Photo London @ Somerset House / from Thursday 21st May – Sunday 24th May 2015


21st and 22nd 12:00 – 19:30
23rd and 24th 12:00 – 18:00

@ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: £20 book online

Photo London is a unique photography event. It will feature a major international photography fair of over 70 exhibitors, including the world’s leading photography galleries and publishers, alongside an innovative public programme supported by the LUMA Foundation. Photo London will showcase the broad range of photographic practice, from vintage to contemporary, in diverse and exciting scenarios, through a series of exhibitions, installations and live events in and around Somerset House. Exhibitions will include Beneath the Surface from the V&A collection, Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis in Platinum and Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute, while a specially commissioned installation by Rut Blees Luxemburg will fill the Courtyard. Talks, music sessions and book signings around the fair will change the way you look at photography.

Entry to Photo London includes admission to four major exhibitions at Somerset House, commissioned with the support of LUMA Foundation:

  • Beneath the Surface, 200 rarely-shown photographic works from the collection of the Victoria
    & Albert Museum
  • Large-format platinum prints from Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis series
  • The first UK exhibition of Iranian photographer Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute series
  • The Teaser by Rut Blees Luxemburg, a public lightbox installation to be shown in the Courtyard

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Jack Lavender: A Hardcore Stomping Flashback @ The approach / until 31st May 2015


Doors: Wed-Sun 12-6pm

@ The approach, 1st Floor, 47 Approach Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9LY

Solo exhibition featuring a series of free standing sculptures made of self-supportive folded and bent painted steel sheets.

The exhibition also includes new double-glazed units and wall-based grids made from rebar and found and collected objects that form part of Lavender’s ongoing practice. These will be shown alongside framed collages of found imagery and personal photographs.

The floor of the gallery has been covered with tens of thousands of overlapping sheets printed with an image of mud tracks taken by the artist, seen as a way to display ideas of preservation, transience, repetition, and the passing of time. The repeated image forms the impression of a terrain to be negotiated. However, the illusion is disrupted when the papers shift and slip as visitors make their way through the gallery.

Evoking multi-layered narratives, Lavender shows how in our consciousness, imaginations of past eras exist simultaneously with our personal histories, the present, our plans for the near future as well as ever-evolving imaginations of the more distant time to come.

Pump Shoreditch: street food market @ The Old Petrol Station / all summer


Open: 11:00–23:00

@ The Old Petrol Station, 168 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU

Free entry

This summer the disused petrol station on Shoreditch High Street next to Tesco has been transformed into one of the London’s most interesting street food markets.

Featuring Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern Pulled by Morito, Mexican outfit Tacotitlan, bagels with a modern twist from Bagel Bros, Don Arancini with their handmade arancini balls, and healthy pizza company Pizza Rossa, to give guests an eclectic mix of gourmet taste samples to enjoy on the night. Renowned English chef and restauranteur, Mark Hix, will also be taking up a coveted space in the street food village selling his infamous Fish Dogs (posh fish finger sandwich) with minted mushy peas and tartare sauce.

Boneyard next door will also be giving guests a sneak preview of its new venue, before its formal opening on 1st June. Specialising in meat served on the bone, the team behind Boneyard will be providing tasters on the night to whet everyone’s appetite.

Film4 Summer Screen @ Somerset House / 6 – 19 August 2015


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Thursday 6th August – Wednesday 19th August 2015

@ Somerset House,
The Strand, WC2R 1LA

Doors open 6.30pm, DJs from 7pm, Film starts 9pm.

Single Bills: £16 239cbdd1-dff0-46b4-8993-bfd4f7273c44
Double Bills: £20

Premieres £24

All ticket prices are subject to booking fees

Tickets are available from here
or by calling Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1715

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House makes a welcome return this summer with 14 nights of classic, cult, contemporary and never-seen-before films. All films are presented in the spectacular neoclassical setting of Somerset House’s 18th century courtyard on a giant 17 x 8 metre screen with full surround sound. Tickets are on general release Friday 15 May and we suggest booking immediately to avoid disappointment, as these special events are guaranteed to sell out. Also new on the programme for 2015 is the Summer Screen Spotlight film. Full programme here:

Thursday 6 August | Opening Night Premiere: Gemma Bovery
Friday 7 August | People’s Premiere: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Saturday 8 August | Withnail and I + An American Werewolf in London
Sunday 9 August | Princess Mononoke
Monday 10 August | The Silence of the Lambs
Tuesday 11 August | The Graduate
Wednesday 12 August | Summer Screen Spotlight: The Second Mother
Thursday 13 August | Aguirre, Wrath of God
Friday 14 August | Do The Right Thing 
Saturday 15 August | True Romance + The Warriors
Sunday 16 August | Roman Holiday
Monday 17 August | The Last of the Mohicans
Tuesday 18 August | Best of 10 Musicals – West Side Story
Wednesday 19 August | Closing Premiere: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

‘For a near-perfect London night out, you can’t beat watching a movie in the beautiful courtyard at Somerset House.’ Time Out

As the sun sets, live DJs will create a soundtrack inspired by the upcoming film as cinema-goers can chill out in the courtyard with picnics and drinks.  Selected screenings will also be specially introduced by the film’s stars and directors.

Back for a third year, Summer Screen Prints: the film poster exhibition curated with Print Club London presents a series of contemporary screen-printed posters, inspired by this seasons filmsYou can visit the exhibition before the film begins and buy the limited-edition prints for £50 each.

