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LEE WESTCOTT AT BOTTLE + RYE

Until 4th May 2024
Market Row, London SW9 8LD

Following the closure of his restaurants at Birch in Croydon, Lee Westcott is back in South London, popping up at Robin Gill’s Brixton wine bar Bottle + Rye. The six-week stint is a space for him to try out some dishes as he looks for a permanent pub space in East London, and the French/Southern Med-inspired menu he’s cooking up sounds good. You can expect dishes like oysters with fermented wild garlic, grilled asparagus with purple sprouting broccoli and seaweed hollandaise, aged sirloin steak tartare with crispy potato, Cornish bouillabaisse with baguette and rouille, breast of lamb with spring veg and salsa verde, and Yorkshire rhubarb choux bun, and there’s also a £40 set menu option available too.

YINKA SHONIBARE CBE | SUSPENDED STATES

12th April - 1st September 2024
Serpentine Gallery, London

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare has a major solo show – his first in London for over 20 years – on at Serpentine South Gallery. Suspended States explores the legacy of imperialism, the ecological impact of colonisation and the relationship of power to refuge by reimagining Western iconography. The show includes installations like ‘Decolonised Structures’, statues of colonial figures painted with Dutch wax print patterns; ‘Sanctuary City’, made of miniature buildings that represent places of refuge for the persecuted; and ‘The War Libraray’, where 5000 books covered in Dutch wax print represent conflicts and peace treaties.

GEORG BASELITZ | A CONFESSION OF MY SINS

10th April – 16th June 2024
144, 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TR

German artist Georg Baselitz is hosting an exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey, his first at the gallery for eight years, featuring new work produced over the last year. At 86, Baselitz is still going strong and his new pieces, both large-scale paintings and works on paper, reflect on his 60-year-plus career, nodding to his key inspirations over the years and sketches he created in his youth.

ROOF EAST

18th April – end of September 2024
Roof East, Great Eastern Road, London

Fancy playing a round of crazy golf, catching a movie, hitting some bullseyes or shaking it out with a dance class? Well you can do it all at Roof East. Yes the Stratford rooftop is jam-packed with activities, including Rooftop Film Club, Sluggers batting cages, Birdies crazy golf, Arrows archery, Glitter Bowls lawn games, giant jenga, cornhole and table tennis. You can stay well fed and watered with the roof’s five bars and street food from the likes of Chick ‘n’ Sours, Piddaji and Cheeky Burger, and of course, you’ve got those mega views over the Stratford to enjoy.

THE QB PAPERS

10th - 28th April 2024
Cromwell Place, 4 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JE

Sir Quentin Blake, the renowned illustrator best-known for his work with Roald Dahl, is hosting his second commercial exhibition in a matter of months at the Arc Gallery at Cromwell Place. The QB Papers features work Quentin created between 2017-2019, much of which has never been seen before. And if you like what you see, you can actually purchase one of his original artworks.

London's Largest Outdoor Flea Market Is Coming

Hackney Flea Market is set to team up with DRUMSHEDS to host the DRUMSHEDS Summer Flea, London’s largest outdoor flea market. The 608,000 sq ft club housed inside a former Ikea warehouse in Tottenham will be hosting over 200 traders selling unique finds, jewellery, furniture, unexpected oddities and more. It’s £2 entry so head on down for a spot of bargain hunting.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

25th April - 24th August 2024
Shakespeare's Globe, New Globe Walk, London

Shakespeare’s feel-good love story is opening at the Globe to kick off the theatre’s summer season. Directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes, Ekow Quartey and Amalia Vitale will star as Benedick and Beatrice, with the cast performing in Elizabethan dress.

BLACK CACTUS AT EXALE TAP

From 25th April 2024
Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane, London E17 5QJ

Enjoy a summer of beer and BBQ at Exale Tap as the Walthamstow taproom plays host to smoked meat specialists Black Cactus and their 500 gallon pit smoker. The menu, showcasing produce from the UK’s best meat suppliers, will be changing regularly but you can expect the likes of Texas-style BBQ trays, dry-aged ex-dairy cow smoked burgers, chimichurri brisket rolls, and char siu pork belly banh mi (and yes, there will be veggie dishes on offer too). Get your BBQ and Exale brew fix Thurs – Sun.

VIOLA'S ROOM

14th May - 16th June 2024

Groundbreaking theatre group Punchdrunk is back with new show, Viola’s Room, which is being billed as “an intimate, linear, audio-driven adventure that promises to suffuse the dreams of those who dare to follow the light”. The immersive play is based on Barry Pain’s gothic short story The Moon-Slave and has been adapted for a new audience by Booker Prize-shortlisted author Daisy Johnson. Guests are told to expect a barefoot journey around a maze-like installation, guided by an unseen narrator through headphones.

