Avocado gelato, milkshake cocktails and a museum dedicated to the frozen stuff; ice cream is a pretty big deal. Here’s what’s going on for National Ice Cream Day this weekend
London hotspots and limited edition treats from National Ice Cream Day
World-famous gelato brand Grom opened its first London site this summer bringing its high-quality, all-natural gelato, sorbets and granit to the hungry mouths on Piccadilly Circus. With sites in over 40 cities worldwide, Grom has amassed quite the following. Fans will be pleased to find all classic flavours in this London spot, including stracciatella, fior di latte, and pistachio.
This month, Ladurée has set up camp in Burlington Arcade with a treasure trove of exquisite treats. From a parked-up ice cream cart, just inside the Piccadilly entrance, they’ll be serving delicious scoops of Parisian deliciousness, alongside an Insta-worthy temporary exhibition made entirely of paper flowers.
Berber & Q Shawarma Bar have joined forces with Happy Endings to create a guest ice cream Sundae which will be on the Shawarma Bar menu in Exmouth Market for the next month. The Peach Sundae features roasted peaches, freeze-dried lychees, almond meringue and crispy peach skin. Perfect for this glorious weather.
Just when we thought Britain’s infatuation with avocado was on the way out, Tabasco® has gone and turned it into a bloody delicious dessert. They’ve teamed up with Nonna’s Gelato to create the UK’s first Avocado Toast flavoured gelato for National Ice Cream Day. The mouth-watering creamy avocado flavour with a subtle kick of TABASCO® Green Sauce is served in a mini brioche bun and is one of three limited-edition flavours that have been developed specially to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Tabasco® Sauce.
In celebration of National Ice-Cream Day, modern steakhouse STK London is shaking it like a Polaroid picture with the launch of their very own milkshake cocktails. The Mojito Honey Shaketail and the Coco Menta Shaketail have been created in collaboration with Cheers Ice Cream, the premium alcohol ice cream makers who use their own secret recipe to create mouth-watering frozen treats.
Shoreditch-based startup MiiRO has launched a range of raw chocolate ice cream pops that are the perfect vegan treat on a hot summer’s day. Made with frozen coconut milk and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and Italian grapes, each luxurious Magnum-shaped treat is coated in a thick layer of nutrient-dense raw cacao and contains no refined sugar, no preservatives or artificial flavourings. So you know, it’s fine if you eat two…or 12. We’re not judging.
Tell Your Friends, the vegan restaurant from sisters Lucy and Tiffany Watson has joined forces with Jude’s ice cream to create the perfect plant power ice cream sundae. It’s made with Jude’s vegan coconut and chocolate ice cream and topped with a date caramel sauce, vegan chocolate chips, vegan marshmallows, fresh berries and edible flowers. £1 from the sale of each sundae will go to the sisters’ chosen charity, Animal Hope and Wellness.
The ‘Tell Your Friends’ X Jude’s ice cream vegan sundae will be available to enjoy at the restaurant from Tuesday 17 July until Friday 17 August, RRP £7.50.
Make a day of it…
SCOOP: A WONDERFUL ICE CREAM WORLD
At this dedicated museum from Bompass & Parr, visitors will explore the past, present and future of ice cream in total sensory immersion – one where you can taste the savour of centuries. Featuring highlights from the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia from Victorian ice cream moulds to an Andy Warhol print (Warhol was a known ice cream lover), SCOOP is the ultimate summer day out for frozen treat fanatics.
For the fashionable gym-goer, HPE Clothing solves the age-old struggle between quality and style when it comes to buying fitness attire
Words Helen Brown
WHAT IS HPE CLOTHING?
Performance and style unite to create a winning combination in sport-fashion brand HPE Clothing. Founder Nick Harris has worked closely with some of the world’s leading athletes, including Formula 1 world champions, Grand Slam-winning tennis players and Major-winning golfers. Combining advanced fabric technology, thoughtful tailoring and stylish design, HPE (Human Performance Engineering) Clothing is designed to withstand the rigours of intensive training, while maintaining optimal comfort and enhancing performance.
The new subscription box service from HPE Clothing allows you to create an enviable collection of luxurious activewear that is delivered directly to your door. Available for both men and women, customers can choose from a wide array of the brand’s most popular designs and colourways, while benefitting from significant savings on signature styles and bestselling products.
