The weekend is almost here and to celebrate, how about treating yourself to a special breakfast at Aqua Shard, where you'll dine with a sky-high view of London? The restaurant has just launched its new breakfast menu that includes innovative cocktails.
If you're in the mood for a light-hearted comedy, movie buffs may want to catch How To Be Single at the cinema, starring the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson.
Read on for this week's hot events and new releases...
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FOOD AND DRINK
London's sky-high restaurant Aqua Shard has recently launched its new breakfast menu, which includes three new exciting cocktails that are heavenly in both taste and presentation. The Sunny Side Up, pictured, is a cheeky combination of Mount Gay rum, custard cream, Grand Marnier and lemon juice – topped with a fried egg on toast – while the Rise and Shine is a refreshing long drink made with Tanqueray Ten, Limoncello and citrus marmalade. New dishes on the menu include the salt beef hash served with duck egg, baby potatoes and Dijon mustard sauce.
To book a table visit aquashard.co.uk.
How to Be Single
Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson take centre stage in this light-hearted comedy that focuses on Dakota's character Alice, who is recently single. After four years with her boyfriend, Alice decides she needs a break and moves to New York, ready to meet new men and start her job as a paralegal. Her wild colleague Robin, played by Rebel, shows her the ropes and teaches her how to get free drinks, meet guys and enjoy the single lifestyle.
The Secrets of Castle du Reve
Hannah Emery's second novel is one of mystery and intrigue – an ideal read for the commute or for those just looking to spend a cosy afternoon with a cup of tea and a book. Set in the quaint, seaside town of Silenshore, the novel follows three women tangled together in the imposing Castle du Reve's web of secrets, scandal and deceit. Young Evelyn, living during 1940s wartime, hopes of leaving to pursue her dreams of glitz and glamour, but all is not what it seems in the castle. Meanwhile Victoria, living in the early sixties, finds herself meeting the man of her dreams – but their relationship appears to be doomed from the start. Finally we meet Isobel, living in present day, who tries to discover the secrets which have been hidden in her family for decades…
Available as an e-book on 18 February.
Ascot Chase Raceday
Ahead of the Cheltenham Races, Ascot Chase Raceday is one of the most prestigious jumps meetings of the racing calendar. The gates of Ascot Racecourse will open at 10:45am on Saturday 20 February and welcome guests into the enclosure, ready to watch the first race at 1:25pm. Expect a day of thrilling jumps racing, culminating in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase, which boasts a prize fund of £150,000. This year's event will celebrate National Hunt Racing, meaning that hurdle and chase fences will be on display in the Grandstand for spectators to view.
To buy tickets visit tickets.ascot.co.uk.
Fashion Rules: Restyled
Kensington Palace is welcoming guests to its new exhibition Fashion Rules: Restyled, taking visitors into the wardrobes of Her Majesty The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. The display explores how the three women navigated the fashion "rules" of their time defined by their royal duties, while also maintaining their own unique sense of style. Some of Diana's most unforgettable outfits are on display, including the emerald green Catherine Walker evening gown which the Princess wore in 1992 for her famous Vanity Fair photoshoot by Mario Testino. Diana later sold the dress at a charity auction in New York.
To book tickets visit hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace.
Following auditions around the nation, the producers of multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical have found the four new boys who will play the title role. Adam Abbou, Matthew Lyons, Haydn May and Lewis Smallman will alternate in the role when the show opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Wednesday 24 February. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/85 miners strike, Billy's journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. The musical, which has been watched by nearly 11 million people across five continents, will travel to Dublin, Cardiff, Bristol and Edinburgh among other cities.
To book tickets visit atgtickets.com/shows/billy-elliot-2016.
Secret Cinema: Tell No One
Following on from the huge success of Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the immersive cinema experience is back in the capital with a new 'Tell No One' presentation – a secret film in a secret London location until 20 March. Over 35 actors, live music and spectacular scenery will bring the as-yet-unknown film to life for ticket holders, who are all encouraged to engage in the narrative by getting into character and becoming a part of the action.
To book tickets visit secretcinema.org/tickets.