WATCH THIS NEW FILM: Birds Of Paradise
Based on AK Small’s book Bright Burning Stars, this Amazon Original film tells the story of a competitive friendship between two ballerinas. Kate (Diana Silvers) is an aspiring dancer who’s given a scholarship to attend a prestigious ballet school in Paris. On arrival, her confidence is tested by a fellow dancer, Marine (Kristine Frøseth), who has recently lost her brother. While confrontational at first, their relationship evolves into an emotionally charged union filled by lies – and a sexual awakening – as they risk it all to join the famous Opéra National de Paris.
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Clarins Virtual Beauty Festival
Clarins is holding a virtual beauty event from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th October – but you only have until Monday 4th October to buy a ticket. During the weekend, you’ll hear from a range of experts and beauty insiders, with live Q&As, tutorials, masterclasses and workouts. On Friday 15th October, nutritional therapist Madeleine Shaw is hosting a healthy brunch bowl cookery class, before Lorraine Candy and Trish Halpin (hosts of podcast Postcards From Midlife) livestream an episode to talk all things wellbeing, parenting and relationships. Other highlights include a FRAME dance class, a skincare masterclass with Caroline Hirons and a motivational workshop led by wellness pro Adrienne LDN. Red tickets (£20) give you access to all events on your chosen day, while Gold tickets (£50) include all events during the weekend; you’ll also receive a goody bag worth up to £32 ahead of time, as well as an exclusive discount code.
WATCH A STAR PERFORM: Lady Gaga At Westfield Stratford City
Tonight at 6.30pm Lady Gaga is hosting an intimate online jazz performance in collaboration with Westfield Stratford City to celebrate the release of her new album, Love For Sale. During the exclusive performance, the star will sing a range of jazz songs – fans of her album with legendary singer Tony Bennett will know what to look forward to – and give an exclusive performance of her new single. Tickets are free, but you can make a donation to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation (which aims to support the mental health and general wellbeing of young people around the world) or Tony Bennett’s Exploring The Arts Organisation.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: RA Summer Exhibition
The RA has just opened its annual summer exhibition – delayed as a result of the pandemic – featuring over 1,300 works curated by Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare. This year’s theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’ celebrates contemporary art and architecture from leading artists, household names, and emerging talent. Across the main RA galleries, expect to see prints, paintings, photography and film, as well as sculpture and architectural works – most of which are available to buy, with proceeds supporting both the exhibiting artist and the RA’s charities. Look out for work by Michael Armitage, Jade Montserrat and Rita Keegan, as well as cutting-edge pieces from Frantz Lamothe, Bärbel Lange and Marie-Rose Lortet. After perusing the exhibition, stop for drinks at the Summer Exhibition bar (open during weekends). The exhibition will run until 2nd January 2022; tickets cost £20.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
HEAR FROM YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS: Henley Literary Festival
If you want a fun day out for the whole family, Henley Literary Festival takes place from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th October. One of the UK’s biggest book festivals, there are over 120 talks and events to tune into, both from home and at Kings Arms Barn in Henley-on-Thames. Expect to hear from Otegha Uwagba, Elizabeth Day, Candice Brathwaite, Alexandra Shulman, Anya Hindmarch, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and even Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine scientists Dame Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green. Little ones can listen to live reading and talks from children’s laureates Michael Morpurgo and Chris Riddell. Tickets start from £10.
Kings Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2DG
BOOK BRUNCH HERE:
We couldn’t wait to visit NoMad London when it opened its doors earlier this year, so we’re pleased to hear the hotel has just launched a brunch menu. Aiming to bring a bit of NYC to London, diners will be seated in the beautiful atrium of NoMad Restaurant to enjoy American-inspired dishes like breakfast burritos; a prawn BLT made with sourdough bread, bacon, apples and basil aioli; and a French sandwich featuring truffle chicken, pickled shallots and gravy. For a special occasion, treat yourself to items from the ‘raw list’ (like fruits de mer, oysters, and scallop ceviche) and add on cocktails and coffee.
28 Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7AW
DISCOVER UNDER-THE-RADAR FASHION: Lone Design Club London Pop-Up
Lone Design Club London is hosting a fashion pop-up in Covent Garden until Tuesday 5th October. The club, which started out with an experimental pop-up at London Fashion Week in 2018, aims to find some of the best under-the-radar and sustainable brands, and curate them into cool displays for customers to shop. Visitors can browse womenswear to accessories –be sure to look out for the handbags and jewellery collection.
138 Long Acre, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AA
FIND HIDDEN GEMS: The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair
If you’re after stylish homeware and decorative interiors pieces, visit The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair this weekend. On until Sunday 3rd October at Evolution London in Battersea Park, there are hundreds of exhibitors to peruse, from well-known antique merchants to independent homeware brands. Expect to find vintage and one-off pieces by Christopher Jones, Dee Zammit, Justin Evershed-Martin, Kate Thurlow, Owen Perry and Vagabond Antiques. There will even be experts on hand to answer questions about interior styling. Tickets start from £10.
Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 4NJ
COOK UP A STORM:Charlie Bigham's Virtual Banquet
Book ahead for chef Charlie Bigham's Virtual Banquet on Saturday 9th October at 6pm. The evening, hosted by Charlie and wine writer Will Lyons, consists of a four-course cook-along led by four top chefs: Thomasina Miers, Vivek Singh (founder and exec chef at The Cinnamon Collection), Theo Randall and MasterChef 2014 champion Ping Coombes. Aiming to rase £30,000 for Chefs in Schools – a charity who provide children around the UK with delicious and nourishing food at school – you’ll cook alongside the chefs to create the banquet. The menu consists of bruschetta with ricotta, salsa maccha and watercress; spice-crusted seabream with green mango and coconut chutney; prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast with portobello mushrooms; and Malaysian Mess – a twist on the classic dessert. Tickets cost £95, which includes all home-delivered ingredients, a £5 donation to Chefs in Schools, and a Charlie Bigham tea towel and pair of oven gloves.