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Jason Allen 16/04/24

Our London Top 5, Right Now

Our Top 5 London Recommendations This Week

Welcome to this week’s Top Five, in which we take all the goings on in town over the next few days, and pit them against each other in a fun-yet-utterly-ruthless Battle Royale.

Emerging victorious, we have ➊ the reopening of everyone’s favourite rooftop (the one with disco bowls & archery competitions); ➋ a pop up that revolves around a single, insanely popular Japanese sandwich; ➌ the opening of the largest karaoke venue in Europe (with 50% off, just for you); ➍ the return of a highly controversial photography exhibition; ➎ and a residency of Northern Thai cooking that involves whisky smoked ribs and laab spiced fries…


 Roof East | Raising the games

For the past few months, life in Stratford has been roofless. Or rather, Roof East-less. But no more, thanks to the return of this bunting-strewn outdoor oasis filled with high-altitude games. Expect giant Jenga, disco bowls, batting cages, archery competitions, cocktails, an open-air cinema, and a lot more.

Details: Reopens 18th April | Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, E15 1XE | Free entry

TÓU | Katsu Sandos & Pét Nat in Borough

One sandwich. That’s basically the entire menu at TÓU. In fact, if you direct your attention to the photo above, that is the entire menu. A Japanese Katsu sando, some fries, and dessert. But the duo behind this pop up – Ana Gonçalves & Zijun Meng – have made this breaded winner into their personal bread winner, perfecting the cuboid towers of carby deliciousness over the course of years. It’s got slabs of slow-cooked Ibérico pork neck stacked alongside shredded cabbage & onion, bookended by toasted brioche slicked with XO shallot sauce, and it is absolutely delicious.

Details: Upstairs at The Globe Tavern, 8 Bedale Street, Borough, SE1 9AL | TÓU is upstairs at The Globe Tavern for the foreseeable future | Walk-in only

BAM Karaoke Box | 50% off, for you

After years of providing glamorously raucous nights out in Paris, Madrid and Bordeaux, BAM Karaoke Box is finally about to hit English shores. It’s going to be the biggest karaoke venue in the whole of Europe – and Nudge Members will get to enjoy all this sophisticated debauchery at a snip of the price, with 50% off karaoke bookings and food and drink from 19th April – 3rd May.

Details: BAM Karaoke Box London, 74 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6SQ | Nudge Members can enjoy 50% off karaoke (bookings up to 8 people) food and drink from 19th April – 3rd May, details here

The World Photography Awards | A snappy, controversial exhibition

The fight against burning oil wells, Kuwait oil fields, 1991. © Sebastião Salgado

Juicy Controversy Alert: last year’s winner of the World Photography Awards turned out to be AI generated. The organisers tried to give the award to the photographer anyway. He refused to accept it. It was something of a kerfuffle. Anyway, everyone’s going to be scrutinising the images on show this year verrrry carefully to make sure there was a pulse involved. But whatever the case, they’ll be absolutely stunning…

Details19th April – 6th May 2024 | Somerset House | £15

Rice Paddy x The King & Co | Northern Thai cooking in South London

As of this week, The King & Co is ushering in Rice Paddy to take over the kitchen for six weeks from. If you missed him at Bottle + Rye (perfectly understandable, as it was almost always booked solid), just know that Paul Asher’s homage to Northern Thai cooking is a force to be reckoned with. Here he’ll be cooking up a weekly changing curry alongside signature hits like whisky smoked ribs; hot dogs with homemade Sai Oua sausages; oyster mushroom satay; and laab spiced fries…

Address: The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BZ


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