MEET YOUR MATES SOMEWHERE WARM: Bottomless Sunday Lunch At XR
Head to Marylebone’s XR for a boozy bottomless Sunday lunch. Available from 11.30am to 3pm, take a seat with your household or dine alfresco with up to five others on its heated, covered terrace. Diners can tuck into 45-day dry-aged beef sirloin roast (or a cauliflower main) with all the trimmings, including a Yorkshire pudding, creamy cauliflower cheese, glazed carrots and parsnips, roasted shallots, and crispy roast potatoes with homemade gravy. Go all out and add bottomless Moët & Chandon, Asahi beer or a selection of cocktails for two-and-a-half hours for an extra £50 a head.
13-14 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JR
GET YOUR FITNESS BACK ON TRACK: Core Collective
Take out a new fitness subscription or head for a taster class at premium gym group Core Collective, whose branches in Kensington, Knightsbridge and St John’s Wood reopen their doors this weekend. Try a signature high-impact ‘ROW ’ session, or work out using the state-of-the-art equipment. Membership prices vary.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW: Secure The Bag 2 By AJ Tracey
Almost two years on from his last album, AJ Tracey dropped a surprise EP last week. As the name suggests, Secure The Bag 2 is the second in his series of mixtapes. This one’s largely a solo effort, featuring only a collaboration with British rapper Slowthai. Across its nine upbeat tracks, grime fans will enjoy Tracey’s considered lyrics and impressive flow that feels more confident than ever.
HAVE A NIGHT OUT HERE: Skylight Igloo Bubbles
East London’s Tobacco Dock has transformed its Skylight rooftop into a festive winter terrace with 18 warm, socially distanced igloo-bubbles, where groups of up to six can enjoy cocktails, sharing platters and street food. Packages go from £30 for standard igloos up to £120 for premium mezzanine-level options. All include six welcome drinks (mulled wine, canned lager or house wine) and guests can upgrade to a bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut for an additional £50.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF
EAT WELL AT HOME: Juici Jerk Caribbean DIY Meal Kits
Staying in this weekend? Tooting-based pop-up Juici Jerk can bring feel-good soul food straight to your door. Its DIY meal kits come with everything you need for an authentic West Indian meal, including marinated chicken thighs, rice and peas, plantain fries, festival dough, macaroni cheese, a dry coleslaw mix and a range of condiments. Kits, which come with exclusive access to Juici Jerk’s Island Vibes Spotify playlist, are delivered nationwide, costing £30 for two to three people or £60 for four to five.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Wander Art Outdoor Gallery
Head on a walking tour of Mayfair and Belgravia this weekend to spot outdoor installations, courtesy of the new Wander Art Outdoor Gallery. Featuring works from 12 artists – including Ricardo Cavolo, Emily Forgot, Yinka Ilori and Richard Woods – the collection celebrates London’s architectural and creative talents of London. Spot the first installation outside Mercato Mayfair’s market entrance and follow the trail to find the 11 other pieces, which will be unveiled by mid-December.
RELIVE A CLASSIC GIG: Arctic Monkeys Live At The Royal Albert Hall
On Friday, Arctic Monkeys release a recording of their 2018 show at the Royal Albert Hall. Featuring ten classic hits, including Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High, Do I Wanna Know? and 505, the album arrives at a great time for anyone needing to fill the live music-shaped hole in their lives. As with the gig itself, all proceeds from the album go to the War Child charity.
STOCK UP ON THE GOOD STUFF: Milroy’s Of Soho Drams To Your Door
Enjoy a selection of the world’s best drams from Milroy’s of Soho. The whisky specialist’s latest offering from its ‘Drams To Your Door’ delivery service includes bottles and dram tasting sets. Each set contains up to five different whiskies – whether you’re a novice or connoisseur, there’s something for everyone. Sets start from £30 and are available nationwide.
PICK YOUR CHRISTMAS JOINT: Farmison & Co Meat Boxes
Multi award-winning online butcher Farmison & Co is making festive planning easier with an array of quality meat boxes and Christmas packages. Curated by chef Jeff Baker, the range includes heritage-breed beef joints, whole turkeys, porchetta roasting trays, and festive condiments to complement all of them. Go the whole hog and order in a Christmas hamper – or treat someone else to a special festive gift.
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