ORGANISE DATE NIGHT: Truffle Season At Big Mamma Group Restaurants
Big Mamma Group are behind some of our favourite restaurants in London, so we were excited to hear that they’ve created some new dishes to celebrate truffle season. Book a table at Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia to try truffle and fennel salami (all the way from Italian village Gombitelli); ‘Nothing But Truffle Pizza’ with smoky provola and black truffle cream; truffle churros; and the restaurant’s signature ‘Mafaldine al Tartufo’ pasta, which you’ve probably spotted on Instagram. Over at Gloria in Shoreditch, diners can try the ‘Brexitalia Truffle Pizza’ made with fresh black truffle and mushroom carpaccio, while Covent Garden newbie Ave Mario will be serving ‘Mac n’ Cheese Truffle Crocchettas’ alongside truffle pizzas and ‘Truffle Smashed Potatoes’. To make the experience even more enjoyable, customers can now settle up via innovative payment app Sunday – launched by Big Mamma’s co-founders – which allows guests to pay the bill in under 30 seconds via a QR code provided at the table.
GO OUT OUT: Casa de Samba At SUSHISAMBA
SUSHISAMBA at Heron Tower’s has just launched late-night entertainment inspired by Brazil. Every Thursday to Saturday from 10pm to 3am, guests can enjoy a high-octane show featuring dancers, aerial artists and music from big-name DJs like Fat Tony and Glitzy von Jagger. Book a table for sushi and sashimi beforehand, then treat yourself to SUSHISAMBA’s signature cocktails at the bar, like the ‘Lychee Cooler’ and ‘Samba Sour’. There’s a different theme each night – on Fridays, the ‘House x Disco Meets Samba’ night includes music by DJ duo Kimono Bros and plenty of glitz and glamour to make you feel like you’re at carnival in Rio.
110 Bishopsgate, Moorgate, EC2N 4AY
GET READY FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON: Spirit Of Christmas Fair
The Spirit of Christmas Fair takes place today until Sunday 7th November at Olympia London. Ideal if you’re after tablescaping inspo, looking for unique decorations or simply want to get into the festive spirit, the fair has over 650 independent boutiques and high-street stores to browse. With a particular emphasis this year on sustainable and ethically produced products, visitors can shop fashion, toys, interiors and food and drink brands. Look out for baked goods from Biscuiteers, children’s loungewear from Em & Lu and drinks from NIO Cocktails. Book lunch or afternoon tea at Mosimann's Winter Restaurant or treat yourself at the Louis Roederer Champagne Bar.
Hammersmith Road, West Kensington, W14 8UX
SHOP COOL CLOTHING: Sunspel Pop-Up
Sunspel has just opened its first womenswear pop-up store on Upper James Street in London’s Soho. Known for its cool, contemporary collections, the brand knows a thing or two about elevated essentials – think crisp t-shirts, chic loungewear and classic knitwear you’ll come back to season after season. Shoppers can browse Sunspel’s Autumn/Winter 21 collection, which includes coats and jackets, trousers, shirts and accessories. Look out for the brand’s fragrances, too – Oakwood Eau De Parfum is an SL favourite. The pop-up will be open until January 2022.
5 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DG
WATCH A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Curated By Carlos At Sadler’s Wells
This weekend, Birmingham Royal Ballet is performing at Sadler’s Wells with a triple bill: Curated by Carlos. Created especially for world-renowned dancer Carlos Acosta and Italian prima ballerina Alessandra Ferri, the three performances open tonight with City of a Thousand Trades, a one-act ballet inspired by the diverse culture and industrial heritage of Birmingham, followed by Imminent on Friday 5th November – an abstract performance centred on the theme of balance. On Saturday 6th November, Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri will also take to the stage for a duet of Goyo Montero’s Chacona. The two will be accompanied by 16 other dancers with music by Bach. There are still tickets left for each show, but you’ll have to be quick if you want a good seat.
