As the week draws to a much-welcomed close once more, many of us are gearing up for another weekend spent splashing the cash at beer gardens and basking in the glorious UK sun. Well, before you set off on your adventures over the next few days, take a look through what the team here at Wonderland have been loving to do, watch, eat and more this week. From quaint anime-inspired restaurants to San Francisco boutiques offering retro swimwear and Tumblr-esque YouTube series, we have provided all of the inspiration you will need for a weekend well spent…
Anime-inspired eats, epic swimwear collabs and the end of Keeping Up with the Kardashians: See what our team has been enjoying in this week’s round-up.
Bailey Slater, Contributing Writer
Watching: The Most Popular Girls in School
Speaking of teen angst, most Tumblr users will remember the legendary YouTube series that is The Most Popular Girls in School. It’s got Barbies, a Michelle Visage voiceover cameo, fuck-tons of swearing, and insanely elaborate storylines that somehow intermingle with each other with a wreckless ease. Hoping for a comeback season soon but I won’t hold my breath.
Listening: Fleetwood Mac and Sleigh Bells
Really getting back into my Fleetwood Mac bag after watching a TikTok with Stevie Nicks describing the process behind writing “Gypsy”. Like literally who else has made so many ethereal bangers over the decade? I also rediscovered Sleigh Bells’ Treats album, so the angsty teen vibes are in full throttle. Proceed with caution.
Social: This dancing diva… that’s it!
The way this young king ate this up tho pic.twitter.com/MmqOpDVgP9
— chris evans (@chris_notcapn) June 3, 2021
Erica Rana, Editorial Assistant
Doing: The Oak W2
Having recently moved back to London, I am embarking on a re-exploration of the city. And the first place that I have come across worthy of a mention is The Oak W2. With a rustic and candle-lit aesthetic and a menu filled with authentic Mediterranean cuisine, the quaint restaurant offers wholesome vibes and immaculate food and drinks. I will definitely be returning for a post-work Aperol Spritz.
Beauty: Wildling’s Empress Stone Facial Gua Sha
Face rollers and beauty stones have been a fad that I have loved to explore this year. So, in a bid to keep my face sculpted and lifted I got my hands on one of Wildling’s Empress Stone Facial Gua Shas. While I am not 100% sure how it works yet (there are a plethora of tutorials on the company’s website that I will be watching this weekend) the product’s promise to “smooth, plump, tighten and rejuvenate skin” has all of the words we love to hear when it comes to skincare, so I am already sold.
Watching: Keeping Up with the Kardashians final season
Love them or hate them, the Kardashian clan have left their mark firmly in the history books with their overwhelming empire and lavish lifestyle. And as is the case for most of my peers, I have grown up with their faces plastered across my TV and phone screens. As a dedicated watcher of their chaotic reality show, the prospect of it coming to an end in a few weeks is emotional, to say the least. And, as trailers of the final episode begin to fill the TL, including scenes of Kim crying over her impending divorce, I know that there will be tears when it airs.
Dayna Southall, Social Media Editor
With lockdown easing, I can finally live my best life, and this week I definitely did as I lived out my Naruto fantasy at the Uzumaki Restaurant. Inspired by the OG anime, the tiny restaurant located by City Thames Link is a must for those who want to try the iconic ramen Naruto himself eats on the show. Offering up various ramen with delicious broths and bubble tea, the restaurant transports you to the world of Konaha. And if you plan your trip right, you might be able to hang out with the Akatsuki.
Watching: Demon Slayer
As you can probably guess, I’m a huge anime fan. But with Attack on Titan on pause until Winter 2022, I’ve been looking for something juicy to fill the void and Demon Slayer is doing the job. Based on Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga of the same name, the series follows Tanjiro Kamado who sets out to become a demon slayer after his family is slaughtered and his younger sister turned into a demon. Filled with cutting-edge fight scenes and witty dialogue, this show is definitely up there with the greats.
Listening: The Voice of the Heroes
While I’ve never really considering myself a trap music fan, Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s new joint album The Voice of the Heroes is doing it for me. Marking this project as his third collaborative full-length album, Lil Baby holds nothing back on the project as the rapper and Durk go through their trials and tribulations on various AutoTuned joints. Featuring appearances from my personal favourite Travis Scott and OG Young Thug, this album came just at the right time.
Maybelle Morgan, Online Editor
Eating: Bagatelle London
Since lockdown lifted, my calendar has been so full that I’m all for double booking. Birthday BBQ? Check. Two separate groups in the same park? Link them up. And one place that prides themselves in offering this exact multifaceted experience, to the utmost premium tier, is Mayfair’s illustrious establishment Bagatelle. For dinner, it’s white tablecloths with Wagyu beef tartare and a whole sea bream (lovingly dissected at your table by a knowledgable member of staff, of which there are many), plus a host of fine wines recommended by a sommelier. But once the clock hands hit 10, the chandeliers start flickering like a light machine, a DJ pumping balearic house enters to a rhythmic round of applause, and the guests begin to pulse kinetically in their seats. Unlike any other.
Watching: Wong Kar Wai season, BFI Southbank
There isn’t much in this world that I love more than the films of Wong Kar Wai. The iconic Hong Kong auteur – with his sensual visuals, melancholic needle-drops and dizzying romanticism – has taught me more about love than any other book, song or sitcom (no shade). His fringe characters pulse with longing, and navigate despair, hope and – of course – love; love fills every claustrophobic staircase, sweat-drenched bedroom and smoky alleyway in his multiverse. So imagine my glee at discovering there is going to be an entire season dedicated to the master at London’s BFI Southbank (as well a ticket scheme for 25 & Unders at just £3 a pop) and at the ICA. Catch me weeping at the midnight screening of Fallen Angels come July. OK, it won’t be midnight – but that sounds so much more romantic, doesn’t it?
Shopping: Lisa Says Gah x Ookioh
Summer hath descended on us poor puffer-clad unsuspecting souls in such haste and such a fury that we’ve barely had time to get our affairs in order. And while it’s looking like strictly UK mini breaks this year, it doesn’t mean I’m not going to pretend I’m beachside while lying on the fried grass at Hackney marshes. Clothing (or lack thereof) of choice will be swimming cossies from the divine drop from San Fran online boutique Lisa Says Gah and retro swimwear stalwarts Ookioh. Catch me stomping towards the tattered rope swing in sliders and the high-waisted bandana two-piece.