BOOK YOUR NEXT TRIP HERE: Adventure Travel Show
Still making holiday plans for 2020? The UK’s only event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track is taking place at Olympia London this weekend. Inside, visitors are invited to meet a large collection of specialist travel operators. There’ll also be over 70 free talks across four theatres; top tips and travel advice from 120 adventure travel specialists; plus workshops where you’ll learn to enhance your skills in photography, writing and filming. Of the lot, we’re most intrigued by the talks from explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and travel show presenter Julia Bradbury.
Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, W14 8UX; 18th-19th January
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Albie
Take it easy this month at Albie, which has just launched a booze-free bottomless brunch. For £25, guests can choose a dish from the menu – favourites include veggie baked eggs, French toast and the ‘Hox Monsieur’ – and get 1.5 hours-worth of bottomless, boozeless drinks. The restaurant, which opened at The Hoxton in September, has a strong focus on low and no-alcohol drinks, with a full cocktail list dedicated to alcohol-free serves. Dry January-appropriate drinks include a ‘Seedlip Mary’ (Seedlip Grove, Albie spices and cold-pressed tomato juice); an ‘Amarena Sour’ (Seedlip Spice, cherry and vanilla); and ‘Just Peachy’ (Seedlip Garden, London Essence, white peach and jasmine).
40 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1 8PB
TRY A NEW WORKOUT HERE: Gymbox
Already broken your New Year fitness resolutions? Start afresh with one of Gymbox’s new classes, which span everything from sword fighting to rejuvenating training and endorphin-boosting laughing therapy. We like the sound of ‘Swordplay’ - a mashup between Wushu-style sword play and dance . Taught by film stunt man Vitas Lebas, who trains the multi-talented FKA Twigs for her lively on-stage performances, guests will work through a combination of sword moves set to music – just like a Quentin Tarantino film. As you learn the moves, a heavy wooden sword will ensure you still feel the burn.
Various locations across London
UNDERTAKE A BAO TAKEOVER HERE: Bao Soho
Following an online ‘Battle of the Bao’, where fans were asked to vote via Instagram for their favourite Bao creations, the team has launched a competition, giving the public the chance to taste the one-off buns. A 15-day event will be held at Bao Soho on Mondays-Fridays until 31st January and will see team members across Soho, Fitzrovia and Borough battle it out by creating one-off specials. The line-up features weird and wonderful creations: think Philly cheesesteak, chip butty and ‘Baonana’ fritter. The event sees a different creation available on the Soho menu each day for lunch. Each entry will be scored by the public on taste and presentation, and at the end of the month, the highest scorer from the public vote will be crowned ‘The Big BAO People’s Winner 2020’.
53 Lexington Street, Soho, W1F 9AS; various dates until 30th January
WATCH THIS: Bombshell
When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, no one could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world. Stars Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron.
In cinemas now
HEAD TO AN INSPIRING TALK HERE: Darwin & Wallace
Neighbourhood bars No 11 Pimlico Road and No 29 Battersea Power Station have announced a weekly series of thought-provoking talks throughout January and February. Curated in partnership with Salon London and led by award-winning authors, journalists and academics, The Address in Conversation is designed to help guests reset, review and refresh for the new decade. Talks will include author and journalist Lauren Bravo on 'How to Break up with Fast Fashion', Catherine Gray on 'The Unexpected Joy in the Ordinary' and ‘sexpert’ Nichi Hodgson on 'Ethical Dating in 2020'.
No 29 Power Station West, Battersea, SW11 8NN and No 11 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW1W 8NA; various dates throughout the month
EAT SEASONABLY HERE: Murano
Following the success of its limited-edition summer menu, Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred Murano has put together a winter edition, which is running throughout January. Well-suited to chilly January days, head chef Em Brightman has created a menu filled with fresh, seasonal flavours with elements of indulgence. The menu includes: wild boar pappardelle; BBQ celeriac with celery and truffle; and brill with carrot and buttermilk with a fennel and Pernod velouté. Available as three courses, the menu is priced at a very reasonable £45 for lunch and £55 for dinner, including a winter cocktail. In addition, Murano’s sommelier has chosen some exciting wine options, many of which will be available by the glass, changing throughout the month.
Queen Street, Mayfair, W1J 5PP; until 31st January
FEEL GOOD HERE: The Curtain
The Curtain hotel has launched a January wellness experience designed to suit both fitness and beauty enthusiasts. The ‘Reset and Restart’ package includes an overnight stay, discounted organic and vegan spa treatments at the hotel spa, complimentary use of Peleton bikes, plus an in-room spa kit by Lixirskin. Inside, expect signature skincare products including the electrogel cleanser, universal emulsion and vitamin C paste. Guests can also enjoy KIN Nutrition protein shakes alongside access to classes on The Curtain’s January wellness calendar. Those opting to stay ‘dry’ this January can visit the Green Room to try a selection of alcohol-free cocktails, including its ‘Dry Martini’ (Aecorn Dry, Seedlip Spice 94 and olive brine).
45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT; until 31st January
BE A VIP HERE: Les Planates
Les Platanes, a contemporary French bistro by Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov, opened last month on Bruton Place in Mayfair. Capturing the spirit of warm and convivial French dining, the restaurant has an emphasis on cuisine from the south of France. This month, the team is offering all VIPs 30% off the bill. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
26-28 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6NG; offer valid until 31st January
BE A VIP HERE: No. 17 Dickens Yard
No 17 Dickens Yard is a bold, modern space, decked out with huge lamps, soft textiles, generous lounge seating, large bleached oak sharing tables plus a dedicated bar on both floors. Fronted with a large outdoor courtyard filled with foliage and terracotta, the space also boasts a wrap-around terrace on the first floor, which overlooks the newly landscaped Dickens Yard development. All cocktails use house-made syrups and herbs foraged from the bar’s own kitchen garden – we’re keen to try the ‘Honey Martini’. This month, the team is offering all VIPs 30% off the bill. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
Dickens Yard, Ealing, W5 2TD; offer valid until 31st January
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