GET FIT HERE: BLOK London
This weekend, Clapton fitness studio BLOK London is hosting two one-off classes. ‘Boxing with Paul’ is a two-hour boxing workshop to elevate and increase your overall boxing ability. Expect to work on your feet and hand positioning, coordination, timing and balance, while also practising a series of punch combinations to improve your accuracy and defence. Next up is ‘Inversions with Wen’. In yoga, an inversion is any movement or pose that involves the head being below the heart. This two-hour workshop will take you through safe ways of entering and exiting inversions, and building strength and control to go upside down in your yoga practice – all more comprehensively than can be covered in a typical group yoga class. This workshop is for beginners, but more challenging modifications will be offered to those who are keen practitioners.
38-40 Upper Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 8BQ; 9th November
HAVE DINNER & A SHOW HERE: Boulevard
This month brings the return of Soho’s Boulevard. The new incarnation of the theatre features a new performance space with a revolving stage, and this weekend sees multiple performances of Ghost Quartet, an intoxicating musical about love, loss and spirits. A two-floor glass bridge leads from the theatre to an art deco-style restaurant and bar, which is open from breakfast to late-night drinks. The space is beautiful: think plush pink and brass interior complemented by soft boudoir-style lighting. The restaurant serves a range of dishes, with a leaning towards plant-based cookery. Guests can choose from traditional smashed chilli avocado on sourdough; sumac oregano chicken with burnt aubergine and Iranian green pistachio; and roasted curried baby cauliflower with black dhal, fresh coconut, crispy onions and lime.
6 Walker’s Court, Soho, W1F 0BT
WATCH THIS: The Good Liar
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. An acting masterclass.
In cinemas now
FEEL FESTIVE HERE: Harvey Nichols
This Christmas, Harvey Nichols has transformed its Canvas space into an enchanted secret hideaway for customers to enjoy festive films, ice-cream cocktails, Nordic nibbles and wreath-making masterclasses with florist Farima Perry. Throughout November and December, a special edit of Christmas films will be showing at the Pocket Cinema, including all-time classics such as Home Alone, The Muppet Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. In keeping with the theme, Harvey Nichols has created a Scandi-inspired menu including kantarellmacka (mushroom and gruyere toasties), kottbullar (meatballs) and kanelbullar (cinnamon buns). The Secret Forest Bar will be open from 11am to 11pm, and is available to book for food and cocktails before and after film screenings.
109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ; 8th November-5th January
HAVE AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Kimpton Fitzroy London
Bloomsbury hotel Kimpton Fitzroy London has launched a chocolate-inspired afternoon tea. ‘Do You Like Chocolate?’ is a collaboration between exec pastry chef and winner of Bake Off: The Professionals 2019 Thibault Marchand and director of bars Sean Fennelly, involving months of research to infuse the precision of cocktails with the fragility of patisserie. The tea will feature intelligent cocktail pairings alongside elements of the traditional afternoon tea with a chocolate spin. The chocolate used throughout the tea is from Valrhona, and Thibault has used it to craft a selection of delicate cakes such as a Tainori chocolate layered cake with passion fruit, mango, lime and banana; a tonka, lime and Kalingo chocolate choux; and a blackcurrant and Macae chocolate petit gateau.
1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE; 7th-9th November
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Megan’s Kensington
Megan’s has been keeping locals happy since opening on the Kings Road in 2002. Now the mini-group is set to open on the corner of Kensington High Street and Phillimore Gardens. Like its other restaurants, it will serve brunch until 4:30pm and at lunchtime will open its deli bar, which will feature a range of flatbreads and sourdough toasties, as well as salads, tortillas, meats and fish. The family friendly space will have dog bowls, treats and dog beds on hand for pups, and children will receive free babyccinos, which will be offered alongside a kids’ menu, plenty of high chairs and pram space, plus colouring sheets and crayons. Once opened, Megan’s will launch an events space that will have a packed diary full of supper clubs and Sunday film nights.
204 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 7RG; opens December 2019
TRY A NEW ROAST HERE: Mele e Pere
Soho’s neighbourhood trattoria Mele e Pere launches its Sunday Roast all’Italiana this Sunday. The four-course feast is designed to be shared among friends and family, with a different regional wine pairing every week. Head chef Andrea Mantovani has created a menu of regional favourites including antipasti such as Ascolana olives stuffed with spicy ’nduja, or prosciutto with crispy gnocchi fritti and grana padano. There will be two choices of pasta made in-house daily, plus mains such as roasted porchetta stuffed with apple and sage. As well as the ever-changing wine, guests can sample something from the vermouth bar, which serves up London’s largest selection of the spirit, with craft labels and old favourites sitting alongside its own in-house brews.
46 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9TF; 10th November
HAVE A BURLESQUE BRUNCH HERE: Mortimer House
This Saturday, restaurant and members club Mortimer House will host its first ‘Wiggle for Wellness’ brunch, a movement and brunch class inspired by the art of burlesque. From 11am, guests can enjoy a class led by UK burlesque expert Miss Polly Rae, before diving into bottomless brunch dishes such as spinach shakshuka and charcoal cauliflower with Greek yoghurt and za’atar. The hour-long class is designed for the mind, body and soul, and aims to encourage wellbeing, female empowerment and a strong, confident, positive body image. The class will begin with a brief introduction to burlesque, before teaching a collection of dance movements to be combined into a simple final routine performance, which can be memorised and later practised at home.
41 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH; 9th November
BE A VIP HERE: Glow Bar
Glow Bar is a wellness company for women created by Sasha Sabapathy. Sweating as a means of healing has been used for centuries in cultures from South America to India. Utilising modern technologies, Glow Bar’s infrared saunas allow you to have a similar experience with maximised benefits. Infrared therapy stimulates collagen production while healing your skin from the surface to deeper levels leading to long-term skin benefits. The action of profusely sweating at a lower temperature means your skin glows from the moment you leave the salon. Keen to give it a try? This month Glow Bar is offering SL VIPs 45% off infrared saunas. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
70 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7RY; offer valid until 1st December
EAT DINNER FOR A GOOD CAUSE HERE: St Pancras Brasserie
Leading homeless and education charity Beyond Food Foundation and restaurant group Searcys have teamed up to announce their 2019 Christmas campaign. Running across the festive months, Searcys will add a £1 donation on every cover at all of its restaurants. Last year’s campaign raised over £10,000 for Beyond Food, which helped to support the charity’s efforts to provide skills development, training and career support to disadvantaged, vulnerable and often homeless Londoners. The campaign is being launched with a fundraiser dinner at St Pancras Brasserie on 7th November. Beyond Food apprentices will work side by side with Searcys chefs to cook a four-course menu with a champagne and wine pairing. Menu highlights include seared scallops with broccoli bhaji, cumin lentils and coriander; and pear and almond tart with cinnamon ice-cream.
St Pancras International Station, King’s Cross, N1C 4QL; 7th November
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