• What to do

    The old-school 'salon' gathering is having a moment.

    At Sketch in Mayfair, a series of informal creative talks took place throughout the summer.  Buoyed with Ketel One cocktails in the Louis XV inspired Parlour, guests immersed themselves in conversation with luminaries including furniture designer Max Lamb, interior designer Faye Toogood and artist/designer Rolf Sachs.

    This autumn the series continues with casual interactive talks on 19th October with Piergiorgio Robino, Director of Nucleo (a collective of artists and designers based in Torino) and on 26th October with designer Ron Arad (see left).  Followed by dinner in The Gallery afterwards, this is a great way to feed your mind as well as your face.

    Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
    Tel: 020 7659 4500
    www.sketch.uk.com

    Ketel One Creative Talks offered all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a pair of tickets to Ketel One Creative Talks on Sunday 26th October with Ron Arad in The Parlour at Sketch followed by dinner for two in The Gallery by David Shrigley (worth £200).  Don't miss out on future offers,  sign up to the A-List.

  • What to eat

    I'm actually sipping the dream cocktail.  I'm at Goode & Wright where the drinks have been concocted by someone called 'The talented Mr Fox', a moniker he well deserves.  Somehow all my favourite things are in the same glass at the same time; peanut butter, gin, coconut water and curry leaf.

    Goode & Wright opened three years ago on Portobello Road (just a dangerously short hop from my office!)  But there are changes afoot with a new bar at the back of the French bistro-style restaurant and a new director, Alex Herb.

    Head chef Finlay Logan works in the open kitchen making delicious things like seared diver scallop with smoked bath chap and charred pear, or charred mackerel with golden beetroot and horseradish.  But best of all was the buttermilk marinated chicken schnitzel - so tender and so naughty.

    There was no room at the inn for pudding… but I'll be back.

    Goode & Wright, 271 Portobello Road, London W11 1LR
    Tel: 020 7727 5552
    www.goodeandwright.co.uk

  • What to see

    If you missed its sold-out run at the Young Vic last year, breathe again, as here's your chance for theatrical redemption - The Scottsboro Boys returns. Yes, it's a musical, but it's razor sharp and deserves every superlative that has been attached to it (and there have been many).

    Twenty-two-year-old playwright Anya Reiss has already won more awards and had more stage credits than many sexagenarian authors-at just 18 she walked away with the Evening Standard's Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright and has been stockpiling accolades ever since. The latest in her trifecta of Chekhov adaptations, Uncle Vanya is your ideal third-date suggestion. It has the gravitas of the Russian dramatist paired with Reiss's plucky generation-Facebook additions.

    New musicals always make me nervous. It's hard to reinvent the lyrics wheel, but few are more qualified that Olivier-winning-writer Richard Thomas, who is behind Made in Dagenham. And regardless, the ever-watchable Gemma Arterton is reason enough to book.

    You have to be in the right frame of mind for Electra - we recommend a good night's sleep beforehand - because, based on an original work by Sophocles, it's low-grade-steak-tough, but you won't be able to tear yourself from Kristin Scott Thomas. Not a bad one to see all on your own.

    When we look through the Royal Court's schedule, we want to buy tickets to everything! Hope is no exception and perfect for your most rightward-leaning friends. It might give them a thought or two for the cab ride home.

    And one to put in the calendar - Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Starring Tamsin Greig and opening January 12, 2015, it's based on the eponymous Pedro Almodóvar film and the Oscar-winning Spanish director is the producer.

    By Bridget Arsenault