TAKE ON A NEW CHALLENGE HERE: Another Space
Another Space – one of SL’s favourite London studios offering a curated edit of HIIT, yoga and spin classes – ticks all the boxes when it comes to working out in style, accompanied by some of the hottest playlists around. As part of its mission to train guests like athletes, the team has introduced heart rate monitors to its ‘HIITSpace’ for an experience which forces visitors to challenge themselves and their limits. The new technology, powered by Danish start-up Motosumo, will allow fitness enthusiasts to measure their heart-rate and calories burned while a screen display showcases real-time performance data to inspire guests to train intelligently and effectively – all with a healthy dose of competition. The HR-monitors are available to purchase from Another Space.
4-10 Tower Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP and 40 Coleman Street, Bank, EC2R 5EH
SEE THE RE-RELEASE OF A MASTERPIECE: Clockwork Orange
Fifty years after its release, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ decline-of-civilisation novel remains a chilling, thrilling and unsettling cinematic vision of nihilistic violence and social control. Set in a flamboyantly stylised near-future where gangs of disenfranchised teenagers indulge in narcotic cocktails and revel in acts of ‘ultraviolence’, the film centres on Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his band of droogs. Following a botched home invasion, Alex is arrested and subsequently sentenced to serve 14 years in prison. Two years later, Alex is visited by a government minister who offers him the opportunity to complete his rehabilitation in two weeks if he agrees to be subjected to the ‘Ludovico Technique’, an experimental and controversial form of aversion therapy.
Various locations; until 10th May
CELEBRATE SAKURA HERE: Dinings SW3
To celebrate Japan’s annual cherry blossom season, Dinings SW3 in Chelsea has created an exclusive sakura-infused menu curated by exec chef Masaki Sugisaki. Served throughout April and drawing upon the restaurant’s elegant take on ‘Izakaya’ (applying traditional Japanese techniques to modern European cuisine), the menu showcases fresh fish sourced from Cornish day boats and local produce wherever possible. We like the sound of the pud: a rhubarb and sakura floating island, with sakura anglaise, fresh yuzu meringue and shiso leaves gel.
Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea, SW3 2JH; until 30th April
BUY YOUR EASTER CHOCOLATE HERE: Duke of York Square
Ahead of the Easter weekend celebrations, a selection of artisan chocolate market stalls including Sir Hans Sloane, Lavolio, Diana David, Susie Keane, Peacoc, Bad Brownies, London Chocolate and Speciality Foods will descend to Duke of York Square to sell their wares. In addition, a number of regular traders will be offering one-off chocolate dishes for the Easter edition of the market. Dishes will include chocolate sushi from Aki Maki, chocolate-flavoured Vietnamese spring rolls from Rao Deli, ten flavours of chocolate fudge from Cookies and Creams and chocolate Guinness cake by Nick Fu. The chocolate festivities will continue in renowned store Partridges, where there will be three Royal Warrant holders featured: Prestat, Bendicks and Charbonnel and Walker, alongside chocolate-flavoured Chelsea Buns.
80 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY; 13th April
SEE THE FINAL WEEKEND OF THIS: Home, I’m Darling
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, Laura Wade’s hilarious new play transferred to the West End for 11 weeks – this weekend marks the end of its run. How happily married are the happily married? Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy in this fizzing comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife.
Duke of York Theatre, St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4BG; until 13th April
GET IMMERSIVE HERE: The Banquet Of Hoshena
Dinner Time Story, the producer behind successful pop-up Le Petit Chef, is launching a new projector-led dining concept this April which promises to be an illusionary feast for the senses. Running in a temporary venue at Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, ‘Banquet of Hoshena’ will transport guests to an imaginary land where flavours and emotions are intrinsically linked and kings, queens, fairies and volcanoes come alive on the table. Using cutting-edge 3D visual technology, image mapping, experiential props and effective storytelling through flavours, ingredients, sights, sounds and tastes, the five-course dining experience will take guests on an immersive journey to restore the Kingdom of Hoshena to its former glory.
