Cultural Digest

Welcome to the first Beat Hotel cultural digest of 2021, our monthly pursuit of cultural points of interest.
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More time at home need not mean complete separation from those making pioneering music, art, film and fine food, so ease into our hand-picked recommendations.


Monthly missives for your sonic pleasure.

Track: Moscoman – ‘Turning Tides (Flamingods Cover)’

Album: YuSu – ‘Yellow River Blue’, out 25th January.


Dim the lights and turn it up for our picks of films, videos and visual treats.

The Cinematic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall
Live streams are here to stay, and our money is on this one delivering; The Southbank Centre presents electronic jazz supremos The Cinematic Orchestra, streamed from the Royal Festival Hall. Bookmark in the diary for 8pm on Friday 29th January.

Book your livestream ticket at southbankcentre.co.uk.

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Stay inspired by those burning most brightly.

Liberation Through Hearing by Richard Russell
Catch up on some essential reading from 2020. As co-founder of XL Records, Richard Russell’s career is the stuff of legends and this, his autobiography, tells the story so far in his own words. From managing the Prodigy in the 90s to unearthing and developing artists from Dizzee to The White Stripes, Adele to The XX, each chapter is accompanied by playlists compiled by Richard.

Get a copy.

Don McCullin at Hauser & Wirth
The iconic gallery hosts a special online presentation of landscape photography by renowned photographer Don McCullin. Haunting landscapes, thoughtfully framed in their online exhibition, provide inspiration and escape.

Now viewing.

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Handpicked morsels from the world of food and drink.

Off Menu Podcast
What’s your dream restaurant meal? This conversational firestarter forms the basis of comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster’s podcast, as they invite guests to their pretend restaurant. Loyle Carner, Louis Theroux, Cerys Matthews and many more pick their dream starter, main, side, dessert and drink. A great accompaniment for lockdown dinner conversation.
Listen here.

Dive in to dining in
Some incredible chefs and restaurateurs are up and running with some not-to-be-missed at-home dining deliveries. A few that we know and love have some particularly tempting offerings…

The Quality Chop House has Feasting and Steak Night menus to die for. You can finally get your hands on a Sri Lankan spread from Hoppers of Soho without having to queue in the street for an hour. And if it’s comfort you need, Meat Liquor has signature cocktails and hot dogs (including vegan ones) ready to go.