TRY A NEW TEA-TASTING EXPERIENCE HERE: Jing
From Per Se in New York to Arzak in San Sebastian and Amber in Hong Kong, Michelin-starred establishments across the world choose to serve Jing tea. Now you can too. Jing has opened its first shop in St Christopher’s Place. ‘Tea flights’ – immersive tastings led by experts – will be hosted in store, introducing customers to the people, places and artisan processes that make Jing’s teas exceptional. The 45-minute experience will inspire customers to try teas that may be unknown to them and to sample some of Asia’s most special teas at the in-store tasting bar. The team will also be on hand to show customers how to make the perfect cup of tea at home, using the company’s modern teaware designs to simplify the process. The ideal place for a spot of Christmas shopping.
18-19 St Christopher’s Place, Marylebone, W1U 1NN
SEE A NEW EXHIBITION HERE: Tate Modern
In the 30s, Dora Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. Her eye for the unusual translated to her commercial photography, including fashion and advertising, as well as her social documentary projects. Her relationship with Pablo Picasso had a profound effect on both their careers. She documented the creation of his most political work, ‘Guernica 1937’ and he painted her many times, including ‘Weeping Woman 1937’. Together they made a series of portraits combining experimental photographic and printmaking techniques. In later life, Maar withdrew from photography. She concentrated on painting and found stimulation and solace in poetry, religion and philosophy, returning to her darkroom only in her 70s. This exhibition spans Maar’s long career, setting it in the context of work by her contemporaries.
Bankside, SE1 9TG; until 15th March
TRY A NEW BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH HERE: Hovarda
Aegean-inspired restaurant Hovarda has launched a weekly brunch. ‘Hedonist Sundays’ will feature hot and cold ‘best of Hovarda’ dishes and bottomless cocktails, set to the beat of the Aegean coastline. For £70pp, guests will have unlimited access to dishes such as avocado with lentil caviar, seaweed and lemon oil; raw seabass with almond vinaigrette, jalapeno and purple shisho; and fried squid with squid ink mayo and lemon. A free-flowing selection of drinks will include Moët & Chandon champagne, negronis, espresso martinis, bloody marys or red and white wine – for two and a half hours. The weekly event will feature a rotating line-up of DJs from 5pm. Perfect for seeing the weekend out in style.
36-40 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DW; 24th November
SIP A CHANEL-INSPIRED COCKTAIL HERE: La Pont De La Tour
Le Pont de la Tour and St-Germain liqueur have teamed up to create a cocktail menu celebrating France’s favourite female icons: The collection features four drinks: ‘Noir & Blanc’, inspired by Coco Chanel (Oxley gin, St-Germain, lime juice, apple juice and egg white); ‘Marie Antoinette’ (Johanna Royale with a champagne top, St-Germain, dry martini and glitter); ‘La Vie En Rose’, inspired by singer Edith Piaf (St-Germain, rosé, sparkling wine and sparkling water); and ‘Le Nouveau Paris’, an ode to Marion Cotillard (Picon, St-Germain, Patrón tequila, Patron Citrónge and a twist of grapefruit).
36 Shad Thames, Bermondsey, SE1 2YE; until 30th November
SEE NAN GOLDIN’S LATEST WORKS HERE: Marian Goodman Gallery
Marian Goodman Gallery has launched its first exhibition with Nan Goldin, who joined the gallery in September 2018. Goldin’s first solo show in London since 2002 will present an important range of historical pieces together with three new video works exhibited for the first time. Over the past year Goldin has been working on a digital slideshow titled ‘Memory Lost’, recounting a life lived through a lens of drug addiction. This captivating and haunting journey unfolds through an assemblage of intimate and personal imagery to offer a poignant reflection on memory and the darkness of addiction. Moving and personal, it is accompanied by an emotionally charged new score from composer and instrumentalist Mica Levi. A must-see.
5-8 Lower John Street, Soho, W1F 9DY; until 11th January
HAVE A TRUFFLE-FILLED DINNER HERE: Trinity
Adam Byatt’s Michelin-starred Trinity in Clapham is serving up a white truffle dining series until Sunday. The special menu will celebrate the luxurious white truffles of Piedmont, and will run alongside the à la carte menu. For £160pp, guests will select from the likes of potato and white truffle tartlet with tête de moine cheese; white truffle strozzapretti; dover sole baked in white truffle butter with cauliflower and pickled mushrooms; venison saddle baked in white truffle butter; lavosh tartlet of white beetroot, prune and walnut; and white truffle and white chocolate Paris-Brest. Delicious.
4 The Polygon, Clapham, SW4 0JG; until 24th November
HEAD TO ST VINCENT’S NEW BAR HERE: Veuve Clicquot Pop-Up
Hot on the heels of previous partnerships with FKA Twigs, Tom Dixon and Carine Roitfeld, world-renowned champagne house Veuve Clicquot is launching a two-day London pop-up with singer St Vincent on Saturday. Promising to be a champagne bar with a difference, the space will be transformed into the vision of the award-winning musician. St Vincent – aka Annie Clark – will not be alone, as a collective of designers and mixologists will be collaborating to bring her surreal vision to life. Every detail, from how you enjoy your glass, to the pleasure of taste and the power of smell and sound, will combine to create a ‘wonderland of discovery’. We’re intrigued.
Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JA; 22nd-23rd November
HAVE A SWAN LAKE EXPERIENCE HERE: Bluebird Chelsea
This Christmas, Bluebird Chelsea and Cîroc vodka have partnered up to bring the magic of Swan Lake to the Kings Road. Bluebird’s courtyard has been transformed into a winter wonderland, bringing the ballet to life via wooden chalets where guests can get warm with faux-fur blankets, hot chocolate and cheese fondues. A seasonal menu has been created by new exec chef Harvey Ayliffe and includes truffle arancini, veal meatballs and macaroni cheese, plus a selection of desserts such as apple pie and chocolate fondue with marshmallows. When it comes to drinks, you’ll find a selection of warming concoctions made with Cîroc vodka. We like the sound of the ‘White Spritz’ (Cîroc White Grape, sauvignon blanc and Chandon) and the ‘Heard It On The Grape Vine’ (Cîroc White Grape, Belsazar and dry vermouth).
350 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU; until January 2020
WATCH THIS: Monos
On a remote mountaintop, a rebel group of commandos perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner (Julianne Nicholson) for a shadowy force known only as ‘The Organisation’. After a series of unexpected events drives them deep into the jungle, their mission slowly begins to collapse. Set against a beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ film is an epic that will grip you.
In cinemas now
BE A VIP HERE: Ziggy Green
The Daisy Green Collection brings cool Melbourne/Sydney-inspired all-day dining and drinking to London. In chic surroundings, each location consistently delivers delicious Antipodean-inspired food with bold flavours and exciting textures. At the new spot – Ziggy Green on Heddon Street – expect relaxed Aussie service paired with ambient interiors inspired by David Bowie’s 70s alter ego. We love its bottomless brunch, which features sweetcorn and spring green fritters, and the kitchen’s award-winning banana bread sandwich. Until the end of the month, all SL VIPs will get 25% off the total bill for up to six guests. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
1 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BD; offer valid until 30th November
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