After the last two years, we could all use an A-Z of marvellous and compelling things to do and try. London is a city to be explored, walked through, touched, and lived in. From world-class cocktails to must-see plays, cutting-edge culture to bottomless brunches, this cosmopolitan capital always brings the wow.
Podcast Course With Helen Cross
Being able to write and being able to teach people to write don’t always go hand-in-hand. Fortunately for Helen Cross they do. A celebrated author of books, screenplays, radio dramas and more, Cross is now leading a new five-week online series on podcast writing. Having recently been commissioned to write a podcast drama of her own for BBC Sounds, Cross is uniquely positioned to teach this course. The weekly seminars will look at the current state of this growing industry and explore how audio drama differs from visual dramatic forms. Students will also explore how to create and craft characters, how to structure a story across multiple episodes, and how to write compelling dialogue. To finish, students will be offered tangible advice on what producers and commissioners are looking for.
The Good Life Brunch At Sette
With its soft leather banquettes and mahogany-colored chairs, Sette by Scarpetta already has that classic New York feel. And it’s no secret that Americans know how to do brunch. Available every Sunday with a three- or four-course menu designed to be shared with friends and family, the Good Life brunch is the perfect weekend destination. It’s both relaxed and atmospheric, with live music and choice of four inventive bloody Marys (there’s also Ruinart Champagne, of course). As to be expected from the brain’s behind NYC’s Scarpetta, renowned for its pasta pomodoro, the menu features Italian favorites, such as bruschetta with poached egg, crushed avocado and cherry tomatoes, burrata with figs and a nduja croquette, and of course the classic Scarpetta spaghetti.
The Forest At The Hampstead Theatre
Oscar-winner Florian Zeller decided to come to London for the world premiere of his new play. It’s the first time the writer has debuted a show outside his native France. Zeller’s film The Father won a best actor Oscar for Anthony Hopkins, and the playwright shared the best adapted screenplay award with his translator Christopher Hampton. Working together again, Hampton and Zeller have written The Forest, about a man struggling through a mid-life crisis. On now at the Hampstead Theatre, in a recent newspaper interview, lead actress Gina McKee summed it up, “It’s about power. Along with the pursuit of truth.”
Brunch At Cafe Murano Covent Garden
The little sister of Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred spot Murano, during the week Café Murano is a must-stop for theatre goers. But on Sundays, brunch is the word. An all-day event, expect a menu boasting the mid-morning classics, but with an Italian twist. Try the nduja smoked cheese toasty, or the spinach and ricotta puff pastry rolls. Equally, if you like to start sweet, it has to be the light and fluffy ricotta pancakes, served with blueberries and honey. And beyond the laidback take on traditional Italian fare, await a healthy flow of Bellinis and mimosas.
Upstairs At Langan’s
Langan’s is officially back! The epicentre of the 1970s nightlife scene, the Mayfair club and restaurant has reopened to acclaim. The downstairs is a gilded and glamorous public restaurant choc-a-bloc with incredible art, while the upstairs is a hideaway—a decadent private members’ club for those in the know. Named after Irish entrepreneur Peter Langan, who opened the restaurant in 1976 with Sir Michael Caine, in its heyday the elegant surrounds and extravagant menu attracted the likes of Muhammad Ali, Marlon Brando, David Bowie, Rudolf Nureyev, and Princess Margaret.
Minted is a new documentary film that explores what the NFT art industry is, how it developed, and where there is still to go. Made by Unleyek, a female-led production company that has launched the first-ever documentary fundraiser through a curated collection of artworks in collaboration with the leading NFT marketplace, SuperRare, the story behind the film is almost as interesting as the documentary itself. The film industry is known for its harsh barriers to entry, making it increasingly difficult for independent filmmakers to both get a foot in the door, and to maintain any sort of creative control once underway, and Unleyek is hoping to change that.