15 Things to Do in London This Weekend: 29-31 March

Lead image: Northern Ballet’s Victoria (photo: Guy Farrow)

1 London Dog Week, various locations
25-31 March
The very first London Dog Week aims to make the capital a more dog-friendly place and raise awareness of the benefits of dog ownership. London dog lovers will be encouraged to get involved in a number of tail wagging initiatives, from fashion shows to grooming spas, competitions, office dog treat boxes, doggy dinner parties, the cuddle club and charity night walks. According to research (Mintel 2015), animal loving Brits are spending a fortune on their furry friends with the average owner splurging £1,150 per year, and 71% of dog owners would take their pets everywhere with them if they could. Dogs have also been shown to be beneficial for mental health.

2 Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House
From 26 March
This spring, the Royal Ballet is reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballet masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Set to Sergey Prokofiev’s seminal score, the performance will feature a number of principal and debuting dancers in the roles of Juliet and Romeo in the performance at the Royal Opera House. The work has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than 400 times since it was premiered at Covent Garden in 1965, making Romeo and Juliet a classic you can’t miss. Running until 11 June.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk

3 The London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery
30-31 March
The London Coffee Festival is an annual event that celebrates the capital’s vibrant coffee scene with specialty tastings, industry talks, artisan workshops and a soundtrack of live DJs and musicians. Latte Art Live is back, bringing the world’s top latte art specialists along with it, as is Coffee Masters, where the UK’s top 20 baristas go head-to-head for the coveted title of Coffee Master. New this year is the Mindful Coffee Tasting, a brand new multi-sensory experience where you can learn to appreciate coffee in a new and mindful way. Brunch, lunch, teatime and VIP full-day sessions are available. Tickets from £18.50 on the door.
91 Brick Lane E1 6QR; londoncoffeefestival.com

4 Northern Ballet’s Victoria, Sadler’s Wells
26-30 March 
Northern Ballet opens its 2019 season with a world premiere to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s most iconic monarchs – Queen Victoria. Victoria tells the remarkable story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion, Beatrice, who uncovers the intimate details of Queen Victoria’s passionate marriage to Prince Albert and ambiguous relationship with her personal servant, John Brown, while transcribing her mother’s diaries. The diaries revealed a life so fascinating, full of ambition, tragedy and fierce devotion, that her daughter tried to rewrite history. Choreographed and directed by the internationally acclaimed Cathy Marston, Victoria is a co-production between Northern Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.
Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell EC1R 4TN; sadlerswells.com

5 Jo Malone London’s Blossom Daze Experience, Bloomsbury
29-30 March
Jo Malone London is taking over Victoria House in Bloomsbury to showcase its new limited-edition Blossoms collection, creating an other-worldly realm bursting with blossoms. Embark on a sensorial journey of discovery, travelling from inspiration through to concept and exploring key ingredients from the collection, with an array of bespoke experiences. Interactive elements include Limen, an immersive light and sound installation by United Visual Artists, glass tinting workshops and the chance to hang out in the Jo Malone London Blossom Bar. General access tickets are free, VIP tickets (including two fragrance masterclasses) are £25, which is fully redeemable against Jo Malone London purchases.
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square WC1B 4DA; register-blossoms.eventbrite.co.uk

6 Attack the Block at Collective Cinema, Lee
30 March
Collective Cinema, the new pop-up venture screening films at the atmospheric St Margaret’s Church, located between Lewisham and Blackheath, is showing Attack the Block this Saturday. The 2011 sci-fi comedy horror film starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a south London apartment block into an extraterrestrial war zone. The film will be accompanied by the church organ and live singing, with drinks and snacks from local businesses in the area including Brockley Brewery, Proper Corn and Doisy & Dam chocolates. Doors 7pm, film 8pm. Tickets from £10.
Lee Terrace, Lewisham SE13 5DL; collectivecinema.co.uk

7 To Walk on Water at New Wimbledon Theatre
29 & 30 March
It’s 2039 and a man walks on water for the first time in over 2,000 years on the Thames foreshore. Is this a technological revolution or is he a new Messiah? And will change the world for the better? Presented by the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust’s Young Actors Company – the only free youth theatre in Merton – and written by Andrew McPherson with the WCTT, the world premiere of this new play looks for reasons for hope in an uncertain future. 7.45pm both evenings with a 2.45pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets £8 (concs £5).
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG; atgtickets.com

8 Lita Cabellut at Opera Gallery, Mayfair
Until 30 March
The Opera Gallery in Mayfair is hosting an exhibition of work by celebrated Spanish artist Lita Cabellut. The solo exhibition, Transformation, contains 22 new works by the artist who is the third highest selling artist in Spain. Her work also has a few famous fans with Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Gordon Ramsay all owning pieces. Visitors will be able to see her striking paintings, which feature the range of humanity, from everyday people to significant public figures such as Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Billie Holiday and Marie Curie.
134 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 2TF; operagallery.com

