Beat the post-Christmas blues by exploring London’s museums, art galleries and shows. The Resident rounds up the best things to do in London this January
1 Rubens and His Legacy at the Royal Academy
An enormously successful painter both during his lifetime and in the period since his death, the influence of Rubens can be seen in many talented artists, from the paintings of Picasso and Rembrandt to the landscapes of Constable and Gainsborough. Now, for the first time, the Royal Academy of Arts is bringing together his masterpieces alongside works by the artists he inspired. Best known for his paintings of full-bodied women, the exhibition will also include broader subject matters like religion and mythology.
Rubens and His Legacy runs 24 January-10 April at Burlington House, Royal Academy; find more details at royalacademy.org.uk
2 The Punch Brothers perform
Recently featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, Punch Brothers are very much in demand. The New York City-based quintet received rave reviews for the 2012 album Who’s Feeling Young Now? and will be showcasing new tracks from their forthcoming T Bone Burnett-produced album at the Southbank Centre on 22 January.
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; 020 7960 4200; southbankcentre.co.uk
3 Get fit at Fare Healthy
Book a ticket to Fare Healthy, a one-day health, food and fitness hub that aims to help you get fit and healthy – and to stay that way. Organised by Rose Lloyd Owen of catering company Peardrop London, the event comprises workshops, workouts, demonstrations and scrumptious food from the Hemsley + Hemsley sisters (pictured above), Deliciously Ella, the Skinny Bitch Collective, and many more.
Tickets £17. 10am-5pm, 24 Jan 2015 at Paradise by Way of Kensal Green. Book at peardroplondon.com or theparadise.co.uk
4 See The Railway Children on stage
A purpose-built 1,000 seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, has been created in King’s Cross for the Olivier award-winning production of The Railway Children, running until 1 March. It tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away and who embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure.
Full details can be found at railwaychildrenlondon.com
5 Visit the London International Mime Festival
The London International Mime Festival, the longest-established annual theatre season of its kind, returns to the capital from 8-31 January to showcase innovative visual theatre from around the world. Over 24 days, 18 companies will perform at the Barbican, Central St Martin’s Platform Theatre, Jacksons Lane, the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Soho Theatre and Southbank Centre.
See full listings at mimelondon.com
6 The France Show returns to Olympia
Back by popular demand, The France Show celebrates the best of France at Olympia from 23-25 January. The chance to participate in the UK’s very first French property auction is just one highlight of the show, which also includes holidays, great food and wine, expert tourism advice, and all the essential tax and legal advice you need for buying abroad.
See more at thefranceshow.com
7 Visit Women Fashion Power at the Design Museum
From Elizabeth I to Margaret Thatcher, Zandra Rhodes to Lady Gaga, the clothes women wear have always been a powerful form of self-expression and part of a sophisticated visual language. Women Fashion Power, on at the Design Museum until 26 April, looks at how influential women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.
Shad Thames SE1 2YD; 020 7403 6933; designmuseum.org
8 Explore the relationship between architecture and art at the V&A
From the Renaissance to the current day, architects have made drawings for study and pleasure, to represent their projects, document their travels and supplement their income. Architects as Artists, at the V&A until 15 March, will examine the relationship between architecture and art. From work by Raphael to a project by contemporary Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, it will present examples of the many ways in which architects use and create art.
Cromwell Road SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk