1 | Pretend You're A Gourmand: Test Tuesdays at Craft (above)
Every Tuesday, from 8pm, the menu at Craft London gets thrown out in favour of a £28 tasting session, which the chefs use to experiment with new dishes and ideas. It’s a fantastic opportunity to try things you won’t have seen before, especially given that Stevie Parle’s troupe has a wealth of fresh, homegrown and homemade produce to work with. Case in point: the slolives (pickled sloe berries from their gardens that are served like pre-meal olives, if you're lucky). You get many courses so it’s bafflingly good value for money and, at the end, you are handed a pencil and paper with which to give your verdict. Not a responsibility to be taken likely mind you – the chefs read each and every one.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ; craft-london.co.uk
2 | Savour A Decent Dram: Glenmorangie Milsean at Brown’s Hotel
Until the end of this week, the whisky pop-up in Brown’s Hotel has 40 carefully chosen whiskies available in the aptly cosy surroundings of the Library Bar. And it would be very much worth giving Glenmorangie’s new special edition a whirl: the Milsean is based around sweeties – yes, as in the candy – and has been aged in Portuguese casks previously used for red wine, which have then been scorched, to instill a caramel quality in the whisky, which will remind you of sweet, burnt toffee (the guy who created it did so with Dolly Mixtures in mind). As such, it would suit whisky lovers and those more trepidatious equally, so you’d also do well nabbing a bottle for nightcaps at home once the pop-up disappears.
Until 29 January at Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albermarle Steet, London, W1S 4BP
Glenmorangie Milsean available at Selfridges, £75.99; glenmorangie.com
3 | A Night Out At The Pictures: Youth
Out this Friday is the new Paolo Sorrentino film, Youth, starring Michael Caine as a retired conductor, alongside Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz. Stylish, thoughtful and funny, you’ve got a good chance of it suiting both of you so it’s a good bet for film night. Rock up to Picturehouse Central on Shaftsbury Avenue, where there is also a restaurant (on the first floor) to help make a night of it.
From 29 January
Picturehouse Central, Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftsebury Avenue, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7DH; picturehouses.com
4 | Pop In For A Healthy Brunch: Detox Kitchen Deli
Perfect if you’re in a hurry, these people actually know how to make healthy food taste good. Like, seriously good. The array of wholesome salad platters can be used as pick-and-mix for speedy lunches, and the new deli in Fitzrovia also does an all-day brunch menu of cereal and oat bowls, avo on toast, egg rolls (omelettes used as pancakes) and some rather tasty sweetcorn and courgette fritters served with salsa. Finish up with the beetroot brownie, which tastes nothing of beetroot and everything of chocolate. Promise.
Fitzroy Place, 10 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JJ; detoxkitchen.co.uk
5 | Visit An Immersive Peaky Blinders Restaurant: The Tick Tack Club
Launching this Friday is a six-month bar and restaurant based around the Victorian gangsters known as the Peaky Blinders. Think Twenties-style drinking and gambling dens, where £15 will get you entrance to a gritty land of sneaky betting, honky-tonk pianos and pie and mash. For £45, you get a five-course dinner amid Art Deco glamour, boosted by live jazz and cocktails. If you’re up for something a fraction different to the norm, and/or can’t wait for the third series of the TV show of the same name, then book your tickets online and they’ll tell you where to go (in the geographical sense, that is).
From 29 January; book tickets at aplaceintime.co.uk
6 | Make Breakfast In Bed
We are slap bang in the middle of breakfast week so whilst you may not already have celebrated it, that's what weekends are for. And, if we’re honest, breakfast is best enjoyed in bed so perhaps take this chance to earn some brownie points by conjuring something up. As it happens, we’ve got some suggestions for you that beat the old fry-up, here, but if you’re short on time (or skill – not judging), the ultimate cheat is to get Jus-Rol pain au chocolats, which are ready-made bits of pastry that you fold up, pop chocolate into and whack in the oven for a few minutes. Warm, fresh, cheap and idiot-proof, they are brilliant with a massive pot of coffee. (Plain croissants, pain au raisins and cinnamon swirls also available).
From £2.20; jusrol.co.uk
7 | Book Ahead: Rugby Sevens
Copyright RFU / John Carey
You really don’t need to know much about rugby to appreciate the Rugby Sevens tournament, which takes place over a May weekend at Twickenham. That said, if you do know your stuff, it’s an opportunity to see some quick-fire matches in a super chilled environment. It’s a party-ish weekend ideal for roping some friends into, as well as your date. This year, there’s a foodie theme to proceedings with the “Feast of Rugby” tagline meant literally: a plethora of delicious street stalls will replace the dingy burgers you might expect. Nab tickets while you can.
21 & 22 May
Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW2 7BA; ticketmaster.co.uk