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31st January 2019

The Best Things To Read, See & Do In 2019

With a new year well underway we’ve rounded up some must-reads, the best things to see in the city and what to do. From cookbooks to theatre, 2019 is looking good.


What to Read

Jog On, Bella Mackie | Wear: Calvin Klein Zip Hoodie

A new release by Bella Mackie, Jog On is an insightful and honest narration on her account of running as a simple but effective change to her life. As a motivating start to the year, get inspired and pair this Calvin Klein Zip Hoodie, £65 over activewear to stay warm during those winter jogs.


The Green Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer | Use: MADE.COM Deja 12 Piece Dinner Set

A big thing for 2019 is reducing meat consumption, so why not follow on from Veganuary with The Green Roasting Tin. This book is filled with 75 recipes, half vegan and half vegetarian for you to cook at your own leisure. It’s easy, simply pop everything in a single dish and let the oven do the work. Want the best in dinnerware to serve it up with? These MADE.COM Deja 12 Piece Dinner Set in Tonal Grey & Blue, £79, style up any meal.

Normal People, Sally Rooney | Shop: Flint+Flint Vetivert Candle

Named the 2018 ‘Book of the Year’ by Waterstones, and with a plethora of other awards under its belt, Sally Rooney’s Normal People is an exquisite love story perfect for a night-time read. Take some time to wind down and set the scene with Flint+Flint’s Vetivert Candle, £30 for some seriously cosy downtime.


What to See 

Take That at Arena Birmingham | Drink at: Aluna

Marking their 30th anniversary, Take That will be coming to the city for seven whole days. Before you head to the show at Arena Birmingham, why not start the fun with speciality cocktails at Aluna. Think cocktails with extra flair, like the aptly named ‘Lava Lamp’ or a ‘Marshmallow Daiquiri’, and if you’re sharing, make sure you look out for the ‘Cauldrons’ for two or more – and get your cameras at the ready because this is quite the spectacle. 

Les Miserables at Birmingham Hippodrome | Eat at: Tom’s Kitchen  

After nearly a decade since its last sell-out UK tour, the much-loved musical Les Miserables is returning to Birmingham Hippodrome in April. Dine beforehand with the pre-fix menu at Tom’s Kitchen with 2 courses for just £18, the perfect way to start your evening. Begin with Pressed Ham Hock Terrine or Roasted Beetroot & Feta before choosing from delicious mains including Lake District Farmers Minute Steak and Butternut Pumpkin Risotto. For just £4 extra indulge in dessert, try the Dark Chocolate Brownie and the Homemade Ice cream. 

Available Monday – Friday between 12-2:30 pm & 5-6:30 pm for matinee and evening shows.

A Private War at Everyman | Eat at: Everyman Cinema 

Spend an evening with Everyman Cinema, the epitome of luxury viewing. Enjoy food and cocktails delivered to your own private sofa while watching A Private War alongside a satellite Q&A with the cast (Monday 4th Feb). The film stars Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan with a fearless storyline as journalist Marie Colvin is driven to the front lines of conflict zones across the globe for an on-the-edge-of-your-seat watch. 


What to Do

Home Renovations | Shop: MADE.COM, BoConcept and Heal’s

Don’t forget about your home when keeping up to date with the 2019 trends. This year is already seeing a modern twist on Art Deco – think rich colour palettes and curved silhouettes. The MADE.COM Margot Left Hand Facing Chaise Longue in Old Rose Velvet, £449 stands as a soft statement, which is perfectly complemented by an olive green Velvet Plain Cushion, BoConcept, £58  to really nail this year’s must-have colour combination. Opt for a Fine Edge Mirror in Gold, £319, Heal’s to fill any empty wall space – above a fireplace, in an entry hallway or as your dressing table partner, it will fit seamlessly into any home whilst adding a touch of 20s inspiration.

Celebrate World Gin Day | Drink at: Harvey Nichols Brasserie

Sip in style and enjoy the celebration of all things gin on Saturday 8th June at Harvey Nichols Brasserie. Offering 21 variations of the drink (including cocktails) alongside a delicious bar menu, why not start the day with a relaxing afternoon pamper treatment from Heaven Skincare before indulging at the bar.

Take part in Velo, 12th May | Use: Ribble Cycles

With a new date, name and route, Velo Birmingham & Midlands is back and better than ever, ready for a 100-mile ride around Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re riding for charity or tackling a personal challenge head on, get yourself the best in bikes with Ribble Cycles. As an official sponsor of the event, they really know what they’re doing, so why not take a look at the Aero 883 Disc Bike, £1,699  which is a bestseller! Pair with the 150gsm Merino Short Sleeve Baselayer, £16.99 for great performance in all conditions.