Lead image: House of HOLI at Cinnamon Kitchen
1 Secret Lives Exposed: If Walls Could Talk at Royal Geographical Society
Join acclaimed author Sarah Dunant and award-winning historians Bettany Hughes and Suzannah Lipscomb to discover history’s hidden stories; from the private life of Henry VIII to the secrets of Renaissance courtesans, cloistered nuns and a Pope’s daughter. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A. International water charity Just a Drop has organised the evening and all proceeds from the talk will go towards the charity’s safe water and sanitation projects. 7pm. Tickets are £20.
1 Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AR; justadrop.org
2 The North! The North! at The Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
The Omnibus Theatre in Clapham is presenting A Have You Lost Me Production of The North! The North! In 1985, a fissure formed at England’s centre and split the North from the South. In the North, cut off, things began to stir. After some shocking news, a young man embarks on an extraordinary, surreal journey from the lights of the City, to the dark and bloody heart of the North. There, monsters lurk and a reckoning waits. In this acclaimed solo show about Britain, highly physical storytelling and animation combine in a grotesque road trip through a world bent out of shape for ages 14 and over.
1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
3 Best of British at M1 Fine Art, Greenwich
Until 1 March
This February M1 Fine Art in Greenwich hosts The Royal Society of British Artists in an exhibition showcasing the Best of British, showing the very best work so visitors can enjoy a varied selection of art to catch the interest of all. The RBA has consistently been at the forefront of artistic innovation since before the days of Whistler, LS Lowry and Henry Moore, so enjoy oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture, and more from some of the most respected artists working in Britain today.
20 Nelson Road, Greenwich SE10 9JB; m1fineart.com
4 Keep Calm and Party On at Beckenham Place Mansion
On 3 March, an authentic 1940s party full of ‘swing a wing’ will be taking place at Beckenham Place Mansion. The night will transport you into a bygone era with sandbags, searchlights, bunting and union jack flags. Pin your hair into a victory roll, don your soldier’s uniform and ‘flip your wig’ with the live band, free dance lesson, cocktails and much, much more. This night is going to be a complete humdinger! Tickets are £20 and it is organised by YoYo Events. Go to their website for more information.
Beckenham Place Mansion, Beckenham BR3 1SY; designmynight.com
5 HemingwayDesign’s SAMPLE at Greenwich Peninsula
Back for spring, Greenwich Peninsula and HemingwayDesign present SAMPLE, London’s most vibrant urban market that celebrates the start of each new season through fresh produce and modern craftsmanship. This event will take place on 3 March and will feature stalls and experiences from a hand-picked collective of emerging and established brands showcasing archive, one-off pieces as well as current collections.
Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0ES; sample.weareurbanvillage.co.uk
6 The Walkie Talkie Tower Climb challenge at the Walkie Talkie
Calling all summit sprinters! Dare to take the stairs in brand-new Walkie-Talkie Tower Climb challenge. Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity introduces a brand new challenge event on Saturday 3rd March in London to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Hundreds of participants will take on the steep challenge to soar to the top, climbing over 800 steps across 36 floors before being rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views of London in the vibrant Sky Garden, 160m above ground. You will receive a complimentary race vest, a well-deserved finishers’ medal and a complimentary drink at the top, in the Sky Garden. £25 for adults and the event is open to anyone aged 16 years old and above.
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 8AF; gosh.org
7 The B*easts at Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush
Until 3 March
BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan brings her first play, The B*easts, to the Bush Theatre from 12 February following a hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it won a Stage Edinburgh Award 2017. It is a searing ‘What If?’ exploration of the pornification of our culture and the sexualisation of our children. Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards our children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring Monica Dolan, explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
8 Synthesis at 508 Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea
Until 3 March
Acclaimed Irish artist Fintan Whelan presents his first solo exhibition, Synthesis, in London at 508 Kings Road Gallery from 10 February to 3 March. The exhibition is titled Synthesis because it sums up his way of making art. Whelan strives to combine various elements of his surroundings, experiences, and vision to bring them together into a single and unified entity. People can expect lots of canvases, big and small which Whelan hopes will create a dialogue between the viewers and the paintings themselves.
