The fun doesn’t stop just because Christmas is over! It’s nearly 2020 and London has plenty to get the new year off to a good start, including Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia, the International Mime Festival, Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights and your last chance to catch London’s best pantos
Lead Image: Garçon Style by Jonathan Daniel Pryce at South Place Hotel
1 Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Until 5 January
Circus 1903 – the internationally acclaimed turn-of-the-century family spectacular from the producers The Illusionists and the award-winning War Horse puppeteers – takes us back to the mesmerising Golden Age of Circus. On now at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall with new acts for 2019 including the Brazilian Wheel of Death, the mesmerising production features larger-than-life puppet elephants alongside a huge cast of amazing and dangerous circus acts including acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze artists, high-wire performers and more. Tickets £29.50-£125.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; circus1903.com
2 Queer City: The Museum of London LGBTQ+ Tour, Barbican
From Roman romances to Pride and persecution, explore the cultural heritage of London’s modern Queer community as seen in the museum’s collection. The Museum of London team leads this monthly cross-gallery tour, spanning almost 2,000 years of history, for free with advance bookings. Recommended for ages 11+. 2.30pm-3.45pm. The next tours take place on 1 February and 7 March.
150 London Wall, Barbican EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
3 Live Jazz at Alp’s Kitchen, Belsize Park
Alp’s Kitchen in Belsize Park hosts live musicians for an evening of laid back jazz and fine dining every Saturday night. Join the likes of Jazz on the Rocks for music inspired by the sound of 30s and 50s jazz divas, with a dash of Hollywood style. The steakhouse, founded by Le Cordon Bleu school graduate Alper Balci, serves grade A meats, from pure bred Suffolk Wagyu to Chateaubriand and T-bone steak to lamb skewers and chicken schnitzel, as well as vegetarian dishes from Mediterranean-style flatbreads to veg dumplings. The restaurant even has an in-house butchers where you can buy fine cuts to your preference. Live jazz plays from 7.30pm-10.30pm.
240 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park NW3 2AE; alpskitchen.co.uk
4 Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the O2 Arena, North Greenwich
Until 5 January
This magical show will be arriving at the O2 just after Christmas, with a cast of more than 50 characters – including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and of course a princess or two – skating their way into London. Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic offers you the chance to sing along to more than 30 unforgettable songs, including favourites like Frozen’s Let It Go to Toy Story’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me, and The Lion King’s Hakuna Matata. Tickets from £33. Performance times vary.
Peninsula Square SE10 ODX; theo2.co.uk
5 Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, South Bank
Until 5 January
For the 38th year, this annual exhibition returns with over 4000 handmade pieces for sale, which have been created by a line-up of 90 talented makers – each has been carefully selected and often discovered by leading contemporary jewellery pioneers, Tony Gordon and Christine Bola. As a result, this is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for something special for the loved one in your life. It will take place at the Oxo Tower’s gallery, and entry is free.
gallery@Oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk
6 Crybabies: Danger Brigade at Soho Theatre
After their iconic début at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, Crybabies are bringing their show Danger Brigade to Soho Theatre. The surreal comedy features the misadventures of celebrity super-spy Ed Jones, Freudian car crash Mikey Clarke and James Gault as they move through a weird and wonderful world of friendship, father issues, rats, crisps, and concerns of the heart. Prepare for a night full of comedy, action, song and dance. 7.15pm. Tickets £17.50.
21 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3NE; sohotheatre.com
7 The London International Mime Festival, various venues
8 January-2 February
The London International Mime Festival, back for its 44th year, is an annual showcase of the very best contemporary visual theatre, embracing cutting edge circus, dance, juggling, physical comedy and more. Highlights including This Time by Ockham’s Razor, showcasing spectacular new takes on trapeze routines; Romancing the Apocalypse by Thick & Tight, a subversive delight combining dance, mime and queer culture; The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel by Told by an Idiot, a hilarious and moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever; and Dead Good by Vamos Theatre, a witty, wordless theatre show about two terminally ill friends who decide to embark on one final, death-defying adventure. Plus, workshops for 2020 include an exclusive course taught by faculty members from the École Jacques Lecoq, Paris, and a residential course celebrating 30 years of the David Glass Ensemble.