A one-off women’s box retails at £160, and £110 for men, including free postage & packaging and returns Annual subscriptions start at £110 per box for women and £85 per box for men.
Looking to get away? These up-and-coming luxury resorts are destined to top any travel hot list. Here are the best new hotels to look out for this year…
Best new hotels opening this year
THE LEGIAN SIRE, LOMBOK
Newly formed luxury hospitality and lifestyle brand LHM (Legian Hotel Management) is set to build on the iconic reputation of its grande dame hotel The Legian Seminyak, Bali with The Legian Sire, Lombok. Located on one of Lombok’s finest beaches – Sire Beach – the all-suite and villa resort will have staggering views towards the Gili islands, Bali’s Mount Agung and Lombok’s Mount Rinjani. It’s set to make one of Lombok’s most impressive and most luxurious design statements, with architecture headed up by Indonesian talent Putu Edy Semara.
Sunset Tower, one of Los Angeles’ most iconic hotels, will complete a major multi-million-dollar transformation this summer. The hotel has been an exclusive hub for the Hollywood elite since opening its doors in 1931. Today, the hotel has been lovingly restored to maintain its true character without losing its sense of history. The updated design will reveal elegant, stylish new interiors, a beautifully designed Terrace Bar, a fresh outdoor terrace and swimming pool, plus 7,000ft2 fitness and wellness area and spa. The chicest and most welcoming room in town – The Tower Bar and Restaurant – will remain untouched.
University Arms is a landmark hotel located in the historic centre of Cambridge which first opened in 1834 as the city’s original hotel. Following a £80m transformation, the iconic hotel is set to reopen this summer with 192 beautiful and playfully designed new hotel rooms and suites, each complete with an individual library. Each guest will have the pleasure of experiencing the new destination restaurant Parker’s Tavern. Chef Tristan Welch has created a menu for Parker’s Tavern which is entirely British and underpinned by Cambridge and East Anglian producers. Seasonally changing, the menu is “as unpredictable as mother nature”, heritage-inspired and flamboyant.
The storied history of Champagne will take on another dimension this month with the launch of the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa. The hotel will make its debut as the destination’s first contemporary luxury hotel, which embraces the lush bounty of the wineries and the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will have exclusive access to private Champagne houses, harvesting sessions with local wine producers and tastings with Champagne producers. The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa boasts an enviable location, situated right in the middle of the vineyards that stripe the hills of Epernay and the historic villages of Champillon and Hautvillers of Dom Perignon fame. Each of the 49 rooms and suites affords spectacular views of the Champagne valley, appointed with Hermès amenities and state-of-the-art comforts.
SIX SENSES ALL-SUITE AND VILLA RESORT, BALI
The ever-expanding Six Senses will open a resort in the southwest of Bali at Uluwatu, atop a rugged cliff with spectacular ocean views. Drawing upon the renowned Six Senses commitment of providing top-tier facilities wedded to environmental responsibility, the resort and spa has been brilliantly designed to include 28 Sky Suites, 62 one-bedroom villas and seven two-bedroom villas that draw upon the local culture, embrace nature and offer every creature comfort. Two restaurants, a pool bar, a speciality restaurant with Chef’s Table, cooking school and extensive organic gardens are also planned, while the spa will feature locally-inspired treatments together with an extensive menu of signature Six Senses therapies.
Six Senses Hotels and Resorts is expanding to an exciting island location in Cambodia, a country steeped in history and re-emerging onto the world stage of exotic destinations. Six Senses Krabey Island is comprised of 40 pool villas set around the naturally landscaped 30-acre island. A short water taxi will transfer guests to the resort which comprises private pool villas with individual plunge pools, decking, and mini wine cellars. Snacks, refreshments and light meals are served poolside, and a deli complete with an ice cream parlour is also planned. An elevated bar will offer the choice of stunning views out to the sea or a cosy sunken area in which to relax and enjoy evening libations.
SILVERSANDS GRENADA, GRAND ANSE BEACH
Silversands will introduce a new way to experience Grenada, the Spice Island of the Caribbean. The first major resort project to open on Grand Anse Beach in 25 years, the resort will include 43 spacious suites, as well as nine Hillside and Beachfront villas for purchase with Grenadian citizenship included. The sleek property will be anchored by a stunning 100-metre pool – the longest in the Caribbean. Guests and villa owners will enjoy access to The Silversands Spa, a barefoot chic beach club, Grenadian Grill and Asiatique, a Thai restaurant drawing on Grenada’s reputation as “the Spice of the Caribbean.”