MRS. DOUBTFIRE THE MUSICAL

Until 16th February 2025
Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

The screen’s favourite housekeeper and babysitter is staying in the West End as Mrs. Doubtfire the Musical is on at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 2025. Based on the hit and much-loved film, this musical adaptation comes from the same award-winning team – made up of John O’Farrell, Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick – behind Broadway’s Something Rotten!

IXTA BELFRAGE AT ISLA

22nd March - 22nd May 2024
Isla, Argyle Street, London

Ixta Belfrage, chef and award-winning author of Mezcla: Recipes to Excite, is going to be taking over the kitchen at The Standard’s Isla for three months this spring. The all-day restaurant will be serving up an exclusive flavour-packed menu inspired by the recipes in Ixta’s hit cookbook and the culinary traditions of Italy, Brazil and Mexico, with the star of the show being a fan-favourite, her king prawn lasagne. Other highlights will include guava roast duck tacos with chipotle crema; crisped sticky rice stuffed aubergine; a moqueca fish slider on curried coconut brioche; sea bream and yellow tomato aguachile; and honey-roasted cashew ice cream choco-taco.

VINTAGE POSTER MARKET

13th & 14th April 2024
Gipsy Hill Brewing Company - Taproom, Hamilton Road, London

The Projekt Mkt Vintage Poster Market is back in town with a two-day pop-up at the Gipsy Hill Taproom in South London. Six independent vintage poster dealers will be selling their wares, with everything from music and film classics to Soviet-era Communist posters to the Polish School of Posters pieces up for grabs, there’s something for everyone and for every budget. It’s FREE to get in there and shop, and KERB+ will be supplying street food alongside beers from the brewery.

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ANYA MART

Until 7th April 2024
11 Pont Street, London

Londoners have gone crazy for Anya Hindmarch’s unusual ice creams, including flavours like Branston Pickle and Heinz Tomato Ketchup, and now the designer is bringing them to us in scented candle form. Anya Mart, the latest pop-up shop at the Anya Hindmarch Village in Knightsbridge, is stocked with candles smelling like Fanta, Imperial Leather, Coco Pops, Heinz Baked Beans and more. The shop, a playful nod to the corner shops of yesteryear, is pleasingly retro inside – it’s giving high-end Supermarket Sweep vibes – and is also filled with charms, purses, bags, PJs, and slippers from the Anya Brands collection.

TROPICAL MODERNISM | ARCHITECTURE AND INDEPENDENCE

2nd March – 22nd September 2024
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London

The V&A is hosting a major architectural exhibition highlighting the style of Tropical Modernism by architects Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry from their work in the 1940s. The style, which focused on practicality over beauty in a hot and dry climate, developed in West Africa and came to symbolise a postcolonial future in countries like Ghana and India after they gained independence. The exhibition dives into the origins of Tropical Modernism along with its connection to colonisation, and how it spread representing progressiveness in a country.

A SEAT AT OUR TABLE

9th March – 12th October 2024
10 Oakfield Rd, Ilford IG1 1ZJ

Photographer Kenneth Lam is hosting his first solo exhibition A seat at our table at SPACE Ilford, inviting audiences to explore the dishes and memories of their own cultural identities. Taking inspiration from classical still life and the the stories of Redbridge residents, Lam explores the table as a symbol of home and the way food can express heritage and be used as a common language between cultures.

POLLY BRADEN | LEAVING UKRAINE

15th March - 1st September 2024
Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square, London

Around six million Ukrainians are now displaced as a result of the Russian invasion of the country on 24th February 2024. Photographer Polly Braden has been documenting the lives of some of the women and children who have now been scattered across Europe and you can see her work at the Foundling Museum. Leaving Ukraine showcases the journeys that these women have had to undertake, the care they still have to provide for their families, the impact that the war has had on their lives and the way it is shaping their futures through photos, film and aural testimonies.

OPENING NIGHT

Until 18th May 2024
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Major new musical Opening Night, based on the legendary John Cassavetes film, is having its world premiere in the West End. It follows a theatre company as it prepares to stage a new play on Broadway but backstage drama ensues when the production’s leading lady is hit by tragedy, which forces everyone to deliver the performance of their lives. And there are some big hitters involved – Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove is directing, Rufus Wainwright is behind the music and lyrics, and BAFTA and Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith is starring.

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