DO ‘DRY JAN’ IN STYLE HERE: Cahoots Underground
Inspired by the historic ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign during WWII, 1940s-themed bar Cahoots Underground has teamed up with non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip to create a ‘Garnish for Victory’ drinks experience. Guests will be able to try their hand at garnishing their own Seedlip libations with homegrown herbs throughout the month of January. Non-alcoholic tipples on offer include ‘Green-Thumbed Grove’, a floral and aromatic mix of Seedlip Grove 42, AEcorn Aromatic non-alcoholic aperitif, ginger, mint, rose syrup and Fentimans rose lemonade, plus ‘Garden to Garnish to Glug’, comprising Seedlip Garden 108, AEcorn Dry non-alcoholic aperitif and homemade mint pea soda. Perfect for those attempting Dry January.
13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW; until 31st January
…OR DO ‘DRY MARTINI’ JANUARY HERE: Barts
Chelsea’s Barts is taking the opposite approach to Dry January by kicking off the new decade with a new martini menu. Every Wednesday, the team behind the underground drinking den will be wheeling out its drinks trolley to deliver a martini-making experience to each table. Whether you like it shaken or stirred, guests will be able to select their preferred ingredients from the trolley, which the speakeasy’s mixologists will then transform into your ideal drink.
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DW; until 31st January
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Fairview
Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Fairview is not to be missed. Described by the award’s judges as a “hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure and ultimately brings audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices”, reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. It follows the Frasier family as they gather to celebrate Grandma’s birthday. Things do not go according to plan and the audience is confronted with a thought-provoking account of racial alienation and division.
66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LZ; until 18th January
TRY VEGANUARY HERE: Dishoom
Dishoom has introduced a range of vegan dishes to its menus this month. To start the day, vegan patrons can opt for vegan-friendly ‘Oat Milk Chai’ followed by a vegan naan roll, which sees Beyond Meat sausages wrapped in naan and served with vegan cheese and chilli jam. Guests can also enjoy vegan akuri, a spicy scrambled tofu piled on home-made vegan buns. At lunch and in the evenings, vegan small plates now include warmly spiced vegetable samosas, okra fries and chole puri, a dish of spiced chickpea curry served alongside puffed puris and sweet halwa. The ideal place for those giving Veganuary a try.
HEAD TO A PASTA MASTERCLASS HERE: Officina OO
Officina 00, a pasta restaurant and workshop on Old Street, has launched a series of pasta masterclasses this month. Every Saturday, guests will have the chance to learn how to make pasta like a true nonna, trying everything from a basic fresh egg pasta through to the restaurant’s signature tortellini and raviolo fritto cacio e pepe. Once the aprons come off, there’ll be time to sit down for lunch where guests can tuck into their handmade pasta along with a selection of seasonal sauces, sides and a glass of wine or prosecco. Classes cost £70pp.
156 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9BW; 11th January
WATCH THIS: JoJo Rabbit
JoJo Rabbit is a WWII satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
In cinemas now
HAVE AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden has partnered with climate charity Cool Earth to create a special afternoon tea. The collaboration aims to help raise money to halt deforestation by putting local people back in control of their forest. The limited-edition menu is influenced by Cool Earth’s mission in the Peruvian rainforest and will combine Petersham Nurseries classics and Peruvian-inspired sweets, presented on a rainforest-themed hand-blown glass centrepiece. The fully vegetarian menu includes savoury bites such as cauliflower pani puri; squash and chilli quiche; and beetroot, buckwheat and walnut crostata, and sweet bites include tonka bean custard slice; Peruvian chocolate and coffee bean macaron; plus a classic Battenberg and Victoria sponge.
31 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD; until 29th March
GET CREATIVE HERE: South London Gallery
Bloomberg New Contemporaries has returned to the South London Gallery with a showcase of works by 45 emerging artists. A guest panel comprising artists Rana Begum, Sonia Boyce and Ben Rivers selected participants from over 1,500 applications to the annual open-submission exhibition, which is marking its 70th anniversary this year. We suggest heading over with the family, as each Saturday sees The Big Family Press host ‘Self-Publishing Saturdays’, creative drop-in sessions for children in the Fire Station Attic. Children aged 5-12 and their families are invited to learn how to riso print, make their own publications and share their stories using a range of collage resources.
65 Peckham Road, Camberwell, SE5 8UH; 11th January
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Sweet Chick
Founded in Brooklyn by New Yorker John Seymour in 2013, Sweet Chick serves a modern take on American comfort food across six locations in the States and, as of last summer, London. Now the team has launched a new weekend brunch: think ricotta pancakes with seasonal compote and macadamia butter; ‘Eggs Benny’ on biscuits with shredded smoked chicken, smoked ham and hollandaise; and shrimp and grits. Don’t forget to try the brand’s signature dish – fried chicken and Belgian waffles.
8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AG; 11th-12th January
BE A VIP HERE: Oklava Bakery + Wine
To celebrate its imminent opening, Oklava Bakery + Wine is offering SheerLuxe VIPs 2-for-1 on brunch on 25th January. The deal will also include a citrus fizz cocktail or tea, coffee or a soft drink per person, plus a tote bag with a treat from the bakery to take away. Soft-launching on 15th January, the venue will be an all-day affair: expect breakfast, lunch and dinner with quality coffee from Allpress Espresso and Özerlat, plus breads, pastries, snacks, sharing plates and an excellent wine list.
64 Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, W1T 5PD; 25th January
BE A VIP HERE: No 11 Pimlico Road
Belgravia’s No 11 Pimlico Road is an independent neighbourhood bar and restaurant, with a contemporary interior providing the perfect backdrop for socialising. A lively all-day hangout, from Monday morning coffee to Friday evening nightcap, this is the place to head for post-work drinks – we always go for an earl grey and elderflower fizz. This month, the bar is offering SL VIPs 30% off the menu and a free cocktail. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
11 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW1W 8NA; offer valid until 31st January
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