ENJOY A QUINTESSENTIALLY LONDON MEAL WITH: Claridge’s At Home
Experience one of London’s most luxurious hotels – Claridge’s – at home. With an array of dishes from the Lobster Wellington to Claridge’s classic chicken pie, each of their at-home menus brings a taste of The Foyer and Reading Room straight to your kitchen table. Begin your at-home dining experience with the individually-bottled Fumoir ‘Aged Negroni’, capturing the spirit of an evening at Claridge’s. Then, pair the dishes with a bold red from La Château La Coste or complete a celebration with loved ones with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier “La Cuvee”. All of the hotel’s classic dishes come ready to finish in the oven, plate and enjoy. All orders are available to click and collect from the hotel if you’re local to the area, with various delivery options available via the website.
SIP ON SOME WINTER WARMERS FROM: Diogenes The Dog
Diogenes the Dog in the heart of Elephant & Castle is launching take out bottomless buttered rum and mulled wine packages for the month of January. Mulled wine fans should opt for the wine bar’s own in-house blend, which uses a low intervention wine and brandy spice mix steeped for 36 hours. Choose from a traditional red or an unusually satisfying white mulled wine. Alternatively, try the buttered rum, which is also made in-house using a high ester punchy and funky Dunderhead Rum, with a house made butter base. It’s warming, buttery and punchy – perfect for the cold nights ahead. Diogenes the Dog’s bottomless packages (which won’t have a time limit) cost £35 per person.
GET READY TO PRE-ORDER: HOSTE x Moët & Chandon Galentine’s box
HOSTE founder and self-proclaimed foodie Laura Jackson has collaborated with Moët & Chandon to create the HOSTE X Moët & Chandon Galentine’s box. Inspired by some of Laura’s memorable moments with a bottle of Moët in tow, the Galentine’s Make A Meal Of It box encourages companions to celebrate love and togetherness with a three-course menu carefully developed by Laura and paired to the lively red fruit notes of Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial. Enjoy a starter of whole baked camembert, a decadent main of beef short ribs or a hearty vegetarian wellington with celeriac, dauphinoise potatoes and buttered winter greens from the Covent Garden vegetable market. To finish, Laura has developed her take on a sumptuous Eton Mess with toasted hazelnuts and berry compote. Each box also includes a Pink Blossom Love candle by Wax Atelier, designed and handmade in London, bespoke menus designed by Romeo and Jules and recipes to create two delicious Moët & Chandon Rosé cocktails. Finally, don’t forget to visit HosteLondon.com to listen to the ultimate Galentine’s playlist curated by Laura, alongside tips on pairing rosé champagne by Moët Hennessy champagne ambassador, Ethan Boroian. The HOSTE x Moët & Chandon Galentine’s Make a Meal of It box will be available to pre-order from the 18th January and will be delivered on 13th February, priced at £55.00 per box (plus a £4.95 delivery charge).
FLIP THROUGH SOME INSPIRING PAGES: A Perfect Planet
Packed with over 250 full-colour images and including a foreword by David Attenborough and stills from the BBC series' (of the same name) spectacular footage, A Perfect Planet explores life on Earth – something that is becoming increasingly precious. Focusing on four key natural forces – global weather systems distributing fresh water to all corners; marine currents delivering nutrients to the deepest reaches of the ocean; solar energy warming and electrifying everything it touches; and volcanic activity fertilising the earth's surface – author Huw Cordey reveals new levels of the living world. From Arctic wolves prowling moonlit landscapes or wood frogs frozen in winter and magically thawing back to life, to flamingos flying thousands of miles to a vast volcanic lake in Africa to breed, he shows readers time and again how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them – and why we must do everything in our power to protect the balance.
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INDULGE WHILE STAYING HEALTHY WITH: Dirty Vegan
If you’ve pledged to eat less meat in 2021, it can be hard tracking down healthy, plant-based food which still feels indulgent come the weekend. Enter Dirty Vegan – the sister to London’s favourite New York comfort food brand, Dirty Bones, which has partnered with Beyond Meat®, Vida Bakery and MEDA CBD Drinks to create an exclusive, plant-based kit. The Ultimate Vegan Comfort kit will be available for nationwide delivery for just £42 (serves two) from 4th January 2021 and includes everything needed to make a Dirty Vegan spread: two vegan chilli cheeseburgers (Beyond Meat patties) with vegan American cheeses, vegan buns, relish, pickled jalapenos, jalapeno dressing, red onions, gherkins and skinny fries. Drinks to accompany this kit include a bottle of Espresso Medatini and two cans of MEDA Functional CBD drinks. Each box also includes instructions and recipe cards so you can prepare the ultimate Veganuary feast.
TAKE IN SOME CULTURE WITH: English National Ballet At Home
Theatre go-ers missing their regular trips to London’s West End should consider a three-day rental package from English National Ballet’s at-home on-demand viewing service. For as little as £3.50, viewers can pick from a range of titles – including classics like La Sylphide and Le Corsaire – to watch at home. Those with more modern tastes can choose to see works from world-renowned choreographers like Akram Khan, while mega-fans are sure to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look as the company prepare to take to the stage in Paris. Productions can all be streamed to a device of your choosing, with zero subscriptions or ongoing fees required.
TUNE INTO THIS NEW RELEASE: Fortnum’s Tea With Rosie
London institution Fortnum & Mason has partnered with English actress Rosie Fellner to launch a quintessentially English interview series. ‘Tea With Rosie’ is available to watch exclusively across Fortnum & Mason’s social channels – with Rosie in character as the quirky and comedic Rosie Lee (think Mary Poppins crossed with Alice in Wonderland with a dollop of Carrie Bradshaw), inviting some of the nation’s biggest personalities (and tea drinkers) into Fortnum’s for a chat over a cup of the nation’s favourite. The first of three tongue-in-cheek episodes sees Rosie interview music icon Boy George over afternoon tea. Talking about fashion, frolics, and of course tea, expect laugh-out-loud moments, as well as fascinating insights into Boy George’s life and career. Just head to the brand’s IGTV channel to watch now.
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CATCH THIS LIMITED THEATRE PERFORMANCE: War Horse
For only a few weeks until 21st January, the National Theatre has made its ground-breaking production of War Horse available on its at-home streaming service. At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, the play opened to huge critical acclaim in 2007. Existing subscribers to National Theatre At Home can enjoy the play immediately, while non-members can opt to rent access to the production as a one-off.
ORDER IN VIA: sketch At Home
Available to order for collection from sketch, 9 Conduit Street, Monday to Sunday, 11am-8pm, those keen to sample the sketch At Home menus should place their orders 24 hours in advance, before 6pm the day before. Choose from a range of options, including a la carte, festive specialities and afternoon tea, as well as a full vegetarian set menu, ideal for those looking for a plant-based option. With prices starting at £49 for set menus, most kits come with starters, mains and desserts, as well as an optional wine pairing for an additional fee. Those with a larger appetite can also opt to add on side dishes for an extra £5 each.