What to Eat, Watch and Buy This February: Daisy Hoppen’s To Do List

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Roma, 2018Courtesy of Netflix

Contributing editor Daisy Hoppen shares what she’ll be doing this month

February might be the shortest month of the year, but there are plenty of things to pack in. Here are some ideas of what to do over the coming month.

Watch: Roma, on Netflix now

Well-timed for awards season, Roma totally undid all my preconceptions. The filmography is beautiful: classically shot, in black and white, the story sits with you for days after. There are so many threads and strands relevant to conversations today – women in the workplace, love, family and becoming a single mother – all tied up in one of the most elegantly filmed movies I’ve seen in a long time. Do not swipe past on Netflix!

Eat: Max Rocha Supper Club at Pacific Social, February 7

Max Rocha presents his third supper club, this time at Hackney’s Pacific Social on February 7. Trained at some of London’s most well-loved institutions including St John’s and Spring, Rocha brings his experience as well as his personal family favourites to his ad-hoc dinners. No pre-booking is available, so come early to enjoy a casual atmosphere and great food, for one night only. 

Eat: Pie and Pint at Rochelle Canteen, ICA

If you miss Rocha’s one-off supper club then at least you will also have Arnold and Henderson’s new series of ‘Pie and Pint’ nights at the Rochelle Canteen in the ICA. The weekly ode to my favourite dish will allow diners to dive into a pie accompanied by a pint of Peroni or Guinness (or a glass of house wine) every Sunday for just £10.

Shop: Cecilie Bahnsen’s footwear collaboration with Suicoke at Dover Street Market

It’s still the weather for 120-denier tights (try Heist for the most comfortable tights you will ever wear) and boots but Cecilie Bahnsen’s footwear collaboration with Suicoke drops in February at DSM. Since they were debuted over Copenhagen Fashion Week last August, they were the top of every wish list. A luxurious take on the ‘dad’ shoe trend, these Velcro hiking-style sandals have been hand-embroidered with beads and crystals. Wear with thick socks while you wait for summer to arrive (it’s OK to wear socks and sandals for styles so pretty).

See: The Danish Chair – An International Affair at Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen

Copenhagen is well loved for its strong art scene, which often (understandably) celebrates furniture. Within the city’s design museum you can find its permanent exhibition The Danish Chair – An International Affair which focuses on chairs in all their diversity. Showcasing over 100 chairs, the emphasis lies on the 1920s to the 1970s, the golden age of Danish fruniture design.

Listen: Tourist, Everyday out February 15

This month sees the release of Tourist’s new album Everyday on February 15 – with a cover shot by the iconic Nigel Shafran. Known for producing easy-on-the-ear music that flits between breezy sounds for lying on the sofa at home to full-on deep house, I find his work sincere, modern, reflective – it really just makes me smile. A series of tour dates coincide, book now before the tour sells out.

Listen: The Piano with the London Contemporary Orchestra at the Barbican, February 26

Jane Campion’s The Piano must have one of the most well-loved scores in cinema. This month, for one night only, the Barbican hosts a screening along with a live performance of Michael Nyman’s score with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra. Take hankies (not tissues) with you and be prepared to weep along to the haunting story and devastating soundtrack which has more than stood the test of time. 

Read: The Week

February means fashion month and so less time for long reads. Instead, I look forward to my weekly edition of The Week. My highlight is their property pages Properties of the Week – I particularly enjoy the more obscure themes, such as ‘grade two listed properties with scenic river views’. Plenty to daydream about moving into.

Daisy Hoppen is the founder of DH-PR, a London-based communications agency. She also works in house with a small number of brands, companies and personalities across fashion, art and culture.