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The way we engage with fashion is changing. Meet the creatives who are shaking things up at this two-day event over London Fashion Weekend. See Slow, a public showcase of ethical designers like Sole Ferragamo, Elliss Solomon and Katie Jones who are turning away from fashion’s frivolous image to create clothes with a conscience.
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.
Damp, grey, industrial, miserable. No, not Walsall: Australia. That’s what the opening room in this show of Aussie plein air painting leads you to believe. If you’re expecting searing sunshine, baked earth and piles of discarded Castlemaine XXXX cans, you’re going to be disappointed, Crocodile Dundee. The three artists who make up the bulk of this exhibition saw something darker and greyer in their fledgling nation. Charles Conder, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton were mates, three artists who’d seen glimpses of the cutting edge of European painting and wanted to adapt that visual vocabulary to the landscapes of home. And nineteenth-century Australia was a strikingly urbanised place. The early works here show cities in the rain, ships belching smoke into the harbour air, crowds of people gathered in grey swarms. Rainy England, where Roberts studied, weighs heavily on these images, as does the influence of the great James Whistler. It’s only in the second room that the sun properly comes out. Streeton unleashes the blue and gold in an image of rock being blasted away for railways, Roberts whips out the dusty ochre to capture a shepherd herding breakaway sheep. There’s a sweeping vision of the Hawkesbury River, undulating hills, a sleepy vista of a burbling brook. The thing is, most of these aren’t great paintings. There are glimpses of quality – especially in Charles Conder’s brilliantly bright and perfectly composed beach scene – but you can’t help but put these works in r
A multi-sensory art project from British artist Claire Barrow, Dancing With Dreams blends performance, technology, fashion and film, and will take place during London Fashion Week 2017. Opening times vary on Sundays.
A showcase of board games that'll be sure to have you reminiscing about rainy days spent competing with your siblings. Over 100 objects will be on display featuring games from across the globe and some of the most iconic examples from the V&A's collection. Favourites such as Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly will also be included and a number of hands-on activiities will give visitors the chance to become part of the gaming action.
Do as the dedicated club junkies do and get yourself to the tastemaking Clerkenwell dance palace for a melting-pot of deep house, melodic techno, dubby disco, minimal grooves and a touch of bass. Residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis are joined by a stellar selection of cutting edge DJs and producers each week, throwing solid dancefloor tunes and some nice curveballs out to the crowd.
It's back! Oh, how we have missed it so. Moved from its base at the Scala to this, its new Camden home and still following the footsteps of Guilty Pleasures and the Erection Section, this sell-out night is where the ballads rule and the more key changes, big hair and rocking out you can do, the better you'll be for it. If you're a fan of '80s power ballads and glam rock bands, then here's your bad perm-shaped calling.
This latest season of late night fun at Styx rises to it's potential as a venue. Not only will '90s bands and DJs play every Friday and Saturday but there's after parties with loopy performance artists Figs in Wigs, a Bjork inspired Drag extravaganza with Take That tribute 'Take Twat', '90s techno from Vector Space, ITCH FM are doing a tribute to '90s hip-hip and folk covers of the decade's classics from Super Tennants. The '90s season also includes productions of that decade's most experimental theatre.
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A café, coffee house and restaurant just around the corner from Leicester Square. There's an Italian slant to things here, with pizzas and pasta doing brisk business alongside cups of strong Italian coffee. Continental breakfasts and kebabs are available, too.