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49 Things To Do in London: April 2019

Lead image: The Candlelight Club. Photo by Simon Hartley

1 Fi Katzler, Here and There at Cricket Fine Art Gallery, Chelsea
2-27 April
Internationally-renowned impressionist painter Fi Katzler has launched her second solo exhibition this April, where more than 60 of her paintings will be displayed as part of a new collection called Here and There. Fi uses bold colours to create vibrant oil paintings and takes inspiration from artists including Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet and Van Gogh. The pieces can be viewed at the gallery, Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm or by appointment.
2 Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 0AD; cricketfineart.co.uk

2 The Creative Craft Show and Cake International on Tour, ExCeL centre
4-6 April
The world’s biggest and best-loved cake decoration show, Cake International is hitting the road with Cake International on Tour. It will be coming to London at the ExCeL centre from the 4 to 6 April showcasing over 500 competition entries from across the globe. Alongside the Cake International on Tour, the Creative Craft Show will also be at the ExCeL bringing the latest craft ideas, workshops and quality haberdashery supplies to keen crafters.
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks E16 1XL; excel.london

3 Cocktails in the City at The Vaults, Waterloo
4-6 April
This annual celebration of all things cocktails will be taking over The Vaults in Waterloo to host a three-night long underground cocktail party. You will be able to enjoy cocktails from 25 of London’s finest bars who will be out in force hoping to be crowned as the best bar. What’s more, there will also be a negroni bar all the way from Florence to celebrate 100 years of the infamous tipple. Tickets cost £20, which includes a free cocktail from any of the participating bars.
Leake Street, Lambeth SE1 7NN; cocktailsinthecity.com

4 Number 90 Birthday Weekender, Hackney Wick
4-7 April
Number 90, Hackney Wick’s cool canal-side venue, is throwing its biggest birthday party to date to celebrate its fifth birthday. Taking place over four days from 4-7 April, the free birthday weekender will include DJ sets from the likes of Tom Trago, Fabric’s new resident DJ Anna Wall and the all-female collective SISU. On Saturday night, legendary record store Phonica Records will take to the decks alongside special guests for an all-night party. Throughout the celebrations, you can also sample Number 90’s new summer food and cocktail menu.
90 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9 5LN; number90bar.co.uk

5 Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, across London
4-18 April
The 17th edition of the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival is back this month across London. The programme shows a fantastic range of new Polish cinema and culture, as well as films never before shown in the UK, at venues like the Barbican, the BFI Southbank and the Regent Street Cinema. The festival’s highlights include an immersive musical and dining experience for Oscar-nominated Cold War with director Paweł Pawlikowski and a focus on new female filmmakers.
kinoteka.org.uk

6 Toast, The Other Palace, Westminster
4 April-3 August
A new adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs, Toast the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, opens at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace this month. Following its world premiere at The Lowry in Salford in May and a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London transfer has been hotly anticipated. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience will be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of that cookery. Monthly brewery takeovers will also be taking place in the ground floor bar area with Toast Ale, which produces craft beer from surplus fresh bakery bread, on Thursday 11 April, 9 may, 13 June and 11 July.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; nigelslaterstoast.co.uk

7 Annual Portfolio Review: Winners Exhibition, Old Street
5-6 April
PosterSpy are hosting their Annual Portfolio Review: Winners Exhibition this month, showcasing the very best of the alternative poster art scene. The ten portfolios on display have been shortlisted by industry experts from hundreds of submissions for their unique rethinking of classic movie posters. The weekend will see the grand reveal of the winner and guests have an opportunity to buy the PosterSpy: An Alternative Movie Poster collection.
The Old Street Gallery, 62 Paul Street EC2A 4NA; posterspy.com

