PUSH YOURSELF TO THE MAX:
If you’re ready to take your workout to the next level, or are just looking for new routines, fitness collective SWEAT.LDN is hosting an all-day event at Ministry of Sound London on Saturday 16th October. From 11.30am to 8pm there will be a range of classes, workshops and live talks to try, as well as five 45-minute workouts led by industry pros including PMAC Fitness (trainer to the likes of Rochelle and Marvin Humes). Six top DJs will set the tempo with high-energy mixes, while lunch and post-workout protein shakes will be provided by Fresh Fitness Food and Huel. Don’t miss the live Q&As led by the experts throughout the day.
103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DP
VISIT THIS NEW EXHIBITION:
Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
The Natural History Museum opens its Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition today. It features the top 100 submissions among thousands of entries – many focus on the climate crisis and how global warming is affecting the natural world. Look out, in particular, for Robert Irwin’s drone image of Australia’s raging bushfires which has already won the People’s Choice Award. Other top entries include a shot of a family of parakeets in Ghana taken by ten-year-old Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe, and a striking image of a bloody lion feasting on a wildebeest by Lara Jackson. Tickets start from £15.50.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
BOOK A TABLE HERE: Heckfield Place Pop-Up
Regular SL readers will know how much we love Heckfield Place, so we were very excited to hear the luxury Hampshire hotel is hosting its first restaurant pop-up in London this weekend. On Sunday 17th October, diners will be able to sample seasonal produce from Heckfield’s 400-acre estate at Frieze Masters in Regent’s Park. The three-course menu, created by Skye Gyngell, includes creamy tagliatelle served with an autumn salad; guineafowl with girolles, spinach and hollandaise; wild seabass with potatoes, leeks and aioli; and a hazelnut and a pear tart with espresso. Kitten Grayson has designed the floral tablescapes, so we’re expecting good things all round.
Frieze Masters, Regent's Park, NW1 4HA
MARK BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
The Black British Pub Quiz
To mark Black History Month, Boxpark is hosting a range of events during October, including a quiz on Black British culture on Sunday 17th October at 7.30pm. Covering music, film, social media, politics, geography and pop culture, you’ll be asked a series of questions to challenge your knowledge of Black British history. Order drinks from the bar and head to Mama Jacq’s for Caribbean jerk chicken, curry goat and fish tacos. Tickets are £7pp or £36 for a group of six.
18 Olympic Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0JT
Restaurant Kits X Candice Brown
Inspired by the return of GBBO but don’t have time to get into the kitchen? Restaurant Kits has teamed up with 2016 winner Candice Brown for a new range featuring some of her signature bakes – all of which can be delivered straight to your door. The platform’s first ever desserts can be purchased as an add-on alongside other kits from the site (which includes dishes from Kricket, Supa Ya Ramen, Mac & Wild and Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants) or put them all together in a special dessert box. Choose from Candice’s gooey chocolate cookies, rocky road brownies and her take on a blackberry and apple fool. Boxes start from £17.
SHOP THIS COOL POP-UP: Löfte
In collaboration with HELPFUL, sustainable fashion platform Löfte is hosting a pop-up on Club Row in Shoreditch, where you can browse a range of products from 18 sustainable brands. Taking place from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th October, expect to find bags from BEEN London, Beauty Cleanse skincare, accessories from Newt London, jewellery by Lavey London, and clothing from Isabel Manns and Nandni Studio, to name a few. The space is also hosting a series of workshops and events, including an upcycling workshop on Sunday 17th October (2-4pm, £15pp), plus a self-care evening on Thursday 21st October (7-8.30pm, £25pp) to discover the benefits of organic skincare and CBD.
9 Club Row, Shoreditch, E1 6JX
WATCH THIS FILM: Ear For Eye
To celebrate Black History Month, the BFI is screening a series of films written by and starring Black creatives. Our pick from the list? Ear For Eye starring Lashana Lynch (No Time To Die) which is available to watch at the BFI Southbank on Saturday 16th October at 8.40pm. Director and playwright Debbie Tucker Green has adapted her own play, originally shown at Royal Court Theatre back in 2018, for the big screen. Her powerful film tells the story of a group of British and American Black characters from different generations navigating their way through today’s society. Each has a different perspective on the state of the world, but they all have one thing in common – experiences of racial injustice.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT
GET THE GIRLS INVOLVED: Eataly Wine & Prosecco Festival
From Friday 15th to Sunday 24th October, Eataly is hosting its first wine and prosecco festival, with a series of fun events. Diners can choose from a special wine menu and shop a selection of rare varieties, all of which will be 20% off (this weekend only). On Thursday 21st October, Eataly’s Bishopsgate restaurant Cucina del Mercato is hosting a special four-course dinner with wine pairings (£80pp), while every site will host the brand’s prosecco festival on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd October where you’ll be able to try over 40 types of prosecco alongside tasty Italian street food.
135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
ENJOY A CLASSIC ON STAGE: Back To The Future: The Musical
Directed by Tony Award-winning John Rando, Back to the Future: The Musical has just opened at the Adelphi Theatre. When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself back to the future. Adapting this iconic story for the stage are the film’s creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. The production features original music by multi-Grammy winners Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, alongside hit songs from the film including The Power of Love, Johnny B. Goode, Earth Angel and Back in Time.
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 0NS
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: The Mirror And The Light
Hilary Mantel fans, this one’s for you. Tickets have just gone on sale for The Mirror and the Light which has been adapted by the RSC for the stage at Gielgud Theatre. The final instalment of Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy covers Anne Boleyn’s death in 1536, Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power, and his subsequent downfall and public execution at Tower Hill. Nathaniel Parker is Henry VIII, while Ben Miles returns to the stage to play Cromwell.
20 International Way, London E20 1FD
VISIT THIS COOL POP-UP: Untapped Creatives x The Stratford For Black History Month
To celebrate Black History Month, The Stratford hotel has partnered up with Untapped Creatives to host a pop-up to showcase Black-owned brands. On Saturday 16th October from 1-7pm, head to The Mezzanine bar on the first floor to browse fragrance from Affirmation Culture and Elephant & Bamboo, beauty by AMOR SUI and LIHA (an SL favourite) and children's accessories from Fela & Friends and Maison Eli, to name a few. Plus, at 3-4pm, Untapped Creatives is hosting a talk, led by founder Funmi Scott, for a discussion on: ‘What is Black luxury and how do we redress the underrepresentation of black creatives in the luxury space?’. Tickets are free.