BE CIVILISED HERE: Jikoni
This month Ravinder Bhogal will launch the second series of the sell-out ‘Civilised Sundays’ programme at her Marylebone restaurant Jikoni, welcoming Salman Rushdie and Claudia Roden as the first three guests from the worlds of food, literature and the arts. On Sunday, Ravinder will be joined by award-winning musician Nitin Sawhney, who combines Asian and other worldwide influences with elements of jazz and electronica. He will be at Jikoni talking about his career, spent working with everyone from Paul McCartney to Brian Eno. For each of the talks, Ravinder has woven together a menu which plays tribute to each of her guest’s heritage, story and favourite foods. For pescatarian Sawhney’s event, guests can look forward to cross-cultural plates such as Pondicherry prawn vol-au-vent; confit salmon chaat with green chutney and pistachios; and kheer fritters with poached rhubarb and pink peppercorn buttermilk ice-cream.
19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DH; 9th February
GET WEDDING IDEAS HERE: Kimpton Fitzroy
Kimpton Fitzroy is hosting its winter wedding showcase this Friday. The event will see the best of London’s wedding vendors on hand to talk trends, planning and fashion. Guests will be treated to champagne and cocktails, plus a selection of skilfully crafted canapés and desserts created by executive pastry chef Thibault Marchand, winner of Bake Off: The Professionals 2019. New and returning exhibitors include internationally renowned event company Steven Duggan Events, leading wedding dress retailer The Wedding Club, luxury wedding photographer John Nassari as well as florist Hayford & Rhodes.
1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE; 7th February
WATCH THIS: The Rhythm Section
This is Blake Lively as you’ve never seen her before. Set in Ireland, The Rhythm Section follows Stephanie Patrick (Lively), a woman seeking revenge by exposing the truth about those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family. Patrick was also meant to be on the flight, and once she discovers the crash wasn’t a terrible accident, she assumes the identity of an assassin to track down those responsible.
In cinemas now
HAVE A CHOCOLATE-THEMED MEAL HERE: Galvin at The Athenaeum
Galvin at The Athenaeum is taking chocolate appreciation to new heights this month by adding it to everything from cocoa-based specials to a themed afternoon tea, chocolate cocktails and a guided chocolate tasting. The restaurant has partnered with food writer and chocolate consultant Cat Black for the concept, who has sourced the best artisanal chocolate makers to be part of the events. MasterChef finalists Geoff Warburton and Alex Talbo have joined forces with Cat, the Galvin brothers and head pastry chef Jeno Czinkoczi to create the limited-edition menus. Of the lot, we like the sound of the afternoon tea, which includes cocoa-inspired cakes and pastries such as a white chocolate and yuzu dome and a chocolate and raspberry torte.
116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ; until 29th February
GET TICKETS FOR THIS: The Cobbled Streets of Geneva
Adham is a silent and brooding middle-aged tragedy. One day, his boss invites him on holiday to ‘set him up’ with a potential love interest. Panic-stricken and in a bid to bat away his admirer’s advances, he fabricates a husband. But the plan backfires and suddenly Adham needs to produce evidence of his mythical beau. And who best, but his Imam and absolutely platonic friend Raushan? Award-winning theatre company Ellandar Productions unites with long-term collaborators 45North to champion Nemo Martin’s debut play The Cobbled Streets of Geneva, a warm queer romantic comedy about how role-playing new lives might bring us closer to who we really are.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN; 11th-16th February
GET FIT HERE: Third Space
Health club Third Space has opened its sixth spot, this time in Islington. The new club features state-of-the-art training facilities including a 7,000sq ft arena with a custom-built track, athletic rig, world-class equipment and performance cardio areas. There’s also a 20m and six-lane performance swimming pool, containing ultra-violet filtration technology to keep the water permanently purified and an amphitheatre-style cycle studio which can test endurance with headwinds from industrial turbines. As part of Third Space’s wider wellness offering, the Islington branch also features a mind and body studio and a hot yoga studio, plus an adult lounge with purpose-built quiet rooms, designed with Michael James Wong, founder of London-based meditation community Just Breathe.
15 Esther Anne Place, Islington, N1 1UL
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Wallace Collection
Celebrating the exotic works of The Wallace Collection’s newest exhibition, Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, The Wallace Restaurant has introduced an Indian-inspired brunch menu, available every Saturday and Sunday until 19th April. Guests can choose from paratha scrambled eggs with chilli, ginger and toasted sesame seeds; poached eggs on flat bread with curry butter, coriander and spicy chickpeas; or vegetable pakora served with mint and yoghurt salsa for a punchy kick. For those who favour sweet over savoury, ginger and turmeric yogurt with date and cocoa granola and fresh mango will hit the mark.
Manchester Square, Marylebone, W1U 3BN
HAVE A FREE DRINK HERE: Pacific
Pacific, the four-month residency at 10 Heddon Street and solo venture from award-winning Australian chef Shaun Presland, is launching Sunday brunch this weekend. Priced at £30pp for unlimited food, the menu will showcase Shaun’s distinctly Aussie take on contemporary Japanese cuisine: think assorted salmon and tuna sushi doughnuts and tuna poke bowls. This Sunday, SheerLuxe readers are invited to enjoy a free drink on arrival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote ‘Brunch’ to book and to claim your free drink.
10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BX; 9th February
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: The Lighthouse
From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. A black and white sensation, The Lighthouse sees Robert Pattinson cement himself as one of the most interesting actors of his generation.
In cinemas now
BE A VIP HERE: Cora Pearl
Cora Pearl is the second restaurant from the team behind the much-loved Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair. The restaurant draws its name from legendary socialite and courtesan ‘Cora Pearl’ who notoriously appeared nude at Paris’ top dinner parties in the 19th-century. The restaurant nods to Cora with its playful take on sophisticated Anglo-French dining, offering twists on often-overlooked British cookbook staples, all with a touch of Parisian flair. This month, all SheerLuxe VIPs will get 25% off all food, plus a free glass of bubbles. Not yet a VIP? Sign up using the link below.
30 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8NA; offer valid until 29th February
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