This weekend there’s plenty to keep you stimulated as an array of exciting new exhibitions pop up across the capital – including the first dedicated solely to Monet’s wondrous architectural works – and the London Coffee festival. Elsewhere, to whet your appetite, Bluebird Café is flying into White City, bringing with it its famous dining delights and design accents by David d’Almada’s interior design firm Sagrada. Read on for your ultimate weekend guide.>>
Though best known for his paintings such as the legendary Women in the Garden, (1866) Monet was also a renowned architect in his day, and now this game-changing National Gallery exhibition is the first in history to solely present the artist's architectural work. Featuring works from some of the most famous European landmarks, including Normandy, Rouen, Paris, London, and Venice, the last time such an exhibition dedicated to the painter was almost 20 years ago, making it even more special. [Photo: Claude Monet The Water-Lily Pond 1899 (Le Bassin aux nymphéas) © The National Gallery, London]
Until 29 July
London Coffee Festival
Whether you prefer your coffee black, milky or in an espresso martini, The London Coffee Festival is sure to awaken your senses. Taking over Old Truman Brewery, the event blends the city’s coffee scene with fundraising, as 50% of ticket sales will be donated to Project Waterfall, a charity that brings clean drinking water to coffee growing communities. Discover a new favourite at La Marzocco’s Roaster Village, enjoy live music at The Baileys Espresso Martini Bar, and wonder at live displays at Latte Art Live.
20 April to 14 July
Bluebird flocks to White City
With it’s mix of brunch, bar and luxe terrace, Bluebird Café is one of Chelsea’s best-loved dining spots – now the brand is branching out to West London with the opening of its sister restaurant in White City. As part of ambitious £8bn regeneration of the Television Centre, the former home of the BBC, it marks one of London’s most exciting new developments. Talking about the opening, Bluebird Restaurants’ Executive Chef, Simon Gregory, said: “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of such an iconic redevelopment – the Television Centre couldn’t be a better home for the first Bluebird Café.”
Concrete Dreams at Southbank Centre
Following the success of Hayward Gallery’s Andrea Gursky exhibition, if you have a penchant for architecture, don’t miss Southbank Centre’s latest retrospective Concrete Dreams – a fascinating insight into the craftsmanship instilled into the curation of its concrete buildings in the 1960s. Celebrating 50 years of performances at the legendary art hub from the likes of David Bowie and Pink Floyd, guests will be taken on a backstage tour from the working Scene Dock, through the Artists’ Lounge, and finishing up with a surprise finale.
Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband
We're halfway through the celebration* of England's wittiest playwright, and now Oscar Wilde season is gearing up for the next pick of his brilliant shows at The Vaudeville Theatre. Dubbed the ‘Rolls-Royce of English comedies,’ An Ideal Husband is directed by Jonathan Church, who previously helmed London musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and explores corruption and morality, bringing an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. [Photo: Installation view of Concrete Dreams Exhibition © Linda Nylind/Southbank Centre]
20 April to 14 July