8 Mindful Thursdays with Willow x Ladies & Gentleman’s, Camden Town
From 9 January
Willow, the first alcohol-free spirit to contain cannabidiol (CBD), is taking over five-star dive bar Ladies & Gentleman this January, serving up only low and no-alcohol drinks. From Friday 10 until Friday 31 January, all drinks will have a maximum of 0.5% ABV, making Ladies & Gentlemen a great destination for those giving Dry January a whirl. The bar will be serving up Willow – an alternative low alcohol spirit which combines CBD and the taste profile of pineapple, star anise, blue agave and cherry tomatoes – alongside a selection of low ABV beers, cocktails and low-alcohol wines. Plus, every week throughout January, Willow x Ladies and Gent’s will be hosting Mindful Thursdays with Lego-based therapy – a new form of mindfulness that encourages either following instructions or being creative with a Lego build, where all proceeds go to the Toy Project, a special charity that seeks to recycle toys and distribute them globally for the less fortunate. Tickets £5. To book see eventbrite.co.uk
213 Royal College Street, Camden NW1 0SG; ladiesandgents.co
9 Catford Mews Comedy Club
Laugh the night away as six up-and-coming comedians take to the stage for an evening of great jokes, jibes and gags at south London’s newest comedy club. The evening’s MC will be Nena Edwards and comedians include Don Biswas, finalist of the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year and twice winner of the Comedy Store King Gong Show; Arielle Souma, BBC comedy-award shortlist 2019; Susie Steed, Funny Women regional finalist 2018; Andy Storey, Finalist BBC New Comedian of the year 2015; Darren Walsh, winner of Best Joke Leicester Comedy Festival Awards 2019; and Jenan Younis, BBC New Voices 2019 runner up. Spearheading a revival of the Catford Centre, Catford Mews is a 14,000 sq ft venue providing a multi-screen cinema, live entertainment space for music and comedy, pop-up food market with local traders, and eventually co-working areas and exhibition space. Doors 7.30pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £5.
Catford Mews, 32 Winslade Way, Catford SE6 4JU; catford-mews.co.uk
10 Maidens, Myths & Monsters at Clapham Omnibus
Maidens, Myths & Monsters marks the debut of Nikita Gill’s mythological world Great Goddesses on stage. As well co-creating the play with director Thomas Moore, Nikita will also take to the stage in this spell binding world premiere. So what’s the story? Olympus is falling. The time of the Gods is almost over. But there is one more story left to tell – the greatest story of all. For millennia Hera sat atop Olympus watching and waiting while her family fought, her husband philandered, monsters were made, wars left their mark and stories were unwritten. She has been treated as a punch line to Zeus jokes for too long, but hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. 7.30pm. Tickets £16.
1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
11 The Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which attracts collectors, interior designers and discerning individuals from around the world, returns for its eighth year. Some 40 exhibitors, most of whom are members of BADA or LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, are gathering to present their finest stock, which includes period, Art Deco and mid-century furniture, antique and 20th century jewellery, traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture, clocks and vintage watches, decorative ceramics, antique enamels, tapestries and more. Light refreshments are available within the fair, or you can opt to dine at the hotel’s restaurants, which include Gordon Ramsay’s Bar & Grill and Lucky Cat. Tickets £10. To book see eventbrite.co.uk.
The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 6JP; mayfairfair.com
12 Disco Freaks: Disco 2020, at CLF Art Cafe, Peckham
Shake off the shackles of those January blues and join the Disco Freaks vinyl duo for a high-octane session on dance floor this Friday. Expect massive disco hits from the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge, Odyssey and Chic, plus 70s & 80s funk and rare grooves – all played on beautiful vinyl. Over the last few years Disco Freaks have played huge festivals such as Bestival and Glastonbury, and packed out venues across the UK, Europe and New York. They’ve played alongside the likes of John Morales, Craig Charles and Roy Ayers. 10pm-5am. Entry from £5 in advance or £12 on the door. If disco’s not quite you scene, The South London Soul Train pulls into the Bussey Building the very net night.
133 Rye Lane; Peckham SE15 4ST; clfartcafe.org
13 Saturday Night Comedy at Up The Creek, Greenwich
If you’re attempting Dry January, you’re going to need some laughs, so head into Greenwich for Saturday Night Comedy at Up The Creek, featuring some of the finest comedians on the circuit today. This Saturday it’s Ro Campbell, Kae Kurn, Matt Green and Simon Bodkin. You can also order fab burgers, chicken wings and veggie and vegan eats from Rox Burger, and once the comedy’s over, there’s an after party with music classics until 2am. Tickets £16. 8.45pm-2am (doors 7pm).
302 Creek Road, Greenwich SE10 9SW; up-the-creek.com
14 The Magic of Motown, Richmond Theatre
The unstoppable Magic of Motown show hits the stage at Richmond Theatre this weekend. Celebrate the sound of a generation with the timeless sounds of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and more, all sensationally recreated for you by a talented cast and band. The Magic of Motown has been seen by more than one million people all over the world and recently performed for the Royal Variety Performance 2016, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s the time. Tickets from £26.15. 7.30pm.
