Hallyu! The Korean Wave showcases the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.
Their Villa of Worldly Pleasures awaits… Introducing their first palazzo to pleasure, a bedecked and bountiful 4 floors spread across 4,000 sq ft and 170 seats, crammed with Italian treasures from Roman statues to Murano glass. For this crazy trattoria, Big Mamma's first in West London, they’ve found some sublime lesser-known ingredients from across the boot. From the mountains of the cusp of Apennines and overlooking the valley to Parma, is the finest Culatello di Zibello PDO painstakingly cured by Mattia Zambroni; from the coast off Sicily, sweet Mediterranean ‘Gambero Rosso’ red prawns; and black diamonds, Italian white sturgeon Transmontanus caviar from Veneto.
Perfect for a low key evening.
An unmissable programme of live performances featuring the best and boldest in theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, and late-night entertainment from leading artists. Tickets are on sale now for more than 500 shows across our brilliant and diverse programme. Alongside their renowned programme of thrilling live theatre and performance, VAULT Comedy Festival is the first chance to see fresh material from more established comics and debut performances from the next generation of comedic talent. You can expect low prices, huge talent, and plenty of laughs!
In The Eye Of The Storm: Modernism In Ukraine, Conversation With Dr Klara Kemp-Welch, 1st February, 6pm, The Courtauld Institute of Art Lecture Theatre 1 Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise London WC1X 9EW
Celebrating the book launch of ‘In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s’ in a roundtable conversation with Dr Klara Kemp-Welch, Reader in 20th Century Modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Dr Maria Mileeva, Lecturer in Soviet and Post-Soviet Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the book’s co-editor Katia Denysova.
In the most comprehensive survey of Ukrainian modern art to date, the book explores a range of topics associated with the art production in Ukraine, set against a complicated socio-political backdrop of collapsing empires, World War I, the revolutions of 1917 with the ensuing Ukrainian War of Independence, and the eventual creation of Soviet Ukraine. While celebrating the diversity and dynamism of the artistic scene in Ukraine, the publication also addresses the questions of national identity, imperial legacy and historical memory.
A hyper-seasonal, low-impact restaurant in the heart of Hackney.
Taking their name from ‘the art of altering elements to improve the whole’ to challenge traditional thinking and wasteful practices in the food industry. They replace the intensively produced, the homogeneous varieties and the unnecessary waste with the regenerative, the harmless, the natural and the wild, restoring a sense of connection with their food sources.
Their daily-changing dishes respond to seasonal availability, celebrate the whole, and harness ‘root to fruit’ principles of zero waste cooking. Ingredients are sourced from small-scale farms, foragers and independent producers using regenerative and minimal intervention methods, with the finest local produce always being the star of the plate. This process results in a concise menu of modern British plant-based dishes accompanied by a fine selection of low intervention + local wines, beers and ciders.
Belgium’s Olivier Award-winning dance-theatre innovators return with the UK premiere of their new and most ambitious production yet. Three enigmatic and seductive stories come together in a trilogy of shifting time, memory and premonition, played out in cinematic scope and atmosphere. The Missing Room brings you to a place where doors will not open; mysteries deepen further onboard a ship in The Lost Room before culminating in the watery, abandoned restaurant setting of The Hidden Floor. Following its Mother/Father/Child series and 32 rue Vandenbranden Peeping Tom reach new heights of imagination and physical dexterity in this thrilling work. A hit at the 2022 Venice Biennale, Triptych plunges you into the lives of others with extraordinary dynamism, surprising at every twist and turn.
Running time: 2 hours. There is a 20-minute interval between parts 2 and 3, during which you are welcome to leave the auditorium. Post-show talk, Fri 3 Feb, Hosted by Sanjoy Roy. (BSL-interpreted by Jacqui Beckford)
Bringing together leading academics in the field and coinciding with the major exhibition Making Modernism at the Royal Academy, this symposium will present new perspectives on artists living and working in Imperial Germany. Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter, Marianne Werefkin and Ottilie Reylaender were professional artists at a time when the role of women was being questioned within society. Excluded from the main academies of art in Germany, they each found alternative routes to an artistic education and produced stylistically distinct responses to modernity which challenge conventional interpretations of Expressionism.
