Top 5 Bars and Restaurants reopening in the City from 4th July

Mandy Kaylin

As London eases out of lockdown, the much anticipated reopening of restaurants and bars across the City is set to kick-off on the weekend of July 4th. With a range of new social distancing and safety measures set in place across venues, we’ve compiled a list of the top City bars and eateries welcoming guests back for the first time since lockdown. You can find what measures each business is taking to comply with safety regulations via their respective websites. Here’s to a rousing (and safe) reopening weekend ahead.

Jin Bo Law

Boasting some of the best views of the City from its outdoor terrace, Jin Bo Law Skybar is gearing up for a lofty reopening celebration from the 4th of July with a daily line-up of live DJ sets to kick start reopening week on a major upbeat note. You can get your drink on in (socially distant) style with the unveiling of a new cocktail menu, featuring concoctions by the likes of the Butterfly Punch, Pickled Tink and Rougui Bjor. Be advised that booking in advance is recommended to accommodate set limits on entry numbers.

Barbie Green

Eating out near the Barbican got a lot better with the recent addition of Barbie Green to the City’s foodie scene. It’s the bright new outpost of the Daisy Green restaurants at London Wall Place, popular for their fresh and healthy Aussie inspired menus. Bookings for their epic brunches – with free flowing prosecco and plenty of avo on toast to go around – are now live for their grand reopening scheduled for 6th  July.

Madison

Perched atop One New Change (which reopened to shoppers on 15th June) City hot spot Madison is gearing up for the return of brunchers and lunchers on 4th July with a reservation system going live from the 1st. All the better so that you can focus on enjoying the amazing grub and scenic views without having to wait in pesky queues. With limited opening hours and new seating charts that accommodate social distancing rules, you can rest assured that the team here are taking the safe approach whilst welcoming returning guests.

Vinoteca

While they kept us supplied with a superb selection of reds, whites and roses thanks to their Wine Shop delivery service during lockdown – Vinoteca is set to reopen all of their London locations including their spacious restaurant at the Bloomberg Arcade from the 6th of July. Expect a warm welcome back as you tuck into their signature scrummy nibbles paired with a choice from over 200 bottles of wine, sourced from around the world.

Waka

When you have a craving for authentic (and wallet friendly) Asian to-go food, Waka, the Japanese Peruvian fusion foodie spot is a winning choice for some of the best Donburi and Maki you’ll taste this side of the City. Located just a few steps from The Gherkin, and conveniently open for takeaway only, it’s the perfect spot for lunch to-go on a sunny day out.

Supporting the Fight Against Racial Injustice – Resources and Links

Nicola Sheppey

If you’re interested to know how you can support black activism and anti-racism from the UK, find below some resources and general advice.

Donate to:

Stand up to Racism – an organisation that brings people together to build solidarity with refugees and confront racism, islamophobia and antisemitism, with local groups

Stop Hate UK – one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination

Act Blue – paying towards local bail funds in the US to support and protect the protestors who have been arrested and need to pay bail to avoid imprisonment

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – a charity working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire and enable them to succeed, named after Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old murdered in a racist attack in in 1993

Runnymede – the UK’s leading independent race equality thinktank

Petitions (click each one to sign):

Justice for George Floyd

Battle racism by updating GCSE reading lists

Justice for Belly Mujinga

Suspend UK export of tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to USA

Introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting

Actions:

Sign up, follow and/or donate to Black Lives Matter, the global organisation building power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe. Click here to visit the website

Write to your MP – make your stance on racism, discrimination and police brutality known. Remember that your MP is there to represent your voice in parliament. Click here to find out how to contact your MP

Start your long-term strategy – think about opportunities to continue to donate, volunteer and actively tackle anti-racism in the long term.

If you are considering protesting, please practise safety and caution during the pandemic – click here for advice.