8 Vegan Vibes, Greenwich Market
5 April
Vegan Vibes returns to Greenwich Market for its first time this year on Friday 5 April. The monthly vegan event, which takes place on the first Friday of the month from April to October, brings together a host of London’s best vegan stalls. This weekend you can enjoy vegan street food from the likes of The Green Grill, RAWsome, Renee’s Kitchen, Elusive Juices, Veganauti, Miss Flits Bakes Vegan and Black Milq Ice Cream. You can also sample a number of vegan beers, vegan cocktails and vegan wines from the likes of Off The Wagon’s portable bar, Barnes-based Jefferson Brewery and Double Bubble’s prosecco van. 6.30pm-10pm. Tickets are free but should be reserved beforehand at eventbrite.co.uk.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london

9 Power UP, Science Museum, Kensington
6-22 April
This Easter the Science Museum welcomes back its phenomenally popular interactive gaming event Power UP. Returning for a fourth year, this hands-on video game extravaganza features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. This year will take both gaming fans and novices on an interactive journey covering four decades of gaming history with 160 consoles and hundreds of games, from retro arcade classics through to the latest in VR technology.
Exhibition Road, Kensington SW7 2DD; sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup

10 Mary Quant, V&A, Kensington
From 6 April
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, this new exhibition at the V&A delves into the whys and hows of Mary Quant’s colourful British High Street fashion revolution. You’ll see more than 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive in every fashion lover’s dream show, iconic photography such as Twiggy wearing a turquoise moire taffeta waistcoat and skirt, and Quant’s fashion sketches. Tickets cost £12.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk

11 The Boat Race, Putney
7 April
Make sure you don’t miss The Boat Race this month, which sees Oxford and Cambridge battling it out to take the top spot once again. Starting in Putney, the 4.2 mile stretch will host both the women and men’s races on 7 April. There are plenty of places to settle in and watch it, including great pubs like The Boathouse and The Duke’s Head in Putney.
theboatrace.org

12 Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Hampton Court Palace
6-22 April
The Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt returns to Hampton Court Palace for 2019, with the famous Lindt Gold Bunny hiding throughout the palace and gardens. Every bunny found reveals a new story from Hampton Court’s history, with successful hunters offered the chance to claim a delicious chocolatey prize. The hunt is included in Hampton Court Palace admission.
Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU; hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

13 RHS Spring Launch and Orchid Show, Westminster
8-10 April
Bringing in the weekend, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Spring Launch and Orchid Show will showcase some of the finest spring plant displays, an abundance of exotic orchids and the opportunity to view an exclusive preview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Whether you’re looking for a new plant or seeking some advice, you’ll be able to see exhibitors like Aldo Airplant and the Orchid Society of Great Britain at the show.
RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW & RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD; rhs.org.uk

14 The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park
9-14 April
The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair returns to Battersea Park this week. Catering exclusively for interior design buyers, this antique fair, founded in 1985, will showcase pieces from all ages, including Art Deco, Chinoiserie and Art Modern. More than 140 exhibitors will be there, and you can expect to find anything from £15 vintage French wine glasses to valuable paintings by the likes of David Hockney, Peter Blake and Banksy. Register online for a complimentary ticket.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; decorativefair.com

15 Night of the Living Dead, Islington
9 April-19 May
Based on George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, the first ever UK stage adaptation and the only officially authorised production opens at The Pleasance in Islington this month. Directed by Benji Sperring, the show pays homage to the cult monochrome classic, skirting the line between the horrific and the hysterical as it resurrects the original zombie masterpiece. This new adaptation features all the iconic scenes, as well as an entirely new journey from the farmhouse for the beloved characters, in a loving, comedic tribute to the world-renowned film. Tickets from £15.
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF; livingdeadlondon.com

16 Dinner Is Coming, The Vaults, Waterloo
9 April-2 June
Launching at The Vaults in Waterloo, to coincide with the launch of the final series of Game Of Thrones this month, Dinner Is Coming is a new immersive spoof dining experience. Blending a delicious feast of indulgent food with theatre, comedy and an unhealthy dose of murder, Dinner Is Coming will recreate the world of the Several Kingdoms deep in the Vaults’ underground tunnels, for an experience that’s full of dark twists, allegiance challenges and ominous royal celebrations.
The Vaults Leake Street SE1 7NN; dinneriscoming.com

