On every last Sunday of the month, Sunday Wise pops up in the exclusive setting of The Club at The Ivy. Each event features topical news and debate from different leading commentators and innovative speakers, followed by guest musicians, street poets and comedians.
It was created by Hamish Jenkinson (director of the Old Vic Tunnels), who had been “looking for an event on Sunday that would ease the transition from weekend to workday and get my brain cells back on track in nice easy surroundings.”
Cocktails are provided by Bombay Sapphire and ‘ultimate gin & tonics’ flow throughout the event.
February’s Sunday Wise had an arts theme, starting with a very lively interview from screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz; unsurprisingly, he was an excellent public speaker and amused the crowd with talk of gore, Sherlock Holmes and his love of children’s literature.
After Anthony there came Gregor Muir, executive director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Having never researched the ICA, I was fascinated to find out about its starting point in the basement of the Academy Cinema on Oxford Street, moving then to Dover Street before settling in its current location on The Mall.
Finally we had a talk from British portrait artist Jonathan Yeo. Yeo taught himself to draw in his early 20s while recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has so far managed to paint and collage some of the world’s most notable figures.
Overall I think it’s a marvellous concept and fantastic way to get inspired by successful and knowledgeable guests in relaxed surroundings with like-minded people.
Tickets cost £25 each (not including lunch) and can be purchased here:
The Club at The Ivy
9 West Street, London