The A-List: what to do in London this week?

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// REOPENING //

The roof of Dorchester

It may only be in its second glorious year, but the opening of the Dorchester Rooftop already signifies the official start of the summer season, and we couldn’t be more excited. With restrictions, lockdowns and masks just a hazy memory, it’s time to relive the good times – and where better to start than in this chic sunbathing above the crowds, where the city sparkles in the distance and the Veuve Clicquot is still on ice? While the hotel is being renovated, everyone is on deck to ensure that it is an unforgettable summer on the roof: think of the three-star Michelin service offered by Alain Ducasse’s team, the drinks of Mediterranean inspiration concocted by the legendary Giuliano, Dorchester- worthy luxury finishes and the occasional live band or DJ set to help keep things going. The good vibes start at noon and continue late into the night, as languorous lobster-filled lunches turn into sunset appetizers, dinner parties, endless cocktails and, more often than not, a fabulous dance floor. in neighboring Mayfair. If it hadn’t been for the occasional gusts of wind or raindrops, you could almost convince yourself that you were on an elegant island in the middle of the Mediterranean. Now if only there was a pool…The roof of Dorchester

// DRINKS //

Eve Bar

Downstairs at Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden, there’s a secret bar rocking with the kind of life we ​​haven’t really seen since pre-pandemic times. It’s called Eve Bar, and the effervescence of the crowd could well be due to the “V”, the new devilishly good menu they have just started serving here. Inspired by Handling’s favorite drink and Eve Bar’s signature Perfect Manhattan, the menu revolves around five key ingredients: agave, grains, juniper, malt and corn, and sugar cane. The creations are refined and technically impressive, but not lacking in an infectious sense of fun. Discover the Brusketta Martini, a combination of sourdough vodka, Ginepraio gin, tomato, rosemary and brine. Or try the Cereal Killer, a creamy evocation of breakfast made with 15 Bulleit bourbon, rum, malt, coconut, vanilla and feuilletine. Very good fun indeed. Eve Bar

// BEAUTY //

Duck & Dry

Chris Orange

If you’re looking for a quick blow-dry before the party, fabulous hairstyles, or festival-ready braids (all done in the time it takes you to knock down a glass or three of prosecco), then Duck & Dry is the salon for you. While the lavish interiors and trendy backlit egg stalls are enough to draw you in, it’s the classy clientele that jump through the doors with lavish locks that really sell the place. Whether it’s during your lunch break or before a drink on the town, you can guarantee a perfect finish in just 45 minutes. VFTop tip: Bring a few girlfriends before a night out on the tiles, because getting glam surrounded by a slew of make-up mirrors and selfie lights while sipping prosecco and listening to ABBA at full blast is seriously fun to dodge. Duck & Dry

// APPEAR //

Chet’s at La Cave

There’s always something great going on food-wise at the various The Hoxtons around the world, but La Cave de Holborn is in a league of its own. Hidden beneath the ever-bustling hotel, it’s a dark, cavernous haven of natural wines with its own incubator kitchen showcasing the hottest culinary concepts of the moment – and its new residence is one of the most exciting so far. day. Kris Yenbamroong is the mastermind behind NIGHT+MARKET restaurants in Los Angeles, which have become cult favorites for their epic combination of Thai cuisine and natural wines in an ultra-cool, laid-back atmosphere. And now he’s set his sights on London with a menu of American-Thai mash-ups at Chet’s. Fans of either cuisine will be horrified at first to find classic dishes such as garlic bread, hot dogs and burgers with a fragrant and beautifully spiced Thai twist, and any Italian visitor might just have a heart attack at the mere sight of Thai Pad Rigatoni. But allegiances, snobbery and deepest doubts aside, guests have to go through and order the lot, along with the fried chicken, larb fritters, “shrimp bikini” and crispy rice salad. , Do not miss. A few cilantro martinis and two-for-one orange wines on Wednesday will help ease the initial shock — and you’ll soon be hailing Yenbamroong as a culinary genius. Fortunately, there is time until September to go back and start all over again. Chet’s at La Cave

// ART //

Bruce Gilden at the Leica Gallery in London

A new exhibition at Leica Gallery London will see the unforgettable work of legendary American street photographer Bruce Gilden on display in the capital. Born in Brooklyn in 1946, Gilden’s enduring work is characterized by his unique, graphic and confrontational style. He initially worked in black and white, producing striking images of passers-by by catching them with his camera flash, but has expanded this method over the past decade to encompass color photography. For the first time, the Leica Gallery London exhibits its series of color portraits made in Bogota, Colombia. These wall portraits perpetuate Gilden’s fascination with characters made invisible by society, clinging to its margins or off the grid. In people’s faces, he looks for a lived life, or perhaps a chance to identify and feel comfortable exorcising his own traumas. Leica Gallery London

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