17 Scotch Egg Challenge at The Canonbury Tavern, Islington
10 April
Returning for its ninth year, the egg-erly awaited Scotch Egg Challenge will be coming to The Canonbury Tavern in egg-traordinary style. Contestants will take to the kitchen to compete for the coverted culinary trophy, honouring the classic Scotch Egg. Fans of this humble bar snack can watch on as 20 chefs from across the country battle it out to be crowned supreme egg champion by an expert panel of judges.
21 Canonbury Place, Islington N1 2NS; thecanonbury.co.uk

18 Luke Wright at Soho Theatre
10-13 April
With 2019 marking the 20th anniversary of Luke Wright’s first ever poetry gig, he’s decided to bring his new show Luke Wright, Poet Laureate to the Soho Theatre this month. Deciding to chuck his hat in the ring for poetry’s top job, he has embarked on a mission to write poems to unite a nation divided by austerity and Brexit. Expect some blistering verse and impassioned delivery in his signature witty style.
21 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3NE; sohotheatre.com

19 Juergen Teller exhibition, New Bond Street
10-16 April
Demelza Kids is hosting a new series of photographs by internationally acclaimed photographer Juergen Teller, which will go on display for the first time in a new exhibition at Bonhams New Bond Street. The exhibition is a visual story of the children cared for by Demelza Hospice Care for Children at its centres in Kent and South East London. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the charity, which provides specialist care and emotional support for hundreds of children with terminal conditions and their families.
Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 1SR; bonhams.com/juergenteller

20 Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon, Queen’s House, Greenwich
12 April
The Queen’s House, Greenwich presents this incredibly rare performance procession, starting at the Queen’s House and ending at the National Portrait Gallery, inspired by the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. Following in the footsteps of 16th century public entertainments, which allowed Elizabeth I to see and be seen, multi-award winning performer and writer, Christopher Green, will embody the Queen presenting his unique interpretation of one of the most iconic and recognisable historical figures and influencers in history.
Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk

21 Cineworld O2 Screen Launch, North Greenwich
12 April
Following the launch of its immersive screens last year, the Cineworld at the O2 arena in North Greenwich has been one of the most exciting places to see new films in south London. Now the cinema is launching an additional eight screens with new experiences on 12 April, including offering VIP and 4DX screens. The former will be the next level in cinema comfort including a private lounge and complimentary dining, while the latter uses high-tech motion seats and special effects to stimulate all five senses.
The O2, Peninsula Square SE10 0DX; cineworld.com

22 Tough Mudder, Finsbury Park
12-13 April
On Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April, Tough Mudder returns with the first of its city-based events in Finsbury Park. Encouraging Londoners to ditch the same old spin class, abandon boozy brunch and take on a new fitness experience with friends, Tough Mudder’s 5K Urban series is full of fun featuring 13 of Tough Mudder’s top-rated obstacles including Next Level, Pyramid Scheme and Everest.
Finsbury Park N4 1EE; ToughMudder.co.uk

23 World Vision exhibition, Brick Lane
12-14 April
This month a new exhibition will feature work by Rick Findler, whose work from Syria to Somalia, covers conflict. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact conflict has on children, and the opportunities they miss because of it. The Brick Lane space will be turned into an “enchanted garden”, where giant trees and toys and thousands of fairy lights will re-create an ethereal, fairy-tale world seen through the eyes of a child with Findler’s photos capturing the daily life of children affected by the war placed against this backdrop.
Shop 8, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QR; worldvision.org.uk

