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GET YOUR MORNING COFFEE: Entrée, Notting Hill
Entrée is the new café in Notting Hill to have on your radar. With seriously cool interiors, the bakery takes inspiration from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel – picture pink and blue décor, a circular bar, and an open bakery counter in the style of a traditional Georgian ‘supra’ table. Order your go-to coffee, or something different like a matcha latte, before tucking into a selection of giant pastries or cakes. Don’t miss the traditional Georgian ‘pies’ made from freshly baked bread.
138 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3QG
BOOK AHEAD: WOW Festival At Southbank Centre
WOW Festival returns to Southbank Centre from Friday 11th to Saturday 13th March. To mark International Women’s Day, the festival will showcase female talent from across the world. During the weekend, visitors can listen to Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo on the subject of discovering Black British writers; a performance from comedian Bridget Christie’s new stand-up show Who am I?; and a talk from influencer Grace Victory and author Candice Braithwaite about motherhood, mental health and maternal mortality rates for Black women. Other highlights include an afternoon with author and broadcaster Elizabeth Day, and a session with Marian Keyes, who will discuss her new book Again, Rachel. Tickets start from £10.
Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX
HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN: The The Doyle Collection x International Women’s Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day, The Doyle Collection is offering to take free headshots of women at its hotels across the country. On Friday 4th March, the Marylebone hotel in London will host a full day of complimentary headshots, taken by photographer Lisa Tse. Whether you’re starting a business, or want to update your LinkedIn profile with a professional picture, guests will be given a digital headshot that can be used online. You can also have your picture taken at the Bristol hotel in Bristol, the Westbury in Dublin, or the River Lee in Cork. To get involved, reserve your spot at the link below.
HAVE SUNDAY LUNCH: Mortimer House
Mortimer House has a new Sunday lunch menu. Served every week from 11am to 4pm, the dishes take inspiration from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, and everything is made using seasonal ingredients. Choose from starters like mac and cheese; duck terrine; blood orange and agretti; and octopus carpaccio with basil emulsion and aubergine. The main course is a twist on a typical Sunday roast – slow roast pork belly with cannellini beans and romesco sauce to share; battered seabream; and braised ox cheeks with bagna cauda (a warm sauce made from garlic and anchovies).
37-41 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH
GET CREATIVE AT HOME: Hobbycraft Bridgerton Embroidery Workshop
Tickets have just gone on sale for Hobbycraft’s new online embroidery workshops. To celebrate season two of Netflix’s Bridgerton which comes out at the end of the month, Hobbycraft has created a series of 90-minute workshops inspired by the Regency drama. Attendees will receive a craft kit containing everything you need to create a unique embroidery design featuring the iconic “I burn for you” line from the show. A Hobbycraft Artisan will show you how to create a stem stitch, satin stitch, French knot, and complete your embroidery with helpful tips along the way. There are various classes available from Monday 14th March to Sunday 17th April; tickets cost £30 and SL readers can get 10% off using the code SHEERLUXE10 (*valid until 30th April 2022).
DISCOVER BLACK-OWNED BRANDS: Black Culture Market, Brixton
On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March from 11am to 5pm, Downstairs at The Department Store in Brixton is hosting the Black Culture Market to showcase a selection of local Black-owned businesses. To celebrate and support producers from the African and Caribbean community, shoppers can browse a range of fashion, accessories, gifts, artwork, and beauty products for sale, as well as children’s books that aim to teach little ones about diversity, and homemade cards. A great chance to support Black Pound Day – which falls on the first Saturday of each month.
248 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8FR
CELEBRATE WORLD BOOK DAY: Camden Market
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, Camden Market is hosting a literary inspired event on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March. Suitable for the whole family, events will take place across three Camden locations: Lock Stables, Hawley Wharf and Buck Street Market. Expect author readings, arts and crafts workshops, face painting and a Hansel and Gretel treasure trail for little ones. Other highlights include a children’s book reading from author Nicholas Allen (Saturday 5th) and former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq (Sunday 6th), a ‘Mad Hatter tea party brunch’ at From Home to London café, and a t-shirt customising workshop at Koko Art.
54-56 Camden Lock Place, Camden, NW1 8AF
MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Stoney Street by 26 Grains
Stoney Street by 26 Grains is hosting a female-led ticketed dinner on Tuesday 8th March to celebrate International Women’s Day. Diners will hear from some of the industry’s best female chefs and sommeliers, with all proceeds going to charity Women for Women International, which supports marginalised women in conflict-affected countries including Afghanistan, Rwanda and South Sudan. There on the night will be Snackbar founder Freddie Janssen, Lina Stores head chef Masha Rener, Seoul Bird founder Judy Joo and food writer Claire Ptak, among others. Each chef will present a dish, inspired by the women who have shaped their lives, with wine pairings curated by sommelier Alexandra Price. Tickets cost £85pp.
2-3 Stoney Street, Borough, SE1 9AA
LEARN FROM THE PROS: Cafe Murano Book Club
Chef Angela Hartnett has launched a series of culinary ‘book club’ evenings dedicated to the best writers in the food business. At her Bermondsey restaurant Cafe Murano, award-winning food writer Mark Diacono will lead conversations with guest speakers, while guests enjoy a welcome drink and a two-course dinner. The next event takes place on Sunday 26th March, so there’s plenty of time to flick through the next book in the series: Mary Berry Cooks to Perfection. Book ahead to secure a spot to see Mary IRL. Tickets cost £85pp.
184 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3TQ
SHOP NEW BEAUTY: Flannels Beauty Events
This weekend, Flannels is hosting a series of live masterclasses at its Sheffield Meadowhall store. On Friday 4th March at 2pm celebrity hair stylist Larry King is leading a ‘dry hair’ masterclass where ticketholders can learn how to master a sleek ponytail or a smooth bob without getting hair wet. Tickets cost £20pp and are redeemable on any Larry King Hair product. On Saturday 5th March, Gucci Beauty is offering one-to-one appointments and make-up masterclasses, while shoppers can buy a personalised fragrance bottle over at Jo Malone (with a free deluxe-size fragrance with every purchase). If you’re not local to Sheffield, tune into Flannels’ Instagram Live tonight at 6.30pm to learn everyday make-up tips from Iconic London.
1 Park Lane, Meadowhall, Sheffield, S9 1EL