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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary


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What’s On in London This Week? The Town Culture Diary

Don't miss the best cultural events in the UK during the month...

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What’s on in London this week? From the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions in London, restaurants to book into and tickets to buy now. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…

     

What’s on in London? February 2019

1 February

LEDISI

LEDISI

She has performed eight times at the White House, was a favourite of Prince, and has 12 Grammy nominations. Huge voice and attitude. Can’t wait. Tours 27 Jan to 3 Feb. ledisi.com

Winter Dining Menu at Harvey Nichols

Winter Dining Menu at Harvey Nichols

When invited to try the Winter Dining Menu at Harvey Nichols, my first thought was along the lines of how on earth they were going to make dining at a shopping centre not feel like dining at a shopping centre. However, I was wrong to even consider this in the first place – the glamour of Harvey Nichols reaches every corner of the Knightsbridge institution, including the restaurant on the 5th floor. Set out like a charming brasserie with trees and blossom, warm lighting and an open kitchen so that most tables have a view of the cooking, the vibe was a contemporary mix of luxury cuisine with filling and comforting food. The set menu is succinct – go for the salmon to start, presented with a unique flair, continue with the lamb which was the perfect size and a real winter warmer, and finish the 3-course meal with the sticky toffee pudding, which, drizzled in hot toffee sauce was the cherry on top of a beautiful meal. Even if you’re not shopping there, do book to try the Winter Dining Menu, available until February 28th, and enjoy a stylish and easy mid-week meal in true Harvey Nichols style. 3 courses and a cocktail for £22 – book via harveynichols.com. Reviewed by Kerri Stolerman.

Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 12

No ‘I could have done that’ syndrome here. From saltmarshes and misty lochs to tumbledown villages and jagged cityscapes, Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 12 captures the splendour of Britain’s rural and urban landscapes. An exhibition of shortlisted and winning entries will premiere at London Waterloo station before touring the country. 20 November to 4 February. take-a-view.co.uk

Ben Murphy at The Perception

To celebrate the end of the terribly long Dry January, W London Hotel’s The Perception will host an evening of tasting sensations presented by chef Ben Murphy. The seven-course tasting menu will include dishes such as Egg & Soldiers, Fish & Chips, Venison with Parsnips and so much more, available with an optional wine pairing or their G.O.A.T cocktail, made with an intriguing mix of gin and blue cheese. Tickets from £16 via designmynight.com

Soft Landings at Canary Wharf

Soft Landings at Canary Wharf

Be a part of London’s first ‘slow movement event’ this February, a unique opportunity to take part in classes and workshops bringing ‘joy and nourishment’ into 2019. The event, based in Canary Wharf, is split into three different activations – the Sunrise Experience, from 6-9am, where you’ll take part in orchestra-accompanied yoga, QiGong sessions, a 40-piece sound healing collective and much more, Lunchtime Rhythms from 12-2pm with DJs and self-care doctors and vegan street food, and the Sunset Wind-Down from 5-9pm to wind down with performances from Alxndr London, Holly Roxanne, an afro-beats orchestra, and with more names being announced soon. Tickets are £25 – £50 from eventbrite.co.uk

2 February

Duddell’s presents ‘Citizens of Nowhere?’

Duddell’s presents ‘Citizens of Nowhere?’

Duddell’s London Bridge is part of the Chinese Arts Now (CAN) 2019 Festival by hosting the immersive theatre production, ‘Citizens of Nowhere’?. The performance, set inside St Thomas Church, follows a British-Chinese family and their trials and tribulations tackling themes of self, identity and relationships. Get your tickets to one of the performances which run between January 26th– February 2nd, and you’ll also enjoy drinks and nibbles from Duddells’ ‘classic-meets-contemporary’ menu which features dishes such as a Tea Cocktail and Crispy Prawn & Mango Dumplings. Tickets via ticketsignite.com

3 February

Cocktails at Home Masterclasses

Cocktails at Home Masterclasses

Want to learn how to make really great cocktails? Book one of these masterclasses hosted by Double Dutch, running for multiple dates until February 28th, where you’ll be taught everything you need to know about making genuinely great cocktails at home. After enjoying the cocktail on arrival, you’ll learn how to make a Tom Collins and a traditional Martini. Then, as a leaving present, guests will take home a bunch of Double Dutch mixers and taste-test crafts gins so you can continue the concocting at home. Book a masterclass running most evenings from now until the end of February via eventbrite.co.uk