24 Banquet of Hoshena, Shepherd’s Bush
From 12 April
Dinner Time Story, the producer behind the hugely successful Le Petit Chef, is launching its latest projector-led dining concept, Banquet of Hoshena. An illusionary feast for the senses, this one-of-a-kind dining experience takes guests on a journey through a mystical land known as Hoshena, a once-green and luscious kingdom that banished anger, sadness and fear. But as a result, love, happiness and courage cannot exist, leaving the land bare, dark and empty. Using cutting-edge 3D technology, image mapping, experiential props and effective storytelling through sights, sounds and tastes, the Banquet of Hoshena takes you on an immersive journey to restore the kingdom to its former glory, while dining on five courses with wine and cocktails. Tickets from £90.
Westfield, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF; banquetofhoshena.com

25 Wayne Gonzales, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Mayfair
Until 13 April
Wayne Gonzales is back with his fifth solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, showcasing his paintings that interrogate American history. Produced between 2015 and 2019, all of the works in the exhibition share an inherent ‘American-ness’ in terms of subject matter and sensibility. Drawing on source material from his own photographs, and those by iconic modernists including Walker Evans and Charles Sheeler, Gonzales’ meticulously crosshatched paintings critically examine the contemporary American landscape.
25-28 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair W1S 3AN; stephenfriedman.com

26 Grief is the Thing with Feather at Barbican Centre
Until 13 April
In one of the most anticipated pieces of theatre this year, Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) stars in Enda Walsh’s theatrical adaptation of Max Porter’s novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Making its transfer from a run in Galway and Dublin last year, the moving adaptation follows two young boys facing the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death and are visited by the Crow, an antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS; barbican.org.uk

27 North End Road Market, Fulham 
14 April
Chill out to some smooth sounds, taste some sensational foods from around the world and shop till you drop at the spring edition of the North End Road Sunday Market. Following the success of its previous seasonal showcases, this award-winning street market in Fulham will welcome spring with more than 150 stalls lining a traffic-free street, as well as entertainment from busking pods and four live music areas that will play host to some 20 up-and-coming bands and musicians.
North End Road, Fulham SW6 1NW; lbhf.gov.uk

28 The Rocky Horror Show, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
15-20 April
As one of the most popular musicals of all time, The Rocky Horror Show has been wowing crowds since it first opened in 1973. Now back with a UK tour, the show will be on at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley this month. Starring actor Philip Franks as the Narrator, Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton as Janet and a1’s Ben Adams as Brad, the show looks set to wow audiences. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, you can expect all of the famous musical numbers from Dammit Janet to The Time-Warp.
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk

29 Best Dad Ever, Soho Theatre
16-17 April
Comedian Ken Cheng is hitting the road this spring with his debut tour Best Dad Ever. He will be performing at the Soho Theatre in London on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April. Born to Chinese immigrants in the UK, Ken never had the most normal upbringing. Best Dad Ever is a tale of his unique childhood, exploring his obsession with toy lambs and his complicated relationship with his parents – aided again by his trusty PowerPoint presentation.
21 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3NE; sohotheatre.com

30 Sadler’s Wells Family Weekend
19-20 April
Family Weekend, Sadler’s Wells’ annual two-day festival of family friendly events, will be returning to the theatre this month on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April. The weekend will feature the UK premiere of Aracaladanza’s Play on the Sadler’s Wells stage as well as seeing the theatre transformed into a magical space for children and families with an array of free fun, games, crafts and activities taking place before and after the show.
Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell EC1R 4TN; sadlerswells.com

31 Turn of the Screw, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
23-27 April
Following the critically acclaimed 2018 tour, Henry James’ iconic, genre defining, ghost story Turn of the Screw is returning to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Set in 1840, the story follows a young governess who agrees to look after two orphaned children in a seemingly idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. The production will star Janet Dibley in the role of The Governess and with Maggie McCarthy as Mrs Grose in this new adaptation from Tim Luscombe.
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk

32 Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the Design Museum, Kensington
26 April-15 September
The Design Museum is celebrating the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century this month with a new exhibition on Stanley Kubrick. Marking the 20th anniversary of his death, the exhibition explores his unique command of the whole creative design process of film making, from story teller to director to editor Relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films, including The Shining, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 6AG; designmuseum.org

