Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening @ Barbican / until 26th July 2015


Doors: various (art gallery 12–6pm)

@ Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry

For 30 days Doug Aitken’s project takes over the Barbican Centre with more than 100 free events over 30 days, with special ticketed events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The ‘living exhibition’, brings together a fusion of leading international and UK-based artists from the world of contemporary art, music, dance, graphic design and film in a jam-packed programme.

No two days will be the same, with rehearsals, performances and conversations in the Art Gallery, vinyl records being pressed, immersive yurt installations in our outside spaces and a new interactive digital laser commission in the Curve.

Fifth & 57th (Tiffany & Co) @ Old Selfridge Hotel / from Friday 3rd July until 12th July 2015


Doors: noon–9pm (6pm on Sundays)

@ The Old Selfridge Hotel, 1 Orchard St, London W1H 6HQ

Fifth & 57th, the corner where Tiffany’s iconic New York flagship is located, known around the world as the crossroads of style and luxury. The installation explores this fabled corner and Fifth Avenue, with all the energy and excitement of New York City, where Tiffany was founded in 1837.

The installation will be based in the Old Selfridges Hotel, which is adjacent to Selfridges department store. Visitors enter through the doors of a subway car and may stroll the avenue lined with buildings constructed of hundreds of boxes and light projections of architectural details and Manhattan’s bustling street life. The flagship’s storefront greets visitors with window displays by the legendary Gene Moore, who designed Tiffany’s windows from 1955 through 1994. Nearby, a master engraver will offer complimentary hand engraving of Tiffany designs purchased at Selfridges during the run of the exhibition.

Visitors will find a bench with a magnolia tree, a prominent motif in the stained glass masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the company’s founder and a leading American designer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This romantic setting recalls Central Park, where couples from around the world become engaged with a Tiffany diamond ring, the ultimate symbol of true love.

The installation explores the city’s sights and sounds at a cinema, which features a montage of films on the launch of the new Tiffany CT60™ timepiece, as well as the company’s watchmaking heritage established by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, who exemplified the famous phrase—New York Minute. Charlie’s, a bar appropriately named for Mr. Tiffany, will be open for cocktails inspired by the Big Apple and will host live musical performances. Pretzels or coffee are available from a vendor’s sidewalk cart, a staple of New York’s street life.

Serpentine Pavilion 2015 @ Serpentine Gallery / until 18th October 2015


Doors: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

@ Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Free entry

Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world’s greatest architects. A much-anticipated landmark in London each summer, the Pavilion is one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world.

Spanish architects selgascano designed the 15thSerpentine Pavilion. The award-winning studio, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, is the first Spanish architecture practice to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens. In keeping with the criteria of the scheme, this is the studio’s first new structure in the UK. The Pavilion is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing.

You can enter and exit the Pavilion at a various points, passing through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layer of the structure and into the Pavilion’s brilliant, stained glass-effect interior.

Bromance @ Udderbelly Festival / until 19th July 2015


Doors: 19:30

@ Udderbelly Festival, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £12.50 book online

Frenetic but friendly. Captivating but casual. Audacious but awkward. Prodigal UK circus company Barely Methodical Troupe fuse their inner frats with a dazzling tour-de-force of cutting edge circus prowess and physical theatre mayhem.

Bromance – Noun (informal)
1. a close but non-sexual relationship between two men. Early 21st cent.: blend of brother and romance.

Richard Prince: New Portraits @ Gagosian Gallery / until 1st August 2015


Doors: Tue–Sat 10-6

@ Gagosian Gallery, 17-19 Davies Street, London W1K 3DE

Free entry

Innovative love it or hate it exhibition showcasing plagiarised works designed to make you think about all the taboo subjects including sexuality, feminism, stereotypes and people’s roles in society.

‘In 1984 I took some portraits. The way I did it was different. The way had nothing to do with the tradition of portraiture. If you wanted me to do your portrait, you would give me at least five photographs that had already been taken of yourself, that were in your possession (you owned them, they were yours), and more importantly . . . you were already happy with. You give me the five you liked and I would pick the one I liked. I would rephotograph the one I liked and that would be your portrait. Simple. Direct. To the point . . .’

Eventbrite Summer School @ Sottoscala, Pizza Pilgrims / through July 2015


From: early morning

Sottoscala, Pizza Pilgrims, 11 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW

Events are from free to £10

Throughout July early risers can enjoy an exciting timetable of pre-work classes, designed to champion morning learning. The month-long series, held in central London, includes interactive lessons and dynamic workshops across food and drink, wellbeing, languages and music. With an impressive line-up of talent teaching the classes, there’s no excuse to lie-in this summer.

