GET THE DRINKS IN: Lockdown Liquor Hail Mary
Regular SL readers will know we’re big fans of Lockdown Liquor – the overnight success from lockdown 1.0 – so it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited about its latest collaboration with The Pickle House. The pair’s new Hail Mary is a take on the classic bloody Mary, featuring vodka, a spiced tomato mix, lemon and sriracha. Ideal for weekend brunch (or a Saturday morning remedy), the pre-mixed cocktail is best served over ice with the usual accompaniments. Bottles start from £12.99 and are available for nationwide delivery.
TREAT YOURSELF: Rosewood London Art Afternoon Tea
Treat yourself to a selection of sweet and savoury delights with a special afternoon tea from the Rosewood London hotel. Created by the hotel’s Mirror Room executive pastry chef Mark Perkins, the at-home kit for two contains Clarence Court egg, truffle and mustard cress brioche sandwiches; corn-fed chicken and tarragon mayonnaise sandwiches; smoked salmon and creamed horseradish sandwiches; cucumber with lemon, dill and cream cheese sandwiches; caramelised onion and Sussex goats cheese tarts; and a selection of raisin and plain scones. There are also three pastries to tuck into, inspired by the upcoming Kusama exhibition at the Tate Modern, including a pumpkin and milk chocolate mousse with passionfruit ganache; a coconut mousse with strawberry yuzu jelly and matcha green tea sponge; and a raspberry yuzu tartlet with raspberry cream, yuzu curd and raspberry jelly. Supplement the tea with Mariage Frères Tea and a bottle of Ruinart Champagne for an extra £105. Kits cost £45pp and are available for collection or delivery on Fridays and Saturdays to selected London postcodes.
GET CREATIVE AT HOME: Daylesford Floristry Workshop
On Friday 2nd April from 2pm to 4pm, tune into this virtual floristry workshop by Daylesford. You’ll learn how to arrange an Easter table using seasonal blooms over Zoom, led by Daylesford’s head florist. A lovely activity to kick off the Easter weekend with friends and family, guests will learn helpful tips from the floristry tutors, including how to create floral designs and how to care for cut flowers and foliage. You don’t need any prior experience to get involved, just a pair of secateurs or sharp scissors. Tickets cost £95 and must be booked by Tuesday 30th March to receive fresh flowers and materials in time for the workshop.
TUNE INTO A LITERARY TALK: Jikoni X Caleb Azumah Nelson
On Sunday 28th March at 6pm, Marylebone restaurant Jikoni continues its Civilised Sunday digital series with a literary talk from Caleb Azumah Nelson in conversation with author and essayist Yemisi Aribasala. The two will discuss Nelson’s critically acclaimed debut novel Open Water, which follows the story of two artists falling in and out of love. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists – he a photographer, she a dancer – trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. They fall in love, and even though it seems they’re destined to be together, any couple is at risk of being torn apart by fear and violence. Tickets cost £15 and include a complimentary drinks recipe from Jikoni. For an extra £30, there’s the option to tuck into a specially curated menu, which includes sweet potato bhel, spicy peanut corn on the cob, baby aubergine and potato Swahili curry, and saffron rice.
WATCH THIS NEW DOCUMENTARY: Tina, NOW
It’s safe to say that 2021 has been the year of music documentaries, so we’re pretty excited about the latest one to drop on NOW this Sunday. Tina is the celebration of a global superstar and an intimate portrait of a woman who overcame extreme adversity to define her career, her identity and her legacy on her own terms. From her early career as the queen of R&B to her record-breaking arena tours of the 1980s, Tina Turner invites viewers into her private world in a way she has never done before. Revealing her inner-most struggles, and sharing some of her most personal moments, Tina is the defining and inspirational record of one of the greatest survivors in modern music. Tina is available to watch on Sky Documentaries, NOW and on other formats at altitude.film.
