It’s a big weekend for sport in the UK. Following Dustin Brown setting the grass and the tournament on fire at Wimbledon last night by knocking out Rafael Nadal, British hopefuls Andy Murray, Heather Watson and James Ward all have matches coming up. In the meantime Silverstone gears up for the British Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton hopes to put some distance between himself and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who is just 10 points behind him. If you are staying in or passing through London and are looking for the best things to see and do in the capital, here are three very different ideas you might just like.
EVENTS – Unfinished (pictured)
A fascinating idea: to collect together paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early 20th century, under the umbrella term ‘unfinished’, offering insight into the artist’s technique and thinking, as well as provoking questions about what we expect from a completed artwork. The Courtauld Gallery is located in Somerset House, next to its great sun-filled courtyard, where fountains play in summer.
From 18 June to 20 September.
020 7848 2526
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
EAT – John Doe
This newcomer to Golborne Road has a smart, contemporary-looking façade, with front windows that open fully in summer, bringing in the bustle of the street. Chefs tend lovingly to Bertha – the blue-enamelled charcoal grill – behind the counter, turning out smoky delights such as chargrilled Cornish squid, blackened sardines or smoked cheese croquettes to kick off, then seared Middle White chop or ash-roasted beets for mains.
Favourite table: number 2, set just back from the windows but with a good view of the kitchen.
020 8969 3280
46 Golborne Road, London, W10 5PR
DRINK – Vinoteca King’s Cross
This capacious new venue, centring around a great 20-foot zinc bar, is the first Vinoteca to offer a full range of breakfast wines – low-alcohol and even no-alcohol wines, alongside champagne and moscato. The rest of the list is both erudite and excellent value, from Vinoteca’s sustainably packaged bag-in-box wines to premier cru burgundies. The outdoor seating area accommodates up to 50.
Favourite drink: Australian pink moscato on tap, for £5.95/175ml.
020 3793 7210
1 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG