1. 5 Ways To Make The Most Of The Bank Holiday

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    1. Treat yourself to a payday splurge

    You’ve just been paid and have not just two, but three whole days to go nuts and run your bank balance into the ground. If you can’t face the crowds, cruise through the JOY store online from the comfort of your couch and take advantage of £10 off many of your favourite styles.

     

    2. Watch the Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice (W2, Sat: 10am - 6pm, Sun: 10am - 6pm, 8pm - 10.30pm,
    Mon: 10am - 5pm. Free entry.)

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    Get off the couch and do something different, especially if you have family or little people in tow, by making your way down to Little Venice to see this congregation of colourful canal boats. Competitions, parades, activities, food stalls and a real-ale bar will keep all ages and interests entertained. Assuming you like canal boats.

     

    3. Soak up the ambiance (and rather a lot of craft beer) at the Priory Arms Beer Festival (SW9, all weekend, free entry)

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    Located in the vicinity of JOY HQ, the Priory Arms is a beer lover’s dream come true. This weekend they’ll be hosting a craft beer festival all weekend with over 100 beers, 11 keg beers, 20 real ales, 6 real ciders and over 70 bottles on offer. It’s a good thing they close because otherwise we’re not sure we’d find a reason to leave.

     

    4. Party through Sunday night with the South London Soul Train at Bussey Building (SE15, Sunday 10pm – 5am, £13 OTD)

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    Enjoy that ‘I should be in bed’ feeling without any of the pesky accompanying guilt and dread. One of South London’s best loved party institutions, there’s plenty of time to soak up some seriously good vibes and you’ll even be home before sunrise.

     

    5. Wolf down a hangover-busting breakfast (or, let’s be honest, brunch) at Dishoom

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    Shortlisted for ‘Best Breakfast’ in this year’s Evening Standard Restaurant Awards, Dishoom’s Bombay-inspired brekkies will sort you right out. Plus, for every breakfast you eat, they will donate a ‘magic’ breakfast to a school in London. So you can feel good about your life choices once again.

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  2. Urban Jungle

    Going to see the Jungle Book this weekend? We are – and we don’t even have the excuse of excitable children to take with us. It just looks that good. In honour of one of our favourite ever childhood movies getting a high tech remake, we’ve picked out our most tropical finds to give you a taste of the (urban) jungle…

     

    1. Swiss Cheese Plant Cushion, £25.00

    Silly name for a plant, but a seriously great cushion. Made from 100% cotton canvas with soft-touch embroidery, it's a nifty way to bring the outdoors indoors - even if your fingers are anything but green.

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    2. Louche Izanna Dress, £45.00

    Whether you're trekking through the tropics or navigating the urban jungle, channel the intrepid explorer with this effortlessly cool khaki green midi dress with a utilitarian style D-ring belt detail.

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    3. HYMN Denning shirt, £45.00 (take a whopping £15 off with code SHIRT15)

    This pure cotton printed resort shirt is a holiday and warm weather essential. Plus, we reckon that print will prove spot-on as a kind of funked-up camouflage number should you find yourself hiding in a giant green kaleidoscope.

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  3. 4 Ways to Mark The Queen's 90th Birthday

    The Queen turns 90 today. 90! Confusingly, she has two birthdays: her actual birthday and her official one. This is the actual one. She is actually 90. Regardless of whether you’re a royalist or not, that seems like an age worth noting. Here are 4 ways to toast the UK’s most famous now-nonagenarian…

     

    1. Slip into a tea dress and pour yourself a fancy brew

    What’s more British than a nice cup of tea? Nothing, except the Queen. The Royal household takes afternoon tea every day, so don some appropriate garb and celebrate accordingly.

     Louche Sweetpea Blossom Dress, £49.00

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    2. Sip on an ice cold gin and Dubonnet

    No, us neither – but according to many reputable sources, this is the Queen’s favourite tipple and we reckon it scores high in the old school charm stakes. 2 parts Dubonnet to 1 part gin is the royal ratio.

     Easy Peasy Ice Tray, £10.00

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    3. Alternatively, prepare yourself any other gin-based beverage

    The Queen loves her gin.

     Gin - The Manual, £14.00
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    4. Hire your own personal morning bagpiper

    Word on the street is that HRH wakes every morning to the tune of her own personal bagpiper. #LivingTheDream

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  4. What To Do When You're #NotAtCoachella

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    So Coachella kicks off today and if you, like us, will be watching festival festivities unfold from the temperate zone of your living room (again), maybe you could do with a little something to look forward to closer to home.

    Slip into something slinky and turn up the heat with our hot picks of cool things to do in London this weekend…

    1. Model Market (Friday, 5pm – 1am, SE13)

    The South London version of Dalston foodie institution Street Feast pops up in Lewisham tonight with a wide range of tasty bites to try. Channel Cali cuisine with over the top burgers and fresh vegan Mexican fare and while away a brilliant, if not so balmy, evening sipping on rum cocktails and local brews.

    2. Sofrito 10th Anniversary Special (Saturday, 9pm – 5am, E9)

    Tropical party purveyors Sofrito turn 10 this year and to mark the occasion they’re throwing a mega bash at Shapes in Hackney Wick. Musical styles cover the far corners of the globe, with Afrobeat and Latin American rhythms jumping up alongside homegrown genres. Clothes are colourful, folks are friendly and vibes are…vibey. Who needs Coachella, eh?

    3. Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm, W1J)

    If the great outdoors is proving a bit too grim, get your fill of greenery with this excellent exhibition at the Royal Academy. Soak up lush verdant landscapes by your favourite Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists including Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee.

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  5. Hold your horses!

    Whether you’re cruising around the course or channel surfing on the couch, one of the highlights of racing season is always the style. In honour of the Grand National this weekend, we’ve rounded up our top runners and paired them with fetlocked friends from the Louche Luxe occasion wear stables.

     

    Many Clouds (7/1) - Camber (£79)

    A real frontrunner for duller days. This nifty little number in vibrant lemon zest is all set to blast the blues (and greys) away far beyond the finish line.

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    Wonderful Charm (50/1) – Chance Rose (£79)

    They said it couldn’t be done! Chance Rose defies the odds in an ingenious off-the-shoulder style that never falls at the first – or final – hurdle.

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    Buy Wise (40/1) – Kienna Skirt (£65)

    We don’t gamble; we take calculated risks – and there is no surer payout than the lovely Kienna. The ultimate all-rounder, she takes any occasion in her stride.

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    Le Reve (40/1) – Debray (£90)

    Debray is a dream of a dress that’s certainly worth a flutter. Sturdier than she looks, this is one blue and black beauty that’s set to stay the course.

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    Midnight Prayer (33/1) – Nicki (£75)

    Hedge your bets with ultra versatile Nicki. Her short and streamlined shape will have you racing to all-event victory way past the witching hour.

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