Film fans are invited to take a trip inside Somerset House for Behind the Screen – a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities providing unique insights into this year’s programme.

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Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years @ Zabludowicz Collection / until 16 August 2015


Doors: Thu-Sun 12–6pm

@ Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3PT

Free entry

Founded in 1994, the Zabludowicz Collection has rapidly grown to become one of the world’s leading independent contemporary art collections. It now contains over 3000 works by over 500 artists, and continues to grow and evolve. This new exhibition gives an insight into the development of a history still in the process of being written.

Significant and rarely seen works by over 30 leading artists will be displayed throughout the galleries. The roots of the Collection in 1990s London will be the focus of one section, featuring the artists who transformed the landscape of contemporary art in the city and the UK, such as Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and Martin Creed. Pioneering international artists who have influenced the forms and processes of contemporary art will also feature, such Sigmar Polke, Isa Genzken and Christopher Wool.

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Reggaeoke @ Queen of Hoxton / Wednesday 13th May 2015


Doors: 7pm

@ Queen of Hoxton,
1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tickets: From £8 book onine

REGGAEOKE is a ground-breaking and unique karaoke night dedicated to reggae/dancehall and soca. Since launching in 2014 Reggaeoke takes singalong to another level with a heap of tunes from – Beenie Man, Barrington Levy, Vybz Kartel, Mr Vegas plus many more.

Hosted by Jay9 the night features an easy live online song sign-up, where you can select and send requests from your phone.

Expect a welcoming atmosphere filled with fun, belly laughter and a wealth of songs to keep you on your feet. Crowd participation and appreciation makes it that little bit sweeter to singalong and rockaway.

Jonathan Horowitz: 304.8cm Paintings @ Sadie Coles / until 30th May 2015


Doors: Tue–Sat 11–6

@ Sadie Coles, 62 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QN

Free entry

New series of paintings traversing themes of art and technology from the expressive mark, to the printed page, to the digital screen. Uniform in scale, each canvas measures an identical 304.8 cm (ten feet) in height, the works address the concept of translation and its inherent imperfections, using art-historical and pop-cultural icons as ciphers undergoing refraction and reformulation.

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Scotch & Soda @ London Wonderground / 14th May – 2nd August 2015


7.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, 4pm Sunday matinees

@ London Wonderground at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £12.50 book online

A cocktail of physical feats and jazz beats performed by daredevil acrobats and mesmerizing musicians.

Join the players, some of the finest circus artists and music makers in the world, as they create a heady mixer of risk-taking circus skill and rip-roaring humour, with a chaser of never seen before flair and originality!

Providing the heartbeat of this giddy display is the Crusty Suitcase Band. The finest disarranged troupe of horn blowers, drum strikers and saxophone pipers, who underscore the action with their unique fusion of jazz and music hall.

A spectacular clash of spellbinding misfits, Scotch & Soda is a guaranteed whisky soaked evening of breathtaking feats, blinding charm and beatnik soul.

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #11: What’s the problem with Pink? @ The House of St Barnabas / Thursday 21st May 2015


Doors: 6.30pm (talk 7.30pm)

@ The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ

Tickets: £15 book online

The 11th edition of The House of St Barnabas’ on-going public talks series, 37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain, curated in partnership with cultural consultancy BUG, will explore the pros and cons of the occasionally controversial colour pink.

When pink is used to sell toys to little girls, people say it’s a tool of social conditioning. When pink is used to indicate female-friendliness, it’s accused of being patronizing (think of Labour’s cerise battle bus). And when pink is used to flag gay-friendliness, that makes things really complicated.

But does pink deserve its bad press? Can it be used to embolden women? Does it have to be seen as sexist and patronizing?

The tricky question is: is it OK to appeal to “girliness” if you’re doing it to boost women’s power and confidence? If a “pink” campaign got more women into science, would that be OK? Is there really a problem with pink? Or with our attitudes to pink? Should we keep our rose-tinted specs on, or chuck them in the Patriarchy Dumper?

Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour magazine, journalist and broadcasterMiranda Sawyer, and Alexander Fury, fashion editor of The Independent, will join chair Ekow Eshun to debate the pros and cons of pink.

Bug is a group of writers and thinkers, who investigate pop culture through writing, talks and reports.

Having edited legendary magazines, The Face and Arena, and as columnists and regular contributors to The Observer, Sunday Times, Vogue, Wired, Wallpaper, The Review Show, The Culture Show amongst many others, BUG are in the unusual position of being taste-makers and influencers as well as commentators and communicators.

Spin London: Urban Cycling Festival @ The Sorting Office / until Sunday 10th May 2015


Doors: Sun 10am-4pm

@ The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1AP

Tickets: around £10 online and on the door

Celebration of contemporary cycling culture, returning this year with its largest and most ambitious programme yet at a new central London location. Featuring everything from modern cycling culture, the best in cycling product innovation to arts and culture inspired by the cycling.

Featuring the UK’s largest indoor pop-up test track, The Sorting Office, WC1, will be transformed into a mecca for those that celebrate the spirit and ethos of two-wheeled culture. Across 400 metres and two floors, the Spin London test track will feature the opportunity to test your best circuit time, tips & tricks on how to ride, plus very special race appearances by industry alumni.

Art from Massif Central, Pol Sifter, Eliza Southwood, Beach-O-Matic-Dave Walker and many more.

Street food from BBQ Lab (experimental BBQ meat dishes) & Made Of dough (landcover cooked stone baked pizzas). Craft beer and coffee from Peloton & Co X Beaver Town Brewery.

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