1 Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QH; atgtickets.com
15 Intention Setting with Crystal Grids, Drink, Shop & Do, King’s Cross
Determined to make 2020 your year? Try Intention Setting with Crystal Grids, Drink, Shop & Do, King’s Cross. Crystal Grids are maybe the original vision board – master them and, in theory, you use them to attract what you want into your life. Ideal if you’re determined to stick to your 2020 new year’s resolutions, no? This fun, interactive workshop will start with a brief introduction to the healing properties of crystals and how they can impact your life – whether you want to attract love into your life, have a new business venture in mind, or are planning for a healthier 2020. Next, you’ll learn the background of crystal grids, discover how they can benefit us, and how and when to use them. Then you’ll create your first crystal grid. Tea and cake will be served before the workshop. Doors open at 10.30am, workshop starts at 11am and ends at 1pm. £35.
9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross N1 9DX; drinkshopdo.co.uk
Until 12 January
Panto season continues into January, and London has some great options for those still feeling festive. Greenwich Theatre’s pantos have quite the following, in no small part thanks to panto royalty Andrew Pollard, who writes and directs the annual sell-out show. This year, the theatre is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its reopening, so extra stops will be pulled out. Sleeping Beauty is the panto of choice – the tale of a sleeping princess, an unlikely hero, and even more unlikely villain. Pollard returns to take panto fans on a time-travelling, continent-hopping, gravity defying adventure that’s out of this world (with a few show-stopping events from 1969 thrown in for good measure). Tickets £30, concs £20, kids £15.50.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
17 MELTDOWN: Visualising the Climate Crisis at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Until 12 January
Unlike wildfires and flooding, glaciers are not part of the weather system and when looking at glacier mass loss over time, one can see the result of global heating, making glaciers key indicators of the climate crisis. Since 2008, climate change charity Project Pressure has been commissioning artists to document changes to vanishing glaciers, the consequences for billions of people, and efforts made to limit melting. These works have been brought together as MELTDOWN, which is broken down into three chapters: The Importance of Glaciers, Current Issues and Meltdown Consequences. The series of striking art works includes Richard Mosse’s photograph of the ice cave under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland; and Noémie Goudal’s large-scale photographic installation mirroring the shifting glacial landscape. Entry is free.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
18 Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders at The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 14 January
Christmas seems to come around earlier every year, and this year is no exception, with the launch of London’s first pantomime of the season – Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders. Following the sell-out success of Beauty and The Feast, Darling & Edge, the immersive events studio based in Hello Darling, has whipped up another thrilling theatrical adult pantomime, inspired by Aladdin and the Genie. Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders is an underground theatrical dining experience, a fully immersive, grown-up panto that rolls a five-course gastro banquet and party into one hedonistic night – it’s a wine-and-dine pantomime that turns the classic tale on its head. Tickets from £35 (Early Bird) to £55.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; thevaults.london
19 myWW Better Together Supper Club at Carousel, Marylebone
WW – Weight Watchers Reimagined – is hosting an intimate supper club to celebrate the launch of its most customisable and flexible programme ever, myWW. Taking place in the beautiful setting of Carousel London, the supper club will seek to showcase the freedom and flexibility of the new wellness programme with a three-course menu of WW recipes – where no food is off limits. You can also find out how myWW can be matched specifically to and hear inspirational success stories from WW members. Plus, since success is seen better together – as demonstrated by recent findings by WW scientists that members are likely to lose up to 14% more weight when joining together – WW is giving away two tickets for the price of one. Tickets are £15, admitting two people to enjoy drinks, a three course meal, and a WW goody bag worth over £40. 6.30pm-9.30pm. To book see universe.com
71 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 8AB; universe.com/myww
20 Cirque du Soleil Luzia at Royal Albert Hall
12 January-1 March
Cirque du Soleil return to the Royal Albert Hall with Luzia, a dazzling luminous spectacle playing in Europe for the first time. Luzia takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light (‘luz’ in Spanish) quenches the spirit, and rain (‘lluvia’) soothes the soul. The show is like a waking dream, taking audiences from an old movie set to an undersea world, and from a cenote to a city alleyway, passing smoothly from an urban setting to the natural world, from the past to the present via fascinating Mexican mythology and traditions. Breathtaking acrobatic performances feature as standard, and water has been integrated into this year’s performances adding a level of acrobatic complexity never-before-seen under the Big Top at Cirque du Soleil. Tickets from £39.75.
Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com
21 Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf
Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf was an absolute cracker last year, and this year it’s back to add a little sparkle to the post-festive period. The event sees an eclectic mix of 25 spectacular installations and experiences, with both fresh and returning artworks. Highlights include Sky on Earth by Uaii Studio, a UK premier that will transform Columbus Courtyard into an electrifying life-sized storm cloud made of foam, illuminated by lighting and accompanied by the rumble of thunder; Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design, a towering installation brought to life by a dramatic repertoire of lighting effects controlled by you; and Constellations by Studio Joanie Lemercier, a London premier that takes you on a trip into deep space through a black hole created by projecting water onto a giant water screen. Don’t forget to drop by the Winter Lights Bites street food hubs for great food on the go. Most works are best viewed from dusk, with installations switched off at around 10pm each day. Free.
