SEE A NEW EXHIBITION HERE: The V&A
The V&A is set to open Europe’s first major exhibition on kimono. The ultimate symbol of Japan, the kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging. Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk will counter this conception, presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion. The exhibition will reveal the sartorial and social significance of the kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. Highlights of the exhibition include the dress designed for Björk by Alexander McQueen and worn on the album cover Homogenic, original Star Wars costumes, plus designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakubo and John Galliano.
South Kensington, SW7 2RL; from 29th February
EAT PIE HERE: Holborn Dining Room
Pastry expert Calum Franklin is launching his inaugural ‘Pie Room Guest Series’ at The Pie Room at Holborn Dining Room. The series will invite leading chefs to create signature pastries, with all profits going to the chef’s chosen charity. Launching the series is Tom Kerridge, who has developed a steak and blue cheese pie with Rebellion Ale and onion gravy, which will be on the menu all month. On 12th February, the restaurant will also host a collaborative dinner with Tom, with all proceeds going to Hospitality Action. Dishes will include rabbit and bacon en croute; lobster thermidor tart; and truffled roast chicken with gouda mash and chasseur braised leg.
252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN
ATTEND A LITERARY SALON HERE: Ace Hotel
A new event is looking to fill a gap in London’s literary events calendar. This month’s inaugural Black: The Literary Salon is an event series established by the first African publishing house in the UK, Cassava Republic Press. Three salons will be hosted at Ace Hotel across 2020 and will be a celebration of the best in Black writing from across the world. The first event takes place on 27th February, and will feature Olumide Popoola, a London-based Nigerian-German writer, speaker and performer; Irenosen Okojie, a Nigerian-British author whose debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award; and Diana Evans, a Nigerian-British journalist, critic, and author of last year’s Ordinary People.
100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ; 27th February
LIVEN UP YOUR LUNCHBREAK HERE: Kerb
This month, London Bridge welcomes a new resident – street food market Kerb. Returning every Wednesday from 12-2pm, foodies can head down to enjoy a selection of wares from some of the capital’s best street food vendors: think Taiwanese food from Bian Dang; halloumi souvlakis at The Grilling Greek; buttermilk burgers at Other Side Fried; and Chinese comfort food from Rice Guys. Overlooking the Thames, the City skyline and HMS Belfast, Kerb’s latest set-up is sure to give Borough Market a run for its money when it comes to hungry office workers.
London Bridge, SE1 2DB; every Wednesday
PLAY CRAZY GOLF HERE: Plonk
Plonk has undergone a makeover for 2020. Interiors have been given a complete overhaul, as have the beer and cocktails menus. Alongside a revamp of its seven-hole course, a new nine-hole course promises to be the toughest Plonk has to offer with tricky angles, ball balancing and hidden holes. Beyond golf, the games area provides further entertainment by way of foosball tables, classic arcade machines and board games. Come the weekend, a golf and bottomless brunch package is available.
177 Hoxton Street, Islington, N1 6PJ
HAVE A MICHELIN-WORTHY MEAL HERE: Siren
Nathan Outlaw has launched a cookbook dinner series at his London restaurant, Siren at The Goring. Hosted by the two Michelin-starred chef himself, each dinner will showcase recipes from one of Outlaw’s five cookbooks. The first event, on 25th February, will see Nathan cook from his classic book British Seafood, using dayboat fish from Cornish shores. Tickets include a cocktail, five courses, a signed copy of the book and £5 donation to The Fisherman’s Mission – a charity providing care for retired fishermen and their families. Dishes on the night will include pickled herrings with cucumber and dill; scallop tartare with pickled beetroot bacon and apple; and lobster risotto with orange and basil.
15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW; 25th February
WATCH A NEW MUSICAL HERE: The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt is a new musical from three-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, the man behind Wicked. Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever. Based on the acclaimed animated film, The Prince of Egypt is set to be a powerful and joyous celebration of belief and the human spirit.
Dominion Theatre, Bloomsbury, W1T 7AQ; 5th February-12th September
CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIZZA DAY HERE: Slice World
Street Feast is set to host Slice World, London’s biggest pizza party. Bringing together ten of the UK’s biggest pizza vendors at one market, Hawker House will be transformed into a pizza mecca for the two-day extravaganza, with £2 pizza slices, drinks and games. Winners of the 2018 London Pizza Festival, Wandercrust, will be joined by the likes of Fundi, Born and Raised, Baz + Fred, Farina, Vicoli di Napoli and Poli Pizza. Anyone with room left for dessert should look to Chin Chin Labs for a taste of its nitro ice-cream. Away from the food, the usual Hawker House games will be there – including pool tables, whisky roulette and ‘Gin Bingo’ – plus six bars.
Street Feast Hawker House, Canada Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 7PJ; 21st-22nd February
ATTEND A NEW WELLNESS EVENT HERE: East Wintergarden
A new wellness event arrives in London on 29th February. Combining fitness, relaxation and beauty under one roof, guests at Wellness Summit will be able to experience some of the capital’s top brands back-to-back in one day. Visitors will have the opportunity to build their own schedules, with as many as 14 classes. Those opting for the VIP ticket will receive exclusive discounts to some of the brands involved, a VIP goody bag worth over £120, as well as food, drink and beauty samples along with a bookable beauty treatment.
43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX; 29th February
BE A VIP HERE: Pastaio
Stevie Parle’s popular Soho pasta joint Pastaio has just launched at Westfield London. To celebrate, the team is offering SheerLuxe VIPs 50% off food. The new restaurant benefits from two open kitchens, one dedicated to pasta-making. Chefs are in situ each day making fresh pasta, including a 100% vegan cacio e pepe and wild mushroom casarecce with lemon and parsley. Like the original at Ganton Street, interiors are from celebrated designer Tom Dixon, and feature his iconic slab chairs and pendant lighting. The new spot also retains Pastaio’s sense of fun with an upbeat playlist and modest prices (pastas start from £6 and prosecco slushies from £4.50). Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
Westfield, White City, W12 7GF; offer valid until 29th February
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