From vegan comfort food and sin-free sips to riverside cheese rooms and one-off chef dinners, beat the New Year blues with The Wordrobe’s guide to what’s on London this January
1 Try a Meatless Menu at M Victoria Street
Whether you are opting for veganism, vegetarianism, gluten-free options or just a healthier bite in general, there’s a little something for everyone on the specially crafted menu at M RAW.
Order a number of sustainable-led dishes until Friday 14th February 2020, with a menu inspired by Culinary Director Michael Reid’s culinary travels in Hawaii, Japan and Australia.
Feast upon tartars, from field and sea, along with grain-based Poke Bowls and warming Ramen for the cold winter period. From carrot and tofu to salmon and tuna, there’s something for every health junkie.
In addition to clean eating, M Restaurants are also supporting those partaking in Dry January by launching new alcohol-free beverage options with acclaimed wine writer, Matthew Jukes. Sin-free sippers can try ‘Cordiality’, non–alcoholic, natural drinks with fewer calories. Talk about saintly.
When: until Friday 14th February 2020.
Where: Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
2 Party with Roger Sanchez at Sexy Fish
Dance off the January blues with an exclusive night at Sexy Fish in Mayfair. Taking place on Friday 24th January, the venue will welcome world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Roger Sanchez, for the latest in the restaurant’s series of late-night parties.
Roger cut his teeth spinning vinyl in his hometown of New York, is now a mainstay of the global DJ scene, with multiple DJ residencies in Ibiza, hosts weekly podcast Release Yourself – attracting over 20 million listeners – and founded his own record label UNDR THE RADR.
With a menu full of world-class cocktails and dishes to enjoy alongside, he’ll be taking over the decks at Mayfair’s Sexy Fish on Friday 24th January, from 11.30pm until 2am – now that’s music to our ears.
When: Friday 24 January 2020
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR
How: Table bookings are available exclusively by calling the team on 020 3764 2000 and a late-night menu will be served. Please note that there is a minimum spend of £100 per person, excluding cover charge and service charge. Payment will be taken at the time of booking.
3 Breathe better with Blakes Hotel
Wellness is the word on everyone’s lips this month and Blakes Below at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington is no different. They’re hosting a series of unique events with BREATHPOD and OTO CBD, designed to help you re-set, kick-start and embrace 2020.
The evenings will commence with an introduction to OTO CBD and a CBD shot, delivering optimum levels of CBD blended with a composition of natural botanical extracts and purified water.
They will then be led into a 60-minute high intensity breath work session, guided by Breathpod Founder Stuart Sandeman, set to a special soundtrack of mind-expanding and highly vibrational sounds to deepen and elevate the experience.
The coaching will encourage participants to let go of their negative habits, stresses and anxieties, and move into a higher state of learning, development, self-awareness, growth and flow – an experience amplified by the power of CBD.
Following the session, the Blakes Below feel-good cocktails Inhale* and non-alcoholic Exhale* will be served, whilst guests are invited to share in their experience and enjoy the opulent surrounds of the Oriental-inspired subterranean late-night lounge, as the DJ starts to spin into the night.
When: Friday 17 January (7.30pm-9pm), Friday 24 January (7.30pm-9pm) Friday 31 January (7.30pm-9pm).
Wallet: Tickets are priced at £35 per person.
How: Click here for more.
4 Spend the night at Melia Kensington
If you can’t jet off to the Bahamas, how about a luxury staycation instead? Melia Kensington on Gloucester Road which has undergone a complete refurbishment and rebranding, officially opening as the Melia Kensington in January 2020.
The boutique hotel is ideally situated for visits to the museums of South Kensington, and a stone’s throw from the underground station, making trips to central London or Heathrow very easy.
The 76 rooms boast luxurious linens, complimentary minibars, robes and slippers, Rituals amenities, coffee and tea facilities and turndown service. Interiors are inspired by the wallpaper designs of William Morris, one of the most famous names featured in the nearby V&A museum.
Grab a bite at its SW7 restaurant to enjoy British cuisine with Mediterranean flair. Feast upon a full breakfast, elaborate brunch, quick work lunch, traditional Sunday roast or a refined dinner – the perfect way to spend a rainy January weekend.
Where: 61 Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4PE
Wallet: Rates start from £190
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
5 Re-nourish your mind at The Daisy Green Collection
Pitstop at The Daisy Green Collection for a fully nourishing bite. They’ve launched a new wellness-led menu with all-new dishes from leading Harley Street-registered nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, alongside some of the Collection’s favourites from the recent collaboration with acclaimed chef Kirk Haworth.