22 Ravens: Spassky Vs. Fischer at Hampstead Theatre
Until 18 January
Uncover the secrets of the Cold War with Tom Morton-Smith’s gripping new psychological thriller, which will be shown at Hampstead Theatre until January. Directed by Annebelle Comyn, this stellar new play depicts a match that became a signature event of this period in history, exploring how two very different individuals were co-opted to stand for contrasting political systems. Times and ticket prices vary.
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage NW3 3EU; hampsteadtheatre.com
23 Calçotada Winter Festival at Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch & Battersea
From 18 January
Tapas Brindisa is celebrating the traditional Catalan winter festival of Calçotada this month. Held every year in towns and villages across Catalonia, the festival pays homage to the humble calçot onion, only available from late January to March. The calçots are chargrilled in huge bundles on open fires, dipped in romesco sauce and washed down with plenty of cava. The Brindisa calçot feasting menu will be available every weekend at Brindisa Battersea and Shoreditch, kicking off with a vegan feast in Shoreditch on 18 January. The menu will feature dishes such as flame-roasted vegetables, baked potatoes with tomato sauce and Catalan spinach, and whole grilled Spanish artichokes, finishing with a vegan take on the classic Crema Catalana. A menu for omnivores, featuring roasted poussin, Butifarra sausages, and sourdough toast with alioli, will be available alongside the vegan menu at Battersea and Shoreditch from 25 January. Served 12pm-5pm for £35pp. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
152 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3AT & Unit 25, Battersea Power Station, Circus Road West SW11 8EZ; brindisakitchens.com
24 Garçon Style by Jonathan Daniel Pryce at South Place Hotel, Moorgate
Until 17 January
South Place Hotel is hosting an exhibition previewing photography from Amazon’s #1 best seller, Garçon Style, by award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce (AKA GarçonJon). The London Edit by GarçonJon is an intimate exhibition of his work taken from his new book, Garçon Style, which features interviews with a host of street style icons including musician Paul Weller, artist Rainer Andreesen and editor Blake Abbie, with a special foreword from Sir Paul Smith. From impeccable tailoring to vintage finds, the evocative images capture the myriad ways in which men express themselves sartorially. Each of the book’s four chapters reveals the unique character of a fashion capital in the late twenty-tens. The award-winning photographer’s work will be showcased in the hotel’s gallery space adjacent to The Secret Garden.
3 South Place, Moorgate EC2M 2AF; southplacehotel.com
25 Etching Masterclass at Dulwich Picture Gallery
The new year is always a great time to learn something new or bolster old skills, which is why Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Etching Masterclass is perfectly timed. Chris Gray, Head of Printmaking at London Fine Art Studios, will lead a masterclass in etching running through the various methods of itaglio printmaking, including dry point, hard ground, soft ground and aquatint. Gray will also give a tour of the gallery’s current main exhibition, Rembrandt’s Light, as part of the workshop, as well as offering an insight into Rembrandt’s use of line. 10am–3pm. Tickets £50 (£45 for Friends and concessions).
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
26 Adventure Travel Show, Olympia London
Olympia London is hosting the 24th year of the UK’s only event dedicated to discovering the world off the beaten track – the Adventure Travel Show. Discover the hottest new destinations, gain top tips and advice from the experts, uncover hidden travel gems, enhance your skills with the Adventure Planning, Trekking and Cycle Touring Seminars, or immerse yourself in the Adventure Travel Film Festival. You can also hear from travel experts like Sir Ranulph Fiennes – The World’s Greatest Living Explorer, as quoted by The Guinness Book of Records – who will be talking about his life’s expedition work and record-breaking achievements in Living Dangerously at 11.30am on Saturday 18 January. Tickets from £11. Workshops carry an additional fee.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; adventureshow.com
27 The Anti-Diet Riot Fest at Colours Hoxton
New Year, New You? Stuff that – it’s time to celebrate yourself with this mini-festival that rebels against January’s toxic diet culture. It’s two years since Anti Diet Riot Club first launched to try and combat society’s obsession with thinness, narrow beauty ideals and fat phobia, and to celebrate, this is the initiative’s biggest event yet. Visitors can look forward to more than 20 speakers and 12 hours of activities, all taking place across three rooms, alongside creative writing and yoga workshops, stalls, food and much more. Tickets from £25. To book see eventbrite.co.uk
2-4 Hoxton Square N1 6NU; antidietriotfest.co.uk
28 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park
Once the Christmas decorations are packed away and the dreary days of mid-winter stretch ahead, where to turn to for some cheerful interior inspiration? For a decorative pick-me-up or a full-on new decorating project for the home, the event of choice for design professionals and buyers in the know is the winter edition of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park – a luxurious feast of fine and fun period design. Expect to find a wealth of wonderful period design – anything from £15 vintage French wine glasses to valuable paintings by the likes of Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Peter Blake and Banksy. Register online for a complimentary ticket.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; decorativefair.com
29 An Evening with Tom Kerridge at Twickenham Stadium
Tom Kerridge, the two Michelin starred chef behind The Hand and Flowers, heads for Twickenham Stadium this month January to create a delicious three-course meal for guests in the stadium’s new members’ club-style restaurant, The East Wing. The dinner will be followed by a meet-and-greet with Kerridge himself, who will be sharing stories and ideas from his new book Lose Weight & Get Fit (part of his new BBC series). Former England and British & Irish Lions player Ugo Monye will also be a special guest during the event, hosting the evening and Q&A’s with Tom Kerridge. Twickenham Stadium’s new member’s club style restaurant The East Wing, situated within the new East Stand development, which opened in autumn 2018 following a multi-million pound development. Tickets start from £199pp (including includes three courses, all-inclusive beer, wine and soft drinks and the chance to meet Kerridge).