V&A’s ‘Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams’ & ‘The House of Kensington’

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955 Courtesy of Christian Dior

The largest exhibition on infamous fashion house Dior is coming to the V&A this February, inviting guests to explore the history of the brilliant brand to where it stands today. Coinciding with the exhibition, London’s finest townhouse hotel The Kensington has launched a special package, ‘The House of Kensington’ which includes not only complimentary tickets to the exhibition, but an exclusive cocktail, ‘La Ligne Corolle’, inspired by Dior’s first couture collection. Book the stylish package and stay for 3-nights in one of The Kensington’s ‘Signature Suites’, so that after perusing the exhibition at the V&A you can stroll just 10 minutes back to your hotel and enjoy a round of the elegant cocktails. The House of Kensington package starts from £1,800 and includes a three-night stay in a Signature Suite on a B&B basis based on two sharing, two tickets to the V&A’s ‘Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams’ exhibition and two Corolle cocktails at K Bar. The package is available for stays between 2nd February – 30th June 2019. For more information, visit doylecollection.com

The Kensington

The Greenhouse by Heywood and Condie

The Greenhouse by Heywood and Condie

Connaught Village is home to a brand new art installation all this month, a phenomenal piece of architecture created by Heywood and Condie. The sculpture, made with 18thand 19thcentury stained-glass windows, will look its best in the evening, as the sun sets and the stained glass is reflected in the infinity floor. connaught-village.co.uk

4 February

Penhaligon’s x Cora Pearl’s Evening of Fragrance Discovery

Penhaligon's x Cora Pearl's Evening of Fragrance Discovery

For an intimate evening of cocktails, canapes and sumptuous fragrances, book your ticket to an evening of fragrance discovery, a collaboration between British perfume house Penhaligon’s and Covent Garden restaurant Cora Pearl. Tickets include a guided journey of how to find your signature scent by a fragrance expert, suitable for all genders, and then complimentary canapes and cocktails by chef George Barson. Tickets are £30, to book your spot email [email protected] with your full name and phone number. Hurry – only a small amount of tickets are available!

‘Patrick Hughes: A New Look At Perspective’ at Alon Zakaim Fine Art

'Patrick Hughes: A New Look At Perspective' at Alon Zakaim Fine Art

British pop artist and surrealist Patrick Hughes brings a new exhibit to the Alon Zakaim Fine Art gallery this February, showcasing colourful surrealist paintings spread over 2 floors of the gallery. The exhibition will take viewers on a journey through the canals of Venice graffiti-filled streets, pressing them to look twice and look closely, as what first appears as two-dimensional isn’t so… 4 February – 29 March 2019, alonzakaim.com

5 February

Charity Concert: Violinist Charlie Siem at Cadogan Hall

Charity Concert: Violinist Charlie Siem at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall will host a spectacular concert on February 5th, raising money for three worthy charities – The International Network for Cancer Treatment and ResearchTUCCA and The Children at Risk Foundation. At the centre of this concert is world-class violin soloist Charlie Siem, who’ll be performing classics from Bach, Debussy and more. Read the full event description here!

6 February

Justerini & Brooks Portfolio Tasting

Justerini & Brooks Portfolio Tasting

Hosted at Somerset House, Justerini & Brooks, whose unbeatably diverse wine portfolio features labels as Château de Meursault, Poggio di Sotto, Ulysse Collin, Benedikt Baltes to name a few, present an elegant evening of wine and whiskey tasting on February 6th. There’s no better company to learn about wine from, with credentials such as being awarded a Royal Warrant by King George III in 1761 and holding it ever since. Tickets are £45 and can be purchased through eventbrite.co.uk

7 February

Opening Weekend of Ninth Life, Catford

Opening Weekend of Ninth Life, Catford

February 7th marks the beginning of the opening weekend of ‘Ninth Life’ – what used to be Black Horse and Harrow, Catford’s oldest pub. To celebrate its exciting opening, head there for the opening weekend to get a first look at the multi-level pub and enjoy free games, workshops, DJs and other performers, live music and art-making. 7-10 February, Ninth Life, 167 Rushey Green, Catford, SE6 4BD. 

