This weekend marks the relaunch of one of our favourite London landmarks in The Bloomsbury Hotel, the release of Battle of the Sexes, starring the brilliantly matched Emma Stone and Steve Carell, and our new favourite place to shop for rare silver pieces. If that wasn't enough, Aubaine's indulgent s'mores will make braving the festive weekend shoppers worth it, and Carmen Herrerra's new exhibition will lift you away from your busy weekend entirely. Read on to find out more. >>
Emma Stone and Steve Carell are perfectly matched in this comedy-biopic of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carrel). The heated rivalry between the two culminated in the most watched sports event ever, but behind the scenes their personal lives were just as fraught, as Riggs gambled away his legacy as he attempted to recover his glory day and King struggled to fight for equal pay and come to terms with her sexuality. A fun, fascinating glimpse of an enduring sporting moment that was about much more than just tennis.
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A real treat for festive shoppers – Aubaine at the Selfridge's Kitchen, Oxford St, is rewarding those brave enough to face the crowds with these fantastic, truly indulgent treats. Giving a festive French twist to the American campfire classic, these s'mores feature fluffy marshmallow sandwiched between gingerbread biscuits, dip in your choice of dark, milk or white chocolate and finished with an assortment of sprinkled goodies such as cocao nibs, hazlenut and raspberry bites. Delicious!
Nestled underground beneath Chancery Lane is the largest collection of fine and antique silver in the world, with unique items dating from the 1600s to present day. It's the perfect destination for a unique Christmas shop or exploration of the site's rich Victorian history. The Vaults are not just a retail destination, they also kitted out shows such at Downton Abbey, and have sold to famous buyers including royalty, Liberace, Anthony Hopkins and Twiggy over the years.
This boutique hotspot in the heart of literary London has finally reopened after an extensive multimillion refurb and redesign, and we can guarantee it's been worth the wait. Headed up by Doyle Collection chair Bernie Gallagher the Grade II listed building now features a new all day dining bar, The Coral Room, serving up food and cocktails. Keeping that Bohemian Bloomsbury Group feel, British illustrator Luke Edward Hall was commissioned to produce 36 original art pieces for the hotel inspired by the original Ltyen architecture. Perfect spot to wile away a few friendly hours.
Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera might have reached her 100th birthday, but her abstract minimalist artwork is still just as vibrant as ever. And the artist's new exhibition at north west London's Lisson Gallery is a masterclass in shape and colour from her last year of work. In Lines of Sight, her compositions convey movement through its lines, forms and colours, mixing symmetry and instability, light and shadow. Herrera said of her work: "I like straight lines, I like angles, I like order. In this chaos that we live in, I like to put order. I guess that’s why I am a hard-edged painter, a geometric painter." Don't miss this enlightening exhibition.