This event will explore the role of race, gender and conflict in relation to modernism and consider fresh approaches to the work of these women and other Expressionist artists who were active in Germany during the first few decades of the twentieth century.
Frock Me! returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall in February for the first of their 2023 events with over 60 leading dealers in vintage and antique fashion, textiles and accessories.
Popular amongst fashion designers and costume departments, Frock Me was established 25 years ago and is the iconic fair to shop for rare and antique clothing and textiles in the whole of the UK with pieces spanning from the Victorian era to more recent pre-loved designer labels. The vintage on offer is highly curated, and the fair is the perfect place to find vintage British labels such as Ossie Clark and Biba, amongst many others.
The venue at Chelsea Old Town Hall is a beautiful historic building which provides the perfect backdrop for the rails of vintage fashion on display and is located directly on the King's Road.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of their inaugural Fried Chicken Challenge in support of The Childhood Trust. Participants will take turns to cook their very best take on a UK favourite for a judging panel of esteemed chefs, restaurateurs and food personalities. Big Zuu (self-taught chef and rapper), Jimi Famurewa (Evening Standard restaurant critic), KFC’s ‘Chief Chicken Officer’, Kerth Gumbs (Chef and Great British Menu 2020 Finalist), Flora Gill (writer and journalist) and Judy Joo (TV chef and restaurateur), will judge the titans of fried chicken. Contestants include MR JI, Other Side Fried, Around The Cluck by James Cochran, Claridge’s, Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan, Tonkotsu and Black Bear Burger.
Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets cost £15 per person, which includes unlimited Keralan Fried Chicken and two Kingfisher beers.
Series II kicks off with cook, author and Sunday Times Food Columnist Skye McAlpine.
Skye McAlpine is a cookery writer who believes that food tastes best when shared with others. She is the author of two other books, A Table in Venice and A Table for Friends, writes a monthly column for The Sunday Times and has contributed to publications from around the world, including vogue.com, Vanity Fair, Corriere della Serra and Conde Nast Traveller.
In 2021 she launched her own curated range of homeware, Skye McAlpine TAVOLA. Skye divides her time between London and Venice with her husband, Anthony, and two sons, Aeneas and Achille. Tickets are £75 for a three-course menu including a welcome drink and a signed cookbook. This event will take place on our grand shared feasting tables in either one of our private dining rooms, The Victoria Room or The Charlotte Room.
Whitechapel Gallery presents a major exhibition of 150 paintings from an overlooked generation of 81 international women artists. Reaching beyond the predominantly white, male painters whose names are synonymous with the Abstract Expressionist movement, this exhibition celebrates the practices of the numerous international women artists working with gestural abstraction in the aftermath of the Second World War.
The exhibition features well-known artists associated with the Abstract Expressionism movement, including American artists Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), alongside lesser-known figures such as Mozambican-Italian artist Bertina Lopes (1924-2012) and South Korean artist Wook-kyung Choi (1940-1985). More than half of the works have never before been on public display in the UK.
The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.
Join them for chat, discussion, drinks and thought-provocation at Art/Lit, The London Library’s regular salon event, exploring all things art, literature and where the two forms collide, hosted by Katy Hessel.
Joining Katy this season are two of the UK’s most prominent and respected artist/writers in conversation about their recent books, both imagined correspondences with the people who have had a profound influence on their work. Edmund de Waal’s Letters to Camondo explores the life and legacy of Count Moïse de Camondo, the neighbour of his own forebears in belle époque high society Paris, who donated the house and art collection he created in memory of his son to the French nation, but could not stop the destruction of his family in the Holocaust. Celia Paul’s Letters to Gwen John is an intimate conversation with her fellow artist and kindred spirit, which beautifully illuminates the lives of two women and their devotion to making art.
The largest exhibition to date in the UK of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984) whose vivid portraits capture the shifting social and political context of the American twentieth century.
Describing herself as ‘a collector of souls’, Neel worked in New York during a period in which figurative painting was deeply unfashionable. Crowned the ‘court painter of the underground,' her canvases celebrate those who were too often marginalised in society: labour leaders, Black and Puerto Rican children, pregnant women, Greenwich Village eccentrics, civil rights activists and queer performers.