This weekend in London is another one of sport with plenty on for the finals of Wimbledon and the 2018 World Cup. But for anyone not-so into the short shorts and tennis whites, here are a few other cultural nuggets to check out…
Words Helen Brown
Things to do this weekend in London
Hyper Japan is back this summer bringing the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Japan to the capital. With sake tasting, fashion stalls, karaoke, exhibitions, a food festival and creative workshops to experience, Hyper Japan is the ultimate event for those eager to get a taste of this most intriguing and intoxicating travel destination.
Today’s society is filled with constant pressure and self-doubt. In a summer takeover at The Book Club, London-based artist and designer, Kelly Anna will explore the dichotomy between external forces – work, relationships, social media – and our own internal strength with her strong use of colour, bold graphics, witty slogans and powerful figures.
This solo exhibition of work by master illustrator John Vernon Lord features his extraordinary work for five books by Lewis Carroll and James Joyce. From Finnegan’s Wake to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses, his pen and ink drawings are rich with pattern, metaphor and codes, displaying a rare obsession with detail.
Indirect Sunlight is an immersive sculptural garden installation by Glasgow-based artists Laura Aldridge and James Rigler. Set to transform NOW Gallery into a rural retreat, the exhibition draws nature inside, inviting visitors to discover an unexpected garden space for contemplation and calm.
New York BBQ legends Fette Sau and pioneers of beer Brooklyn Brewery are joining forces at Hackney’s modern marketplace, Mare Street Market this weekend to launch the Brooklyn BBQ – a weekend of unrivalled meat-feasting and beer drinking. The beer and brisket will be celebrated with an exclusive nine-piece menu that includes pork ribs coated in a homemade dry rub blend, smoked meat-flavoured Burnt End Baked Beans and Pork sausage links with chilli and apricot BBQ sauce. Meat sweats expected.
This month, Market Hall Fulham launched a brand new brunch menu and it’s as drool-inducing as you’d imagine. Available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 3pm, all of the new brunch dishes have been created exclusively for Market Hall Fulham, with highlights including Butchies‘ Fried Buttermilk Chicken, Smashed Avocado, Fried Egg & Sriracha Toasted English Muffin, and Fanny’s “Avo’bab”, featuring avocado, feta, pomegranate, tomatoes, red peppers, mint, and coconut yoghurt seasoned with Middle Eastern spices. But the best bit? The Bloody Mary Toolbox comes with all the ingredients necessary for you and your table mates to mix up the perfect pick-me-up. There will be a Bloody Mary Masterclass hosted by Our/London on the 28 July, for those who’ve not quite nailed it by the time brunch is over.
An Art’otel Hoxton development means that Last Days of Shoreditch really is on its way out. In its current spot, anyway. The hub became a pioneer in the area eight years ago with an original idea of mixing street food with art, family-friendly events and night-time culture, and has grown in popularity each year. But fear not; curators are on the hunt for a new home for the next edition, and there is still time to enjoy The Enchanted Garden – which is this year’s theme – and all the food, fun and frivolity it brings, until it closes on 29 July.
Head Chef Tristan Welch of Parker’s Tavern shares his simple summer recipe for mussels in a decadent Champagne sauce; perfect for impressing dinner party guests with
Recipe Tristan Welch
An easy but elegant summer recipe to try at home
1 kg fresh mussels
1 dessert spoon of unsalted butter
1 clove garlic crushed
1 shallot finely diced
1 bottle of good quality Champagne
200ml double cream
1 tbsp crème fresh
A selection of wild coast line herbs washed and roughly chopped (sea purslane, sea aster, samphire, sand wort)
To prepare the mussels, pull away the beard from the side of the shell and remove anything else that may be stuck to the shell with the back of a knife. It’s import to look out for any open ones. If they do not close when you give them a little tap, discard them.
Heat the unsalted butter in a large saucepan, add the garlic, shallots and bay leaf. Cook over a medium heat until the shallots are soft, sweet and translucent.
