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Wednesday, February 20 2013

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective @ Tate Modern / Thursday 21st February – Monday 27th May 2013


Daily from 10am – 6pm,
Friday and Saturday until 10pm

Previews on Wednesday 20th February

Tate Modern
Bankside, SE1 9TG

Tickets £14, concessions from £6.10 to £12.20, all available here

Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this will be the first major Lichtenstein retrospective for twenty years, bringing together 125 of the artist’s most definitive paintings and sculptures.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) is one of the central figures of American Pop Art. In the early 1960s he pioneered a new style of painting, executed by hand but inspired by industrial printing processes. He became renowned for works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots, as an ongoing examination of representation and originality in mass media culture. It will also highlight Lichtenstein’s engagement with art history, revealing his lesser-known responses to Futurism, Surrealism and German Expressionism. In the final years of his life, the artist went on to create a series of huge female nudes and sublime Chinese landscapes, neither of which have previously been shown within the wider context of his oeuvre.

This exhibition will showcase such key paintings as Drowning Girl 1963 (Museum of Modern Art, New York), shown above.
Advance booking is highly recommended.

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Tuesday, February 19 2013

Jester Jacques Workshops: Zine Making @ Box Park Pop Up Shop / Tuesday 19th February 2012



@Upper Deck, Boxpark,
2-4 Bethnal Green Rd,
E1 6GY

Entry: £FREE


Jester Jacques Gallery have popped up at East London’s Box Park offering a range of workshops over the month of February.

The first of the three will be:

Zine Making: A Beginner’s Introduction with Russell Taysom and Karen Shidlo

Head down to learn a little bit about zines. With a brief history on the topic, followed by a demonstration by the amazing illustrator Russell Taysom, it is bound to be a fun way to spend your Tuesday evening!

Sunday, February 17 2013

Valentine’s Edible Cinema: Some Like It Hot with Bombay Sapphire @ Aubin Cinema / Sunday 17th February 2013


Screenings: 15:00 and 18:30

@ Aubin Cinema, 64-66 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DP

Tickets: from £23 book online


Edible Cinema, in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, will be showing two screenings of Some Like It Hot at the Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch. Hailed as one of the funniest films of all time, Some Like It Hot is the ultimate ‘Rom Com’, an iconic film peppered with classic one-liners and featuring Marilyn Monroe in one of her finest roles. Valentine’s Edible Cinema is perfect for those who want to treat their loved one to an alternative romantic date or to enjoy with a group of friends.

Edible Cinema is a unique way to experience a film: through aroma, texture and taste. Each guest is supplied with a tray of numbered mystery boxes containing a bite-sized tasting menu tailored to specific moments in the film. A number corresponding to a parcel is displayed just before the crucial moment, signalling guests to get stuck in and enjoy the edible treat.

Saturday, February 16 2013

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs @ London Transport Museum / until October 2013


Monday – Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Friday: 11:00 – 18:00

@ London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB

Tickets: £15 (check website for options such as group discounts)


Since its first graphic poster commission in 1908, London Underground has developed a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding poster designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster art – a legacy that continues today. Our new blockbuster exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, will showcase 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced. Supported by Siemens, and forming part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground, the exhibition will feature posters by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash, and designs from each decade over the last 100 years. The posters were selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300 Underground posters by a panel of experts; the 150 that will appear in the exhibition show the range and depth of the Museum’s collection.

Poster Art 150 is a fitting exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway, as the last major Underground poster retrospective was held in 1963 to celebrate the centenary of the Underground. Well-known posters, including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, will feature alongside lesser-known gems. The exhibition will also offer a rare opportunity to view letter-press posters from the late nineteenth century.

The exhibition focuses on six themes:
Finding your way includes Underground maps and etiquette posters. It also includes posters carrying messages to reassure passengers by showing them what the Underground is like.

Brightest London celebrates nights out and sporting events, showing the brightest side of London.

Capital culture is about cultural encounters, be these at the zoo or galleries and museums.

Away from it all looks at the way London Underground used posters to encourage people to escape, to the country, the suburbs and enjoy other leisure pursuits.

Keeps London going features posters about how the Underground has kept London on the move through its reliability, speed and improvements in technology.

Love your city shows the best of London’s landmarks as featured in Underground posters over the years.

Friday, February 15 2013

Extraordinary Stories @ Design Museum / until January 2014


Doors: 10:00 – 17:45

@ Design Museum, 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Tickets: £12 book online (one ticket three exhibitions)


Discover key designs that have shaped the modern world and be inspired by this fascinating exhibition of memorable objects from the Design Museum Collection.

