CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY HERE: Camden Market
As part of the official London St Patrick’s Day Festival – now in its 17th year – Camden Market will play host to an all-Irish music trail for the third year running. Bands and solo artists will put on intimate live performances in six locations across the Market including Bar 1974, Lockside Camden, Camden Pizza, Pamban, The Camden Grocer, concluding with a headline act performance in the Dr Martens Boot Room. For Instagrammable sweet treats, Chin Chin Labs will be mixing up a 'Lucky Four-Leaf Clover' ice-cream and over at Cereal Killer Café you'll be able to get a leprechaun fix with the ‘Lucky Charms Superbowl’ (cereal topped with freeze-dried marshmallows, Lucky Charms, ice-cream and marshmallow milk).
Camden Lock Place, Camden Town, NW1 8AF; 16th March
BOOK IN A BRUNCH HERE: COYA
COYA Angel Court has launched an Amazonian party brunch, taking place every Saturday – expect a three-hour affair of bottomless pisco sours, champagne, vibrant Peruvian dishes and music. The celebration starts in the Pisco Bar & Lounge with unlimited pisco sours, espresso martinis, margaritas and bloody marys, while tacos, bao and anticuchos are passed around on smoking grills. Starter stations will be filled with ceviche; beef tataki; and kingfish tiradito with truffle oil. Mains will include corn-fed baby chicken, aji panca and coriander; and sea bream, pink fir potatoes and fennel salad. An elaborate selection of desserts will include churros with dulce de leche and chocolate; and yuzu meringue pie. A DJ and performers will keep the party going throughout the event.
31-33 Throgmorton Street, City, EC2N 2AT; 16th March
FEEL ITALIAN HERE: Harry’s Dolce Vita
Harry’s Dolce Vita in Knightsbridge has collaborated with Skye McAlpine to create a Venetian-inspired menu, available to order until the end of May. Each dish has been carefully chosen by Harry’s Dolce Vita’s chef director Diego Cardoso, and Skye, the Venice-based cook and food writer. Highlights from the limited-edition menu – inspired by Skye’s debut book A Table in Venice – include linguine with asparagus and prosecco; artichoke, broad bean, farro and mint salad; and sgroppino alla fregola (a sharp sorbet with a dash of vodka and a glass of processo); all enjoyed alongside a classic bellini or negroni from the neighbourhood restaurant’s drinks menu.
27-31 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, SW3 1BB; until 31st May
FEEL CONFIDENT HERE: Heist Amnesty
Rip off your Spanx – there’s some new-and-improved shapewear on the high street. Tights specialist Heist has turned its attention to shaping bodysuits, and is calling for an amnesty. Simply sign up using the link below, send Heist your old, uncomfortable Spanx and in exchange, they’ll give the first 250 participants, The Outer Body, free of charge. The brand consulted 1,025 women to create The Outer Body, which does everything shapewear should – only better. The shaping bodysuit is comfortable, breathable, includes bust support and is available in three neutral shades. Best of all it claims to takes up to 5cm off your waist.
TRY A NEW ROAST HERE: Hubbard & Bell
Sundays just got better, because Hubbard and Bell, the all-day restaurant within The Hoxton has launched Sunday roasts, featuring bottomless roast potatoes and unlimited Yorkshire puddings. Arrive hungry, because for £20 guests can choose between slow-roasted lamb shoulder, herb-fed spatchcock chicken, or mushroom wellington, all served with roast heritage carrots, honey-roasted parsnips, caramelised chicory, proper gravy, plus those unlimited roasties and Yorkshire puds. We like the sound of the sharing hot apple Yorkshire pudding pancake with bourbon caramel, pecans and cornflakes ice cream. Keep an eye out for a new Sunday cocktail menu too, including a fresh but fiery ‘green mary’, classic espresso martini, and a range of zero-proof cocktails.
199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7BW; 17th March
GET CULTURED HERE: Richard III
Tom Mothersdale (The Glass Menagerie; Cleansed; John) plays William Shakespeare’s iconic villain in a revelatory new production directed by Headlong’s associate artist John Haidar. After decades of civil war, a nation hangs in the balance. Enter Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to change the course of history. Richard was not born to be king, but he’s set his sights on the crown. So begins his campaign of deceit, manipulation and violence – and he’s killing it. Yet, behind his ambition lies a murderous desire to be loved.
Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22 7AY; until 31st March
SEE AN ENVIRONMENTAL EXHIBITION HERE: Re:Centre
This week, Leah Wood launches The Now Exhibition at Re:Centre in Hammersmith. Curated by Wood, the exhibition features 16 artists and over 40 environmental artworks exploring the effects of plastic, fracking, a polluted ocean, rising sea levels, threats to habitat and animals, flooding and drought. The show includes Wood’s butterfly paintings incorporating plastic bags, a poem ‘Dreams for our Children’ by Jo Wood, The Last Straw by Paul Karslake, campaign photographs featuring Vivienne Westwood at anti-fracking protests taken by photographer Ki Price, paintings of the ocean by Claudia De Grandi and a sculpture by fashion designers Vin & Omi using plastic waste from the Thames. The exhibition will raise money for Drop4drop, a charity funding sustainable clean water solutions.
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6 9HA; until 26th March
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: The Bay At Nice
This first London revival of David Hare’s play since its premier at the National Theatre in 1986, explores a mother and daughter’s battle for personal ideals and domestic responsibilities, as well as the choices made both in life and art. In Leningrad in 1956, Valentina Nrovka (Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton) has been invited to the Hermitage to offer her opinion on the authenticity of a Matisse painting, as she knew the great artist personally. Her daughter Sophia (W1A’s Ophelia Lovibond), also a painter, meets her there to seek her mother’s help, both financially and politically.
53 Southwark Street, Borough, SE1 1RU; until 31st May
GET INTERIOR INSPO HERE: The Other Art Fair
The Other Art Fair was born from a realisation of the disparity between a London audience eager to discover the next big thing and talented artists struggling to gain recognition. For 2019’s ‘Spring’ edition, the fair will take over Brick Lane’s iconic Old Truman Brewery venue to present 140 incredible artists over four days. Celebrated for its unique visitor experience, The Other Art Fair aims to inspire art lovers with a tightly curated and distinctive programme of artists. New to buying? The event is all about bringing artists and buyers together in an unintimidating environment (there’ll be no scary gallery owners here), and there are interest-free payment plans in place to ensure the art is accessible for all.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL; until 17th March.
WATCH THIS: The Kindergarten Teacher
Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lisa Spinelli, a kindergarten teacher and poet who is fed up with her career, her oblivious husband and teenage kids who largely ignore her. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated and tries to protect him from neglectful parents. She soon finds herself risking her career and family to nurture his talent.
In cinemas now
BE A VIP HERE: No 197 Chiswick Fire Station
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station is an independent neighbourhood bar with contemporary interiors. It provides the perfect backdrop for relaxed eating and drinking – be it day or night, coffee or nightcap. This month, SL VIPs will receive 30% off food, plus a welcome cocktail (Seedlip cocktails or an ‘Earl Grey & Elderflower Fizz’) when you show your SL VIP card. Not a member? Sign up using the link below.
197-199 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 2DR; until 31st March
GRAB TICKETS FOR THIS: The Rubenstein Kiss
Inspired by a haunting true story, James Phillips’ multi-award-winning play The Rubenstein Kiss comes to Southwark Playhouse in its first London revival. This is the story of the Rubensteins, a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery, which then has ramifications down the generations. Starring Ruby Bentall (Poldark, Lark Rise to Candleford) Sean Rigby (Endeavour, Gunpowder), and Stephen Billington (Coronation Street, Casualty), Phillips’ explosive and affecting drama is the study of conspiracy, betrayal and the interrogation of guilt. At a time when its political relevance has a strong resonance in today’s polarised political climate, Joe Harmston directs an important revival of this poignant drama.
77-85 Newington Causeway, Southwark, SE1 6BD
HAVE A STAYCATION HERE: Victory House
It’s not often you find a hotel in central London that feels cosy and cool in equal measure Well, newly-opened Victory House does and it’s right in the thick of it, just off Leicester Square. With rooms from £158 (unheard of in W1) it’s an affordable option for a weekend in the city or an excuse for a staycation, even for Londoners. Make the most of the hotel’s neighbours and catch an old film at the nearby Prince Charles Cinema or trawl Chinatown’s coolest hidden bars and dim sum dens – check out our guide for inspiration – before stumbling home to cosy, but huge beds, and Pinterest-worthy interiors.
Rooms from £158 – Victory House, 14 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BZ
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