HAVE A ‘CELESTIAL’ AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Plateau
Plateau restaurant has partnered with luxury British jewellery brand Astley Clarke to host a limited-edition champagne afternoon tea inspired by astrology and the zodiac. Available from Monday to Saturday between 3pm and 5pm, guests will be treated to a selection of celestial-inspired delicacies and a gold vermeil compass pendant necklace each. The afternoon tea includes a classic cucumber sandwich on white bread; smoked salmon, cucumber and dill cream cheese on granary bread; and corn-fed chicken breast with tarragon emulsion. Guests will also be served raisin scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve; lemon curd tart with Italian meringue; Opalys white chocolate and raspberry choux buns; and a vanilla macaron.
Canada Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5ER; 26th October
TREAT YOUR DOG HERE: House of Treats
This weekend, Lily’s Kitchen is hosting a pop-up for dogs, where stealing socks from the laundry, leaping into piles of leaves and chilling on the sofa is not only allowed, but encouraged. Hounds will take centre stage at ‘House of Treats’ as they journey through dog-themed spaces designed to bring them (and their owners) joy. Rooms include: ‘Petflix & Chill’ where four-legged friends can relax on the sofa, watch canine-friendly films and sample treats; ‘Put A Sock In It’, a laundry room filled with socks and strings of garments on washing lines; and ‘Bubble Bath’, where a ball-filled bathtub will be the focal point.
Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RB; 26th-27th October
STAY HERE: Houseplant Hotel
The Joy Of Plants has launched the UK’s first houseplant hotel suites, offering guests an immersive overnight experience. Three studio suites at Whitechapel’s Leman Locke hotel have been transformed into lush indoor jungles by award-winning biophilic designer and architect Oliver Heath, This Morning’s ‘Mr Plant Geek’ Michael Perry and Nik Southern, founder of florist Grace & Thorn. Each of the suites delivers a multisensory experience in which houseplants have taken over the walls, windows, bathrooms and even the ceilings. But they’re not just good for the ’gram. Each space aims to show guests how houseplants in a living space can boost overall wellbeing, reduce stress and even boost intimacy.
Leman Street, Whitechapel, E1 8EN
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Lino
Eco champion Lino has launched its ‘Salvage’ weekend brunch. The City restaurant and cocktail bar bakes, ferments, pickles and cures in-house, with a focus on wasting as little as possible. Head chef Richard Falk – previously of The Ledbury and The Dairy – has created a considered brunch menu: the salmon is cured in house; sausages are made in the kitchen from scratch; and salt cod brandade is made from the offcuts of fish dishes leftover from daily operations. Free-flowing drinks include a punch made from bin-end wines, homemade vermouth and cordials made from spent ingredients.
Bartholomew Close, Farringdon, EC1A 7EB
EAT TRUFFLES HERE: Le Pont De La Tour
Outside French riverside restaurant Le Pont De La Tour, the ‘Truffle Hut’ has returned to Butler’s Wharf for another season. Available until the end of November, the intimate den is clad with bark, cabin-style fixtures such as faux fur and just two seats. Inside, guests will be served a five-course truffle tasting menu and a bottle of Moët & Chandon. The feast will begin with wild mushrooms egg cocotte with truffle sabayon, followed by terrine de foie gras, apple and raisin chutney and truffle brioche. The third course comprises roasted turbot with champagne sauce and truffle shavings; followed by breast of poulet noir with baby leeks, supreme sauce and black truffle. Creme caramel flecked with golden raisins will finish off the feast.
Shad Thames, London Bridge, SE1 2YE; until 30th November
TAKE THE KIDS TO THIS: A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Need to keep the kids entertained over half term? Enter A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. Shaun the Sheep’s much-anticipated return to the big screen also heralds the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy: an impish yet adorable alien called LU-LA who crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm. Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure as he sets off on a mission to shepherd LU-LA home. Can Shaun and the flock avert Farmageddon on Mossy Bottom Farm before it’s too late?
In cinemas now
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Touching The Void
Following critically acclaimed runs across the UK, Tom Morris’s production of Touching the Void will open in the West End at the Duke of York’s next month. The man behind West End smash War Horse, Morris’s gripping production marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir of the same name, which charted his extraordinary struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes. The play also zeroes in on the dilemma of Joe’s climbing partner, Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, clinging onto the rope tying him to the severely injured Joe. Unable to recover Joe from the void, Simon is faced with the agonising decision to cut the rope that binds them…
St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4BG; 14th November-29th February
BE A VIP HERE: Upstairs Brixton
Upstairs is a laid-back members club on the top floor of The Department Store in Brixton, offering clientele a social space serving cocktails and creative cuisine, plus a schedule of events each month. This month, the club is offering SheerLuxe VIPs the chance to kick back in the timber-framed dining and drinking space or on the heated roof terrace with a free day pass for themselves and three friends. Not yet an SL VIP? Sign up to become a member using the link below.
Stockwell Avenue, Brixton, SW9 8BQ; until 31st October
FEAST HERE: Zelman Meats
A specialist steakhouse from the celebrated team behind Goodman Restaurants, Zelman Meats has relaunched with a new sharing concept. The focal point is the ‘Zelman Plate’, on which executive chef Olly Bird offers a taste of four different cuts from around the world. The selection includes a UK fillet of Angus cattle fed on Irish grass; Spring Creeks AA+ grade grain-finished sirloin from Alberta, Canada; Hereford & Angus Aberdeen Black ribeye from New South Wales, Australia; and USDA picanha corn-finished Black Angus from Greater Omaha Packers in Nebraska, USA. Beef also makes its way into the cocktails – we enjoyed the ‘Old Fashioned To The Bone’: beef fat-washed bourbon, malbec and brown sugar syrup, plus celery bitters. Away from the steak, we recommend the Canadian lobster croquettes with tarragon, cheddar and lobster mayo, and suggest ordering these two superlative sides: black truffle and parmesan chips; and charred hispi cabbage with chilli, garlic and anchovies.
St Anne’s Court, Soho, W1F 0AZ
STAND UP TO CANCER HERE: 1Rebel Victoria
October is Stand up 2 Cancer month, and this year Cancer Research UK has teamed up with fitness group 1Rebel to host a charity class at its sci-fi-like studio in Victoria. Normally £22 per class, the £10 ticket price will all go to Cancer Research UK to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research. Expect a banging playlist, top-notch sound system and amazing lighting, as 1Rebel trainer Janine (@Janine.Emma.May) encourages riders to feel the burn with a short hand-weights sequence to get that full-body workout – and all for a good cause.
5 Allington Avenue, Victoria, SW1E 5BX; 29th October
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