Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy
Explore the creative masterpieces of Pablo Picasso, in his first ever solo exhibition at the Tate Modern. Discover a rare insight into his life, from photographs and memorabilia which reveal the intricacy of this famous artist’s life. Let your eyes wander from painting to painting and fixate on sculptures and drawings. See three mesmerising paintings of Picasso’s lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter – displayed for the first time together, since their creation in 1932. Immerse yourself in a Picasso exhibit, as never seen before.
When? From 8 March
Where? Tate Modern
Nearest tubes: Blackfriars or Southwark
Where to stay: The five-star Hilton London Bankside is in a fantastic location for Tate trips: it’s tucked just behind the gallery. Cool and modern, the hotel’s bar stocks over fifty different gins. Before you get settled in with a G&T, you can use the gym, or even refresh in the 17-metre pool.
Enjoy a tiny spice of Morocco in the heart of London, with twinkling lanterns, shimmering firepits, cosy cushions and decorative rugs
The Moroccan Medina
Head to the Queen of Hoxton for an exotic rooftop evening, to break-up the spring chill between now and summer. Enjoy a tiny spice of Morocco in the heart of London, with twinkling lanterns, shimmering firepits, cosy cushions and decorative rugs. Soak up the feeling of a riad and welcome Babouche slippers onto your feet. Choose a tantalising cocktail, from a caffeine fix Kasbah coffee martini, to a fruity smooth Berber’s Bellini – then try your best to pick from a delicious menu of colourful cuisine.
When? Until 30 March
Where? Queen of Hoxton
Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street
Where to stay: Just a ten-minute walk from Queen of Hoxton, explore the tasteful Andaz London Liverpool Street. Chic and eclectic, this hotel is right between London’s hipster heartland and the financial district. Make sure you eat at Andaz before you head out for the day: you can take your coffee in the hotel’s fantastic restored ballroom – it’s only open to the general public for breakfast.
A Big Day Out with Peter Rabbit™
Take a family-friendly trip to the beautiful Kew Gardens, for an Easter adventure with Peter Rabbit. Enjoy this botanical day out, celebrating the tales of the brilliant Beatrix Potter and her wonderful characters. Play outdoor games, follow trails through the flowers and shrubbery, or learn how to grow your own vegetables. Choose from an abundance of activities in this picturesque place and find out more about this famous author’s connection to Kew Gardens.
When? 30 March to 15 April
Where? Kew Gardens
Nearest tubes: Kew Gardens
Where to stay: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – enjoy a stay in the centre of the city, with the buzz of South Bank nearby, as well as the iconic Big Ben – this hotel highlights the best of locations. Book in for a babysitter for the kids, whilst you chill out in the glorious spa for a pamper, or head to the terrace for views across the London skyline.
With the recent release of the moving film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’, make a timely trip to the charismatic Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the V&A Museum. Experience the magic of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. See sketches, letters and photographs, as well as a collaboration of cartoons and other collections, which bring the life of this famous bear and his friends to life. Choose a day to visit when you can create arts and crafts, or play in a pop-up Winnie-the-Pooh performance.
When? Until 8 April
Where? Victoria & Albert Museum
Nearest tubes: South Kensington
Where to stay: The Kensington Hotel – take in the sleek design and inviting appeal of this hotel, with its mansion like feel. With plenty of places to visit nearby, enjoy your central stay. On return from days out, book a massage to soothe your soul, enjoy a private members club feel of the K Bar, or discover the hidden whisky bar in the spectacular Town House restaurant.
A Pinter play
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A childhood hero
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A day for coffee fiends
See the quirks of Brick Lane – with its hipster scene, boutiques and of course, coffee galore.Things to do in London
The London Coffee Festival
If you’re a lover of all the coffee elements, get yourself to Brick Lane for the best roasts around. Enjoy the finest coffee, music, art and cocktails – all with the glorious scent of your favourite brew. Soak up the bustling atmosphere at the Old Truman Brewery, with over 250 artisan coffee and scrumptious food stalls, the choice is yours. Head to the milk bar, take a coffee-orientated workshop, sip on espresso martinis and venture around Milk & Sugar – a hub of innovative design, lifestyle and wellbeing brands.