30 Keb’ Mo’ at London Subterania, Ladbroke Grove
Grammy award winner and renowned bluesman Keb’ Mo’ will be performing at the London Subterania this month. The musician has earned a reputation for his ability to draw upon his bottomless roots-music expertise to make deeply expressive, highly personal music. Keb’ Mo’, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, has just released a new album, Oklahoma, which showcases his diverse talents and delivers some of the most adventurous work of his extensive career. Tickets £30. To book see seetickets.com
12 Acklam Road, Ladbroke Grove W10 5QS W10 5QZ; subterania.net
31 The London Art Fair, Islington
The London Art Fair returns to showcase the most exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time. The fair invites visitors to see work by artists like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, with the opportunity to buy pieces as well. Expect talks, tours, screenings and curated spaces, including Photo50, an annual exhibition of contemporary photography; Art Projects, which features large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays; Screening Room, a programme of collaborative film and new media initiatives; and Platform, a new feature focusing on a single distinct theme every year. This year’s Museum Partner is, Southampton City Art Gallery, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2019 and will showcase around 25 works significant to the gallery’s history. Tickets from £17. Preview evening Tuesday 21st, 6pm-9pm, tickets £31.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH; londonartfair.co.uk
32 Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet: Swan Lake and The Nutcracker at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to the UK to perform The Nutcracker and Swan Lake this month. A relatively new visitor to the UK, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet has already built a following of audiences who appreciate the artistry and technique of this company of exquisite young dancers. Tchaikovsky reigns supreme in these captivating productions. The Nutcracker is delightfully festive, as Clara is whisked away on a magical adventure by her Nutcracker Prince, while Swan Lake is Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, a tragic tale of love and betrayal with an instantly recognisable score. Under the expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, principal dancers Natalia Romanova, Evgeny Silakov and Yassaui Mergaliyev (seen on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer early in 2019) will showcase the company’s focus on classical training and technique, dancing alongside a full orchestra. Tickets from £28.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
33 David Kowalski: Die Farben and the Last Pictures from Earth at bo.lee Gallery, Peckham
Until 23 January
bo.lee Gallery will unveil their new exhibition with David Kowalski this month, which offers a window into the surreal and otherwordly spaces created by the self-taught German painter at his studio in Gronau. Inspired by Zen culture, minimalism, science fiction and ambient electronic music, he works intuitively in thin layers of oil paint and wax to create delicate and intimate object-paintings.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk
34 Mental Wellbeing with Head Talks at COMOShambhala Urban Escape, COMO Metropolitan London
COMO Metropolitan London, home to the capital’s award-winning COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, is launching a new wellness speaker series, Mental Wellbeing with Head Talks at COMOShambhala Urban Escape. Taking place once a month from January, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape will be bringing experts and healers to the room for informative and inspiring sessions hosted in partnership with the mental health and well-being advocates, Head Talks. First up on 23 January it’s Nutrition for Mind and Body with Kimberley Parsons. For most yogi’s, yoga isn’t just a physical exercise practice, it is a way of life, a way to be completely at one with themselves, the earth and their surroundings. Parsons will discuss how we can align our emotional centre using food and daily lifestyle techniques to help improve our mood, navigate our emotions and achieve a sense of calm and contentment each day. £45pp including a healthful goodie bag to take away containing a unique £20 gift certificate for use in COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. Click here to book.
