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The London Marathon
Cirque Berserk!
Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square
Absolute Hell
La Linea
Fashioned From Nature
Sonica
Voices from the Deep
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
We Love Cheese
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 20th April to 6th May 2018

 

The World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 11th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. Five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world are selected, capturing everything from fashion to travel, portraiture to sport and photojournalism to architecture. The award is worth $25,000 to the winner and the exhibition includes new works by the photographer who receives the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award which was given to Martin Parr last year.

 
 
 

The London Marathon

The Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 22nd April 2018

 

The largest fund raising event in the world, the London Marathon, returns to the capital in April. One of the top five international marathons, it sees around 40,000 runners - serious competitors, celebrities and charity fun runners - flood the streets of London to tackle the gruelling 26.2 mile route. Attracting thousands of spectators, the course comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath with a loop around Charlton and Woolwich, continues through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, crosses the Thames on Tower Bridge before circling Canary Wharf and the City ahead of the showpiece finish along the Embankment, past Parliament Square and onto The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

 
 
 

Cirque Berserk!

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 19th April to 7th May 2018

 

Combining contemporary circus skills with thrilling stunt action, Cirque Berserk is a danger-filled spectacle that promises to amaze audiences of all ages. Acts include the "off the scale awesome" (Daily Telegraph) Globe of Death with three motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph inside a steel cage. The troupe (the brain-child of Martin 'Zippo' Burton and theatre producer Julius Green) includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and clowns as well as death-defying stunt men. Coming to the West End for three weeks, the show is part of circus250.com, a worldwide celebration of 250 years of the circus, championed by Sir Peter Blake.

 
 
 

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 21st April 2018

 

The centenary of the women's right to vote is combined with this year's official Mayor of London's St George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square on 21st April 2018. To mark 100 years since the suffragettes proved victorious, a Victorian music hall show plays tributes to popular female artists from London's past as part of the patriotic celebrations on the Saturday closest to 23rd April, the actual feast day of England's dragon-slaying patron saint. The square is decorated in red and white for the festival with stalls selling traditional English food while live music is played by a 25-piece brass band, pop and folk groups. Enjoy free children's art workshops, old fashioned rides, stilt walkers, a special show presented by the Lions Part theatre company as well as Pearly Kings and Queens and a friendly dragon at the centre of it all.

 
 
 

Absolute Hell

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 18th April to 23rd May 2018

 

Thirty years after the rediscovery of Absolute Hell Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the National Theatre to direct Rodney Ackland's plunge into post-war Soho, full of despair, longing and a need to escape. Branded 'a libel on the British people' on its first airing in 1952 under the title 'The Pink Room', the play was panned. Revised and rewritten but no less shocking, Absolute Hell, as it was re-titled, premiered at Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre in 1988 at a time when the world was ready for it. For this current staging Joe Hill-Gibbins, known for his bold productions, is likely to remain true to Ackland's provocative original.

 
 
 
 

Voices from the Deep

The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 29th March 2018 to 13th January 2019

 

More than 700 personal letters, trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland for 70 years, can be seen in Voices from the Deep, a temporary display of shipwrecked treasures at The Postal Museum. Torpedoed by a German U-Boat, SS Gairsoppa sank but the 12 bundles of letters and other items from the ship's cargo were miraculously preserved in an airlock that formed as the steam boat went under. Undisturbed until discovered in 2011, the cargo, including a silver ingot sent from colonial India to the UK to help with the war effort, go on display for the first time. Explore the recovered cargo, see original footage of the recovery and use UV torch lights to reveal snippets of the fragmented letters.

 
 
 

La Linea

 

Various Venues Dates: 20th to 30th April 2018

 

There are around 145,000 Latin Americans in the capital and La Linea, the 10 day London Latin Music Festival which takes place in April, will make them feel right at home. In quite a coup, former Buena Vista Social Club frontman Eliades Ochoa returns to the UK for the first time since the band's farewell tour in 2015. There's the UK premiere of a tribute to Latin American composers in Hollywood, Sonorama, with music from the likes of Juan GarcĂ­a Esquivel, Lalo Schifrin and Maria Greve in a big brass and electronic reinvention led by Mexico-City based composer and performer Camilo Lara. Global phenomenon Mexrrissey premiere their brand new show 'La Reina is Dead' at the Barbican. Also look out for Latin beats by Chilean-French singer Ana Tijoux, Iranian/Cuban quartet Ariwo, Senegalese outfit Orchestra Baobab, and Catalonian supergroup La Pegatina.

 
 
 

Fashioned From Nature

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st April 2018 to 27th January 2019

 

The latest in a series of major fashion exhibitions at the V&A, Fashioned from Nature looks at the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world. Tracing back to 1600, it will explore how fashionable dress continuously draws on the beauty of nature for inspiration and how pieces by the likes of Christian Dior, Dries van Noten and Philip Treacy reflect this. The exhibition will also delve into how fashion's processes and constant demand for raw materials can have a damaging effect on the environment. Pieces on display include Emma Watson's Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles, an upcycled dress by Christopher Raeburn, and an 1875 pair of earrings formed from the heads of two real Honeycreeper birds.

 
 
 

Sonica

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April 2018

 

Part of a year-round touring programme, which include an 11-day biennial festival in Glasgow, Sonica returns to London's Kings Place this weekend. Produced by Cryptic - an award-winning Glasgow-based producing art house - the event presents a line-up of genre-defying live performance and installations from international artists. The programme includes Slow Pixel, with 176 live snails making music; Infinite Lives, an immersive performance installation from Robbie Thompson; and Lakker AV, which mixes eerie yet beautiful vocals with propulsive dance music and pulsating visuals.

 
 
 

We Love Cheese

Dickens Yard, Ealing, London, W5 2XA

Tube: Ealing Broadway Station

 

Dates: Sunday 22nd April 2018

 

Feta fans and cheddar cheerleaders can unite this weekend at the We Love Cheese festival. Taking over Dicken's Yard in Ealing, the one-day dairy-fuelled occasion will welcome cheese sellers from around the globe. A large selection of stalls will sell all different varieties of cheese as well as bread, charcuterie, olives and cheesecake. Producers will be on hand to discuss the goods and there will be pairing suggestions at pop-up bars from beer and wine specialists. Street food will come from the likes of the Raclette Brothers, Mac to the Future and The Good Slice; Grace Dent will host Ealing Bites Lives in the talks tent; and live music will amp up the atmosphere.

 
 
 

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