WATCH THIS: Beautiful Boy
Teenager Nicolas Sheff (Timothée Chalamet) seems to have it all. He’s an actor, artist, athlete and editor of the school newspaper, and did we mention his good grades? So when Nic's addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, his father, David, (Steve Carell) does whatever he can to save his son and family. Based on the best-selling memoirs from both father and son this must-see also stars The Affair’s Mauna Tierney and Gone Baby Gone’s Amy Ryan.
In cinemas 18th January
TRY YOGA WITH A DIFFERENCE HERE: Bombay Bustle
Bombay Bustle, the Indian restaurant on Maddox Street from Samyukta Nair, is hosting a series of ‘Yoga Brunches’ every Saturday morning in January. The event will begin with a one-hour yoga class at luxury lifestyle and wellness hub The Ady Centre, followed by a well-earned three-course brunch at Bombay Bustle. The brunch kicks off with a warm lentil salad, followed by a choice of dishes including tandoor spiced haloumi with brown rice khichadi and fresh turmeric; sea bass with sugarsnap thoran and fresh vegetables; or grilled tofu with sautéed vegetables and a beetroot stew. To cleanse the palate, there’ll be a refreshing lemon and mint sorbet to finish.
29 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PA; 19th January
HIT UP A HOT NEW POP-UP HERE: F!lth
Award-winning food writer Gizzi Erskine and model turned nutritionist Rose Ferguson, have launched F!LTH, a plant-based burger joint offering fast food without the junk. Located within Dirty Burger in Shoreditch’s Tea Building, the three-month residency builds upon the success of their debut at Tate Modern and appearances at Street Feast. The pop-up challenges the maxims that fast food cannot be healthy, and that healthy food cannot taste great. Case in point, the signature FILTH Burger is made from black beans, black quinoa, non-GMO soy mince and a special blend of umami paste, and comes sandwiched between a beetroot and sesame bun. It’s served with crispy fried onions, beetroot ketchup, roasted garlic aioli, romaine lettuce and cucumber pickles. We’re sold.
13 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA; 18th-20th January
GET SHOPPING HERE: Free People
Free People will open its first permanent London shop on Floral Street this weekend. The new 7,500 square foot store follows the signature Free People aesthetic: inspired by nature’s raw beauty, there’s an emphasis on handmade and unexpected textures and materials. Launching with the Spring 19 collection, the store will house essential one-pieces and effortless sets, along with bodysuits, woven tops, and super-cosy sweaters. Various silhouettes of its in-house We The Free denim are also available, including flares, wide-legs and skinnies, with an assortment of eye-catching accessories to complete the look.
28 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DP; from 18th January
BE VIRTUOUS HERE: Searcys at The Gherkin
Join Searcys at The Gherkin for a series of chef and wellness events celebrating ‘The Art of Being’; it’s the perfect opportunity to reboot or try something new after the Christmas break. Held across the top two floors of London’s architectural landmark, Searcys has invited an all-female line-up of artists, cooks and yogis to share their take on how to live life to the full. January sees a special guest menu from Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal; a supper club and Q&A hosted by renowned nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert (held on 25th January), and biweekly panoramic yoga classes with Yogasphere. See you there.
30 St Mary Axe, City, EC3A 8EP; 19th January
TRY A NEW CLASS HERE: Gymbox
Gymbox has created the UK’s first recovery class that incorporates the use of CBD oil. The first of its kind, ‘Cannabliss’ is ideal for those who are seized up from office jobs, need help balancing between hardcore training sessions, or recovering from injury. Participants will be given CBD patches to wear as part of the rehabilitation class, to help reduce inflammation, ease anxiety and provide a sense of wellbeing. ‘Cannabliss’ is part of Gymbox’s ‘Holistic Retreat’ classes, designed to exercise the mind as well as the body, work on imbalances and focus on maintenance and recovery.
Various locations, 19th-20th January
MAKE A HEALTHY START TO THE YEAR HERE: Pho
This January, the Vietnamese street food group are introducing a one-off menu, offering diners a more flexible way to enjoy their Pho fix. Served alongside Pho’s core offerings, the new dishes comprise vegan, post-workout and low-calorie options, each packed full of flavour. For those partaking in the annual January detox, a variety of refreshing alcohol-free options are available. Pho’s limited-edition menu will be available at all 27 restaurants across the UK until the end of February, with the potential for the most popular dishes to become permanent fixtures on the menu for 2019.
Various locations; until 28th February
HIT THE WEST END HERE: Six
Divorced. Beheaded. Live: from Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to rewrite history, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power. Following a sell-out UK tour, hit pop-concert musical Six returns to the Arts Theatre this weekend. We seriously suggest grabbing tickets while you can.
6-7 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 7JB; 19th January-9th May
BRUNCH HERE: No. 11 Pimlico Road
No. 11 is an independent neighbourhood bar and restaurant with contemporary interiors providing the perfect backdrop for relaxed eating and drinking. Be it day or night, coffee or nightcap, plonk yourself in a chair and lose yourself for a few hours. Plus, No 11 Pimlico Road, No 32 The Old Town and No 29 Power Station West have revealed a new food-to-go menu, orderable online via ‘cluck and collect’, available to pick up fresh from your chosen bar within a selected time slot - Perfect for a cosy weekend in. Guests will be able to order delicious rotisserie Chicken, alongside delicious sides.
11 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW1W 8NA; until 31st January
GRAB TICKETS FOR THIS: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
This new play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire and the fluid, complicated roles men and women play. Using Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela as a provocation, six characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance. The production reunites Martin Crimp (Attempts On Her Life, In the Republic of Happiness) and director Katie Mitchell (Waves, Cleansed). The biggest draw is Cate Blanchett, who makes her National Theatre debut.
Upper Ground, Waterloo, SE1 9PX; until 2nd March
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