wild Card Brewery & Byrd Out present a charity event in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières, 186 Hoe Street, E17 4QH. Event is free, but donations are encouraged (SPEND!).
ZimaSIDEXSIDE at Tobacco Dock
Just when you think we’ve hit street food saturation (Korean fried chicken, bao buns, hoppers) in comes Russian street food. Thanks to Russia’s beloved chef and TV personality Alexei Zimin, Londoners will be getting to know classic Ruski ingredients such as sturgeon, herring, scallops, crab, venison and, of course, caviar. Drinks wise, it’s all about the vodka infusions (obvs). Carl Cox, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler… just to name a few of the DJs transforming the Tobacco Dock this Saturday for a cannon of a daytime party. The DJs have been told to treat the day as a blank canvas, meaning they’re digging deep into their record collections for a day of forgotten classics and forward thinking collaborations on the decks. The best bit? You can be in bed by midnight.
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All day
Prices vary
45 Frith Street,
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk,
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The Vaults presents R.L.Stine’s Goosebumps Alive
Sponsored Listing
London’s newest immersive experience is about to crawl out from beneath your feet… Step into the haunting world of Goosebumps Alive, a chilling modern update of the 90’s cult horror series. A production from the brains behind Accomplice (Director), Alice’s Adventures Underground (Designer), and The Tiger Lillies (Music), find out what happens when your childhood fears become your adult nightmares. Brilliantly reimagined from the classic tales of R. L. Stine, journey through the dark, abandoned vaults (19 rooms) under Waterloo in this spine-tingling promenade show. Watch your back, or you may just end up buried alive!

Go with friends, go with colleagues, or brave the adventure alone, but leave the kids at home—this is the Goosebumps of grown up fears.
The Vaults presents R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps Alive
Currently booking 6 April – 5 June 2016, The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN. Previews from £25, plus booking fee.
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Whistles men’s shopForest Restaurant and Bar
Redchurch Street has fast become the go-to for men’s standalone boutiques. J.Crew and Club Monaco are already there; now Whistles have opened their first standalone men’s shop on the corner of Boundary and Redchurch Street. Head in for a complete range of clothing, footwear, accessories, and collaborations, the first of which is with minimalist Japanese brand, Buddy. Rest down the yellow shopping bags with a quick trip up to the English countryside. Leaving behind its cabin look for a springtime lick of paint, Forest Restaurant and Bar, on top of Selfridges, is back with botanical prints, natural plants and bright pops of colour. The menu follows suits with fresh, locally grown, foraged ingredients, with an emphasis on British produce.
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Prices vary
11 Boundary Street,
E2 7JE
Prices vary
400 Oxford Street,
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Black Roe Poke bar and Grill
Vibe & Décor
Mayfair, Mayfair, Mayfair: think low lighting, dark hues, and a sultry atmosphere. This is not a restaurant for the sneaker clad – but rather, the suited and booted after-work Mayfairers, first dates, and, well, Hakkasan and Nobu types – and it’s no surprise why, it’s owned by the same people behind the buzzy, well-heeled Chotto Matte in Soho.

Pacific rim freshness. The poke here veers off the traditional path (ahi tuna with seaweed) with, instead, schools of different seafood from scallops and seabass to yellowtail and salmon (with one beef option), mixed with rice and paired with fresh, inventive salsas. Here it’s all about sharing. Navigate through the eight-strong poke list (we suggest getting the sampling platter), before moving to the appetizers without missing the standout grilled scallops with mango quinoa. As far as mains go (all served from the wood grill), the lamb rack with coconut, piquillo reduction was served bloody rare and the cajun blackened seabass with pineapple salsa was smoky, a little bit sweet and fresh. Dessert wise, we tried the Shake and Bake (aka a ‘freakshake’). We weren’t sure about this – points for instagrammability – but we say, keep to the fresher options like yuzu sorbet, which was light and fresh.

Top Tip
Yes, there are a few meat options on the menu, but this restaurant’s USP is fresh seafood, combined with different variations of fresh,tropical salsas. Stick to that. Rack of lamb can be bought anywhere.

A 101 in poke.

Black Roe Poke Bar and Grill, 4 Mill Street, W1S 2AX
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