GET CHRISTMAS READY: Sweat By BXR
Work up a sweat at premium gym group Sweat by BXR, whose branches in Marylebone and Canary Wharf reopened last week. Tier 3 regulations mean its signature group classes (which normally range from boxing to Versaclimbing) are on hold, but doors are still open for members looking to use state-of-the-art facilities for individual sessions.
BINGEWATCH THIS NEW SERIES: The Ripper
Spend an evening in with Netflix’s latest binge-worthy true-crime series. This four-parter goes into forensic detail on the appalling activities of the Yorkshire Ripper. Through a range of interviews with journalists, investigators and survivors, The Ripper investigates the 13 murders that took place between 1975 and 1980 in West Yorkshire and Manchester. The show drops on Friday.
INVEST IN SOMETHING SPECIAL: 60 Years of Fights and Fighters Boxing By Neil Leifer
After Anthony Joshua’s win last weekend, there’s an all-British heavyweight super fight with Tyson Fury on the cards for 2021. Get yourself match fit with this handsome collector’s edition of photographs by Neil Leifer. The legendary sports snapper was ringside for famous Muhammad Ali victories in 1965 and 1966, as well as many other big fights. Boxing fans will also appreciate the introduction from the great journalist Gay Talese.
GET CHRISTMAS DINNER SORTED: The Black Farmer x Colman’s Xmas Roast In The Post
Quality British butcher The Black Farmer has teamed up with Colman’s to create a limited-edition ‘Xmas Roast in the Post’ box. Each £40 box is designed to feed a family of six with beef topside, boneless gammon, stuffing balls, gluten-free pigs in blankets, The Black Farmer’s signature red wine gravy, and a generous helping of Colman’s mustard. Delivery is available nationwide.
UP YOUR CHEESE GAME: Provisions Wine & Cheese Festive Hampers
Provisions Wine & Cheese on Holloway Road is making festive feasting easy with a series of new cheese and wine hampers. Featuring French and Italian artisan produce, there are six to choose from, including fondue and raclette kits, and cases of organic and natural wines. All hampers are available for in-store collection or delivery to selected London postcodes.
FOR FESTIVE FUN: Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Head to Hampton Court Palace this weekend for an afternoon of ice skating. In the gardens of Henry VIII’s historic home, there’s an open-air ice rink that’s open daily (except Christmas Day) until 17th January. There are also food stalls on site for warming drinks and snacks – the baked camembert from the bar is a real treat. Tickets start from £12 for children and £17 for adults.
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JUST READ IT: Nike: Better Is Temporary
Sneakerheads, get excited. Nike has joined forces with high-end publisher Phaidon for an exclusive behind-the-scenes exploration of the sportswear giant’s design philosophy. With photos of unpublished designs and prototypes, plus insider stories, the book dissects Nike with chapters on its collaborations, design process and sustainability efforts. Whether you’re looking for a new coffee table book or a last-minute gift, check it out.
ENJOY FINE DINING AT HOME: Virtual de Lux
Virtual de Lux brings restaurant food straight to your door. The new delivery service connects you direct to kitchens in Knightsbridge and Marylebone, starting with Manhattan Kitchen, Bacàn, The Forgotten Vegetable and The Noble Tsar. There’s plenty on offer from each restaurant, with highlights including Bacàn’s chargrilled octopus from and a wagyu burger with truffle mayonnaise and chips from Manhattan Kitchen. Delivery is available to selected London postcodes.
SHOP NEW CLOTHES HERE: Uterqüe
Uterqüe has just launched its first unisex collection, available to shop online. The capsule edit has everything you need to elevate your wardrobe for the new year, including classic wool coats, oversized shirts, and basic tees. Nab a few pieces for yourself, or gift someone else an accessory from the collection – we’ve got our eye on the brand’s vibrant new trainers.
LISTEN TO THIS: Carols at The Royal Albert Hall
For some festive cheer this weekend, watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Choral Society and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas carol concert. For the first time ever, the concert will be streamed online so you can listen from the comfort of your sofa. It’s available to stream from 18th to 23rd December at 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets start from £25.
CATCH SOME CULTURE: National Theatre At Home
The National Theatre has launched an ‘At Home’ service, recreating its successful National Theatre Live concept so you can watch some of its most popular productions at home. Annual subscriptions (£83) get you access to a range of productions and exclusive behind-the-scenes content. Or you can rent individual productions – get stuck into some Greek tragedy, for example, with 2009’s Helen Mirren-starring Phèdre.
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