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The best things to do in London this week

What to do, see, eat and drink in the capital

London is packed to the rafters with fantastic exhibitions, talks, plays and events. Here’s everything you need to know about the best things to do in London this week, including the chance to get on-board Panerai’s new sailing yacht, and an exercise festival. 

Panerai’s sailing yacht arrives

Panerai’s two-masted sailing yacht Eilean arrives in London on 17 June for a two week stay. Having just competed in the TransAt Classic race, from Lanzarote to St Kitts, the yacht will be moored in St Katherine’s Docks, near Tower Bridge. Clients and visitors alike will get the chance to sail on the Thames in the yacht, as well as being able to purchase their new Panerai watch on-board, including the new 2019 Sailing Chronographs. To book an appointment, contact the Panerai London boutique on 020 3057 7080.

From 17 June, 50 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LA, panerai.com

Lululemon Sweatlife Festival

Head down to Tobacco Dock this weekend to work up a serious sweat at the Lululemon Sweatlife Festival. The two-day event includes endorphin-boosting classes from some of London’s top fitness studios, including Barry’s Bootcamp, Third Space and Psycle, as well as panel talks on things like mental health and the real science behind wellness. This being Lululemon, there’s also unlimited yoga classes to try, as well as breathing and meditation workshops.

Tickets from £35, Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF, lululemon.co.uk

The Art of Daily Life at Connolly

This week, British brand Connolly is hosting an exhibition of highly crafted household objects from sub-Saharan Africa in its Clifford Street store. Put on by collectors Alan Marcuson and Diane Hall, the exhibition brings together the work of highly skilled and dextrous craftsmen who made an array of daily containers and utensils such as milk vessels, plates and storage baskets. While being decorative and beautiful to look at, they also have long histories and cultural significances that allude to family, tribe, social status and profession. A fascinating glimpse into a world that Londoners don’t often get to see. Plus, all the objects are available to buy, too.

Connolly, 4 Clifford Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2LG, connollyengland.com

London Festival of Architecture

The world’s biggest architecture festival is back for another month-long run of talks, workshops and walking tours. The Festival of Architecture has more than 400 events on its packed schedule, which this year revolves around the theme of ‘Boundaries’. Highlights include Paper Castles, an exhibition at the V&A in which alternative architectural futures are imagined on top of the buildings that already exist, or have gone before. The festival’s Studio Lates programme, in which architecture practices open up for guided tours throughout the month, is also well worth checking out

Until 30th June, around London, londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

IWC exhibits a collect of rare vintage watches

Something for the horophiles amongst you: IWC is exhibiting a collection of 12 extremely rare Mark 11 timepieces that date back as early as 1948 in its boutique on New Bond Street. These watches are so hard to come by that they have all been donated by private collectors as IWC’s own museum doesn’t have enough to display. Originally, these timepieces were given as standard issue to all RAF navigators, as well as other air forces around the world. Added to the showcase is a collection of other navigational equipment from the era and a couple original uniforms. If you’re into vintage watches or military history then this is something you won’t want to miss as it’s unlikely anyone will ever have such an extensive collection of these watches at the same time again.

Until 10 August at 138 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2TJ, iwc.com

Patty & Bun goes vegan

As the steady march to vegan ubiquity carries on, Patty & Bun have launched several new additions to its existing not-quite-meat menu. The burger joint has collaborated with This, a company that creates plant-based meat alternatives, on all-new vegan chicken nuggets, as well as vegan bacon that can be added to any of its burgers. They look and taste spookily like the real deal, too. 

Available now, pattyandbun.co.uk

Francis Bacon at Gagosian Gallery

From one bacon to another. This week marks the launch of the Gagosian Gallery’s latest exhibition, Couplings, of Francis Bacon’s paintings of friends and fellow artists. The distorted, disturbing images challenged the norms of figurative painting in the 20th century, and explore Bacon’s preoccupation with the complexities of psychological and physical relationships between two people. A good way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Until 3 August, 20 Grosvenor Hill, London W1K 3QD, gagosian.com

Lee Krasner: Living Colour at the Barbican

American artist Lee Krasner had the unfortunate experience of spending much of her working life overshadowed by her more famous spouse, Jackson Pollock. But now the Barbican is doing due diligence on her remarkable career as a significant artist in her own right. The first major presentation of her work in Europe for more than 50 years, the exhibition showcases nearly 100 of her works from the Forties, Fifties and Sixties, including large-scale abstract works, collages and paintings. It’s accompanied by rare photography, interviews and film, meaning that Krasner will (hopefully) never be forgotten again.

Until 1 September, Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS, barbican.org.uk

New lighting gallery at Andrew Martin

The immersive Andrew Martin showroom in Chelsea is well worth whiling a weekend afternoon away in, with its curious design finds from across the globe. But its new lighting gallery makes the trip to Walton Street even more appealing, with an eclectic array of over 450 modern, mid-century and Victorian lights on display from designers including Kelly Wearstler, Alexa Hampton and EF Chapman. Whether you’re in the market for a new light, or searching for some design inspiration, it should be top of your list.

Now open, 190-196 Walton Street, Chelsea, London SW3 2JL, andrewmartin.co.uk

Secret Rivers at Museum of London Docklands

London and the Thames are inextricably linked. But it’s London’s other waterways that form the basis of this new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, which uses archaeological artefacts, art, photography and film to reveal stories of life by London’s rivers, streams, and brooks. As well as exploring why many of them were lost over time, it also examines how they shaped and changed the city over the centuries.

