TREAT YOURSELF: Le Deli Robuchon Afternoon Tea
Regular SL readers will know we’re fans of Mayfair restaurant Le Deli Robuchon, so we were pretty excited when they announced their afternoon tea delivery service last week. The new ‘Teatime for Two’ (from £45) includes smoked salmon sandwiches; egg and wasabi mayo sandwiches; ham and Emmental cheese sandwiches; aubergine, burrata and olive tapenade; seasonal fruit tarts; a selection of madeleines and mille-feuilles; and homemade scones with jam and clotted cream. It also comes with J Robuchon tea sachets and a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne. Order in for a last-minute Easter-weekend treat or send one to someone else for a lovely gift. Delivery is available to addresses within a four-mile radius of the restaurant.
WATCH THIS NEW DOCUMENTARY: Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil
If you’ve watched Framing Britney Spears, Paris Hilton’s documentary, or Justin Bieber’s YouTube series over the last year, you might be interested to know that Demi Lovato has just released a tell-all four-part documentary series on YouTube. Told in Demi’s own words, Dancing With the Devil is a revealing series that covers a range of topics that have made headline news over the last decade, from her rise to fame as a child star on the Disney Channel, to her battle with various mental health illnesses and substance abuse. Demi and her closest friends also discuss the star’s overdose in 2018 which led to her hospitalisation and subsequent brain damage. Whether you remember Demi from her Camp Rock days, or are more familiar with her music career since, this documentary is a fascinating watch. Episode three dropped on Tuesday, with the last part set to be released on Tuesday 6th April.
COOK UP A STORM AT HOME: Sage Appliances Masterclass
Sage Appliances has teamed up with chefs Isaac Carew, Gizzi Erskine and Ravneet Gill for a special virtual cooking masterclass. On Thursday 8th April at 6pm, guests can learn how to create restaurant quality food at home using just a microwave. You’ll learn how to make crunchy golden fries, how best to reheat food, and how to cook a whole chicken in the microwave, before being shown how to make a three-course meal from the chefs. Using The Combi Wave 3 in 1, Isaac will cook up a delicious starter, Gizzi will create the main course, and pastry chef Ravneet will show you how to cook a special dessert. Tickets are free.
READ THIS DEBUT NOVEL: Surrogate By Susan Spindler
Journalist and documentary maker Susan Spindler released her debut novel today. Surrogate tells the story of Ruth Furnival, a woman who seems to have it all – a successful career in television, a lovely home, a lawyer husband and two grown-up daughters. But at 54, with an empty nest and the menopause behind her, she feels restless and dissatisfied. After multiple rounds of failed IVF, her daughter Lauren is told that the only way she and her husband can have a child of their own is through surrogacy. So, when Ruth discovers that, with the right dose of hormones, she could carry their baby, they agree out of desperation. But, as her pregnancy progresses, long-buried events from the past resurface. Isolated and alone, she starts to unravel and what began as an act of self-sacrifice turns into one of atonement – for which she's willing to risk everything.
VISIT THIS ONLINE EXHIBITION: Heart Of The Matter At Gillian Jason Gallery
Female-run gallery Gillian Jason Gallery has just opened a new online exhibition, Heart of the Matter. Featuring a selection of well-known and up-and-coming artists, the exhibition features paintings and sculptures, including new work by Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley, Chantal Joffe, Jasmine Pradissitto, and rising stars Emma Prempeh and Sikelala Owen. The show explores how female artists have forged a path in the art world today with themes of family life, generational continuity and self-reflection via a 3D virtual viewing room. Alongside the exhibition, the gallery will also present a series of private curated online tours and art talks with artists via Zoom and IGTV. Tickets are free.
WATCH THIS COOL PERFORMACE: In and Out By The Dutch National Ballet
Watch a special performance this weekend from the Dutch National Ballet. Performed by 12 dancers from the junior company, this performance has been choreographed by Hans van Manen with music by Laurie Anderson and Nina Hagen. Originally performed last March, In and Out is simply based on a concept of movement, colour and costume. The dancers move in and out of three large wardrobes, playfully appearing and disappearing in different groups. We love the dancer’s 80s-inspired costumes and unusual music score. If you’re looking for something a little different to enjoy over the bank holiday, this could be just the thing. The performance is available to watch online until 25th April 2021. Tickets are free.
UP THE ANTE AT HOME: Battersea Power Station ‘Spring Into Spring’
This weekend, Battersea Power Station continues its annual ‘Spring Into Spring’ health and wellness event with a range of online activities. Over the Easter weekend, guests can tune into an exciting calendar of online workout videos and workshops, as well as a range of tasty recipes to recreate at home. On Friday 2nd April, tune into a boxing class led by Carney’s Community Boxing, followed by a quick HIIT session on Saturday from British Military Fitness. On Easter Sunday, there’s a special blog on dealing with low mood and depression from Boom Cycle, plus two recipes – a delicious bircher muesli and a healthy chocolate smoothie bowl. Tickets are free.
EAT WELL AT HOME: Rainbo Gyoza Home Deliveries
Japanese street food kitchen Rainbo have just launched a ‘Gyoza-At-Home’ range so you can recreate their tasty food in the comfort of your own home. Ideal for date-nights or adding interest to your Saturday night dinner, there are several gyoza flavours to choose from, including shitake mushroom, chicken, prawn, pork and Chinese chive, and duck and hoisin. Cook them on the night or pop them into the freezer so you’ve always got a tasty snack to hand. Don’t forget to add on a bottle of Rainbo’s signature gyoza dipping sauce and chilli oil, and a bag of traditional Fukujinzuke pickles. Available for nationwide delivery.
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: That Would Bang
Presented by friends Adessy and Patricia, That Would Bang is the new film and TV podcast to have on your radar. Discussing a new show or film each week, expect dissected discussions of some of the most popular releases of the last year, including Netflix series Bridgerton and Lupin, and BBC Three’s Hood Documentary. Alongside their hilarious commentary, each week, the hosts are also joined by a special guest where they pitch their own dramatised storylines and talk about the weird and wonderful world of fan fiction. Don’t miss episode two where the duo are joined by YouTuber Lucy Moon to talk about the dashing Duke of Hastings and the elusive Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton.
GET THE DRINKS IN: Cocktail Porter Kits
Elevate your home bar with a selection of at-home kits by Cocktail Porter. There are several new kits to choose from, each containing everything you need to make original drinks at home – including fresh fruit from local London supplier, Nature’s Choice. The ‘Spring & Tonic’ kit includes a bottle of Tanqueray London Dry Gin and nine mini bottles of Double Dutch tonic waters – including classic Indian, cucumber and watermelon, and pomegranate and basil. For something a little different, opt for the Easter Espresso Martini Kit, featuring a Lindt chocolate bunny, Ketel One vodka, Cocktail Porter sugar syrup, Kuka cold brew coffee and Conker liqueur. Delivery is available nationwide.