It's one of the most glamorous weekends in the London calendar, with everything from the BAFTA Awards bringing royalty onto the red carpet, to London Fashion Week creating a more diverse line up than ever before. The performers of Shen Yun are keeping the Chinese New Year celebrations going with a spectacular acrobatic show, while in the art world a new gallery show is blowing our minds! Elsewhere, for gourmets, Tobacco Dock's Gin Festival is a must-visit attraction. This is a weekend like no other – here's our pick of what's in store.
The most glamorous night in film returns to London on Sunday 18 February, as stars descend on the Royal Albert Hall for the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). Attended by royal patrons the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Joanna Lumley takes on hosting duties while Cirque du Soleil will performance. Female stars – including nominees Angelina Jolie, Margot Robbie, Emma Watson, Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand and Saoirse Ronan – are expected to wear black in tribute to the #TimesUp movement. Best Actor nominees include Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Jamie Bell, Timothée Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya. The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and Three Billboards compete for best film.
The BAFTAs will be available on BBC One from 9pm
This weekend we're getting ready to taste-test the very best in craft gins as the Gin Festival opens its doors once again. Held at Tobacco Dock, this London-brewed festival brings visitors an unrivalled variety of exclusive gins as well as live music, food and cocktails. There are also gin masterclasses in session throughout the event, and gin distillers available to teach interested guests all there is to know about the nation's favourite beverage.
Kicking off this season’s London Fashion Week proceedings is Mulberry, who will be taking over the magnificent Spencer House. As well as their runway presentation, as part of a ‘Mulberry extravaganza’ the palace will also host a Mulberry Palm Room tea house and pop-up store, complete with ready-to-wear pieces from the spring/summer 2018 collection, including handbags, accessories and shoes - you can catch the live show as it happens online on their website. Elsewhere, after seventeen years at the helm, Christopher Bailey will be sending his final Burberry collection down the runway, and the iconic designer is to bid farewell to the brand in spectacular style, dedicating his collection as a tribute to the LGBTQ+ community, including the launch of a special rainbow check version of the design house’s iconic scarf.
If your weekend happy place is an art gallery, check out the Sims Reed Gallery’s first exhibition of its 2018 programme, Humphrey Ocean: I’ve no idea either, a solo celebration of the British contemporary artist Humphrey Ocean’s best work. While he is primarily known for his paintings, this show features a variety of his recent printmaking pieces, which depict everyday life in a witty and elegant way using his distinctive graphic style. Presenting new editions as well as a selection of his early prints from 2004. Look out for the iconic Chair Series, notably featured on the cover of Sir Paul McCartney’s 2007 album, Memory Almost Full.
Dubbed 'a theatre experience like no other' the delightfully engaging Shen Yun pushes the traditional boundaries of performing arts, teaming timeless artistry with cutting-edge innovation. Transporting the audience to a land far away where legends come to life, spectators have been known to travel from all over the globe to catch it.The dynamic show incorporates classical Chinese dance with beautiful costume, high-tech backdrops, and an entertaining live orchestra. If you enjoy a trip to the theatre, this interactive adaptation of China’s cultural heritage is a must-see.
16-25 February at London Dominion Theatre