Ready to wave goodbye to 2017 but not sure what to expect from the new year? Here’s my list of London/UK things to look forward to in 2018. IT’S GONNA BE OUR YEAR GUYS I FEEL IT.
New Restaurant Openings
A New Vegan Destination in Peckham
I’m not quite sure if I’ve had more friends turn vegan or get engaged this year – what I’m sure is I’m not doing either. However, during my time Down Under I’ve grown to love fun, healthy vegan options and I’m always game for a new vegan restaurant opening. Naturally then, I can’t wait to try WILDFLOWER, an informal vegetarian and vegan canteen taking over Peckham in 2018.
Opened with a soft launch in December, WILDFLOWER is already there to give you that health kick you need after all that New Year’s Eve debauchery on 1st January 2018. And because it’s Peckham, the restaurant’s home will be an unused multi-story car park – the Peckham Levels – transformed into a creative hub of workspaces, workshops, studios and independent businesses, including WILDFLOWER.
Dining at WILDFLOWER will give you a unique south-facing view over an otherwise unseen aspect of Peckham Rye, five floors up the Peckham Levels. Plus, the restaurant doubles up as GHOSTNOTES by night, a music venue and late night bar serving crafted cocktails, London-brewed beer and a seven-day programme of live shows and parties. What’s not to like?
Peckham Town Centre Carpark
95A Rye Lane
Zia Lucia Brook Green
61 Blythe Road
Members and guests alike will be invited to enjoy a spectacular selection of sushi and sashimi created by in-house Sushi Chef Victor Klomu. The Japanese sharing menu will feature crisp raw vegetables with truffle ponzu dip, seafood and vegetable tempura, roast pork belly and a warming chilli and coriander ramen. Diners will also be able to try the Club’s signature crispy duck and pomegranate salad, while miso-blackened cod will be served as the closing dish.
The menu is a limited offer of £50 per guest, with the option of adding free-flowing prosecco at £15 per guest, or Champagne for £30 per guest. Serving will be in two hour slots for a minimum of two guests, from 11:30am to 4:30pm every Saturday.
5 Devonshire Square
Opening of Raasay Distillery’s Accommodation
I may have given up on cocktails and most straight-up spirits, but whisky isn’t one of them. With the Raasay Distillery now producing the island’s first legal spirit, R&B Distillers is about to welcome visitors to Raasay to witness whisky making in action. They have converted the island’s former hotel, Borodale House, from a derelict Victorian building into luxurious accommodation with some of the finest views any Scottish distillery can offer.
Usually only available as part of a 10-year membership to Raasay Distillery’s Na Tùsairean Club members, R&B are now offering guests to stay over for a night for the cost of £250. As part of the room price, guests will enjoy a complimentary one-year membership, a bottle of Raasay While We Wait single malt whisky as well as many other perks. The accommodation will open on 8th January 2018. Can I get a ticket to Scotland? Like, now?
Isle of Raasay Distillery
Isle of Raasay, Kyle
Health and Wellness Festival Near Brick Lane
Brick Lane wouldn’t be my go-to spot to chill out, but next year Hanbury Street’s Juju’s Bar & Stage is about to change it all. JuJu’s will bring zen vibes to one of East London’s busiest areas with the Re:Solutions Festival, a month-long health and wellness festival. Expect yoga, dance and fitness classes, meditation and talks, promises to kickstart your New Year health kick. With the likes of Sunday School Yoga, Urban Temple, Lululemon and Fat Buddha Yoga, Re: Solution is set to help you get your zen on in 2018.
15 Hanbury Street
The Arts Society’s Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain
Marking 100 years since Jazz reached Britain, Two Temple Place in partnership with arts education charity The Arts Society will host Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain from January 27 to April 22. The exhibition brings together painting, prints, cartoons, textiles and ceramics, moving film, instruments and jazz sounds, showcasing the influence of jazz on British art, design and wider society.
Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain
2 Temple Place
London WC2R 3BD