Dispel the January blues and blow the cobwebs away. Join Searcys at The Gherkin for a sparking series of chef and wellness events celebrating ‘The Art of Being’; the perfect opportunity to reboot after the Christmas break and try something new. Held across the top two floors of London’s architectural landmark, Searcys have invited an all-female line-up of artists, cooks and yogis to share their own take on how to live life to the full. The busy month of January sees a special guest menu from Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal; a supper club and Q&A hosted by renowned nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, watercolour classes in collaboration with aperitif Lillet artist-in-resident, Clotilde Lataille and biweekly panoramic yoga classes with Yogasphere.
Bake Off’s finalist Ruby Bhogal will kick things off with a special menu celebrating seasonal, ethically-sourced ingredients. Inspired by her childhood, highlights from Ruby’s three-course lunch menu include a hearty soup of Jerusalem artichokes with Burford brown egg, a Pot roast guinea fowl with turnips and winter broth and Baked squash, barley, apple, sprout hearts and walnuts.
Giving a nod to her baking passion, Ruby’s deliciously indulgent Chocolate and coffee fondant will finish the meal perfectly, letting lucky diners taste the reason for her Bake Off success for themselves. For the health-conscious, Ruby has also designed a tropical Pineapple carpaccio, garnished with agave syrup, black pepper, fresh chilly and mint. During her time on the popular baking TV show, Ruby stole the nation’s hearts with her bubbly personality and glamorous appearance, swiftly becoming a favorite with not only fans but judges and contestants alike.
In addition, nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert (BSc MSc ANutr) will be hosting a nourishing three-course supper club on 25 January 2019. Having established herself at London’s most renowned health boutiques, Rhiannon leads a team of nutritionists from her Harley Street clinic, and runs podcast Food For Thought. Her recent book, Re-nourish: A Simple Way to Eat Well, is part recipe-book and part lifestyle guide, and will inspire all three courses. The supper club will be followed by a Q&A with Rhiannon, allowing guests to learn the secrets behind creating indulgent yet nutritious dishes to share with friends and family. The special menu includes fresh, wholesome dishes such as Beetroot and goat’s cheese salad, Cod with fresh mussels and kohlrabi, and a signature Searcys Bakewell tart for dessert.
A different take on a balanced lifestyle comes from watercolour artist and Lillet aperitifs ambassador Clotilde Lataille, through her special menu of Lillet-based cocktails crafted for Iris Bar at The Gherkin. Clotilde brings art and hospitality together in a unique way, combining her two passions under one roof. Drawing inspiration from colours and nature, Clotilde has created bright and zesty cocktails using unexpected ingredients. Particular highlights are the Carrot Royale (Lillet rosé, carrot juice, grapefruit juice and cayenne tincture), and the Fresh Start (Lillet Blanc, green tea, ginger cordial, Monkey 47 gin and lemon essential oil). Available on Iris Bar menu throughout January and February, Lillet’s art-inspired cocktails and mocktails will also be the theme of winter cocktails at the Gherkin. Watercolour enthusiasts are also invited to experience an exclusive watercolour session with Clotilde at a Sunday Brunch on 27 January and 3 February. Originating in the small French village of Podensac near Sauternes, Lillet created the first and only aperitif from Bordeaux, a blend of wines and fruit macerations crafted in Podensac cellars.
Finally, Searcys at The Gherkin have partnered with pioneering brand Yogasphere for a series of twice weekly yoga classes, launching on 12 January. With 360º views across the city below, the beauty of London’s seminal glass dome is the perfect place to gain perspective and take time out from your worries. Classes take place on Saturday mornings 8.30-10am, and Wednesday from 7.15am-8.45am. Each week enjoy awakening one of your five senses with a one-hour yoga flow at the top of The Gherkin. Yogasphere uses the ‘Science of Yoga’ to cut through the mental chatter, counteract digital dependency and dispel our ever-present fear of missing out. Post-class, explore a sensory immersion with a 30-minute sound bath on Saturday mornings, and reset your outlook with a short wellbeing talk on Wednesday mornings.
‘The Art of Being’ by Searcys
- Ruby Bhogal’s lunch and dinner menu – available from 7 January to 10 February
- 25 January Rhiannon Lambert’s supper club
- Sunday 27 January and 3 February – Lillet and watercolour masterclass with a low ABV wellbeing talk
- The Five Senses Yogasphere at The Gherkin – £25 per person:
- 12, 19, 29 January, 2, 9 February Yoga + Sound bath 8.15 am – 10 am
- 16, 23, 30 January Yoga + Well-being Talk 7.15 – 8.45 am