Until 27 October, West India Quay, No.1 Warehouse, Hertsmere Road, London E14 4AL, museumoflondon.org.uk

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing at The Queen’s Gallery

Still today, 500 years on, the art world doesn’t get much better than Leonardo da Vinci. To mark the anniversary of his death in 1519, The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is exhibiting more than 200 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings from the Royal Collection, making it largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years. From anatomy and engineering to architecture and botany, it’s a great insight into the workings of da Vinci’s remarkable brain.

Until 13 October, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, rct.uk

Manga at the British Museum

This week, the British Museum’s largest exhibition of manga ever held outside Japan is opening. A craft that started with the 19th-century artist Katsushika Hokusai’s drawings of people, animals and nature, manga is now a multi-million-pound industry that stretches around the globe. The exhibition explores the history, art and culture of manga – which means ‘pictures run riot’ – from its origins as traditional brush art, to the present day.  There’s a rendering of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo, you can be ‘manga-fied’  in a photo booth, and see the  work of artists like Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy and Princess Knight) and Fujio Akatsuka (Eel Dog).

Until 26 August 2019, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, britishmuseum.org

Food: Bigger Than The Plate at the V&A

The V&A’s latest in-depth exhibition explores what we’ll be eating in 50 years’ time. From edible plastic and insect sausages, to farming by AI, it examines the technology that’ll shape our dinners in the decades to come, as well as investigating the cultural and community shifts of mindset that will have to happen to make sure we all have a more sustainable and fair food future. You can even sample part of the exhibition itself in the V&A’s cafe, where oyster mushrooms are being grown from used coffee beans, and served up on the menu.

Until 20 October 2019, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, vam.ac.uk

Zero waste Sunday lunches for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Chef Atul Kochhar is passionate about two things: helping Great Ormond Street Hospital, and reducing food waste. He’s combined these two goals with a series of three-course, zero-waste Sunday lunches that kick off on 26 May, with all proceeds going to GOSH. Dishes will revolve around off-cuts from Kanishka, Kochhar’s celebrated Mayfair restaurant, which are recreated into delicious dishes that have all of the chef’s signature flair with flavours, without the waste.

£25 per person, starts 26 May, Kanishka, 17-19 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QH, eventbrite.co.uk

Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School at the Mosaic Rooms

Mohamed Melehi is one of Morocco’s foremost modernist painters. This week marks the start of a two month-long exhibition of his work at the Mosaic Rooms, in which some of his key works of painting, photography and graphic design from the 1950s-80s are displayed. As a cornerstone of postcolonial Moroccan – and wider Maghreb – art, Melehi’s pieces are shown alongside some previously unseen archive material from the radical Casablanca Art School, which combined the teachings of Bauhaus with the abstraction of traditional Islamic designs to make highly politicised art. A fascinating glimpse into an art world that doesn’t usually get much air time in the Western world.

Until 22 June at Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London SW5 0SW, mosaicrooms.org

Pissarro at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Head down to leafy Dulwich this week to catch a glimpse of Camille Pissarro’s painting of Dulwich College. Founded in 1619 by actor Edward Alleyn, the school’s New College, which was completed by architect Charles Barry Junior in 1870, was painted by the French impressionist a year later. On loan from the Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, the exhibition is its first return to Dulwich since it was painted, to mark the 400 year anniversary of the school.

Until 4 August, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD, dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

H&M Home on Regent Street

H&M Home’s first ever standalone store has just opened on Regent Street – and with a gargantuan 700 square metres of floor space over two storeys, its sheer size is as bold as the designs it sells. As well as the usual cushions, candles and throws, the concept shop also sells furniture (we suggest you take a look at the co-ordinating rattan chairs and occasional tables) and has an in-store organic cafe (in collaboration with It’s Pleat), florist and exhibition space in partnership with Christie’s. Considering this new store plays neighbour to Cos, Arket and Weekday, only an Ikea could make Regent Street even more Swedish right now. 

208 Regent Street, London W1B 5BD, hm.com

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum

It’s been touring for 15 years, but Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition has finally landed in the city the visionary director called home. The exhibition explores his unique creative process as filmmaker, as well as giving visitors insight into how he created such genre-defining films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. Want to prep before your visit? We went behind the scenes with curator Adrienne Groen to discover more about his life and work.

Until 15 September, designmuseum.org

Chihuly: Reflections On Nature at Kew Gardens

Kew is great at all times of year, but never more so than in the spring. Head down this week to soak up both the new season blooms, and some awe-inspiring glass sculptures from artist Dale Chihuly. You’ll recognise his work from previous installations at places like the V&A, where his large sculpture of twisting glass tendrils dominates the entrance hall. His large-scale amorphous creations in vivid primary colours will be dotted throughout Kew’s extensive gardens until the autumn. 

Until 27 October, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB, kew.org

Underbelly Festival

Back for its 11th year, the extensive Underbelly Festival is returning to the Southbank for five months of comedy, cabaret, concerts and live podcast recordings. There’s something on the bill for everyone, but The Jackal’s picks are a first look at Stephen K. Amos’s new stand-up show Bouquets and Brickbats, and The Thinking Drinkers’s intoxicating bar-hop through history.

Until 29 September 2019, underbellyfestival.com

Toast at The Other Palace Theatre

Based on everyone’s favourite literary chef, Nigel Slater’s, autobiography, Toast, this new play tells the story of his childhood in suburban England through the tastes and smells he grew up with. Fresh off a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the play’s a must-watch for even the most casual foodie. Even better, the audience will be invited to try tastes from Slater’s childhood throughout the play.

Until 3 August 2019, The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace St, Westminster, SW1E 5JA lwtheatres.co.uk