The wellness-focused menu will be served exclusively at Scarlett Green, Timmy Green and Darcie & May Green, following Rhiannon’s wholesome approach that focuses on a nutritious lifestyle, rooted in the philosophy of nourishing the mind and body through food year-round.
The balanced-based dishes created in collaboration with Rhiannon include the ‘Green Shakshouka’ with spicy tofu, cavolo nero, garden peas, spinach, courgette, cashew cream, spring onion, chilli and fresh herbs – the perfect way to get your greens in at the start of the day.
For those looking for a healthy dose of protein in a deliciously light dish, the ‘Chargrilled Soy & Ginger Chicken Breast’with fennel, carrot, mooli, spinach, avocado, edamame, pickled ginger & watermelon radish, and spicy red pepper sauce, offers up the perfect option.
Complementing these, the menu will feature an oldie but goodie from Kirk and the team at Plates London. The ‘Fragrant Roasted Butternut Squash & Carrot Curry’, made with toasted broccolini and black rice, contains kaffir lime leaves that are known to contain essential oils which aid in reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue. And what’s more, the menu also has a few of the Collection’s all-time favourites – we’re already drooling.
Where: The ‘Re-Nourish Your Mind and Body’ menu is now available at Scarlett Green, Timmy Green and Darcie & May Green.
How: Bookings can be made here and walk-ins are also available.
6 Brunch back in time with 100 Wardour St & Trevor Nelson
Did someone say brunch? 100 Wardour St is renowned for its legendary music history, having hosted some of the biggest and best musicians of all time. In 2020, the venue’s love for music is still as strong as ever as they welcome back the renowned Rewind Brunch to take us into a new decade.
Taking place every single Sunday from 12pm – 5pm, grab your favourite foodies and enjoy throwback hip hop, pop and R&B tunes and delectable food. From Craig David to Lauryn Hill and TLC to House of Pain, Rewind Brunch will be supplying your Sundays with all of the 90’s and 00’s nostalgia.
What’s more, on Sunday 26th January, legendary MOBO award winning DJ Trevor Nelson will headline the Rewind Brunch series and play a first class mix of classic 90’s/00’s hip hop and R&BRewind Brunch takes place each Sunday from 12pm – 5pm with tickets costing £47 (2 courses) and £52 (3 courses), with the option to treat yourself to upgrade bottomless bubbles available for an additional £20.
When: Sunday 19th January – DJ Complexion, Sunday 26th January – Trevor Nelson.
Where: 100 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0TN
Wallet: Tickets from £47. Click here to find out more and make a booking.
7 Get your Japanese fix with Sushi Shop x Gregory Marchand
There are few things that good sushi can’t fix, especially when it comes to January gloom. Gregory Marchand (Michelin-starred Chef Patron of Frenchie Rue du Nil and Frenchie Covent Garden) has launched a collaborative menu with leading European sushi brand, Sushi Shop.
Available at Sushi Shop sites worldwide, including London venues in Notting Hill, South Kensington, Marylebone, Hampstead and Richmond, the menu of five dishes is inspired by flavours that fans of Frenchie will be familiar with, as inspiration for these dishes has been taken from Greg’s own menu at Frenchie Rue du Nil and FTG.
For example, flavours of FTG’s infamous Fried Chicken with jalapenos and spiced honey are mirrored in the Frenchie Roll (£8.90 for 8 pieces), an uramaki roll filled with crispy fried chicken, avocado, smoked paprika and sesame, topped with fondant of sweet piquillo pepper and spicy mayonnaise.
Greg’s menu will take customers on a culinary tour of the globe – with dishes such as the Mediterranean Bowl (£16.50), a combination of grilled octopus, pickled cucumber, Kalamata olive puree, Greek yoghurt, green harissa, spring onion, sobacha and smoked salt, inspired by Greg’s octopus from Frenchie Rue du Nil.
Another dish will be the Satay Sushi (£2.90 for 1 piece), an Indonesian-inspired take on a classic nigiri with prawn, peanut and coconut sauce, enhanced with the fresh flavours of lime zest and grated coconut.
Where: Find out more via www.mysushishop.co.uk.
When: Available now.
8 Lap up La dolce vita life with Sette
Sette — the elegant NY-Italian restaurant located in Knightsbridge Green — is celebrating the ‘sweet life’ in collaboration with the BFI (British Film Institute), with an exclusive, one-off screening of La dolce vita a nd special menu on Sunday 26th January 2020.
The screening coincides with BFI Southbank’s two month Federico Fellini retrospective (January 2nd – February 29th 2020) and a BFI re-release of La dolce vita (1960), back in selected cinemas UK-wide on Friday 3 January.
This is part of a wider, year-long celebration of the centenary of the legendary Italian film maker’s birth. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, Fellini is recognised as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time.
