If you're organising Mothering Sunday this year (Sunday March 6 2016) and racking your brain for things to do on Mother's Day in the capital, be sure to include one of these mum-friendly events in your plans. With selections from the London art exhibitions calendar and our pick of the 100 best shops in London, your mum is most definitely in for a treat.
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The ICA is giving Betty Woodman her first UK show. The US sculptor has worked with clay since the 1950s – long before the current vogue for art-ceramics – to create jazzy mixed-media pieces that combine ceramics and painting techniques. Concentrating on work produced over the past decade, this show will fill the ICA galleries with Woodman's unabashedly decorative, celebratory work.Read more
Hackney Record Fair is the latest venture from the gang behind the monthly Hackney Flea Market, and promises a chance for indie types to get hold of rare vinyl and made-with-love fanzines. Labels and dealers on board include Heavenly Records, Shacklewell Arms Black Wax Record Shack, Odd Box Records, Audio Gold and Eldica Records.Read more
This landmark exhibition celebrates 100 years of the fashion bible British Vogue, which launched in 1916 amid WWI, when American Vogue couldn't ship to the UK. Featuring early original magazines, vintage prints and Condé Nast archival material, the show, curated by Robin Muir, is a stylish feast for the eyes. So get ready to strike a pose.Read more
Over 50 giant hand-sculpted lanterns will be on display in Chiswick House and Gardens, including a 60 metre-long dragon stretched out across the lake. Life-sized flamingos, zebras, kangaroos and elephants will reside in the Animal Kingdom and the Enchanted Forest will boast ginormous glowing mushrooms, plants and flowers.Read more
The Royal Academy’s spring blockbuster will appeal to the green finger in all of us, whether it’s tending to your windowsill box, mini London plot or weekend allotment. Blooming with over 120 works by Monet and his contemporaries, this show reveals the garden to be a site of creative stimulus and a means to critique the unsettled period.Read more
Now in its fifty-first year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet, captured by professional and amateur photographers. The overall winner of this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year is amateur photographer Don Gutoski for his beautiful and rather bloody 'Tale of two foxes', taken in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.Read more
The market that spawned Sir Alan Sugar’s business success via a shampoo stall, Chatsworth Road has reopened its stalls after dwindling trader numbers forced the market to close its doors in the 1990’s. Flash-forward over ten years later and the market is back with 40 stalls a week offering up vintage children’s wear, ethical clothing, original paintings and more.Read more
Vying for attention in the market heavy Brick Lane, though frankly the biggest draw by far, is the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery. Here, you’ll find a buzzing mishmash of mopey students, bona fide locals and edgy attention seekers riffling through vintage stalls, quirky crafts by up-and-coming designers and stacks of old vinyl.Read 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.Read more
Venue says: Celebrating 100 years of the pisco sour, join us at Chotto Matte and the first 100 are only £7, daily between Sunday and Wednesday.
If you're looking for a good time, head to Soho. No, not for anywhere lit by a red light, but for a night at Chotto Matte. This vast Frith Street newcomer takes Japanese-Peruvian fusion (or Nikkei) and really cranks up the volume. On the ground floor is an enormous bar, which on our visit was a seething mass of suits and glamourpusses, all drinking cocktails against a vivid manga-style mural; for the restaurant, go up a floor. Aside from another mural to inject colour, this is a study in industrial prestige: the floors are black (marble), the ceilings are black (paint), the pillars are rough-cast concrete. Attractive staff (in black – what else?) work the floor. Robata chefs tend the grill. The menu offers a spectrum of the two cuisines, though with more Latin flavour than at other Nikkei restaurants. From the Japanese end came exquisite sweet shrimp sashimi; from the Peruvian, a correctly made ceviche: curls of seabass bobbing in a zingy, chilli-spiked marinade, with sweet potato and roasted corn. In between was the fusion fare, including a terrific shrimp tempura (Japanese) with three dipping sauces: one traditional and two Peruvian-themed creations (we liked creamy jalapeño best). The only offbeat combo was grill-marinated (anticucho) pork belly laid on rice (nigiri style), then blow-torched at the table. It had theatre in spades – but this on-the-spot-flaming was more for show than flavour. It’s not the only over-the-top aspect. A trip to the loo is like a challenge fr