Week-end ahead! Here are some more cool things to enjoy in London. If you have tips we haven’t covered, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below…
♥ That’s London, baby ♥
1. On Friday and Saturday evening, celebrate Mardi Gras, Mississippi style, at the Vault, in the tunnels under Waterloo. Be prepared to party till late in the night thanks to the joyful rhythmic sound of the Kansas Smitty’s House Band urged on by the performers, dancers and curiosities from Shotgun Carousel.
2. Missed Lumiere London? Don’t despair – try the Magical Lantern Festival instead. Chiswick Park will be illuminated with giant installations that are sure to wow adults and kids alike.
3. Every year, Kew Gardens put on an Orchid show in its greenhouses – I fell totally under their charm last year. Orchids 2016 finds inspiration in Brazilian carnivals.
4. The first Sunday in February is the annual clowns church service at All Saints Church Haggerston, East London. Clowns attend a church service in memory of Joseph Grimaldi. The clowns usually perform for the public after the service – not to be missed!
♥ Art and culture ♥
1. Be transported on a sensory journey through the last century of the capital at the London Transport Museum this Friday. The Scent and Spirit of London evening will tell you which fragrances enchanted and defined the city from the Belle Epoque, through the Jazz Age and up to the 1970s. There will be cocktails too!
2. Feast, the new play of the Battersea Arts Centre explores our relationship with food. Consumers have gone from foraging to #foodporn – a very interesting way of looking at how our use of food has changed over time.
3. Shapero Modern is showcasing America in Revolt, 150 posters made by students and activists during the landmark ‘Berkeley demonstrations’ in California in the early 1970s.
4. Explore the first UK display of Eleven Women Facing War, an exhibition of photographs following the stories of eleven women in different conflict zones from 2001 to 2011, by British photographer Nick Danziger. The originals were taken in 2001. Ten years later, he set out to track down each one and learn what had become of their lives.
5. Make a detour via Somerset House to see By Me William Shakespeare, a fantastic way to learn more about the key moments in Shakespeare’s life, from the birth of the Globe theatre in London to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago. The exhibition brings together unique documents (including his will), explaining why they were created and what they tell us about the world’s most famous playwright.
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2. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with style. Michelin star restaurant HKK has designed a superb 8 course tasting menu. We tried it – divine! It comes with a beautifully illustrated notebook explaining both symbols and traditions.
3. The Savoy has created a new afternoon tea, inspired by the Silver Screen, to celebrate being the official hotel partners for the BAFTAs: Marilyn’s Éclair, Roll Film chocolate cake, Pop Corn Polenta cake…
4. Matcha fan? Then Pan de Vie in Covent Garden will be your new headquarters. This new pâtisserie is entirely dedicated to green tea: matcha castella loaf, matcha and azuki bean mousse, matcha and white chocolate tart, matcha and melon buns, matcha muffins… and more!
5. It’s time to GIY or Gin It Yourself at The Drift. Match the botanicals in your choice of gin with a flavoured tonic water, add fresh herbs or spices as a garnish and cheers. Tested and loved!
♥ 5 ideas to make your little ones smile ♥
1. Children’s books would not be the same without the magic of illustrations. Take a look at The Foundling Museum’s latest exhibition to rediscover Quentin Blake, Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan…
2. The Regent Street Cinema will be screening cartoons by Studio Ghibli every Saturday in February, with Ponyo on the programme this week. Kids only pay £1.75!
3. Celebrate the Chinese New Year – with traditional music and storytelling on Saturday at the National Gallery or by making michievous monkey masks at the Cutty Sark Saturday and Sunday.
4. Take the kids to a mini-rave this Saturday morning, at The Vault Festival: multi-sensory dancefloor, gadget workshops creating electronic soundscapes, interactive light projections, storyteller, archaeology workshop, photo booth, glow sticks, bubbles, balloons and glitter cannons galore. I simply cannot see how you can beat that!
5. Make 3D sculptures from clay and found materials at the Royal Academy this Sunday.
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