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Valentine's Day in London
Half Term in London
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Menu
Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway
London Fashion Week Festival
Brick Wonders
Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion
Ealing Music and Film Festival
Is This Tomorrow?
 

 

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Valentine's Day in London

 

Whether you're loved up, hoping to hook up or not even looking up to acknowledge it, London is the perfect place to spend Valentine's Day. From hot dates and romantic walks to masked balls and anti-Valentine's parties, there's something in the city for you. Read on to find the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day in London.

 
 
 

Half Term in London

 

London has a generous programme of family friendly events and activities this half term, as well as a great selection of restaurants that cater to little diners. So be sure to avoid the dreaded phrase "I'm bored" and read on to discover how to keep the youngsters entertained during the school break.

 
 
 

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Menu

The Franklin Hotel, 28 Egerton Gardens, London, SW3 2DB

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th February to 14th July 2019

 

Running concurrently with the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A, The Franklin is serving up a special menu inspired by key elements of the French couturier's life. The special fashion-themed menu features an array of decadent savouries and luxurious treats created by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo. Sweet options include peanut sponge with chocolate cream and vaporized Calvados in reference to the iconic J'Adore scent; lemon pink macaron as a nod to Dior's pastel-coloured childhood home; and a selection of raspberry petit fours as a homage to the designer's eponymous makeup line. Savouries, meanwhile, include cheese and truffle eclair, mushroom flan, and ham and cheese butter bread. The special Mitzah cocktail has also been created for the occasion.

 
 
 

Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 13th February to 2nd June 2019

 

Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first-ever exhibition outside of Norway of Harald Sohlberg, one of the best landscape artists in the history of Norwegian art. Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Sohlberg's birth, Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway brings together a collection of more than 90 works, including archive material, in order to showcase the importance of colour and symbolism in his art, along with his lifelong passion for the Nordic landscape. One of his most famous pieces, Fisherman's Cottage (1906), will be shown alongside self-portraits and works covering the breadth of his career.

 
 
 

Is This Tomorrow?

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 

Dates: 14th February to 12th May 2019

 

More than 60 years on from its groundbreaking 1956 exhibition, This is Tomorrow, the Whitechapel Gallery asks, Is This Tomorrow? Taking the 1950s exhibition as its model, this current display of ten installations shows visions of the future, collaborations between over 30 leading architects and artists. The ground floor room reveals sheep pens put together by 6a architects and artist Amalia Pica, the iron bar corridors a comment on boundaries between humans and animal. Boundaries are a theme too for Farshid Moussavi and Zineb Sedira whose installation upstairs is a series of full length security gates, movement through them triggers beeps, instructions and birdsong. It sits next to our favourite piece in the exhibition, David Kohn Architects and Simon Fujiwara's Salvator Mundi Experience. Enter into the middle of the model for an intimate, one-to-one view which recreates, in miniature, a museum dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, the 'male Mona Lisa' and the most expensive painting in the world. Imagining the future of the consumption of art, the museum comes complete with auction room, gift shop and a selfie station.

 
 
 
 

London Fashion Week Festival

The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 3DA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019

 

Britain's biggest biannual showcase of British and international fashion presents catwalk shows, talks by industry experts, hair and beauty tips and trends as well as more than 150 designer brands under one roof. Following on from London Fashion Week, London Fashion Week Festival invites you to join a number of leading fashion names and influencers in a line-up of talks and discussions. New for this year, London Fashion Week: Insiders gives unparalleled access to London Fashion Week with tickets to catwalk shows and immersive experiences.

 
 
 

Brick Wonders

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 16th February to 27th October 2019

 

More than 50 LEGO models are brought together at the Horniman Museum for the new Brick Wonders exhibition. Visitors will be able to tour the world via LEGO with depictions of an ancient Egyptian pyramid, a tropical coral reef, an international space station and Old London Bridge. As well as the large-scale models, there will be individual pieces created to inspired visitors to build something similar at home along with a number of interactive play areas where visitors can get hands-on with a graffiti wall, a tower-building challenge and a magnetic mosaic puzzle.

 
 
 

Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th February to 6th May 2019

 

Addressing issues of colonialism, domination and politics, leading international artist Kader Attia explores the ways in which Western societies represent and engage with non-Western cultures. The Hayward Gallery gathers his multimedia works created over the past two decades for The Museum of Emotion. Attia, who was born in 1970 in France, grew up between the suburbs of Paris and Algeria and takes this experience of living as a part of two different cultures as a starting point. At the core of the exhibition is a key group of artworks exploring the idea of repair as both a physical and symbolic act, drawing on Attia's extensive research and personal exchanges with traditional healers, psychoanalysts, surgeons and traumatised individuals.

 
 
 

Ealing Music and Film Festival

Various Venues, Ealing, , London, W5 5RF

Tube: South Ealing Station

 

Dates: 13th to 17th Feb 2019

 

Ealing Music and Film Festival returns in February 2019 for its seventh year with a series of concerts and events across Ealing. A celebration of Ealing's cultural heritage, it covers an array of music from classical to blues alongside an eclectic film line-up. Events include a free lunchtime concert from pianist Emilie Capulet at St Mary's Church; a show from the London Mozart Players at Weston Hall; and afternoon concerts from the Love2sing Choir and students from the London College of Music at the University of West London.

 
 
 

diane arbus: in the beginning

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th February to 6th May 2019

 

Close to 100 photographs on view at the Hayward Gallery's Upper Galleries offer an in-depth look at the formative first half of Diane Arbus' career. The early years, from 1956 to 1962, were when the American master developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated. This solo show includes some fifty photographs which have never been shown in Europe, vintage prints from the Diane Arbus Archive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From couples and children to carnival performers and strippers, her subjects cross the spectrum of American society.

 
 
 

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