508 King’s Road, Chelsea SW10 0LD; 508kingsroad.com
9 Barnum at Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark
Until 3 March
Barnum tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth. The joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, Barnum is sure to entertain all types of guests this December. Director Gordon Greenberg and musical director Alex Parker have a beautiful and dynamic show taking you on the P.T. Barnum’s journey. Gordon Greenberg’s production opens on 5 December and runs until 3 March 2018. Tickets start at £39.50.
53 Southwark Street SE1 1RU; menierchocolatefactory.com
10 Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at Royal Albert Hall
Until 4 March
Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, which has thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009, is a colourful celebration of nature and co-existence. OVO, meaning ‘egg’ in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. Tickets from £35 for adults, £24 for kids.
Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com
11 Who’s Cooking Dinner? at Rosewood London, Holborn
Twenty of the country’s most celebrated chefs will come together for one evening’s service on 5 March at for the annual Who’s Cooking Dinner? This year’s stellar line-up includes Adam Byatt, Mark Hix, Helene Darroze and Ashley Palmer-Watts, among many other celebrated chefs. Money raised from the event will fund vital research into the causes and treatment of Leukaemia.
252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; whoscookingdinner.com
12 Crazy for You at New Wimbledon Theatre
High kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical and is coming to New Wimbledon Theatre from 6-10 March. Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and West End and TV star Claire Sweeney appear in this multi-award winning, romantic comedy, with Charlotte Wakefield as ‘Polly’ (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and it features a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.
93 The Broadway SW19 1QG; 0844 871 7646; atgtickets.com
13 Ian Cheng Exhibition at Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park
6 March-28 May
This spring, the Serpentine invites you to your first encounter with a sentient artwork named BOB (Bag Of Beliefs). A litter of BOBs will begin their lives in parallel on 6 March. Each BOB may become interested in you, love you, hate you, mistake you for someone else, learn from you, or ignore you. And you, in turn, may permanently influence a BOB’s behaviour, beliefs, and emotional life. BOB is the creation of American artist Ian Cheng and will sit at the heart of his first solo UK exhibition, transforming the Serpentine Gallery into a space that is not unlike an animal sanctuary for new forms of 21st-century life. Growing and evolving at all hours of the day and night, BOBs will not be exhibited for your viewing pleasure – you will be exhibited to them.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org
14 Dominic Beattie Exhibition at JGM Gallery, Battersea
7 March-14 April
From 7 March-14 April, Dominic Beattie is exhibiting at JGM Gallery in Battersea. The show promises an explosion of colour and pattern. Beattie will install his first ‘wall painting’ set to fill the entire expanse of a street facing wall confronting visitors to the gallery as they approach. Also included are items of furniture, developed with his partner Lucia Buceta’s design input. With an entirely new series of work, it is a Dominic Beattie exhibition that has not been seen before.
24 Howie Street SW11 4AY; jgmgallery.com
15 The Dog Beneath The Skin at Jermyn Street Theatre
The sleepy English village of Pressan Ambo has a secret. Ten years ago, Sir Francis Crewe, heir to the local estate disappeared. Every year a young man is chosen by lot to go searching for him. Alan Norman, accompanied by a surprisingly intelligent dog, sets out on a journey through pre-War 1930s Europe. Part madcap misadventure, part piercing social satire, you will be taken on a journey through multiple worlds of palaces, asylums, street corners and cabaret bars. Starring Cressida Bonas (Mrs Orwell and The Great Gatsby) as The Dog. Tickets £30.
16b Jermyn Street SW1Y 6ST; jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
16 Battersea Affordable Art Fair at Battersea Park
Returning to Battersea once again, the Affordable Art Fair will take place from 8-11 March. The fair will bring together thousands of international artists, with work available to buy from £100 to £6,000. The fair has an array of affordable, contemporary art for you to peruse to your heart’s content in addition to talks and workshops.
Battersea Evolution SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com
17 Hidden Figures Screening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Watch Hidden figures in the Planetarium and enjoy the incredible, biographical story of three female African American NASA scientists that worked during the Space Race and fought against segregation. Before computers were digital, they were human. The trio overcame adversity to gain the recognition and respect they deserved. After the screening, a curator from the Royal Observatory will highlight our own hidden figures in the history of astronomy whose stories show a struggle against prejudice particularly with regards to gender, and the impact they had in their time. Cinema style snacks and beverages will be on sale in the foyer before the show. Tickets are £10. 6pm – 8.45pm.
