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Nina Conti: In Your Face @ Criterion Theatre / until 12th March 2016


Time 7:30pm (Saturday matinees 3pm)

@ Criterion Theatre, 2 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 4XA

Tickets: £15 book online

After a total sell out national tour, sold out Edinburgh Festival Fringe run and two sold out winter dates in the West End… Nina Conti performing until March!

In addition to seeing her exceptionably entertaining take on ventriloquism, you will also experience the rare treat of an entirely unique, one-off performance – because In Your Face is almost entirely improvised.

In Your Face sees Nina use the skills and wit for which she is loved, to bring a new comedy experience to the West End. Strap into the mask as Nina gets In Your Face, creating a different show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience.

Nina has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without even moving her lips.

With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea @ Sanderson London / Mother’s Day idea and year round


Monday-Saturday 12:30-4pm
Sunday 1-5pm

@ Sanderson London, 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG

£58 Mother’s Day weekend (wth champagne and chocolates) book online

Tumble down the rabbit hole for the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and enjoy all the splendour of a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea.

Discover menus hidden inside vintage books, teapots adorned with kings and queens, sandwich plates decorated with birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks upon which rest savoury, specialty sandwiches. Classic Cucumber, Goat Cheese Croque-Monsieur, White Crab Eclairs are all created for our guests with specially selected ingredients to delight the senses.

The ending is as divine as the start. Choice is unending, but a few hints follow forthwith… Scones are sinful, the red velvet Ladybird Cake inspires tears of culinary joy, and time stops when tasting our chocolate-coated, coffee-flavoured Pocket-Watch Macaroons. The star attraction, however, is our collection of Sanderson-Exclusive Teas.

In celebration of the anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Sanderson has introduced five new, tailor-made teas inspired by the characters from the story. “Alice” has transformed into China Black Tea infused with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, blue cornflowers and blue mallow flowers. Oh, it’s tea time!

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art @ Somerset House / until 10th April 2016


Doors: 10am-6pm (late night Thursdays and Fridays until 9pm last admission 8:15)

@ Somerset House, Strand London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: £6.50 book online

Historic England’s first major exhibition, tells the story of key public art created between 1945 and 1985, the exhibition follows the fates and fortunes of site-specific sculptures and reliefs by pioneering artists, focussing on works that will be listed by Historic England. Work by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ralph Brown, Geoffrey Clarke, William Mitchell, Elisabeth Frink and Paul Mount are all featured. Out There celebrates England’s fascinating yet forgotten national collection of public art. Many pieces have been lost, damaged, moved or even destroyed, others saved, celebrated and widely loved.

Out There also hosts work from private collections, on public display for the first time. Visitors to the exhibition are also able to gain a closer look at Trevor Tennant’s 1963 architectural relief designed for the entrance hall of Welwyn Garden City’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, which was rescued by a resident doctor. Plus an ambitious fibre glass architectural relief by Paul Mount, which once clad a supermarket in Falmouth, and was saved from a skip by an enthusiast with a large garage.

Out There examines the aspirations, role, design, commissioning and legacy of sculptural art for public spaces and buildings. They were designed by artists to create a utopian sense of shared experience, possibility, and hope for the future. The story of these works are told through original architectural models, maquettes, photographs, drawings and letters. The influence of the Festival of Britain, the London County Council’s art patronage scheme, early Arts Council sculpture exhibitions, art commissioning in Harlow New Town and the patronage of developers are also explored. The exhibition also highlights the risks to post-war public art and debates its future by looking at its conservation and protection. Images of works that have sadly disappeared are also featured, in the hope that some one ‘out there’ might know their whereabouts.

Historic England has been assessing post-war sculpture across England to build a better picture of the best examples of late 20th century sculptural art works. The exhibition coincides with the announcement of a number of new listings, and therefore protection, of public art.

The accompanying education programme to the exhibition includes tours of public artworks, an academic study day with leading researchers in the field and a workshop for custodians of public art. The Royal Academy will host a debate on the future of public art where contemporary artists, historians and commissioners of public art will be brought together.

Pedro and the Captain @ The Vaults / from Wednesday 2nd – 6th March 2016


Doors: 8:15pm (matinee 4:45pm 5th March)

@ The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN

Tickets: £12 book online

The work of one of South America’s greatest artists, Blackboard Theatre bring Mario Benedetti’s profound Pedro and the Captain to the London stage for the first time in 30 years.

Within the intimate confines of an interrogation room, two human beings are pushed to their limits, as the eponymous Pedro fights to retain his humanity in the face of an oppressive regime. This psychological battlefield offers up a timely universal reflection on states of oppression and dehumanization wherever they are found – war zones, refugee camps, boardrooms or bedrooms.

The story of Pedro’s disappearance will extend beyond the stage, and we invite you to follow as its effects are felt on social media, throughout the Vault’s many spaces, at demonstrations and on the streets around Waterloo.

Sonic Rebound @ The Round Chapel / Monday 29th February 2016


Doors: 19:00

@ The Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Road, London E5 0LY

Free entry

Free audio-visual extravaganza of live music performed by the World Jazz Ensemble of England accompanied by stunning visuals and projections created in collaboration with young Hackney residents.

