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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...


What’s on this week in London? Wonder no more! Find out all the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions in London, restaurants to book into and more. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…  

What’s On in London?

23 March

A New Guest Chef Series at The Game Bird

The Game Bird

A collaboration with some of the UK’s top chefs will be taking over The Game Bird’s kitchen throughout 2018. Kick-starting the series with a visit from Michelin-Star chef Michael Wignall, guests will taste a unique five-course menu which celebrates the best of British ingredients. Each dish will be presented in a series of inventive ways and guests can expect to taste the likes of Torched Eel, Squab Pigeon, and an Aged West Country Duck. Head down to the critically-acclaimed restaurant within The Stafford London this year for these unmissable culinary evenings. 23 March, Tickets bookable through Eventbrite.

An Island of Creativity pop-up art gallery

An Island of Creativity pop-up art gallery at London City Island

In collaboration with Trinity Art Studios this three month long exhibition aims to reunite resident artists from London City Island with those from local artistic institutions. The pop-up art gallery provides an exceptional base for London City Island residents to exhibit their work in East London’s newest cultural hub, surrounded by nothing but water as it brings together some of the most forward-thinking art and photography around. Situated at EcoWorld Ballymore’s landmark development on Leamouth Peninsula, the captivating event will run until 28th April.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra

This concert of Stravinsky, Weber and Schubert is sure to thrill. With Peter Donohoe on piano, inspiration is guaranteed. Tours until 24 March,

Glenmorangie Spice & Rye Speakeasy Pop-Up

Glenmorangie Speakeasy Pop-Up

The latest pop-up bar to come to London takes the form of an American speakeasy thanks to whiskey brand Glenmorangie. With live jazz and a bar hidden behind an apothecary-style spice shop, sample cocktails which celebrate rye whiskey’s heyday in the heart of Fitzrovia. Spice & Rye is open for 4 days only, from 20 – 24 March at 14 Percy Street, London W1, Book tickets here

24 March

A taste of Britain Comes To Jerwood Space

Harvey Trollop

British Chef Harvey Trollope is opening his first restaurant in the capital this year, Harvey’s British Eatery. Focusing on good quality British cooking without the fuss, Harvey will be showcasing dishes on the menu which have been inspired by overlooked British recipes using only the best local seasonal produce available. A series of pop-up events which will give Londoners a taste of his cooking will be taking over Jerwood Space ahead of the restaurant opening. The next event is on 24 March and the simple menu will see the likes of Cuttlefish, White Cabbage and Watercress to start, with Salt Beef, Carrots and Spring Greens for main and a dessert of Rhubarb Eve’s Pudding served with Raw Cream. 24 March, £30 per head for Lunch or Dinner excluding beverages, Vegetarian menu also available,

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum

As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject of matter. About time too. Until 13 Jan 2019,

Richard Alston Performance


Contemporary choreographer Richard Alston is a homegrown favourite. Now a collection of old and new work is to have a winter airing. Carnaval is a new piece named after Schumann’s music, performed alongside a solo pianist, while the Alston classic Gypsy Mixture is to be resurrected after a decade in the archives. Tours 26 Jan to 24 March.

25 March

Nature Morte

In English, it’s ‘still life’. Over the channel, they say ‘nature morte’, which means ‘dead nature’. Curator Michael Petry has taken this translation literally as this celebration of the macabre proves. Paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries show where the fascination started, however it is the modern element of the exhibition that is most intriguing. Jim Skull’s beaded skull glistens peacock blue while Paul Hazelton’s Fright Wig – a skull made entirely of dust with a duster for hair – hangs ominously in the air. A taxidermied rabbit by Nancy Fouts with hair rollers in its coiffed fur looks over the deathly scene. Delightfully ghoulish. Until 2 April.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The classic lyricism of Beethoven’s pastoral symphony partners with anna clone’s 2015 orchestral work This Midnight Hour in an ambitious concert. Until 9 April,

26 March

The 10th Birthday of Sutra at Sadler’s Wells

Sutra at Sadler's Wells

One of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful products, Sutra, is back and celebrating its 10th birthday. The collaboration of Antony Gormley, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China is set to a live score by Polish composer Szymon Brzoska and explores the Shaolin philosophy and its relationship with kung fu. 26-28 March,

