GET A CAREERS MASTERCLASS HERE: Abuelo
Covent Garden coffee house and kitchen Abuelo is inviting all women within the creative and design sector to its first supper club, ‘Women in Architecture and Associated Arts’. Hosted by Abuelo’s mother-daughter duo Lynette and Cloe De La Vega, the intimate evening will be a chance for ladies to network and have conversations around design, business and women in the industry, over decadent coffee cocktails and sharing plates.
26 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7RS; 4th October
ATTEND A STYLE MASTERCLASS HERE: The Fold
Anna Murphy, Fashion Director of The Times, is hosting a launch party in partnership with The Fold to celebrate her new book, How Not To Wear Black. Entry includes a reading from the book by Anna, a copy of How Not To Wear Black; a Fold shopping voucher; plus styling tips and tricks from the author herself. Guests will be able to celebrate the launch with drinks and canapés, and network among a group of diverse and interesting women.
The Fold, 28 Cadogan Place, Chelsea, SW1X 9RX; 4th October
FEEL ALL AUTUMNAL HERE: Dalloway Terrace
Just in time for the season, Dalloway Terrace has been transformed into a woodland by London florists Wild at Heart. The installation boasts a canopy of preserved autumnal leaves in rich oranges and burnt reds, soft pink branches and berries to offer guests a cosy getaway. The restaurant has embraced the changing season with a rustic new-look menu, while Head Pastry Chef Chris Dodd has created an autumnal afternoon tea menu, which celebrates all things apple. Highlights include spiced apple cake with cinnamon glaze, and Granny Smith and whisky mousse with milk chocolate ganache.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN
GO TO A LEGENDARY PARTY POP-UP HERE: Bungalow Blakes
After the huge success of the Bungalow Blakes pop-up nightclub during London Fashion Week (Kate Moss, Jade Jagger, Alice Temperley and Charlotte Tilbury all partied hard), Amy Sacco is set to return to Blakes Below for a second takeover during Frieze London this week. As the founder of the infamous Bungalow 8, Sacco will recreate the iconic palm-tree filled celeb haunt from 4th-6th October. Revellers can expect exceptional cocktails, world-class DJs and dancing from 10pm till late across the weekend.
33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, SW7 3PF; 4th-6th October
TAKE AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Savage Garden
New rooftop bar Savage Garden has launched an afternoon tea with a difference. The ‘Savage Tea’ begins with daring savouries, including sweet potato sliders filled with coriander yoghurt, spicy peanut crumb and red onions; rare roast beef and fiery wasabi sandwiches; and smoked chicken and Korean ketchup tacos with spring onions, chillies and sesame seeds. Savage scones – loaded with clotted cream and strawberry jam – follow, before a finale of black tea choux cake, cherry and coconut lamingtons and dark chocolate crémeux spheres. Gin cocktails such as the ‘Forbidden Fruit’ (Hendrick’s gin, apricot brandy, amaretto, lemon, sugar and grapefruit bitters) and ‘Twisted Lady’ (a sharing cocktail of Hendrick’s gin, lemon, elderflower, rose liqueur and Ayala champagne) complete the line-up.
12th Floor, 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AF
BUY AFFORDABLE ART FOR A GOOD CAUSE HERE: Mount Street Editions by Frieze
This week, Mount Street is collaborating with art festival Frieze London to commission four leading UK-based female artists to produce limited-edition prints. These will be available to purchase (100 prints a day) for £50 from an exclusive customised vehicle positioned on the Mayfair street this week. The participating artists include Helen Cammock, winner of the 2018 MaxMara Prize for Women’s Art; France-Lise McGurn, whose wall painting was a standout of the recent Virginia Woolf exhibition at Tate St Ives; Renee So, acclaimed for her knitted and ceramic works investigating hybrid identities; and Zadie Xa, whose work is currently on view at MoMA PS1. The initiative will support two charities, Dress for Success and the Young Women’s Trust, which both provide vital support to women across the UK and empower them to achieve financial independence.
Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3NG; 4th-7th October
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Jamavar
This month Jamavar, the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant on Mount Street, is opening its doors on Sundays for the first time to welcome guests to The Royal Brunch. Featuring an indulgent feast of some of culinary director Surender Mohan’s favourite regal dishes, guests will be welcomed with a glass of Laurent Perrier La Cuvée champagne, before sitting down a trio of small starters including the likes of Chandni chowk ki aloo (spiced potato tikki, honey, yoghurt and white radish, complete with drizzles of tamarind and mint chutney), followed by a selection from the tandoor including shahi galouti kebab, a velvety lamb pattice with cardamom and saffron.
