GET SLEUTHING HERE: Agatha Christie Pop-Up
Seven Dials will celebrate 90 years of Agatha Christie’s iconic novel The Seven Dials Mystery on 24th January. In celebration of the famous story, there’ll be a secret book trail, where shoppers are invited to discover one of 90 books hidden within the area to pick up and keep for free. Tredwells, Marcus Wareing’s restaurant which is named after the treasured butler in Christie’s 1929 novel, will also pay tribute by creating a three-course meal and a special cocktail for £29, available from 24th January. Elsewhere, The Escapologist is offering 50% off your first round of drinks to people who quote 'Agatha Christie' at the bar, and Creoate will host ‘Celebrating Women Writers: A Discussion on Modern Journalism’, an engaging conversation with panellists Caroline Rowland, Kristen Byass, Melissa Zahorujko and Ashley Horn, who’ll talk about what it takes to produce their content from very different perspectives.
Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HD; 24th January
DOUBLE UP ON YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS HERE: Just Wing It
Benefit Cosmetics has launched a pop-up wing bar – Just Wing It – to celebrate its newest product, the Roller Liner. The new liquid matte eyeliner promises a perfect long-lasting winged look, so the brand is offerings guests the chance to enjoy a double whammy of wings with a dedicated pop-up shop for foodie fashionistas. With food served up by fried chicken purveyors Mother Clucker, guests can order wings and undergo a demo of the eyeliner that claims not to smudge. SL contributor Lisa Potter Dixon is a fan –so it won’t be long before it’s winging its way into your make-up bag too.
82A Commercial Street, Hackney, E1 6LY; 30th January-3rd February
WATCH A PREMIERE HERE: Bulgari Hotel London
Bulgari Hotel London has announced the full line-up for its ‘Breakthrough Women in Film’ series. Over the next few months, the Knightsbridge hotel's cinema will host film screenings championing young female filmmakers and female-driven storylines, followed by a live Q&A session with the director, or leading member of the film’s cast. This Friday sees a screening of the Bafta-nominated Only You. The debut feature from Harry Wootliff Only You sees Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor play a couple who, after a one-night stand on New Year’s Eve, fall madly in love. Within weeks they are living together, and not long after they begin trying for a child. When conception isn’t immediate, pressure builds on the pair and the idea of a family begins to overshadow their relationship.
171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW; 25th January
BEAT SKI SEASON BLUES HERE: Chel-Ski
For those unable to escape to the mountains for some skiing this winter, Chel-Ski, London’s largest indoor ski slope, is collaborating with Bluebird Chelsea to transform its terrace and winter lodges into an alpine wonderland. The terrace will be decorated with old fashioned wooden skis and sledges, vintage posters and fur cushions, while a special alpine menu of fondues with baby sausages, roast potatoes, cornichons and grilled bread; veal and pork meatballs with a spiced tomato sauce and melted cheese; chicken schnitzel rolls with tomato and chilli jam; and apple pie will be served to create an après vibe. There will also be a number of cocktails including ‘Come In From The Cold’ with Ketel One, Ancho Reyes chilli liqueur, lime and ginger; and ‘Whiteout’, a classic Ketel One martini with either a twist or olive.
