ATTEND A BEAUTY WEEKEND HERE: John Lewis
John Lewis’s first nationwide beauty weekend is exclusively for My John Lewis members. All John Lewis shops will be celebrating, with offers on beauty brands such as NARS, Elemis and Charlotte Tilbury, as well as complimentary samples, treatments and more. Five shops will host a lineup of beauty experts and influencers, including Sali Hughes, Fleur de Force, Hannah Martin and Melissa Hemsley. Expect thought-provoking panels and masterclasses from leading brands, and you’ll leave with a goody bag worth over £100. Not yet a member? Sign up here.
Various John Lewis stores around the UK; 4th-6th October
FULFIL YOUR GBBO DREAMS HERE: The Cake & Bake Show
The UK's biggest baking event returns this weekend. The annual Cake & Bake Show is crammed with all things baking, cake decorating and sugar craft. Visitors will gain insight from celebrity experts, while shopping the latest baking equipment and ingredients. Begin with a wander around the show to discover all the great brands on offer before heading over to the Cake & Bake Stage to watch live demonstrations from celebrity bakers and cake experts such as Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown, Rosemary Shrager and Cutter & Squidge, as they bring their recipes and cake creations to life on stage.
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL; 4th-6th October
TRY TWO WORLD-CLASS BARS HERE: The Bloomsbury
The Bloomsbury hotel is hosting two of the world’s best-regarded cocktail bars. On Friday, guests can join teams from Hong Kong’s The Old Man and Barcelona’s Paradiso as they arrive at the hotel for a one-night double takeover, in collaboration with The World’s 50 Best Bars. Paradiso is headed up by Giacomo Giannotti, who’ll be setting up in The Coral Room, while The Old Man brings its Hemingway-inspired cocktails to The Bloomsbury Club. Led by three ground-breakers, The Old Man has taken Hong Kong’s cocktail scene by storm with innovative drinks and a new approach to mixology.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN; 4th October
BOOK THIS: Helene Schjerfbeck at the RA
Discover the mesmerising paintings of Helene Schjerfbeck, one of Finland’s best-kept secrets, in the UK’s first major exhibition of her work. This long-overdue survey traces the evolution of her remarkable career through more than 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes. Among the highlights are a sequence of self-portraits that demonstrate Schjerfbeck’s lifelong fascination with the physical and psychological process of ageing. In the age of the selfie, her engagement with masks and masquerade – the superficial appearance we present to the world and what lies beneath – is more relevant than ever.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD; until 27th October
EAT HERE: Issho-Ni
Issho-Ni is a stylish Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar serving up sharing plates, izakaya style. On Bethnal Green Road, it connects guests with new tastes and experiences in a relaxed casual-dining atmosphere. The 54-cover restaurant, styled in 1920s art-deco style, is split over two levels, features an open kitchen and has a 14-seat counter dining table downstairs. With a focus on bold and seasonal flavours, head chef Eduardo Aguiar – previously in charge of Bone Daddies, Shack-Fuyu and Kiri – is pushing boundaries once again, putting his own twist on Japan’s traditional dishes. Menu highlights include raw thinly sliced seabass with jalapeno, coriander and truffle yuzu dressing; and seared wagyu beef topped with ponzu oroshi chives.
185 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E2 6AB
WATCH THIS: Judy
Thirty years after starring in The Wizard of Oz, beloved actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans, and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband. This one’s already getting Oscar buzz for Renée Zellweger – see it while you can.
In cinemas now
HAVE A COFFEE HERE: Kiss The Hippo
Coffee shop Kiss The Hippo has opened a second site, this time in Fitzrovia. Spread across two light-filled floors, the new branch serves the same award-winning coffee roasted at Kiss the Hippo’s HQ in Richmond, which is home to its Soil Association-certified organic roastery. The Fitzrovia café will also offer a variety of breakfast and lunch options to eat in or takeaway. Expect dishes such as eggs benedict served in a freshly baked croissant bun; scrambled tofu with red pepper and herbs on sourdough toast; and its signature cinnamon roll with white chocolate icing.
51 Margaret Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 8SG
DRINK HERE: Le Syndicat
This week, the Sanderson hotel is hosting award-winning Parisian bar Le Syndicat for six days. Placed in the top 25 of the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018, Le Syndicat pops up at Long Bar – the Sanderson’s prominent 80ft cocktail bar – until Sunday. Influenced by French couture houses, Le Syndicat’s innovative cocktails include the likes of ‘French Kiss’, made from gin, peach aperitif Rinquinquin, Calvados, strawberry and rosemary with fresh lemon juice; and the ‘Holy Grail’, made with roasted coffee-infused Christian Drouin Calvados, Vin d’Arbois, Macvin, bitters and a dusting of nutmeg.
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NG; until 6th October
BOOK A TABLE HERE: Shared Roots
As part of Ruinart’s partnership with Frieze London, top chef Adam Handling has created a dining experience inspired by the champagne house’s annual ‘Carte Blanche’ commission, this year by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. Titled ‘Shared Roots’, the artwork series exhibited at the Frieze art fair in Regent’s Park focuses on the relationship between humans and nature through six photographic works. Handling’s menu will extend over five courses and focuses on his commitment to zero waste and sustainability. Dish highlights include: knobbly unpeeled celeriac baked in mud; otherwise-discarded broccoli roots and vine leaves served with turbot; and Ruinart champagne fermented into vinegar, layered on foraged meadow herbs.
75 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9SG; until 13th October
BE A VIP HERE: Bababoom
To celebrate its first birthday, BabaBoom Islington is offering SL VIPs half price on all food. Kick off with homemade sweet potato hummus, then choose from an array freshly made kebabs – with a side of whipped feta fries. Whether you pick the chargrilled cauliflower, the 24-hour marinated mutton shoulder or the saffron and orange chicken shish, your kebab is cooked over coals for an intense smokey flavour. Finish off with a hot salted date caramel sundae. Not yet an SL VIP? Sign up using the link below.
189 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ; offer valid until 30th November
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