8 February

Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition

Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition

To celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, a major exhibition all about the life of the infamous political prisoner, world leader, and revolutionary figure symbolising the constant fight against oppression is coming to 26 Leake Street. In collaboration with The Royal House of Mandela, the exhibition will feature artefacts from his life that will take visitors on an interactive journey through his incredible life story. Watch a behind-the-scenes video here and get your tickets via ticketmaster.co.uk 

9 February

Tartuffe at the National Theatre

Tartuffe at the National Theatre

Despite power and success, Orgon is dissatisfied with his lot, so when fraudulent Tartuffe arrives, he is ripe to be seduced. Orgon is submissive to Tartuffe’s supposed divine authority, and becomes suspicious of his own family. With caustic wit, Molière satirises religious hypocrites and those duped into following others with cult-like dedication. Perfect for a post-truth, surreal new year. 9 Feb to 30 April. nationaltheatre.org.uk

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chelsea

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chelsea

Head to Chelsea’s Duke of York Square on Saturday 9th February to celebrate the wild and wonderful Chinese New Year! Honouring the Year of the Pig, there will be a specially curated Chinese food market and traditional entertainment such as the eccentric Lion Dance. 新年快乐! dukeofyorksquare.com

10 February

The Gentlemen Baristas

The Gentlemen Baristas

The Gentlemen Baristas, East India, Poplar

Work in Borough? Looking for a new spot for your daily coffee and cake fix? Try The Gentlemen Baristas Coffee House, a bustling, bright and totally hipster spot with friendly staff, a small outdoor terrace and a great selection of pastries (such as the millionaire’s shortbread slice which, with a flat white, is both filling and delicious). They also have a brunch menu, featuring the usual favourites such as smashed avo on rye, poached eggs and granola. Plus, if nearby Poplar, check out their newest opening in East India! Discover more at thegentlemenbaristas.com

11 February

Brigadiers x Guinness

Brigadiers x Guinness

Calling all rugby fans! Head to Brigadiers any weekend until March 16th to enjoy a delectable partnership between the restaurant and Guinness. Alongside the special match day menu, guests can enjoy Guinness Butler Service which means your glass of Guinness will never be empty. Now until 16 March 2019, find out more at brigadierslondon.com

THE FAVOURITE

THE FAVOURITE

This absurdist comedy already has Olivia Colman touted for an Oscar and won 13 nominations in the British Independent Film Awards. Starring as an angry Queen Anne, Colman is doted on by Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), who manipulates her into continuing a war with the French, to glorify Sarah’s ambitious husband. When Sarah’s cousin (Emma Stone) arrives, the women joust for her affections with hilarious – and surreal – consequences. Director Yorgos Lanthimos challenged cinematic conventions with his famously violent The Lobster, now he’s at it again with a comedy to purge the January blues. Irresistible. Released 1 January.

12 February

A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME at V&A Museum of Childhood

A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME at V&A Museum of Childhood

There’s a loose dress code at the V&A’s Eastside campus. Neckerchiefs, plastic swords and a striped trouser are de rigueur – role play is central to this exhibition, specifically targeted at two to eight-year-olds. Arrive with a Johnny Depp-style accent and sit in a seaside tavern to plot your route to the hidden treasure, then board a huge ship equipped with a bell, telescope and helm, so tiny pirates can find exotic islands and steer through rough storms. Major curatorial brownie points for this unisex celebration of the imagination. Love. Until 22 April. vam.ac.uk

13 February

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

You may have read them when you were a child, you may think of them whenever someone says ‘Good grief!’ – Charlie Brown, Peanuts and the rest of the gang were staples in our childhoods and this exhibition at Somerset House brings them back to life in a celebration of the iconic Snoopy and friends. Charles M Schulz created the original Peanuts cartoons and since doing so, has inspired many contemporary artists to take on new versions of his work. Book the artists talks, gallery lates (with a special one on Valentine’s day) and enjoy the sheer fun of good ol’ Charlie Brown. 25 October 2018 – 3 March 2019, somersethouse.org.uk

