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31 GREAT THINGS TO DO IN LONDON: APRIL 2017

1 Joseinne Clark, Borderline
1 April 
Kicking off their UK tour, award-winning vocalist Josienne Clark and equally award-winning guitarist Ben Walker will be taking to the stage in newly revamped The Borderline, Soho, on Saturday 1 April. Specialising in melancholy, the pair showcase a variety of styles on stage, from country and jazz to 60s pop. From 7pm. Tickets, £11.50.
Orange Yard, off Manette Street, Soho W1D 4JB; ticketweb.co.uk 

2 The Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race
2 April
The Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race is one of the most well-established sporting events in the world. First raced in 1829 and 1927 respectively, April 2017 will see the running of the 163rd Boat Race and 72nd Women’s Boat Race. Events at the river bank kick off at 12pm at Bishop’s Park and the Adnams Fan Park in Furnivall Gardens, and the races start at 4.35pm (Women’s) and 5.35pm (Men’s). Click here for The Resident’s pick of where to watch the Boat Race between Putney and Mortlake on Sunday 2 April.
theboatraces.org

3 Private view for dogs, 25 Blythe Road Gallery
3 April
25 Blythe Road Gallery is hosting a Private View for dogs and their owners of a pictorial celebration of the age old mutual reverence between man and his dog. There will be some 25 pictures of dogs at the preview of the Pictures from a Private London Club auction (which will be held on 5 April), many from the Victorian era as well as paintings and drawings of rabbits, foxes, horses and stags that adorned the walls of the dining rooms, drawing room and elegant corridors of the club. The event, in support of and raising awareness for the work of the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, will also feature treats from Pet Pavilion and pastries from L’Elysee for their owners. 8.30am-10am.
25 Blythe Road, Kensington W14 OPD; 25blytheroad.com

4 The National Army Museum reopens in Chelsea
From 30 March
The National Army Museum has announced that it will open to the public on 30 March after a three-year, £23.75m redevelopment project. The main Chelsea site has been reconfigured with architects BDP to create a more welcoming, accessible and flexible environment, enabling the museum to manage increasing visitor figures. The bright new building will include over 2,500 objects in five permanent thematic galleries: Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk

5 From Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery  
From 31 March
From Selfie to Self-Expression at Saatchi Gallery is the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day. The exhibition showcases key artworks by artists as diverse as Kutluğ Ataman, Christopher Baker, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous. Huawei, the world’s number three smartphone brand, has also commissioned 10 exciting Young British Photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica, as part of their artistic practice. Running until 30 May.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com

6 Discovery by Scarlett Hooft Graafland at Flowers Gallery
From 31 March
Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s surreal, dream-like photographs provide the lasting record of her carefully choreographed, site-specific sculptural interventions and performances in some of the most isolated corners of the world. The exhibition Discovery, opening on 31 March at Flowers Gallery, draws together more than a decade of exploration.
21 Cork Street W1S 3LZ; flowersgallery.com

7 The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park
4-9 April
The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair returns to Battersea Park from 4-9 April. The foyer display will recognise the rising trend for an area in the home that combines a love of the outdoors with a tranquil get away space.
decorativefair.com

8 Giacomo Balla, The Estorick Collection 
5 April-25 June
The Estorick Collection will be hosting a major exhibition by Giacomo Balla, one of the undisputed masters of modern Italian art. Balla was one of the five signatories of Futurism’s initial painting mainfestos of 1910 and a pioneering figure of European Modernism. Giacomo Balla: Designing the Future will run at the Estorick Collection from 5 April-25 June.
39a Canonbury Square N1 2AN; estorickcollection.com

9 Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre
7 April-20 May 
Written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph, Guards at the Taj is a comedic interpretation of 17th century Agra, India, just when the Taj Mahal was nearing completion. Two best friends who work as imperial guards keep watch as the masterpiece is given its final touches, upon direct orders from the emperor who has decreed that no-one but those who are working on the magnificent project can look at the Taj Mahal until its finishes. Once the glorious palace is revealed, the two friends learn the cost of true beauty in this twisted turn of events.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8LJ; 020 8743 5050; bushtheatre.co.uk

10 Kobe Menu at SUSHISAMBA
10-16 April

As one of the select restaurants in the world certified to sell Kobe beef, SUSHISAMBA will be running an exclusive Kobe Menu from 10-16 April. Famous for its melt-in-the-mouth tenderness, Kobe beef is not always the easiest to find outside its native Japan. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Claudio Cardoso, features 12 Kobe specials ranging from £6.50-£156, plus the indulgent Kobe Beef Ishiyaki at £1,000. Rich Woods has also created an unbelievably delicious and indulgent Kobe cocktail, a classic riff on an Old Fashioned sees Yamazaki Japanese Whisky treated to a wash of the highest grade Kobe fat before being stirred with maple and salted caramel, served over a block of ice.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; sushisamba.com

