Three of the best things to do in Manchester this week
Emma Chadwick | 4th July 2022
The heat is on this week as Manchester heads for a heatwave. Here’s VIVA’s top three hottest things to do in the city and beyond.
The Midland takes centre court with Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea and cocktails
The Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea and cocktails at The Midland.
Embracing the spirit of Wimbledon, England’s most famous tennis tournament, The Midland’s Tea Room will be serving up a knockout tennis-themed afternoon tea in the Tea Room from June 27th-10th July. From strawberries and cream to an apple-flavoured macaron with Bergamot butter icing and strawberry & champagne jelly, this selection of Wimbledon-themed treats sits alongside a selection of sandwiches and cakes, loose leaf tea and a glass of champagne.
Available Monday to Friday 1pm-4.30pm and Saturday to Sunday, 12.30pm to 6.30pm, The Midland’s Wimbledon Afternoon Tea is priced at £30 per person (£40 with glass of Champagne).
In addition to the Tea Room, The Midland Hotel Champagne Lounge will be serving up two limited edition cocktails; Wimbledon Deuce, which is a refreshing blend of English sparkling wine and Pimms for £14, and Wimbledon Love – a glass full of sweetness featuring cranberry juice, strawberry purée, and sugar syrup for £7.
The Ivy Spinningfields has launched a selection of new seasonal dishes for guests to enjoy during the warmer months.
With an abundance of vibrant flavour and colour dishes include a Goat’s Cheese and Courgette Tart (£8.75), with artichoke tapenade, mixed herbs, and truffle crème fraiche sauce to start, the Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet (£17.25) served with asparagus spears, courgette ribbons, toasted pine nuts, and a chive velouté for mains, and the delicious Almond and Blueberry Panna Cotta (£7.95) for dessert, featuring a limoncello sauce, almond tuile, and gold flakes.
Other summer specials include the Chargrilled Halloumi (£14.95) starter with spiced fregola, tomato and red pepper salsa, crispy onions, herb mayonnaise and coriander cress, the Strawberry Eton Mess Sundae (£9.25) with meringue, Chantilly cream, and baby basil, and the delicious Monkfish and Prawn Curry (£18.95) served with a Malaysian curry sauce, choy sum, shaved coconut, chilli, sweet potato crisps and fluffy jasmine rice.
The menu is complemented by a range of summer cocktails including the Summertime Brum (£12.75), with Olmeca Reposado Tequila, Pampelle Grapefruit Aperitif and mint, grapefruit, lime & sugar, the Bloodflowers Margarita (£11.50), a twist on a classic Margarita with Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, St Germain elderflower liqueur, blood orange, lime and orange juice, and the Mango Colada (£11.75), a tropical dream made with La Hechicera Reserva Familiar Rum, mango, coconut and lime.
The summer menu is available at The Ivy Spinningfields until Wednesday, 31 August. To book a table, visit www.theivymanchester.com
Lady Boys of Bangkok at the Trafford Centre
Dancers on stage performance.
Celebrating over 23 years touring in the UK after first appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989, the Lady Boys of Bangkok is now officially the largest and longest continuous touring cabaret show in the UK. Touring 11 city centre sites and 40 plus theatres, the whole cast cannot wait to return to Manchester Trafford Centre with their new production.
Featuring a cast of 16 male Thai nationals, this incredible fast-moving, large-scale production is cheeky, funny and filled with more star-spangled sassiness than you can shake a diamante dripping silk glove at.
The show will be held in a purpose-built pink Sabai theatre tent and foyer, seating over 400 guests at tables of up to 8 people, complete with two fully stocked bars and authentic Thai street food.
All your biggest party and floor filling hits performed by the biggest showbiz divas and singing superstars, live on stage in a 90 minute theatrically choreographed show.
Coming to you live from Manchester Trafford Centre prior to their record breaking 23rd season, selling out at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival and direct from 5 weeks at the Brighton Festival.