27 March

La Traviata at English National Opera

La Traviata at English National Opera

Lavish party scenes are juxtaposed with tender, intimate moments in La Traviata, Daniel Kramer’s debut production as English National Opera’s Artistic Director. Verdi’s tale of love and sacrifice is brought to life by Claudia Boyle singing Violetta and Lukhanyo Moyake as Alfredo, with one of the most tragic scores of all time. 16 March to 13 April,

28 March

An Evening of Meat at The Vaults

Jump on the train to Waterloo and head to the The Vaults for an Evening of Meat on the 27th March. Experience a feast of femininity with American Director Kate March and her I AM team whilst being served a delicious 6-course meal to your table, which will also be acting as a stage for the evening. With a focus on the male gaze, this is the ultimate immersive dining experience around and will be sure to open your eyes to the world of feminism. For a unique evening filled with choreography, performance art and food this spring there’s no other place to go. 28 March- 22 April,

Late Nights at The Ivy

The Ivy, West Street

London’s foremost theatre restaurant are hosting a series of Late Night events to commemorate their relationship with West End theatres. An iconic individual has been invited to perform once a month at The Ivy, West Street, with Jersey Boys star Ryan Molloy kicking off the event in January. This month will see Danny Boy Hatchard, who plays Tom Jenkins in Scrooge the Musical as he offers some fabulous, light entertainment for the evening. 28 March,

29 March

The Late Shift at The National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery Late Shift

Visiting the National Portrait museum is no longer a serious, sober daytime affair as every Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9pm, they host talks, drawing, live music, film and photography events. It’s our new favourite way to go to the museum. The bar, café and restaurant have nothing to do with it… Come along this evening to experience the likes of Lecture: Portraits for the Stereoscope: Seeing the Victorians as you discover the Victorians in a completely new and differentt light – full colour and in glorious 3-D. Events change each week, Thursday and Friday evenings,

Easter Flower Masterclass at Notting Hill’s newest Florist

Front Row

For a bloomin’ good Easter table centrepiece be sure to attend a workshop at Front Row and learn how to create something to enjoy this Easter other than a chocolate egg. Notting Hill’s newest florist, Front Row, are offering a series of quarterly floral masterclasses kick starting this Easter. Each intimate event will see just 10 guests create their floral masterpieces as they munch on canapes and sip on delicious drinks. Guests will take home their lovely creations as well as a goodie bag to enjoy! 29 March, Tickets cost £50 and can be purchased through See tickets.

30 March

Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain Exhibition

Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain exhibition

Calling all Jazz fans. Marking 100 years of Jazz reaching Britain, the Rhythm & Reaction exhibition will explore the aesthetic and cultural impact that Jazz has had on us since 1918. This exhibition will consist of an eclectic range of media from painting, printmaking and cartoons, to moving film, instruments and the sound of jazz. 27 January – 22 April.

31 March

A Day with Beatrix Potter at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

For a fun-filled day out for all the family, head to Kew Gardens for a day out with Peter Rabbit and other Beatrix Potter Characters. Plant seeds in Mr McGregor’s potting shed, fashion your own rabbit ears and create monster vegetables, all in the garden’s fabulous surroundings which will be in full bloom for the occasion. 30 March to 15 April,

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1 April

Vera Lutter Turns Time

Vera Lutter Turning Time

Vera Lutter uses shipping containers as huge camera obscure. Turning Time captures two perspectives; temples in Southern Italy from 550 BCE and the Effelsberg Radio Telescope, one of the largest on Earth to record activity in the outer solar system. A fascinating look at the elasticity o time and our place in it. Until 14 April,

2 April

Protests in Pictures at The Design Museum

Hope to Nope

It has been a decade of unrest, from the credit crunch of 2008 to Brexit and Trump, to the Arab Spring and refugee crisis. The Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition explores the visual representations of political messages that have emerged from good old-fashioned placards to hashtags and memes. 28 March to 12 August,

3 April

Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy Exhibition


Jump on the train to the Tate Britain from March to September to learn a bit about the fascinating and renowned artist, Picasso. The exhibition takes you through the talented artist’s life during one year and explores how the honoured artist dealt with personal, artistic and political problems through artwork. 8 March – 9 September,

