BE A VIP HERE: Little Kolkata
Housed in Covent Garden and decorated with quirky yet authentic Bengali interiors emulating old heritage homes, Little Kolkata depicts the warmth synonymous to Kolkatan hospitality. The Bengali cuisine is fresh and subtle, using different Indian condiments and herbs to produce delicious flavours. Across the menu, food is light yet so full of flavour you will keep wanting more. This month, the restaurant is offering all SL VIPs 20% off food and a free martini. To take advantage, sign up to become a VIP using the link below.
51-53 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JU; until 31st March
TRY SINGAPORE’S BEST BAR HERE: 34
This weekend, Manhattan – named third best bar in the world at the World’s 50 Best Bars in 2018, and awarded Best Bar in Asia – will travel from Singapore to host a pop-up at 34 Mayfair. From 5pm onwards this Thursday and Friday, Manhattan’s elite team will take over the upstairs Emin Room, offering Londoners a chance to experience this drinking institution on home ground. The opulent hotel bar is recognised worldwide for its ambitious drinks programme inspired by the 19th-century’s golden age of cocktails; this pop-up will be Manhattan’s first in London. A ten-strong cocktail menu will include the ‘Kerman’, made with Patrón Silver tequila, pistachio orgeat and lime; the fruit forward ‘Aviation’, combining Hendrick’s gin, Luxardo Maraschino, clarified lemon, crème de violette and sugar; and the ‘Amelia', which mixes Absolut Elyx vodka, St Germain, lime, sugar and fresh blackberries to finish.
South Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 2HD; until 29th March
SUPPORT EARTH HOUR HERE: Brasserie of Light
This Saturday, Brasserie of Light will honour the worldwide movement of ‘Earth Hour’ with a one-off ‘dining in the dark’ experience. For one hour, the lights in the restaurant and bar will be switched off, transforming the brasserie into a beautiful candlelit space from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Bathed in candlelight, diners will be able to choose from a mix of classic British and internationally-inspired dishes including hand-dived scallops with red peppers; and chicken dumpling with truffle and citrus, alongside main courses including spaghettini with lobster, datterini tomatoes, chilli and garlic; and blackened cod with charred sprouting broccoli, wasabi mayo and truffle wafu dressing.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB; 30th March
ENJOY FIZZ & FROMAGE HERE: London Prosecco & Cheese Festival
This weekend, a festival celebrating two of our favourite things descends on Old Spitalfields Market. The London Prosecco and Cheese Festival is set to be a celebration of all things cheesy and boozy. While there, visitors will be able to sample a delicious selection of UK and international cheeses, with crackers and grapes, and wash it all down with 90-minutes of bottomless fizz from Artigianale. Accompanying the delicious fromage tastings will be a live jazz band, who’ll be playing throughout the day.
Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, E1 6EW; 29th-30th March
GET YOUR CAFFEINE FIX HERE: London Coffee Festival
The London Coffee Festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery this weekend. Promising to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene, the event will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs and art exhibitions. Keep an eye out for ‘Coffee Masters': judged by a panel of industry figureheads, the fast-paced knockout battle format will see 16 baristas showcase their skills head-to-head across a broad range of disciplines. With a prize of £5,000 on the bar, and the prestigious title of Coffee Master, the stakes are high. The perfect place to find a superlative sip of coffee.
91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QR; 28th-31st March
FIND A NEW FRAGRANCE HERE: Jo Malone Pop-Up
This weekend Jo Malone will host an interactive experience in Bloomsbury, bringing the world of Jo Malone to life for consumers. ‘Blossom Daze’ will be taking over Victoria House to showcase the brand’s new limited-edition Blossoms collection, creating an other-worldly realm steeped in colour, where blossoms burst through at each unexpected turn. Through a sensorial journey of discovery, guests will travel from inspiration through to concept and explore key ingredients from the collection. Interactive elements within the space will include an immersive light and sound installation by United Visual Artists, plus workshops such as marbling and floral headpiece making. Don’t forget to take time out at the Blossom Bar.
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA; 29th-30th March
TREAT YOUR MUM HERE: Kahani
Ahead of Mothering Sunday, Michelin-starred chef Peter Joseph will share the cooking skills taught to him by his own mother with two culinary masterclasses. Held this Saturday, guests will learn how to prepare a selection of dishes from Kahani’s three-course menu including masala grilled avocado, robata grilled sea bass and fluffy mushroom naan. Once the cooking’s over, visitors will sit down to eat the prepared dishes and have the opportunity to bring along friends and family to join them for the meal. The two masterclasses will run from 10am and 3pm. For mothers who would prefer to be cooked for, Kahani will also be serving a special three-course Mother’s Day menu on Sunday, priced at £42 a head.
1 Wilbraham Place, Belgravia, SW1X 9AE; 30th-31st March
SEE HISTORY HERE: Richard II
This week sees Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton direct the first-ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage, in a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as the UK leaves the European Union. Beset by problems at home and abroad, a capricious king is forced to relinquish his ‘hollow crown’. As Richard II’s supporters abandon him and his power trickles away, he reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity.
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT; until 21st April
BOOK THIS: Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan's 20th-century ballet masterpiece. In 1965, MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet was given its premiere at Covent Garden by The Royal Ballet and was an immediate success: the first night was met with rapturous applause, which lasted for 40 minutes, and an incredible 43 curtain calls. It has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than 400 times since, as well as touring the world, and has become a true classic of the 20th-century ballet repertory. This weekend, its latest incarnation opens at the Royal Opera House until June. Make sure to grab tickets now.
Bow Street, Covent Garden,WC2E 9DD; until 11th June
BE SCARED HERE: Temple Cinema
Five-star east London hotel Andaz London Liverpool Street has teamed up with East End Film Festival to host Temple Cinema, a series of monthly film screenings held in the hotel’s Masonic Temple from now until the end of 2019. The screenings will focus on the dark art of horror filmmaking, from old-school classics to contemporary productions. The Masonic Temple is one of London’s most eerie, atmospheric and secret spaces, providing the perfect setting for an evening of chills and thrills. Kicking off the 2019 season on 28th March is last year’s Hereditary, where first-time director Ari Aster terrified viewers with a deeply unsettling and imperious performance by Toni Collette. A must-book for thriller fans.
40 Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN; 28th March
GET TICKETS FOR THIS: Van Gogh and Britain
This major exhibition brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists. Launching today, Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône and L'Arlésienne. They will be joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. The exhibition will also look at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg and the young Camden Town painters. It shows how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.
Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG; until 11th August
WATCH THIS: Wild Rose
Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by Bafta ‘Rising Star' nominee Jessie Buckley (Beast), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had enough of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house (Sophie Okonedo). Directed by Tom Harper, Wild Rose is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality and three chords and the truth.
Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7DH; in cinemas 12th April, but showing at Picturehouse Central this weekend
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