Now recognised as one of the greatest artists of all time, it’s surprising to know that Sandro Botticelli was in fact largely forgotten until the turn of the 19th century when his works came to be thought to represent the quintessential style and character of early renaissance paintings. The largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930 will include over 50 original works by Botticelli, as well as a whole host of works that take inspiration from, or have been heavily influenced by his most celebrated paintings.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2016 - 3 July 2016
The newly married Handel&Hendrix museum celebrates these two musicians who changed the face of music in their time, separated only by one wall and 200 years. After having been an office space for a number of years, what was once Jimi Hendrix’s London flat has now been renovated and re-opened to the public as it looked when Jimi Hendrix lived there during 1968, and decorated the space with fabrics from John Lewis, and ornaments he’d found in Portobello road.
VENTURING BEYOND: GRAFFITI AND THE EVERYDAY UTOPIAS OF THE STREET
Showcasing specially-commissioned work of eighteen street artists from around the globe, this exhibition seeks to argue against the traditionally-held belief that graffiti art is simply ‘glorified vandalism’. Some of the most well-known artists in the field such as: Shepard Fairey, Brad Downey, Eltono and Filippo Minelli take up this challenge, and there will also be works created live on-site by Horfee, Nano4814, Petro and Russell Maurice, to provide visitors an insight into the processes of the works.
Somerset House, 3 March – 3 April 2016
LAND OF OUR FATHERS
Set in 1979, South Wales when six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine. As the day’s pass whilst the men await their rescue, tensions begin to rise and cracks appear in the solidarity. Winner of Time Out’s Fringe Show of the Year 2013 and Stage Critic’s Pick 2015, Produced by Theatre503, Tara Finney Productions & Wales Millennium Centre and directed by Chris Urch in his debut play, this critically acclaimed national tour will conclude in London for a limited two week run.
FOUND111, 111 Charing Cross Rd,
8 March – 19 March 2016
Age Recommendation: 14+ (contains strong language)
THE PAIN KILLER
Starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon as Two men, in two lonely hotel rooms. Separated only by an adjoining door. One of them is a killer and one of them wants to die…
Sean Foley directs this newly darkly comedic adaptation of a French farce by Francis Veber. The Painkiller is the fourth production of the critically acclaimed Plays at the Garrick season.
The Garrick Theatre, Chraing Cross Rd, 5 March – 30 April 2016
STRANGE AND FAMILIAR: BRITAIN AS REVEALED BY INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
From social documentary and street photography, to portraiture and architectural photography, this wide-reaching exhibition curated by British photographer Martin Parr, looks at how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural, and political identity of the Great Britain. Best described by Parr himself: “The exhibition will reveal a very different take on British life than that produced by British photographers. It is both familiar and strange at the same time.’
Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, 16 March – 19 June 2016
THE TOWN MOUSE & THE COUNTRY MOUSE
Moving stage presents this adaption of The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse at The Puppet Theatre Barge Little Venice. Based on the classic Aesop fable about a proud town mouse visiting his cousin in the country, the play is presented in two acts, one where The Town Mouse visits her cousin in the country and has an adventure, and then the second The Country Mouse visits the town and finds a few surprises…
The Puppet Theatre Barge Little Venice, Blomfield Road, Opens 19 March 2016
NEW STORE OPENING: MUD
From across the pond, Australian porcelain specialist MUD has set up shop in Notting Hill. Handmade in Sydney using French Limoges porcelain, with it’s simple forms and gorgeous pastel colours the brand has quickly established itself as a must-have with followers including Nigella Lawson, Bill Granger and Rachel Khoo.
11 Porchester Place, T 020 7706 4903, www.mudaustralia.com
Cracking Notting Hill diner EGGBREAK is reopening Tuesday 9 March with a new all-day brunch menu, available breakfast through to dinner Tuesday to Sunday.
London goes chocolate-mad every Easter, and being home to many of the worlds best chocolatiers, as well as our own home-grown artisans it’s a brilliant city to explore over the Easter break. There’s plenty to do with Wild Life Drawing with Easter bunnies at Somerset House, a decadent chocolate market in Chelsea or catch some of shows above if you want refuge from all the sweet temptation. To celebrate the Easter weekend at No.5 Maddox St take a look at our special offer which includes a delicious treat from l’artisan du chocolat treats.
Image credit L-R: Eggbreak,
Jimi Hendrix at 23 Brook Street (1969)© Barrie Wentzell, The Puppet Theatre Barge,
Filippo Minelli, Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street Somerset House.