Old Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1LB; comohotels.com
35 Dalloway Terrace X Marcel Reist Takeover
Dalloway Terrace has been transformed into a snow-covered winter playground inspired by the affluent alpine A-lister playground of Gstaad in Switzerland. Complete with snow drenched pine garlands and traditional Swiss cow bells nestled among the frosty foliage, the scene, created by Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart, the terrace provides the perfect backdrop to welcome renowned Gstaad Chef, Marcel Reist, from the critically acclaimed Hotel Bernerhof, for an exclusive chef takeover. Formerly of the world-famous Palace Gstaad, and the Michelin-star awarded Grand Hotel Bellevue Gstaad, Reist will offer guests the opportunity to experience an authentic Swiss five-course supper club, including raclette, marinated ‘Swiss Pure Alpine’ salmon with wasabi cream, and beef ragout. 5pm-8pm/8.30pm-11.30pm. £60pp. To book see eventbrite.ie
Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell Street WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
36 ABBA Disco Wonderland at Electric Brixton
What could be better than ABBA and and a winter wonderland together in one space? If you know your Waterloo from your Dancing Queen, this is the night for you. Since launching in June 2018, Disco Wonderland’s ABBA Tribute night has toured 26 different cities across the UK with some 41 shows attended by more than 35,000 attendees. What to expect? As well as all of ABBA’s hits, Electric Brixton will be transformed into an ABBA wonderland, complete with performers, confetti and air cannons. Tickets £5-12. 18+, photo ID required. 10pm-3am.
Town Hall Parade SW2 1RJ; electricbrixton.uk.com
37 Ronnie Scott’s Presents Viva Cuba at Twickenham Stadium
Twickenham has teamed up with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to bring the rich sounds of Cuban music to the stadium, featuring live music from the talented Yelfris Valdes, Eliane Correa and DJ Richie Rich. Yelfris Valdes has spent the last 10 years mastering the art of Cuban improvisation with the band Sierra Maestra, arranging complex rhythms from the island and touring in more than 50 countries. Eliane Correa, a young Latina pianist, MD and composer based in London and Havana, is a session pianist for The World Of Hans Zimmer. Enjoy performances from both Valdes and Correa in the Live Room, Twickenham Stadium’s purpose-built auditorium, followed by late-night music from DJ Richie Rich, a veteran of the London Latin scene. You can even choose to dine pre-show in The Gate restaurant, with a menu of Cuban-inspired dishes designed by Executive Head Chef Thomas Rhodes. Tickets start from £49pp.
38 Burns Night Ceilidh at Cutty Sark Theatre
This Burns Night, the Cutty Sark Theatre is hosting a special ceilidh to celebrate the work and life of Robert Burns. It’s the perfect place to celebrate Scotland’s national poet as the historic tea clipper was itself named for Robert Burns’ beloved poem Tam o’ Shanter. You can dance the night away in the Sammy Ofer Gallery to the sounds of The Ceilidh Liberation Front, a band founded by Mercury Music Prize nominee, Sam Lee. This troupe of extraordinary musicians puts a 21st century spin on the traditional Ceilidh, for a party like you’ve never experienced before. From 7pm with an interval when food will be served, including a traditional address to the haggis. Tickets from £34.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk
39 70s & 80s Disco and Funk Night with ABBA at the Rivoli, Brockley
Get yourself down to the Rivoli Ballroom this month for a super trouper musical evening. With the likes of Prince, Wham and Aretha Franklin, the night will be filled with the best 70’s and 80’s disco and funk classics. If that’s not enough, the event will also include an incredible performance from the iconic dancing queens, the ABBA girls! The Ballroom will also provide you with two bars that have stared in many pop stars music videos so you can have the most magical evening possible.
Rivoli Ballroom, Crofton Park SE4 2BY; designmynight.com
40 The French Property Exhibition, Olympia
The French Property Exhibition is a ‘must attend’ for anyone who is serious about buying a property in France. The show, which has been running for over 29 years, is the perfect opportunity to find out more about buying your dream home, discuss your plans with the experts face to face, and browse thousands of properties for sale. And now that Brexit has finally been passed through Parliament, you might have more questions than ever before. Fortunately, there will be a host of free seminars offering expert advice on a range of issues, including tax, legal, financial and mortgage matters, as well as how to generate an income and make your French property dream pay for itself (tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis). All visitors will get a complimentary copy of French Property News on arrival and a free show guide. 10am-5pm. Click here to register for free, fast-track entry.
41 So Board: Board Games Pop-Up at The Old Nuns Head, Nunhead
Dry January ain’t so bad when you have distractions… The Old Nuns Head knows this, and has roped in board games aficionados So Board to transform the pub’s function room into an analogue game geek’s paradise. Tickets £7.50 for a five-hour board game session with access to a library of more than 150 games and a 20% discount on drinks. From 12pm.
