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

What’s On In London This Week? 13 – 19 January

1. Shake up the stale gym routine and set yourself some serious fitness goals with one of the capital’s new classes

Sweat It

With new studios and exercise classes opening around the capital monthly, staying fit is easier – and more fun – than ever. From yoga-less yoga to women-only boxing, there’s something for everyone in C&TH’s round-up of 20 best new fitness classes for 2020.

2. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea. An exhibition at Osterley Park brings the charming story to life

Tiger who Came to Tea exhibition

What began as a bedtime story Judith Kerr told her children quickly became a classic when it was published in 1968, translated into 11 languages and selling millions of copies. The much-loved tale is brought to life in an interactive exhibition for younger visitors and their parents, who can enjoy a day out playing with a life-size tiger in the kitchen, joining story-time and dressing up and exploring a special activity trail in the beautiful surroundings of Osterley Park. Don’t forget to pop into the Café for some of the Tiger’s favourite treats. Until 1 March 2020, Osterley Park & House, Jersey Rd, Isleworth TW7 4RB; nationaltrust.org.uk

3. Inject a dose of creativity into your week with MasterPeace’s Mindful Mondays series

As part of its new ‘Amplify Your Dry January 2020’ campaign, non-alcoholic spirits brand Amplify is encouraging people to take part in Mindful Mondays at MasterPeace, the experiential and wellbeing-centred art class founded by Zena El Farra. Located within the lively and creative setting of Eccleston Yards, the mindful evenings will take place every Monday for six weeks throughout January and February, where guests can transform their personal photographs and best-loved images into light-curated paintings, alongside an array of healthy treats and servings of delicious virgin Amplify blends – By Daniella Saunders£39 for one class or £199 for six. 12 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9NF, masterpeace.studio

4. Don’t miss the final week of The Duchess of Malfi at the Almeida Theatre

Duchess of Malfi

John Webster’s violent tale of jealousy, love and revenge is elevated to chilling heights by this production, directed by Rebecca Franknell and starring Olivier award-winning actress Lydia Wilson. Wilson shines in her role as the titular Duchess, a strong-willed woman who is – spoiler alert – murdered by her hot-tempered brothers after she dares to marry her steward. Until 18 January, Almeida Theatre; tickets via almeida.co.uk

5. Discover emerging musical talent at the rooftop restaurant Madison’s Unplugged live acoustic music series

Karen Harding

Karen Harding

Stylish rooftop restaurant Madison is treating diners to acoustic music sessions with its Unplugged sessions, welcoming an emerging or established artist to perform a live acoustic set. The series kicks off with singer-songwriter Karen Harding, whose successful house single ‘Say Something’ reached the UK top ten in 2014. As well as the tunes, guests can enjoy a menu full of tantalising dishes, including tuna tartare with pickled lotus root, sesame seeds, yuzu and mirin, an Argentinian sirloin steak and a delicious cherry mouse with chocolate crumble. Tuesdays from 14 January, Madison, EC4M 9AF; book via madisonlondon.net

6. Sharpen your sketching skills with a life drawing class at stylish No. 11 Pimlico Road

Adrian Monotype

Practicing art is a great way to unwind on a grey January evening. Artist and drawing teacher Lily Holder will gently put you through your creative paces at this evening of music, drinking and drawing, in the tranquil surroundings of No.11 Pimlico Road. Don’t worry if your skills are a little sketchy – the class is suitable for all abilities, with or without previous experience, and all materials will be provided. Next class 13 January; book via darwinandwallace.co.uk

7. Now in its 17th year, the London Short Film Festival showcases cutting-edge British and international shorts. Book tickets to London Lives, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the capital’s cultural melting pot

There’s certainly no shortage of things to watch during the 17th annual London Short Film Festival, showcasing the finest of short-form cinema. With some of the capital’s premier cinemas, including Curzon Soho, the ICA cinema and Dalston’s historic Rio theatre hosting screenings, it’s easier than anything to find something a little more out-there than your regular Netflix options. London Lives at Curzon Soho features films that combine fiction and biography to tell the stories of lesser-seen Londoners behind closed doors. Until 19 January; full programme available via shortfilms.org.uk

8. Challenge yourself at a ‘Power of Pilates’ mat class with Gaby Noble, founder of award-winning Exhale Pilates studio

Gaby Noble

Stretch, strengthen and re-align your body at Gaby Noble’s infamous ‘Power of Pilates’, part of the Wellness Month programme at Wolf & Badger’s stylish Coal Drops Yard store. Don’t be fooled by the mats – the class is a serious workout, rewarding your hard work with incredible benefits provided by the original Joseph Pilates mat work. Guests are also treated to a special Wolf & Badger goodie bag. Thursday 16 January, 8am, Wolf & Badger, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ; tickets via eventbrite.co.uk

9. Learn the secret to switching off at The Art of Rest, an exclusive and inspirational class hosted by award-winning author and broadcaster Claudia Hammond

2019 was the year in which busyness – whether with work or the ever-growing social diary – became the norm, the packed calendar a badge of honour as well as a source of stress. Claudia Hammond makes the case for rest as a form of self-care at this talk, full of tips on how to unwind, calm your mind and recharge your body. The Art of Rest – How to Find Respite in the Modern Age, 15 January, 7:30 pm, 29 Power Station West, SW8 4NN; tickets and more information via eventbrite.co.uk  

10. For indulgence with a good cause, Petersham Nurseries’ eco-conscious afternoon tea raises money for the rainforest

Petersham Nurseries X Cool Earth

Petersham Nurseries’ Covent Garden branch has partnered with climate action charity Cool Earth for this all-vegetarian, eco-friendly tea. Inspired by the charity’s work in the Peruvian rainforest, the tea has rainforest-influenced centrepieces which fuse Peruvian and classic Petersham sweets. Treats on offer include cauliflower pani puri and squash and chilli quiche to start, followed by tonka bean custard slices and a quintessential Victoria sponge garnished with garden flowers, with miniature rhubarb and custard tartlets to savour at the end. Until 29 March, Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden WC2E 8JD; to book, visit petershamnurseries.com 

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