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  • Platform Presents and Finite Films: Good Grief

    This exciting new online play is a must-watch for those missing the theatre right now. Written by Lorien Haynes, its stars Sian Clifford (of Fleabag acclaim) and Nikesh Patel (one of the stars of Mindy Kaling’s new Four Weddings and a Funeral), as two friends dealing with the death of a woman they loved – with ‘all the absurdity, hilarity and pain that that entails.’ And as if that’s not enough of an incentive, 10 per cent from ticket sales will go to the NHS, and another 10 per cent to Macmillan Cancer Support.

    15 February – 15 April

  • Chin Chin Ice Cream Valentine’s lockdown specials

    Enfant terrible of the pudding world, Chin Chin is renowned for its outlandish ice creams, pies, cookies and more – best enjoyed piled gloriously high in one of its decadent signature sundaes. While Valentine’s Day is inevitably going to be very different this year, we can at least fall in love with Chin Chin’s limited-edition ice cream selection box (Coconut and Rose Jam, Red Velvet Cheesecake and ‘The Aphrodisiac’ – red ginseng and coffee – flavours); or personalised chocolate fudge and peanut butter heartbreaker cakes (London collection only), both available through Chin Chin’s online shop. They’re the perfect gift for your beau, or a well-deserved treat for yourself. And if you’re single this 14 February, count yourself lucky that you won’t have to share.

    Pre-order from 8 February

  • Black Cultural Archives: Digital Artist Residencies

    The only national heritage centre devoted to ‘collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain’, the Black Cultural Archives now has a dedicated online space where they invite artists to engage in a month-long research residency exploring the archives. The current selection of artists have been chosen by curators-in-residence Languid Hands (a collaboration between artists Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson), and include mixed-media artist Rhea Dillon (whose work ‘Dishwater and No Images’ is pictured), video artist Ufuoma Essi, and dance performance artist Zinzi Minott. Find out more about all seven resident artists and explore their research within the archives’ collections on the BCA website.

    Ongoing

  • Southbank Centre: A Night in with Ethan Hawke

    A man of many talents, don’t miss this chance to see renowned actor and writer Ethan Hawke share his latest novel, A Bright Ray of Darkness, in this special online talk for the Southbank Centre. A work that’s been billed as ‘a meditation on fame and celebrity, and the healing power of art’, it follows a young actor making his Broadway debut while his marriage starts to catastrophically break down. Watch Hawke in conversation with Erica Wagner as they explore the novel, which has been dubbed a ‘a riveting work’ by none other than Patti Smith.

    8 – 15 February

  • The London Library: Empireland with Sathnam Sanghera and Samira Ahmed

    Sathnam Sanghera’s insightful new book Empireland uncovers just how deeply Britain’s imperial past has shaped our nation – and continues to do so today. Despite how large it looms in our collective history, and, Sanghera argues, in our consciousness now, still we show a glaring reticence to confront Britain’s role as an imperial force. Join the author in conversation with Samira Ahmed for this fascinating online talk, bringing to light ‘why, at a time of great division, it is so important to look honestly at our past, to understand who we are and what unites us.’

    10 February, 7pm

  • ROH: Opera singing masterclass with Gerald Finley

    Forget baking your own bread or learning to sew; mastering the art of opera singing would really be a lockdown achievement to feel smug about. And who better to show you the ropes than acclaimed Canadian opera singer Gerald Finley? Tune in to watch the Bass-baritone share his wisdom with Jette Parker Young Artist Programme members Germán E. Alcántara and Blaise Malaba – and viewers at home – in this informative online Royal Opera Masterclass.

    3 – 25 February

  • The Breakfast Club ‘Great American Pie’ Pancake Day specials

    In typical years, this cult favourite spot would be the place to be for hungry Londoners come Shrove Tuesday. Although we won’t be able visit in person this year, The Breakfast Club is keeping its hungry fans well fed at home with a host of decadent, American-inspired pancake specials, all available for home delivery. Choose from the likes of Mississippi Mud Pie (chocolate pancakes with roasted macadamia nuts, chocolate chunks, salted caramel and white chocolate cream – pictured), or Damn Fine Cherry Pie (cherry pancakes with cherry compote, a cherry ripple and vanilla custard cream with Biscoff crunch). Or perhaps best to order both, if only for the sake of fairness.

    Throughout February

  • Restaurant A.Wong x Gordon Cheung Studios Chinese New Year art installation

    Those marking Chinese New Year may not be able to celebrate in the usual way come 12 February, but that doesn’t mean we can’t share in a moment of optimism as we usher in the Year of the Ox. Andrew Wong (Chef Patron of the two-Michelin starred A. Wong restaurant), has teamed up with the acclaimed multi-media artist Gordon Cheung, to create an outdoor public art installation in partnership with Rémy Martin to mark the event. Cheung’s stunning vinyl mural – ‘The Year of the Ox by Gordon Cheung’ – wraps around A.Wong’s new terrace, meaning Londoners can safely enjoy the work while taking a walk or breath of fresh air. It can also be further explored through a ‘Year of the Ox’ app, thanks to a QR code that brings the art to life in a blossoming digital animation. Cheung has dubbed the work ‘a positive message of joy, good luck and to wish for health and prosperity for the new year,’ while Wong calls it a way ‘to lift the spirits after so much sadness and just find a moment of happiness, humanity and beauty.’

    From 11 February

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