Start your New Year the right way with a culture fix. From inspiring exhibitions to staycation ideas and this year’s must-see films and books, we’ve rounded up a roster of inspiring things to fill your diary with.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A
(from 2nd February 2019 – 14th July 2019)
The V&A is hosting yet another unmissable exhibition, celebrating the life and work of Christian Dior. Presenting couture gowns, sketches and photographs, dating all the way from 1947 to present day, the exhibition delves into one of the most infamous fashion houses as well as Dior’s relationship with Britain. Tickets range from £20-£24.
Wild by Tart
Where: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London SW1W 9AZ
Wild by Tart is a new all-day concept restaurant, set to open to the public in January 2019. The brainchild of chef duo and Evening Standard recipe columnists, Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison – better known as Tart London – the restaurant will feature an open-kitchen grill, bar, photography studio, food to go, juice and coffee bar. The menu, which focuses on seasonal dishes, will feature ingredients sourced from farms they both grew up on. The venture goes far beyond the culinary, giving patrons a creative space to relax in, as well as weekly talks and demonstrations.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
Where: 6 New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall
If you’re more of a coastal kind than a city dweller, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall – named UK’s Best Restaurant for 2019 – is one not to miss for culinary bliss. Combining simplicity, high quality and locally sourced ingredients, enjoy each curated dish accompanied by an extensive wine list in the intimate seafood restaurant, overlooking the rustic Cornish coastline. Get your reservation in early to ensure a table for 2019.
(In cinemas Jan 2019)
Set in 20th century Paris and starring Kiera Knightly, Colette is the must-see film of 2019. Shining light on the life of French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette – a gifted writer who was unable to release any work of her own due to her gender – it explores how she released a semi-autobiographical novel under her husband’s name, leading her to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. This film celebrates and champions a pivotal turning point for women in the creative industries, and reminds us how far we’ve come.
A useful reminder that all the most successful people out there had to fail to get where they are today, broadcaster, journalist and award-winning author Elizabeth Day’s book celebrates failure, and shows us how it can be turned into a positive. Based on her podcast, Day delves into personal scenarios, highlighting various situations of failure throughout her life, from friends and family to work and relationships. Ultimately, the book sets out to prove that failure is always a lesson learnt – an enriching, uplifting read for everyone.
Blogger Anna Newton is releasing her first book, An Edited Life, filled with advice on how to mentally and physical declutter. Newton describes her book as a ‘life organisation manual’, giving you tips on how to rearrange your wardrobe, beauty regime and exercise routine but, more importantly, how to make more time to do the things you love.
The Langley, Buckinghamshire
Opening Feb 2019
Where: Uxbridge Road, Iver SL3 6DW United Kingdom
Escape the daily bustle and January blues and treat yourself to a stay at The Langley. Originally a hunting lodge, it’s the perfect destination for those seeking a weekend of leisure and pure relaxation. Opening February 2019, this opulent country-house hotel features a wellness spa with pioneering cryotherapy treatments, five treatment rooms and a gym, created by renowned personal trainer Matt Roberts. Set against a picturesque lake, indulge in afternoon tea while taking in the scenic country views.