GET THE GLOW HERE: Define X Lumene
Boost your skin’s energy and your own fitness levels this weekend, with best-selling skincare brand Lumene and boutique London fitness studio Define. In celebration of the collaboration, the brands are offering five complimentary spots at Define founder Ashley Verma’s sought-after, Barre-inspired classes (a hit with Victoria’s Secret angels) across the weekend. Everyone who attends a class will get a whole bag of full-sized glow products from Lumene. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis and classes vary in difficulty.
82 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7NW; 23rd-24th March
CATCH HOME FUTURES’ FINAL WEEKEND HERE: Design Museum
Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change? In this exhibition from IKEA and the Design Museum, you’ll immerse yourself in a series of dreamlike passages and rooms designed by New York-based architects SO-IL as you explore yesterday’s visions of the future. Discover more than 200 objects and experiences to trace the key social and technological aspirations that have driven change in the home.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6AG; until 24th March
BOOK THIS: Grief Is A Thing With Feathers
Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) gives a riveting, shape-shifting performance in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel, a heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living. In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer. The sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.
Silk Street, Clerkenwell, EC2Y 8DS; 25th March-13th April
HAVE AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Hotel Café Royal
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria. Hotel Café Royal – a stalwart from the era – is celebrating with the launch of its ‘Queen of Afternoon Teas’. The menu will offer savoury and sweet dishes using ingredients, recipes and production techniques that came into fashion during Queen Victoria’s reign. The team will pay homage to the Empress with curried corn-fed chicken with raisins to mark her influence in India; a rose and lychee mousse with raspberry jam inspired by Victoria’s preferred scent of Bulgarian roses; and a vanilla blancmange pastry and orange jelly palette cleanser. Expect plenty of champagne and a live pianist.
10 Air Street, Soho, W1B 4DY; until 30th April
HAVE A SNEAK PEEK HERE: Kindred
Kindred, a new members’ club for ‘the passionate, curious and open-minded’, has launched in Hammersmith. This week, the club will be opening its doors to non-members for one weekend only, allowing guests to be privy to the array of cultural activities and inspirational talks that regularly take place within its four walls. Housed in a Grade ll-listed building, the space has been redesigned to offer an all-day café and bar on the ground floor, and spaces for co-working, events and dining on the first and top floors. The free events taking place this weekend include a choir-accompanied brunch, mindful kung fu, intuitive art, cocktail masterclasses, and a wine and cheese tasting.
Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW; 23rd-24th March
GO UNDERGROUND HERE: Motcombs Supper Club
Today, 80s institution Motcombs launches Motcombs Supper Club, a new space set beneath the Belgravia brasserie. Only open on Thursdays-Saturday, owners Ross and Jax have created a space reminiscent of the old Belgravia, famed for its glamorous past, music and dancing. Guests will descend from Motcomb Street via a wood-panelled stairway, where they must ring the bell of an unassuming doorway to enter the subterranean dining room. On the walls, jungle-printed wallpaper combines with the restaurant’s eclectic art collection for a safari feel. A menu of regularly changing dishes include marbled duck liver terrine with sauternes jelly and brioche; miso-blackened cod and crêpes suzette. Behind the wicker bar, an informed cocktail list is made up of the likes of well-turned espresso martinis and negronis. Expect live music and DJs at the weekend.
26 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8JU; 21st-23rd March
SEE THIS: ‘Madonna’ at Sketch
This week, Sketch unveils its latest exhibition, a collection of fashion and landscape photographs, films and wallpaper designs by film and image-maker Marcus Tomlinson. London-based Tomlinson, who’s worked with the likes of Philip Treacy, Gareth Pugh and Issey Miyake, will present a series of photographic and film works spanning 30 years of his career. Titled ‘Madonna’, large-scale photographs and short films will be set against a backdrop of wallpaper designed by the artist. The perfect way to get your culture fix before a few drinks in The Parlour.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG; 21st March-10th May
SUPPORT WOMEN IN MUSIC HERE: The Ministry
Tonight, Foundation FM's Ellie Prohan takes over The Ministry to bring together an exciting mix of female DJs. The event, held at Elephant & Castle’s newest members club, will be the first-ever live-streamed club night from female-led radio station Foundation FM. The eclectic line-up of hip hop and RnB DJs will include the likes of Tayylor Made, Rachael Anson, and Stephseeks.
79-81 Borough Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 1DN; 21st March
WATCH THIS: Us
Jordon Peele’s (Get Out) latest horror pulls no punches. Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen to her family. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. But when the masks come off, each stranger takes the appearance of a different family member.
In cinemas 22nd March
BE A VIP HERE: No 1 Duke Street
No 1 Duke Street 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. The decor here looks straight out of a Pinterest board, and you must try their truffle macaroni cheese. 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.
1a Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1HP
GET HOME DÉCOR INSPO HERE: The Institute of Primal Colour
Today and tomorrow, you’re invited to join leading paint brand Valspar, along with renowned design studio Bompas & Parr, for a multi-sensory journey to discover the colours you truly love. Hosted in Covent Garden, The Institute of Primal Colour will take you through a number of chromatic experiments where you'll use your senses to explore different relationships with colour. The experiments will set out to discover why we love certain colours and unearth your perfect palette. Each 40-minute experience includes one colourful complimentary cocktail, plus time to discuss your individual results with Valspar’s very own colour specialist.
5 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 7JB; 21st-22nd March
GET YOUR HANDS ON A BARGAIN HERE: OKA, Oxfordshire
Once a year, furniture and home décor specialists OKA throw the ultimate sale, where interiors fans have a chance to snap up some of the brand’s much-loved pieces at incredible prices. This weekend, its Abingdon warehouse will be filled with thousands of samples, seconds and end-of-line items, including an extensive selection of cushions, lamps, mirrors, dining tables, garden furniture, all at heavily discounted prices. Can’t make it to the sale? Its online outlet will also be full of bargains.
153B Brook Drive, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SD; 23rd-24th March
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