Thursday Lunchtime Concerts
St John’s Smith Square
Introduce some culture to your lunch hour (if only so you can show off to your colleagues) with the Thursday Lunchtime Concert series at St John’s, Smith Square. Our pick is award-winning violinist Mathilde Milwidsky, who will be playing mostly Norwegian folk melodies from the likes of Grieg and Bartók on 19 April.
Tickets £10, concert starts at 1.05pm. St John’s, Smith Square SW1P 3HA; sjss.org.uk. Picture by Donald van Hasselt.
Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin
The Other Palace
A history lesson like no other, A Cabaret about Gin is a hysterical homage to Britain’s favourite tipple from Australian cabaret duo Mother’s Ruin. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed touring show when it comes to The Other Palace theatre later this month.
April 17-21, The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace Street SW1E 5JA; theotherpalace.co.uk
ROH Live: Macbeth
Something wicked this way comes at Curzon Victoria, which will be screening Verdi’s Macbeth live from the Royal Opera House this April. Political ambition, superstition and good old fashioned murder – Shakespeare's classic tragedy has lost none of its bite since it was first performed in 1606, with Verdi calling it ‘one of the greatest creations of man’.
Live screening on Wednesday 4 April at 7.15pm and encore screening on Sunday 8 April at 2pm. Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria St SW1E 6QW; curzoncinemas.com. Image by AKA, (C) ROH.
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
Tate Britain’s major exhibition is the first of its kind to showcase the work of the influential artists who fled from France to Britain during the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s. Depictions of the British capital during this time come in many forms: from Pissarro’s bucolic cricket scenes to Monet’s ethereal paintings of the Houses of Parliament.
£19.70, free for members. Exhibition finishes on 7 May 2018. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk. Image Houses of Parliament, sunlight effect by Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Walking Tour: Hidden Stories of St James’s Park
St James’s Park
As the oldest of London’s Royal Parks, St James’s has history and character in spades. Join this fun and informal guided tour on Friday 27 April to discover the story behind iconic locations in St James’s such as The Mall and Horse Guards Parade. The tour will finish with a feeding of the park’s resident cheeky pelicans.
£10, the tour takes place between 1:15 – 2:45; royalparks.org.uk. Image by Paula Redmond/The Royal Parks.