350 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU
GET THROUGH THE REST OF DRY JANUARY HERE: Coral Room
Celebrity hotspot The Coral Room is collaborating with non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip for an exclusive ‘Dry January’ cocktail menu. Health-conscious cocktail lovers and Dry January participants are invited to explore the bespoke menu, which includes ‘Seeing In The Dark’: Seedlip Spice 94, rhubarb and cardamom syrup, freshly squeezed carrot juice and chia seeds; ‘Living Coral Cocktail’: Seedlip Spice 108, pomelo and pink pepper tonic, cactus water and seaweed; ‘Bitter Sweet Grove’: Seedlip Grove 42, bitter orange and elderflower tonic and coconut oil; and ‘Gimlet 94’: Seedlip 94, fennel seeds, blackcurrant leaf syrup, and apple acid. Much better than a lime and soda.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN; until 31st January
OR TRY A DIFFERENT ‘DRY’ JAN HERE: The Bloomsbury Club
The Bloomsbury Club Bar has a very different twist on ‘Dry January’ – a cocktail menu featuring a variety of dry spirits. The new cocktail list offers dry twists on modern classics including: a ‘Dry White Negroni’ known as 'The Refresher' made with Lillet Blanc, Suze, riesling, orange bitters and a slice of orange; ‘Dry Coffee Cocktail’ known as 'The Rebuilder' made up of Amaro Montenegro and Angostura orange bitters; and finally the ‘Dry Adonis’, a martini with a dry twist: Lustau Red Vermut infused with berries, Oloroso sherry, and Angostura orange bitters, stirred and finished off with fresh orange peel. A selection of dry wines will also be available from the bar’s extensive wine list, and the drinks on this limited-edition menu will be served with a 20% discount for the duration of the month.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN; until 31st January
BOOK THIS: Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language
Employing an otherworldly and playful approach to their practice, Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng incorporate cultural signifiers, set design and fashion to present their unique take on Western aesthetics and fashion ideals. Bringing distinct Asian perspectives to their work, they challenge the concept of ‘otherness’ and reflect upon the power fashion photography holds in shaping our perceptions of beauty, style and taste. For English as a Second Language Moon and Ng have created two new series of photography works, responding directly to the historical setting of Somerset House. The exhibition also invites you to explore works from Moon and Ng’s fashion photography archive from the past four years, featuring work from leading publications such as Dazed, i-D, Centrefold and Re-Edition.
Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA; 25th January-28th April
TRY VAMPIRE YOGA HERE: Lost Boys Pizza
January has become synonymous with detox and rejuvenation. This Sunday, Lost Boys Pizza is offering something a little different, inviting all those who dare to cleanse their souls at a provocative and spiritual session of ‘vampire yoga’. Fern Miller, a white witch, will lead an energising vinyasa flow, followed by meditation and dramatic reading from Dracula. Inspired by the cult classic vampire movie The Lost Boys, the kitchen will follow the class by serving its signature black charcoal pizzas, plus wine.
141 Junction Road, Archway, N19 5PX; 27th January
CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY HERE: Milk Beach
Australia Day celebrations will be running from morning until late all weekend long at Milk Beach in Queen’s Park. Head chef Chris Munnings (formerly Duck & Waffle Local) has devised a selection of menu items with his take on some signature Australian dishes, including ‘shrimp on the inductions’ (grilled prawns with sesame glaze); slow-roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary, lemon, garlic and chilli with charred onion and potatoes; and kiwi and papaya pavlova. As night falls, partygoers can get into the true spirit of Australia Day with the countdown of the Hottest 100 streamed from Australia’s national radio station, Triple J. Celebrating the most popular tracks of the year, as voted by listeners, Australia Day is synonymous with this countdown. Here’s the place to do it in style.
19 Lonsdale Road, Queen's Park, NW6 6RA; 26th-27th January
BOOK IN FOR VALENTINE’S NOW: Quo Vadis
Tickets are now on sale for ‘Quo Vadis & Lovers: St Leonards’, a special Valentine’s supper club as part of the Quo Vadis & Friends series, taking place on 14th February. The supper, cooked up by the team behind hot Shoreditch restaurant St Leonards, will be served family-style and (largely) cliché-free, unfolding a feast of sybaritic pleasure for beloved guests, whether they arrive solo, coupled or in a gang. The event will be held in the second-floor Quo Vadis ‘Marx’ and ‘Leoni’ private dining rooms, across the connected Blue Room, with long, family-style dining tables. After dinner, guests are welcome to move down into the QV Club for the evening to continue the fun.
26-29 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3LL
CELEBRATION BURNS NIGHT HERE: The Marksman
Hackney’s Michelin-starred pub The Marksman has a rich tradition of hosting Burns Night, and this year is no different. Begin with a glass of scotch at the bar, and a night of Scottish feasting will ensue. One of the very few establishments in London to make its own haggis, the team will also be serving up a vegan haggis (which some in the kitchen agree tastes better than the real thing). Groups of up to 12 can take over the subterranean Cellar Room, a private dining room-cum-chef’s table with direct access to the kitchen. The three-course set menu costs £35 and includes curried mussels on toast; haggis, neeps and tatties; and cranachan.