Rosebery Avenue, Islington, EC1R 4TN
TAKE THE GIRLS: Brixton Studio
Soho House has just opened Brixton Studio on Brighton Terrace, located just off the high street. The group’s first space south of the river will have weekly events, live music and small workshops hosted in the stylish Pearls Bar. Members can bring up to three guests to relax in the space and enjoy drinks from local distilleries like Brixton Gin, Market Row Rum, and London Beer Lab. Our favourite part? The interiors have been designed by local members and creatives in Brixton, so expect cool artwork that reflects the area’s rich history.
9 Brighton Terrace, Brixton, SW9 8DJ
BOOK AHEAD: Petersham Nurseries Wreath Making Workshop
Throughout November and December, Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is hosting a series of wreath making workshops where you can learn how to make your own Christmas decorations with festive foliage and seasonal flowers. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so be sure to get involved now. Petersham, known for its beautiful, dramatic arrangements, will host classes in its restaurant which will be transformed into a festive workshop with plenty of space for social distancing. Led by the team’s florists, the class includes all the materials needed. Tickets cost £150pp.
Floral Court, Richmond, WC2E 8JD
DISCOVER COOL ARTWORK: Art On A Postcard Winter Auction
The Auction Collective is hosting an online art auction today until Friday 25th November. Now in its 20th year, the exhibition includes work by 250 artists, including Mick Rooney, Patrick Hughes, Susie Hamilton and Hurvin Anderson who – among others – have created 550 unique mini postcards. Ideal if you’re looking for unique art to fill your home, or a special gift for a loved one, all you have to do is register at the link below which grants you access to the online auction. Look out for paintings by Alison McWhirter and Rachel Dinwiddle, two of our favourite artists. All proceeds will be donated to The Hepatitis C Trust, a charity who raises awareness for the illness, and supports those living with it.
TAKE THE KIDS: Market Halls Fulham
Looking for an activity to keep the kids entertained? Market Halls Fulham has just launched a series of winter activities taking place throughout the week, including ‘Family Sundays’ with all-day entertainment for kids. Little ones can enjoy a 10am film screening, balloon making, face painting and children’s art classes, as well as ‘build your own pizza’ workshops at restaurant Made of Dough. If you haven’t got kids in tow, make a beeline for the hall on Thursdays for ‘Beats & Booze’ sessions where you can enjoy two-for-one pitchers, enjoy open mic nights and listen to house music spun by resident DJs.
472 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 1BY
MARK DIWALI: Jamavar x Jo Loves
To celebrate Diwali, Indian restaurant Jamavar is hosting a series of candlelit dinners this weekend in collaboration with fragrance brand Jo Loves. To mark the occasion, tonight and tomorrow, diners can enjoy a three-course ‘Trio of Love, Luck & Light’ meal inspired by the festival. To start, choose from dishes like wild mushroom and black truffle khichdi; or nadan prawn toast with caramelised shallots, roasted fennel and chillies; then enjoy a main course of seabass curry or shahi mutter paneer. Desserts include gajrela (a mixture of carrots, cardamom, clotted cream and pistachios), mango rasmalai, and warm chocolate spiced mousse with vanilla ice-crema. To set the mood the restaurant will be filled with an array of Jo Loves candles, including its signature pomegranate scent, Pomelo.
8 Mount St, Mayfair, W1K 3NF
TREAT YOURSELF: Prêt-À-Portea At The Berkeley
Treat yourself this weekend to The Berkeley’s Autumn/Winter 21 Prêt-à-Portea collection – a playful selection of couture cakes inspired by brands like Ganni, Gucci and Fendi. Available as part of the hotel’s afternoon tea menu (£64pp), diners can enjoy catwalk-inspired creations including a mandarin cheesecake topped with an oversized chocolate hat from Balenciaga Couture, an iced biscuit to mark fashion icon Iris Apfel’s 100th birthday, and a cassis mousse with blackcurrant jelly, depicting Stella McCartney’s psychedelic jumpsuit. The tea also includes a selection of classic canapés and sandwiches, plus a selection of loose-leaf teas. Available until January, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
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