Things To Do In London This Week: 20-26 January 2020
“London is enchanting. I step out upon a tawny coloured magic carpet, it seems, and get carried into beauty without raising a finger.” (Virginia Woolf)
Tuesday 21 January
The British public and composers have always been intrigued by the royal family (and if this past week is anything to go by, they are obsessed!) Hear writer and historian Adrian Tinniswood talk about this as well as the music that celebrates our country’s royal heritage at Cadogan Hall in Opera Prelude, Behind the Throne.
The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair goes through the looking glass for inspiration, celebrating Alice in Wonderland: an adventure in decoration. On until Sunday at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park.
Wednesday 22 January
The London Art Fair comes back to Islington’s Business Design Centre, bringing museum-quality modern and contemporary art to the capital. The Fair connects the best galleries from around the world with seasoned and aspiring collectors looking to acquire exceptional works, from both internationally renowned artists and emerging artists breaking new ground. On until Sunday 26 January.
Chiswick House will be transformed into a glowing wonderland when Lightopia is switched on this week. Six interactive installations will include lights, lanterns, installations and projections, set against the backdrop of Lord Burlington’s eighteenth century playpad. On until 22 March.
Friday 24 January
Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media at the Foundling Museum is a major exhibition exploring representations of the pregnant female body through portraits over 500 years. Whilst you’re there, head upstairs to the Handel Collection, and see the Messiah score that Handel left in his will to the museum.
Saturday 25 January
Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt opens at Wyndham’s Theatre. Set in 1900 Vienna, it follows the fortunes of one Jewish family, a particularly poignant piece for the playwright whose four grandparents were killed in Nazi concentration camps.
Picasso and Paper, the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to Picasso’s imaginative and original uses of paper ever to be held opens at the Royal Academy. Bringing together over 300 works and encompassing Picasso’s entire prolific 80-year career, this ground-breaking exhibition will focus on the myriad ways in which the artist worked both on and with paper and will offer new insights into his creative spirit and working methods.
One of London’s most extraordinary houses, Two Temple Place is only open to the public for a handful of weeks every year. A new exhibition opening on Saturday means you can have a good nosy around the house. Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles celebrates seven pioneering women who saw beyond the purely functional, to reveal the extraordinary artistic, social and cultural importance of textiles.
Beat the January blues with the charming and heartwarming musical Amelie at the Other Palace. You can read my review here. Closes 1 February.
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