TRY A BRAND-NEW AFTERNOON TEA HERE: Town House
Town House at The Kensington has unveiled its new afternoon tea, which launches this weekend. Following the success of its record-breaking ‘Tale As Old As Time’ Beauty & The Beast-inspired offering, its new ‘London Landmarks’ tea takes inspiration from the capital’s most recognisable and historic buildings, taking diners on an edible tour along the way. Tributes include architectural triumphs such as The Gherkin – crafted from white chocolate and dark chocolate ganache – and The Shard, made of carrot cake and milk chocolate. The iconic London telephonebox will be reimagined in rhubarb mousse and there’s also a Big Ben-inspired lemon curd tart. Traditional English tea and scones will complete the lineup.
109-113 Queen's Gate, Kensington, SW7 5LP; from 3rd January
EASE YOURSELF INTO THE NEW YEAR HERE: Bamford Haybarn
To kick off the start of the New Year, Bamford has launched a series of holistic health treatments. Part of its ‘Haybarn Heal Series’, the classes will be hosted by visiting experts, who will aim to inspire, educate and allow guests to reconnect with themselves. The series will be held in the spa’s new Brompton Cross wellness studio throughout the month, and masterclasses on offer include sophroplogy with Dominique Antiglio, holistic crystal therapy with Estelle Bingham, personal nutrition consultations with Rhaya Jordan and crystal and spiritual readings with Emma Knowles. SheerLuxe were lucky enough to try out the new beauty destination – you can read the full review here.
104 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3AE; throughout January
SOD THE NEW YEAR DIET HERE: Other Side Fried
Superlative fried chicken joint Other Side Fried has opened its first permanent kiosk in London’s Leicester Square. The menu is made up of burgers and wraps such as the ‘honey butter’ (fried chicken, smoked honey butter, bacon, pickles and lettuce), ‘buffalo’ (fried chicken, hot sauce, ranch sauce, pickles and lettuce), ‘The OSF ‘(fried chicken, brown butter mayo, Parmesan, garlic and lettuce) and a vegetarian option named ‘Celerica’ (fried celeriac, cheese and chive sauce, fired egg, pickles and lettuce). Sides include fries with Cajun rosemary salt, ‘dirty fries’ (bacon, Parmesan and ranch sauce) and chicken strips with Kiev mayo. The kiosk is a takeaway venue only, offering a grab-and-go option for from lunch through to late night – perfect after a few non-Dry January tipples.
21 Cranbourn Street, Soho, WC2H 4AA
GET 20% OFF CLASSES HERE: Core Collective
Some boutique gyms are a case of style over substance, but with Core Collective you know as much thought and energy has gone into curating each individual class as making the space look great – that’s why SL loves coming here. And if you needed any January fitness motivation readers will get 20% OFF class packages at the new Knightsbridge Core Collective when you sign up to become a SheerLuxe VIP (check out the link below). Classes provide a stop-at-nothing commitment to setting a different standard in boutique fitness and are expertly curated by PTs to help you reach your potential. From Lift+Row to Power Yoga and TRX, Core Collective’s classes complement each other and are designed to get results.
23 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0HD; offer valid until 31st January
SEE WHAT 2019 HAS IN STORE HERE: Farzi Cafe London
Farzi Café London is shooting for the stars with a new astrology-inspired cocktail menu. Drawing inspiration from the interaction between Ayurveda and India’s rich ancient scriptures behind Vedic astrology, head mixologist Din Jusufi has come up with a collection of 12 cocktails and mocktails, pairing premium ingredients such as veda spirit and Belsazar rosé vermouth with innovative techniques and impeccable presentation to mirror each star sign. Using carefully selected tinctures, herbs and spices to highlight each star sign, the collection will include ‘Virgo’s Kanya in the West’ – Terroir gin, orange, citrus, honey, prosecco and frankincense ice cream – and ‘Gemini’s Harmonised Mithuna’: Aquavit, vata spirit, grapefruit, clarified lemon, Belsazar rosévermouth, salted hibiscus and soda. Launching on 18th January, Farzi Café London will offer a post-modern, laboratory-style bar serving a range of unique concoctions playfully inspired by India’s rich ancient past. We can’t wait to give it a whirl.
8 Haymarket, St James’s, SW1Y 4BP; book now ahead of its 18th January opening date
BE A VIP HERE: Salon Sloane
After a new look for the New Year? Salon Sloane was created with client experience at its core. The salon is the brainchild of acclaimed stylists John Vial and Belle Cannan, who’ve distilled their combined industry experience to create an unrivalled offering. A collaboration of world-leading hair stylists and colourists who’ve attended to the tresses of high-profile clients, from supermodels and Spice Girls, to Victoria’s Secret runway models, the team are united in their ambition to deliver clients the highest quality services and their best hair every time they leave the salon. For January, the team is offering all SL VIPs 50% OFF cuts, colour and blowdries – sign up to become a VIP using the link below.
186 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 2BF; offer valid until 31st January
BE REWARDED FOR EXERCISING HERE: Pizza Pilgrims
Pizza Pilgrims is offering 50% off pizza every day thought January – but there’s a catch: you’ll need to prove you’ve reached 10,000 steps that day. Part of the pizza group’s ‘Pilgrimage for pizza’ initiative, the team will reward any guests who can show they’ve walked 10,000 steps on the day they’re in a Pizza Pilgrims pizzeria (via your phone/ Fitbit/ Apple watch). Come Saturday evening, we can’t think of a much better incentive to undo all our hard work at the gym…
Various locations; until 31st January
WATCH THIS: The Favourite
While England is at war with France and an increasingly frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) fight to be 'the favourite' of their queen. Sarah is Anne's closest friend, and is often forced to manage the country in her stead. And her absences from Anne's side give Abigail the chance to slip in and become the queen's new companion, with a possibility of finally fulfilling her ambitions. For SheerLuxe’s full review, click here. (LINK)
In cinemas now
MEET THE GIRLS FOR BRUNCH HERE: Roe
Seafood newcomer Roe has launched a new brunch menu. Situated in a shipping container in the centre of Pop Brixton, Roe’s new menu showcases Head Chef Simon Whiteside’s passion for sustainable British seafood. Available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm, the weekend menu offers twists on much-loved classics, including poached eggs with home-smoked trout and hollandaise; cod and chorizo scotch egg with grilled squash; and baked smoked haddock, leek and cheddar gratin with soda bread. Prosecco and bloody marys will be on hand to keep things lively.
Pop Brixton, 89 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ; 5th-6th January
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