11 Tall Ships Regatta, Greenwich & Woolwich 
12-16 April
Head down to the river this Easter Weekend as the Tall Ships Regatta returns to Greenwich and Woolwich. A fleet of more than 30 ships will take to the River Thames for four days of festivities over the entire weekend, as the crews prepare for a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race to Canada. Marking the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, the vessels will leave London at the end of the weekend, setting sail for Portugal, Bermuda and Boston, before arriving in Quebec on 18 July.
tallshipsevents.com

12 Caro Emerald at Royal Albert Hall
12 & 29 April
Caro Emerald has announced her most extensive tour of the UK, with two dates scheduled for London. She will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 April, before returning to the capital on 29 April to star at The Roundhouse. Expect new gems from the award-winning singer.
caroemerald.com/tour

13 Bright Young Tings, National Theatre
Until 15 April
Bright Young Tings, an exhibition of photographs from the National Theatre Archive’s Michael Mayhew Collection, is a rare snapshot of the work developed by black theatre practitioners between 1979-1982. Mayhew was the National Theatre’s Art Director (from 1976-2009) when he was asked to take publicity stills of the newly established Black Theatre Cooperative. Shot in 35mm black and white film, Mayhew’s tightly framed images captures the emergence of the theatre group and a spirit of hope in its members.
Lyttelton Lounge, National Theatre, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk

14 Escape The Scaffold at Theatre503
Until 15 April
Titas Halder’s Escape The Scaffold is a dark, dangerous thriller with pitch-black humour. Set against the background of a rapidly changing world, three best friends hunker down in their student house, forced to make decisions that will mark them for the rest of their lives. Youthful idealism is tested, paranoia takes hold, and real life melts into a nightmare world. Eventually, a love triangle escalates into a murderous betrayal. 7.45pm.
The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BW; theatre503.com

15 It’s Not Yet Midnight, Roundhouse
10-23 April
Returning to London for the first time since 2010, French Compagnie XY – widely regarded as one of the leading contemporary circus companies in the world – bring their new show It’s Not Yet Midnight… to the Roundhouse from 10-23 April for its UK premiere. With 20 acrobats on stage, this show is a call to work together, to be watchful and look out for one another, an antithesis to our indivisualistic society.
Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH; roundhouse.org.uk

16 LWD Vision Exhibition 
1-29 April
Twenty eye-catching designs celebrating the spirit of West Dulwich have been selected to adorn new lamp-post banners in the area, and the winning and commended entries will be featured in a special exhibition at Volcano Coffee House in April. The completed banners will then be installed on 60 lamp-posts in and officially unveiled at the Love West Dulwich Spring Fair on Saturday 20 May. The Love West Dulwich Lamp-post Banner project was funded by a grant from the London Borough of Southwark’s High Street Challenge and contributions from local businesses.
Volcano Coffee House, Parkhall Business Centre, 40 Martell Road, West Dulwich SE21 8EN; facebook.com/lovewestdulwich

17 No Guts No Glory at Saatchi Gallery’s Prints & Originals Gallery
11 April-8 May
London-based artist Ben Turnbull presents No Guts No Glory, a new solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery’s Prints & Originals Gallery, comprising of collaged vintage US comic books and various mixed media works. No Guts No Glory produces a sequential visual story following young American GIs, documenting their experience from departure to homecoming. Marrying themes of heroism, sacrifice and human purpose with popular Americana, Turnbull has used all-American artefacts including flags, comics, toys and military attire to create this ‘Memorial Pop’ exhibition in Chelsea.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com

18 Sea Fret, Old Red Lion Theatre
Until 22 April
Lucy Carless of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed drama series Humans makes her theatre debut as Ruby in Sea Fret opening at the Old Red Lion. Best known for her portrayal of teenaged Mattie in both series of the hit television programme, Lucy trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop. Rising sea levels are threatening the ground beneath her house but Ruby is wildly distracted. She wants one final blow out before her best mate Lucy leaves for Uni. With the local community in favour of letting nature.
418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ; oldredliontheatre.co.uk

19 Richard Mosse: Incoming at The Barbican
Until 23 April
In collaboration with composer Ben Frost and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse has created this new exhibition of work, opening on 15 February at the Barbican Centre, using a new, powerful telephoto military camera. With this he has created narratives of the journeys made by refugees, shown in a whole new light.
barbican.org.uk

20 Rosencratz & Guildenstern are Dead at The Old Vic
Until 6 May
Half a century after its premiere at The Old Vic, Rosencratz & Guildenstern are Dead – the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name – returns to that same stage in a 50th anniversary celebratory production. Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending comedy will star Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig, and runs until 29 April.
oldvictheatre.com

21 The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse
21 April-17 June
Lenny Henry will take the lead role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, from 21 April-17 June. Written by Bertolt Brecht, this is a satirical masterpiece where a little bribery and harmless corruption leads to
something more dangerous.
41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials WC2H 9LX; donmarwarehouse.com

