21 of the best things to do in London this weekend from the new BODY WORLDS Lates to food festivals in Marylebone and Richmond and your last chance to visit the The Oscar Wilde Temple in Clapham
Lead image: The one point perspective corridor at The Design Museum’s new Stanley Kubrick exhibition (photo: Ed Reeve/The Design Museum)
1 Rave of Thrones, Electric Brixton
The Rave Of Thrones immersive music experience will transform Electric Brixton into a fantastical kingdom of ice and fire with weapons and relics of Westeros hanging from all corners. Kristian Nairn, AKA Hodor, will headline the event as an established DJ in his own right. He will provide the soundtrack against a Westeros castle replica backdrop with flamethrowers and blizzards, as Jon Snow shows his warrior skills among the sword fighting Wildlings and knights roaming the floor. A replica Iron Throne has been commissioned for all to experience during the course of the evening, and you might even brush shoulders with Daenarys and her remaining dragon children as you enjoy the bone trembling sound system with a band of Wildlings or Westeros noblemen and women. 10pm-5am. Tickets from £25.
Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton SW2 1RJ; eventbrite.co.uk
2 Banquet of Hoshena, Shepherd’s Bush
From 12 April
Dinner Time Story, the producer behind the hugely successful Le Petit Chef, has launched its latest projector-led dining concept, Banquet of Hoshena. An illusionary feast for the senses, this one-of-a-kind dining experience takes you on a journey through the mystical land of 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 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. Running until end of 2020.
Westfield, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF; banquetofhoshena.com
3 Crystal Palace Artists’ 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.
4 Marylebone Food Festival
More than 40 of Marylebone’s best restaurants, food shops, delis and bars will be hosting one-off events and festival menus at this weekend’s Marylebone Food Festival. Highlights include special menus and offers from Michelin-star restaurants Roganic and Trishna, as well as local favourites Jikoni, The Providores, Chiltern Firehouse, newly launched Ooty, Daylesford Organic and Carousel. Two foodie safari events will take place during the festival; the Baker Street Eats & Treats Food Tour (£5) and the Seymour Place Safari Lunch Break (£10), as well as special events like the Candlelit Italian Seafood and Champagne supper at Fucina (from £60pp), The Secret Vegan Supper Club at The Gate (£49.50pp), a Txakoli Festival at Lurra (£40pp) and Pisco Sour Masterclass at Pachamama (£80pp).
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
6 Pitch Saturdays with Music by the Doctor’s Orders, Stratford
Pitch Saturdays is a series of ticketed all-day terrace parties and the last Pitch Saturday of April features London hip-hop and R&B favourites The Doctor’s Orders with MOBO Award-winning DJ Shortee Blitz, Jevanni Letford and other guests. A trio of street food offerings will keep hunger pangs at bay, including Empress Market’s vibrant Bun Kababs and Karachi-style ‘anday wala’ burgers, while drinks include a fully-refreshed cocktail list, a selection of wines and locally sourced beer and cider, courtesy of Signature Brew and Umbrella Brewing. Pitch’s 12-capacity private booths have also been given a makeover for the 2019 season, fitted out with Moroccan rugs, atmospheric lighting and cushions (free for parties of 10 guests or more). Early bird tickets from £5, £7 entry before 5pm, £10 after. 12pm-11pm.
PITCH Terrace Stratford, 2 Bridge Road, Stratford E15 3FF; supa-dupa-fly.designmynight.com
7 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
8 Candlelight Club, central London
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!
9 Turn of the Screw, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
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
10 I Am Bateman: The Relations, Notting Hill
25 April-11 May
Fictitious collector couple Mrs & Mr Bateman are opening up their world for you to explore with I Am Bateman: The Relations, a unique installation co-created by artist Selena Beaudry, vintage fashion dealer Clemmie Myers and interiors designer Natalie Tredgett. All based in Notting Hill, the trio wanted to create a new experience combining their three disciplines with a unique immersive offering. The installation presents a shop-able collection through seven different rooms, each of which represents a different relative of the Bateman family – including the couple’s punky niece Bunny and Mr Bateman’s illegitimate son Vincent. Each relative will be represented by handpicked different artists and designers, with beautiful pieces such as a hand-embroidered dress by London designer Clio Peppiatt and a chair designed with Minnie Kemp of Firmdale Hotels.
