It might still be grey outside, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. March is here (so it’s technically spring), the spring/summer ‘18 collections are starting to appear in store for those of us who enjoy a bit of retail therapy, and the capital’s buzzing with foodie and cultural must-dos. Here’s this week’s need-to-know hit-list for you.
1. Pangolin London’s next exhibition is a real eye-opener
Pangolin London, for those who might not know, is the capital’s only art gallery dedicated solely to sculpture, and its latest exhibition is set to cause a stir. It explores the work of prominent British sculptor George Taylor, and revolves around Taylor’s fascination with the ritual feather-work used in the traditional art of the the Andes and Hawaii. She constructs delicate patterns of feathers to explore inner stillness and outer disquiet, as well as the continual cycle of life and death – as described by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard in his 1958 book Poetics of Space. Fleeting moments of stillness and movement sit at the core of Taylor’s work, and many of her creations explore different ways to reach Nirvana. She uses an extensive variety of feathers to create large-scale pieces which blend qualities of sculpture, installation and painting, for an absorbing exploration into the cycle of life.
7 March-14 April, admission free pangolinlondon.com
2. This coat was designed to take you into spring
The thermostat might have crept above zero but warm it most definitely is not. There’s still call for a coat that will keep you well wrapped up, as well as looking sharp for the new season ahead. Enter New & Lingwood’s latest take on the classic trenchcoat. This checked coat has all the trappings of a traditional trench (a generous collar, storm flaps, welt pockets and a belt) but it’s reimagined for this tricky trans-seasonal period in the softest Scottish wool and cashmere check for a cosy feel. Layer over a knitted merino rollneck and pleated flannel trousers – and make sure you pick up an umbrella on your way out – you never know when the heavens might open.
£995, shop now
3. You could win a whole cow with Smith & Wollensky
Vegetarians, look away now. This week, Smith & Wollensky is launching a competition that will have one lucky diner win a whole cow, served up in a 16-course banquet with 19 friends. Masterminded by the steakhouse’s executive chef, Tom Cook, the competition’s a reaction to just how much meat is going to waste today, as our society continues to develop a taste for only the most expensive cuts of meat. Cook wants to show diners that so many of beef’s less fashionable cuts can be just as delicious as the expensive parts – when cooked the right way. For the lucky winner there’s a serious feast on offer, including beef consommé, smoked tongue, kidney stroganoff, braised beef cheeks and steak tartare. There’ll be a wine pairing for each course, and a cocktail masterclass, to boot. If you don’t win, there’s still a chance to experience the meal, with one cow a month available for purchase with bookings of 20 people.
The winner will be drawn on 31 March, enter here
4. Raw Wine Fair is here to tickle your tastebuds
What is raw wine, I hear you ask? The term covers natural, organic and biodynamic wines, and essentially refers to wine that’s unprocessed, with all additives listed clearly on the label.
For those of you who’re intrigued, this week there are dedicated raw wine events popping up around London, from a five-course dinner with matching wines at The Patricia, to a wine list takeover at Ombra. The highlight of the week is the Raw Wine Fair, which takes place over two days on The Strand and features over 150 of the best wine talents in the world. With growers to meet and wines to nose – and, let’s be honest, sample heavily – there’s nowhere we’d rather be this weekend.
11-12 March, £45 rawwine.com
5. Zenith X Cohiba’s new watches pack a punch
This year’s Zenith X Cohiba limited edition is here. The Swiss watchmaker has partnered with the iconic Cuban cigar producer since 2016, when the latter celebrated its half-centenary with the specially-created El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Cohiba Edition. Roll on two years, and there’s a couple of new timepieces have been added to the stable. As a tribute to Cohiba’s legendary cigars, Zenith has revisited its celebrated Pilot Type 2 model with two new limited-edition designs that riff on the classic. The all-new in Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Cohiba Maduro 5 Edition in 18-carat rose gold, and the Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Cohiba Maduro 5 Edition in bronze were launched last week at the 20th Cuban Habanos Festival, and will be produced in limited editions of 150 and 50, respectively. Big, bold and undeniably masculine – like Cohiba’s finest smokes – these are watches that mean business.
Price on application zenith-watches.com cohiba.com