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    • London
      1
      Feb 2018
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      30
      Jun 2018

      Hamilton

      Newcomer Jamael Westman leads the British cast in the long awaited West End transfer of Lin Manuel Miranda’s historic hip hop opus. It’s not just 18th-century breeches – the tunes, heartbreak and political intrigue are uproariously modern.

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    • London
      10
      May 2018
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      7
      Oct 2018

      Azzedine Alaïa

      Before his untimely death in 2017, Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa spent a year working with London’s Design Museum on a retrospective celebrating his 35 years in fashion. Curated by the master craftsman himself, the more than 60 pieces on display explore his meticulous, innovative approach to cut, fit and tailoring. Sultry, sculptural and thoroughly modern, his gowns form the centrepiece of a posthumous show that is as poignant as it is flamboyant.

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London
3
Feb 2018
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17
Jun 2018

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

An ornate wooden panel from the first-class lounge of the Titanic is among the artefacts on display at this V&A exhibition. Explore the hidden stories behind these impressive, world-conquering behemoths. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
22
Feb 2018
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27
Aug 2018

All Too Human

Either could sell out his own blockbuster show – but greats Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud will share wall space at this upcoming Tate Britain exhibition of intimate, flesh-filled portraiture. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
22
Feb 2018
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9
Sep 2018

Dawn of Superheroes

This O2 exhibition traces the evolution of DC Comics’ Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, alongside a line-up of villains. See original storyboards, iconic memorabilia (Reeve’s cape, Bale’s bat pod) and comic book issues from the very first.

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London
8
Mar 2018
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9
Oct 2018

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

Journey month by month through a pivotal year in the artist’s career. Exhibited together for the first time since their creation, three sensual portraits of Picasso’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter are the highlight of this landmark show.
London
20
Mar 2018
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6
May 2019

Pierre Bonnard

Painter Pierre Bonnard was known for both his use of colour and painting his wife in the bath (and other states of undress). Such intimate moments are shown at the Tate Modern alongside vivid landscapes. 2 for 1 entry with a Eurostar ticket.

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London
26
Mar 2018
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23
Jun 2018

Chicago

A satirical take on media, fame and justice, Chicago still captivates audiences. It returns to the West End this year with a brand-newcast, Cuba Gooding Jr in a starring role and a razzle dazzleof show-stopping musical numbers.

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London
27
Mar 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Anthea Hamilton at the Tate

Anthea Hamilton (sculptor of the Turner 2016’s gilded buttocks), transforms Tate Britain with sculptures and a performer with a squash for a head. Costumes by Loewe’s creative director and a minimal set create a strikingly strange experience

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London
28
Mar 2018
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12
Aug 2018

Hope to Nope

Ten years of seismic shifts in global politics told through the lens of graphic design. The show’s name references Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster and its many wry reworkings, but work here reflects a whole world’s worth of struggles.

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London
6
Apr 2018
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30
Sep 2018

Underbelly Festival

For the tenth year in a row, the giant Underbelly cow arrives on London’s South Bank to play host to comedy, circus acts, cabaret, street food and all-round summer revelry. This edition features a bumper crop of more than 70 shows, ranging from family fun to burlesque battles.

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London
9
Apr 2018
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29
Jul 2018

Monet and Architecture

From Normandy to Venice, Monet painted villages, cityscapes and cathedrals. More than 75 of his famous paintings and lesser-known works are brought together here for the first time. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
21
Apr 2018
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17
Jan 2019

Fashioned From Nature

Exploring the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world over 400 years, this V&A exhibition touches on inspiration, craft and sustainability. Highlights include a spectacular Victorian feather cape and dresses made from grape waste and recycled plastic bottles, as well as a collection of protest garments, such as Katharine Hamnett's provocative Clean Up or Die collection. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
27
Apr 2018
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28
Aug 2018

James Cook: The Voyages

Starting in 1768, Captain James Cook mapped out the unknown Pacific on three fateful expeditions, sailing as far south as Antarctica. 250 years on, the British Library relives his seafaring through diaries, maps and sailors’ yarns. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
5
May 2018
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11
Aug 2018

The Amateur Table

Riverside supper club Amateur Table gives fresh talent a platform to shine. The summer line-up is tantalising: a Middle Eastern feast in June and a mid-summer Swedish celebration from founder Lily Gjertsen in July.

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London
10
May 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Azzedine Alaïa

Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa spent his last year working with London's Design Museum on a retrospective celebrating his 35 years in fashion. Curated by the master craftsman, this posthumous show is as poignant as it is flamboyant.

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London
11
May 2018
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11
Nov 2018

London Nights

This photographic display examines London after dark, from the end of the 19th century to the present day. It casts the capital in moonlight and streetlight, sketching an evocative, sometimes uneasy portrait of its distinctive beauty.

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London
12
May 2018
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4
Nov 2018

The Future Starts Here

Intuitive suits, artificial shooting stars, DNA portraits: the V&A explores science’s thrilling advances in an exhibition of both the domestic and the cosmic. Explore further with workshops and talks on data-mapping and Frankenstein. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
24
May 2018
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15
Sep 2018

Last Days of Shoreditch

Last Days of Shoreditch is a dose of summer living just off the Old Street roundabout. Expect street food, clever cocktails, top-drawer DJs, a karaoke room and, if last year was anything to go by, a deckchair-dotted beach to recline on.

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London
25
May 2018
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23
Sep 2018

A Life in Pattern

Orla Kiely’s bold, stylish patterns have adorned everything from mugs to cars. This Fashion and Textile Museum show delves into the designer’s archives for a behind-the-scenes look at her inspiration, methodology and wider impact.

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London
25
May 2018
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3
Jun 2018

All Points East Festival

The brainchild of Coachella’s organizers, this shiny new festival boasts a plethora of big names. Weekend-long proceedings kick off with Björk, The xx and LCD Soundsystem at Victoria Park, followed by a series of standalone gigs and community events.

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London
29
May 2018
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9
Jun 2018

Akram Khan: Xenos

Dancer Akram Khan’s long career has spanned collaborations with Juliette Binoche, Kylie Minogue and the London Olympics. His Sadlers Wells swan song Xenos revisits the myth of Prometheus against the backdrop of the First World War.

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London
30
May 2018
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19
Aug 2018

Lee Bul: Wayward Wander

Lee Bul’s politically charged art was influenced by South Korea’s move from military dictatorship to democracy. Her new immersive installations, drawing from sci-fi and anime, invade and overtake the Hayward Gallery on its 50th anniversary.

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London
1
Jun 2018
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2
Sep 2018

Summer by the River

In the shadow of City Hall, the Scoop amphitheatre is the setting for a heady summer programme of free outdoor events, tasty treats and riverside sundowners. Plus live music from the likes of vintage trio The London Belles.

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London
5
Jun 2018
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6
Jun 2018

Pop Up Pardip

Eccentric, energetic and unpredictable, Pardip Kapil has made a name for himself with colourful, celebratory installations. Drop in to this free Tate Modern workshop and help create an immersive, site-specific work with the artist.

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London
5
Jun 2018
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16
Sep 2018

Aftermath

How did the horrors of World War One shape the art that followed? That’s the question posed by the Tate Britain’s moving deep dive into British, French and German work, 100 years after the war’s end. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
6
Jun 2018
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30
Jun 2018

Sambal Shiok opening

After selling out at street food markets for the past five years, chef Mandy Yin is finally opening up a permanent restaurant in Highbury. Grab a table at Sambal Shiok to get a taste of London’s most talked-about Malaysian Laksa.

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London
9
Jun 2018
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10
Jun 2018

Junipalooza

Walk into the vaults of Tobacco Dock during Junipalooza and you'll be handed a tasting glass, an event guide and some water. The four-room 'Gin Odyssey' showcases more than 100 gins, each one free to sample, neat or with tonic.

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London
9
Jun 2018
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10
Jun 2018

Open Garden Squares

London’s secret gardens and private rooftops – many usually closed to visitors – open for the weekend. Grab a ticket for a chance to nose around (and lounge in) the capital’s under-the-radar green spaces.

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London
11
Jun 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Ed Ruscha

In a 60-year career spanning pop art, minimalism, conceptualism and surrealism, Ed Ruscha’s subject matter has remained the same: America. His new show offers a contemporary riff on Thomas Cole’s paintings – also currently on show at the National Gallery.

