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Unwind London is the UK’s first surround-sound meditation experience giving the capital’s wired residents the opportunity to de-stress. Providing a sanctuary in the middle of the city, it’s for anyone in need of some me-time away from the hustle of everyday life. Unwind is a guided meditation experience offering a space to rest, reflect and free your mind. Popping up all over the city in special tucked away locations, from Shoreditch through to Clapham and beyond to Fulham, Unwind is the perfect place to properly relax, including for those new to meditation. Happening on the first Sunday of every month, check the website to see where you can get some secret ‘me’ time…
Longflint brings its artisanal drinks to the East End with a summer residency at Red Gallery on Rivington Street. Founded in east London, these connoisseurs of booze combine handmade tonics, sodas and seltzers with some of London’s finest craft spirits. This pop-up bar promises a cocktail of treats, hosting DJs, maker collaborations and its signature ‘long drinks’. Cheers to that.
1-3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT
Terraza summer sessions
Brindisa Shoreditch is set to host a series of sizzling summer sessions on its outdoor terraza. Expect paella marinera cooking masterclasses, live Spanish guitar, plus gin and spritz tastings with Fentimans tonic. Every Saturday (12:30 – 3:30pm) throughout June and July, experts from Fentimans will be on-hand to lead you through informal tastings, and to mix a selection of cocktails. The team will pair its tonics with a different gin every weekend, including Spanish-made Gin Mare which will be served up in a triple orange spritz with Fentiman’s herbal tonic, mango and peppercorn; and London-based Sipsmiths, which serves its Summer Cup with Fentimans rose lemonade. Al fresco gin palaces are, it turns out, the best kind of gin palaces.
Tickets cost £45, and can be booked via firstname.lastname@example.org; brindisakitchens.com
Served from a fully equipped glossy mobile kitchen in a sleek truck, Schmaltz is a French free-range chicken concept. Its new Schmaltz Makeovers Menu features an array of delicious hearty hot plates, all with personal twists on old classic nostalgic dishes. Expect to chow down on a mouth-watering yellow chicken curry with spiced squash, a chilli chicken with green beans and coconut rice and an old-school schnitzel breast and slaw and confit chicken with fancy mash. As well as refreshing some well-loved classics, the new menu also includes a variety of superfood protein salads with avocado, tenderstem broccoli, petit pois and quinoa. It’s also that rare thing in the city: affordable, given that every dish is a fiver. Find the Schmaltz truck situated on the cusp of the city and Shoreditch in Broadgate Circle.
Schmaltz Truck, Pitch 4, Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS; schmaltzlondon.com