Though the wintertime ice-skating trend may have erupted across the capital in the last few years, Somerset House remains the original, the go-to, the classiest and most festive option of all. And just to up the ante, they’ve teamed up with Fortnum & Mason this year, meaning that the après-skate offerings are also worth the trip (especially the sweet and savoury fondues in Fortnum’s Lodge).
This is a book-ahead kind of affair and those twinkly lights are best enjoyed after dark, so you’ll definitely need an evening slot. If you really want to get into the swing of things, book in for one of the club nights, where you can glide along to live DJs. Be warned though – this might be a useful ice-breaker (sorry!) if one or other of you is a bit nervous on skates, but it could also lead to a dangerous confidence boost as you get into your groove, and no one (least of all your date) likes a show-off. Just go and find yourselves a schnapps if it gets to that point.
11th November 2014 – 11th January 2015
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
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If you haven’t been to Alan Yau’s now legendary Hakkasan at Hanway Place, you probably know you should have. After all, it still serves some of the best Chinese food you’ll taste anywhere.
If the lumpy evening a la carte prices have kept you away till now, the new winter Dim Sum Sundays menu is the perfect way in, and makes for a special and exotic antidote to the traditional pub roast dinner option you probably do every other weekend.
At £58 per person with alcohol (£48 without) you get a series of beautifully prepared courses to share - from an opening duck salad, through steamed, baked, fried and grilled dim sum, to a choice of main dishes and desserts.
It’s worth it just for the food and the experience, but consider that two cocktails (make sure you try the Fitzrovia Plum) and a half bottle of champagne each are included in the package, and it’s hard to think of a better value high-end weekend dining option anywhere else in town. Perfect for a lost Sunday afternoon.
Go now before they cotton on.
Dim Sum Sundays, 12pm-6.45pm at Hakkasan Hanway Place. Call (0) 207 927 7000 for reservations
4 | The One For Re-Living Your Childhood
Remember that one summer holiday where everything was perfect and for once your dad didn’t get annoyed because he’d already given you £1 for the arcades?
Kensington-based Daphne’s are inviting you along to celebrate these same memories in an eight course Italian meal, which each dish prepared by head chef Michael Brown and drawing from certain diners’ memories of Italy.
At £70 per head, it’s an affordable way to sample the best Daphne’s has to offer and as the event ties in with the launch of the new Peroni Nastro Azzurro Alta, there’ll be plenty of beer and beer-based cocktails to see you through to the end of the evening.