Japan has produced some of the most influential architects and architectural styles of the last half century. Bringing together the likes of Kazuyo Sejima and Toyo Ito with exciting little known practices, this exhibition explores the socio-economic shifts and urban landscape that inspired such a distinct and influential style.
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at the Barbican Art Gallery, 23rd march - 25th June.
Shakespeare in the city.
The Almeida Theatre’s hit Hamlet production starring 'Sherlock'-actor Andrew Scott sold out fast, but returns tickets might still be available on the day (if you’re as keen as we are). Another option for a drama fix is Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, which opened on the 10th to great reviews and is also selling out fast!
Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, until 13th May.
Read & Eat.
Follow in Goulding’s footsteps and mouthfuls.
Following his award-winning 'Rice, Noodle, Fish', Matt Goulding delves into the heart of Spanish culture with 'Grape, Olive, Pig', a book that brings to life the smells, tastes and traditions of this rich culture in a perfect mix of insightful and eloquent travel writing with a strong foodie focus.
Grape, Olive, Pig is published by Road & Kingdoms.
Jig the night away.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day on the 17th with some jigging at your local Irish pub – The Magic Garden in Battersea have Irish folk fusion band Balkan Alien Sound performing, followed by an acoustic London-based folk-punk cabaret trio led by Nigel Burch.
St Paddy’s gig at The Magic Garden pub in Battersea, 17th March.
About a little known Renaissance friendship.
A new exhibition about Michelangelo and his extraordinary relationship with artist Sebastiano opens at the National Gallery, and they’re hosting a daytime lecture to introduce the show and offer visitors an even closer look at this Renaissance duo’s 25-year friendship and collaboration.
Michelangelo & Sebastiano Introductory Lecture at the National Gallery, Thursday 23 March, 11.30am–12.30pm.
A master of paint.
Across the road at the National Portrait Gallery, an exhibition opens this month on the work of Howard Hodgkin. In light of the artist’s passing last week, this will undoubtedly be a popular display and now a tribute, with fans flocking to see the works of this late and great master of paint and colour.
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends at the National Portrait Gallery, 23rd March - 18th June.
Mother’s Day flowers with a difference.
Plan a day with your mum on Mothering Sunday with an extravagant floral display at Hampton Court Palace, inspired by the sumptuous gardens and flower mania that gripped the wealthy courts of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Florimania at Hampton Court Palace, 24th – 26th March
Two architects who left a stamp on London.
Two of the UK's most highly recognised architects, working decades apart, on the same patch of London. This unique exhibition compares the work of the two men and is a must-see for architecture lovers.
Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square at RIBA, 8th March - 25th June.
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