Dovetailing with the season, Fellini’s masterpiece La dolce vita will be shown in Bvlgari Hotel London’s private 47-seat Screening Room in remastered 4K definition and Sette will bring its most iconic scenes and characters to life with a specially-designed menu.
After watching the film in the Bvlgari hotel’s Screening Room, guests will be invited to a delicious meal at Sette restaurant, where the talented chefs have created a bespoke menu inspired by specific scenes in the film.
The four-course menu will include dishes inspired by the film, wish treats such as Italian ham with Pontina mozzarella, Bucatino amatriciana style and Homemade chocolate pizza on the list of heavenly dishes.
When: Sunday 26 January 2020
Wallet: Tickets are £75 per person, and are available to purchase and are available to purchase at the link here or by calling 0207 151 1025. Pricing includes VAT but excludes a discretionary 12.5% service charge.
Where: Ground Floor, 4 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7QA
9 Devour sky-high healthiness at Searcys at The Gherkin
If you have to eat healthy, why not do so in the clouds? Searcys at The Gherkin is proud to launch its wellness menus across restaurant, bar and private dining.
In the sky-high Iris Bar, award-winning soft drinks, tonics and mixers company Franklin & Sons will host a bespoke Flavour Discovery Experience until the end of February, whilst the theme of conscious dining will also be replicated in the Helix restaurant, with a plant-led set lunch for the winter.
Seasonal winter vegetables from British and London-based suppliers will take centre stage in the Gherkin’s Helix restaurant, recently awarded top 3 Stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Try a new lunch menu, priced at £29 for two courses or £35 for three courses with a glass of wine. Starters include steamed celeriac and spiced apple soup and hot smoked salmon, shaved fennel and watercress.
Free-range braised chicken breast, heritage carrots, winter greens, buckwheat is on offer for the main course, as well as poached cod fillet, mussel and white radish liquor, and a hearty yet nourishing Sutton Farm courgette, white bean and thyme stew.
Puddings pay tribute to the season too, with baked comice pear, cinnamon ricotta and honey stealing the show, and British cheeses with honeycomb offering something more savoury.
For this menu, Searcys’ chefs look within London’s traditional markets to source much of their ingredients: The celeriac comes from New Covent Garden, the fish from Billingsgate, the chicken from Spitalfields and the cheese and courgettes from Borough.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP
Wallet: Menus start from £29 for two courses.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
10 Carb up with Poilane bakery’s Galette des Rois
To welcome in 2020, internationally renowned French-style bakery Poilâne® is celebrating the Galette des Rois, translated to the “The Twelfth night cake” or “King’s Cake” in English.
Recreating the galettes in London with their artisanal spin, Poilâne®’s bakers have used their extensive knowledge in different kinds of cereals and grains to develop two versions this year. Each of Poilâne® ‘s galettes contains one of four porcelain charms created by Maison Poilâne around the theme of cereals.
The 2020 Poilâne’s charms can also be worn as a pendant. Whoever finds the charm by chance has to wear the crown and will be the king or queen of the day.
The Poilâne® Galette Feuilletée is a puff pastry “pie” and epitomises the galette in its simplest form, before the filled versions gained popularity. Showcasing simplicity and lightness, serve it plain to enjoy the quality of the puff pastry or accompany it with jam at breakfast or tea time.
The Poilâne® Hazelnut Galette , one of Poilâne®’s signature galettes created in 1999 by the father of Apollonia Poilâne, is made of two rounds of delectable Poilâne® puff pastry filled with a delicious hazelnut cream filling: the perfect treat to welcome in the New Year.
When: Available until January 31st.
Wallet: The Galette Feuilletée is priced at £11 for 2 people, £20.40 for 6 people, and £31.20 for 8 people. The Hazelnut Galette is priced at £13 for 2 people, £21.30 for 4 people, £30.30 for 6 people, and £37 for 8 people. Both are available in-store only.
How: Visit poilane.com for more.
11 Dig into vegan comfort food at All Star Lanes
All Star Lanes is celebrating Veganuary 2020 with an epic collaboration with Genesis, Shoreditch’s well-known organic vegan comfort food brand.
The one-off collaborative menu will feature a couple of signature dishes that fans of Genesis will recognise, available across all All Star Lanes venues until February 2nd.
To kickstart the vegan extravaganza, guests can choose between crispy ‘Cheese’ Sticks (£6.50) served with a homemade garlicy mayo, or seriously sticky Korean BBQ seitan wings (£7), with Genesis’ signature BBQ Korean sauce.
