Magnum’s multisensory Ruby Room pop-up for Blue Monday, South Bank
Banish Blue Monday at Magnum’s Ruby Room pop-up, an uplifting multisensory experience on the South Bank. Using colour psychology, the mood-boosting pop-up is made up of infinity mirrors, swathed in soothing ruby-pink hues and accompanied by a calming soundtrack. Visitors can also try the new Magnum Ruby ice cream, which coats a raspberry twist with Magnum Ruby couverture chocolate, with velvety white chocolate at its centre.
Date: Monday 20 January and Tuesday 21 January 2020 Time: Monday: 11am-8pm, Tuesday: 11am-5pm Price: Free Location: Observation Point, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP Closest Station: Waterloo
Heralding Spring at Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea
Chelsea Physic Garden’s annual snowdrop event returns this week to put a literal spring in your step. From Saturday, wander through a twinkling trail of snowdrops at London’s oldest botanical garden, with expert Joe Sharman as your guide. You can also learn how to craft a snowdrop kokedama – a traditional Japanese arrangement that replaces a plant pot with a ball of moss and soil, trussed together with twine to be strung up indoors, tipped to be the new hanging basket of 2020.
Date: Saturday 25 January to Sunday 2 February 2020 Time: 11am-4pm Price: £9.50 entry, £8.50 when booked online Location: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS Closest Station: Sloane Square
Visit Glow Bar wellness cafe and infrared spa, Marylebone
Cheer up - and heat up - at Glow Bar in Marylebone, a wellness cafe and infrared spa hailing from LA. Infrared sauna pods, thought to release endorphins and stimulate collagen production, can be booked for 45-minute sessions to unwind alone or with a friend. Afterwards, refuel with carrot toast or comforting kale and sweet potato curry from the January menu and sip on elixir-charged lattes or warm moon milk, the trending tipple infused with spirulina and honey. Surrounded by calming amethyst-pink walls and ambient lighting, wellness is taken care of.
Date: Open Monday to Saturday Time: Open Monday-Friday from 8.30am-8pm, from 10am-6pm Saturday Price: Sauna sessions from £40 Location: Glow Bar, 70 Mortimer Street, London, W1W 7RY Closest Station: Oxford Circus
Elizabeth Day on the future of Regent Street
Elizabeth Day, author of the hugely successful and inspiring podcast, How to Fail, has partnered with Regent Street on an uplifting new cultural podcast that explores the history of the renowned shopping row. The series explores topical issues spanning the future of fashion, wellness and sustainability and speaks to the tastemakers at the heart of the street's progression.
DJ Nights at Sexy Fish, Mayfair (Friday)
Enjoy a night of music and delicious cuisine this Friday at Mayfair’s Sexy Fish, where Grammy award-winning DJ Roger Sanchez will be performing as part of DJ Nights at Sexy Fish, the restaurant’s new late night package of entertainment. Before proceeding to dance the night away at this event, indulge in a bespoke menu designed by executive chef Bjoern Weissgerber as the entertainment begins. Dishes on the menu will include Sexy Fish favourites with a twist, such as salt and pepper squid, caramelised black cod, and grilled tiger prawn with chilli and lime.
Date: Friday 24 January 2020 Time: 11pm-2am Price: Tables require minimum spend of £100 per head Location: Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR Closest Station: Green Park
Chinese New Year celebrations, across London
Paint the town red this weekend for Chinese New Year, which falls this Saturday 25 January. In Chelsea, Duke of York Square's weekly food market is celebrating with an array of dumplings, spring rolls and dragon eggs mini cakes known as Banh Khot. A traditional Lion Dance will also weave through the square during the afternoon. Park Chinois is ringing in the Year of the Rat with an opulent menu and nightly live entertainment, transporting diners to a glamorous Shanghai supper club circa 1930. You can also try your luck at winning exclusive prizes hidden in red envelopes served across each of Royal China’s London locations. Each one contains a special fortune message, while a select few reveal gifts ranging from a bottle of champagne to a £100 voucher to spend at the restaurant.
Burns Night, across London
Chinese New Year and Burns Night have aligned this year, with the annual Scottish celebration also falling on Saturday 25 January. Honour the Highland maverick at Mac & Wild, which is hosting an entire week of live music, masterclasses, traditional Burns suppers and bottomless whisky brunches at both the Devonshire Square and Fitzrovia locations. Celebrations continue at Boisdale, the tartan-clad restaurant group with outposts in Mayfair, Belgravia and Canary Wharf. A live piper will address the haggis in true Scottish style, followed by live music until late. Wiltons on Jermyn St is honouring the Bard with a six-course tasting menu, including soft boiled eggs with a spray of whisky and traditional haggis with neeps and tatties.