MEET THE GIRLS: Langan’s Brasserie
SL favourite Langan’s Brasserie now serves breakfast. Meet the girls at the restaurant to choose from an extensive menu of classic options, health shots (like lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper) and smoothies and juices. Everything from eggs florentine to full English breakfasts are made with Clarence Court eggs, while the ‘Classics’ menu includes sweet treats like fluffy pancakes with whipped cream and maple syrup, caramelised banana french toast, and a selection of freshly baked pastries. Add on a mimosa or a bellini for a special treat.
Stratton Street, Mayfair, W1J 8LB
GO TO THE BALLET: Romeo & Juliet At The Royal Opera House
Want to do something romantic for Valentine’s Day? Romeo & Juliet has returned to the Royal Opera House for a new production of Shakespeare’s classic. Set to Prokofiev’s famous score, with beautiful set design by Nicholas Georgiadis, principal dancers Mayara Magri and Alexander Campbell play the star-crossed lovers, torn apart by a divided society and a forbidden love. If you can’t make it to the venue, the performance will be screened at cinemas around the country on Valentine’s Day. Tickets start from £7.
Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Danielle Dean At Tate Britain
On Saturday 5th February, Tate Britain opens an exhibition of the works of Danielle Dean. Forming part of the gallery’s Art Now series, Dean’s collection consists of a multi-channel video installation that explores the changing nature of human labour and how we are influenced by marketing. There’s also a selection of sculptures and watercolour paintings, inspired by Dean’s travels through South America. Tickets are free.
Millbank, SW1P 4RG
GO OUT OUT: Spiritland By Night
On the South Bank beneath the Royal Festival Hall, Spiritland has plenty of space for dancing, a cool bar designed to look like a DJ booth, and an impressive sound system. At its new club night, guests can kick off the weekend to a mix of drum ’n’ bass, house, jungle, trance and electronic music. On Friday 4th February, deep house DJs Atjazz and Jimpster will spin a special back-to-back session.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS: Go East Vintage Flea Weekender
Sustainable collective Go East is hosting a vintage flea market on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February at Patchworks in Leyton. Amid an array of clothing, jewellery, furniture, homeware and art, expect to find dresses, blouses, jeans, knitwear and accessories from designer brands, as well as one-off pieces from lesser-known names. Don’t miss the selection of vintage table accessories – think fluted vases, gold candlestick holders and unique lampshades. After you’ve found some hidden gems, stop for pastries, coffee or a cocktail at Patchworks’ bar.
258 Church Road, Leyton, E10 7JQ
BRING THE OUTDOORS IN: Big Plant Sale
From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th February, Top Office Machines in Bethnal Green is holding the Big Plant Sale, with thousands of plants fresh from growers around the UK. Whether you’re after indoor varieties to decorate your home or outdoor plants for the garden, there’s something for everyone, with over 150 different types on sale, most costing £10 and under. Choose from cacti, succulents, tropical plants, terrariums and bigger plants, as well as a selection of stylish pots to house them in. Shoppers must book a 30-minute slot; entry is free.
133-135 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E2 7DG
CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR: Bun House Afternoon Tea
For the next month Bun House is offering diners a special afternoon tea to celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Tiger. Diners can tuck into a selection of steamed buns alongside sweet and savoury snacks, and traditional Chinese teas. The menu includes fried milk ribs coated in crispy garlic; crispy tempura oyster mushrooms in a sweet peking sauce; confit duck croquettes with kewpie mustard; steamed tofu with pickled bamboo shoots; and tong yuen, a sticky rice ball served with a ginger and lemon syrup, and topped with roasted peanut dust.
26-27 Lisle Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 7BA
BOOK AHEAD: One.World Supper Club
Interiors company One.World is hosting a supper club at its store in Parsons Green on Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th March – tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so it’s worth snapping one up now. Private chef Rosie Smith (aka Rosie & Ripe) has teamed up with southwest London deli The Butchers Table for a tasting menu that celebrates seasonal produce cooked over fire. The menu is strictly under wraps, but if One.World’s last supper club is anything to go by, you can expect dishes like slow-roasted lamb with flaked almonds, sourdough with grilled courgettes, and beetroot and goats cheese salad. Tickets cost £65pp.
41-43 Parsons Green Lane, SW6 4HH
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: Cyko Spin at Raffles
Cyko is the new spin class in Raffles Chelsea to have on your radar. Sessions take place on the nightclub dancefloor – which is transformed into a full spin studio each day – with strobe lighting, laser beams and a world-class sound system to help you stay motivated. Aiming to recreate the atmosphere of a nightclub, 45-minute sessions are led by Cyko’s spin instructors who have already brought the concept to Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dubai. After class, make a beeline to the Wellness Hub for post-workout juices, protein shakes and snacks. Classes cost £19.50pp.
Monday-Friday at 1pm, 6.15pm and 7.30pm; Saturday-Sunday at 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 5pm; 287 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EW
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