Six design stories offer a diverse look at design tracing the history and processes of contemporary design. The show includes furniture, product, fashion, transport and architecture alongside a selection of prototypes, models and specially commissioned films.

Thursday, February 14 2013 Competition

Win a night’s stay for two at the Thistle Bloomsbury Park Hotel in London’s West End


Always open

@ 126 Southampton Row, London, Greater London WC1B 5AD

Win a night’s stay for two!


Win a night’s stay for two at the Thistle Bloomsbury Park Hotel right in London’s West End. The Bloomsbury Park is a fantastic 4-star Edwardian hotel right by Covent Garden. Rates at the Bloomsbury Park are around about £150 for a night’s stay in a double room and with its location, it’s great home base for an evening out around Leicester Square.

To enter simply email us what you would do during your stay (not in the bedroom! In London of course!).

Email competitions@informedlondon.com with your full name and phone number and the full name of your guest. Please place ‘Thistle Competition‘ in the subject line.

Entries will be accepted until the 24/02/13 and the winner will be notified by phone the following week.

To find out more about Thistle in West End click here.

Anti Valentine’s @ Bounce / Thursday 14th February 2013


Doors: open 19:00

@ Bounce, 121 Holborn London EC1N 2TD

£8 advance
£10 on the door


Couple’s seeking a night of candle-lit schmaltz should seek other entertainment options on Thursday 14th February as Bounce have drawn up a list of prohibited items and outlawed behaviour including:

1. Red roses
2. Slow dancing
3. Sharing of pudding
4. Hand holding across the table
5. Interlocking arms while drinking cocktails
6. Use of pet names ‘sweet cheeks’, ‘angel cakes’ & ‘hunny bunny’

While the world smooches…… PLAY PING PONG & DANCE!

To book a restaurant table call reservation team on 020 3657 6525

‘Swoon at noon’ pop up store launch @ Jack French Kings Cross / Thursday 14th February 2013


Open: unveiling at noon

@ Kings Cross St Pancras, Meeting Place statue


Jack French invites you to the official unveiling of their limited edition St Pancras Bag and launch of their pop up store at Kings Cross St Pancras station.

On Valentine’s lovers are invited to ‘swoon at noon’! Cult accessories label and celebrity favourite Jack French London reveals his exquisite, exclusive ‘St Pancras’ bag and month long pop up space at the UK’s first destination station with an exciting stubt . St Pancras International, voted one of the World’s Most Romantic Spots, will play host to a visual treat for commuters and bag lovers alike…so make sure your there for the big unveiling at the Meeting Place statue.

The Jack French Pop up will run from the 14th February for one month.

As the station prepares for this years Valentine’s activity, passengers will be
invited to reenact the famous pose of the couple locked in an intimate embrace
for a chance to win a meal for two and one of the 50 limited edition bags.
Entrants must simply take a photo imitating the pose, taken in front of the
statue with the bag in view and upload the photo via Twitter, Facebook or
Instagram with #JackFrenchLondon two winners will be selected on the 14th
March 2013.

Kill St Valentine @ The Shop / Thursday 14th February 2013


Doors: 10:00 – 00:00

@ The Shop, 75 Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3ND

Free entry


For Valentine’s The Shop will be celebrating with an anti-Valentine’s theme.

The Shop is a bar where everything is for sale! Go for a drink and leave with a print or a table. They serve fine drinks from jam jars and vintage milk bottles and a great atmosphere.

Support your local shop!

Wednesday, February 13 2013

Lindt Big Egg Hunt @ Covent Garden and cities across the UK / until Monday 1st April 2013


Open: displayed in public

@ London (Covent Garden), Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow

Get your Covent Garden Hunt Map here


101 giant Easter eggs, each a work of original art, will be hidden in cities across the country as a part of the Lindt Big Egg Hunt. The scavenge for eggs will start in London’s Covent Garden, hop over to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and head back to London in time for Easter.

Visit Covent Garden and collect a Hunt Book from one of the many Eggsperts who will be able to help you with any questions and point you in the right direction of the eggs you just can’t find.

The eggstravaganza will give you a chance to help the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children transform their lives.

The Tour:
London, Covent Garden
Tuesday 12th February – Sunday 17th February

Birmingham, Victoria Square
Tuesday 19th February – Monday 25th February

Liverpool, Paradise Street
Wednesday 27th February – Tuesday 5th March

Manchester,Exchange Square
Thursday 7th March – Wednesday 13th March

Glasgow, St. Enoch Square
Friday 15th March – Wednesday 20th March

London, Covent Garden
Friday 22nd March – Monday 1st April