The season for rooftop bars and lounging in the local park is upon us, and HELLO!'s pick of this week's events and new releases allow us to enjoy both. As we prepare to welcome the second royal baby of the decade, our favourite new book release is perfectly timed for those who love romance and royalty, while two new rooftop bars - one with a relaxed East Coast style and the other embodying the glamour of Havana - open their doors this May bank holiday weekend...
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The Royal We, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
The brilliant fashion critics Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (otherwise known online as The Fug Girls) have timed the release of their first adult novel, The Royal We, perfectly. The charming tale of an American student named Bex who falls in love with Prince Nicholas whilst studying at Oxford rings recognisable bells, but as our own Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome their second royal baby into the world, all we can hope for is that Bex and Nicholas get their happy-ever-after as well.
Available now from bookdepository.com
Nantucket Beach Club
The season for rooftop bars is back, and the Skylounge in the city of London has one of the best season-long events lined up. The Nantucket Beach Club turns the Skylounge in to a relaxing island retreat, reminiscent of East Coast living. Unwind after work in the cool beach decor and enjoy the delicious seafood-inspired menu, take your friends up on a game of bowling - or even the classic Shuffleboard.
Visit doubletree3.hilton.com for more information
Imperial War Museum North VE Day Anniversary celebrations
May marks 70 years since there was victory in Europe during World War II, and to celebrate, 3 May will see the Imperial War Museum North welcome the public to a packed day of events, activities, and talks. Film fans can see the Academy Award which was awarded to the 1945 documentary film depicting the victory, while historians will guide visitors through the ways that night life and fashion were affected by the outbreak of war.
Visit iwm.org.uk for more information
Far From The Madding Crowd
Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan has made a career out of playing young and headstrong women, and the young actress now stars as Bathsheba Everdene, the independent heroine of Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd. Bathsheba begins life with no fortune but soon meets three different men and, through the years with them, learns about the value of life and love. Carey shines as Bathsheba, and the film's focus on intimacy between the four main characters is a wise move from director Thomas Vinterberg.
FOOD AND DRINK
Smokin' Graciela's Rooftop Bar
As summer approaches, pay homage to the infamous 80-year old Graciela, a cigar-smoking Cuban diva who embodies the fading glamour of Havana in the 1950s. Set on the roof of the Queen of Hoxton in the heart of east London, a world of rum, romance and relaxation awaits, along with a traditional Cuban menu - including delicious Cuban sandwiches, Cubanos - and the favourite Cuban pastime, dominos, to while away the hours.
Visit queenofhoxton.com for more information
Man and Superman
Philosophical debates, romance and comedy, Man and Superman, Bernard Shaw's provocative play is ultimately an epic fairytale. Ralph Fiennes stars as Jack Tanner, the man who flees after he realises that his life will soon become domesticated if he marries the alluring heiress, Ann. In Spain, after being captured by bandits, Jack meets The Devil, and what follows are extraordinary debates and fights between heaven and hell. An astonishing performance from Ralph has seen tickets get snapped up quickly, buy yours before the play ends on 17 May.
Visit nationaltheatre.org.uk for more information