The concert will premiere compositions produced with young musicians during music and digital media workshops led by Hackney-born multi-instrumentalists Orphy Robinson and Rowland Sutherland, and digital media artists SDNA.

Using Hackney’s rich cultural heritage as inspiration, young people have created new music from Caribbean, Turkish, Indian, African, Balkan and Jewish musical influences, and created innovative visuals to illustrate the compositions.

The concert programme will also feature new compositions by Rowland Sutherland and Orphy Robinson that pay homage to Hackney.

The World Jazz Ensemble of England is a group of established soloists and emerging musicians including Rowland Sutherland on Flute, Orphy Robinson on Electronics, Kate Shortt on Cello, Jessica Lauren on Keyboard, Beibei Wang on Xylosynth and Percussion, Alec Dankworth on Double Bass, Cosimo Keita Cadore on Drum Kit and guest Kayman Aldis on Trumpet.

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016 @ LSE / from Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th February 2016


Doors: various

@ London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Free tickets book online

LSE’s 8th Literary Festival, inspired by the anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, will explore the power of dreams and the imagination and the importance of idealism, dissidence, escapism and nostalgia, as well as the benefits of looking at the world in different ways.

This year’s Festival explores the theme ‘Utopias’ with a series of events, free and open to all, bringing together award-winning authors and academics.

Monday 22 February
Tuesday 23 February
Wednesday 24 February
Thursday 25 February
Friday 26 February
Saturday 27 February
Children’s Events (Saturday 27 February)
Creative Writing Workshop (Saturday 27 February)

Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 15th May 2016


Monday (closed)
Tue-Wed 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Sat-Sun 11am–6pm

@ Whitechapel Gallery,  Galleries 1, 8 & 9, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Tickets: £11.95 book online

Over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day.

The exhibition title is taken from a term coined in 1974 by South Korean video art pioneer Nam June Paik, who foresaw the potential of global connections through technology.

The exhibition is ordered in a timeline with works made at the arrival of the new millennium, and ends with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), an iconic, artistic moment that took place in 1966. Key moments in the history of art and the Internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time.

Featuring new and rarely seen multimedia works, together with film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. From Cory Arcangel, Jeremy Bailey, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart and Oliver Laric, to Roy Ascott, Judith Barry, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Ulla Wiggen, over 70 artists spanning 50 years are included.

Valentine’s Climb @ Up at The O2 / Sunday 14th February 2016



Doors: various

@ Up at The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Tickets: £45 per person book online (includes champagne and photo)

If you’re looking for something extra special this Valentine’s Day, get romantic by taking an amazing trip to the top of the world’s best entertainment venue and one of London’s iconic landmarks.

Upon reaching the viewing platform 52 metres high, you will be able to enjoy the romance of the city skyline and a glass of bubbly.

Experience urban mountaineering with an exhilarating 90-minute climb to the peak of The O2. Upon reaching the top you will be rewarded with spectacular 360-degree panoramic views across the capital and a glass of Lanson Champagne to toast to the occasion.

Anti-Valentine’s Party @ Bounce Farringdon / Saturday 13th February 2016 💔❤️


Doors:  Sat 12pm – 1am

@ Bounce Farringdon, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD

Tickets: £5 book online

This is one London venue that won’t be sinking under the weight of loved up loonies this Valentine’s Eve – we are throwing a good old fashioned party.

Join for the most epic Anti-Valentine’s Party, back for its fourth year at Bounce – and this year they will be making sure guests abide by our strict Anti-Valentine’s rules. But, if you absolutely must find someone compatible, Bumble will be on hand to provide cocktails for amorous pairings.

If you want romance and tender moments with a loved one, then you will need to look elsewhere 😉

  • Featuring:
  • Unlimited UV Ping Pong all night with free play across all tables
  • UV face artists to plaster UV paint over your grinning chops
  • Our famous Love Police will be taking mugshots of any ‘Romance Rebels’
  • Group games and tournaments organised by the formally romantic Games Makers
  • Europe’s best music for partygoers to shake themselves on the dance floor from Matt Hayman
  • A live art installation and more brought to you by our friends at Bumble

Polyphonic Playground @ House of Vans / until Sunday 21st February 2016


Thu-Fri 4pm-10pm
Sat 10am-8pm
Sun noon-6pm
Mon-Wed closed

@ House of Vans, Arches 228-232, Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW

Free entry

Interactive sound installation by Studio PSK. Originally commissioned by the Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion and developed in collaboration with musician Reeps One, the installation is inspired by the inherent joy of using playgrounds as a child.

Taking the archetypal elements of a playground: swings, slides, climbing frame and combining them with advanced musical engineering, the end result is a landscape of playground activities transformed into a giant musical instrument.

The installation includes a timber framework, built recreating iconic playground pieces to an adult scale. Using conductive paint, tape and yarn to create MIDI triggers out of steps, slides and swings the structure will spring to life & evoke the joy of the playground under the archways of House of Vans London.

Throughout the run, this iteration will be accompanied by an array live performances where musicians will explore the structure as an instrument through experimentation and rehearsals in front of a live audience.

After successful shows at Art Basel Miami & Salone del Mobile – Fashion Space Gallery ,Studio PSK and Reeps One are…

Posted by House of Vans London on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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