4 March

Newly Refurbished Hayward Gallery

Andreas Gursky exhibition

Ralph Goetrtz

The Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary year has indeed been marked by this retrospective of Gursky’s. The show includes 86 large-scale pictures capturing scenes of the global economy, everyday life and emblematic locations. These pictures range from works completed in 1980 to more recent ones, eight of which are on display for the very fist time. 25 Jan – 22 April,

6 April

RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair

RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair


Spring has officially sprung at Lindley Hall as this April a two-day celebration of spring plants and exotic orchids will arrive in Westminster. The vibrant display of colour will give visitors an exclusive preview of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the chance to meet designers including Kate Gold, Jonathan Snow and design-duo Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge for an insight to their gardens. Grab a ticket now for this bloomin’ great event before it sells out.  6-7 April, tickets bookable through

9 April

Monet & Architecture Exhibition

Head down to the National Gallery from April to July to experience the first solely Monet exhibition to be held in the UK for nearly 20 years.  9 April – 29 July,

10 April

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

This year, all four shortlisted artists examine the manipulation of images and information. From government propaganda to unreliable visual representation, they all look at modern culture with a post-Trump, post-Brexit awareness. Until 3 June,

17 April

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

For their second event of the year, the decorative Antiques & Textiles fair are taking over Battersea Park for six days this April. Expect to see a lot of garden-related decorations as well as work from over 150 exhibitors from all over Europe. Even better? Dogs are welcome to come along too! 17-22 April,

William Turner’s Birthday Garden Party

Turner's house

William Havell ©Turner’s House Trust

Sandycombe Lodge, the former and only home of William Turner is actually among the works of the 19th century artist– he was it’s designer. The house and grounds of his Twickenham home are undergoing a major restoration, which will have the property in full bloom just in time for the artist’s birthday on 23 April.

24 April

The Real Tennis World Championships at The Queen’s Club

Camden Riviere will defend his title for the first time at The Real Tennis World Championships, held this year at The Queen’s Club, home to some of the most historic courts in the country. Dubbed ‘the sport of kinds’, real tennis is played indoors with more complex rules than lawn tennis. 24, 26 and 28 April,

25 April

Launch of The Chelsea Courtyard with The Chelsea Gardener and Country & Town House

Chelsea Gardeners

An evening of cocktails and canapés to celebrate the opening of The Chelsea Courtyard and its brand-new Glasshouse café will take place from 6-8.30pm. RSVP to [email protected] The cafe sits in the heart of Chelsea, just off Sydney Street and offers coffee and organic food to fuel all your shopping on King’s Road or The Chelsea Gardener’s flagship store.

26 April

th2Studio Opens its Doors to Country & Town House Readers

Explore this townhouse tucked down a quiet, leafy street in Chelsea with a glass of bubbles from 9am – 1pm. th2Studio designers have showcased their favourite pieces in this Nordic inspired home where everything is available to buy online. RSVP to [email protected]

5 May

Kew Gardens Temperate House Re-Opens after five years

Kew Gardens' Temperate House

After a five year long closure and 69,000 individual elements removed from the building, all cleaned repaired or replaced, the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse re opens on the 5th May for everyone to see. Expect to wander through the freshly painted doors of this miraculous, iconic building and see some of the world’s most exotic and rate threatened plants, as an amazing 10,000 of them live within the glasshouse. Opens 5 May,

17 May

Wellcome Collection’s Summer Exhibition: TEETH

Running from 17 May – 16 September, this weird but wonderful event will feature more than 150 objects including cartoons, advertisements, chairs, drills, caricatures and more which all relate to teeth! Head down to Wellcome collection, Euston Road to get your teeth stuck in to this interesting event and learn all about the teeth you use every day! Free event, 17 May – 16 September,

20 June

GROW London Returns To Olympia

GROW London

Plant lovers, rejoice as you are given the opportunity to learn all you need to know about plant care and keeping your garden neat and tidy this June at the Grow London exhibition at House & Garden Festival! Over 50 exhibitors will be attending to give you a fresh insight into their new garden ideas, accessories and furniture as well as plants and planters! Go along and attend the abundance of free talks going on or even book an appointment with one of the several leading garden designers attending  if you have a specific gardening emergency and need some advice. 20 – 24 June,

MORE CULTURE: The C&TH Festival Guide 2018 / Current Exhibitions to See in London

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