22 Sing Street, Pete Postlethwaite Picture House
25 April
Head down to The Pete Postlethwaite Picture House for the Richmond Film Society’s 54th season, where they’ll be showing the heart warming tale of a young Irish boy named Connor who starts a band in Sing Street. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival last year and received rave reviews, before being released in the US last month. It was nominated for the Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes and gives viewers a colourful insight into inner city Dublin in the 80s.
St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road TW1 4SX; 020 8893 3503; richmondfilmsoc.org.uk 

23 Secrets of the Underground, London Transport Museum Depot
22-23 April
Discover the Secrets of the Underground at the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton during a rare open weekend. This historical depot in Acton is a vintage transport emporium of sorts, with an extensive collection of 320,000 fascinating artefacts. Secrets of the Underground features a programme of talks, interactive displays, tours and family activities, including a ride on a miniature railway. Enjoy tours of the cool art and poster collection, hear stories from Hidden London, the museum’s hugely popular series of tours of disused Underground stations, join transport historian Oliver Green as he reveals the story behind a forgotten space below the streets of London – the Kingsway Tramway Subway – and get a behind the scenes look at Crossrail.
118-120 Gunnersbury Lane W3 9BQ; ltmuseum.co.uk

24 Social Supper Club, Shoreditch
26 April 
For one night only, leading London chefs Adam Handling (The Frog), Alex Head (Social Pantry), Anna Barnett (Grazia, Vogue, ELLE), Richard Falk and Robin Gill (The Dairy) and Lee Westcott (Typing Room) come together in Shoreditch to raise money for young offender charity Key4Life. This special edition Social Supper Club sees the chefs work in partnership with five ex-offenders to devise a five-course menu for paying guests, with all profits from ticket sales (£50 per head) donated to the charity. 6.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets £50 including drinks from Tanqueray.
Calvert 22 Space, 22 Calvert Avenue E2 7JP; designmynight.com

25 The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus
Until 14 May
The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus at Proud Chelsea unveils never before seen images of the Fab Four shot by Magnus 50 years ago. The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Marianne Faithfull, Eric Clapton, Jane Asher and Pattie Boyd were all part of one special weekend back in June 1967 when The Beatles recorded their hit song All you need is Love for the first time during a live broadcast that was seen by 400 million people worldwide. Magnus was asked to document the live broadcast for BBC’s Our World and will be showcasing them for the first time at Proud Chelsea.
161 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5XP; proudonline.co.uk

26 Making Nature: How We See Animals, Welcome Collection
Until 21 May
Rolling into its third month at the Wellcome Collection, the fascinating Making Nature: How We See Animals exhibition closing on 21 May is not one to be missed. Sparking a year long exploration into nature and all its quirks, this installation is one of the first in a series of many. Featuring more than 100 objects and artefacts from literature, film, photography and taxidermy, this multi sensory experience will walk you through the intricate ins and outs of animal life, forcing you to consider how we impact their way of living.
wellcomecollection.org

27 David Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain
Until 29 May
This once-in-a-generation show at Tate Britain, opening on 9 February, will bring together six decades of David Hockney’s work for the first time. Major loans from private collections – including works never displayed in public before – will be united with iconic paintings from museums around the world. The retrospective will include vibrant new paintings of the artist’s home in Los Angeles, which will be united for the first time with earlier works depicting the same subject across 35 years.
tate.org.uk

28 Vanessa Bell Exhibit at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 4 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first monographic exhibition of work by Vanessa Bell from 8 February. Widely acclaimed as a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group, Bell also stands on her own as a pivotal player in 20th century British art, inventing a new language of visual expression. Arranged thematically, the exhibition will reveal Bell’s pioneering work.
dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

29 Where the Thunderbird Lives, The British Museum
Now until 27 August
The British Museum will explore the rich cultural heritage of the Northwest Coast of North America through a collection of evocative and powerful objects spanning thousands of years. Where the Thunderbird Lives: a cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America, on until 27 August, celebrates the way communities in the region maintained their unique identity.
Great Russell Street WC1B 3DG; britishmuseum.org

30 Space Descent VR, Science Museum
Until 26 January 2018
Let astronaut Tim Peake guide you through a thrilling, high-speed journey back to Earth in Space Descent VR, an immersive virtual reality experience at the Science Museum. Created by the award-winning Alchemy VR for the Science Museum Group, Space Descent VR puts you inside the descent module of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the unique opportunity to experience the 360° 3D view as it makes the dangerous 400km journey back to Earth from the International Space Station. ‘It really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission,’ said Tim Peake. ‘Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing!’ Tickets £7.
sciencemuseum.org.uk/VR

31 Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington Palace
Until 2018
From the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances to the glamour and elegance of her later life, Diana captivated the world’s attention as a trendsetter. Now, 20 years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story presents an extraordinary collection of garments – from the glittering ball gowns of the 80s to the chic Catherine Walker Suits and tailored shift dresses of Diana’s 90s ‘working wardrobe’. Tickets are £16.50 (concs £13.70) for visits until 28 February 2017. From 1 March 2017, tickets are £19 (concs £15). Kids go free (must be accompanied by an adult).
Kensington Gardens W8 4PX; hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace



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