14 February

The Sicilian Supper Club

The Sicilian Supper Club

On the 14th, 15th and 16th of Feb, go to a supper club evening celebrating and showcasing the most delectable Sicilian food and drink. The menu, created by Emilia Strazzanti, will bring guests into the world of ‘the Sicilian almond blossom season’, hosted at Hackney Coffee Company and featuring a beautiful (and truly Instagrammable) blossom tree designed by McQueen’s florists. Tickets cost £55 and include a cocktail on arrival, made with collaborator O’ndina Gin, a 5-course meal, two glasses of Sicilian wine and a second cocktail to end the night on. Get your ticket via designmynight.com 

The Luna Cinema x Natural History Museum

The Luna Cinema x Natural History Museum

This Valentine’s day, book an out of this world cinematic experience brought to you by a partnership between The Luna Cinema, the UK’s top open-air cinema producers, and the vast Natural History Museum. Sit in the majestic Hintze Hall next to the 25-metre blue whale skeleton whilst enjoying screenings of romantic classics such as The Notebook and Pretty Woman. 14 – 16 February, thelunacinema.com 

15 February

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 191-33

Albert Birkle, The Acrobat Schulz V 1921

Tate Modern explores the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) in a year-long, free display, drawing upon the rich holdings of The George Economou Collection. This presentation of around seventy paintings and works on paper addresses the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era, in which liberalisation and anti-militarism flourished in tandem with political and economic uncertainty. Until 14 July 2019 tate.org.uk

16 February

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM at The Royal Albert Hall

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM at The Royal Albert Hall

The world’s most famous circus team brings its spectacular show to London again. Totem traces the evolution of humankind, from curious primates to adventurers who have the intellectual capacity to reach into outer space. A cast of 46 acrobats, musicians, actors and singers swing between science and legend as they act out this epic journey – jaw-dropping gymnastics, clowning, unicycling and songs, along with an extraordinary set. Wild. 12 Jan to 26 Feb. royalalberthall.com

18 February

The Maiyet Collective Pop-Up at Harvey Nichols

The Maiyet Collective x Harvey Nichols

After numerous pop-up successes, The Maiyet Collective, a curated collection of approx. 50 beautiful and sustainable luxury brands, is going on the road! First stop: Harvey Nichols for a 2-week pop-up. Head to the 5th floor to see their pop-up where you’ll be able to shop from the positive and ethical brands they support and champion, including Laura Ironside, Clio Peppiatt and Alice Lee showing ready-to-wear fashion, Ecosophy and Kana selling homeware, By Sarah London and Honest Skincare in beauty, Swedish Stockings and Carolina Wong selling accessories, and Pippa Small and Olivia Grace showing jewellery collections, amongst many other luxe brands. Aside from shopping, The Maiyet Collective will also be putting on a diverse event schedule including workshops, launches and talks. February 18 – March 2. Discover the full event schedule at maiyet.com

20 February

Cats on the Page

Cats on the Page brings much-loved feline favourites together in an eclectic celebration of cats that have captured the world’s cultural imagination. Explore the cat’s literary guise in work from the likes of Judith Kerr, Axel Scheffler, Quentin Blake and the T.S. Eliot Foundation at the British Library. Until 17 March. bl.uk

23 February

Mid-Week Dinner Date at The Belrose

Mid-Week Dinner Date at The Belrose

Book a table at The Belrose in Belsize Park for a mid-week treat (something nice to look forward to post Blue Monday, methinks). It’s cosy, warm, welcoming – and I’m not just talking about the interiors. The staff are friendly and thoughtful, the starters were incredibly tasty – order the squid and mussels, which are “delivered fresh from Cornwall every day and are only available Tuesday to Saturday) and pretty much any of the main courses will fill you up and leave you feeling ready to take on the rest of the week. Book via thebelrose.co.uk

24 February

Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918

Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918

Mark the First World War centenary this year by visiting the National Army Museum from November 30th where there’ll be a collection of Sir Alfred Munnings’ paintings. Renowned for his work with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, the influential British painter will showcase 41 original paintings, on show for the first time in Europe in a century. The exhibition will highlight themes such as portraiture and pastoral landscapes, all created during the last year of the war. Be one of the first to see this collection steeped in British history and get your tickets here. 30 November 2018 – 3 March 2019, nam.ac.uk

25 February

Rosine’s Hot Chocolate Salon

Rosine’s Hot Chocolate Salon

The world’s first secret hot chocolate salon is popping up this month in Dalston, making all chocoholics’ dreams come true. Rosine’s Hot Chocolate Salon, supporting Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘She Deserves’ campaign, will have a menu of three rich hot chocolates created by celebrity chefs Melissa Hemsley, Tom Hunt and Tess Ward, and each will be priced at £1.82 – the shockingly low daily pay of a cocoa farmer. Visitors to the chocolate-y pop up will learn the stories behind their favourite chocolate bars, and will also be treated to West African jazz music, and surprise celebrity appearances! 25 February – 3 March, 66 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E2 8DP. Find out more about Fairtrade Foundation at fairtrade.org.uk.