Westfield, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7GF; 12th April-7th August
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EAT ICE-CREAM HERE: Market Halls Victoria
Market Halls Victoria has opened a roof terrace. With outdoor seating for 150 customers, a bar championing British-made beers, independent spirits and soft drinks and a new ‘Summer Spritz’ menu, visitors can head upstairs for a day in the sunshine with a never-before-seen view over Victoria. Open from early morning until late evening, guests will be able to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks in the space, which is filled with comfortable banquets, plenty of greenery and cosy tables. Coinciding with the launch of the rooftop, fun-loving soft-serve dessert bar Soft Serve Society has made a return to Market Halls with a summer-long pop up. The team will offer its signature serves along with DIY toppings including honeycomb, marshmallow, popcorn, Oreos, candyfloss and popping candy.
191 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5NE
PAY RESPECTS TO A FASHION ICON HERE: Mary Quant
Inventive, opinionated and commercially minded, Mary Quant was the most iconic fashion designer of the 1960s. A design and retail pioneer, she popularised super-high hemlines and other irreverent looks that were critical to the development of the 'Swinging Sixties' scene. The V&A’s fashion collections include examples of her famous designs from across the 1960s and 1970s. From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.
The V&A, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL; until 16th February 2020
EAT ART HERE: Aqua Nueva
Taking inspiration from the National Gallery’s current Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light exhibition, Aqua Nueva’s head chef Yahir Gonzalez has created a special menu of sweet and savoury dishes. Available until 7th July, the menu brings the revered painter’s vivid artworks to life in food form. Dishes are listed on an artist’s ‘palette’ menu card and include highlights such as: ‘Young Fisherman, Valencia, 1904’: an edible net filled with grilled mackerel, anchovies and roasted peppers; ‘Sewing the Sail, 1896’: a dessert designed to look like a summer garden, incorporating seasonal fruit sorbet, sweet jelly, fresh fruit and a strawberry meringue; and ‘Maria Painting at El Prado, 1907’: a selection of bright edible ‘paint’, evoking the same colours found in the painting. Guests will be able to paint their own designs to accompany the rest of the dessert, which consists of a white chocolate and passionfruit bavaroise.
240 Regent Street, Carnaby, W1F 7EB; until 7th July
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: The Ivy St John’s Wood
This April, The Ivy St John’s Wood has unveiled a new Bloody Mary trolley, perfect for those looking to enjoy weekend brunch with friends or family. Available on Saturdays from 11am to 4pm and Sundays from midday to 4pm, guests will be able to enjoy a series of cocktails, shaken up at a Bloody Mary drinks trolley brought to the table. Cocktails include ‘The Bloody Mary in St John’s Wood’, featuring Grey Goose vodka, tomato juice, The Ivy Collection spice mix, olives and celery’ and the ‘Mary 24’, incorporating Beefeater 24, tomato juice, The Ivy Collection spice mix, dry vermouth and lemon juice.
120 St John’s Wood High Street, St John’s Wood, NW8 7SG; 13th-14th April
CELEBRATE GoT’S RETURN HERE: Dinner Is Coming
‘Dinner Is Coming’ is a new immersive spoof dining experience inspired by hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Coinciding with the return of the series, the evening will blend a feast of indulgent food with theatre, comedy and an unhealthy dose of murder. Hosted in the underground tunnels of The Vaults, guests will be treated to a feast fit for the Seven Kingdoms as well as specially designed drinks menu as the night celebrates the marriage between the heir to the Several Kingdoms, Jaffrey Bearathon, and Margarine, the beautiful daughter of the noble Trywell Family. A truly immersive event, guests are encouraged to dress in accordance to their chosen house, whether a richly decorated lord or lady, an armoured warrior or a rag-wearing peasant. A must for GoT fans.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN; 9th April-2nd June
BE A VIP HERE: THE KENSINGTON
Located in South Kensington, the recently refurbished Town House restaurant at The Kensington is an all-day dining destination, accessed through its own discreet entrance on Manson Place. A home away from home, the Town House is an ideal spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Offering British food at its best, guests can choose from a mix of creative, seasonal, locally-sourced options or go for a healthy alternative by The Juicery. This month, the venue is offering all SL VIPs 30% off the bill. Sign up to become a member using the link below.
109-113 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LP; until 30th April
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