33 Pebblefest, Flat Iron Square
27 April
Pebblefest, the first one-day eco-festival hosted by award-winning sustainable lifestyle platform, pebble, will see the installation of London’s first ethical ‘high street.’ On 27 April, you’ll be able to shop your values, be that plastic-free, vegan or zero-waste. Pebblefest will also feature inspiring talks and workshops from industry professionals, sustainable cocktails made from foraged ingredients, live music, good food by eco-conscious brands like Rude Health and even beer brewed using leftover bread.
Flat Iron Square SE1; eventbrite.co.uk

34 Candlelight Club, central London
27 April
The pop-up speakeasy bar is back this month in a secret London location. Lit entirely by candles (hence the name) the venue will be revealed closer to the date to give a true feeling of the Prohibition-era. Expect jazz bands, cocktails and dining options at the intimate bar, as well as a special performance by Gallic crooner Benoit Viellefon and his band. Just make sure you dress the part!
thecandlelightclub.com

35 Grey Area at JD Malat, Mayfair
Until 27 April
JD Malat gallery’s latest exhibition is Grey Area by Katrin Fridriks, which explores the interactions between humans and the forces of nature. Icelandic artist Fridriks’ work showcases the fact that colours are expressed through frequencies, the extremes of which are black and white through her acrylic paintings on canvas. What’s more, she will be the first female to have her own solo show at the gallery in a celebration for International Women’s Day.
30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB; jdmalat.com

36 The Price at Wyndham’s Theatre
Until 27 April
A new adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Price is on at the Wyndham’s Theatre this month. Starring David Suchet and Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle, the 50th anniversary production will run at the theatre until 27 April. First seen on Broadway in 1968, The Price tells the story of two long-estranged brothers meeting to divide the family’s possessions and explores the metaphor between the price of furniture and the price of one’s personal decisions.
Charing Cross Road WC2H 0DA; delfontmackintosh.co.uk

37 Artist’s Crystal Palace Open House
27-28 April & 4-5 May
The inaugural Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House launches this weekend, showcasing the work of more than 80 artists in their studios and local spaces for the first time. Covering the full spectrum of media – from painting, watercolour, sculpture, design, crafts and photography – the event will celebrate Crystal Palace’s talented creatives. The area’s unique cultural history dates back to 1854, when the Great Exhibition’s Crystal Palace was moved there from Hyde Park. Wander through Victorian houses and courtyard ateliers discovering an eclectic range of work from emerging and award-winning professional artists. Independent boutiques, antique shops and pubs around the triangle will also host special events for the occasion. 11am-6pm. Free of charge.
crystalpalaceart.co.uk

38 The Mouse and His Child at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 28 April
The Mouse and His Child at NOW Gallery on Greenwich Peninsula is extending an invitation to all to pop in, pick up a book and relax on the huge reading rug. The installation, developed by Studio Morison, transforms the gallery into an immersive sculptural reading room inspired by Russell Hoban’s children’s novel of the same name. Central to the exhibition will be a huge raspberry swirl rug for reading, lit by a floating sculptural form and bespoke stools and reading tables. The installation will be free to enter and open to both children and adults alike.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk

39 Pissaro in Dulwich, Dulwich Picture Gallery
30 April-4 August
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Dulwich College, Dulwich Picture Gallery will host a special display focusing on Camille Pissarro’s view of the school’s main building, painted in 1871. A special loan from the Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, the work returns to Dulwich for the first time since it was painted.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

40 Don McCullin, Tate Britain, Westminster
Until 6 May
This major exhibition of legendary British photographer Sir Don McCullin’s work is currently on display in Tate’s Level 2 Galleries. He is known for his powerful images of conflict captured around the world from Vietnam to Northern Ireland. The exhibition showcases over 250 photographs, all printed by the artist himself in his own darkroom, and is a unique opportunity to see the scope and achievements of McCullin’s career.
Millbank, Westminster SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk

