This weekend in London: 24th - 26th March

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Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

Going for a Walk with Andrew by Howard Hodgkin, 1995-98 (c) Howard Hodgkin

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Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
Mother's Day in London
Florimania at Hampton Court Palace
People Power: Fighting For Peace
Running Wild
Montagues And Capulets - The Immersive Story
Ideal Home Show
BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945
Festival Embassy
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best weekend events in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Festival Embassy

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: Saturday 25th March 2017

 

In the lead up to Bestival, The House of St Barnabas has partnered with the festival to host Festival Embassy, bringing all its discovery, adventure and spirit to London. Offering a taste of Bestival, the one-day event has DJ sets from Felix (Basement Jaxx), Rob da Bank, DJ Shepdog & Sercoee and Goldierocks and live music from Will Varley, Mary Epworth and Bud. Further entertainment includes a tie-dye workshop and a Mother's Day card making session while food will be supplied by Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, who will serve a bottomless brunch for 40.

 
 
 

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 23rd March to 18th June 2017

 

The National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, the first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist. Hodgkin's paintings are not related to what his subject looks like and instead focus on feelings, making it a landmark moment for the gallery as it will be the first time an exhibition of portraits hosted there will include paintings that are completely abstract. Characterised by colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork, the principal concern of Hodgkin's art is to evoke a human presence. This exhibition will display portraits of Peter Blake, Gillian Wise, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Philip King and R B Kitaj as well as more intimate portraits with lovers from the 1970s.

 
 
 

Mother's Day in London

 

Mother's Day 2017 falls on Sunday 26th March and London boasts a number of ways to treat your mum to a day of pampering. Whether you'd like to take her for an indulgent afternoon tea or book tickets to a theatre show, read through the comprehensive LondonTown.com guide to find something as special as she is.

 
 
 

Florimania at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 24th, 25th and 26th March 2017

 

The annual Florimania weekend is a spring highlight at Hampton Court Palace and this year's display explores the theme of royal women. Taking place over Mother's Day weekend, Florimania is a lovely way to treat busy mums to some time off where they can enjoy stunning flower arrangements in King William III's State Apartments. Take inspiration from some of the keenest garden-loving queens in history, from Queen Mary II and her collection of exotic plants at Hampton Court Palace, Marie Antoinette and the gardens of Versailles, and Queen Charlotte at Kew. You can also see how it's done through flower arranging demonstrations at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on each of the days. Entry to Florimania is included in your palace admission ticket, so you and mum can admire the historic royal palace and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the 60-acre stately gardens, just starting to bloom.

 
 
 

People Power: Fighting For Peace

IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 23rd March to 28th August 2017

 

The Imperial War Museum explores how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict with its new exhibition, People Power: Fighting for Peace. Taking a journey from the First World War to the present day, the exhibition brings together over 300 objects, including paintings, literature, posters, banners and music, to tell the story of passionate people over one hundred years and the struggles they have endured for the anti-war cause.

 
 
 
 

Running Wild

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Mar 2017

 

Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild, originally produced by Chichester Festival Theatre and Regent's Park Theatre - it opened the Open Air Theatre season in 2016 - comes to Hackney Empire in March 2017. A story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment, Running Wild follows Will and his mother as they embark on a journey to Indonesia for a new start, and the chance for Will to ride an elephant. But, when the tsunami suddenly hits, Oona the elephant charges into the rainforest with Will still clinging on. Told with spectacular life-size puppets, this show for children "mashes up The Jungle Book with a David Attenborough-esque plea for the preservation of endangered ecosystems" (Telegraph).

 
 
 

Montagues And Capulets - The Immersive Story

Colab Factory, Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU

Tube: Borough Station

 

Dates: 23rd March to 27th April 2017

 

Following on from their previous theatrical experience, Hunted, which was marvellously intense, Colab Theatre return with a new immersive production this March. Montagues and Capulets is a unique adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, transporting the classic love story to a warehouse squat in the 1990s, a time when rave culture was at its peak. As a member of the audience, you'll play a member of one of the competing families and the rivalry between the two sides will play a key focus in your journey. You'll even have the power to change how the story ends. Nineties rave fancy dress isn't compulsory but strongly encouraged - prizes will be given for '90s band group costumes.

 
 
 

Ideal Home Show

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 24th March to 9th April 2017

 

Britain's biggest consumer home event, a regular fixture since 1908, returns to Olympia featuring everything you need to spruce up your abode. Celebrities appearing at the Ideal Home Show in 2017 include TV presenter and inspirational author Katie Piper, Amazing Spaces presenter George Clarke, interiors adviser Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and DIY expert Clive Holland, best known for presenting BBC 1's 'Cowboy Trap'. The show is divided into seven dedicated sections including areas on home improvements, interiors, gardens, technology, food and housewares as well as fashion and beauty. There are competitions to find the Young Gardeners of the Year and the Ideal Wallpaper Designer of the Year. And Moneysavingexpert.com founder Martin Lewis and his team will be on hand to help you save on the cost of running your home.

 
 
 

BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 24th March to 2nd April 2017

 

A combination of installation, performance, film, video, sound, and talks over a period of ten days transforms the Tate Modern Tanks into a space for performance art. Featuring works by Fujiko Nakaya, Isabel Lewis, CAMP and Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, the installations range from a plant-filled salon to a cloud of artificial mist; Japanese artist Nakaya transforms the terrace outside Tate Modern with an immersive fog sculpture made of water vapour.

 
 
 

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 23rd March to 25th June 2017

 

In 2017, the Barbican hosts the first major UK exhibition on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 looks at a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design. In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other cities in Japan brought a desperate need for new houses, and the single family house soon became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. This exhibition will showcase some of the most exciting architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before seen in the UK.

 
 
 

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