Thursday, 05, April 2018
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How to stay dry and entertained in London this April
With Winter far behind us and Spring well and truly here it’s time to come out of hibernation and see what London has to offer
Now, don’t go hastily removing your Winter garments – April showers are a saying for a reason. Luckily there are plenty ways to stay dry and entertained in the big smoke this month.
London Shell Co and Elizabeth Allen
Under a half an hour tube away from The Bloomsbury, in Paddington Central The London Shell Co. celebrates all things feminine after International Women’s Day. The London Shell provides a five-course meal made and served by a team of women, in a floating restaurant. Previous head chef at Hackney’s Pidgin, Elizabeth Haigh is the brains behind the menu, you will find her cooking up a storm on the boat accompanied with hand-picked wine by Caroline Brangé of Stannary Street. Your surroundings may be wet, but you will definitely be staying dry and satisfied.
Also close to the Bloomsbury, and a stone's throw from the Marylebone, the Southbank Centre has an event programme focusing on the legacy of the concrete constructions quite literally cemented into history back in the 1960’s. With the Southbank as the focus, one can also expect to explore the cultural ecosystem behind this architecture with a behind the scenes tour of the venue.
The EY Exhibition Picasso 1932
Southbank lays ever fruitful this April. After taking in your fill of Brutalist architecture head down to the Tate Modern, which has never held a Picasso exhibition until now. This exhibition focusses on the pivotal year of Picasso’s work, which showcases some of his most memorable pieces. This collection will take you on a monthly tour of his ‘years of wonders’. Expect to find a lack of rain, and a lot of colour, imagination and surrealism.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Just a hop, skip and a jump from The Kensington, The Victoria and Albert Museum brings us ‘Fashioned from Nature’ this April. Exploring the relationship between nature and fashion, this major exhibition at the V&A looks at the influence of nature on fashion and the materials used for garments. The exhibition also invites one to consider the role of contemporary designers, including Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney, highlighting the damaging impact that demands on raw materials have on the environment, and how to go green for our fashion future.
National History Museum
If you’re staying at the Kensington and are looking to keep the family dry and entertained this month, take yourself to the Natural History Museum to experience hundreds of butterflies in their tropical house. Butterflies from Africa, Asia and America fly freely in this family exhibit, now running for its tenth year.