Follow and support:

Gal-dem – an online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour – support Gal-dem by signing up to their membership

The Great Unlearn (Rachel Cargle) – an activist and writer providing resources and critical discourse to aid in unlearning

Black Thrive – a partnership based in Lambeth, home to the UK’s largest black community, working to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people

Operation Black Vote – ensuring we have greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK

Shades of Noir – a programme that creates opportunities for marginalised groups and contributes to universities’ work around race equality

#Merky Books – a publishing imprint founded by Stormzy focused on publishing a new generation of voices

Recommended reading:

Brit(ish) – Afua Hirsch

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Black and British: A Forgotten History – David Olusoga

The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shukla

How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality – Adam Rutherford

Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of the Empire – Akala

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin Diangelo

How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

Links / Further Reading (click each one to access):

Petitions to Sign (Black Lives Matter)

How to protest safely during a pandemic (Vice)

A list of resources supporting the Black Lives Matter movement (It’s Nice That)

16 organisations that are bailing out protestors (Variety)

75 things white people can do for racial justice (Medium)

We continue to listen and welcome suggestions to educate ourselves and others in issues on race and equality. If there is anything you would like to suggest or recommend, please contact info@onecity.london.

Credits:

Twitter: @ObiomaUgoala

Vice

The Independent

It’s Nice That

Twitter: @MireilleCHarper

Elle

Vogue

What to Stream, Make and Do This Week (1 June)

Nicola Sheppey

Once again, find our week’s worth of recommended online content for you to browse, watch and try online.

Watch: Parasite with Curzon Home Cinema

The latest film to hit Curzon’s Home Cinema service is bound to become one of the all-time greats – the film of 2019, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite. Winner of four Academy Awards, including being the first non-English language film to win Best Picture, the plot follows the life of the Kim family, living in poverty in South Korea. When their son Ki-woo finds an opportunity to work for a wealthy household, he seizes his chance – and the less said after that, the better. Truly, this is one of those films where it’s best go into with a blank slate. Click here to rent it with Curzon.

Check out: ‘Disease X’, a virtual exhibition

In an eerily prescient move (but mainly to commemorate 100 years since the Spanish Flu), in 2018 the Museum of London exhibited Disease X: London’s Next Epidemic? – a look at how Londoners have coped with past epidemics and how they might hypothetically cope with the next, the unspecified disease ‘X’. The exhibition is more relevant than ever in 2020, and so the Museum have opened it up as a virtual exhibition – click here to check it out. Having to look at an exhibition about pandemics online, instead of in person, due to our own pandemic? You couldn’t make it up.

Eat: Brigadiers at Home

Fans of Brigadiers don’t have to wait until after the lockdown to be reunited with their favourite Indian barbecue dishes – their Bloomberg location has now opened up for delivery on Deliveroo and Click and Collect. Tuck into one of their signature Feasts or browse their Tandoor, Biryani and curry menus to find your favourite (including the tandoori lamb chops, pictured) – click here to order via Deliveroo, or here for click and collect.

Read: five secret historical spots in the City

To celebrate London History Day on Sunday, we posted some info about five lesser-known hidden gems in the City, all with their own fascinating history. From the remnants of an ancient Roman cult to the urban legend of a bloody beating heart, there are plenty of interesting stories around the Square Mile. Click here to read about the hidden histories and add them to your to-visit list for when we’re all back in the City.

Order: afternoon tea from Cutter & Squidge

With summer fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to have an afternoon tea in the garden – and Cutter & Squidge have you covered with their nationwide delivery. Tuck into tea, the bakery’s signature brownies and of course, scones with cream and jam, all part of their delectable afternoon tea set. Click here to order.

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This Week’s Home Workouts: 1-7 June

Nicola Sheppey

This week’s schedule of live-streamed and on-demand home workouts from your favourite City gyms and studios, updated every evening as more information comes in.

Free Live Sessions

Monday 1 June

Morning:

7:30-8:15: Wod Squad with Bianca, GymboxIG live

8:15: HIIT – Burn + Balance with Sammy, 1RebelIG live

8:00-8:30: Power Yoga, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00-8:45: FlowLife with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:30: Combat HIIT with Dottie, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:00-12:45: Badass & Hardcore with Amanda, GymboxIG live

12:15: Full Body HIIT (weights) with Bryony + Nik, 1RebelIG live

12:30-13:15: Pilates with Chiara, FLY LDNIG live

Evening:

17:15: Full Body Strength with Alice, 1RebelIG live

17:45-18:30: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

18:00-18:45: Metcon with Giselle, GymboxIG live

Tuesday 2 June

Morning:

