1. It’s time to up your overshirt game
We can’t get enough of overshirts at the moment – they’re the easiest, sleekest, most versatile thing a style-conscious individual could wish to own and they’re perfect for the transition into spring. So, permit us to introduce this piece from Gieves & Hawkes’s new season collection – a technical zip-through overshirt-cum-blouson. We love it – it’s an intelligent and understated design in equal measure. The zip front and lightweight showerproof cloth are forward-thinking, while the revere collar and patch-and-flap chest pockets reflect the overshirt’s utilitarian roots. It’s just the right weight to wear on cool spring days with a simple crewneck and chinos, and thanks to its composition, it’ll fend off the odd spring shower, too. £395, shop now
2. Oris is back in bronze
Last week’s SIHH drew a veil over wider watch industry news, which included Oris’s announcement of a second bronze watch named after the US Navy’s first master diver and first amputee diver Carl Brashear (the one from the Cuba Gooding Jr film, Men of Honour). Bronze isn’t everyone’s cup, for the simple reason that the bright warmth of the material darkens with time – it patinates as it oxidises, giving it a worn look we think works rather well. Oris’s first bronze watch was a time-and-date-only affair and sold out in a flash. This one’s a chronograph, with a deep blue twin-counter dial, and no doubt the 2,000 pieces slated for production will go just as snappily when they land later this spring. £3,600, oris.ch
3. Grow Fitness has sorted your spring regime
News from the team behind the Soho Fitness Lab (we’re fans at The Jackal), Grow Fitness is here – just in time to kick-start your 2018 regime. Put simply, Grow is an innovative concept that mixes high intensity water-rowing cardio classes with yoga flow classes from some of London’s best teachers. It’s an approach that aims to create a balanced long-term programme that builds strength, endurance and a sense of focus in equal measure. The brainchild of dynamic duo Brett Durney and Sandra Calva, the Grow team is friendly, engaging and supportive – ideal for those (like us) who are enthusiastic, but not always as health-conscious as we should be. Classes are 20 strong, 45 minutes long and run back to back for maximum impact. Based in a new studio at Rathbone Place (a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus), there’s no excuse not to give this a try.
The studio is currently offering two sessions for £20, book at growfitness.co.uk
4. Beat the January blues at Batty Langley’s
You’d never know it from the name, but Batty Langley is a hotel (a rather curious hotel) tucked away in Spitalfields. It’s run by the group behind Hazlitt’s Hotels and it’s named after Mr Batty Langley Esq., a Georgian gentleman who published handbooks to help polite society design its houses and gardens ‘in the most grand taste’. He’d doubtless be proud of his eponymous hotel; a boutique establishment that’s both comfortable and indulgent in equal measure. It was one of London’s top six hotels in Conde Nast’s gold list last year, and it’s designed to feel like your own private bolthole – a place to escape from the madness of it all, right in the centre of town. We think it’s the perfect spot for a bit of anti-January blues ‘R&R’. Book in on a Friday evening and lock yourself away with room service for the weekend. Rooms from £250 per night, battylangleys.com
5. Get your jazz hat on for Rhythm and Reaction
Rhythm and Reaction is a new exhibition at Two Temple Place, which is reopening to the public this Saturday following its winter closure. Curated by Catherine Tackley, Head and Professor of Music at the University of Liverpool, the exhibition is set to explore the impact of hot jazz on the worlds of fine art, culture and design in 1920s Britain. The avant garde hip-hop of its day, when jazz reached our shores in the early 20s, it provoked responses that ranged (in typically British fashion) from prudish abhorrence to blind devotion. Rhythm and Reaction explores this cultural landscape using paintings, prints, cartoons, textiles, historic instruments, film and music clips to bring a long-lost cultural phenomenon to life. It’s fascinating viewing, thoroughly Jackal recommended.
27 January – 22 April, admission free, twotempleplace.org