WATCH THE SUPERBOWL HERE: Balthazar
Balthazar’s annual Super Bowl extravaganza returns this Sunday. Guests will be able to watch two titans of the NFL go head-to-head across five giant screens from 10.30pm until 4.30am. Guests joining for the occasion will find the restaurant completely decked out in Super Bowl paraphernalia, with foam fingers on hand and staff dressed in football shirts. Expect an all-American menu to run throughout the night, including mac ’n’ cheese, wagyu sliders, truffled french fries and veggie nachos. The restaurant will also be serving popcorn from a truck, chocolate brownie bites, mini doughnuts and New York-style cheesecake. Worried you won’t make it through to Shakira and J-Lo’s half-time show? Free tea and coffee will be served for the duration of the game.
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ; 2nd February
TRY A NEW AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Trader Vic’s
Trader Vic’s has launched a ‘Tiki-Tea’, a savoury twist on traditional afternoon tea inspired by the restaurant’s French-Polynesian roots. Unlike a regular afternoon tea experience, Tiki-Tea is available from 5pm and is available every evening until late. The towering table selection includes fusion-tastes from around the world, including crispy prawns, tom yum soup, BBQ spare ribs, Asian-spiced chicken wings, jalapeno cheese balls, chickpea crepes and crispy bok choy and mushroom dumplings. The drink options include a punch, finished with brandy and orange juice; ‘Rum Keg’, flavoured with pineapple, apricot and passionfruit; or the ‘Nippon Tea Punch’, a blend of black tea syrup, honey syrup, brandy and peach liqueur.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE
SEE A NEW EXHIBITION HERE: Picasso at the RA
Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. Now open at the RA, visitors are able to see Picasso’s creative process first-hand in remarkable documentary footage of the artist at work, as well as sketchbooks where the seeds of revolutionary masterpieces first took shape. Letters, illustrated poems and photographic collaborations with Dora Maar will also offer glimpses into Picasso’s life.
Burlington House, Mayfair, W1J 0BD
GET IMMERSIVE HERE: Secret Theatre Project
Fresh from a sell-out run in Hong Kong, Secret Theatre Project has returned to London with new immersive theatrical show The Invitation. Described as “Eyes Wide Shut meets Seven” and featuring a dining option as part of the experience, The Invitation will transport guests to a masquerade party with a dark secret in a five-star hotel, where guests will don disguises and become part of a narrative of action, murder and intrigue. After purchasing a ticket, guests will be given a password to enter as well as an address and a set of instructions. Everything is not what it seems as each guest gradually learns of the role they’ll play in determining the fate of this arcane world.
8 Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NF
HEAD TO A YOGA BRUNCH HERE: Bombay Bustle
Bombay Bustle will be hosting a series of yoga brunches every Saturday morning in February. Yogis will begin their weekend by heading to Yogasphere studio in Grosvenor Square at 10.45am or 11.50am, ready for their session with an expert instructor. Once fully zen, guests will take a short walk to Bombay Bustle, where they’ll be welcomed with a rejuvenating glass of muneer, made with coconut water, Himalayan honey and lime.
For brunch, there’s a warming winter vegetable soup of spiced parsnip, tenderstem broccoli and zucchini crisps, followed by a choice of nourishing mains: Malabar pepper tofu with wild rice bisebelle, edamame beans, lentil risotto and turmeric; cauliflower corn patties with mesclun greens and a yoghurt relish; or Malwani trout with spiced flattened rice, fish curry and beans poriyal. The meal will finish on a sweet note with dessert of rose with raspberry yoghurt barks and a glass of fresh mint tea.
29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PA; 1st February
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Endgame
Samuel Beckett’s macabre comedy has been brought back to life. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming, Endgame is one of Beckett’s finest, and most absurd, plays. Cumming plays Hamm, who is trapped at home with his servant Clov (Radcliffe). Hamm is blind and cannot stand, whereas Clov cannot sit down. Expect standout, transfixing dialogue that will leave you with an unsettling sense of strangeness. The play is presented in a double bill with Beckett’s short play Rough for Theatre II, which sees two men discuss the fate of another man in the room, who never speaks.
The Old Vic, Waterloo, SE1 8NB; from 27th January
PRETEND YOU’RE IN PARIS HERE: Carousel
Carousel has announced its latest line-up of events for early 2020, which comprises masterclasses, pop-up events and chef residencies. This weekend, it’s the turn of Akané Monavon. Showcasing a delicate and understated French-Japanese style, Akané will be cooking at Carousel following a six-month residency at Fulgurances in Paris, where she’s preparing to open a permanent site. Expect to sample dishes like Szechuan duck breast with soy, sesame, orange zest and honey.
71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB; until 1st February
GET YOUR GLOW ON HERE: The Glow Marché Pop-Up
This weekend The Glow Marchè will be popping up at Noho Studios. A collaboration between Cult Beauty and Glow Recipe, the two-day event will give beauty fans the chance to shop the brand behind SoKo-inspired ‘Glass Skin’ glow and join the ‘glow gang’ first hand. Best of all, the first 100 people in line will get an exclusive goody bag with a surprise Glow Recipe staple worth over £40.
67 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7PT; 1st-2nd February
WATCH THIS: The Personal History of David Copperfield
An avid Dickens fan, Armando Iannucci (the award-winning writer/director of The Thick of It, Veep and The Death of Stalin) has brought to life one of Dickens’ most cherished characters. From birth to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. The film stars Dev Patel in the title role alongside British talent including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Paul Whitehouse.
In cinemas now
BE A VIP HERE: Duck & Dry
Duck & Dry blow-dry bars are known for their energy and buzz – as a go-to place for great hair and a great time. They have five locations around London including Chelsea, Oxford Circus, Mayfair and Spitalfields. Each features a stylish and chic interior, including its frequently Instagrammed egg-shaped styling pods, floral birdcage and fun slogans, plus a prosecco bar. This month, all SL VIPs will get 25% off a trim and blow dry, plus a glass of prosecco. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
Valid across all locations; until 29th February
WIN AN ADVENTURE HOLIDAY HERE: Exodus
Adventure Holiday specialist Exodus is giving away four holidays to people in their 30s and 40s at an event in Manchester next week. The night kicks off at 6pm and, for the £5 entry fee, visitors get an arrival drink, plus a key – which will work on one of a pile of suitcases in the room. Four of the suitcases contain a holiday, and if your key opens up one of them, you’ll have bagged yourself a free trip to one of the group’s destinations. On the night, guests will also be able to infuse Icelandic vodka with their choice of herbs and botanicals; learn how to sketch the Amalfi coast with a local sketch artist; and make your own Frida Kahlo flower hairband.
1830 Warehouse at the Science + Industry Museum, Manchester, M3 4FP; 6th February
BE A VIP HERE: Hakata Ramen + Bar
Hakata Ramen + Bar brings everything that ramen-ya in Japan are famous for – quality ‘comfort food’ served in a vibrant atmosphere with friendly and efficient service. Its new 50-seat restaurant provides an inviting atmosphere that serves up tonkotsu ramen and a range of popular Japanese small dishes. Its basement bar is a mashup between a Tokyo dive-bar and a NYC speakeasy. A low-lit, intimate space offering premium Japanese inspired cocktails, Japanese craft beers, sake, wine and Japanese whisky, this is a great spot to head on a Friday night. A selection of Japanese bar food will also be available. This month, SL VIPs can get 25% off the bill. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
177 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3UW; until 29th February
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