Get some culture this Spring

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Jack Frost has gone into hibernation (we hope) and Spring is here! (sort of). Dust off your sandals (pack an umbrella) and delve into a range of diverse events that make London one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Theater

Half Breed returns to the Soho Theatre. Nominated for Best New Play in the 2017 UK Theatre Awards, Natasha Marshall brings her one-woman play back to London, exploring themes of race through a semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice. Find yourself on the edge of your seat, a rollercoaster of emotions from a super talent. Prepare to be wowed.

Soho Theatre, 16 April – 9 June 2018, tickets from £10

The Writer starring Romola Garai premiers at The Almeida Theatre this spring. With a plot centralising around the tension and power struggle between a female playwright and a male director, Garai describes this as a ‘very angry piece of writing’ with a focus on gender. A timely play about the struggles of a predominantly patriarchal society, and how to challenge it.

Almeida Theatre, 14 April – 26 May, tickets from £10


Trainspotting Live 
is a unique theatre experience, to say the least. Fight your way to your seat through a 90’s rave scene, in this immersive production be prepared to really feel the story. Thick Scottish accents mean that most people will have to follow the movement rather than the words, this play is not for the shy or feint-hearted. Don’t sit too near the toilet, you’ll understand on the night.

The Vaults, until 3 June, tickets from £20


Art

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A presents an intimate look into the life of one of the most iconic artists, through her personal belongings. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico. Items include a series of cosmetics owned by the artist, some of her most colourful clothes, and her prosthetic leg complete with leather boot.

The V&A, 16 June – 31 October, tickets £15


Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018
is an intriguing and modern look at how graphic design and technology have played a crucial role in encouraging public engagement in politics and shaping political moments since 2008. ‘Graphic design in the form of internet memes, posters, and protest placards is being used by the marginalised and powerful like to shape political messages like never before.’

The Design Museum, 28 March – 12 August, tickets £12


London Nights
reveals the nocturnal ‘otherside’ of London ‘fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film’. Hauntingly beautiful images of London after dark divided into three sections; London Illuminated, Dark Matters and Switch On… Switch Off… show a mysterious and sometimes scary side of London with photographs taken from the late 19th century up to the present day.

The Museum of London, 11 May – 11 November, tickets from £10

 

Music

All Points East makes its debut this year in East London’s Victoria Park. Not short of culture at the best of times, this new musical addition to the social calendar will see The National, LCD Soundsystem, The XX and Björk headline with Lorde, Phoenix and Beck also making an appearance.

2 months to go ✌🏽

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Victoria Park, May 25 – 27, tickets from £59.95

GALA and Jam on Rye are two food festivals taking over Peckham Rye park over the May Bank holiday weekend. The 27th sees GALA festival take over with music from Mr. Scruff and Notting Hill local and legendary DJ Norman Jay MBE and edible offerings from Hanoi Kitchen and Brick Brewery among many others.

Inside the Horse Meat Disco Dome… 💥💥💥#GALA2017

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GALA, 27 May, tickets from £35

Culinary curators of street food KERB have taken over on the 28th bringing the sun with Caribbean vibes and celebrating the long weekend with music from reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz artists including Sisters of Reggae and Brother Culture. Nibble on triple- dunked ginger beer battered nuggets from Only Jerkin’ and wash it down with a cool glass of sugarcane from The Cane Press.

Jam on Rye, 28 May, tickets from £20
Both at Peckham Rye Park

 

Food and Drink

From Jack is a truly unique Jack the Ripper murder mystery Victorian dining experience, immersing you in the year 1888 when East London was being terrorised by the unknown figure. Set at a secret location to be released a week before the event, guests will dine on the finest Victorian era foods while trying to figure out ‘whodunnit’. An event to satisfy all the senses.

Secret location TBA, 12 May, tickets from £37


Purveyors of the finest British seafood London Shell Co. aboard The Prince Regent takes guests along the beautiful canals of North West London with a twist on April 25. Ex-head chef of
Pidgin Elizabeth Allen and an all women crew celebrate the centennial of the female vote. Burgundy expert Caroline Brange will be on hand to advise on wines to compliment the food, all made by female winemakers.

The Prince Regent, 25 April, tickets £45

The Fulham Beach Club returns to Neverland this summer with a jam-packed events schedule, beach huts, and day beds. Pop-up catering expert Jimmy Garcia will be whipping up cocktails, serving beer and bottomless brunches. Yoga, beach circuit sessions, sand sculptures and beer and prosecco pong are all available and more. The beach comes to London this summer, oh and it’s pooch-friendly.

Neverland London, May 3 – late August, entry starts at £5

 

Film

Filmmaker Pascale Lamche presents a subtle portrait of one of the most controversial figures in contemporary politics, Winnie Mandela. Tortured and imprisoned, for many, Winnie Mandela became the ‘Mother of the Nation’, playing a pivotal and aggressive role in the anti-apartheid movement.

Bertha DocHouse, 15 – 19 April, tickets from £5


Alexander McQueen’s tortured life
inspired the world and will continue to influence the fashion industry for decades to come. In an intimate depiction of McQueen’s own world, using archive footage and photographs of the designer, we see how he turned his radical brilliance into art and influence.

Out 8 June

 

And if you’re staying in…

‘Feel Free’ by Zadie Smith is a collection of 31 pieces of her writing from the past 8 years, covering everything from Smith’s childhood to literary criticism to Quentin Tarantino.  From the author that gave us ‘White Teeth’, Smiths collection of both published and never-before-seen essays blends politics and pop culture like only she can.

Out now


Accidental Icon’ is a book of personal musings, anecdotes, and observations from American businesswomen, interior designer, and fashion muse Iris Apfel. Dripping with wit and wisdom from the still busy 96-year-old, this is a charming read that inspires frivolity as in the words of the legend herself ‘You gotta enjoy yourself.’

Out now

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