8:00-8:30: Beginners’ Yoga with Katie, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:00-8:45: Low Impact with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Pilates with Sol, GymboxIG live

8:15: Boxing + Conditioning with Jess, 1RebelIG live

8:30-9:00: Matrix TB with Chloe, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

10:30: Total Body with Anya, Barry’s BootcampIG live

Lunchtime:

12:15: Full Body HIIT (bodyweight) with Tiago, 1RebelIG live

12:30-13:15: Slow Flow with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

13:00-13:45: Wod Squad with Bianca, GymboxIG live

Evening:

17:15: Lower Body Strength (weights) with Naomi, 1RebelIG live

17:45-18:30: Pilates with Chiara, FLY LDNIG live

19:00-19:45: Metcon with James, GymboxIG live

Wednesday 3 June

Morning:

7:30-8:15: Metcon with Firas, GymboxIG live

8:00-8:45: FlowLife with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:30: Power Yoga with Lucy, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

8:15: Full Body HIIT (bodyweight) with Jono, 1RebelIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:15: Matrix TB with Vitor, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:00-12:45: Escalate with Dino, GymboxIG live

12:15: Boxing + Conditioning (bodyweight) with Jodie + Saul, 1RebelIG live

12:30-13:15: Barre with Chiara, FLY LDNIG live

Evening:

17:15: Upper Body Strength (weights) with Daniel, 1RebelIG live

17:45-18:30: Low Impact with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

18:00-18:45: Sweat to the Beat with Hattie, GymboxIG live

19:00-19:45: Yin Yoga with Paul, GymboxIG live

Thursday 4 June

Morning:

8:00-8:45: Pilates with Harriet, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Metcon with Melissa, GymboxIG live

8:15: Full Body Strength (bodyweight) with Zoe, 1RebelIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:45: Thunder with James, GymboxIG live

12:15: Full Body Strength with Dom, 1RebelIG live

12:30-13:15: Low Impact with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

Evening:

17:15: Full Body HIIT (bodyweight) with Clementina, 1RebelIG live

17:45-18:30: Pilates with Chiara, FLY LDNIG live

18:00-18:45: Contortion with Jess, GymboxIG live

19:00-19:45: Bodyweight Bandits with George, GymboxIG live

Friday 5 June

Morning:

7:30-8:15: Yoga for Lifting with Dyl, FLY LDNIG live

8:00-8:45: Pilates with Chiara, FLY LDNIG live

8:15: HIIT + Core (bodyweight) with Andy, 1RebelIG live

Lunchtime:

12:15: Boxing + Conditioning with Mia, 1RebelIG live

12:15-12:45: Power Yoga with Lilly, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

12:30-13:15: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

13:00-13:45: Gymnastic Conditioning with Sofia, GymboxIG live

Evening:

17:15: Stretch, 1Rebel x StretchlabIG live

17:45-18:30: Chill with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

18:00-18:30: Combat HIIT with Justin, Another Space / Digme FitnessIG live

18:00-18:45: Shway with Deedee, GymboxIG live

Saturday 6 June

Morning:

10:00-10:45: Low Impact with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

10:00-10:45: Wod Squad with Firas, GymboxIG live

11:00-11:45: Barre with Katie, FLY LDNIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:45: Vinyasa Flow with Tifuh, GymboxIG live

Sunday 7 June

Morning:

9:00: Lower Body Strength / Abs with Nat, 1RebelIG live

10:00-10:45: FlowLife with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

10:00-10:45: Rehab with Ben, GymboxIG live

10:30: Full Body HIIT with Harper, 1RebelIG live

Lunchtime:

12:00-12:45: Escalate with Aaron, GymboxIG live

12:00: Full Body HIIT with Kylie, 1RebelIG live

Afternoon / Evening:

18:00-18:45: Chill with Fi, FLY LDNIG live

Members’ Sessions

Victus Soul have set up daily live Zoom classes focused either on HIIT + Box (Shadow Boxing / Bodyweight Conditioning) or HIIT + Strength (Bodyweight Conditioning / Strength). No experience or equipment is needed, and the first class is free! Click here to view the schedule and book. Their trainers are also still offering Virtual Private Trainingclick here to learn more.