Blackheath Avenue SE10 8XJ; rmg.co.uk
18 Battersea Choral Society presents Bach’s St John Passion at Holy Trinity Sloane Street, Belgravia
On Saturday 10 March members of Battersea Choral Society, with world-class soloists and renowned early music ensemble Musica Poetica, will perform the epic masterpiece by JS Bach – St John Passion, which was first heard on Good Friday, 7 April 1724. The event starts at 7:30pm and tickets are £20.
Sloane Street, Belgravia SW1X 9BZ; batterseachoral.brownpapertickets.com
19 House of HOLI at Cinnamon Kitchen, the City
Until 10 March
Back for its fourth year running, House of HOLI makes its return to Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square. Leave the drab and dreary City at the door, don your protective white suit and step into the madness at the House of HOLI for 30 minutes of paint-pelting fun to mark the Indian festival of colour. No Indian celebration would be complete without a feast and Cinnamon Kitchen is serving up a five-course menu with dishes like tandoori chicken chaat on wheat crisp with coriander chutney, ground lamb kebab with smoked paprika raita and carrot & ginger toffee pudding with caramel sauce. A 30-minute paint play session is £12 or, for £24, you can enjoy HOLI nibbles and drink. The five-course menu is £35 per person.
9 Devonshire Square EC2M 4YL; designmynight.com
20 Barnes Music Festival at Various Locations, Barnes
A magnificent event filled with some of the most talented musicians the area has to offer, Barnes Music Festival is set to be a blow out event with this years theme being peace and harmonies. From an ethereal classical offering to a photography exhibit, snazzy jazz and powerful, grand organ recitals, this is not one to be missed. Open your mind to a wealth of musical genres and bask in the simple joy of music. The event takes place in various locations in Barnes.
21 Winterland, Fulham
Until 10 March
London’s first Thameside forest returns due to popular demanded for one month starting in February, now featuring brand new attractions such as a bespoke karaoke booth. Additionally, Winterland is offering birthday packages of fondue and booze, including a dedicated butler on hand to keep glasses topped up at all times. Starting on Friday 2 of February, Winterland continues on Thursdays to Saturdays until 10 March. Tickets start at £5.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; winterlandlondon.com
22 Orchids Festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Until 11 March
Thailand’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 23rd 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 and wander through a magnificent Vanda tunnel bedecked with orchids of all colours. Thailand is home to 1,100 species of orchids. Botanists have been naming and describing orchids for more than 250 years and Kew is a world leader in this field. Last year alone, 600 new species were discovered including three from Thailand.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB; kew.org
23 London Beer Week at Various Locations
London Beer Week, now in its fourth year, is a true celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders alike with a timetable crammed full of pop-ups, parties, brewery tours and supper clubs. The festival comes from the same team behind London Cocktail Week and London Wine Week – so these guys know their booze. New this year, 75 of the very best beer bars around London will be creating bespoke £5 tasting flights of three unique beers for Festival Pass holders – each promoting a unique aspect of brewing, be it certain styles, ingredients or heritage.
For the full LBW event listings see drinkup.london
24 MADHOUSE re:exit at Shoreditch Town Hall
Inspired by the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities in the UK, award-winning theatre company Access All Areas present MADHOUSE re:exit – an interactive, immersive experience. Set in a corporate care facility that promises a revolution in social services, five learning disabled artists will take audiences on a fantastical, disruptive journey exploring what institutions mean to people with learning disabilities today.
380 Old Street EC1V 9L; shoreditchtownhall.com
25 A Girl and a Gun, Vault Festival
In the 60s French new wave filmmaker, Jean Luc Godard famously claimed that all he needed to make a film was ‘a girl and a gun’. Artist, theatre-maker, film buff and Godard-fan Louise Orwin began to wonder about this, and question whether the media’s portrayal of women has moved on in the 50 odd years since. Out of this research, A Girl And A Gun was conceived by Orwin and playfully performed by herself and a new male performer at every show – a male performer who has never seen the script before walking on stage. It created a stir as it toured the country and engaged audiences in a successful run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, and now it comes to the Vault Festival.
Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; vaultfestival.com
26 The BADA Fair at Duke of York Square, Chelsea
BADA, run by the British Antique Dealers’ Association, returns to Duke of York Square, Chelsea, this month for the annual fair. The event will welcome 100 of the UK’s finest dealers, offering the chance to view and buy outstanding pieces of traditional, modern and contemporary art, design and antiques. Tickets are £20.
Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3 4LY; 020 7589 6108; badafair.com
27 Ballet Black at the Barbican
Ballet Black, a company of international dancers of black and Asian descent, will deliver a double bill as part of Barbican Dance 2018. Artistic Director Casso Pancho has fused contemporary and classic choreography, along with abstract elements, to produce this innovative showcase. This year Black Ballet will be performing a new narrative based on the South African fable, The Suit alongside Arthur Pita’s A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream each night at 7.45pm.
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS; 020 7638 4141; barbican.org.uk
28 Special Forces: In the Shadows at the National Army Museum, Chelsea
17 March-18 November
Extreme training. Secret missions. Total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces. This major exhibition presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Discover who these soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken at home and abroad. The exhibition looks at the work of these units as well as the skills and dedication needed to make the cut. Tickets are £8.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk
29 Squeeze Hard Enough It Might Just Pop! at Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham
Until 17 March
Squeeze Hard Enough It Might Just Pop! Is an exhibition of new paintings by George Rouy at the Hannah Barry Gallery. This new group of work features single figures, couples and a monumental swan with soft pigmentation and balanced composition. George Rouy has collaborated with Jesse Pollock to make a pair of benches for the gallery (called Cuddler and Swan) to enhance the space. The exhibition will be accompanied by a pamphlet with texts written by Charlie Mills and Caroline Levy.
4 Holly Grove, Peckham SE15 5DF; hannahbarry.com
30 Curtains at Rose Theatre Kingston
Until 17 March
Running at the Rose Theatre Kinston from 22 February to 17 March, Curtains follows a family in turmoil as they attempt to celebrate a birthday. The family’s efforts to be cheerful during Ida’s eighty-sixth birthday and make the day a success verge on desperate. Ida is racked with pain and feels she has lived too long. During the celebrations, Ida’s third daughter returns unexpectedly after a 25-year absence and tensions flare. Old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in a hilariously painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil. Full tickets from £17 and concession tickets from £12.
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org
31 Cat Roissetter Exhibition at Brocket London, Kennington
Until 17 March
Cat Roissetter returns to Brocket London after her acclaimed exhibition A Thousand Plateaus. The exceptional artist presents a drawing project based on three illustrated children’s stories with her celebrated haunting depictions. The exhibition will run from 14 February to 17 March.
16 Windmill Row, Kennington SE11 5DW; brocketgallery.com
32 Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College
Love Scandinavian and American Modernism, European Bauhaus, British, French and German Industrial? Looking for a huge range of prices and styles from the best in 20th-century design classics and modern collectables? Find it all and more at the latest Midcentury Modern event, taking place on 18 March at Dulwich College. Expect anything from an original Cherner chair to a contemporary piece from a hot young British designer, while sourcing the latest wallpaper, ceramics, cushions, gifts and collectable vintage furniture. 10am–4pm.
Dulwich College SE21 7LD; modernshows.com
33 VAULT Festival
Until 18 March
VAULT Festival returns to the tunnels under Waterloo station this month with its biggest showcase of innovative, daring work yet. Don’t miss Becoming Shades, by Chivaree Circus, which will take you on an immersive underworld journey through the long dark tunnels of the Vaults. Based on the classical myth of Persephone, Becoming Shades is a bold re-imagining that fuses together live music, physical theatre, aerial acrobatics, fire, dance and mime. Following VAULT 2017’s sell out, smash hit, the creators of The Great Gatsby, return with a new Peter Pan-inspired, immersive musical. Neverland by Guild of Misrule and Theatre Deli invites you to rediscover your inner lost child and delve into a dark and dangerous world of mermaids, rum and glittering pirates. VAULT has something for every occasion and is a spectacular arts festival that adds some fun and flair to the nightlife scene.