A burger special has been created for a showstopping main course, delivering a whopping taste sensation: American Woman (£11) features a juicy seitan patty, Whiskey BBQ sauce, onion rings, tomato, jalapenos, house slaw, fresh pickles and vegan cheese.
Guests can choose to elevate their burger experience with a sensational side of New York Deli Fries (£7); skinny fries, seitan pastrami, fresh pickles, mustard and a spicy chipotle mayo.
The feast doesn’t stop there: Tiramisu (£7), a Genesis dessert special is the ultimate end to a legendary vegan meal. Created with layers of creamy cashew nut & coconut cream, coffee liqueur-soaked coffee Amaretto and coconut mascarpone, all finished with a dusting of raw cocoa powder.
Where: All Star Lanes has four sites across London (White City, Brick Lane, Holborn, Stratford) and one in Manchester.
How: Visit allstarlanes.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.
12 Book your place at Bōkan 37’s special showcase dinners
From the depths of the ocean to sky high dining, join Bōkan 37 on 31st January or 1st February for an exclusive Four Hands dinner with incredible chef talent.
Collaborating with Executive Chef Guillaume Gillan for two nights only, award-winning chef Grégoire Berger, ranked in the top 50 at the Best Chef Awards 2019, brings his signature avant-garde creations to London from the acclaimed underwater restaurant Ossiano at the Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.
The first UK dinner in the Four Hands chef series, Guillaume and Grégoire will use their shared experience in Michelin-starred kitchens to present beautifully crafted dishes at the culinary forefront.
Bōkan 37 will exclusively serve a very special one-off 10 course tasting menu across the two days. Guesys will be treated to exquisite dishes reflecting the individual flair of each chef alongside a paired drinks menu.
Innovative plates include potato soufflé with crab meat, vanilla and Sturia Oscietra Caviar; Foie Gras brioche with quince, hibiscus and celery, Hokkaido Scallops served with truffle, maitaké & cep praline; and three delicious dessert courses including Caraibe chocolate neapolitan with Grand-Marnier and clementine sorbet; and the Timut pepper and passion fruit delice.
Where: Bōkan – 37th, 38th & 39th Floor, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP
When: 31 January and 1 February 2020.
How: £200 per guest. Please visit bokanlondon.co.uk to find out more and make a booking.
13 Get your cheese fix at Le Pont de la Tour
Surviving January will be a Brie-ze thanks to Le Pont de la Tour’s delicious new bespoke cheese room. The three-course fondue feast will be set in a cosy hut in the restaurant’s sophisticated alpine terrace with a night of dairy-filled indulgence awaiting you.
The exclusive and intimate dining experience will welcome 2-4 guests to enjoy a decant, cheese-themed dinner from the comfort of Le Pont de la Tour’s luxurious hut nestled on its heated outdoor terrace.
For an extra touch of glamour, guests will have their own private waiter for the evening as they sip on a glass of champagne and look out at the unbeatable views of the London skyline.
After a welcome glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne, the three-course feast begins with a Gratin of potato, leek and smoked Morteau sausage with a frisée salad. Next, guests can enjoy the main event: an indulgent Cheese fondue to share. The dessert, a Mini tarte Tatin with lemon, thyme and caramel and a Brillat-Savarin cheesecake, is a suitably sophisticated way to end the decadent affair.
When: Bookings can be made from Wednesday 8th January with lunch sittings at 12pm and 2:30pm and dinner sittings at 6:00pm and 8:30pm.
Wallet: The experience is priced at £50pp, and tickets can be purchased at the link here.
Where: Le Pont de la Tour, Butlers Wharf Buildings, 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
14 Shake up Dry January with a CBD-infused mocktail at The Coral Room
Destress is more unusual fashion at The Coral Room this month. Head Mixologist Stefan Pohlod has expertly blended MEDA’s range of CBD infused beverages to design a new offering of mood-enhancing non-alcoholic cocktails.
Ideal for those partaking in an alcohol-free start to the new year or simply looking for a stress-free way to moderate drinking after the festive period, there’s a quartet of unusual tipples to try.
Featuring MEDA’s best-selling GLOW, CALM, RECOVER and Espresso Medatini SKU’s which see 5-15mg of liposomal CBD complemented by synergistic ingredients the 4 non-alcoholic cocktails will provide targeted game-changing wellness properties.
The exclusive offering includes the Glow Spritz which sees lime juice, cardamom bitter and elderflower syrup, the Calming Coral blending lemon juice, peppermint cordial and strawberry purée, the Recover & Revive mixing Seedlip grove with grapefruit and lime shrub and the Wake Up Call which sees caramel cream, chilli bitters and coffee tonic.
Where: The Coral Room 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN
Wallet: £10 per cocktail.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.