Indulge your senses and discover glamourous bygone eras through vintage perfume and drinks at an adult only talk and tasting event at London Transport Museum on Friday 12 February. Odette Toilette, purveyor of olfactory adventures, and special guest Alice Lascelles, journalist, author and hard liquor expert, will transport you on a sensual journey though the last century of London by night.
From the vibrant optimism of the Belle Epoche, through the Jazz Age, austerity London and up to the 1970s, you will be exploring four past eras of our city through their de rigeur scents and drinks. From a decadent splash of Perrier Jouet Champagne, to a sip of the classic Corpse Reviver Cocktail, this will be an entirely new way of immersing yourself in the past. Talks begin at 19.00 and 21.30, adults only tickets cost £20, £17 concs. Your ticket will also entitle you to free entry to the Friday Late:Illuminate running in the Museum galleries on the same evening.
Chinese New Year is on 8 February this year, with Year of the Monkey celebrations happening on Sunday 14 February. If you were born in 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 or 2016 you are a Monkey, and it is likely that you are witty and intelligent with a magnetic personality, you sound rather nice! You are also very hardworking, so don’t forget to put your feet up from time to time this year. Watch out too, as this Year of the Monkey is rather unlucky for you Monkeys but you can always make your own luck by looking out for a Rabbit or an Ox to fall in love with. The Chinese New Year celebrations will run from 10.00-18.00 on 14 February with a grand parade, and for the first time ever there will be ten lion teams performing the biggest lion dance in a public parade in Europe, snaking through the streets from Trafalgar Square, through London’s West End to Chinatown. From midday in Trafalgar Square the start of the New Year celebrations will include troupes from China performing acrobatics, traditional dances and a gravity-defying lion dance on high poles.
The National Gallery are holding a free family festival day in celebration of Chinese New Year on the 6 Feb. Families will have a chance to learn how to play Chinese instruments, create traditional Chinese masks, take part in interactive story sessions and sing Mandarin nursery rhymes. The day will be suitable for children of all ages and all workshops and activities are free for you to drop in, with places allocated on a first come, first served basis.
London Beer Week is back from 22-28 February so get ready for a week of beer exploration around London’s best beer bars and breweries. Your key to getting involved is getting a £10 wrist band which gives you access to the self-guided Beer Tours, that’s £3 speciality beers and £5 boilermakers (AKA a beer and a shot) in more than 100 of the best bars and breweries in London all week long. In Covent Garden head for Maiden Lane to experience great beers at Big Easy and fine craft ales from The Porterhouse. Other bars taking part in the area include Belgo Centraal and Holborn, as well as the Craft Beer Co.
And if that’s not enough to whet your whistle, beer-lovers can get stuck into a full schedule of ticketed beer events, including parties, pairing dinners and brewery tours. LBW wristbands are on sale now for just £10, visit www.londonbeerweek.com.
During London Beer Week The Nook Bar will have a unique Beer Tower which holds six pints of gloriously chilled Carlsberg. At just £18 we think it’s the ultimate evening centrepiece for any beer lover! And what’s more, when the tower is running low on beer, a flashing red light reminds you to top up. Whether you’ve come to watch some live sports action with friends, or after-work drinks with colleagues, your sky-high glass of delicious brew awaits.