8 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3NF; 7th October
PLAY BINGO HERE: The Kitty Hawk
Following the success of its runs at The Vaults and Mecca Camden earlier this year, Bingo Academy is heading east for its autumn season. Starting this Saturday, City bar and eatery The Kitty Hawk will be transformed into a bingo training den, where novices and experts alike will have the chance to hone their skills. Guests will be taught the complex rules of bingo and shown advanced dabbing techniques while competing in real-life bingo games to win life-changing (if slightly ridiculous) prizes. The bingo boot camp will be paired with the ultimate bingo-friendly food, such as Kellogg’s fried chicken; crackling with sour apple and kimchi; sauerkraut and Montgomery cheddar nuggets; plus an array of drinks.
11-14 South Place, Moorgate, EC2M 7EB; 6th October
CHECK OUT A NEW EXHIBITION HERE: Hayward Gallery
A major exhibition has hit the Southbank Centre’s newly redesigned Hayward Gallery. Bringing together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space, Space Shifters features 20 artists and spans a period of roughly 50 years. The exhibition includes innovative, minimalist sculptures from the 1960s as well as recent works that extend the legacy of this ‘optical’ minimalism in different ways. In bringing together artworks that activate our perception of Hayward’s unique new space, Space Shifters provides a dramatic and fitting conclusion to the gallery’s 50th anniversary year.
Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX; until 6th January 2019
SIP AT A TEQUILA & MEZCAL FESTIVAL HERE: OXO Tower Wharf
Europe’s largest agave spirit festival returns for its fifth year this weekend with a brand-new venue at the Bargehouse at OXO Tower Wharf. The site will host a multi-storey, three-day celebration of the true spirit of Mexico. Highlights include the opportunity to try George Clooney’s new Casamigos Mezcal; authentic street food from Taqueria, Peyotito and Café Pacifico; cocktail bars from MNKY HSE, Ella Canta, Chiringuito and Barrio Bars; seminars on how to mix the perfect Margarita; a Mexican ceviche masterclass; plus, a workshop on how to make the ultimate guacamole.
Barge House Street, South Bank, SE1 9PH; 5th-7th October
BE A VIP HERE: Bababoom
To celebrate the opening of their new restaurant in Islington, Bababoom is offering SL VIPs half price everything. Combining Middle Eastern flavours with quality British produce, the kitchen serves generous plates of food from downright delicious brunch to late night feasts – think pillowy Persian flatbreads topped with hearty portions of charcoal-grilled meats and punchy vegetable sidekicks. To redeem the offer, write ‘SheerLuxe VIP’ in the comments section when you book online. Sign up to become at SheerLuxe VIP using the link below.
189 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ; until 31st October
WATCH THIS: A Star is Born
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper – who also directs) discovers – and falls in love with – struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship begins to break down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
In cinemas now
GET A TASTE OF SINGAPORE HERE: Avenue
This October, restaurant group D&D London is welcoming a talented group of Michelin-starred chefs and mixologists from Singapore to showcase their innovative cuisine and cocktail pairings as part of the Singapore Supper Club. From tonight until Saturday, Avenue welcomes Michelin-starred chef Malcolm Lee from Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant. Guests will enjoy an unusual menu featuring a selection of Peranakan dishes, with the option to enjoy expertly paired cocktails with each course. Mixing the drinks will be Philip Bischoff from Manhattan Bar, currently ranked number seven in the ‘World’s Best Bars’ and awarded the title of ‘Best Bar in Asia’.
7-9 St James's Street, St James's, SW1A 1EE; 4th-6th October
GET 2-FOR-1 TICKETS TO THIS: Spirit of Christmas Fair
This year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair returns at the end of the month, offering an impressive collection of over 825 independent boutique retailers and designer-makers, all with a festive flair. The event’s had a makeover for 2018: it’s expanded its food court and created a new layout, making even easier to browse and buy gifts, jewellery, artisan food and drink, soft furnishings, baby and children’s gifts and clothing, and festive fashion accessories. Expect masterclasses such as wreath-making with royal wedding florist Philippa Craddock and cake decorating with Hummingbird Bakery.
Olympia London, Kensington, W14 0JZ; 29th October-4th November; all SheerLuxe readers get 2-for-1 late-night tickets on 1 November (valid from 4pm-9pm). Quote 'SHEERLUXE' to redeem.
DINE OUT FOR A BIG CELEBRATION HERE: Hakkasan Golden Week Event
When you’re in need of seriously good Chinese food, Hakkasan is the only place to book in. And all week they are upping the ante with their Golden Week celebration. The exclusive menu will showcase some of the Michelin starred restaurant’s classic with an added Midas touch – think golden-topped dim sum, a ‘Touch of Gol’d dessert – black sesame, chocolate foam and kumquat – plus, a seriously indulgent ‘Golden Era’ cocktail made with rum Louis Roederer Champagne, pomelo, fennel and lemon juice. Put on this season’s gold lame trend and head there to indulge.
The Golden Week Menu will be available from Monday 24th September until Sunday 7th October priced at £88 per person, minimum of two guests.
Hakkasan Hanway Place, 8 Hanway Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HD
Hakkasan Mayfair, 17 Bruton St, Mayfair, London W1J 6QB