Save your pennies in London this weekend. Spotlight, the festival of free, open-air music and entertainment, is back in the capital on Saturday from 12 till 6pm. Head to Seven Dials shopping and food destination in Covent Garden for a traffic-free day of song and dance on the pop-up lawn.
Glam up at the free glitter stations, enjoy promotions at your favourite fashion stores and get your fill of food and cocktails at Canela, Escapologist, Balans Soho Society and more. The festival is celebrating its fourth year with TV presenter Laura Jackson at the helm. See sevendials.co.uk.
For sophisticated all-day dining, visit Manchester’s new restaurant and bar Brasserie Abode in Piccadilly. Styled like a grand European brasserie with sleek leather, brass and a mirrored ceiling, it’s a real treat to eat there.
We enjoyed classy cocktails and nibbles then smoked salmon, followed by lemon sole with samphire and parsley butter. Finally, the melt-in-the-mouth chocolate dessert proved irresistible. Great for a special date. Call 0161 247 7744 or see abodemanchester.co.uk.
An African safari is top of many people’s bucket lists, but instead of the standard trails, plan a trip with a difference with Timbuktu.
The interactive website lets adventurers take the reins building an itinerary from scratch, with about 2,800 African lodges and boutique hotels to choose from, plus 138 experiences across 14 countries in Africa. Search by lodge price, season, weather, wildlife and more, or opt for one of Timbuktu’s curated trips. Simply book your flights and start exploring.
Singer-songwriter Sam Way releases his debut mini album Archetype on Friday, telling tales of love and loss with a gentle hint of piano, acoustic guitar, drums and a string quartet.
Besides his heartfelt lyricism, Sam is also a top UK model for brands Chanel, Diesel and Tommy Hilfiger.
With gigs at Sofar Sounds in London and NYC, plus a UK tour under his belt, he’s a…