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26 February

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern

Electric - Lauren Baker at Tate Modern

Bonnard’s dreamy views of everyday life see beauty in the ordinary; they are nostalgic for the fleeting moment. His vibrant use of colour creates a bridge to abstraction and reportedly influenced Rothko’s palette; now it illuminates the 21st century – fresh, and yet familiar. Expect to crave golden hour in Provence afterwards. 23 Jan to 6 May. tate.org.uk

27 February

The Epicurean Collection’s Gin Trail

The Epicurean Collection's Gin Trail

The Epicurean Collection, which has a cluster of five pubs in London including The Punchbowl in Mayfair, The Sands End and The Brown Cow in Fulham, and The Admiral Codrington and The Cross Keys in Chelsea, is hosting ‘gin trails’, a new take on a pub crawl. Simply purchase your ‘gin passport’ which can be used at any of the venues to enjoy complimentary nibbles and a G&T, and also gives a 15% discount on food. The Gin Trail runs each Wednesday from February 27th for a month. Gin Passports cost £30 and can be bought at any of the 5 bars above! Find out more about The Epicurean Collection at epicurean.club

The Mouse and his Child at NOW Gallery

The Mouse and his Child at NOW Gallery

This free exhibition showcased at Greenwich Peninsula’s NOW Gallery is an immersive exhibit, looking at the ‘human experience of fiction’. As the gallery is transformed into an immersive sculptural reading room inspired by Russell Hoban’s children’s book, The Mouse and his Child, guests can sit on the huge rug and read all day, and take part in literary events such as lectures and book clubs, literary dinners and spoken word evenings. 27 February – 28 April 2019, nowgallery.co.uk

6 March

House of Holi

House of Holi

Celebrate the wonderfully vibrant and world-renowned Indian Festival of Colour with Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square. The event, now in its fifth year, will have you enjoying traditional Indian cuisine, drinks, and a 30-minute paint-throwing session. Plus, to go behind the scenes of a working kitchen, book an exclusive masterclass with chef Vivek Singh on March 16th as he’ll teach guests traditional Indian cooking methods. Tickets start at £22, book here! 

9 March

Wedding Weekend

Wedding Weekend

Eccleston Yards in Belgravia is launching their first ‘Wedding Weekend’, a weekend full of events and activities ideal for any soon-to-be bride or groom. The retailers of Eccleston Yards will be hosting events such as Jones Family Kitchen with their special ‘Made to Measure’ cocktail, Duke + Dexter who’ll be offering complimentary bespoke personalised shoes by the in-house artist, and Tailor Made, leaders in 3D body scanning technology, who’ll be giving a gift bag of £200 worth of products to anyone who books a session. Discover the full lineup at mayfairandbelgravia.com

14 March

FLUX Exhibition at National Army Museum, Chelsea

FLUX Exhibition at National Army Museum, Chelsea

The FLUX Exhibition is a must-see for those who want to be the amongst the first to see the 100 most exciting, talented, contemporary up and coming artists. Each artist has been hand selected by Lisa Gray, founder of FLUX, and will showcase their best artworks ranging from sculptures to paintings and artistic performances. 14-17 March 2019, tickets via eventbrite.co.uk

21 March

Chef’s Banquet In Aid Of Help Refugees

Chef Merlin Labron-Johnson has spent much of 2018 cooking in refugee camps in Athens and Lesvos. Returning to London in March with a host of food events, he’ll be gathering some of his fellow foodies to use their skills to raise money for Help Refugees. The first event, on March 21st, will see celebrity chefs Thomasina Miers, Imad’s Syrian Kitchen and Nuno Mendes amongst more serving up a banquet of food, wine, cocktails and conversation. Tickets are £104 via universe.com

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