Nunhead Green SE15 3QQ; theoldnunshead.co.uk
42 VAULT Festival, Waterloo
28 January-22 March
VAULT Festival kicks off on 28 January, marking the return of London’s biggest, boldest and wildest arts and entertainment festival to the tunnels below Waterloo station. Highlights include Tarot by The Feathers of Daedalus Circus, a magical night of circus, music and improvisation with live audience tarot readings guiding performers in an unpredictable tale where anything is possible (28 Jan-1 Feb), Santi & Naz by The Thelmas, a theatre show telling the tale of two best friends who take drastic action when partition threatens to separate them forever (28 Jan-2 Feb), and Frankie Foxstone AKA The Profit: Walking Tour, where prize-winning property developer Frankie Foxstone takes you on a whirlwind tour of her plans for Waterloo in this interactive satire for our insatiable era.
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7AD; vaultfestival.com
43 Rembrandt’s Light at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 2 February
An enduring storyteller; a master of light – Rembrandt is one of the greatest painters who ever lived. Experience a cinematic retelling of the Dutch Master’s pivotal years in this landmark exhibition, which celebrates 350 years since his death. As well as 35 of his iconic paintings, etchings and drawings, Rembrandt’s Light also includes major international loans from The Louvre and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. You can also gain first-hand insight from one of the gallery’s own Rembrandt experts, Assistant Curator Helen Hillyard, with Rembrandt’s Light: Curator’s Introduction on 10 October, where you’ll find out more about her innovative curatorial approach to the Dutch Master’s work, including his mastery of light and power for visual storytelling (12.30pm, tickets £12 adults). Rembrandt’s Light exhibition tickets £16.50.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
44 The Wonder Factory, Dalston
Until 9 February
The Wonder Factory is an Instagrammer’s dream. The interactive pop-up art exhibition, located in a 6,000 sq ft commercial space in Dalston, features 15 uniquely decorated rooms full of brightly coloured interactive installations. Highlights include a 250 sq ft marshmallow swimming pool, an outer space-themed mirror room full of lights to create the illusion of an infinite star field, an indoor beach with beach huts and candy pink sand, an orchard of blossom trees bearing coloured macaroons as their fruit, a three-meter wall of touch LED lamps that you can create works of art on, a confetti cyclone room, and a corridor filled with balloons levitating on streams of air. Tickets £23. Open Thursday-Sunday 12pm- 8pm (9am-9pm on weekends).
Unit B, Dalston Works E8 2FQ; thewonderfactory.co.uk
45 Bloomberg New Contemporaries at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 23 February
New Contemporaries is an organisation that works to support emerging art practice, and throughout its 70-year history, it has played a key role in bringing many big names to public attention – Damien Hirst, Paula Rego and David Hockney are among the star-studded alumni. Bloomberg New Contemporaries, hosted by South London Gallery, will feature 45 of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists from arts education, providing an intriguing opportunity to see the next generation of contemporary artists.
65 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; newcontemporaries.org.uk
46 Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security at Science Museum, Kensington
Until 23 February
Catch the last couple of months of this fascinating exhibition at the Science Museum, which uncovers the remarkable world of code-breaking, ciphers and secret communications. From the trenches of the First World War to the latest in cyber security, the exhibition traces over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through fascinating artefacts such as hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts from the Science Museum Group’s and GCHQ’s historic collections. As a result, it’s a must for the aspiring James Bonds and Bond Girls amongst us. This is free to enter.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2DD; sciencemuseum.org.uk
47 Moving to Mars at The Design Museum, Kensington
Until 23 February
The Design Museum’s latest exhibition, Mission to Mars, explores how sending humans to the Red Planet is not just a new frontier for science, but also for design. Should humanity journey to Mars, what will we wear, eat and shelter in? Every detail of this extraordinary venture must be designed – from the journey (around seven months), to when we get there and beyond. More than 200 exhibits – including original objects and material from NASA and the European Space Agency, plus new commissions from responsible design company RÆBURN – tell the complete story of designing for Mars. Two major installations allow visitors to get closer to life on the Red Planet – there’s On Mars Today, a multisensory experience of the planet, and a full-scale prototype habitat by international design firm Hassell. The exhibition also questions whether we should be designing for Mars at all. In an installation modelling an alternative scenario running over a million years, Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg uses a gaming engine to simulate Mars colonised by plants – not humans. Adults £16-£18, kids £8-£9. Members free.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
48 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 29 February
The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, returned earlier this year with a new gig – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. Prolific composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with cutting-edge ‘layered reality’ company dotdotdot to re-imagine his Musical Work into a multi-sensory experience of immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality holograms and other cutting-edge technology. You’ll be thrust you right into the centre of the of HG Wells’ Victorian England and the Martian invasion of 1898, where you’ll be able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. Tickets from £49.50.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW
49 The Boy Friend at The Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark
Until 7 March
The Menier Chocolate Factory is showing a major revival of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend this month. Directed by Matthew White, Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies is the first major London revival in over 10 years. Set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, these perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them. Since its premiere in 1953, this light-hearted soufflé of a show has delighted audiences worldwide and has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.
