It’s finally here – the longest-awaited pay day in the history of the world, ever. Money burning a hole in your pocket? Here’s how we’ll be spending ours at London Living this month.
Festivals at the Queen Elizabeth Park
The music industry was buzzing with the news last week that two of London’s large-scale festivals are moving to the Queen Elizabeth Park – right on the doorstep of East Village. It’s a hugely exciting win for East London in general and the Village in particular as huge stars will be performing on our doorstep in this brand new park for London. Last year’s Wireless line-up included some of the world’s biggest stars, including Rihanna and Calvin Harris, while the line-up for Hard Rock Calling has already been announced and includes Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen to name but a few. Get in there early: both events are sure to be a sell out.
Heading to the top of The Shard
The long-awaited Shard viewing platform finally opens its doors tomorrow. Get in early and buy your tickets for the best view around from the tallest building in western Europe. Head up to floors 68, 69 and 72 to see our fair city laid out before you, with 40-mile visibility on a good day. Open from 9am – 10pm, you can see the city morning, noon or night – and once you’re up, there are no time restrictions, so you can gaze over London to your heart’s content. A must-see.
Get yourself on the list now to secure a seat at the elusive Disappearing Dining Club. Based in a secret location behind a clothes shop on Brick Lane, DDC boasts high quality food from head chef Frederik Bolin, described as “elegantly European” by Time magazine. There are only 30 seats available each night, and be prepared to get cosy with your neighbours as there are three huge family-style tables, adding to the unique dining experience. DDC is only on Wednesdays, from 7.30pm. Three courses and a welcome glass of Grey Goose Le Fizz costs just £30. Money very well spent.
Silence at Selfridges
Way back in 1909, Mr Selfridge himself created a Silence Room in London’s iconic department store to allow shoppers some peace and quiet. Over 100 years later, they’ve done it again, with this homage to the wonderful sounds of silence. Turn off your phone and spend a little me time in the Silence Room before – what else? – a well-deserved pay day splurge in The Quiet Shop. Instantly recognisable brands from Creme de la Mer to Marmite have removed their branding in this simple but wonderful shopping experience. We’ve got our eye on the fabulous Striiiipes Suede Lunch Bag, pictured above.
Swanking it up at the cinema
Django Unchained is must-see for pay day weekenders in these sub-zero temperatures. Why not stay away from the sticky floors and sickly sweet popcorn of the high street cinemas and try this secret indie cabin in Shoreditch instead? The Aubin Cinema is tucked away on Redchurch street, in the basement of the Aubin & Wills store. Be sure to book early; the intimate space is all huge sofas and blankets (and a bar of course) and only has capacity for around 40 people at each showing. The perfect second date, in our humble opinion.