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A monthly programme of events that offers visitors and locals a cultural digest, inspired by the places we call home. From up and coming musical talent, talks and salons that offer insight and opinion to ‘side hustles’ and special interests, all grounded by our time and place. We hope to see you soon.

New Year’s Eve: IN CHELSEA

Tanya’s & The Living Room present: “NYE IN THE WILD” afternoon tea, from £45 per person.
Monday, 31st December from 1pm-530pm

In the Wild receives an NYE makeover as we’re joined by Jonathan Gee on the piano, he’ll accompanying the usual gluten free vegan revelry. ‘In the Wild’ brings the best of raw living food and comfort food to tea. From unique takes on traditional favourites, such as gluten free coconut cream and goji jam scones and raspberry drizzle vegan doughnuts to the heavenly seaweed slaw or avocado cream and sprouts sandwiches with alkalising cucumber rolls. About Jonathan, since being named ‘ Most Promising Newcomer ‘ in the British Jazz Awards Jonathan Gee has become according to Visions of Britain, “One of European Jazz’s most celebrated musicians, His music is precise, lucid and original, and at times breathtakingly lyrical”.
Booking is essential, for groups please contact: frontdeskchelsea@myhotels.com

New Year’s Eve: “DECADES”
A celebration of everything that once was.
Monday, 31st December from 8pm until late.

Remember all the way back in the day? From platforms to hairspray, and Ray Ban’s to boot cut jeans with checked shirts… Okay, so we know none of that happened in the same decade, but we’re celebrating all of it together in one big NYE bash in Merkaba at My Brighton *queue the disco balls*.

Our special guest DJ Tony B will be revisiting past decades with a line up that hits some of your favourite tunes from the 60s to the present day.

Free entry.
For more information please contact: merkababrighton@myhotels.com

Previously in the programme:

My Chelsea & The Living Room present: “CHELSEA EATS”
Wednesday, 19th September from 630pm

Popular culture has never been more rife with people telling us what and how to eat a balanced and sustainable diet, but what we’re rarely told is why, and the role this plays on our overall wellbeing. Join Tanya Maher of TANYA’s and Shirin Kouros of The Good Life as we explore
 what the future holds for the health food movement. They’ll share their journeys and how they live with the challenges of being entrepreneurs, mothers, partners and spokes people for wellbeing. Moderated by Claudia Canavan, a food and lifestyle journalist and editor, who writes for national titles on everything from the GM food debate to making our food system long term sustainable.

My Brighton, Brighton On The Inside, Grizzly Bear & Cassette Lord, present: “SETTING THE PULSE”
Wednesday, 17th October from 630pm

Brighton is a hub of creativity and our panel are at the heart of this. Come and chat to some of Brighton’s best talents ask your questions, listen to them debate and generally get to know the people behind the art. From street artists to cultural enthusiasts and graphic designers, we’ll find out just who’s setting the cultural agenda. Followed by an evening of vinyl from our resident vinyl specialist in Merkaba.

My Bloomsbury presents: “THE BIG BOOK OUT”

From 17th-21st October we’re hosting a fascinating literature events series with a distinctly Bloomsbury angle presented by in partnership with Bloomsbury Festival. Entry is free to all events for The Big Book Out, but to confirm attendance please visit here.


“Publishers of Bloomsbury”

This walking tour will visit some of the many sites associated with Bloomsbury’s long history of involvement with the publishing industry, both past and present. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the penthouse of My Bloomsbury Hotel which will give guests a chance to meet and greet representatives from the prestigious publishing houses still based in the area today.

“An Evening with Unthology”

Enter the wonderful and frightening world of Unthology 10, the latest in Unthank Books’ acclaimed series showcasing short fiction from new and established writers. Hosted by editor Ashley Stokes, there will be readings from Jay Merrill and Liam Hogan.

“The Author as Architect – Changing the Real World into Fiction”

To craft a compelling setting in a novel can be a daunting task. How does one import real-life locations into fiction? Is it possible for an author to boil an entire place – with all its sights, sounds, and smells, its geography, its architecture, and the people who inhabit it – down to the printed page? How much can be conveyed, or indeed, how much is it desirable to attempt to convey? What is lost? What must change? These and other questions will be put by former Waterstones Marketing Director Martin Lee to a panel of three novelists: Elise Valmorbida (Madonna of the Mountains, forthcoming, Faber), John Simmons (Spanish Crossings, Urbane), and Gareth Dickson (A Minor Fifth, forthcoming), who will discuss the strategies they have used to represent place in their own work, and the evocations of settings that have inspired them in the work of other writers.

“Vita and Virginia – the love that made one of the great works of English literature”

Vita and Virginia – two extraordinary women, a passionate love affair and an enduring friendship. Bestselling biographer Sarah Gristwood talks about the work, friendship and love affair of two prolific novelists, who came to redefine conventions of femininity, sexuality, art and politics for the modern world. Illustrated with photographs from the homes and lives of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, Gristwood draws on their poetry and treasured correspondence to tell the story of this thoroughly modern affair.

My Chelsea & The Living Room present: “PEOPLE & PLANET”
Tuesday 30th October, from 630pm

We’re in a time where the relationship between how we live and our role in the greater world have never been more closely linked. “Be the change you want to see in the world”, is the phrase we’ve all heard, and in part thanks to social media and the ability to express ourselves, we’ve all become each other’s measuring stick. How we eat, work, look and even sleep have become the subject of likes and comments, shared all around the world. But one thing has become abundantly apparent, popular culture has traded hedonism for wellness. Ultimately our lifestyles boil down to a matter of wellness – amongst one another, to the place that surrounds us and the planet around us
Join us as we uncover the art of wellness in everyday life through both people and planet, and what role we each play in a better, sustainable tomorrow. A panel-led in conversation moderated by Angelica Malin, About Time.
Panellists: Thomas Kendall Wayward, Dr Enayat LMS Wellness, Linday Kay Stevens Green Heart.

ARRIVALS: from 630pm, talk starts 7pm.
RSVP: rsvpchelsea@myhotels.com
Spaces are limited.

My Chelsea & The Living Room present: “THE SESSIONS”

Thursday, 6th December from 630pm

The Sessions : Jay’s back at My Chelsea and he’s bought his band with him. They’ll be playing a mix of old and new tracks as he’s joined by Rick Simpson on piano, Ferg Ireland on bass and Jansen Santana on drums along with guest appearances.
For more information visit here.
RSVP: rsvpchelsea@myhotels.com
Spaces are limited.

Tanya’s & The Living Room present: “IN THE WILD” afternoon tea, from £35 per person.
Saturday, 8th December from 1pm-530pm

Inspired by the neighbourhood’s famous gardens and an homage to plant life, Tanya Maher (Tanya’s, Better Raw) and The Living Room at MY CHELSEA have gotten together to create an Afternoon Tea that takes you from the devilish to the purely delectable. ‘In the Wild’ brings the best of raw living food and comfort food to tea. From unique takes on traditional favourites, such as gluten free coconut cream and goji jam scones and raspberry drizzle vegan doughnuts to the heavenly seaweed slaw or avocado cream and sprouts sandwiches with alkalising cucumber rolls. For more information please visit In the Wild.
Booking is essential, for groups please contact: frontdeskchelsea@myhotels.com