Having a lazy day? Don't. Get up and head down to one of the many things to do in London today that are taking place all across the capital. We've picked our favourite five to get you started. And if you're struggling with plans for things to do this weekend too, check out our guides to what's on in London this Friday, this Saturday and this Sunday.
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From northern soul and disco to house and hip hop, through jungle and garage and right down to grime, club culture has come a long way, baby. Opening at The Printspace gallery on Kingsland Road, ‘Lost in Music’ is a massive new photography exhibition that tells the story of dance music across the decades and around the world, and pays tribute to the DJs and dancers who made it all happen.Read more
This collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk and Somerset House presents a physical form of Pamuk's novel 'The Museum of Innocence'. Both the book and museum tell the story of Kemel Bey, a wealthy socialite with an obsessive love for his twice removed cousin, through a series of everyday objects that have become significant in the pair's turbulent romance.Read more
From the people who lit up London with Lumiere Festival just a few weeks ago comes this taster of Glasgow's biennial sonic art festival. Being able to see what you can hear is what Sonica's all about, and artists will hold VJ sessions with impressive visuals. Among the highlights is Robbie Thomson's XFRMR, a light performance using a caged Tesla coil that will spit light in all directions.Read more
Ceramics was art's hottest trend of 2015 – and we don't just mean 'The Great Pottery Thrown Down'. You couldn't move for pottery given a witty, conceptual twist by contemporary artists including Jesse Wine and Aaron Angell. In 2016, that trend looks set to continue, with the ICA giving Betty Woodman her first UK show.Read more
There’s Adele at the piano, eyes closed, deep in thought. And Caitlyn Jenner off the telly, in an outtake from her Vanity Fair shoot. And Taylor Swift, in black, by a bush. And businesswoman Wendy Deng taking a (probably rare) moment off. And Aung San Suu Kyi, beautifully dignified as ever. And ballet dancer Misty Copeland (pictured) en point. And… Has anyone ever turned Annie Leibovitz down? At the press launch, the starriest of photographers to the stars claimed still to have Angela Merkel in her sights. Here’s betting the chancellor will appear as this show of portraits of influential women, commissioned by UBS for its art collection, tours the world over the next 12 months, growing as it goes. What you get here feels, weirdly, epic and a tad slight. There are three big screens, two showing rolling Leibovitz images, including shots from her original ‘Women’ series from 1999, one displaying a static image of the Queen. The real interest lies in a wall where near-identically sized photos (including Adele, Misty and Caitlyn) are pinned – a democracy of scale contrasting with wild fluctuations of achievement. Leibovitz is an exemplary image maker. But, above functioning as a kind of roll call of big names, I’m not sure how much these photographs reveal about their subjects. Intimacy, casualness, posturing – all seem equally stage-managed, deceptive, part of a celeb’s look-book of styles. Leibovitz pioneered them but they seem to serve her sitters rather better than a curiouRead more
From northern soul and disco to house and hip hop, through jungle and garage and right down to grime, club culture has come a long way, baby. Opening next week at The Printspace gallery on Kingsland Road, ‘Lost in Music’ is a massive new photography exhibition that tells the story of dance music across the decades and around the world, and pays tribute to the DJs and dancers who made it all happen. Beginning in the ’70s and running right through to the present day, ‘Lost in Music’ includes a staggering 500 photos. Contributors include professional photographers including Derek Ridgers, DJ and snapper Gavin Mills, Dean Chalkley, Kevin Cummins, Normski and Dave Swindells – Time Out’s very own Nightlife editor for 22 years till 2009. But there’s also a major chunk of the exhibition devoted to the ‘I was there’ crew: thousands of amateur photographers and party people from around the world, who responded to an open call with 50,000 pictures. The very best have made the final show. ‘Lost in Music’ runs in Hoxton for eleven days from Friday February 5, and of course there’s a party involved too. On Thursday February 4 The Printspace opens late for the exhibition launch night, which includes an era-hopping DJ set from Gavin Mills, and you could be there. Sign up online for the Lost in Music launch. For now, here’s something to whet your appetite. We’ve landed an exclusive look at the ‘Lost in Music’ film, produced by London-based photo documentary channel FullBleed. Check it outRead 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 annual exhibition of around 100 of the best entries from the Landscape Photographer of the Year award is returning to the Mezzanine in Waterloo. The dramatic, remarkable photographs are on display above the hustle and bustle of Britain's busiest station, and visitors can take a moment to soak up the images' serenity whenever the station is open – that's more than 1200 hours of access. This year's finalists and winners include images of light dappled water, mist-filled forests, and snow covered beaches.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
This collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk and Somerset House presents a physical form of Pamuk's novel 'The Museum of Innocence'. Both the book and museum tell the story of Kemel Bey, a wealthy socialite with an obsessive love for his twice removed cousin, through a series of everyday objects that have become significant in the pair's turbulent romance. 13 vitrines fill the Somerset House Courtyard Rooms, containing artefacts that represent moments of the relationship and intimate insight into the lives of the characters. Snippets of original film created by director Grant Gee accompany the objects, giving them context and providing a cinematic extension of the tale and the city in which the story is set.Read more
