Things To Do This Bank Holiday

T. F. Simon, ‘Vilma Reading a Book’, 1912

If you are like me you probably have plans for the bank holiday ( wedding + a family day at a country fair) but the bonus of an extra day means you are feeling breezy about them, they feel like ‘loose plans’ and the weekend still has that feeling of possibility. Maybe you can fit in some extras perks that add to the mix? Here are a few things that I will be hoping to throw into mine.


I re-discovered The Afghan Kitchen – a gem in Islington earlier this week and cannot stop craving it just a few days after. I would eat here again this weekend given the opportunity. Is that not the sign of good cuisine? So if you are in London and want to grab a cheap and quick bite this basic but charming place is a few minutes from Angel tube.  Food comes quick and its too tasty for grazing – four meat curry and four veg dishes – theres potential for ordering them all if you are in a group. This institution has been running since the 80’s and still has the same simple but so tasty eight dish menu it started with – each done really well. I’ll just leave this image of their lemon and yogurt chicken ready to be mopped up with fresh flatbread right there.


If you haven’t heard of Lena Dunham’s feminist site Lenny Letters – where have you been? If you have then have you read this sweet and heartwarming essay  Are You Living With a A Ghost? The rest of the site is also essential reading, covering political essays, personal stories, interviews, artwork and even an advice column by Lena.


There is simply nothing like a costume drama on a slow Sunday evening (or Monday evening in this case if you like). The second series of Victoria starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes is back. The first eight-part series followed Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, depicting the challenging initial years of her reign and courtship with the brooding Prince Albert. Series two continue’s the story of the young monarch as she faces fresh trials and tribulations both at home and in her duties to her country.


I’ve been listening to this dreamlike podcast for a few years now and always do when I want something transportive – it’s the perfect thing to have on in the background whist pottering around at home. It’s called The Memory Palace and hosted by master story-teller Nate De-Mayo (that link to a NY Times article is worth a read). Nate with a voice like apple pie – takes obscure anecdotes in American history and fleshes them out, creating voices and happenings that are things of beauty – equally nostalgic and haunting. I happened to start with Lost Lobsters  which stole my heart.

The creator of the Podcast is currently a ‘live’ artist in residence the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 2016/2017, creating stories about objects that illuminate the museum’s collection in a way its curators say could not be accomplished with an audio guide. See the stories here.


I cannot tear my eyes away from the luminous photographs and the glowing eyes of the subjects of this exhibition. In recognition of 70 years of Indian independence, Getty Images Gallery presents Indian Treasures, a selection of the earliest photographic views of the subcontinent. Visitors to the exhibition will find photographs of maharajas and musicians, everyday cityscapes, striking prints of Himalayan valleys and even a shot of a 19th century snake charmer. The images are all also available to be purchased in print form at the exhibition. The exhibition runs till the 7th of October.


Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

1 Comment on Things To Do This Bank Holiday

  1. Dizainer Odessa
    Sunday, August 27th, 2017 20:50 at 8:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Really liked the old photo. They will decorate the interior.

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