Björk’s music has often been described in terms of nature: volcanic, stormy, oceanic. So she and David Attenborough feel like a natural fit – they both seem likely to take genuine delight in the vision of the other. The front for this meeting of minds is the conception and performance of Björk’s 2011 ‘Biophilia’ album, an attempt to explore the relationship between music and nature and plug listeners into the most elemental emotions.
The album is, of course, Björk’s baby, with Attenborough very much an accompaniment; in this film he has to jostle for space with Oliver Sacks, the Tesla coil and a man who has made a ‘Sharpsichord’, a bizarre and beautiful instrument on which a minute of music takes a day to programme. But Björk is a wonderfully passionate guide – as enthusiastic about touchscreens as she is about tectonic plates – and together, the pair make a seductive case for the centrality of music to the better, more constructive aspects of humanity. Stirring stuff.
There's plenty of flexibility at this all-day dining room on Marylebone Lane - you can head down for everything from breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or just a drink at the bar. They've even got a 'pantry' - a separate dining area for more informal bites. The menu goes from continental breakfasts to lunches and dinners featuring seared tuna with soy and ginger dressing and pickled radish, seared Isle of Skye scallops with chorizo crumbs, and free-range Suffolk pork chops given a cider glaze and cooked on the Josper grill. Keep an eye out for daily specials and desserts that employ that Josper, too - grilled pineapple, say, served with coconut sorbet.