It’s the start of another year and here at In and Around Covent Garden we are looking forward to the hotly anticipated opening of brand new restaurant and bar Bunga Bunga in the heart of Theatreland. A bigger and bolder Bunga Bunga flings open its doors this month. Rumour has it the entrance is hidden in a meat locker in the ‘family’ pizzeria BungaTINI. We can neither confirm nor deny, all we can say is good luck navigating your way past the ‘Butcher’… Beyond the meat locker you will be met by a member of the ‘mob’ who will introduce you to ‘The Boss’, and only when you receive his approval will he welcome you with open arms to his secret underworld of old school Italian glamour. This all singing all dancing supper club extravaganza is brilliantly bonkers. Anything could happen and most probably will as Bunga Bunga offer a bizarre and hilarious mixture of acts from musical performers to actors and dancers. Expect naughty Roman statues, the legendary Harry’s Bar, a Casino Bar and The Emperor’s Box where a new Emperor is crowned every night. But my favourite place to experience Bunga Bunga has to be Disaronno Riva, an astonishing life sized boat complete with Captain, life jackets and safety instructions; just look out for those water skiing waiters always trying to hitch a ride.
Bunga Bunga, 167 Drury Lane bungabunga-london.com/covent-garden
Fitness isn’t just for adults, and Finnish outdoor clothing company Reima recognise this. They know that kids shouldn’t be indoors hunched over a tablet or computer screen they should be outdoors playing, jumping, running, climbing trees, cycling, playing football – in other words doing anything as long as they are active. ReimaGO is a clever combination of an activity sensor and innovative mobile app designed to motivate your children to be active. As soon as your child starts to move the activity sensor wakes up and tracks their movements, not calories or footsteps, just the intensity and duration of movement. The mobile app can be downloaded for free from the App store, the playful scoreboard shows your child their progress and you can set activity targets and fun rewards to inspire them to be more active. Reima clothing is also designed with a special pocket for the ReimaGO.
Available from Snow and Rock, Mercer Street www.reima.com
Wagamama first opened in Bloomsbury back in 1992 as a celebration of Asian cuisine inspired by fast-paced Japanese ramen bars. They set out to create a unique way of eating, bringing the fresh, nourishing flavours of Asia to everyone. Their philosophy is ‘kaizen’ which means ‘good change’ and we have obviously taken this to heart as there are now over 140 Wagamama restaurants around the world. Their second Soho branch based on Dean Street is opening this month.
Wagamama, 81 Dean Street www.wagamama.com
If you can’t detox in January when on earth can you? If you are in need of some zing or fancy a wind-down Whittard have crafted just the thing; a WELLNESS range of delicious blends created using natural ingredients from goji and acai to Echinacea. You can enjoy them instore at their beautiful new Tea Bar or take away to enjoy with your feet up at home.
Whittard, 18b Covent Garden Market www.whittard.co.uk