Leake Street, Lambeth SE1 7AD; vaultfestival.com
34 Rediscover: Tiepolo’s ‘Joseph Receiving Pharaoh’s Ring’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery
20 March – 3 June
From 20 March, Rediscover: Tiepolo’s ‘Joseph Receiving Pharaoh’s Ring’ is on show at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The painting has been away from the Gallery for conservation since October 2015. This is the first opportunity to see the painting newly conserved, alongside the technical research carried out along the way: including X-rays and paint analysis. You can expect to look at a single painting from every possible angle, learning more about its artist, subject, meaning and making. It will reveal incredible details and the layers beneath the surface of the painting.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
35 Ingmar Bergman Season at BFI Southbank
Until 21 March
A major season at BFI Southbank is running from 1 January to mid-March to celebrate the centenary of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The BFI Southbank season, which is a collaboration between the BFI, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, The Swedish Film Institute, SF Studios and The Ministry of Culture Sweden, will include virtually everything Bergman wrote for the screen, taking in a number of well-known films. The ultimate auteur, Bergman was a hugely influential and distinctive writer-director who worked in film, theatre and television. The celebration will show a comprehensive season of his work.
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XT; bfi.org.uk
36 Ladies of the Blues at Under The Bridge, Fulham
In this, the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement, what better way to keep girl power alive than booking tickets to see some very sassy ladies in action? Look out for a stunning line-up of three singers at the top of their game at Fulham’s Under The Bridge this month, when the Ladies of the Blues tour returns to this fab venue, showcasing three outstanding European blues stars, Connie Lush, Erja Lyytinen and Kyla Brox. Each artist has their own distinct sound, with a shared love of the blues.
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road SW6 1HS; underthebridge.co.uk
37 The London Flyfishing Fair at Business Design Centre, Islington
Expert, intermediate or beginner, head down to the Business Design Centre between the 23-24 March for the annual Fly Fishing Fair to get in the know about the latest equipment and techniques evolving out of the industry. This event highlights the sense of adventure fly fishing can generate when experienced individually or as a family, allowing city dwellers time to be at one with the great outdoors from time to time. Visitors are encouraged to get hands-on stuck in!
52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH; thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk
38 Ceramic Art London at Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross
Ceramic Art London returns for the 14th time, opening at Central Saint Martins on 23 March. The fair offers a snapshot of international contemporary ceramics, featuring 90 leading makers from around the world as well as clay talks, where various artists discuss a variety of topics.
1 Granary Building, Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C 4AA; ceramicartlondon.com
39 The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
23 March – 30 September
On 23 March the National Maritime Museum opens a major photography exhibition celebrating the nation’s love affair with the seaside. Featuring over 100 works by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers – Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts – The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present, explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. The Great British Seaside documents a quintessentially British experience. It covers the country’s beaches from Brighton to Blackpool, and captures the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them. Through the work of some of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, the exhibition will showcase photography from their archive collections, as well as negative contact sheets and footage.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk
40 Jorge Pardo Exhibition at Victoria Miro, Islington
Until 24 March
Jorge Pardo, the Mexico-based Cuban-American artist, is showing an exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery from 2 February to 24 March. Celebrated for his use of vibrant colours, eclectic patterns, natural and industrial materials, and craftsmanship and computer-aided production, Pardo, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, has since the 1990s questioned distinctions between fine art, architecture and design. This exhibition comprises not only paintings but also large-scale chandeliers, ranging in scale from 1 to 1.7 metres tall. The exhibition will draw you into an environment of form, colour, illumination and shadow as the artist explores light’s potential as a means of shaping our experience of architecture while creating an immersive visual spectacle during winter’s darkest months.
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com
41 Girl from the North Country, Noel Coward Theatre
Until 24 March
Duluth, Minnesota, 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no one will account for. And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return… Catch Girl from the North Country at the Noel Coward Theatre.
