To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, London Bridge Hotel has some excellent offers like the ‘Great Weekend Deals’ with rates starting at just £99 for an overnight stay with free internet access. Guests can add a full buffet breakfast for only £10 when booking in advance. So with the winter chill in the air why not look to the spring and make plans to visit to the newly regenerated and thriving London Bridge Quarter, now known as the Shard Quarter and stay at London Bridge Hotel.
For full details of the package and to make bookings visit: www.londonbridgehotel.com/offers/offer-details/amazing-london-bridge-weekends
Here is our top pick of what’s on:
Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre until 15th April: There are often great productions of Shakespeare plays in London (especially at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Rose Playhouse), but until 15th April you can see Julius Caesar at London’s newest theatre. Bridge Theatre is at Potter’s Field Park, between City Hall and Tower Bridge.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
Nicholas Hytner’s production is in promenade, thrusting its audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.
Seating is wrapped around the action, with 250 promenading tickets at £25 available in advance for each performance.
T-SHIRT: CULT – CULTURE – SUBVERSION at the Fashion and Textile Museum, until 6th May: Explore the T-shirt in the 20th Century through this inspirational exhibition; charting the history, culture and subversion of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet. T-SHIRT: CULT – CULTURE – SUBVERSION highlights the multi-faceted role of this humble garment. From men’s underclothes to symbols of rock and roll rebellion, through punk and politics to luxury fashion item, T-shirts broadcast who we are and who we want to be.
Photo Credit: Fashion and Textile Museum
Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at the Tate Modern, 9th March – 8th September: This landmark exhibition takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932, a time so pivotal in Picasso’s life and work that it has been called his ‘year of wonders’. More than 100 outstanding paintings, sculptures and works on paper demonstrate his prolific and restlessly inventive character. They strip away common myths to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness.
Visitors can view some of the most important paintings Picasso ever made. It includes three works featuring the artist’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter which have not been shown together since 1932. Each painting is an exceptional loan to Tate Modern, originating from private collections across the globe, offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience these outstanding works together. These three paintings are being reunited for the first time since Picasso’s first full-scale retrospective held at the Galeries Georges Petit in Paris and the Kunsthaus in Zurich 85 years ago.
Photo Credit: Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973): Girl Before a Mirror (Boisgeloup, March 1932). New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
25th Meltdown at Southbank Center, 15 – 24th June – The speculation is over, now the anticipation can begin, as Southbank Center is delighted to announce Robert Smith as the curator of Meltdown 2018. The Cure frontman follows in some pretty remarkable and diverse footsteps as Meltdown curator. From British composer George Benjamin in 1993 to rapper, record producer and activist M.I.A. in 2017, 24 legendary artists have gone before Smith, each putting their own special stamp on the festival as they delivered their own Meltdown vision.
Photo Credit: Royal Festival Hall accross Thames. Copyright Morley von Sternberg
Greenwich and Docklands Festival – 22nd June – 7th July: The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival returns with a mixture of theatre, dance and spectacle – all for free! It brings the best UK and international performers to streets, parks and public spaces in and around Greenwich.
Photo Credit: The House – photo by Steve Eggleton