ROUND UP YOUR MATES: ARROS QD VIRTUAL WINE TASTING EVENING
On Saturday 30th January at 6pm, Spanish restaurant Arros QD will host a virtual wine tasting evening from its HQ in Fitzrovia. The hour-long tasting will be led by sommeliers Jose Balado and Graziano Cocco who will guide you through some of their favourite Spanish wines from three regions: Mallorca, Valencia and Catalunya. Ahead of the tasting, you’ll get bottles of Dio (an intense white wine from Montsant in Catalunya), L’Algeria (a medium-bodied red from Valencia) and AN/2 (a balmy Mallorcan number). Tickets starts from £56 per household.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: LIBRARY OF EXILE AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM
On Saturday 30th January at 6pm, get your culture fix with a series of live performances from the British Museum. Join musician, composer and television presenter Soumik Datta for an evening of music inspired by Edmund de Waal's installation at the museum, Library of Exile. Listen to music from Datta and singer-songwriter Amahla, plus Tasmanian-British saxophonist Yasmin Ogilvie. Guest speakers will also take to the stage to discuss the installation. Tickets are free with donations encouraged.
TRY A FREE CLASS: FITNESS FIRST FITX PLAYER
Up the ante at home with help from Fitness First’s free workout hub. Every Monday its new FitX Player online platform will live-stream a selection of workout videos, which will then be available to watch on demand. Led by a team of experts and personal trainers, classes run from HITT and ‘SHRED’ sessions to Pilates and power yoga. Each class has an accompanying playlist – ideal for staying motivated at home.
TRY SOMETHING NEW: MYRISTICA JERK CHICKEN FEAST
Bring the flavours of the Caribbean to your kitchen with the At-Home Jerk Chicken Feast by Myristica. This new DIY kit from chef Michelle Trusselle has everything you need for an authentic West Indian meal, including free-range jerk chicken, homemade chilli sauce, rice and peas, fried plantain, sweetcorn with smoked salt and lime butter, marinated peppers, chilli carrots, pineapple, and a citrus dressed salad. Kits cost £44 for two or £66 for four and are available for nationwide delivery. Place your order by this Friday to receive your kit next week.
DISCOVER A NEW ARTIST: HYPERFLUX EXHIBITION BY WILLIAMS CHECHET
Williams Chechet is one of the Nigeria’s rising stars, and if his latest exhibition is anything to go by, there are big things ahead for him. Inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat and Takashi Murakami, Chechet’s pop art draws on music too, with with nods to afrobeat, rap and hip-hop stars such as Biggie Smalls and Fela Kuti. Hyperflux is a vibrant and visually stunning collection of work that looks as good in this new virtual exhibition as it did at the Retro Africa gallery in Nigeria. Tickets are free.
LEARN FROM A HEAVYWEIGHT: BEHIND THE MASK: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY TYSON FURY
Ahead of a possible mega-fight with Anthony Joshua later this year, boxing legend Tyson Fury has released his autobiography. And there’s no denying the Gypsy King has had an interesting life. From a troubled upbringing in Manchester to becoming a two-time world heavyweight champion, Behind The Mask reveals how he has dealt with scandal and controversy along the way. This is a story with redemption at its heart.
EAT WELL AT HOME: ULI LONDON
Notting Hill resto ULI London’s takeaway service includes some favourites from its Asian-inspired menu. Look out for peppercorn salted prawns; Thai seabass fillet; spiced pork ribs; and a classic Thai green curry. Delivery is available to selected London postcodes. Make a note too: ULI will open a new branch in Chelsea when restrictions are lifted.
PICK UP THE PACE WITH A PRO: TRAIN WRIGHT
TV presenter and ex-TOWIE star Mark Wright is rebooting his live Instagram workouts. This time he’s enlisted the help of his brother, professional footballer Josh Wright. From HIIT workouts and boxing demos, to full-body shreds and yoga classes, the pair will keep you motivated through lockdown 3.0 with a series of IG live videos. Tune in every Sunday for a new workout or scroll back through the feed to watch previous sessions – the boxercise class is one of the best so far.
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