A member of the US Communist Party, Neel and her radical portraits caught the attention of the FBI. In recent years, the politics of her work has given her cult status among a younger generation of artists. Organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, this exhibition brings together over 70 of Neel’s most vibrant portraits, shown alongside archival photography and film, bringing to life what she called ’the swirl of the era’.
Join them for a unique, immersive experience to celebrate love in all shapes, sizes, and guises. For one night only, they’re transforming 1 Greek Street into the House of Love, complete with drag, dance, and a special show from HÄUS OF DONS. Bring mates and dates to dance til’ late, sip our speciality love punch, throw shapes at the Young Hearts disco and maybe meet a match. Plus, they’ll have live jazz, a film screening, and karaoke.
There isn’t anything quite like a House of St Barnabas House Party, experience it for yourself in February. House of St Barnabas is London’s only charity members club, on a mission to break the cycle of homelessness. They champion diversity and togetherness and hope to build a uniquely inclusive community in London for all.
Independent Ceramics Market supplies an opportunity to buy a range of affordable ceramics. Brings together a community of over 150 emerging ceramic artists, that include current students and graduates. You can buy and see unique original ceramics, from cups to art sculptures, the broad range of makers will have something for everyone. £1 entry, dog-friendly, Wheelchair accessible.
Watch the 76th British Academy Film Awards live from the Charlotte Street Hotel in our luxurious cinema. Tickets cost £25 and include a glass of Champagne on arrival.
Throughout February, they'll be showing a number of BAFTA-nominated films as part of our Charlotte Street Hotel Film Club.
JOIA is the first London restaurant by award-winning two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa and is inspired by Henrique’s culinary heritage and travels across the Portuguese Iberian Peninsula.
Henrique Sá Pessoa’s menus for JOIA use authentic Iberian ingredients as the starting point for unique dishes that bring delicious new flavours in combination with meticulously sourced British produce.
Situated at the top of the new art’otel London Battersea Power Station, visitors will find a stunning setting with unique views across London, not before seen by the public.
Jeremy Musson will fascinate attendees with his lecture detailing some of the UK’s most beguiling Cotswold country houses from this much-loved area of western England, including Stanway, Daneway and Owlpen Manor. These houses feature in his recent book on the subject, illustrated with photographs taken by Cotswolds-based photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas. These attractive stone-built houses, set in the rolling landscape of the Cotswolds, with its hidden valleys, have become something of an English ideal. Several of these houses have important associations with the Arts and Crafts movement, and each has its own story to tell.
Jeremy Musson is a Cambridge-based architectural historian and consultant, Country Life contributor, tv presenter and author of many books on the English country house.
This sale offers a range of modern, mid-century and antique furniture and furnishings for the home and garden and provides the perfect alternative to high street shopping, especially for those looking for interior design inspiration or simply that unique piece for your home. The sale features a wide range of lifestyle categories including jewellery and watches, ceramics, glass, British and European works of art, sculpture, rugs and other collectables, all with accessible estimates.
The popular Fashion & Cinema series 'Life Journeys' continues with inspiring insights into the fantastical world of costume design. On 26th February, The Soho Hotel is delighted to welcome Anna Mary Scott Robbins. Best known for her costumes for the Downton Abbey TV series and films, Anna has enjoyed an intense and exciting career which has won her several award nominations. She will be joined by writer and curator Keith Lodwick to talk about her career, from Law School in Edinburgh to Downton Abbey and beyond.
The ‘In Conversation' will be followed by a showing of Anna’s chosen film Downton Abbey: A New Era starring Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter in the hotel’s luxurious screening room.
Lend a hand in welcoming Senator Bernie Sanders, as he discusses his new book It’s OK To Be Angry About Capitalism, in conversation with Emma Dabiri. In the book Senator Sanders takes on the 1% and speaks blunt truths about a system that is fuelled by uncontrolled greed, and rigged against ordinary people. It's OK To Be Angry About Capitalism presents a vision of what would be possible if a political revolution took place, if we would finally recognise that economic rights are human rights, and work to create a society that provides them.
This isn't some utopian fantasy; this is democracy as we should know it. Is it really too much to ask?
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