GET DRESSED UP FOR THIS: Disco Bingo Virtual Dance Party
On Saturday 20th March at 9pm, Social Isolation, a London-based events group born during lockdown, is hosting a virtual disco dance party. The theme is girl groups vs. boybands, where the DJ will play some of the best throwback tunes by the Spice Girls, All Saints, Girls Aloud, Blue, NSYNC and more. Alongside the disco, there’ll also be a bingo tournament with plenty of fun prizes up for grabs throughout the night. There’s a prize for the most stylish attendee and the best dancer, so be sure to dress to impress and bring best your moves on Saturday night. Tickets cost £6 per person and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the NHS, Refuge and Choose Love – even more of a reason to join the party.
WATCH A STAR-STUDDED PERFORMANCE: Dorian Gray
A new production of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel is now available to watch online. Written by Henry Filloux-Bennett, this adaptation of The Picture Of Dorian Gray follows the story of an influencer in a filter-fixated world where online and reality are often blurred. Dorian’s biggest fear is losing his social platform, but as he goes to extreme lengths to stay as current as possible, his mental health declines and he falls into a world of corruption and murderous depravity. Starring Joanna Lumley, Fionn Whitehead, Alfred Enoch, Russell Tovey and Stephen Fry, we’re expecting big things from the impressive cast. The performance is available to watch until Wednesday 31st March. Tickets cost £12.
ORDER IN BRUNCH & DINNER: The Laundretters Overnighter Box
The Laundry on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton has just launched the Overnighter Box which has everything you need to make their signature three-course dinner on Friday, plus brunch on Saturday. The dinner menu includes smoked salmon pâté with freshly a baked baguette and salted butter; beef cheek ragu pappardelle, a radish, fennel and orange salad with an almond dressing; a classic tiramisu for dessert; and a glass of The Laundry’s Spring Punch. The following morning, diners can enjoy a bloody Mary and a choice of either croque madame or croque royale. You can also add on a bottle of sauvignon blanc or rosé pinot noir to enjoy over the weekend, too. Boxes cost £90 for two and can be delivered to addresses within an eight-mile radius of the restaurant.
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: Straight Up
Ever wondered how Ed Sheeran became famous or how Stormzy writes his songs? In this new podcast, GQ journalist Kathleen Johnston and Telegraph journalist Eleanor Halls take listeners behind the scenes to spill the tea on some of the most famous music artists in the business. With special guests every week, including big name producers and industry insiders, you’ll hear how journalists manage to interview Drake, what it takes to write a smash hit for Little Mix, and what it’s like to style Rihanna. Don’t miss the ‘Women in Music’ special, recorded at the AllBright members club in Mayfair last year, where two publicists shared their stories – and advice – on getting to the top of the music industry.
GET CREATIVE AT HOME: Earl Of East Online Candle Making Workshop
Hackney-based beauty and lifestyle brand Earl of East has teamed up The Botanist Gin for an online candle making workshop. On Saturday 24th March at 4pm, tune into the masterclass over Zoom to be transported to Islay in Italy, home of The Botanist Gin. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to make their signature Fiche Dó soy wax candle (featuring fresh scents of myrtle, spearmint, juniper, sage and cypress), while enjoying a refreshing gin-based cocktail. Earl of East will send you a kit prior to the event containing everything you need to get involved, plus a special embossed highball glass. Tickets cost £55 and include a 20% discount code to use on site.
READ THIS NEW NOVEL: Hot Stew By Fiona Mozley
Fiona Mozley’s hotly anticipated second novel comes out today. On a corner of buzzing Soho sits a large townhouse, the same as all its neighbours. But this building is filled with both the rich and the poor, from the basement to the roof terrace. Precious and Tabitha call the top floors their home, but it's under threat: its billionaire-owner Agatha wants to kick the women out to build expensive restaurants and luxury flats. Men like Robert, who visit the brothel, will have to go elsewhere. Those like Cheryl, who sleep in the basement, will have to find somewhere else to hide after dark. But the women won't go quietly. Soho is their turf, and they are ready for a fight.
RELAX AND UNWIND: Consciously Connected Travel Breathwork And Sound Healing Class
At this point in the pandemic, we could all do with taking some time out to properly practise self-care. Cue this breathwork and sound healing class by Consciously Connected Travel. Here at SL, we’re big fans of Consciously Connected, who have put on some of the best virtual events over the past year, so we can’t wait to tune into this. Led by reiki and sound healer Rachley Ackley, the session will teach you the basics of breathwork and tips on how to clear the mind of distractions. Rachel will show guests a collective crystal card, then lead a group discussion and 30-minute breathwork activity to release energy around your throat shakra. If this sounds like your idea of a great night in, tune in on Saturday 20th March from 6-7.30pm. Tickets cost £24.
PICK UP QUALITY FOOD HERE: Hicce Shop
Hicce, the British wood-fired restaurant in Coal Drop’s Yard in King’s Cross, has just launched an online service where you can shop their artisanal produce online or pick it up in store using click and collect. Choose from their extensive selection of wine or shop their signature cocktails which include a video on how to assemble them at home – we’ve got our eye on the Bagley’s which contains don julio reposado, campari, passion fruit and grapefruit sherbet. For a treat, choose one of the hampers featuring an assortment of cheese, deli meats and condiments. Click and collect your shopping at weekends, or if you’re not local to the area, order online for nationwide delivery.
VISIT THIS ONLINE EXHIBITON: WITHIN At Another Boutique
This new online photography exhibition aims to raise awareness on what it’s like to live with endometriosis. Hosted by Another Boutique, an online gallery that raises awareness about current socio-political issues, the exhibition features a series of candid portraits. Whether the cause is close to your heart or you’ve never heard about the condition, it’s a great way to learn about endometriosis and how it affects those who have it. Visitors can pre-order a limited-edition book of images from the exhibition where profits will be donated to Endometriosis UK. Tickets are free but donations are encouraged.
BRING THE CLUB HOME: Elephant & Castle Community Hub Virtual Comedy Night
Throughout March, Elephant & Castle Community Hub are hosting a series of virtual events to keep you entertained at home. On Sunday 21st March at 7pm, tune into a comedy night over Zoom featuring stand-up by local comedians, a laughter workshop, and a screening of classic clips from British comedies including Tommy Cooper, Monty Python and the Two Ronnies. There’s also a comedy quiz where you can put your British TV knowledge to test, as well as an open mic performance if you want to showcase your own stand-up comedy. Suitable for the whole family to enjoy – whether together or apart – it’s set to be an eventful night. Tickets are free.