GET THE DRINKS IN: Saicho Sparkling Tea Bar Pop-up at The Gantry Hotel
Sparkling tea brand Saicho has launched a pop-up at Stratford’s new luxury hotel, The Gantry. Ideal if you’re taking part in Dry January, or want to try something a little different, the pop-up will serve a range of non-acholic drinks made from Saicho teas, alongside a pairing menu of small Chinese sharing plates. Visit Union Bar on the hotel’s first floor to try Saicho’s sparkling teas, including darjeeling, hojicha, jasmine, and ‘Eight Immortals’ which is cold brewed for 24 hours. Enjoy them alongside Shanghai-style pork or duck spring rolls with hoi sin sauce.
Until Monday 7th February; 40 Celebration Avenue, East Village, Stratford, E20 1DB
WATCH A PLAY: Peggy For You At Hampstead Theatre
This play is in its final few weeks at Hampstead Theatre, but there’s still time to get your tickets. Alan Plater’s Peggy For You follows a day in the life of Peggy Ramsay (Tamsin Greig), the most celebrated talent agent of the 20th century. A witty and unsentimental account of Ramsay – one of the few agents who was actually more famous than the talent she represented – the play also features a string of characters who fall under the spell of this unlikely heroine, who believed more in art than she did in money – or in good manners.
Until 29th January; Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, NW3 3EU
ENTER THIS COMPETITION: Sipsmith ‘Swancierge’ Service
There’s still time to catch the Sipsmith ‘FreeGlider Swancierge’. This dedicated nationwide service from Sipsmith is delivering alcohol-free cocktails direct to a different winner’s door every day in January to celebrate the launch of its new non-alcoholic spirit Sipsmith FreeGlider. To nominate yourself or a loved one, fill in the form at the link below.
ORDER IN: Rice Error by Bao x Ixta Belfrage
Regular SL readers will know we love Taiwanese restaurant chain Bao, so we were excited to hear it’s launched a series of chef collaborations for at-home dining. This month, chef Ixta Belfrage (who usually works with Yotam Ottolenghi) has teamed up with Bao’s delivery service Rice Error to offer her take on her childhood favourite, chile rellenos. The Mexican dish features a green pepper stuffed with minced meat and coated with eggs, Bao’s signature Taiwanese rice, and a spicy sauce. Boxes cost £12.50, with £1 from each sale going to charity Migrateful.
GO TO THE CINEMA: Memoria
Memoria hits the big screen on Friday. Tilda Swinton play Jessica, an expat from Scotland who lives in Medellín, Colombia. Running a gardening business, she lives a quiet life and seems introverted but happy. After her sister Karen ends up in hospital with a mysterious respiratory illness, Jessica travels across the country to visit her. One night, Jessica is woken up by a loud bang, which starts a strange dream-like journey in which she travels through the jungles of Colombia.
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: John Reed
Need a little motivation to achieve your fitness goals this year? Studio John Reed is offering new members their first three months for free when they sign up to a year’s membership. The German brand opened its doors a few months ago and has already established itself as a hotspot for those serious about fitness. Classes include ‘Box Endurance’, jazz barre, traditional and hot yoga, Pilates and ‘Inferno Pilates’ taught in 36°C heat. You can also make use of the impressive facilities, which include a group training space, boxing arena, and spacious free weights area.
90 Liverpool Street, City, EC2M 2AT
STAY MOTIVATED FOR DRY JAN: Oddbird x Zetter Townhouses
Non-alcoholic wine brand Oddbird is taking over the bars at the Zetter Townhouses in Marylebone and Clerkenwell for the rest of the month. Visitors can try a selection of Oddbird wines by the glass, alongside a range of non-alcoholic cocktails made with Oddbird’s spumante, blanc de blancs, sparkling rosé and range of non-alcoholic low intervention wines. Guests can also enjoy a special afternoon tea at the Zetter Marylebone from Tuesdays to Sundays, and at the Zetter Clerkenwell at the weekend. We like the sound of the ‘Winter Breeze’ cocktail made with juniper, bergamot and elderflower cordial, topped with Oddbird spumante.
Until Monday 31st January; 28-30 Seymour Street, Marylebone, W1H 7JB; 49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ
GO OUT OUT: The History Of Drake At XOYO
On Saturday 15th January from 7pm, XOYO in Shoreditch is hosting a Drake-themed evening, featuring the rapper’s hits played on stage by a 16-piece orchestra. The orchestra – which includes a full string section – will play hits including 'Toosie Slide', 'Best I Ever Had', 'One Dance, Jumpman', 'God's Plan' and 'Controlla'. There’ll also be a bespoke light show and special visuals and projections to really set the party vibe. Tickets start from £15pp, plus an extra £5 if you want to stay on for XOYO’s Saturday night session from 10pm to 4am.
32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4AP
TREAT YOURSELF: Sagra Festival at Gelupo
This month, Italian gelateria Gelupo is hosting its annual chocolate Sagra festival. The Sagra – an Italian celebration that shows off a region’s food or drink speciality – will showcase the very best of Italian produce. New gelato flavours to try include a bitter vegan chocolate sorbet, white chocolate with cardamom, thyme or lavender (depending on the day of the week), black forest, sachertorte, and black truffle served at the weekends. You can also order rich Italian-style hot chocolates, elevated with flavours like cardamom, chilli and gianduja – a sweet Italian chocolate and hazelnut spread.
Until Monday 31st January; 7 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AU
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Purcell Sessions at the Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre has released its line-up for the Purcell Sessions – a performance series of cross-genre collaborations and visual installations from singers, actors and artists. On Saturday 15th January, eight-person band Caroline will put on a six-hour, improvised performance where guests can drop in and out as they please to watch the London-based group create new music. Other highlights from the series include Soumik Datta: Arts Rising on Thursday 20th January – a call-to-action performance from musicians and dancers about the climate crisis – and Cascade on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January, when musician Nabihah Iqbal will explore the many forms of water. Tickets start from £15.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX