Cor blimey, that week sped away with itself didn’t it? Not that we’re complaining of course because it’s TGIF and then the freakin’ weekend! See below for our usual roundup of shenanigans big and small:
It’s new, it’s exciting and we can’t flipping wait to try it! A new Lucky Voice has thrown open its doors and got its jazz hands out, with a venue that holds the largest VIP karaoke room going, with singing space for over 25 people. For those who aren’t in the know but want to be, Lucky Voice is your groovy karaoke go-to that sees friends become diva enemies for the night and colleagues breaking out of their corporate shells to reveal their inner Britney’s and Elton’s. Already located across London, Dubai and other spots in the UK, Lucky Voice in Holborn will be the groovy group’s most daring location with its large karaoke space and late license until 3am on week-days and 4am at weekends. Misbehaving Mariah Cary style on a school night? Why not – just don’t tell the boss!
To gin or not to gin? That is the question. However it is also a question that should always return the answer yes, especially when it involves ginning in somewhere like this new Enchanted Garden, courtesy of South Place Hotel. In a nod to the change of seasons the bar will open up on the 11th of February equipped with all sorts of flora, fauna, blossoms and blooms simply asking for your Instagram to be updated with snaps of the colourful offering.
The blooming awesome floral display takes inspo from the botanicals used in Martin Miller’s gin, which is a pretty funky idea! You can sit in cosy cushion comfort and watch as ingredients are picked by hand from the garden’s living wall, with flavours such as juniper, nutmeg, grapefruit and basil on the cards – or the wall, should we say.
Ever wanted to dine in a space capsule? Well, albeit bizarre, if this is a fantasy of yours then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at Bread Street Kitchen’s latest whacky dining extravaganza. It appears an unidentified object has taken up occupancy at the restaurant, taking on the appearance of what we can only assume to be a vivaciously orange and yet cosy capsule that’ll have the other diners looking on in envy, and perhaps slight confusion…
Eight people can fit inside for a rather odd, Doctor Who-esque dining experience that’s out of this world, if we do say so ourselves. The cosmic experience comes at a price per person (or alien) and includes food fit for the extraterrestrial such as snow crab California rolls and lollipop tamarind chicken wings. You’ll also get a cocktail upon arrival and other sharing dishes. You can zoom off to space seven days a week at the hands of Gordon Ramsay who is the brains behind this whacky experience. The pod has gained a whole load of traction in person and across social media with its luxe velvet banquets and unique menu. So, if fine dining just isn’t cutting the cloth for you anymore then get spacey at Bread Street Kitchen.
Hampton Court Palace host their annual showcase giving those interested a chance to meet a range of their wedding suppliers as well as their specialised events team. Guests will also get a chance to tour both wedding venues – The Garden Room and The Little Banqueting House which are both suitable for civil ceremonies and receptions.
On Sunday the 3rd of March
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Mews Lounge Bar is back with a brand new event for 2019. It’s time to get your boogie on with 80’s classics and dance All Night Long (All Night). Reminisce on the good times and Beat It on the dance floor with DJ Seva. Fancy dress encouraged of course cos’ Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Brunch; it’s that time of day we rid ourselves of last night’s debauchery by downing Bloody Mary’s, and feast our appetites and Insta feeds on avocado on toast like it’s going out of fashion. Knowing that there’s a bunch of brunch addicts in every single one of us, we’ve kept our peepers out for the best new brunches of the moment. Check them out here!
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[title of show] – and yes that is the name – is a musical about making a musical; it’s laugh a minute funny with catchy songs – what more could you want? Chosen for production by the Musical Theatre Festival where it premiered, it later ran off-Broadway and has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, so it’s not just us that thinks it’s good.
[title of show] runs until 10th March at Above The Stag, the UK’s only dedicated LGBT+ theatre.
Sample sales are a total life saver, designed for the credit card burners and shop ’til you drop-ers amongst us. For those who don’t know, a sample sale is when retail businesses discard excess merchandise and sell it for a much cheaper price, so all in all everyone’s happy! That Marc Jacobs Fluoro Bag you’ve always harped on about? Sample sale. Craving a bit of Balenciaga? Sample sale. Ready to fight for those coveted Diesel denims? Sample sale. However, it goes without saying that if you’re a sample sale virgin as some reading this may be, then you need to smarten up before you go into battle.
First off, be wary about sizes. Sometimes samples have been fit to a specific model so it’s good to try before you buy and all that jazz. Secondly, look for imperfections. Weird suggestion? We think not. Imperfections such as rips and loose buttons could help you land a tasty discount. Yes, yes we know, it’s already a sale but hey, who doesn’t love a haggle? Finally, be strategic about timing. When it comes to in-store sample sales, you can often save a penny or two when shopping during the final hours.
That leaves us little else to say but shop ’til you drop, dear sample sale fiends…
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If you’ve travelled on the tube in the last few weeks you will have seen ads for Come From Away (the big blue sign with yellow font). When 9/11 happened, all flights travelling through American airspace were grounded, including one in a small town in Canada where this play takes place. The first few minutes are a little grating with some of the most confusing accents going but once you get past that, you get an uplifting and emotional journey of your own. Make a night out of it with a night’s stay in Ambassadors Hotel Kensington, tickets available on Super Break.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because it’s February doesn’t mean there aren’t restaurants a’plenty throwing their doors open. From prisons converted into hotels to Adam Handling’s big Chelsea opening, there’s an abundance of new places to enjoy from this month onwards…
Website: Check Them Out Here
Monsieur Le Duck has created a quacking cocktail just in time for the weekend and we’ll take five! Teaming up with The Cocktail Trading Company they’ve created a cocktail using duck fat in the creation process alongside Armagnac with orange marmalade and honey sherbet. Fat washing alcohol has been a huge trend in the cocktail world, so if you haven’t tried it then this weekend is your chance.
The Duck À L’Orange will be served from 1st March
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar has joined fishy forces with the fabulous designer Erdem Moralıoğlu to create a decadent spin on their famed Plateau de Fruits de Mer. If you’re cooing after a fish supper then there’s no time like this weekend to sea food and eat it, oh and take many a photo as the platter is set to look snazzy. Meeting Erdem’s trademark fantastical design aesthetic, the dish will feature jewellery and patterns as seen in Erdem’s collection alongside engravings of koi fish and figures, delicate flowers and more. How very chic!
The collab is available for you to enjoy until September.
The weekend is a time to recline and let the ears be put into a magical trance; one of which doesn’t involve tube announcements and work chatter, but music to ease the mind. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening the famed Italian that’s Bocconcino will be hosting new musicians in residence with Baldo Verdú and guests paving the way. The delightful tunes will mix uplifting soul, funk and pop Latin influence classics.
Whilst we’re on the topic of Bocconcino, let’s talk about Sunday roasts – everyone’s favourite topic, perhaps only beaten by the mention of booze! Starting this Sunday Italian favourites will be at your beck and call including prepared bruschetta con pomodri and tempura di gamberi e zucchini fritti followed swiftly by a choice of main roast meats of beef, lamb or chicken. Combining the Italian with the British, this is quite the Sunday treat.
NOW Gallery hosts The Mouse and His Child; an installation that explores the human experience of fiction with a sculptural reading room that’s brimming with children’s storybooks. The exhibition is named after the title of Russell Hoban’s children’s novel and explores the curious nuanced experience of reading a book for children as an adult.
The installation runs until the 28th of April. Entry is free.
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