In The Know: Your weekly agenda

Sit back. Let ACHICA plan your schedule this week. On our radar for the upcoming days are Pina Colada pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, two blockbuster art shows and some newly-released books to keep us inspired. Also on the agenda - switch out your usual coffee break snacks for ethical options as part of Fairtrade Fortnight and don a daffodil in your lapel for St David’s Day on 1 March.

The Oscars at The Savoy – The Savoy Hotel will be hosting an afternoon tea in honour of The Oscars, on 26 February. With cakes, sandwiches and pastries inspired by the movies, from Jackie Pink Macaroons to Fantastic Beasts Salted Caramel Mousse, the Silver Screen Afternoon Tea celebrates the numerous film icons that have stayed at the hotel over the last century. Served in the 1920s Thames Foyer of the hotel, it’s the perfect way to pretend we’re living through the golden age of cinema. Book the afternoon tea here.

Where to eat pancakes – Shrove Tuesday is this week, the beginning of Lent and the countdown to Easter. We’ve been in touch with top bloggers and foodies on Instagram to bring you the most exciting pancake recipes we could find – look out for the article on Monday. But if you don’t fancy cooking, Londoners can head to The Book Club Cafe in Shoreditch they’ll be serving up pulled-pork pancakes, Pina Colada pancakes and more – or Dulwich Books, who’ll be celebrating the day with Bake Off finalist Chetna Makan.

Hockney at the Tate – If you haven’t already booked, do it now. The Hockney retrospective at the Tate Britain opened earlier this month and is the fastest-selling show in the gallery’s history. Spanning his early sketches from the 60s, his iconic pool paintings, his recent iPad artworks and some pieces never seen by the public, this exhibition is a must for any art-lover. Our tip: book together with the Tate’s Paul Nash or Queer British Art shows to get a free drink in the middle! Book here.

Two for World Book Day – Add some brilliant new editions to your reading list and your bookshelves. Our top picks include 101 Danish Design Icons edited by Lars Dybdahl and published by Hatje Cantz. With Scandinavian design now thoroughly disseminated into interiors, this book takes a look at its roots, rounding up the history of 20th century Danish design in 101 objects. Another on our list is The Art of Rivalry published by Profile – this book looks at unlikely friendships and rivalries in the art world; it’s a great peek into the lives of art icons such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning to see the stories of friendship and influence behind the spotlights.

Be shocked at the Wellcome Collection – The Wellcome Collection once again introduces an exhibition with a tantalising topic we can’t wait to visit – electricity. The institution’s regular free exhibitions are always worth a trip, and the latest – which opened on 23rd February – has got people buzzing once again. Looking at electricity (the spark of life) from the neurons in our brains to Frankenstein’s monster, the electric chair and beyond, the exhibition considers this invisible life-giver and taker which continues to mystify us, and includes three unique commissions by artists inspired by the theme. See more info here.

America after the Fall at the RA – This week, the RA’s latest hit show gives visitors perhaps a once in a lifetime chance to see some of America’s most iconic paintings together on display in the UK – including Hopper’s Nighthawks and, of course, Grant Wood’s American Gothic. The popular introductory talk to the show is now sold out, but get in quick to book their talk related to the exhibition on Friday 17th March. Book the talk here.

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Annabel Sheen

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