HEAD TO A POP-UP BAKERY HERE: Puff at Passo
Two top pastry chefs have launched Puff, a weekly pop-up bakery serving an array of desserts and pastries each Sunday. Ravneet Gill (St John, Lewellyn's, Black Axe Mangal, Wild By Tart) and Nicola Lamb (Ottolenghi, Dominique Ansel NYC, Little Bread Pedlar, Happy Endings) have partnered with Shoreditch restaurant Passo to offer a weekly rotating menu that includes everything from vienoisserie and charred flatbreads, as well as frangipane tarts and hot rice pudding with rhubarb and custard. With only three weekends left, it’s time to get in while you can.
80 City Road, Shoreditch, EC1Y 2AS; 16th February
CELEBRATE GALENTINE’S DAY HERE: Bluebird
Bluebird Chelsea has launched a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea, carefully put together by head pastry chef Curtis Poole. The tea is aimed at groups of girlfriends and mothers and daughters, as well as couples. Alongside traditional scones and sandwiches, guests will be able to enjoy toasted vanilla rose marshmallow and strawberries; and chocolate tart with caramel truffle. Priced at £26.50pp, glasses of Nyetimber Cuvee Classic can be added for £10 or Nyetimber Cuvee Rosé for £13.50.
350 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU
SHOP SUSTAINABLY HERE: Mulberry
This London Fashion Week, Mulberry is offering you the chance to go behind the scenes of its latest campaign, ‘Made To Last’. On Friday, the luxury British brand will kick off three days of exciting events at its flagship store in London, where shoppers can see the brand’s craft and design ethos brought to life. A curated selection of pre-restored bags will also be available during over the weekend – including donations from some of brand’s most high-profile fans. Be sure to sample the exclusive ‘Mulberry pastry’ from the Pophams bakery pop-up, and book in for industry talks from some of the biggest names in fashion.
50 New Bond Street, Mayfair, W1S 1BJ; 14th-16th February
HAVE AN ANTI-VALENTINE’S DINNER HERE: Gridiron
For those looking for somewhere couple-free, Mayfair’s Gridiron is launching its first ‘Feast with Friends’ dinner with a buffet-style banquet. On Friday, diners are invited to join their friends and delve into a nose-to-tail meat feast served on a long sharing table. The convivial dining atmosphere, where guests will be seated on one giant banquet table, will revolve around a menu including pigs head black pudding, toasted sourdough and roasted pears; oysters with spicy sausage; homemade butchers’ sausages; braised pork leg boulangère potatoes; and a rhubarb and stem ginger crumble with vanilla custard. Gridiron’s head chefs will join the feast too, helping to serve and carve dishes in a live-action demonstration.
19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1LB; 14th February
WATCH THIS: Queen & Slim
Slim and Queen's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. But when a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.
In cinemas now
HEAD TO A HOT POP-UP HERE: Supa Ya Ramen
Cult ramen supper club Supa Ya Ramen will launch its first permanent site this spring. Setting up on Hackney Road, the site will serve up three permanent ramens and a weekly rotating special, showcasing some unexpected ingredients and bold flavour combos, brought to life by head chef Luke Findlay. Findlay developed the Supa Ya Ramen concept following his culinary career at some top restaurants, including The Hand & Flowers, Nopi and Berber & Q. In the run up to the permanent spot, Supa Ya Ramen will be hosting a pop-up at Snackbar in Dalston on Monday night, and will end a three-week takeover at Mortimer House this Friday and Saturday night.
37-41 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH; until 17th February
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: The Visit
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) play former lovers in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s visionary revenge play, The Visit. In the town of Slurry, New York, post-war recession has bitten. Claire Zachanassian, improbably beautiful and impenetrably terrifying, returns to her hometown as the world’s richest woman. The locals hope her arrival signals a change in their fortunes, but they soon realise that prosperity will only come at a terrible price.
Upper Ground, Southbank, SE1 9PX
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Seabird
On the 14th floor of The Hoxton’s newest outpost in Southwark is Seabird, a new restaurant with a terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows. Run in partnership with the team behind Maison Premiere, a Brooklyn restaurant celebrated for its creative cocktails and exuberant atmosphere, the space offers London’s longest oyster list, a marble raw bar and city views. The food has Portuguese and Spanish influences: for brunch, expect to sample the likes of crab and manchego omelettes; and octopus rolls with padron peppers with sobrassada aioli, served in a brioche bun. Elsewhere, the cocktail menu focuses on exotic, fun flavours and wines from some of Europe’s best small-scale producers.
Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1 8PB
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LEARN ABOUT SCULPTURE HERE: Tate Modern
The close engagement between the individual and the work of art is the focus for In The Studio at the Tate Modern, which is currently centred on Antony Gormley and Eva Hesse. Hesse was one of many 20th-century artists whose work turned away from the recognisable world and towards abstraction. Gormley’s sculpture shows how, at the same time, artists have continued to find new ways to represent the human figure. This Sunday is the last opportunity to see the curation – ideal for a rainy afternoon.
Bankside, SE1 9TG; until 16th February
HAVE BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH HERE: LIV Restaurant
LIV is a neighbourhood restaurant and café offering contemporary dining in a relaxed space. The team uses produce from top British artisanal suppliers to create menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, alongside coffee roasted in Naples and freshly squeezed juice made at its downstairs bar. This month, the restaurant has launched a boozy brunch. Held every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm, guests can enjoy a new a la carte brunch menu alongside bottomless bloody marys, cocktails, prosecco, white and red wine for an hour and a half. When it comes to food, we like the sound of the Persian eggs – green pea hummus, pickled red onions, sumac, mint, tahini yoghurt and grilled sourdough – plus 17-hour wagyu beef with Japanese salad and wafu dressing.
18-22 Holbein Place, Belgravia, SW1W 8NL
GET 30% OFF + WELCOME DRINK HERE: No. 32 The Old Town
Overlooking Clapham Common, No. 32 The Old Town is an independent neighbourhood bar and restaurant, with a contemporary interior providing the perfect backdrop for socialising. A lively all-day hangout, from Monday morning coffee to Friday evening nightcap, this is an ideal place for post-work drinks – on Friday and Saturday evenings, DJs take to the stage. This month, the team is offering all SL VIPs 30% off food, plus a welcome cocktail. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
32 The Pavement, Clapham, SW4 0JE; until 29th February
BE A VIP HERE: The Orange
The Orange is an award-winning British gastropub set over four floors in Belgravia. Once a brewery, the building has been beautifully restored to highlight its grand and traditional features. This month, the Sunday roast favourite is offering all SL VIPs 25% off food, plus a welcome drink. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
37-39 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, SW1W 8NE; until 29th February
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