254 Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 7SJ; 25th January
WATCH THIS: Vice
Adam McKay’s (The Big Short, Anchorman) newest project focuses on the moment Governor George W Bush (Sam Rockwell) picks Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive CV includes stints as White House Chief of Staff, House Minority Whip and Defence Secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country – and the world. Also stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Jesse Plemons.
In cinemas on 25th January
BE A VIP HERE: Flykick
Based in Fitzrovia, Flykick is London’s first boutique kickboxing-inspired fitness studio and one of the hottest new studios for your fit list in 2019. Its signature class is like nothing else on the market: an immersive experience in a high energy, music-flooded room, suitable for all abilities. The class combines HIIT, stretch, kickboxing and core building to create a 54-minute sweat-inducing formula that's guaranteed to leave you smiling. Flykick is offering SL VIPs the chance to trial one of its kickboxing-inspired classes (usually £21) for free, plus 20% off class packages thereafter. Sign up to become a VIP using the link below.
350 Euston Road, Regents Place, NW1 3AX; until 31st January
GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS MUST-HAVE BEAUTY BRAND HERE: Milk Makeup Pop-Up
Get set for a shopping frenzy: Milk Makeup is finally making its way to the UK. With 1.1m followers on Instagram and a celebrity following that reads like an Oscar winners list, Milk delivers – big time. Milk launches on Cult Beauty on 28th January, but ahead of the drop, a Milk Makeup X Cult Beauty pop-up shop will open for 48 hours in Covent Garden. Your first chance to shop the brand in the UK, stop by to play with the range and share some pics. Plus, you’ll get the chance to grab an exclusive ‘Meet the Fam’ set, which unites seven bestselling minis to let you test all the brand’s greatest hits.
6a Langley Street, Covent Garden, WCH2 9JA; 26th-27th January
FINISH ‘VEGANUARY’ IN STYLE HERE: Radio Alice
This month Bologna-originated Radio Alice has created a one-off vegan pizza with cookbook author Alexandra Dudley to celebrate ‘Veganuary’. Brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe have included a vegan pizza on the menu since they opened Radio Alice in Hoxton in 2016, regularly changing the toppings to run with the season. Now they’ve teamed up with Alexandra, whose creation uses Matteo’s sourdough base (which is fermented for 24 hours), before being topped with onion, squash, charred broccoli, pickled onions, tarragon and cashew pesto and piquant chillies. Trust us, it’s delicious.
16 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, N1 6NT and 67 Venn Street, Clapham, SW4 0BD; until 31st January
OR GO MORE TRADITIONAL HERE: Tate Modern
After the success of last year’s yoga sessions, Tate Modern is re-collaborating with FRAME to host a morning ‘Yin’ yoga class, followed by a healthy brunch. The class will take place in Tate Modern’s East Room which has floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing natural lighting to fill the space, plus views of St Pauls and the Thames. After the session, yogis can head down to the Kitchen and Bar Restaurant for a healthy brunch spread including organic bircher muesli and rejuvenating smoothies and shakes. There will be several choices for main brunch options to help guests refuel, such as crepes with crème fraiche and maple syrup or a fresh fruit and quinoa salad.
Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG; 26th January
BE A VIP HERE: No 17 Dickens Yard
In the centre of Ealing, a new social sanctuary has emerged. With a beautiful design and plenty of natural light, No 17 Dickens Yard welcomes you to unwind on one of its terraces; cosy up in quiet corners lit up by fireplaces and indulge in delicious dishes and cleverly concocted cocktails. This month, SL VIPs will receive 30% off food, plus a welcome cocktail (Seedlip cocktails or an ‘Earl Grey & Elderflower Fizz’) when you show your SL card. Plonk yourself in a chair here and lose yourself for a few hours – it’s our favourite new way to spend a Sunday.
Dickens Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing, W5 2TD; until 31st January