FEEL FESTIVE HERE: 34 Mayfair
London restaurant 34 Mayfair has created a ‘Miracle at 34’ Christmas installation. In partnership with Moët & Chandon, the restaurant will welcome guests into a winter wonderland adorned with an impressive 14,000 decorations, including 8,400 colourful baubles. Designed by Jane Wadham, who’s known for her beautiful floral arrangements, the baubles have been intricately woven throughout the restaurant to add a touch of decadence to festive brunches, lunches and dinners. Guests who dine at 34 Mayfair will also be able to take their little ones to meet Father Christmas in a beautifully decorated grotto following the meal.
34 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HD
GO XMAS SHOPPING HERE: Chiltern Street Christmas Market
‘Chiltern Street Christmas’ returns to Marylebone on 28th November with a lineup of live performances, festive workshops, a community-driven design project, food and drink from some of the area’s best restaurants (such as drinks and oysters by Chiltern Firehouse and mulled wine and spiced apple juice at Monocle Café) and in-store promotions. Free to attend, guests can learn new skills with a programme of creative workshops led by local experts. Florist Moyses Stevens will host a wreath-making workshop; Casely-Hayford is inviting guests to contribute to a blank canvas that will then be crafted into an garment; shoppers can create their own jewellery and Christmas decorations with jeweller Cox & Power; while Dashing Tweeds is inviting them to create Christmas tree bunting and headbands using recycled off-cuts. There will also be live music, including a harpist and The Sylvia Young Theatre School Choir.
Various locations in Marylebone; 28th November
WATCH THIS: Knives Out!
Writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery in which everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. Also stars Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield and Katherine Langford.
In cinemas now
HAVE A DRINK HERE: Lyaness
Lyaness, the latest bar from internationally renowned bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), has a new menu. The bold new bar was launched at Sea Containers London, the site of Mr Lyan’s multi-award-winning spot Dandelyan, earlier this year. The concept allows guests to break down the bartender/guest barrier. The ingredients-led new menu comprises seven homemade concoctions including ‘Peach Emoji’ (a big, bold body of flavour including marzipan and stone fruit with a slightly green finish) and ‘Lyaness Tea-mooth’ (an apricot backbone, toasted nutty notes on top, and a rich, salty texture). We’re intrigued.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
GO ‘OUT OUT’ HERE: Magic Door
Magic Door remains one of the UK's most intriguing club nights, built around an ethos where the look and feel of each night is as important as the music itself. Its loyal crowd reciprocates the effort, rocking up in all manner of outlandish costumes. This weekend, the club is debuting at the soon-to-be-closed The Cause. Uniting Magic Door's creativity with The Cause's celebrated industrial look, the night promises to be one of the shows of the year. PBR Streetgang, Maxxi Soundsystem and Mr Doris will all perform, the Crafty Girls will be on make-up duties; and there will be a truck full of glitter. A great way to kick off the party season.
Ashley Road, Tottenham Hale, N17 PBR; 30th November
ATTEND A LAUNCH PARTY HERE: Retiring Room
Tonight, The Retiring Room – a new subterranean bar from Samyukta Nair inspired by the retiring rooms of India’s train stations – will open its doors. Tucked underneath Bombay Bustle on Maddox Street, the night will see award-winning bartender Didier Van den Broeck behind the bar, as party-goers snack on Mumbai-influenced canapés such as crispy Bombay fried chicken and aromatic curry patta prawns. Starting at 9pm, Didier will be mixing serves from Dogma, his Antwerp bar, including a ‘Japanese Blossom’ with Martini Extra Dry, Bombay Sapphire East gin, fino sherry, lychee and grapefruit, and the ‘Death Dry Drop’, with Santa Teresa 1796, vintage 1998 oloroso sherry, yellow chartreuse and black rice.
29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PA; 28th November
PIMP UP YOUR HOME HERE: Studio Pottery London
This weekend brings the launch of Studio Pottery London’s first Christmas fair. On Friday, there’ll be a party from 6pm ’til late, then space will become an open house on Saturday (11am-8pm) and Sunday (11am-6pm). Together with the teachers and technicians, the team will be on hand to guide visitors through work by its members – ideal when it comes to Christmas presents. The event is also an opportunity to visit neighbouring Wild by Tart, which is hosting its Christmas fair this weekend, offering grilled toasties and bowl food from its open kitchen, and cocktails and winter warmers from the bar.
29 Eccleston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 9NF; 29th November-1st December
GO SUSTAINABLE HERE: GiffGaff Pop-Up
Mobile network GiffGaff has launched a pop-up shop in Seven Dials with a difference: nothing is for sale. To enter, people have to make a pledge: they must commit to choosing refurbished wherever possible. Working with Melanie Fisher of Zero Waste Goods, GiffGaff has collected 100 items to display in the store. The ‘not for sale’ items include bikes, a pre-owned games console and a turntable made out of recycled materials, as well as 50 ‘like new’ refurbed phones (with models including the iPhone X, XR and Samsung S10+). Anyone who makes the pledge stands a chance of winning one of the items.
9-11 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2H 9A; 29th November
HEAD TO THE RIVER HERE: Wahaca
Wahaca has opened ‘The Mexican Eye’, two experiential dining pods on the South Bank. With views over the river, the pods will offer a taste of the best Mexican street food, with a range of sharing snacks including: homemade guacamole with tortilla chips; duck croquetas with smokey hibiscus and chipotle salsa; and crispy cauliflower bites. Sharing boards will include: buttermilk chicken tacos with pink pickled onions and spiced mayo; and roasted butternut squash tacos with creamy cashew nut mole and pumpkin seeds. For those looking to fiesta in true Mexican style, a tequila flight showcases the best spirits Wahaca has to offer. All food and drink will be served by the Mexican Eye’s dedicated waiter. Decorated with vibrant colours and traditional woven furnishing, the pods feature floral installations and are finished with greenery on the exterior to create privacy and add to the eclectic feel.
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
PRETEND YOU’RE IN THE ALPS HERE: Winterland
Fulham Beach Club has had a ‘hygge’ ski chalet makeover. As well as fur-lined cabins, lodges and igloos, The Alpine Club will offer a variety of fun winter games, warming street food and drinks from the Moose Bar. For those who like to party, DJs and live bands will be playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Guests can cosy up with friends – mulled wine, hot gin or boozy hot chocolate in hand – and enjoy street food from The Lodge. Think flameless cheese fondue, spicy chicken wings, macaroni cheese and sourdough wood-fired pizzas. Too cold to be outside? Choose from a heated ten-person winter cabin, an igloo for up to eight or a six-person hot tub for a true après experience.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY
BE A VIP HERE: 14 Hills
D&D London has just opened 14 Hills, a restaurant, bar and deli in the Square Mile. The pretty 14th-floor restaurant contains a variety of trees, shrubs and seasonal climbers, transforming the open-plan space into an indoor garden with views towards Tower Bridge. Heading up the kitchen is Thomas Piat, formerly exec chef at Bar Boulud. Piat’s menu focuses on modern British cooking with a touch of French flair, with many dishes influenced by his life and cooking experience on the other side of the Channel. Signature hits will include a seafood starter of white crab, cauliflower and Oscietra caviar, plus classics such as beef tartare, Jersey rock oysters and dover sole served on the bone. To celebrate the opening, 14 Hills is offering SheerLuxe VIPs a free glass of champagne each and vanilla and cinnamon french toast to share when ordering one other main from the brunch menu. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
120 Fenchurch Street, City, EC3M 5BA; 30th November
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