41 Little Miss Sunshine, Arcola Theatre, Dalston
Until 11 May
Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn. This new production will be directed by the Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen with design by David Woodhead, lighting design by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL; littlemisssunshinemusical.com

42 Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 2 June
Dulwich Picture Gallery’s first show of 2019 will be a look at the original landscapes of the Norwegian symbolist artist, Harald Sohlberg (1869 – 1935). He is considered one of the greatest masters of landscape painting in the history of Norwegian art. This exhibition, timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Sohlberg’s birth, will be the first major show of his work outside of Norway. Guests can also see a new installation by Mariele Neudecker, made in response to the paintings of Harald Sohlberg in the mausoleum. Tickets are £16.50 for adults.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

43 Rip It Up – The 60s at Garrick Theatre
Until 2 June
The ultimate Strictly Come Dancing boy band has united to create a show full of dance, music and gymnastics. Called Rip it Up – The 60s, the performance brings the decade smashing into the 21st century through an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics and amazing visuals to celebrate the revolutionary cultural period. This marks the first ever West End run for the show that has already had a highly successful 2018 UK wide tour with McFly’s Harry Judd, JLS’s Aston Merrygold, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and The Wanted’s Jay McGuinness.
2 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0HH; ripituptheshow.com

44 Mandela: The Official Exhibition, Waterloo
Until 2 June
A major new exhibition following the life of Nelson Mandela is currently on at 26 Leake Street, a new venue in the railway arches under Waterloo station, near the iconic Leake Street graffiti tunnel. Designed to educate, entertain and inspire using many personal belongings and objects, the exhibition features a number of items never previously seen outside of South Africa. Mandela’s story has been told many times before but this exhibition aims to look at the deeper stories behind the headlines and bring us closer to the man behind the myth. Tickets from £15.
26 Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; mandelaexhibition.com

45 Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House
Until 11 June
This spring, the Royal Ballet is reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballet masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Set to Sergey Prokofiev’s seminal score, the performance will feature a number of principal and debuting dancers in the roles of Juliet and Romeo in the performance at the Royal Opera House. The work has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than 400 times since it was premiered at Covent Garden in 1965, making Romeo and Juliet a classic you can’t miss.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk

46 Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at V&A Museum
Until 14 July
The V&A’s latest exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams has been hotly anticipated since it was announced last year. Spanning from 1947 to the present day, it traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers and how Dior’s work has had a lasting impact of the fashion world. Highlights include a selection of sketches by the designer, photographs of everyone from the Queen to Yves Saint Laurent and a collection of dresses from the Dior Héritage collection in Paris. Tickets start at £20.
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk

47 The Poster Prize for Illustration at London Transport Museum
Until 14 July
A new exhibition of 100 illustrations is on this month at the London Transport Museum in a celebration of London. The illustrations have been shortlisted in a competition organised by the Association of Illustrators in partnership with London Transport Museum. Artists were invited to create an illustration that visually captures a well-known or obscure London narrative; stories that are contemporary or historical, real or imagined. Tickets start from £16 online.
Covent Garden Piazza WC2E 7BB; ltmuseum.co.uk

48 Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, Millbank
Until 11 August
The latest EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, is Tate Britain’s highly anticipated exhibition of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Exploring how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career, and how he, in turn, inspired British artists like Walter Sickert and Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes some of his most famous works, such as Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhône and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. Running until 11 August.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk

49 Brick Wonders at Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Until 27 October
What would you build with half a million LEGO bricks? Find out what’s possible at the Horniman’s new Brick Wonders exhibition. Brick Wonders has used 500,000 bricks to create amazing wonders from around the world, from an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge. The exhibition sees more than 50 models will be on show, from individual pieces that will inspire visitors to build them at home, to awe-inspiring dioramas and mosaics. Tickets start at £5 for children and £9 for adults.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk



 

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