HAVE A PAMPER DAY: ghd Townhouse
On Saturday 26th March, ghd will open its townhouse at Electric Space in Fitzrovia. To celebrate 21 years of the brand, guests can enjoy hair appointments using the new Curve Thin Wand and original styler, and book in for express gel manicures with OPI Nails. You can also take part in one-to-one masterclasses with the Charlotte Tilbury beauty experts (which includes a quick facial massage) – we like the sound of the ‘Eyes to Hypnotise’ class where you’ll learn how to make the most of your brow and eye shape. Stop for a tea, coffee and sweet treats, then take pictures with your friends in the photobooths. Tickets cost £30pp, but NHS workers can enjoy free appointments by showing their NHS ID card.
Electric Space, 11 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HR
TRY A TASTE OF JAPAN: Sakura Season At Mei Ume
Chinese-Japanese restaurant Mei Ume is celebrating Japanese Sakura season with a new menu and beautiful white and pink cherry blossom display. Guests will be transported to a pretty Japanese garden as they enjoy new dishes with sake pairings. Menu highlights include wagyu beef yaki gyozas; ika karaage (crispy deep fried squid); rock shrimp tempura; whole peking duck; roasted black cod with yuzu soy and karashi kimi; and a selection of sushi and nigiri. You can also choose from seasonal sake, fringe tea, and the ‘Cherry Blossom Tea’ cocktail made with Mancino Sakura vermouth, vodka and sparkling sake.
10 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AJ
BRING YOUR FRIENDS: Felt Gallery x Eliza Hopewell Lunch
Felt Gallery has teamed up with artist Eliza Hopewell to host a special lunch at AMP Studios in Peckham on Saturday 26th March at 2pm. The three-course art-inspired menu has been created by chef Mia Lillingston (formerly of The River Cafe) to celebrate the arrival of spring. Food will be served on tableware by Eliza and linens by Tessa Layzelle, who’s known for her beautiful patchwork creations. The menu is strictly under wraps, so diners will find out what they’re eating on the day. Tickets cost £45pp and guests can also purchase limited-edition tableware by Felt artists on the day, too.
AMP Studios, 897A Old Kent Road, Peckham, SE15 1NL
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: BFI Flare 2022
The BFI is in the middle of hosting its annual Flare film festival celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ creatives. Until Sunday 27th March, you can book a range of events and talks, and watch contemporary films and documentaries from around the world. Highlights include It Runs in the Family, a documentary about the queer community in the Caribbean; Sediments which tells the different stories of six transgender women; and a closing party on Saturday night.
BOOK AHEAD FOR A GOOD CAUSE: #CookForUkraine Dinner At Townsend
On Wednesday 30th March at 7pm, six chefs will come together to cook a special meal at Townsend in Whitechapel to raise funds for those affected by the war in Ukraine. Hosted by the restaurant’s head chef Nick Gilkinson, each chef will prepare one of their favourite dishes, served with drink pairings from local wine bar P Franco. Chefs include Dom Fernando from Paradise, Mitshel Ibrahim from Ombra, John Chantarasak from AngloThai, and Anna Higham from The River Cafe. Expect dishes like roti sourdough with sambol butter, pig head cutlet and fermented chilli; scallops with sunflower seed satay sauce and crispy chicken skin; and poppy seed khrustyky (fried cookies) with apple and curd cheese. Tickets cost £70pp plus an extra £40 for wine pairings – all proceeds will go to charity.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel, E1 7QX
BOOK A BOOZY BRUNCH: Pizzeria Mozza at Treehouse London x Pale Fox Prosecco
Pizzeria Mozza at Treehouse London hotel has teamed up with Pale Fox Prosecco to create a boozy brunch. From Sunday 27th March, diners can enjoy an Italian feast of antipasti, pizza, dessert and a glass of Pale Fox Prosecco for £40 – or three courses and three prosecco cocktails for £60. Don’t miss the Citrus & Melon Bellini made with Pale Fox Superiore, galia melon and white grapefruit. Pizza toppings include ’nduja and smoked cheese; prawn, aioli and lemon; goat’s cheese with leeks and pancetta; and slow roasted cherry tomatoes with olives and anchovies.
14-15 Langham Place, Fitzrovia, W1B 2QS
CHALLENGE THE GIRLS: Secret Agent Game At Electric Gamebox
Electric Gamebox has created a secret agent game at its arcades in Wandsworth, the South Bank and Essex’s Lakeside. It’s aimed at adults and children over 11, as players step into the world of top-secret agent James Bunny and work together to take down the notorious Francisco Salamander. Enter through one of the private game boxes to be transported into a tropical paradise and complete a series of tasks and puzzles in 60 minutes. Each game has space for up to six players – so choose your team wisely. Tickets cost £20pp.
DISCOVER NEW BEAUTY: The Inkey List Pop-Up
Regular SL readers will know we rate The Inkey List’s affordable skincare, so we were pleased to hear the brand has just opened its first UK pop-up in Covent Garden. Until Sunday 27th March, shoppers can take part in an immersive digital experience to create a new skincare routine. There are five QR codes to scan in each zone – Clean, Hydrate, Treat, Moisturise, and SPF & Scalp – with products available to try in each. You can also book a one-to-one skincare consultation with one of the brand’s experts and take part in competitions including one to win a year’s supply of products.
2-3 James Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BH
FILL YOUR BASKET: Gladwell's Grocery & Deli
Gladwell’s is the new grocery store in Camberwell to have on your radar. Having just opened last week, it’s already created a buzz in the neighbourhood thanks to its Insta-worthy interiors and excellent selection of produce. Housed in a Grade II-listed building which has been closed for 30 years, it stocks fruit and veg, meat and fish, and store cupboard food. There’s also a deli with freshly made focaccia sandwiches, bagels, salads and soups and a Wine Vault home to hundreds of wines from around the world, which will later host regular tastings.
2 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, SE5 8QU