This taster of Glasgow's biennial sonic art festival is produced by Cryptic, an internationally renowned group fusing music, art and more. Being able to see what you can hear is what Sonica's all about, and artists will hold AV sessions with seriously impressive visuals. Among the highlights is Robbie Thomson's XFRMR, a light performance using a caged Tesla coil that will spit light in all directions. The installations are free to access but evening performances (including XFRMR) are ticketed – book in advance for discounted tickets.Read more
Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris's musical version of 'Alice in Wonderland', wonder.land, is accompanied by this exhibition of digital experiences which is designed to immerse its audience in weird and wonderful worlds. Experience a virtual reality music video with a 360° landscape of pulsating garden, play with a physically reactive Kinect version of the wonderland and meet an Augmented Reality magic mirror wall.Read more
Pioneering character comic Joseph Morpurgo's latest effort was one of the most impressive comedy shows of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. So much so, it bagged a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, and we gave it a glowing five star review. 'Soothing Sounds for Baby' is both retro and cutting edge. The set up is a faux episode of 'Desert Island Discs' (featuring dialogue from Kirsty Young painstakingly spliced together for actual episodes) and Morpurgo transforms into the characters on the sleeves of his chosen vinyls. It's a rich, multilayered comedy experience, and one that keeps whirling away in your mind long after it's finished. One of the best comedy shows of the year. Read our review from the Edinburgh FringeRead more
This review is from 'Sane New World's 2015 run. We get an explicit view of Ruby Wax’s downward dog in her new show: arms outstretched, head tucked in, arse pointing to the heavens. ‘I have to do my yoga and pilates now,’ she explains. ‘I don’t have time in my real life.’ With our phones and our appointments and our important jobs, we’re all too busy, she says. But fear not, Wax is on a one-woman mission to de-stress the world. Taking the form of a kind of lecture about how we need to chill the hell out, ‘Sane New World’ sits somewhere between stand-up comedy and theatre, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Standing alone on a stage covered in green grass and cushions, she dishes out a barrel-load of sharp one-liners. ‘I wanted to learn about the mind because I had lost mine,’ she explains. Her next show, about her dandruff problem, will be called ‘Flakes the Musical’ she says flashing a toothy smile. Onstage she’s a firecracker, constantly moving, one minute having a little lie down, the next twerking her butt off.Wax is her very own case study – she remorselessly rips the piss out of all her own insecurities while demonstrating the science behind the cognitive therapy of mindfulness. Wax is riding on the back of the fact that she’s just done an MA in the subject at Kellogg College, Oxford, and she genuinely believes that thinking a bit more about where we are and what we’re doing will help us. And because of that, the piece is never preachy, it’s a large-hearted, funny attempt toRead more
The legend returns! The Big Yin himself, Billy Connolly, hits town with his 'High Horse Tour', playing the Hammersmith Apollo for an extended run. Connolly's one of the all time greats of stand-up. Without him, modern comedy would look very different indeed. Even at the age of 72, the legendary Scot has a wild, manic energy, and is still as sharp as ever.Read more
Eddie Izzard’s ‘Force Majeure’ isn’t your average West End comedy show. It’s not new – he first performed it in the capital in 2013. But then, it’s not exactly old either. For the last three years, he’s been touring it across 28 countries, performing it in his audience’s native tongue then adding the parts he likes as permanent features. So what we have is the ‘reloaded’ version. A sort of greatest hits. But with French bits. The first half of ‘Force Majeure’ is spellbinding. It’s not just a romp through the kind of madcap Izzard antics that see Darth Vader and God duelling over spaghetti carbonara, or Julius Caesar seeking military advice from Marc Anthony; it’s a show about a show. The high-heeled comic steps around the fourth wall to point out that the reason a Martin Luther skit is performed in German is due to it having been introduced in Berlin. Or to explain that a surreal gag where a French king meets a dolphin is due to him building a skit for a Gallic gig based around the dual use of the word ‘dauphin’. When he explains exactly how well observations on the similarity of Welsh and Pakistani accents went down with audiences for whom English isn’t a first language (not very well, ‘but I talked them through it anyway,’ he chuckles), you feel part of his gang. This isn’t your average show. It’s like a social club. It’s lovely. But then he comes back on after the interval and business seemingly lapses back into a straight-up comedy show. While the first half was all cleveRead more
Superb Canadian absurdist Tony Law brings his new hour, ‘Fillemorphesis’, to the Leicester Square Theatre for three nights. As usual, Law makes it seem as if he’s unprepared, never quite finishing a thought before gliding into the next topic. He races through a hodgepodge of accents and corrals the audience into interacting, the results of which are a sense of loose, ill thought-out chaos that's relentlessly silly. 'Fillermophesis' is unpredictable lunacy and deliciously barmy. Read our Edinburgh Fringe reviewRead more
Effortlessly striking Malian singer and guitarist Traoré recruited PJ Harvey producer John Parish and drummer Seb Rochford for her typically extraordinary fifth album 'Beautiful Africa', on which Western guitar and African n’goni work together as fluidly as her French, English and Bambara lyrics.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.