9 Piglet Pop-Up Shop, Westbourne Grove
Until 7 April
Piglet’s first ever pop-up shop is now open on Westbourne Grove, showcasing the British linen brand’s entire collection of 100% French flax linen bedding, table linen and sleepwear. To celebrate the opening of the pop-up, Piglet, founded by Jessica Mason in 2017, recently launched a limited-edition collection of linen pyjamas, made in collaboration with London-based artist Alexandria Coe. The Piglet x Alexandria Coe Pyjamas retail at £120, with 35% of the sale price from each piece being donated to Plan International, an independent development and humanitarian organisation working towards the advancement of girls’ rights. In-store activations will run throughout the pop-up, including yoga and meditation sessions with YogiYoga and a talk on how to declutter your life using the KonMarie method.
79-81 Ledbury Road, Westbourne Grove W11 2AG; pigletinbed.com

10 Sh!t-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist, Leicester Square Theatre
27 March-12 April
Sh!t-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist is the all-singing, all-dancing sibling of Sh!t-faced Shakespeare. Returning with a boozy version of Oliver!, the Dickensian classic tale of the boy who asked for more with Booze, Glorious Booze (you know the one?). The production features songs from Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Les Misérables and other West End hits, plus one genuinely inebriated cast member – will it be an ars*holed Dodger, a fuddled Fagin or an out-of-it Oliver? Tickets from £17.25.
6 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX; leicestersquaretheatre.com

11 Brexit by John Springs at Ransom Art Gallery, Pimlico
28 March-4 April 

Acclaimed Chelsea-based cartoonist John Springs has long been contributing to major newspapers and magazines, crafting satirical profiles of leading political characters of the Brexit era, including Cameron, May, Corbin, Trump and others. His piece ‘Political Unrest: Bracing for Brexit’ was exhibited in a collection of works at Ransom Art back in 2017, proving to be a prophetic record of a momentous event. Another of his works, ‘Mustn’t Grumble’, is a timely piece created ahead of the now-postponed Leave Day (29 March), and will be on sale at end of March. See these two epic works alongside a satirical portrait of Theresa May, a pop-art version of Ronald Reagan and a line up of portraits of known French writers.
105 Pimlico Road SW1W 8PH; markransom.co.uk

12 Fairmont Loves Film Package at The Savoy, the Strand
Until 31 March

Following the recent launch of Fairmont Loves Film, The Savoy has launched a specially-created package including a one-night stay for two in a Deluxe King Room, a Savoy Breakfast for two, a Fairmont Loves Film welcome amenity and a voucher for a Romantic Comedy London Bus Tour for Two. Plus, as a nod to the iconic film Notting Hill, in which Julia Robert’s character holds a press conference at The Savoy, the package also includes a special cocktail called The Blue Door. It was at The Savoy where Vivien Leigh met future husband Laurence Olivier, where Elizabeth Taylor spent her honeymoon with Nicky Hilton, and where Charlie Chaplin returned to his homeland. From £765 for two adults.

13 Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain, Millbank
From 27 March
The latest EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, is Tate Britain’s highly anticipated exhibition of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Exploring how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career, and how he, in turn, inspired British artists like Walter Sickert and Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes some of his most famous works, such as Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhône and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. Running until 11 August.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk

14 And Then the World Changed Colour: Breathing Yellow, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 2 June
And Then the World Changed Colour: Breathing Yellow, is a new installation by Mariele Neudecker that was created in response to the paintings of Harald Sohlberg in the mausoleum. Neudecker’s work often explores the cross-section between the sublime natural world and human interference. Breathing Yellow takes inspiration from the dense birch trees of Norway’s forests to create a three-dimensional living landscape submerged underwater. Inspired by the rich colour Sohlberg used in his paintings and the intense yellow light of the Mausoleum – part of Sir John Soane’s original stained glass design – this fragment of a world will continue to change and evolve at different times of the day, responding to the light conditions surrounding it. Tickets £16.50 (including entry to Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway).
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

15 I saw this Coming by Andrew McIntosh at the bo.lee gallery, Peckham
Until 6 April
Continuing its 10th anniversary celebrations this month, bo.lee gallery in Peckham is hosting I saw this Coming by Andrew McIntosh (AKA Mackie). The second solo show from the artist at the gallery, the exhibition showcases the artist’s unique and atmospheric paintings, which explore the history of art with imagery of abandoned buildings. McIntosh has re-contextualised derelict buildings in south east London and the surrounding areas, while drawing on his ongoing interest in the political dispute between artists and the inevitable developments of the property market.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk

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