2 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill W11 1NN; mrsandmrbateman.com
11 The Oscar Wilde Temple at Studio Voltaire, Clapham North
Until 28 April
It’s your last chance to step into the The Oscar Wilde Temple by McDermott and McGough at Studio Voltaire this weekend. The ambitious project transformed the gallery into an extraordinary and provocative installation, as well as a space for reflection, sanctuary and celebration. The temple not only beatifies Oscar Wilde’s life story, it also speaks of the many injustices faced by the LGBTQI+ community. A fundamental concern for the artists McDermott & McGough was that the Temple be both used and useful, and consequently it has hosted everything from a ‘Queer New Year’ writing workshop to a platonic speed-dating social and a Samhain drumming circle. Open Weds-Sun 10am-6pm.
Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, Clapham North SW4 7JR; studiovoltaire.org
12 BETWEEN US Pop-Up Shop at Bluebird, Covent Garden
Until 7 May
BETWEEN US is a celebration of African design, inspiration and collaboration within fashion, accessories and interiors within The Shop at Bluebird’s flagship store in Covent Garden. The first multi-brand pop-up since opening the flagship store in Carriage Hall, Covent Garden, in May 2018, BETWEEN US showcases more than 20 unique designers, from womenswear and accessories to interiors and lifestyle. The focus is on diversity, from traditional handcraft and local production to cultural and political messaging through fashion. The pop-up is curated by the Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week, Omoyemi Akerele, alongside Cape Town-based brand consultants Tammy Tinker Pudel and Katrina Macpherson.
Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Stree, Covent Garden WC2E 9DP; theshopatbluebird.com
13 BODY WORLDS London Lates, Piccadilly
BODY WORLDS London, the capital’s hottest new museum, has recently joined the city’s London Lates cultural calendar and will be staying open until 10pm on the last Friday of the month. To compliment the museum’s exploration of physical and mental health through anatomy, a variety of holistic therapies and activities will be available during their unique Lates, launching this weekend with free massages by top therapists. The exhibition fuses science, art and health education to take you on a fascinating journey through the human body using over 200 real ‘plastinated’ bodies and body parts, which grant an unprecedented insight into the nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as respiration, the ageing process and reproduction. Mental wellbeing and the effect of modern living on our bodies is at the heart of BODY WORLDS London, and the Zen Zone will play host to complimentary message therapy focused on re-aligning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.
The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus W1J 0DA; bodyworlds.co.uk
14 Mother & Child at Dorothy Circus Gallery, Connaught Village
Until 6 June
The inevitable cornerstone of Mother & Child at Dorothy Circus Gallery is the role of the Woman and the mother in contemporary society, as well as the legacy of feminist intellectuals, activists and writers. The evocative collection of hyper-contemporary artworks, created by more than 30 of the gallery’s most famous and coveted international artists, including Audrey Kawasaki, Jade Rivera, Koh Kisung, Matthew Grabelsky and TvBoy, offers an opportunity to explore the theme of motherhood in its deepest sense through the latest philosophical and sociological trends.
35 Connaught Street, Connaught Village W2 2AZ; dorothycircusgallery.uk
15 Eye of Day: The Mata Hari Story at Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre
26 April-18 May
Exploring the myth of misunderstood historical figure Mata Hari, Jonathan Kaufman’s powerful drama tells the incredible story of the former exotic dancer who was executed for espionage during WW1. Who was the real Mata Hari? And was she really the double-agent she claimed to be? Eye of Day: The Mata Hari Story features dance routines choreographed by Michelle Buckley and original music by Deborah Garvey, with Georgina Russell as the young Mata Hari, Jodyanne Richardson as the older Mata Hari. Running for 12 performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (plus Sunday 28 April). From 8pm. Tickets £16.
Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre, 44a Sydenham Road SE26 5QX; spontaneousproductions.co.uk
16 Night of the Living Dead at The Pleasance, Islington
Until 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
17 The Occult & Symbolism at The Underdog, London Bridge
Until 31 May
The Occult & Symbolism is The Underdog’s first group exhibition of the year, featuring a selection of new art work from the gallery’s top Masters and emerging Contemporaries. Whether we know it or not, The Occult and Symbolism, is a big part of all of our lives, from historical buildings to bill boards we are all bombarded with Occult Symbolism every day. But how much influence does it have over us? Each piece in the exhibition is the artist’s interpretation of the issue.
Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW; theunderdog.london
From 19 April
Capitalising on our love of a good festival, John Lewis & Partners is championing live entertainment, music, comedy, street food, cocktails and more up on its popular rooftop terrace this summer. The newly opened ‘festival in the sky’ is an immersive world of boho chic with Filipino food from Bong Bongs Manila Kanteen (formerly BBQ Dreamz), summer cocktails from Background Bars, and live music on the Caravan stage. On Friday 26 April its DJ Arveene from 6pm-9pm, on Saturday 27 April its Emma Lauran spinning pop from 2pm-5pm and Luke Carey playing mixed genres. Then, on Sunday its acoustic R&B and Neo Soul with Charlene Michael from 2pm-5pm and Acoustic Soul and Motown with Chris Moncrief from 5.30pm-8pm.
300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX; johnlewis.com
19 The Little Death Club at Underbelly Festival, South Bank
Until 23 June
The Little Death Club is where you can be whoever you want to be… There is no fourth wall, no rules and no seat is safe in this dark and defiant den of iniquity. The provocative and hilarious variety show features a new travelling family of misfits, miscreants and fantastic freaks. Bernie Dieter – much-loved Mistress of Chaos whose grandmother’s family owned a circus in east Germany just before the war and were forced to flee to west Germany – is joined by bad-ass bearded lady Kitty Bang Bang, disgruntled mime Josh Glanc and phenomenal aerialist Beau Sargent, among others. Tickets from £21.50.
Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com
20 The Points Guy Pop-Up, Covent Garden
The Points Guy is hosting a one-off pop-up event to bring the biggest US travel website to life and marks its highly anticipated UK launch this weekend. Taking place in Covent Garden, you’ll be able to discover the brand – the go-to place for points, air miles and all-things travel related – through a series of fully immersive activations which emulate the airport experience travellers have before flying. Check in via The Points Guy UK arrival desk where you can pose in front of a series of memorable backdrops to create your own branded postcards via a fully interactive photo-booth, then head to the airport lounge for insider knowledge, advice and tips on everything from how to fly First Class for (almost) free, to the best airlines for families. The final destination is the Duty-Free shop, where you can win a selection of prizes – including flight tickets, air miles, AVIOS points and branded merchandise – in the claw style vending machine. 10am-6pm.
17 Floral Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DS; thepointsguy.com
21 Surrey Food and Drink Festival, Richmond
The Surrey Food Festival, ‘a thoroughly extravagant foodie sensual assault’, takes place at Old Deer Park in Richmond this weekend. Local businesses will be showcasing an exquisite range of different food and drink while live musicians and artists perform on the main stage. As well as food and drink to graze on throughout the day, traders will be demonstrating and selling their products in the Marketplace to take home, and there’ll be plenty of chef demonstrations too, with the likes of Atul Kochhar and The Petersham’s head chef Jean-Didier Gouges taking part. There’s even a Kids Zone to keep your little ones entertained while you indulge, and local charities will benefit from the proceeds. 10am-7pm. Adult tickets from £7.
Old Palace Lane, Richmond TW9 1PQ; surreyfoodfestival.com
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