The Art of Banksy in London

This news will delight some and appal others, but there’s soon going to be a whole lot more Banksy in London. ‘The Art of Banksy’, the world’s largest touring exhibition of the street artist’s work, opens on May 20, 2021 at a central London gallery space. The exhibition was due to open in April this year following a global tour that has so far taken in Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Auckland, Toronto, Miami, Gothenburg and Sydney – but obviously its opening in London was pushed back. The show contains the largest collection of official works by the artist, made from 1997 to 2008, including now-iconic images like ‘Girl and Balloon’ and lesser-known pieces. The artworks are all on loan from private collections and the show is entirely unauthorised by the artist – as organisers put

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Behind the Stunning Duffy London Civilization Collection

Duffy London, an acclaimed design studio, is known for the whimsical (the ‘Up Balloon Coffee Table’ is a glass table that appears to be held up by gold and silver balloons), the fascinating (the ‘Abyss’ table, perhaps the most famous piece, depicts the layers of the seabed in absorbing detail) and the downright mind-bending (the ‘Shadow’ chair appears to stand on only two legs). Founder Christopher Duffy has a spectacular way of taking inspiration from nature and architecture, redefining and presenting them in a piece that is more than simply a coffee table; a conversation starter for sure, but one that has the ability to both blend in and stand out. “Inspiration is not just one thing — we work

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Artemisia Gentileschi at London’s National Gallery

“Artemisia” at the National Gallery, London Through January 24, 2021 What the museum says: “In 17th-century Europe, at a time when women artists were not easily accepted, Artemisia was exceptional. She challenged conventions and defied expectations to become a successful artist and one of the greatest storytellers of her time… In this first major exhibition of Artemisia’s work in the UK, see her best-known paintings including two versions of her iconic and viscerally violent Judith beheading Holofernes; as well as her self portraits, heroines from history and the Bible, and recently discovered personal letters, seen in the UK for the first time.” Why it’s worth a look: Artemisia Gentileschi is finally getting her due, after years languishing in the shadows while

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Authentic Japanese Omakase in London

After the culinary wasteland that was the lockdown summer of 2020, there could be no better or more sumptuous feast to break it with than the 14-course Omakase menu at Hot Stone London. For those that are new to the concept of Omakase, as I was, it roughly translates as ‘entrusted’ as you are trusting the chef to decide what he serves you. So no pouring over a menu before painfully deciding which dish to have, only to have serious food envy for your companion’s superior choice. Just 14 courses of decadent dishes, with the chef talking you through each morsel. Hot Stone’s Omakase evening is also perfect for social distancing. Only four guests are allowed into the restaurant at

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Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition will not reopen in London.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are saddened to share the news that the exhibition Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition will not reopen in London. A traveling blockbuster exhibition featuring the treasures of King Tutankhamun, the famed boy pharaoh, may have breached Egyptian laws meant to protect antiquities. In a new documentary, BBC News Arabic investigates the legality of the show, billed as the largest collection of King Tut’s treasures ever to leave Egypt. It was organized with the help of Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, formerly Egypt’s minister for antiquities, and a controversial figure in the field of archaeology. “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” is the work of Exhibitions International, an events company that specializes in sports, entertainment, and fashion. The show, which celebrates the 100th anniversary

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Big, bold & bright: Festivities at The Vaults in London

A magical chaos of curated arts curdling inside the vaults of Lambeth, London The lights open as the sky dims slowly. A crowd amasses in a railway arch snaking beneath Waterloo on a January, all wrapped in their winter clothes but carrying grins in their faces. The once-ignored corners now become the highlight of the season; it has been as such since 2012. Magic, after all, were supposed to happen in places they weren’t expected. VAULT Festival In its first debut, The Vaults, a three-dimensional anthology of various stories ranging from stage plays to stand-up comedies, only began with 25 shows. These performances embraced over 7,000 people in over three weeks. There is no surprise that as time passes, its

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Vault to Waterloo in 2020 for some inspiring theatre

Vault Festival 2020 Location: Various venues around Waterloo Dates: 28th January – 22nd March 2020 London’s mini Edinburgh Fringe is back under the arches in Waterloo for the beginning of the year. New writing, Edfringe transfers, works in progress, theatre, comedy, dance and late night partying – it’s a hot bed of creativity and experimentation that’s fast becoming one of London’s most exciting artistic hubs. vaultfestival.com Some of the venues in Waterloo: The Network Theatre The Gift Horse @ The Horse & Stables The Basement @ Vaulty Towers The Cockatiel @ Hello Darling VAULT Festival is London and the UK’s biggest, boldest and wildest curated arts and entertainment festival, hosting hundreds of events each year across Waterloo. In 2019, VAULT Festival showcased 428 different shows from more

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