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The end is in sight! The government has outlined the reopening strategy for the coming months, with restaurants set to reopen in April, and we couldn’t be more excited! But for now, we’ll sit tight, continue staying at home and preparing for a reunion very soon. 

To keep you entertained until lockdown restrictions lift, here’s our guide to the best virtual events happening this weekend, from film festivals to gin tastings.

Join the Southbank Centre’s latest at-home instalment with author Raven Leilani

Those looking for a new exciting literary talk to watch, should book in for the Southbank Centre’s latest at-home installation with author Raven Leilani.

Running until 4th March, Raven joins novelist Diana Evans for an in-depth conversation about Raven’s debut novel, Luster. The narrative follows Edie, a woman who feels as though she’s failing in all departments, from work to men, to now her only favourite pastime: painting. Until she meets Eric and falls for this white, middle-aged archivist. 

Book now and order the book too for a later reading.

Available from Thursday 25th February – Thursday 4th March
Book your tickets at: southbankcentre.co.uk

Discover a new favourite film at the Glasgow Film Festival

While binge watching the latest Netflix series is always good fun (read on to find our new obsession below), it’s nice to uncover a new, independent release too. Fall back in love with the art of film with the Glasgow Film Festival’s selection of shorts, features and documentaries. 

Running until Sunday, 7th March, uncover a new favourite director, filmmaker or actor as you delve into the Glasgow Film Festival’s programme of films. A few of our favourite picks include Minari, a semi autobiographical film that follows a Korean American family as they come to terms with life’s happiness, sadness and everything in between. For Tina Turner fans, get tickets for Tina, a documentary by Dan Lindsay and T J Martin exploring the life of the great rock icon.

Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Tina, directed by Dan Lindsay and T J Martin

Running Thursday, 24th February – Sunday, 7th March 2021
Book in for screenings at: glasgowfilm.org

Try a virtual gin tasting with The Chesterfield Mayfair 

Learn more about your favourite tipple with a little help from the experts at The Chesterfield Mayfair. The five star hotel has brought its popular Gin & Tonic tasting experiences online, meaning you can learn from the best, while at home.

In the hour-long sessions, The Chesterfield Mayfair’s resident mixologist will guide you through an innovative and interesting Gin & Tonic tour, helping you learn the ins and outs of gin making and how you can craft three handpicked G&Ts at home. 

Ahead of the session, the hotel will send you out your G&T kit so you’ll have everything you need for the class, from garnishes to a gin balloon glass.

Catch the latest online exhibition, Show & Tell 

The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but especially the younger generation. The new Show & Tell online exhibition explores all of these turbulent emotions through photographs taken by 10 to 18 year olds during the height of the pandemic. 

Created in partnership with The Photo Movement and Cisco, Show & Tell is a mental health awareness initiative for the nation’s young people. The campaign asked children to submit photographs in response to the question: How are you feeling? Over 20,000 images were submitted and these have been selected down to create the online series. 

Trapped - Ava Chapman

Explore for yourself and live vicariously through the emotions shared on screen, from isolation to sadness, confusion to abandonment. 

Escaping - Willow Moore

Missing Weekend Brunch? Get your virtual brunch on with these tips 

We’re sure we aren’t the only ones missing weekend brunch dates and gossiping over the week’s news with our pals. But while restaurants are yet to reopen, why not host your own virtual brunch gathering with your nearest and dearest. 

Whether you’re celebrating a lockdown birthday, hen do or just want to catch up, read our article for five simple steps to creating the perfect brunch situation at home, from the perfect playlists to London’s top brunch deliveries. 

Cocktail of the week: VyTA – La Vyta En Rose

See in the weekend in style with this fruity mix from VyTA, Covent Garden’s finest contemporary Italian. This simple to put together cocktail requires little effort but the result is truly sensational.

Ingredients:

– 10ml of Lime Juice
– 20ml of Lemon Juice
– 20ml of Yuzu Liquore
– 20ml of Vodka
– 10ml of Gomme Syrup
– 10ml of Cointreau
– 30ml of Blood Orange Juice
– Slice of Blood Orange

Method:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients into your cocktail shaker and shake until well combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a coupette glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange.

Recipe courtesy of the Covent Garden digital hub: www.coventgarden.london

Celebrate PATRÓN Margarita Month

Earlier this week we celebrated National Margarita Day, but if you don’t want the festivities to stop, join in with PATRÓN’s month long celebrations. 

The renowned tequila brand is extending its celebrations for the entire month, partnering with bars across the country and the cocktail delivery platform The Drinks Drop. They’ve made over 30 Margarita twists ready for you to enjoy them at home. For every Margarita sold PATRÓN will add a £1 tip to support our partner venues through the coronavirus crisis – part of the wider #RaiseYourSpirits initiative by Bacardi. Some of the bars participating include Kwant, Three Sheets and Nightjar. 

The PATRÓN team have also partnered with The Handbook’s favourite, The Connaught Bar, to provide you with further inspiration on how to craft the perfect classic at home. Ago Perrone and Giorgio Bargiani have designed their version of the traditional serve and you can enjoy it for yourself here. Go on, it’s the weekend after all.

Order yours at: thedrinksdrop.com

Cook up a storm at home with this virtual cooking class 

Tired of the same four meals on rotation? Learn to become a whizz in the kitchen with Sissi Fabulous Food’s virtual cooking classes. This Friday, they’re hosting two exciting workshops you can book in for.

Hosted by Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing Trained chef, Gregory Schaad-Jackson, the lunchtime session will see you on your way to knocking up nutritious, immune boosting smoothies and soups – a great way to get the kids involved and eating more fruit and veggies. While in the dinnertime session, Gregory will guide you through the methods of fish, including en Papillotte and Macerated (aka Ceviche), plus presentation and seasoning tips. 

These sessions are great fun for anyone, whether you’d call yourself a good cook or not.

Upcoming Sessions: Friday, 26th February 12pm, Friday, 26th February 6pm & Saturday, 6th March 11am.
Book your slot at: order.storekit.com

Courtesy of Netflix

Watch Netflix’s latest series, Ginny & Georgia 

Dubbed the new Gilmore Girls, this Netflix series will appeal to everyone who is in need of a little relief and a light watching experience to cast their minds away from the reality going on outside. 

Fall in love with the single mom and daughter relationship, as you follow them in a small countryside town in New England, following years of upset, trauma and running away from the terrors that haunt their past life. Expect high school dramas, troubled love stories and a coming of age relationship between mother and daughter. 

Release Date: Wednesday, 24th February
Watch on Netflix

Listen to our album of the week, Julien Baker – Little Oblivions

Known for making simple, sad songs with just her voice and her guitar looping, Julien Baker’s new album, Little Oblivions, steps out from her comfort zone, with big production and sounds. Expect the same great songwriting and singing, only this time she’s enlisted the help of friends, including Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, to help beef up the final product. 

If you’re a fan of Julien’s already, you can get excited for higher production values. Or, if you’re yet to tune in, Little Oblivions is the perfect place to start. 

Julien is also taking part in NPR’s listening party of the album, on Friday 2pm ET (7pm GMT) and will feature a live conversation with Julien and Mackenzie Scott. Join here.

Release Date: Friday, 26th February
Listen on Spotify


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