Finish your weekend in style with our guide to the best entertainment, events and places to go in London this Sunday, featuring an array of fantastic ideas that show the city at its best on this day of rest.
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It's the biggest sporting event – and usually the biggest telly event – on the American calendar, so be sure to catch the Super Bowl in London. Whether you're a die-hard NFL fan, a 'soccer' fan or a beer fan who welcomes any excuse for a late-night session, these are the places to watch the Super Bowl in London.Read more
Mental health and raving are not two things that traditionally go together. But we’re all in favour of bridging that gap, and this event is a great start: a fundraiser for the MIND mental health charity, run by party pros Percolate and featuring some spectacular top DJs from London’s club scene. Who? We’re not allowed to say, but trust us: they’re quality.Read more
The National Archives and King's College London have teamed up for this extensive exhibition charting Shakespeare's life in London, through to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago. Significant documents that piece together both his professional and domestic lives can be seen, including his Last Will and Testament and four of his six known signatures in existence.Read more
Lord Byron's daughter Ada was way ahead of her time – she's often thought of as some kind of computer prophet thanks to her insightful work on the Analytical Engine, Charles Babbage's calculating machine. This exhibition will tell Lovelace's story in her own words using many of her letters.Read more
150 years have passed since 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was first published. To celebrate the anniversary, the British Library have curated this special exhibition within their entrance hall where visitors can sneak a peak at Lewis Carroll's original manuscript complete with hand-drawn illustrations, as well as beautiful editions by Ralph Steadman, Mervyn Peake, Leonard Weisgard, Salvador Dali and Arthur Rackham. A pop up shop (Nov 20- Jan 31) selling Alice-inspired stationery, accessories, clothing and homeware will also give fans the chance to take a slice of the fun home.Read more
The ancient Egyptian penchant for adorning the body is well documented, with plenty of historical information available about swaddled-up corpses (and plenty of films set in Egypt BC featuring Cleopatra’s lot balancing immoderate headdresses above kohl-lined eyes). It’s a big topic, to be sure, and you might reasonably expect this to be an expansive exhibition. But Two Temple Place isn’t the British Museum, and it’s not trying to be: instead, this select collection of archaeological booty has a charm all of its own. Spread over two rooms, ‘Beyond Beauty’ is a whistlestop tour of the Egyptian collections held at seven of the UK’s smaller institutions who have banded together to bring their impressive wares to a London audience. Among these are some splendidly preserved sarcophagi and mummy coverings, pretty necklaces and tasteful pots for ointments and cosmetics, limestone jars used to hold internal organs (topped by carved animal and human heads – think morbid Pez dispensers), and the pièce de résistance: a gilded mummy head (on loan from Ipswich Museum), from a Roman citizen called Titus Flavius Demetrios, who chose to be buried Egyptian-style. It is an excellent example of cross-cultural pollination between ancient societies, and a handsome one at that. For any non-Egyptologist with a short attention span for endless display cases of earthenware spoons and bits of glass, this small showing provides an excellent snapshot of what the Egyptians were up to when they looked inRead more
We'd never have won the war without science on our side, and a great number of breakthroughs took place under the direction of Winston Churchill. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the portly Prime Minister's death, this exhibition celebrates the inventions and scientific endeavour which came to Britain's aid during World War Two. Artefacts, film footage, letters and photographs tell the stories of pioneering nutritionist Elsie Widdowson, Dorothy Hodgkin's advancement of X-ray crystallography, Robert Watson-Watt's invention of the radar and many more remarkable projects from the era. A few of Churchill's personal items will pepper the collection, too; keep an eye out for the cigar he was smoking when he heard he had been re-elected as Prime Minister in 1951. An additional section will allow visitors to learn about scientific advances in post-war Britain, including everything from molecular genetics to robotics, and looks at present scientific ambitions.Read more
This exhibition sees a series of large-scale light boxes displaying paintings, drawings and digital works from a range of artists who have personal experiences with mental health issues. The show, produced by artist Bobby Baker and her mental health organisation Daily Life Ltd aims to literally illuminate the challenging feelings many people are faced with, especially during the first few months of the year which can often be incredibly gloomy. Work from 35 artists feature in the outdoor display including Bobby Baker, Dolly Shen, Jan Arden, Phil Baird and George Harding. The exhibition is situated at The Grove opposite Stratford Library.Read more
For a show that was always going to be a surefire hit, ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ more than delivers in the ways you’d expect. Floral masterpieces by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse are abundant; there are also endless discoveries to be made, from Henri Le Sidaner’s ‘The Rose Pavilion’ (1936), pink and powdery like your nan’s cheek, to the fiery sunset strangeness of little-known Spaniard Santiago Rusiñol’s ‘Glorieta VII, Aranjuez’ (1919). The Royal Academy has embraced the theme with gusto. Walls are painted the sludgy greens and subdued blues of posh garden sheds. There are park benches to sit on. You half expect a holographic Titchmarsh to appear, offering advice about your hanging baskets. So, it’s sumptuous and a little silly in parts (and surely the perfect Mother’s Day treat). But, you don’t need to dig too far to find rich seams of history. Because, while this is a blockbuster full of the most beautiful paintings you’ll see all year, it’s also a show about the ways in which the newly-prosperous middle classes were able to cultivate patches of land for themselves, and how, unexpectedly, the rise of modern art was helped by the advent of the mail-order seed catalogue. And by botanical science, which led to new hybrids becoming available – notably the dahlia, which went from being a Mexican sort-of daisy to the spiky Ascot hat adored by the impressionists. The garden is shaped, in life as in art, as a place of solace, escape and innovation. Yet, regardlRead more
