What to see in London in fall-winter 2011 2012
Unmissable seasonal highlights from London’s cultural calendarby Victoria Gill
A list of what to do in London is getting more exciting by the minute, with some superb shows in a number of London art museums and other institutions. Leonardo da Vinci in an exhibition at the National Gallery with a copy of The Last Supper, design in September at the V&A; Art Attack in October; celebrations of Robert Burns and Charles Dickens in early 2012, and much more. Here is some advance news.
17th-25th September 2011
Design for Life
The London Design Festival dominates London’s cultural agenda during September. Its key locations can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum, instantly identifiable by its especially transformed entrance, and St Paul’s Cathedral. In addition to these iconic locations, there is an exciting series of boutique openings, product launches, exhibitions and talks throughout the capital.
London Design Festival, various locations throughout London. Tel. +44 (0)20 7734 6444
13th-16th October 2011
Frieze Art Fair is perhaps the most influential fair on the global art circuit; exhibiting over a thousand of the world’s most innovative artists in showcases from the most forward-thinking international galleries and inspiring an intoxicating palette of events to ricochet across the capital.
Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park, London. Tel. +44 (0)20 3372 6111
9th November 2011-5th February 2012
“Leonardo da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan” sees the most complete collection of the artist’s rare surviving paintings take over The National Gallery. This blockbuster exhibition ends on a full-scale copy of his masterpiece ‘The Last Supper.’
Leonardo da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan. The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. Tel. +44 (0)20 7747 2885
Shop ‘Til You Drop
The lights are lit through London’s shopping streets and every destination brims with festive glow and cheer. There are few finer Christmas shopping destinations, while the sales see dedicated shoppers and loyal customers enjoying the Boxing Day spoils.
Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB, Tel. 0800 123 400 (from the UK), Tel. +44 113 3698 040
Liberty, Great Marlborough Street, off Regent Street, London W1B 5AH, Tel. +44 (0)20 7734 1234
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, Tel. +44 (0)20 7730 1234
25th and 29th January 2012
The Dragon Burns
From Hadrian’s Wall to the Great Wall, the last week of January sees the finest restaurants throwing elaborate Burn’s Suppers in celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, on January 25th. In addition to this poetic feasting, one of London’s most popular street parades weaves from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon on January 29th.
Burns’ Night, various locations in London. Chinese New Year is celebrated in Chinatown, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square, WC2
What the Dickens?
London celebrates the bicentenary of its greatest chronicler, Charles Dickens, with a year-long retrospective of exhibitions, festivals, entertainment and events commemorating his birth on February 7th 1812.
Dickens 2012 Tel. +44 (0)20 7405 2127. Various locations across London and the world
The Enchanted Palace
Kensington Palace is one of Britain’s most enchanting historic houses. Its re-opening follows a mammoth restoration unveiling new, historically inspired public gardens reconnecting it to Hyde Park and an exhibition dedicated to Queen Victoria in the rooms where she grew up.
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX. Tel. +44 (0)844 482 7777
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