15 Things to Do in London This Weekend

Lead image: Harald Sohlberg, Winter Night in the Mountains, 1914 (courtesy The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design)

1 Medium Rare at The Bedford, Balham
22 February
The recently reopened pub, restaurant and music venue in Balham, The Bedford, is back with a new cutting-edge cabaret show this month. Cult cabaret group The Bedford will be hosting an evening of debauchery at the venue. Set to be a dinner party will a difference, February’s exciting line-up will host acts like astounding opera singer, Ronald Samm and Kalki Hula who takes to the hoop. The evening starts with glass of Versetto Prosecco on arrival, followed by a delicious three-course dinner accompanied by half a bottle of red or white wine as you watch the entertainment for £50 per person.
77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD; eventbrite.co.uk

2 How To Date A Magical Creature at VAULT Festival, Waterloo
23-24 February 
How To Date A Magical Creature is an interactive improv comedy show featuring a coven of UK comedy veterans alongside some of the UK’s best up-and-coming comedians. After a secret preview to a sold-out crowd at the Hoopla Impro Festival 2018, the show will officially premiere at the VAULT Festival this weekend, before heading off on an extensive UK tour. Set in a chaotic TV studio, the audience get to choose which ‘magical creatures’ will be interviewed by the witless Toby Vanilla, who will delve deep into their dating lives and secrets in the style of Jonathan Ross with the panache of Graham Norton – all to the accompaniment of a live house pianist. Tickets £10.
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; howtodateamagicalcreature.com

3 No Kids, Battersea Arts Centre
Until 23 February

Mixing verbatim theatre, physical theatre, and Madonna, co Artistic Directors and real-life couple Nir and George unpick the question of whether or not they, as gay men, should go out of their way to have children. The fears and anxieties, the environmental impact and the logistics – adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting – are all debated in this energetic, hilarious and thought-provoking play from the multi award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum. No Kids was described as We Need to Talk About Kevin on acid by Total Theatre and made The Guardian’s Best of Edinburgh Festival 2018 list. 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50-£18.
Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN; bac.org.uk

4 Oma-Sake Dinners at Nobu, Shoreditch & Mayfair
22-23 February
Chef-Owner Nobu Matsuhisa will join forces with Fumio Hazu, President & Owner of Hokusetsu Sake Brewery in Japan, to host two intimate gourmet dinners at Nobu Shoreditch (22 February) and Nobu Berkeley ST (23 February). The Oma-Sake dinners (a play on omakase, which translates as ‘chef’s choice’) feature two special tasting menus paired with a premium selection of sakes from Hokusetsu, which exclusively supplies Nobu restaurants across the world. As well as eight courses of classic hot and cold Nobu dishes paired with six sakes, you’ll also get a taste of true Japanese culture with traditional and contemporary live performances, and take home a signed copy of Nobu’s latest cookbook, World of Nobu. £225 per guest or £175 without the signed cookbook.
10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4BH & 15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair W1J 8DY; noburestaurants.com

5 Tangomotion, Blackheath Halls
23 February
Tangomotion is a breathtaking journey into the heart of Tango Argentino, featuring four of the world’s leading tango dancers, accompanied by live music from Tango Siempre, the UK’s leading tango company. Tango Siempre has been touring tango music and dance productions since 1998, as well as creating and performing the music of the Olivier-nominated Midnight Tango and appearing on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. Expect virtuoso dance displays of traditional tango dance, a 1930s Buenos Aires vibe, and the powerful Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets £15 (concs £13). 7.30pm.
23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; blackheathhalls.com

6 Orchids Festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Until 10 March
Colombia’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life will be the centrepiece of Kew Gardens’ Orchids Festival in February. Inside the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors to Kew’s annual Orchids Festival will get a chance to shake off the winter blues and get creative. Colourful floral displays will welcome visitors as they enter the tropical glasshouse in a celebration of Colombia, which is the world’s most biodiverse country. Highlights include a breath-taking rainbow river Caño Cristales and Colombia’s incredible forests – complete with life-sized jaguar.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB; kew.org

7 [title of show] at Above The Stag, Vauxhall
13 February-10 March
Above The Stag (the UK’s only dedicated LGBT+ theatre) are presenting their production of the hit Broadway musical, [title of show] in the Studio space at Above the Stag Theatre this month. Running from Wednesday 13 February until Sunday 10 March, the musical follows Jeff and Hunter who dream of being accepted in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. However, the submissions deadline is only three weeks away, and our heroes don’t actually have a musical to perform…
72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall SE1 7TP; abovethestag.com/vxl

8 And The Winner Is… at Iconic Images Gallery, Chelsea
Until 15 March
The perfect exhibition for award season, And The Winner Is… at Iconic Images Gallery showcases seminal images from a golden age when photographers like Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson were allowed to get up close and personal with the stars of stage and screen. Featuring the work of six iconic photographers – whose lives were so intertwined with the stars, their cameras were almost part of the family – you’ll see inside a private cocktail party with Marilyn Monroe and a film set where Audrey Hepburn cavorted with a young British star rumoured to have been her lover, as well as the morning-after shots of Oscar winners, at home, beyond the glare of flash-bulb publicity.
13a Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 0AJ; iconicimages.net 

9 Brigadiers x Guinness Match Day Experience, the City
Until 16 March
Brigadiers, the barbecue, beer, whisky and live sports venue inspired by the army mess bars of India, has teamed up with Guinness to kick off the Six Nations Championship with a bespoke Match Day Menu and Guinness Butler Service. Watch the games live in the Blighters bar area while sharing dishes like Nargisi Kofta Venison Scotch Eggs, Dum Beef Shin & Bone Marrow Biryani and Brigadiers Butter Chicken Pot Pie. The Guinness Butler Service will keep the Guinness flowing throughout the match, while cocktail lovers can opt for the limited-edition Match Day Martini – a Nitro Chai Martini made with premium Ketel One Vodka, Cold Brew Coffee, Chai and Milk Sugar.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, the City EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com

10 A Week With Marilyn at Galerie Prints, Wimbledon
Until 30 March
Galerie Prints presents A Week With Marilyn, a new photographic exhibition featuring worldwide exclusive photography of Marilyn Monroe. The exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Getty Images Archive and Gallery London, features the work of American photographer Ed Feingersh (1925-1961), showcased as beautifully framed silver gelatin darkroom (available for purchase from £300). Feingersh studied photography under Alexey Brodovitch and, on assignment for Red Book magazine, spent one week in March 1955 photographing Marilyn Monroe as she prepared for two public appearances at the opening night of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ; galerieprints.com

11 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

12 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), 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. As part of the exhibition, you can also discover Mariele Neudecker’s latest tank installation, Breathing Yellow, in the Mausoleum. The three-dimensional living landscape submerged underwater is inspired by the rich colour Sohlberg used in his paintings and the intense yellow light of the Mausoleum, and will evolve throughout the day in response to the light. Tickets £16.50.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

13 Mandela: The Official Exhibition, Waterloo
Until 2 June 
A major new exhibition following the life of Nelson Mandela is opening this month 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

14 The Poster Prize for Illustration at London Transport Museum
Until 14 July
A new exhibition of 100 illustrations is opening 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

15 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, opening this month. 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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