85-88 St Martin’s Lane, Convent Garden WC2N 4AP; noelcowardtheatre.co.uk
42 Steak Tasting: Dinner and Showcase at Rotunda Bar & Restaurant
Rotunda Bar & Restaurant will be hosting their annual steak tasting dinner and showcase on 27 March. Experience their steak culture with all of your senses! The chef and butcher will whisk you away on a mouth-watering journey where you will taste five steak cuts and get to know more about our gate to plate ethos. Arrival drink and canapés to start, followed by five steak cuts and chips. The dinner starts at 6:30pm and is priced at £49.50 per person.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG; rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk
43 An Evening of Meat at The Vaults
27 March – 22 April
Launching at The Vaults in Waterloo, An Evening of Meat is a unique and provocative dinner installation: a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses. Featuring a fine-dining menu and dancers using a table as a stage, An Evening Of Meat is a powerful conceptual dining experience. As you sink your teeth into a six-course dinner, you are confronted with performers struggling to reach the vertical position. You become part of the dancer’s struggle to stand up as she becomes more than just a piece of meat on the table.
Leake Street, Lambeth SE1 7AD; thevaults.london
44 National Theatre Posters at the National Theatre
Until 31 March
An exhibition curated by design critic and writer Rick Poynor, exploring poster design from 1963 to the present is closing at the end of March at the Wolfson Gallery at the National Theatre. The exhibition explores the evolution of poster design at the National Theatre, showcasing many classic examples. From 1963 to the present day, each art director led the theatre’s graphic design studio in creating images for posters, programmes and now digital artwork. The exhibition features posters designed by Ken Briggs, Richard Bird, Michael Mayhew, Charlotte Wilkinson and current Creative Director Ollie Winser and the Graphic Design team.
South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
45 Vice Versa at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mayfair
Until 31 March
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is pleased to present Vice Versa, a solo show of iconic paintings, photographs, installation, videos and wallpaper by the American artist Sturtevant. Taking place from 23 February to 31 March, this exhibition will be her first posthumous London showing and the most recent in the UK since 2013. Sturtevant’s work enacts a radical and distinctly feminist repossession of cultural iconography through repetitions of artworks from memory across multiple disciplines from video to screen printing. The gallery on Dover Street will present a retrospective of Sturtevant’s work engaging with artists from Warhol to Duchamp; Felix Gonzales-Torres to Jasper Johns, highlighting relationships in Sturtevant’s work between her subversive approach to repetition, conceptions of authorship and the abundance of our digital era.
Ely House, 37 Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4NJ; ropac.net
46 Calcotada Festival at Brindisa, Various Locations
Until 31 March
The Calcotada Festival is a more unusual Spanish tradition which celebrates the humble Catalan onion, Calçot. The onion is cooked over open flames before families and friends gather for the subsequent feast. It’s a rather theatrical affair with calçots hanging over the table, dripping with romesco sauce as they’re carefully lowered into open mouths. Brindisa’s Head Chef and Catalan native Josep Carbonnell has created a traditional Calçotada weekend menu, with both traditional and vegan options, capturing the spirit and theatre of the Spanish festival. The vegan menu, £27 and the Meat menu, £35. Available Saturday and Sunday at Brindisa Shoreditch and Sunday at Brindisa Rupert Street throughout February and March. Booking essential.
152 Curtain Road EC2A 3AT & 18-20 Rupert Street W1D 6DF; brindisakitchens.com
47 Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at V&A Museum
Until 8 April
Experience the timeless and universal appeal of an iconic literary character in Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the V&A. Go on an adventure with this much-loved bear and discover the story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard in a multi-sensory and playful exhibition brought to life through letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion. Check the website for details of pop-up performances and drop-in workshops.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
48 Evidence by He Xiangyu at White Cube, Bermondsey
Until 8 April
Evidence is an exhibition of new sculpture, installation and video by Chinese artist He Xiangyu at White Cube Bermondsey. Known for his provocative and ambitious works, he is part of a generation of conceptual artists in China who use a range of media to articulate cultural and social concerns. This latest series is informed by small scraps of metal from North Korea, sourced whilst filming a project exploring the country’s diaspora in his hometown, close to the China /North Korea border. The objects relate to a black market recently discovered by the artist. Alongside this presentation, he will show The Swim (2016), a feature-length film documenting life on China’s border with North Korea through a series of interviews with defectors and Korean War veterans, plus footage of the artist swimming across the river to the border.
