Over the next few weeks we will take you on a cultural, literary and culinary journey through London. We will introduce you to some of our favourite things to see, books to read and places to eat – each one different but all equally magical in the run up to the festive season.
London Nights (Part 1) is for lovers of Victorian bohemia, eerie romance and the mysteries of historic London.
See - Travel to the squares of Lincoln’s Inn and see the Sir John Soane’s museum – the eccentric house-museum of the great neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. The museum holds a vast collection ranging from antiquities to architectural drawings and hasn’t been changed since 1837. Visit during one of the museum’s candlelit evenings for a mystical experience. www.soane.org
Read - Spend the cold winter evenings immersed in Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. A book that is subtly paranormal and never-endingly magical. – “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn. Le Cirque des Rêves, The Circus of Dreams. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.” www.thenightcircus.com
Eat – Venture down a Marylebone side street to find 28˚-50˚, Icelandic chef Aggi Sverrisson’s restaurant and wine bar. It’s cosy, intimate, and offers a great selection of delicious and unusual wines – we like the Austrian reds. The menu comprises of simple charcuterie platters, French bistro style food and grilled meats, cooked in a Mayan clay oven. Truly special, in the simplest possible way. www.2850.co.uk