Tempus Hot List: February 2023
As 2023 moves into its second month, check out these seven exclusive things to do, see, and eat in London
Whether with friends, family, your partner or even yourself, celebrate all kinds of love this February with our pick of seven things to do, see, and limited edition launches to get your hands on…
Test out two stunning new bars at The Dorchester
After announcing that it would be undergoing an extensive renovation at the end of 2021, The Dorchester has now unveiled its eagerly awaited ground floor, including a complete revamp and rename of its original bar, now called Vesper Bar, as well as a second new space, Artists' Bar. Living up to its name, the glamorous interiors of the latter, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon and featuring a dramatic mirrored ceiling, are flanked with striking works of art that celebrate London, and taking centre stage is Liberace's legendary mirrored piano, which has been restored to its former glory.
Cocktails at Artists Bar come with a touch of theatre, mixed tableside on a bar trolley, and Champagne lovers will be impressed with its extensive selection. A complete change of pace, Vesper Bar, designed by Martin Brudnizki and led by head bartender Lucia Montanelli, is a 30s inspired drinking den with an atmosphere to match. Named in honour of the hotel's many connections with James Bond, its take on the classic Vesper Martini is a must try as is its delicious menu of bar bites.
53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
Map out your Love Constellations at AIRE Ancient Baths
AIRE Ancient Baths in Covent Garden is elevating its thermal journey and offering couples a new romantic experience for Valentine's Day this February. Incorporating the mystery and magic of the night sky, Love Constellations allows guests to enjoy the relaxation of its subterranean baths – inspired by the bathing traditions of Greek, Roman and Ottoman civilizations – whilst taking in the stars, planets and constellations.
Available from 11-14 February, the sensorial experience includes a traditional thermal tour, followed by a relaxing 45 or 60 minute massage for two with basalt stones and essential oils, finishing with a glass of fizz paired with macarons.
From £455 for two. beaire.com
2-3 Robert St, London WC2N 6BH
Practice Flow to Glow at Nobu Portman Square
Life is all about balance, and with this in mind, Nobu Portman Square has created its new Flow to Glow Pilates package to kick start the weekend. Each Friday at 5pm, Flow to Glow lets guests partake in a signature Nobu Pilates class – in its state of the art reformer Pilates studio – before offering them a guilt free Nobu Pilates cocktail at the chic Nobu bar after the session. A full body workout, choose from three signature classes – Power, Precision and Pure.
HIIT lovers will enjoy the high energy workout of the Power class, those looking to build strength and sculpt should try Precision, while purists will be drawn to the more traditional, conditioning movements of Pure, which is most akin to the original Joseph Pilates method. Flow to Glow includes one 45 minutes Nobu Pilates class and one signature Nobu Pilates cocktail.
£45 per person. london-portman.nobuhotels.com
22 Portman Square, London W1H 7BG
Experience Cantina culture with Patron on International Margarita Day
To celebrate International Magarita Day on 22 February, Patron are bringing the tequila to town with a series of Mexican Cantina pop ups across some of the best bars in London. From 15-22 February, 'La Cantina de Magarita' will see One Hundred Shoreditch, Satan's Whiskers and Silverleaf pair Patron Margaritas with complimentary, traditional small plates, called 'Botanas', created by two Michelin starred chef Tom Sellers.
The first service will take place on Wednesday 15 February at Silverleaf in Pan Pacific, followed by sittings on Thursday 16 February at The Rooftop, One Hundred Shoreditch and on 20 February at Satan’s Whiskers, returning to One Hundred Shoreditch for the last Cantina on 22 Feburary.
Choose love at Quantus Gallery's latest exhibition
Running from 8 February – 11 March at Quantus Gallery, in support of humanitarian aid movement, Choose Love, female artists Eve De Haan and Sara Pope have united in celebration of love and all things sensual to showcase their joint exhibition, Addicted to Love. With a focus connection and self-exploration, featuring De Haan’s text-based neon installations paired with Pope’s signature Pop Art-style glossy lips, the 30 works on display invite you to examine the meaning and perception of love through their own unique gaze.
11-29 Fashion Street, London E1 6PX
Treat someone to the Whisper of Love Bouquet from McQueens
No February hot list would be complete without a luxurious bouquet – whether you're treating yourself or a loved one – especially if it comes paired with the nation's favourite rosé. Florist to the fashion set, McQueen’s Flowers, have partnered with Chateau d’Esclans to bring us the Whisper of Love bouquet.
To complement the fragrant floral notes and blush pink finish of Whispering Angel, the bouquet is made up of O’Hara and Love Lace blousy pink roses, ruffled Hanoi rannunculus and wintery pink hellebores with a touch of gold foliage. Complete with a 75cl bottle of Whispering Angel of course.
From £195. mcqueensflowers.com
Go underground at new Fitzrovia hotspot Lucy Wong
Set to open its doors at the end of the month, Fitzrovia is soon to welcome a new underground cocktail bar with literary connections, Lucy Wong. A tribute to 1957 novel and love story, The World of Suzie Wong, the eccentric venue, complete with concealed outdoor terrace, continues the tale by introducing us to its namesake, Lucy Wong – a London socialite known for the illustrious parties she throws in her Fitzrovia abode – the imagined daughter of protagonist Suzie.
Taking inspiration from the books setting of 1950s Hong Kong, the sophisticated decor is fused with elements of traditional Chinese design, while the menu is comprised of quintessential Cantonese cuisine, including succulent roast meats and delicious Dim Sum platters, and a selection of unique Asian inspired cocktails.
33-34 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JN