Food perfectionists Thom and James Elliott of Pizza Pilgrims, kick-start Eventbrite Summer School at their coffee kiosk, Sottoscala in London’s Kingly Court, with a lesson on How to launch a successful food business. Over a steaming cup of coffee, the duo will host a Q&A offering business advice and revealing the tricks of the trade to wannabe foodies. Italian-inspired brain food prepared by Pizza Pilgrims and The Breakfast Club will be served at the Eventbrite Summer School, ensuring you are fueled for class.

Events include:
– How to make a bloody good, Bloody Mary
– Latte Art (coffee)
– Chinese Breakfast Masterclass
– Learn how to distil vodka and gin
– Make a Flower Crown
– Mundo Lingo’s Language Practice
– Morning Meditation with Emma Mills London

New bottomless brunch menu launching at Jones & Sons


Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm
Fri-noon 3pm/6pm-11pm
Sat 11am-4pm/6pm-11pm
Sun 11am-5pm/6pm-10pm

@ Jones & Sons, 23 – 27 Arcola Street, Dalston, London E8 2DJ

Meal: £30 for a bottomless brunch including cocktails, food, coffee (normal menu also available)

We were enticed to brunch at Jones & Sons in trendy Dalston over the weekend following a busy few days of summer in London, a delectable breakfast and Monmouth coffee seemed like to perfect way to start the day.

From the appetising range we opted for a simple full english (chargrilled!) and challenged the waiter to serve an extra bit of bacon with the avo on toast – which was happily taken care of.

The restaurant sits off Stoke Newington Road nearly opposite the popular Mangal Turkish restaurant, meaning you’re close to the hustle and bustle but sheltered from the mayhem.

Inside we shared the modern shabby chic interior with pleasant families and groups of friends. Staff were all casual, attentive and friendly which ensured the ideal atmosphere for our meal.

Coming back to the food; the bacon was unbelievable. Those little grill streaks on the bacon (see photo below) combined with the chef’s magic touch left us commenting on the taste for the rest of the day, my fresh grapefruit juice was so refreshing I almost finished it in one gulp. Good thing this brunch is bottomless, you’ll be wanting more…

Bottomless brunch costs £30 per person, available weekends and Friday (Sat 11-4, Sun 11-1, Fri 11-3). Normal menu is also available, including £5 avo on toast or £10 full English. Very affordable and supremely delish.

Carsten Höller: Decision @ Hayward Gallery / until 6th September 2015


Mon noon–6pm
Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 11am–7pm
Thu, Fri 11am–8pm (late night)

@ Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: around £15 book online

The exhibition, which sprawls across Hayward Gallery and erupts beyond its roof and walls, explores perception and decision making.

Confronting visitors with a series of choices, it features mirrors, disconcerting doubles and mysterious objects which together create an impression of a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

Born in Belgium to German parents, Höller trained as a scientist – gaining an advanced degree in agricultural entomology – before becoming an artist.

Over the past 20 years Höller has created experiential installations, participatory artworks and immersive environments.

These often feature disorientating architecture and perception-altering devices, which Holler refers to as ‘artificial limbs for parts of your body that you don’t even know you’ve lost’.

Believing that ‘people are often more powerful than artworks’, Holler sees his work as ‘incomplete’ without visitor interaction. Under Höller, Hayward Gallery is transformed into a platform – part laboratory, part playground – dedicated solely to human experience.

Spark Your City launch – Spark 1 – Love Mondays @ London Bridge / Monday 22nd June 2015


From: 6am

@ London Bridge

Gemma Cairney brought her larger than life personality and passion for colour to the corporate commuter thoroughfare of London Bridge. Crossing this bridge every morning on the way to work, Gemma decided it was time to bring a smile to the faces of the 150,000 people who cross the bridge every day with a dramatic colour popping piece of land art, spanning the full 300 metre length.

NikeCourt Club @ Tanner Park, Bermondsey / from 25th June to 4th July 2015


From: 8:30am – 8:30pm

@ Tanner Street Park, Bermondsey, London SE1 3GS

Book a free session

This summer, Nike is bringing fresh style to the world of tennis as it refurbishes the courts in Tanner Park, Bermondsey to offer budding players the chance to play and practice at the new NikeCourt Club.

NikeCourt Club offers free tennis coaching and other fitness programming for a ten day period and is open to players of all levels.

Featuring a bold fuchsia ‘hot shot’ tennis court, colour-contrasting tennis balls and umpire-style seating. There is also a bespoke ‘build your own court’ featuring a black painted court and fluorescent chalk, allowing players to create their own, unique games. Normal tennis does not exist at NikeCourt Club.

20 times Grand Slam Champion and World No.1 Serena Williams will make a special visit to NikeCourt Club for a Q&A session and to share her tips.

Free tennis includes:
– Fast Tennis hosted by the best coaches in the country for a high intensity session inspired by the way the top athletes train which will get your heart racing and your swing perfect

– King of the Court – a fast moving competitive tournament to work all aspects of your game

– Start from the Baseline – a beginner’s guide to play tennis with leading coaches to make sure you get the basics right