144–152 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ; whitecube.com
49 Architecture Drawing Prize Exhibition at Sir John Soane Museum, Holborn
Until 14 April
Throughout March, in the Sir John Soane Museum’s Foyle Space, you will find the Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition on show. It represents the culmination of the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize which launched in summer 2017. The prize celebrates drawing’s significance as a tool in capturing and communicating ideas, recognising the continuing importance of hand drawing, but also embracing the creative use of digitally produced renderings. The exhibition will showcase the winning entry as well as a selection of those shortlisted, announced at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin in November 2017.
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2A 3BP; soane.org
50 Ferrari: Under the Skin at The Design Museum, Kensington
Until 15 April
Ferrari: Under the Skin is a major exhibition at The Design Museum, examining the fascinating history of one of motoring’s most iconic brands. The show, created in collaboration with Ferrari, celebrates 70 years of precision design, from the launch of the very first Ferrari car in 1947 to the latest car in production. See important cars in the flesh, such as one that won the British Grand Prix in 1952 driven by Alberto Ascari, a sports racing car that won the Goodwood TT and a selection of client cars. The exhibition also affords a rare insight into the life of Enzo Ferrari, paying tribute to his passion for racing, something that ultimately gave rise to the brand.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
51 David Milne: Modern Painting at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 7 May
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne, bringing together 90 oil paintings and watercolours alongside drawings and photographs never shown before in the UK, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision. Through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, Milne developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing influences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a bold modernist language of his own.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
52 Macbeth at the National Theatre
Until 23 June
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. The National Theatre is presenting the famous Shakespeare production of Macbeth. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris 25 years after his last Shakespeare production. Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth respectively.
Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
53 Fatberg! at Museum of London
Until 1 July
The Museum of London will showcase the last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg as part of a display titled Fatberg! opening on 9 February. Fatberg! will address how fatbergs are created, the processes of obtaining and displaying such an object and how the rest of the fatberg was recycled. The display will tie in with the museum’s season of events and displays, City Now City Future which examines the challenges, initiatives and innovations taking place within our cities.
150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
54 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Until 22 July
Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of photographers from around the world to be declared Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017. His photograph, The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, will take pride of place at the corresponding exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now in its ninth year, the competition received over 3,800 entries from over 90 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ; rmg.co.uk
55 The Simon & Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre, Soho
Until 23 July
The Simon & Garfunkel Story as it extends its acclaimed West End run with Philip Murray Warson (One Man Two Guvnors) to join, starring as Paul Simon alongside previously announced Charles Blyth as Art Garfunkel. Revealing the incredible journey shared by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, the audience follows their meteoric rise. From Simon and Garfunkel‘s humble beginnings, right through their worldwide successes and bitter break-up, culminating with a stunning recreation of their 1981 Central Park reformation concert, audiences can re-live the moments that justified their ten Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
29 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES; thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com
56 Relatum – Stage at Serpentine Galleries, Hyde Park
Until 29 July
The Serpentine continues its exploration of public art with a sculptural commission by artist Lee Ufan named Relatum – Stage. Lee Ufan came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the major theoretical and practical proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha group. The first contemporary art movement in Japan to gain international recognition, Mono-ha rejected Western notions of representation, focusing on the relationships between materials and perceptions rather than on expression or intervention. Ufan’s minimalist works, which use only two materials, steel and stone, are characteristic of this school of thought. Comprised of two angled, mirrored, steel sheets and two different-sized stones, Relatum – Stage will merge the natural and industrial in a poetic installation that reflects the surrounds of the park.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org
57 Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at County Hall
Until 16 September
This new production of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions is set in County Hall’s ornate Chamber. Director Lucy Bailey places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony? Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? This production has proved so popular that its run has been extended until September. Tickets £10-£95 (VIP Jury Tickets include access to a private bar area, a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks.
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 7PB; witnesscountyhall.com
58 Dream On at V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Until 20 January 2019
Dream on is a new exhibition which explores dreams, the unconscious and an imaginary world between sleep and wakefulness. iI weaves together several elements. Looking at our relationship to objects and the power we invest in them the exhibition plays with the notion that objects come to life when we are not looking, much like our dreams when we fall asleep. The artists at the exhibit include Christie Brown Katherine Tulloh, Madeleine Waller, the children of St George’s Hospital Tooting, and the primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney.
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA; vam.ac.uk