GO TO THE CINEMA
Need to take your mind off the Ashes? This new Bollywood film tells the story of India’s against-the-odds triumph at the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Led by soon-to-be icon Kapil Dev (Ranveer Singh), the Indians came into the tournament having won only one match across the previous two World Cups. They eventually defeated the mighty West Indies in the final at Lord’s. 83 describes their unlikely journey to ultimate success.
DISCOVER QUALITY BOTTLES
Fulham restaurant Fenn has launched a monthly wine club. Members receive six bottles of wine from the team’s favourite wine producers around the world. There’s a new theme each month – it could be a country, region or style – with January’s box containing a selection of lower-alcohol bottles to kickstart the year. Boxes (£135 a month) also contain a producer information sheet, tasting notes and a seasonal pairing recipe from Fenn’s head chef. Members can also enjoy tasting sessions and events to be announced over the next few months.
Tickets for Europe’s biggest comedy festival have just gone on sale. Taking place between Wednesday 2nd and Tuesday 22nd February, there are hundreds of shows to attend, spread across 64 venues in Leicester. Confirmed acts include Angela Barnes, Seann Walsh, Ahir Shah, Catherine Bohart, Ed Gamble, Stewart Lee, Katherine Ryan, Ross Noble, Nick Helm and Rosie Jones. A great excuse for a weekend away with the boys, tickets start from £10pp.
SMASH DRY JAN
Non-alcoholic collective Club Soda have opened the UK’s first alcohol-free off licence on Great Portland Street. Open until the end of January, there’s a range of alcohol-free alternatives on offer, including craft beers, cocktails, wine and kombucha. Ideal if you’re doing Dry January – or simply want to try healthier alternatives – the shelves are stocked with drinks from Alt Organic Wine, BrewDog, Bowser, Nunc, Anon, Mockingbird and Urban Cordial. Throughout the month, the pop-up will also host a series of workshops and events, including an alcohol-free cocktail masterclass on Monday 10th January at 2pm.
59 Great Portland Street, West End, W1W 7LJ
FEAST ON THIS
Wagamama has created plant-based fish and chips with an Asian twist for Veganuary. The ‘Tempura F-ish + Bang Bang Yaki-imo’ is a Japanese take on the British classic, made with tempura coated ‘f-ish’ from a mix of soy, rice and pea protein to replicate the taste and flaky texture of fish. It’s served old-school style on newspaper alongside sweet potato chunks and red onion coated in Waga’s signature firecracker sauce, smashed minty edamame beans, and katsu curry sauce. Available at all restaurants nationwide.
MEET YOUR MATES
Immersive venue Hijingo has created a January weekend package which includes a 90-minute game of high-octane bingo, two bao buns from its Asian street food menu, and a bottle of beer for £20pp. And it’s not just regular bingo on offer. Expect a high-energy, multisensory experience with live entertainment, stadium-grade lighting, and cool music and audio effects to ramp up the drama. Prizes include everything from craft beers to a European holiday for two.
90 Worship Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 2BA
TUNE INTO THIS PODCAST
In the UK, men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women. This dramatised podcast encourages an important conversation around men’s mental health. Narrated by actor Stephen Graham (This is England, Line of Duty) Walking On Jupiter is a true story about surviving suicide. Thomas tried to take his own life twice – and, technically, he died twice. This honest and, at times, tragically funny story details the battle that took place inside and outside his head.
TRY A NEW WORKOUT
Studio John Reed is offering newcomers their first three months free when they sign up for a year’s membership. The German brand opened its doors over here a few months ago and has already established itself as a hotspot for those serious about fitness. Classes include high-impact boxing sessions and traditional and hot yoga. The impressive facilities include a group training space, boxing arena and free weights area.
90 Liverpool Street, City, EC2M 2AT
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