Tonight marks the beginning of the end for ‘Mad Men’, with the first episode of the second part of the final series set to air on Sky Atlantic. But before you go crying into your old fashioned, shake it off – there’s far more classy ways to be toasting the Manhattanites’ last hurrah. Head to one of these Sterling Cooper-inspired events and you never know – you might just meet a real-life Don or Betty to live out your ‘Mad Men’ dreams with (or at least someone willing to watch re-runs of the show with you).
1. Dine like Don Draper
We can’t recall ever seeing Don Draper sink his teeth into a brioche bun, but if he did, we’re certain this is the burger he’d be eating: All Star Lanes is cooking up the MADhattan to celebrate the show’s last season. Its classic 6oz burger is getting a Don-over, topped with wild mushrooms sautéed in the ad man’s tipple of choice: whisky. There’s also grilled roquefort and black truffle mayo in the mix to ensure this is a patty of the poshest proportions. Available for £12 at All Star Lanes branches this April.
2. See the work of a real-life Don
Want to see what being one of the real-life ‘Mad Men’ involved? Then check out the first UK show of ad man Mac Conner’s famous artworks from the ’50s. The House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH until June 28.
3. Party like the Sterling Cooper gang
As part of London’s Museums at Night series, the Museum of Brands is hosting a ’60s soiree in honour of ‘Mad Men’. A tribute to the ads, music and fashion of the era, they’re asking you to get dolled up – or arrive ready for a Joan Holloway-esque makeover courtesy of a trio of beauty pop-ups – to join them for a night of live entertainment. Take part in a time tunnel trail around the museum and sashay that prom dress to the sound of some ’60s rock and pop. Friday Late: Mad Men will take place on May 18, at Museum of Brands, 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Rd, Notting Hill W11 2AR, tickets are £10.
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