CELEBRATE BURNS NIGHT HERE: 12:51
This Saturday, chef James Cochran will be putting a twist on Burns Night at 12:51, creating a five-course tasting menu drawing on his Scottish roots. On arrival, guests will be met with a ‘Boulevardier’ cocktail, a blend of sweet vermouth, Campari bitters and whisky, to toast the evening. In lieu of traditional bagpipes, James will be playing tracks from hip-hop legends such as Nas and Jay Z. No Burns Night would be complete without the famous recitation of ‘Address to the Haggis’. And at this event, award-winning author Candice Carty-Williams will recite the poem. Guests will be invited to toast with a scotch before the multi-course meal commences.
107 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QN; 25th January
TRY A NEW CLASS HERE: Boom Cycle
This weekend sees the launch of Boom Cycle’s new ‘Mindful Ride’ concept. Created in collaboration with charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), the class is designed to deliver a mental health-focused fitness experience that builds confidence and overall happiness. Riders will embark on a 75-minute experience, starting with a guided meditation intended to evoke self-reflection. This will then lead into a 50-minute ride, which will combine the Boom Cycle concept with subconscious coaching. Finally, entering into the cool-down phase, participants will stretch with their eyes closed and be invited to re-centre and process their time on the bike – and for the rest of the weekend.
1 & 3 Arches Lane, Battersea, SW11 8AB; 25th January
WATCH THIS: A Hidden Life
Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in WWII. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive. One for fans of writer-director Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life.
In cinemas now
CONTINUE VEGANUARY HERE: Ella Canta
Acclaimed chef Martha Ortiz has created a new menu at her Mexican restaurant Ella Canta. ‘We Eat Colour’ focuses on the abundant plant-based ingredients grown across Mexico, which are combined with British-Isles favourites to create a selection of fresh vegan-friendly dishes. Hero items include squash ceviche with lemon verbena; a cauliflower-based dish which balances floral flavours with fragrant coriander; and a traditional Horchata soup with vegan almond ice-cream.
Park Lane, Mayfair, W1J 7QY; until 31st January
HAVE ROOFTOP DRINKS HERE: Ham Yard Hotel
Now a firm date in the winter calendar, Hot Gin Roof has returned to Ham Yard Hotel’s terrace. Here, Sipsmith master distiller Jared Brown and Ham Yard’s cocktail team will serve low and no-alcohol cocktails, as well as winter warmers ‘Hot G&T’ and ‘Reverse Martini’. We like the sound of the ‘Iced Clover Club’ garnished with a flaming kumquat; the ‘Temperance Punch’ served straight from a cauldron on the BBQ with an orange blossom marshmallow; and the ‘Swanky-Panky’, which comes served alongside a mini venison pie with sloe gin compote.
Ham Yard Hotel, Ham Yard, W1D 7DT; until 29th February
HAVE AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols is hosting a plant-based take on a traditional cream tea until 31st January. For £35pp, or £45 with bottomless prosecco, the menu features vegan sweets and savouries inspired by classic sandwiches and desserts. Guests can expect to tuck into plain and fruit scones, classic finger sandwiches and not-so classic virgin Bloody Mary black olive waffles. The menu also offers five desserts: lychee and pomegranate panna cotta passion fruit and mango cheesecake; dark chocolate and coffee truffle; coconut and lime biscuits; and apple mille-feuille.
109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ; until 31st January
HAVE BARRE & BRUNCH HERE: Orrery
Orrery is hosting a series of Xtend Barre classes followed by a two-course lunch and guided meditation session from hypnotherapist, speaker and founder of meditation app Mind Detox, Fiona Lamb. Everyone from beginners to barre-lovers are welcome at the hour-long barre session at boutique fitness studio Xtend Barre. Over the road at Orrery, lunch will begin with restorative ginger and lemon tea, followed by roasted cauliflower and beetroot tartare with a side salad of quinoa, cranberries, walnuts, butternut squash, cumin and turmeric. After the meal, Fiona – based at The Hale Clinic Harley Street – will lead a group meditation session based around wellness and mood.
55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, W1U 5RB; 25th January
EAT LOADS OF CHEESE HERE: Le Pont De La Tour
Renowned French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour has launched a new cheese room. The three-course fondue feast is hosted in a cosy hut on the restaurant’s alpine terrace and is available to book until the end of the month. Guests will have a private waiter for the evening as they sip on champagne and look out over the London skyline. The three-course feast begins with a gratin of potato, leek and smoked morteau sausage with a frisée salad, followed by cheese fondue to share, a mini tarte tatin with lemon, thyme and caramel, and a brillat-savarin cheesecake.
36 Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, SE1 2YE; 31st January
WATCH A CLASSIC FILM HERE: Sette
Sette – the elegant NY-Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge – is collaborating with the BFI for a one-off screening of La Dolce Vita and a special menu this Sunday. The screening coincides with BFI Southbank’s two-month Federico Fellini retrospective (until February 29th), part of a wider, year-long celebration of the centenary of the legendary Italian filmmaker’s birth. The film will be shown in a private 47-seat screening room in remastered 4K definition and Sette will bring its iconic scenes and characters to life with a menu to match. Before the screening, guests will be served a glass of champagne and hear a short introduction to the film by a curator working with the BFI on the Fellini programme.
4 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7QA; 26th January
ADDRESS THE HAGGIS HERE: Cub
This Burns Night, Bruichladdich Distillery will be hosting a series of celebrations across London, featuring modern twists on classic drinks using Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore whiskies, plus The Botanist gin. Of the event, we like the sound of the pop-up at Mr Lyan’s zero-waste Cub, which is partnering with The Botanist for a Burns Night supper. Guests can expect classic Scottish dishes with a Cub twist, plus a special cocktail for the evening, made with The Botanist gin, Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, Mullein-Toast-Ale syrup, sour apple and soda, served in a highball.
153 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, N1 6PJ; until 25th January
BE A VIP HERE: Blink Brow Bar
Starting with just one threading chair on Bond Street almost 15 years ago, Blink Brow Bar has become London’s go-to brow experts. To celebrate the team’s new walk-in beauty bar at Selfridges London, all SheerLuxe VIPs can get 25% off treatments – from perfectly preened arches to relaxing head massages and full and fluttery lashes. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB; until 31st January
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