53 Southwark Street SE1 1RU; menierchocolatefactory.com
50 WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade at Japan House London, Kensington
Until 22 March
Japan House London welcomes the mesmerising digital displays of multidisciplinary visual design studio WOW this month. Their first UK solo exhibition features two installations looking at both the urban future and timelessness of rural Japan. WOW’s Tokyo Light Odyssey presents a mind-bending 360-degree re-imagining of Japan’s capital city by night, heralding 2020 and the year when the world looks to Tokyo for the Olympics. At once familiar – with neon lights emanating from train stations and convenience store logos floating in the darkness – the artists use omni-directional motion graphics to contort the known world and present a new interpretation of the cityscape. Then there’s POPPO, an excursion into the folk art of Japan’s countryside with three different installations focusing on kokeshi (wooden dolls) and O-taka poppo (carved wooden figures in the shape of hawks). Touch screens allow you to carve your own kokeshi doll and digitize them to become part of the exhibition, displayed on the walls of the gallery. You can also project your own face on to the kokeshi. Free to attend.
101-111 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; japanhouselondon.uk
51 The Clash: London Calling at Museum of London, Barbican
Until 19 April
The Clash’s groundbreaking London Calling was an album that rocked the music scene, serving as an anthem for London and for music lovers globally – and now you can go behind the scenes of its making. Released as a double album in the UK in December 1979 and in the US in January 1980, the Museum of London is celebrating the album’s 50th anniversary by showcasing personal objects, images, music and memories from the band’s history – some never seen before – in a free display. London Calling was driven by a fierce desire for social justice, and the album’s music and lyrics remain as relevant today as they were on release. Items on display include Paul Simonon’s broken Fender Precision Bass, smashed on stage at The Palladium in New York City on 21 September 1979, and Joe Strummer’s notebook from the period when the London Calling album was rehearsed and recorded. The exclusive exhibition also examines how the capital influenced The Clash as they became the most popular British band of the 20th century. Free entry.
150 London Wall, Barbican EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
52 Stages of Making at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Until 19 April
Stages of Making at the Horniman turns the tables on conventional museum exhibitions, putting the materials, acts and processes of making centre stage, rather than the finished works. Co-produced by a collective of nine local community members – who have taken inspiration from the Horniman’s anthropology collection and the museum’s design history – in collaboration with artist Katie Schwab – each artwork has a story to tell about design, techniques and materials. Exhibits are displayed at various points of production, and everything is either made from repurposed materials or sourced with care. Visitors can also take part in making something to add to the growing ‘archive’ of samples in the exhibition, by joining daily Making Time drop-in sessions or booking onto one of the specialist workshops.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
53 Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer Of The Year
Until 26 April
Winning images from the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition are now on display at the National Maritime Museum. Hungarian photographer László Francsics won the prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 award, securing the £10,000 top prize and pride of place for his photo at the exhibition. Other other categories and special prizes include a remarkable panorama taken from the top of the mountain Offersøykammen, showcasing the Aurora Borealis over the Lofoten Islands in Norway by Nicolai Brügger; an atmospheric image depicting photographer Ben Bush with his dog Floyd surrounded by Mars, Saturn and the galactic core of the Milky Way galaxy; and an extraordinary sequence of images of Mars following the progress of the great global dust storm by Andy Casely. In the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category, 11-year-old Davy van der Hoeven took home the top prize for his remarkable deep sky image of the Rosette Nebula in the constellation Monoceros – a remarkable 5,000 light-years from Earth. Adults £10, kids £5.
Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk
54 Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 3 May
One of the hottest exhibitions in town, take advantage of the stillness of London during the holidays to check out Tutankhamun – your last chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they permanently return to Egypt. Commemorating 100 years since the groundbreaking discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, there are more than 150 pieces on display at Saatchi Gallery – three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions. More than 60 of these are travelling outside Egypt for the first time. Tickets from £24.50 for adults and £16.50 for children.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com
55 ABBA: Super Troupers, The Exhibition at The O2
Until 31 August
Let’s be honest, we’ve all sung along to Mamma Mia at some point in our lives and now you can celebrate ABBA’s incredible musical legacy at the O2 with this very special immersive exhibition. It has been conceptualised and curated by Jude Kelly MBE, former artistic director at The Southbank Centre, and it documents the Swedish band’s stellar rise to fame through personal items, photographs, costumes and lyrics. Tickets £20. ABBA superfans might want to double-up and head for the epic mammamiatheparty.com, located just around the corner in the O2.
Peninsula Square, North Greenwich SE10 ODX; theo2.co.uk