You’ve done it, you’ve made it through the first week back! Granted it was only a four day week, but still the weekend is almost upon us again. Fill it with drinks and eating, whether you’re detoxing or just carrying on with the feasting and if you can’t let go of Christmas there is one more chance to sing carols…
What: Speakeasy DJ Nights
Why: Life is all about balance, we all know that. So if you’ve had your green juice for breakfast and you’ve got that gym session booked in then balance it out with burgers and cocktails at Patty & Bun Redchurch St. This week sees the launch of DJ nights at their downstairs speakeasy-style bar. Taking place on Friday and Saturday nights, with the occasional Thursday thrown in (it is, after all, pretty much Friday), things get started tonight with London based DJ and producer Amy McKnight, whilst tomorrow NEXT LEVEL will take to the decks.
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th January
Where: 36 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP
What: Instagram Your Doughnuts
Why: Bread Ahead bakery is opening a second permanent site on Pavilion Road in Chelsea at a time when willpower will be seriously put to the test. Following on from the recent opening in Seven Dials, the Chelsea site will also feature a bakery school above the ground floor shop and seating area. Expect Bread Ahead’s much-loved classics such as their doughnuts, sourdough and focaccia but if you get one thing only, make sure it’s one of those doughnuts…
Opens Friday 6th January
Where: 249 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP
What: Last Chance Skating
Why: Glided your way across London’s iconic ice rinks? This weekend is your last chance to skate with the impressive illuminated backdrop of Hampton Court Palace before the ice starts to melt on Sunday. Still feeling festive? Thursday night will see an Epiphany carol service take place in the palace’s historic courtyards so wrap up warm and see off Christmas in style.
Epiphany Carol Service Thursday 5th January, Ice Rink open until Sunday 8th January
Where: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU
What: Second Kricket Opens
Why: Chef Will Bowlby and front of house Rik Campbell are bringing their affordable Indian sharing plates to Soho as they open the second Kricket. Following on from the first site in Pop Brixton, the new Soho restaurant will be split across two floors and will feature an extended menu and bar. Dishes include Cornish crab meen moilee, castlefranco with peanuts and bone marrow and cep kulcha.
Opens Thursday 5th January
Where: 12 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HH
What: Help Along the New Year's Resolutions
Why: If a city that thrives on boozy brunches and food porn burgers is making your first weekend on the healthy wagon a challenging one, head to Alexandra Palace for a weekend of all things vegan. The magazine Vegan Life is hosting their live festival with everything from vegan household products to vegan cosmetics. And because the first thing that we think of when we think ‘vegan’ is food, you’ll find a VIP dining area and beer lounge as well as a pop-up cinema just for fun.
Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th January
Where: Alexandra Palace Way, Muswell Hill, N22 7AY
What: Winter Warmer Cocktails
Why: Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean the winter rooftops are gone too – it’s still freezing. Pop into Madison after work and warm yourself up with their winter warmer cocktail menu. We like the sound of the Spiced Chocolate 8 Sailor Jerry and Dark Chocolate or just stick with the mulled wine…
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF
What: London's Newest Aussie Brunch Spot
Why: A new year calls for a new brunch destination. Just as well then that Timmy Green – the newest Aussie cafe from the team behind Daisy Green – is now open and ready for business. As well as their award-winning banana bread sandwich (towers of mascarpone, honey and berries on top of toasted banana bread) and the ‘fancy bacon roll’ (drizzled in the Ribman’s Holy F*ck hollandaise), the all-day venue will be serving prime steaks, organic wine and punchy cocktails to take you right through to night time.
Where: Nova, Victoria, SW1W 0PP
What: National History Museum Ice Rink Farewell Party
Why: Say “adieu” to Christmas as the National History Museum welcomes the last few skaters to the rink. But since a snow (ok, ice) related sport is nothing without après, Bodo’s Schloss are stepping in with a night on the tiles dedicated to the closing of the rink. The party is open to all but skaters who show their ticket at the door get complimentary entry from 11pm-3am. Hang up your skates and move your dancing to firmer ground.
Saturday 7th January
Where: 2a Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT
What: Brumus Poolside Bar
Why: If you’ve had enough of hibernating and hygge then escape to the Haymarket Hotel and head to their subterranean poolside bar. Designed by Kit Kemp and open throughout January and February, the bar will serving up tequila and mescal based cocktails such as a smoked cherry margarita, as well as sharing plates of pulled pork torta, chilli rump steak, roast pepper quesadilla, shrimp tacos, nachos with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.
Where: 1 Suffolk Place, London, SW1Y 4BP
What: The City Detox Lunch
Why: Looking to detox? Then 1 Lombard Street has just the ticket. Their new City Detox menu includes dishes such as baked mackerel with fennel, grapefruit and cucumber salad; grilled corn fed chicken breast with curly kale and wild rice and sorbets. Round it off with one of their smoothies – the Health Booster is made from pineapple, apple, broccoli, spinach, celery, ginger, cumber, watercress, parsley and avocado. That should start to balance out the amount of cheese we gorged on over Christmas.
Available throughout January
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA
What: Sunday Feasting Club
Why: Sundays are all about feasting, but if the thought of any more roast meat is just too much then how about a pescetarian roast? Seafood restaurant J Sheekey have created four sharing Sunday menus which start with the likes of gravadlax, burrata and chargrilled squid; before mains of roast turbot and shellfish and finishing with passion fruit crème brûlée and panna cotta.
Sunday 8th January (and every Sunday onwards)
Where: 28-34 St Martin's Court, Covent Garden WC2N 4AL