PRETEND IT’S THE 7OS HERE: Café de Paris
Café de Paris has launched a new concept: Disco54, an immersive dining and late-night party inspired by the iconic Studio 54 and its legendary parties. Disco54 promises to deliver the same memorability and unconventionality as the infamous New York hotspot: there’ll be a team of 40 performers, singers, actors, hosts and DJs; the venue will be transformed with 54 disco mirror balls; and themed karaoke rooms will be set to provide a non-stop soundtrack. A new cocktail menu is inspired by famous artists, singers, models and personalities of the 1970s. We want to try the signature sharing cocktail served in a giant disco ball and named after pop icon Elton John.
3-4 Coventry Street, Covent Garden, W1D 6BL; 1st-2nd February
GET ARTY HERE: Anthropologie
Homeware emporium Anthropologie has launched its latest exhibition at the Kings Road Gallery. A collaboration with Artfully Walls (a curated online shopping destination), the exhibition aims to connect quality, affordable pieces with art lovers. The portfolio of artists has been handpicked by the Anthropologie team: all prints sold are museum quality fine-art prints made with archival inks and premium paper and canvas, resulting in vivid and stunning pieces. Artists on show include Charlotte Ager, Charlotte Taylor, Francesca Iannaccone, Laura Gee and Rosie Harbottle. Get ready to snap one up.
131-141 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 4PW; until 3rd March
BOOK IN A BRUNCH HERE: B&H Garden Room
Following the success of Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings’ sell-out weekend brunch, B&H Garden Room is launching a stylish brunch of its own this Saturday. The kitchen promises to offer a twist on traditional dishes to satisfy those looking for something sweet, savoury, healthy or indulgent, with classic egg dishes, seasonal smoothie bowls and vegan waffles appearing on the menu. We like the look of the sweet potato frittaffle (that’s frittata meets waffle), topped with a fried duck egg. Alongside this, the B&H cocktail maestros have created their own version of the Bloody Mary, the ‘B&H Garden Mary’, which can be tailored through a choice of different spirits, juices and salt combinations.
27-31 Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden, WC2H 0LS; every Saturday from 2nd February
GET SHOPPING HERE: Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Highsnobiety has partnered with Ace Hotel London in Shoreditch for a pop-up called ‘From Berlin, With Love’. Celebrating the shared creative spirit of both London and Berlin, the hotel lobby concession houses a range of pieces produced by Berlin-based makers. Among the products in the collection are keyholders and brooches by 032C, #EUnify hoodies from Souvenir Official and Superconscious, t-shirts from ISLA x OBEY, scarves and beanies from Civilist, candles from Lit Lab and wellness supplements from Ylumi.
100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ; until 1st March
HAVE A SPANISH FEAST HERE: Tapas Brindisa
The traditional Spanish festival that celebrates the famous Catalan onion, the calcot, is back once again this year at Brisinda Shoreditch every weekend during February and March. So get ready to roll up your sleeves, strap on a bib, and dip charred calcots in romesco sauce, pour wine from porrones straight into your mouth from great heights and delve into a vast amount of grilled meats and seasonal vegetables – we can’t recommend their juicy grilled lamb cutlets enough. We might be celebrating an onion, but that’s all the excuse we need to eat good Spanish food for two months solid.
152 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3AT; every weekend through February & March
CELEBRATE THE SUPERBOWL HERE: Mare Street Market
The team from Hackney-based Bad Sports will host a Super Bowl screening party at Mare Street Market this Sunday. Running from 10pm until 5am, the event will include traditional American-style dishes from Mare Street Market’s kitchen, alongside classic Bad Sports cocktails (including its infamous ‘Buckfast Negroni’). Starting from £5, a basic ticket for the event will cover entry; £20 secures a spot in the ‘nerd-zone’ which includes a guaranteed seat near a screen, a shot of Jack Daniels, a Camden Town beer and chicken wings or Jack Daniels buffalo cauliflower wings with vegan blue cheese dip. Bad Sports’ resident DJs Prosecution Boyz will be playing all night: as a nod to this year’s event taking place in Atlanta, guests can expect to hear music from Atlanta heroes: from Outkast to CeeLo Green, Ludacris to Usher.
117 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4RU; 3rd February
SEE THIS YEAR’S MOST ANTICIPATED SHOW HERE: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, V&A
Those who saw and loved the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective at the V&A back in 2015 will know what to expect from the museum’s fashion and textiles curator Oriole Cullen and her team. After the success of the sell-out exhibition (over 480,000 tickets were sold during the course of its run), they’re back with a vengeance, with the world’s largest ever display of Dior designs open to the public from 2nd February. Featuring 11 rooms, the team has drawn from the extensive Dior archives, presenting over 500 objects, including more than 200 rare Haute Couture garments, plus accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume illustrations and the designer’s personal possessions. We can’t wait.
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL; 2nd February-14th July
RELIVE YOUR CHILDHOOD HERE: Bluebird White City
Bluebird Cafe in White City is launching a retro brunch this weekend, bringing back a selection of nostalgia-inducing dishes. There will be a crumpet station with free rein of toppings, a dedicated cereal menu with all-time favourites, Alphabet Spaghetti on toast, egg and soldiers, bacon butties and banana splits with chocolate, nuts and wafers. Guests will also be able to choose from a range of retro drinks including chocolate milk and milkshakes that can be spiked with alcohol, or unlimited bubbles to get the weekend off to the right start.
Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FR; every Saturday from 2nd February
WATCH THIS: Leave To Remain
A modern love story with music by Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. Leave To Remain follows Obi (Tyrone Huntley) and Alex (Billy Cullum), a young gay couple leading busy London lives. When Alex’s visa comes into question, their relationship takes a turn. Marriage is an option, but the timing isn’t perfect, and it means confronting their families and their pasts. Told through a mix of music, movement and drama, Leave to Remain is a tender portrait of love in the face of an uncertain future.
Lyric Square, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL; until 16th February
STAY UP ALL NIGHT HERE: Red Rooster
This February, US export The Curtain will be celebrating the NFL’s biggest event of the year: the Super Bowl. Expect an intimate underground fan show ahead of the game, where guests can hear unique insights into the world of NFL with personal stories and a Q&A from a panel of sports stars, including the renowned Shawne ‘Lights Out’ Merriman, who will be flying over specially from LA. Downstairs, Red Rooster will be throwing its own shindig and screening, going from 9pm right through until 4:30am. Party-goers will be able to enjoy Jack Daniel’s cocktails, beer buckets and a menu full of stadium favourites – think wings, nachos and bourbon-laced soft serve. Tickets are priced at £25 per person, which includes one beer and a portion of buffalo wings.
45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT; 3rd February
BE A VIP HERE: Williams & Rice
Williams & Rice is a luxurious new hair and wellbeing destination in the heart of Chelsea. Founded by multi-award-winning stylists and friends Andrew Vaughan-Williams and Dan Rice, the 200-year-old Regency-fronted salon will offer the traditional standards of a London gentlemen’s club to a modern, unisex and international clientele. Williams & Rice boasts a full menu of couture hair and barber services, including the latest technological advances, extended opening hours and private or at-home sessions for VIP clients. The best news? All SL VIPs will receive 50% off all services until the end of March. Sign up to become a SheerLuxe VIP using the link below.
23A Smith Street, Chelsea, SW3 4EJ; offer valid until 31st March