Barrecore are streaming BarreLIVE – live, home versions of their fantastic ballet-barre workouts. The first class is free for new members! Online every weekday for 30 minutes at 8:30, 12:30 and 17:30, then on weekends at 10:30. Learn more and book online here.

Frame are also bringing their unique, fun-filled workout session to members via Frame Online – whether you’re there to sculpt, party or sweat, you’ll have access to all their brilliant workouts for just £10.99 a month. Learn more and sign up here.

If you’re hooked on Digme Fitness‘s online Instagram classes and want more, sign up to Digme on Demand and get access to over 48 classes a week, including Live Cycle, Matrix HIIT, Yoga, Breathwork, and much more. Click here to subscribe and build your perfect home workout routine.

Barry’s Bootcamp are also moving their classes over to Barry’s at Home – with >30 sweat-inducing 50-minute classes a day to choose from, offering options of bands, bodyweight or weighted workouts with all of their trainers. Click here to book.

On Demand

Find helpful on-demand workout classes and sessions on the following gym’s Instagram pages (click on the names for quick links), to be done at a time whenever’s most convenient to you:

Equinox

Victus Soul

City Athletic

Gymbox

KOBOX

Frame

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Five Secret Historical Spots in the City

Nicola Sheppey

What better way to celebrate London History Day than to learn about its historical heart, the City of London? Many of us are familiar with the most well-known buildings, like St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, but we’ve rounded up five of our favourite hidden spots that casual tourists often overlook. Check them out below, and be sure to add them to your list next time you’re in the City after lockdown.

Postman’s Park

This little park is often overshadowed by its proximity to St Paul’s, but it has qualities that make it a very endearing place to spend time. Originally a churchyard and burial spot, it got its nickname as postal workers found it a pleasant spot to eat lunch – but its real charm comes from its memorials. In the 19th Century philanthropist George Frederic Watts installed memorials in the park that commemorate the everyday heroes who lost their lives saving others – whether that be a 10-year-old boy drowning in an attempt to save a younger boy, or a woman who thrust numerous children to safety from a burning building before succumbing to the fire herself. It’s a quiet, moving place to honour small heroes amongst the great giants of the City. Click here to learn more.

London Mithraeum

As the ground that now exists underneath Bloomberg was being excavated in 1954, a remarkable discovery was made: a 2000-year-old temple. Mithraism was a Roman religion centred on a god named Mithras, with a complicated system of initiations, rituals and commandments. The London Mithraeum was fully excavated and is now open* to members of the public to come and learn about this mysterious cult, with artefacts on display and a multi-sensory experience that transports you back to 200 AD. Click here to visit the website and find out more.

Cleary Garden

Another beautiful and unusual garden to spend time in in the City is the Cleary Garden. When a house was destroyed during the Blitz and its cellars were exposed, a shoemaker called Joe Brandis decided that he would create a garden from the rubble, collecting mud from the river banks and transporting soil from his own garden in Walthamstow to the site. What resulted is a beautiful park that has flora climbing the brick pillars of the old cellar. Named after Fred Cleary, an instrumental figure in creating green space in the Square Mile, the garden has also been designated a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. You can find it on Queen Victoria Street.

Bleeding Heart Yard

Yep, it’s exactly as bloody as it sounds. This cobbled yard off Greville Street is believed to be named after the bleeding heart of Lady Elizabeth Hatton, whose body was supposedly found in the area ‘torn from limb to limb, but with her heart still pumping blood’ in 1646. So famous was the story, she even made an appearance in Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit, and other fictions had her dancing with the devil who would tear out her heart with his hands. In reality, the yard is probably named after an inn called the Bleeding Heart in the 16th Century, but that’s a much less interesting story.

Masonic Temple at Andaz London

Another unexpected temple discovery in the City was that of the Freemasons. In a move straight out of Indiana Jones, during refurbishments for the Great Eastern Hotel (now Andaz), a wall was moved and this incredible hidden temple was discovered behind it. Built in 1912, it’s considered one of the most grandiose Masonic temples in London and has been a backdrop to numerous photo and video shoots due to its dramatic, lavish appearance – Lady Gaga even stopped through for a Vogue shoot. Now, Andaz frequently hosts horror movie screenings in the temple for the ultimate spooky night out, and it’s available for private hire (click here to learn more).*

*Please check the respective website to find out when the venue will reopen.

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