When? 12 to 15 April
Where? Brick Lane
Nearest tubes: Aldgate East
Where to stay: Take the District Line from the coffee festival to The Tower. Most of the rooms in this four-star hotel on the Thames look out onto the river. And after all that coffee, why not switch things up with an afternoon tea? This hotel is famous for its glorious views of Tower Bridge – and it’s best seen over a glass of bubbly and a cream-covered scone.
The Birthday Party
Harold Pinter’s dark comedy, The Birthday Party, takes to the stage of London with an all-star cast. Become lost with the characters, as a simple birthday party, escalates into an event of menace, confusion and taunting. With the arrival of two strangers, into the arms of a steady boarding house of regularity, things begin to take a turn for the worst with mind-boggling behaviour. Watch as Toby Jones, as Stanley Webber, Zoë Wanamaker as Meg Boles and Peter Wight as Petey Boles, are disturbed from the mundane of their small seaside town lives.
When? Until 14 April
Where? The Harold Pinter Theatre
Nearest tubes: Piccadilly Circus
Where to stay: Perfectly situated for West End fanatics, Amba Charing Cross is a ten-minute walk from the Harold Pinter Theatre so you can easily head back for a Nespresso coffee in your room after the show. Set in a Grade II listed building, savour an afternoon tea with views of The Strand, then listen to live jazz at the terrace bar.
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Make a move to this international hip-hop and dance festival, for its 15 year anniversary. Watch a mesmerising selection of the world’s best poppers and lockers perform, see their bodies move to the beats and the bass. Be a part of this incredible art form, as you try out dance workshops, take a turn at creating graffiti pieces and listen to rappers and beatboxers. Or simply kick back and watch performances that will blow you away, in a variety of dance forms filled with passion and talent.
When? 5 to 7 May
Where? Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Nearest tubes: Angel
Where to stay: Less than ten minutes from Sadler’s Wells, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Islington is set near the independent shops of Upper Street and Angel tube station. A modern, four-star hotel, the DoubleTree welcomes you with a warm cookie when you check in. Plus, with the free onsite gym, you don’t have to miss leg day.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
A time-honoured tradition, the hundred-year-old Chelsea Flower Show attracts a surprisingly celebrity crowd to leafy West London at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, making it much more than just a five-day show of garden design. Spot the Queen and British celebrities among the botany enthusiasts. Browse the Great Pavilion, full of flowers, and see all manner of show gardens, from one resembling the slopes of an active volcano to a garden inspired by the Silk Road.
When? 22 May to 26 May
Where? Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR
Nearest tubes: Sloane Square
Where to stay: The Grosvenor is on a direct tube line to Chelsea from London Victoria, and is exceptionally well-located for trains to Gatwick Airport. Don’t leave just yet, though – this smart four-star hotel has several restaurants and a Champagne bar. It’s the perfect, posh retreat after rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous at Chelsea Flower Show.
All Points East
Coachella comes to London late this spring, for a music extravaganza. Be part of the debut event, All Points East, offering 10 days of entertainment. Featuring three days of big music names in a festival style and presenting three huge headline shows – grab the face paints and festival apparel for the occasion. With acts such as LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Lorde and Björk, the line-up is bursting with must-see names. Buy your tickets now, to get that spring 2018 feeling when the days start to heat up.
When? From 25 May
Where? Victoria Park
Nearest tubes: Bethnall Green and Mile End
Where to stay: Discover The Curtain in Shoreditch. Opened in 2017, this Mr and Mrs Smith property is a real find. If you haven’t got tickets to All Points East’s Sunday line-up then stay in at The Curtain and listen to a live Gospel Choir – they sing at the hotel’s weekend brunch.