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London
12
Jun 2018
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19
Aug 2018

RA Summer Exhibition

Provocateur-in-Chief Grayson Perry is handed the curator’s hat for this year’s Royal Academy summer spectacular. It’s the world’s largest open-submission art show, so expect a suitably eye-popping array. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
12
Jun 2018
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20
Jun 2018

Hampton Court Palace

The Beach Boys, Lionel Richie and Paloma Faith take to the stage at this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival. Explore the spectacular Tudor grounds or hire a waterside gazebo to picnic in style before the concerts start.

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London
13
Jun 2018
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17
Jun 2018

Taste of London

For five days, Regent's Park transforms into a food lover's heaven as London's best restaurants gather to show off their culinary wizardry. Expect live cooking demos, cocktail masterclasses, and cheese and chocolate tastings galore.

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London
15
Jun 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Serpentine Pavilion

Famed for her reimagining of urban spaces, Mexico City’s Frida Escobedo is the youngest ever architect to tackle the Serpentine’s prized pavilion. Her Hyde Park structure plays with light and reflection in a nod to Mexican courtyards of old.

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London
16
Jun 2018
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4
Nov 2018

Making Her Self Up

For 50 years after her death, Frida Kahlo’s iconic wardrobe and personal effects were kept under lock and key. Now they’re being given the full V&A treatment – the first time they’ve been on show outside Mexico. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
18
Jun 2018
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23
Sep 2018

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

This power couple famously covered Paris’s Pont Neuf in cellophane, and wrapped Berlin’s Reichstag. When Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, Christo continued their work. This exhibition is accompanied by his first UK public sculpture, on the Serpentine lake.

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London
20
Jun 2018
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7
Sep 2018

Dinner at Ours

Hosted by four culinary whizzes in an East London distillery, these intimate pop-up dinner parties are summer’s hot ticket. Expect menus ranging from Georgian feasts to West African fusion, paired with perfectly chilled vodka cocktails.

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London
27
Jun 2018
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19
Jul 2018

Don Giovanni

Mozart’s legendary lothario, Don Giovanni, returns to the Royal Opera House stage in the tragicomic opera that has entranced since 1787. Kasper Holten’s dazzling production incorporates award-winning set design and inventive video work.

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London
28
Jun 2018
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25
Nov 2018

Jameel Prize 5

Celebrating contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic traditions, the V&A’s Jameel prize makes for a remarkable exhibition. This year’s nominees include a fashion designer, a collective of embroiderers and an architect.

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London
28
Jun 2018
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21
Oct 2018

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

To mark what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery explores the King of Pop’s considerable artistic influence. The exhibition examines a lesser-known side of the legendary performer’s mythology. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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Image credits: © Matthew Murphy; © v&a; © R.B. Kitaj, The Wedding (1989-93); © Jaime Jones; © Picasso; © Pierre Bonnard, Coffee, 1915; © Chicago the Musical; © Tate (Matt Greenwood) 2018; © Andy McArthur; © Underbelly Festival; © © Claude Monet, Vue de Bordighera,1884, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; © August Champot; © Banks and a Maori by Tupaia © British Library Board; © Holly Farrier; © Design Museum; © Nick Turpin; © Ossip van Duivenbode, 2011–2015 © ZUS; © Last Days of Shoreditch; © Orla Kiely; © All Points East Festival; © Nicol Vizioli; © Lee Bul, Willing to be Vulnerable, 2015-2016, courtesy Studio Lee Bul; © Summer by the River; © Tate Modern; © Meredith Frampton, Marguerite Kelsey, 1928; © Angela Sam; © Junipalooza; © Diana jarvis; © Ed Ruscha, The Old Tech Chem Building, 2003; © John Bodkin; © Fanatic Creative; © Taste of London; © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atmósfera; © Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Red and Gold Dress, 1941; © Christo, The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), 2017; © Our/London; © Cooper; © Hala Kaiksow, Shepherd’s Coat and Momhiki Jumpsuit from the Wandress Collection (2015), photo Sergio Mirando; © Isa Genzken, Wind (Michael/David), 2009; © Design Museum