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Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple and unwitting heroes of the 1960s civil rights movement in this sensible, compassionate but nigglingly uncomplicated drama from American writer-director Jeff Nichols. 'I'm pregnant,' are the film's first words, spoken by Mildred to Richard, before they're married. His response? Silence, then a beat or two, 'That's good,' and a smile. It's the sort of small dramatic moment that this calm, quiet film is built on.
Gooey, melt-in-the-mouth cookies which leave just the right amount of buttery grease on your fingers, these might just be the best in the capital. Try the classics, made with no less than 50 per cent organic ingredients – think milk chocolate, Crousty peanuts, dark chocolate and coconut or the 1933 with raisins, oats, cinnamon and nuts.
Who knows whether Louis XIV enjoyed a cocktail or two – but if he did, he would have felt quite at home in the Versailles-esque bar at Champs-Élysées hotel Georges V. Plush, decadent and classy, complete with glossy wooden panels, high ceilings, parquet flooring, and a gorgeous chandelier, this is the height of Parisian luxe. Sip on their delightful cocktails, either nestled in the plush, red armchairs or perched up at the elegant bar.
Even if you have a high level of French, it can often be tricky to follow the dialogue in fast-paced French films. ‘Lost in Frenchlation’ was started for exactly this reason, hosting screenings of French films with English subtitles in independent cinemas around the capital. A cocktail hour before each screening offers attendees to make friends with fellow film-lovers and encourages interactions between the international community and native Parisians.
Located on the prestigious Rue Saint-Honoré, the Mandarin Oriental’s Bar 8 is the pinnacle of understated glitz and glamour. Gem-encrusted walls glimmer in the soft light, perfectly offset by classic black leather sofas and armchairs around glass tables. Waiting at the chic marble bar in the centre, it would be no surprise to spot James Bond ordering his usual. No shaken martinis for us tonight though – not with such a temptingly exotic, original choice of cocktails on offer.
Committed to recreating the ‘spirit’ of the Bauhaus era, new exhibition ‘L’Esprit du Bauhaus’ at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs explores the creativity and multidisciplinary nature of the movement. Dense and immersive, the exhibit takes us from studio to studio as we discover the work of the Bauhaus’ students and the immense range of their chosen materials. Textiles, glass, metal, painting, porcelain, wood – the list is expansive, giving us an idea as to the distinct creativity at the heart of the German art school.