Now open the bottle of Champagne and have a glass!
Bring the pan up to a very high heat and add the prepared and washed mussels and a couple glasses of Champagne, then cover with a lid and allow the mussels to steam for a few of minutes.
Once the mussels have opened remove the lid and keep cooking on a high heat, pour in the double cream, crème fresh and mix well, let reduce for a couple of minutes.
Finish with the freshly chopped wild herbs, then serve with the rest of the Champagne and crusty bread.
As the final draws nearer and England continues to deliver, we’ve rounded up the top spots to watch the World Cup in London. Football fan or not, the nail-biting semi-final is something you do not want to miss…
Words Paola Peralta
The best places to watch the World Cup in London
LAST DAYS OF SHOREDITCH
This east London pop-up favourite is the ultimate and all-encompassing space playing host to incredible DJs, karaoke and one of the biggest World Cup screens in London. Expect delicious food from Smokey Tails, Cheeky Burger and Crust Bros, plus a slide and a ball pit. Instagram boomerangs at the ready.
Marry your love of Indian food, tasty drinks and sport at Brigadiers. Cheer on England in one of their exclusive viewing rooms where they’ll be showing both the World Cup 2018 semifinals and (fingers crossed) the final.
Along with three screens for live sport, ping pong and soul food, this Scandinavian bar offers a fine selection of beers, wines and exclusive vodkas – if you can’t be in Russia, you might as well drink like you are.
With screens both inside the bar and outside on the terrace, the Grafton Arms is the ideal location for West-Enders looking to watch the World Cup in London. Their platters and small plates make perfect sporting snacks.
Football fans can properly immerse themselves in the game day festivities at this west London favourite. Watch the match from anywhere in the pub, thanks to the giant projector in the centre and a number of screens around the venue. Celebrate with friends and family and order one of their Game Day Platters, fit to feed an entire football team.
The Marksman has not only provided the perfect space to watch the World Cup in London, they’ve also created an entire World Cup-inspired menu along with enough cold beers to satisfy even the rowdiest of fans.
Die-hard football fans can reserve front row seats at the Joiners Arms, while not-so-serious supporters can settle into a booth, tuck into a variety of food and drinks and enjoy an unbeatable atmosphere.
Looking for a place to watch the World Cup in Clapham? The Alexandra is a friendly pub showing all the action on a large screen. With multiple Sky and BT sports channels, it’s one to add to your little black book for all future sporting events.
Absolutely meets with DW Fitness First’s very own Hannah Bright to learn all the secrets to getting a strong core this summer.
Words Helen Brown
WHY IS CORE STRENGTH IMPORTANT?
Our core is the foundation for every movement and a strong core helps with balance and stability. We use our core without even realising when we perform every day activities, from lifting shopping into the car to pushing a trolley around the supermarket – and of course our core is fundamental to all lifts within the gym. Focussing on your core muscles and building them to be stronger will allow you to lift heavier and progress further with your fitness goals.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SIMPLE EXERCISES FOR A STRONG CORE?
Body weight exercises are great and easy to do at home. My favourites include V-tucks, Russian twists, lying leg raises, supermans and the plank. In the gym, I would suggest cable crunches, the pall of press and hanging leg raises.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN TWO OF THESE?
V-tucks: Start sitting and lean back slightly with your knees bent in front. Lift feet off the ground and extend legs forwards while lowering your upper body backwards, keep the core engaged. Return back to the starting position, keeping feet off the ground and repeat.
Plank: In a pushup position, put your forearms on the ground with your elbows lined up with your shoulders. Create a straight, strong line from head to toes
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO TO FEEL CONFIDENT THIS SUMMER?
Get some guidance on the right diet for your body. You can spend hours exercising but if you’re not eating correctly you won’t see the results. Stay hydrated. Posture can make a massive difference; stand tall and walk confidently.
How blue became the colour of choice for all the coolest kitchens
Blue, in all its various guises, has been making its mark on the kitchen and Mark Taylor Design has been leading this trend.
With the huge variety of hues to choose from, blue works incredibly well in classic and more modern homes, either as an accent or as a statement base colour. Mark Taylor explains: “People are becoming more adventurous with their kitchen design as they look to inject more personality into their home, which has led to clients embracing darker colours such as blue in the kitchen.”