EAT WELL AT HOME: Bluebird x Nyetimber Virtual Dining Experience
Bluebird Chelsea is partnering with renowned English sparkling wine Nyetimber to present a ‘Best of British’ virtual dining experience on Saturday. At 6.45pm via Zoom, guests will be taken on a special dining journey at home, preparing and cooking a delicious four-course meal, guided by Bluebird’s executive chef Henrik Ritzen, and enjoying a wine tasting hosted by Nyetimber brand ambassador Alec Robinson. The menu (£185 for two) includes sourdough and butter; charred asparagus with wild garlic and parmesan; baked Cornish turbot on the bone with Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, lobster sauce, lemon, thyme and Jersey Royal potatoes; and a rhubarb crumble; half a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Champagne; a bottle of Blanc de Blancs 2013; and a bottle of Cuvee Chérie MV.
SOLVE A CRIME: One Unhappy Bunny Murder Mystery
Digital Murder Mystery Co. has created an ‘eggstra’ special immersive murder case to solve at home this Easter weekend. At the woodland fair, the Easter Bunny has been found with an arrow pierced through his heart. The fair must be locked down until someone cracks the case of the murdered bunny. To solve the murder, you can download a pack (£69) which includes character profiles, party planning tips, a series of clues, and a custom playlist, or you can choose to take part in an immersive evening (£275), complete with a magician, themed recipes and costume suggestions. Both packs are made for four to 12 players and have everything you need to crack the case.
ENJOY THIS LIVE SET: Sunset DJ Sessions x Bodega Bay & Vibesolate FM
On Friday 26th March at 6pm, tune into a live DJ set from Vibesolate FM in collaboration with Bodega Bay, the premium hard seltzer brand. Listeners will be treated to a Sunset Session mix and tech house music from DJ Jake Beatyman, hosted by Abbie Rose from British Indie Pop band Abbie & The Roses. Plus, you can enjoy a house set from DJ and producer Jess Kidd who will transport you to the chilled shores of Ibiza. Tickets are free and listeners can also order in a selection of Bodega Bay’s pre-mixed drinks to enjoy on the night.
READ THIS DEBUT NOVEL: Body Of Stars By Laura Maylene Walter
Looking for a new book to get stuck into? This debut novel by Laura Maylene Walter came out last week and we can’t wait to get started this weekend. Dubbed ‘the new Handmaid’s Tale for the modern woman’, Body Of Stars explores fate and female agency in a world where women own the future but not their own bodies. Celeste Morton holds a map of the future in her skin, with every mole and freckle a clue to unlocking what will come to pass. When she reaches puberty, otherwise known as the ‘changeling period’, the final marks appear, and her future is decided. But changelings are desirable commodities who risk being abducted by men. When her marks change, they reveal an unsettling truth about her brother’s future. Body of Stars is an urgent read about what happens when women are objectified and violently stripped of choice – and what happens when they fight back.
VISIT THIS ONLINE EXHIBITION: Alice: Curiouser And Curiouser At The V&A
Head to the V&A website to see a new exhibition all about Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical exhibition charts the evolution of Lewis Carroll’s original text into a global phenomenon. Highlights include first-edition illustrations, Alice-inspired Vogue photoshoots, iconic runway looks, and Salvador Dali artwork based on the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Whether you’ve read the book, watched the ballet, or seen one of the many film or TV adaptations, this exhibition brings together the best of them all. Tickets cost £20.
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: But Why?
Influencer, mum and curator of the Mother of All Lists blog Clemmie Telford attempts to get to the bottom of some of life’s trickiest questions in this new podcast. From why online gaming could save the world to how guide dogs are trained to help humans, each week she asks an expert to share their insight on a different topic. So far, guests have included Matt Haig for a special on mental health, Bryony Gordon with her personal journey to sobriety, and Dr Nicole LePera talking about the benefits of self-healing and therapy. Each episode is around 90 minutes – ideal for some weekend background listening. We can’t wait for the upcoming chat with Caitlin Moran.