Our Top 5 London Recommendations This Week
If you only do one thing this week, it should be reading our top five London recommendations…
…and then going and doing all of them.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the weeks right before Christmas, when you get to wander round festoon-lit markets with a mulled wine in-hand; listen to festive swing music at dazzling concerts and sing along to classic carols in candlelit settings; watch Christmas movies with live orchestral soundtracks; dine on molten raclette in your own private riverside igloo; and settle into a cosy pub with a seat next to the fireside.
“It’s Studio 54 on wheels.”
That’s how the original Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace was described by one actress, and frankly, she nailed it. The place was only open in LA for less than three years (from ’79 to ’81) – there are pop ups that have lasted longer – but its candle burned so incandescently bright that even now, four decades later, its legend is still enough to see its revival mark a seismic event in the celebrity calendar…
Björn Frantzén is a very big deal.
Now, we get it, having to explain why someone is a big deal makes it feel like they’re slightly less of a big deal. But hear us out. Because this guy really is a big deal.
His restaurant in Singapore has three Michelin Stars. His restaurant in Stockholm also has three Michelin Stars – and that one currently sits at No.25 on the World’s 50 Best List. Basically, it’s all but impossible for him to improve upon any of that, short of 24 separate acts of arson.
And he’s just opened a restaurant in London.
The Spiteri Brothers have opened a floating cocktail bar, and this time they’ve really pushed the boat out.
Metaphorically speaking, that is. Except for bobbing up and down a bit, the boat itself isn’t moving at all.
Of course, at this point you’re probably justifiably wondering just what makes this fraternal duo (the wonderfully named Fin and Lorcan) so qualified in the area of aquatic hospitality? Because while, yes, their dad founded Sessions Arts Club, and yes, their mum founded Rochelle Canteen, it’s more to do with the fact that they themselves already run Caravel, a floating restaurant, in a covered barge, moored on the Regent’s Canal, literally right next to Bruno’s. And it happens to be fantastic.
This Christmas, here’s the show to see once you’ve finished working 9 to 5…
Dolly Parton – beloved country icon, distributor of free books to the world’s children, and bona fide songwriting genius (she wrote ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the same day. The same day) – has written a Christmas musical, and it’s on at the Southbank Centre and you should absolutely go.
Thirsty for more? Here are the best things going on in London this month…
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