The beautiful kitchen is painted in Little Greene’s Basalt, a rich, dark shade that enhances the classic styling of the in-frame furniture. “Darker colours can create a warm atmosphere in a kitchen, both in the daytime and once the sun has gone down,” continues Mark.
Ensuring that a colour doesn’t overpower the room and works harmoniously with other elements is key and is something that Mark Taylor Design’s experienced team excels at. “Light coloured worktops in materials such as Calacatta marble can provide a striking contrast against deeper, darker blues and can help to keep a space feeling light,” advises Mark. “Alternatively, a pale blue kitchen with a light marble work surface can feel cold, so introducing warm materials, such as brass or copper, into a design can bring a real sense of luxury and warmth to a space.”
Bespoke kitchens, excluding appliances and surfaces, by Mark Taylor Design start from £30,000. Mark Taylor Design has been at the forefront of kitchen design for over two decades, cultivating trends that transcend time and enhance the beauty of their clients’ homes.
How a London semi became more than the sum of its parts
Words Eve Herbert
Nimtim architects were approached to create a new side and rear ground floor extension to a mid-20th century semi-detached house in Lambeth. The extension had to resolve a number of existing issues at the property including extremely unstable ground conditions, poor access to the garden and severe overlooking from adjoining neighbours as well as a newly-built block of apartments at the back of the garden.
The garden is generous and beautiful and the most important part of the property for the client. The intention was to connect house and garden visually, materially and spatially with the new addition. One of the key moves was to introduce a change of level internally, which helped connect down to the garden level but also introduced an element of drama, allowing occupants to look over the whole garden as they entered the living space.
The additions include a rear and a side extension and these are tied into the renovated existing garage to read as a single form externally that wraps around the original house. The external walls of the extension are finished in a pale pink, textured render relating to but also consciously different to the finish on the existing house.
Inside the new living space – which spans existing and new structures – large glazed pivot doors frame the garden and allow the space to be opened to the outside in summer. To one side, a large picture window onto the garden is framed by deep timber mullions that provide privacy and reduce overlooking from the neighbours defining a more private and reflective area within the main space. A slot roof light over the kitchen and a glazed roof to the side extension flood the new space with natural light.
‘The existing situation at the rear of the house was pretty dreadful with terrible overlooking from a number of sides and chronic movement in the ground around the house and its existing conservatory. The addition had to solve all of these issues but we also wanted it to feel like a natural response to the house and its context – like it might always have been there’
Internally the materials are natural and earthy – again connecting to the garden; the walls use a finer textured version of the external render. The exposed timber structure of the roof draws the eye to the timber louvres and the garden beyond. The terracotta tiled floor allows a soft demarcation between inside and out. The angles of the steps, side roof and internal structures allow individual areas to assert their own identity and character while still operating together as a cohesive space. Crucially wherever you stand within the space you are afforded generous views of the garden. Finnish plywood coated in a white translucent surface is used for the kitchen cabinetry. An Italian marble with veins of rust running through a grey/ white background was chosen for the kitchen worktops and island picking up the earthy tones of the walls and floors.
Translating art into flooring is Knots Rugs’ latest challenge
Words Pearl Boyd
Knots Rugs is celebrating a decade in the industry with a new partnership that translates art into wool. Three rising stars from the art world – Michal Cole, George Morton Clark and Arthur Lanyon – created artworks that have been reworked in hand-knotted wool without losing their intricacy. These contemporary pieces are produced in Nepal and Jaipur using the best quality Tibetan highland wool, Bikaner wool, Chinese silk and nettle.
Knots Rugs adapted the artists’ works into the most painterly of floor coverings. George Morton Clark’s At The End of the Day work was enlarged and reimagined into a vivid gallery-worthy floor piece. Michael Cole’s After Caravaggio was translated into another showstopper. Cole’s twist on modern art with an old master feel seemed in line with Knots’ own synthesis of heritage with modern flourishes. Meanwhile Arthur Lanyon’ Blue Fin brushstrokes were recreated in 200 knot quality with a total of 39 colours, culminating in abstract modernist pieces.
Knots Rugs have a variety of plans in store for the rest of 2018, including partnerships with other makers, designers and even London museums. The brand has made waves in the international furniture market for its craftsmanship, innovation and the technique of reworking floor coverings for the modern consumer.