Once it was healthier to drink gin rather than the water in London. Thankfully – or not – those days are long gone, but the act, or should that be the art of drinking, remains a constant source of creative inspiration. This BP spotlight display curated by David Blayney Brown, who curated last year’s phenomenal Late Turner show, charts Britain’s relationship with alcohol from George Cruikshank’s temperance-themed 'Worship of Bacchus' to Gilbert & George’s ‘Drinking Sculpture’.Read more
This is a show that serves up four Rembrandts. As a starter. Just to give a sense of the royal and artistic dialogues between Britain and the Netherlands at the time. So, we’re talking the sort of quality that only the oldest of old money can buy. The main meat of this show, however, isn’t all that refined, not in it subject matter at least. Three centuries after it was painted, Willem van Mieris’s ‘The Neglected Lute’ (c1710) is still pretty easy to decipher. A young woman has called on a gentleman to play him a turn. However, her audience of one clearly has other ideas. Plied with wine and oysters, she gazes a little woozily into her glass, while said instrument rests against her skirt, unplucked. In the background, a servant carries in another tray full of temptation. ‘However high you’re thinking, go lower – Benny Hill, it’s as obvious as that,’ said the surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, at the press launch for this deliciously unstuffy selection from Her Maj’s collection. And he’s spot on. Trysts, tussles and piss-ups are staples of these seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century paintings. And, like characters in a play, or perhaps a panto, the people in them signpost the action with a startling lack of subtlety. Nicolaes Maes’s ‘The Listening Housewife’ (1655) hushes you conspiratorially as she descends the staircase to discover a maidservant canoodling with her beau. Down to his undershirt and unbuttoned britches, the guy at the centre of GodfriRead more
It wasn’t until Lee Miller’s death in 1977 that her son Anthony Penrose discovered the role his mother had played in documenting World War II. Forgotten in the attic was Miller’s archive of negatives. A selection of her photographs exploring the role of women in the lead-up to, during and after World War II is exhibited in a remarkable display here. Don’t expect a dry history lesson. Miller was quite the character and a wilful woman who is the perfect visual storyteller of the period. Miller’s rise to accomplished photojournalist begins with a very personal introduction. Intimate holiday snaps with a European art-world set including the surrealists Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington are hung next to vibrant portraits of Miller by Picasso and the British surrealist Roland Penrose (whom she later married). Miller’s early career had been spent as a fashion model in New York, discovered by Condé Nast. You’ll see fashion images from the era juxtaposed with her first experiments of the photographic techniques. In 1929 she travelled to Paris with the aim of becoming an apprentice to the photographer and painter Man Ray. She became his lover and muse, as well as collaborator. But it wasn’t until the outbreak of World War II, when Miller was living with Penrose in Hampstead, that she could really put her talent to the test. British Vogue commissioned her to produce photo essays on the war effort like ‘Fashion for Factories’. Although informed by the newly created Ministry of InformatioRead more
You have to hand it to Dulwich Picture Gallery. Its intrepid curators will gamely sheath themselves in Gore-Tex, miss ferries and twist ankles if it means bringing us the work of an extraordinary artist who deserves greater recognition. In the case of Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928), they’ve spent the past couple of years hauling themselves to the middle of the Norwegian nowhere where, clinging to the side of a mountain above a lake, lies Astruptunet, the collection of buildings – huts, really – that Nikolai Astrup called home for the last 14 years of his life. Why the effort? You’ve no reason to have heard of Astrup; a contemporary of Edvard Munch, he’s overshadowed by the more melancholy – and more stereotypically Nordic – painter of ‘The Scream’, even back home. But when you see Astrup’s enchanting pictures of fjords, mountains, meadows of marsh marigolds and midsummer-night bonfires you’ll immediately fall for their subtle blend of mysticism, sex, longing and anguish. His is an art of wide-ranging and hugely relatable emotion but also one of distinct economy. Astrup dedicated himself to just a handful of motifs: huts, flowers, mountains, fjords… painting them at different times of the day and year. And they were all in his backyard. As with many of the artists featured in the Royal Academy’s ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ Astrup created his own world to paint. But he went further than most to stage manage the natural world, clearing and planting trees, and building paths, to tRead more
This central London club at the Comedy Pub always features impressive line-ups mixing circuit stalwarts with talented rising stars. With three to five shows a week, and tickets at £10 max in advance, it's very good value indeed. Check 'dates and times' for the latest line-ups.Read more
Michael Nadra Primrose Hill
Venue says: We are celebrating Valentine's Day all weekend with two delicious tasting menus and a glass of rosé Champagne for £69pp.
A second London restaurant from chef Michael Nadra, following up on his lauded Chiswick original. This Primrose Hill version benefits from a canalside location and atmospheric dining areas - including a Grade II-listed horse tunnel, complete with cobbled floor and arched brick ceiling. There are Asian influences on a menu focused mostly on European classics. Expect, then, dishes such as steamed sea bass with prawn and chive dumplings, oriental greens, carrot and ginger purée and a lobster bisque alongside herb-crusted Cornish hake with lobster risotto, rock samphire and sea aster. A six course tasting menu can be matched with wines. Drinks don't play second fiddle here. A martini bar offers more than 20 classic and contemporary martinis, including dry, dirty and dickens. The Primrose martini combines vodka, St Germain and cranberry juice. More than 200 wines are available, with 16 available by the glass.