TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A FREE FITNESS MEMBERSHIP HERE: Bloktv x #MoveForTheArts
Fitness brand Blok is offering up to 5,000 out-of-work creatives a free six-month membership to BLOKtv – its online fitness platform. Until venues can reopen, performers, artists and creative thinkers are facing an uncertain future, and Blok wants to provide long-term support to the industry, to help contribute to art professionals’ physical and mental health. Housing 170+ on-demand videos including yoga, Hiit, boxing, pilates and dance, and with new content released weekly, BLOKtv also offers ten live classes every day, giving creatives access to fitness, anytime, anywhere. Meanwhile, regular members can access over 25 multi-disciplinary class types, designed by a growing network of 200+ trainers. The new offer will be promoted through #MoveForTheArts, a social media campaign and launch film devised in collaboration with Pitch & Sync (you can watch it here).
ENJOY COCKTAILS DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR HERE: Coupette
Good news – Coupette's online shop has launched just in time to see Londoners through to the end of the second lockdown. Featuring a range of cocktails from the new menu, ‘Urban Legends & Their Uprising Tales’, the innovative pours are described as both “an exploration into the darker side of East London” and “a tale of wits, innovation and teamwork winning against all odds”. Meanwhile, the bar’s award-winning signature serves ‘Apples’, ‘Champagne Pina Colada’ and ‘Boardroom’ are also available for purchase, alongside some of the newly devised concoctions such as the ‘Corny Gimlet’, which uses homemade corn liqueur to add depth to salty buttered gin and the splash of popcorn tea; and ‘The Bitter Quarter’, a sharp drink with a combination of gin, vermouth, Campari and carrots. Each cocktail is available in three different measurements, and mostly available through click & collect, Drinks at Home and Deliveroo.
WATCH THIS FEEL-GOOD FILM HERE: Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square
This year, have a very Dolly Christmas, courtesy of streaming giant Netflix. With a star line-up, including Dolly Parton herself, this new release tells the story of Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski, Mamma Mia), who returns to her hometown after her father’s death to evict the townspeople and sell the land to a mall developer. There, she is confronted by an angel (Parton) who tells her she wants ‘change’ – something that starts to happen once Fuller hears the individual stories of the townspeople. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that she also manages to reconnect with an old love, as well as having constant guidance from Parton’s angel character. Complete with a soundtrack from one of country music’s most legendary entertainers, consider this the festive hit of the season.
Available on Netflix.com from 22nd November
ORDER A TAKEAWAY THANKSGIVING HERE: Gladwin Brothers’ Thanksgiving Meal Kits
Just because we’re in the midst of a second lockdown, doesn’t mean you can’t get in the festive spirit. Thankfully, the Gladwin Brothers are on hand to help you celebrate one of the UK’s favourite adopted holidays, Thanksgiving. The duo behind Sussex in Soho, The Shed in Notting Hill, Nutbourne in Battersea and Rabbit in Chelsea, are launching easy-to-prepare Thanksgiving meal kits available on their online store. Known for bringing the best seasonal and sustainable produce from their family farm in West Sussex, expect to feast on local and wild food, which includes a succulent whole oven-ready turkey wrapped in bacon with ready-to-heat sides including crispy roast potatoes; creamed-leek stuffed pumpkin; sprout tops with gravy; and cranberry relish. Guests have until midday on Tuesday 24th November to order, for a guaranteed delivery on Thursday 26th November.
SAMPLE SPANISH WINES HERE: Iberica Wine Tastings
London’s authentic Spanish tapas restaurant and bar Iberica has created a virtual experience with their wine experts. With prices starting at £50 per package, there are a range of different classes on offer, including ‘Discovering La Rioja’ with a selection of wines from D.O.C Rioja paired with snacks; and the ‘Sherry and Jamon Iberico tasting’ with two bottles of premium and very rare sherry paired with two different types of jamon ibericos. Meanwhile, gin fans should sign up for the gin and tonic experience – which includes a selection of different gin samples, paired with a range of tonics, botanicals and snacks. Meanwhile, it’s also worth taking advantage of Iberica’s at-home delivery service, which promises to speedily drop off tapas and your favourite bottles within 2.5 miles of the restaurant. Longer deliver lead times are available nationwide.
RAISE MONEY FOR A WORTHY CAUSE HERE: NAEF Art Exhibition
Looking to get someone an unforgettable Christmas gift and do some good at the same time? Available until 3rd December, the NAEF 2020 Online Art Auction is raising funds in aid of St George's School, Ethiopia. To place your bid on any of the available pieces, use the top-left menu to view Silent Auction Items, access My Bids or Make a Donation. Then, select an item, enter your amount and click 'Place Bid'. Use the 'Max Bid' function and the system will bid for you up to the amount entered. You’ll then be asked to register your details and 'Confirm Your Bid'. If you receive an outbid text notification, simply bid again, and keep an eye on the leader board screens to see if you're still in front. Just bear in mind that eventual deliveries outside of London may incur an additional fee.
To view the auction, click here
TUCK INTO SPECIALIST SPANISH CUISINE HERE: Rico! Rico!
The team behind London’s Sabor has been busy creating a little sister brand in the shape of Rico! Rico! (translated from the Spanish for “Yummy! Yummy!”) – a new delivery service offering a menu of hot and homely Spanish dishes. Rico! Rico! will offer a more casual delivery concept, but with the same superior ingredients and skill: think hot and crispy croquetas, oozing tortilla, warming chicken stew and spicy albondigas. There will also be set menus including a feast for two to share, including rich arroz negro and a side of ‘pure de patata’ – a creamy and silky mash potato with butter, cream, garlic and olive oil. The menu will be available from Thursdays to Sundays and will operate within a three-mile radius from Heddon Street.
WATCH A ‘LIVE’ PERFORMANCE HERE: Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House has announced a series of live performance broadcasts, together with some much-loved repertory favourites from both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, to see its audiences through the November lockdown period. This Friday, tune into a livestreamed concert performance of Ariodante at 7.30pm GMT. This rarely performed work, which will be available via the Royal Opera House streaming platform, opened Handel's first season at Covent Garden in 1735 and has not been performed at the Royal Opera House since. Mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy will perform in the title role with soprano Chen Reiss as Ginevra, bass-baritone Gerald Finley as the King of Scotland, soprano Sophie Bevan as Dalinda, tenor Ed Lyon as Lurcanio, countertenor Iestyn Davies as Polinesso, and South African tenor Thando Mjandana as Odoardo. They will be joined by baroque music specialist Christian Curnyn, who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Tickets cost £10.
ORDER A NEW DELIVERY HERE: The Barbary Next Door
The Barbary Next Door is a new delivery service inspired by European delicatessen culture. Londoners can expect the same Barbarian coastal cuisine from the award-winning team behind The Barbary, recreated to suit at-home dining. Following the heritage of The Barbary’s cooking, from Moorish Spain to North Africa through to the Middle East, the delivery service will offer a menu brimming with dishes and drinks, ready to enjoy straight away or add to your larder at home, including an array of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu will be available via Deliveroo or The Barbary Next Door’s website and will evolve seasonally, focusing on serving organic, free-range and sustainably sourced produce throughout.
TRY A NEW DISH AT HOME HERE: Wagamama’s Wok From Home
Wagamama’s hugely successful ‘Wok from home’ home-cooking series designed to help nourish the nation during lockdown is back. The popular free online cooking show – which earlier this year saw over 10m people tune in during the first lockdown – will be presented by Wagamama’s executive chef Steve Mangleshot, who will be joined by superfans cooking some of the chain’s classic dishes each episode. Like last time, the episodes will be shared across Wagamama’s social channels including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Steve’s wife Claire will be back behind the camera in their home kitchen and Steve will reaching out to lucky fans in the UK, via WhatsApp, giving them the chance to cook along with him in the different episodes set to go live in November and December.