LONDON SPY REPORT

THE LUCKY ONION’S NOVEMBER LONDON SPY REPORT

SCENE STEALER

Mumford & Sons already have a kudos that is hard to beat. Now, their keyboardist, Ben Lovett, has gone one achingly cool step further, opening his own live music venue, Omeara, housed within two Victorian railway arches in London Bridge. Legendary British rock band, The Pretenders, played the first gig. There are plenty more brilliant acts lined up plus talks, comedy nights, burlesque and magic shows. There’s also a speakeasy-style bar with too many tequila varieties to count and a food truck selling delicious pizza.

6 O’Meara St, London SE1 1TE.

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Image credit: Georgina Jackson

HOT RESTAURANT

Aquavit London

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This is nordic cuisine at its best. Hailing from New York, the two-Michelin star Aquavit has crossed the pond to settle down in the new St James’s Market. With a seasonal menu using locally-sourced ingredients, delights include: Duck Breast with Artichoke, Berries and Black Trumpet Mushroom’, ‘Langoustine and Lovage’ and ‘Apple and Grilled Icecream’. The Scandi-style interiors are pretty perfect, too – designed by Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki, whose portfolio includes The Ivy, Scott’s and Corrigan’s.

St James’s Market 1 Carlton Street, London SW1Y 4QQ.

MUST SEE EXHIBITION

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

With over 7,000 pieces of work, Elton John has built one of the most definitive collections of photography in the world. From documentary photography to abstraction, this major exhibition brings together 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints. All the big names are here, most notably, a stunning group of Man Ray works exhibited together for the first time, with portraits of Matisse, Picasso and Breton. Also showcased are ground-breaking photographers such as Brassai, Edward Weston, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, and Aleksandr Rodchenko.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG; From 10th November 2016 to 7th May 2017.

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DON’T MISS THEATRE

An Inspector Calls

Stephen Daldry’s masterpiece is back. Last staged at the National Theatre, where the production won more awards than any other play in history, Daldry (the Oscar-nominated Director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot) brings JB Priestley’s classic thriller to life once more. It’s as chilling as ever – as the mysterious Inspector Goole visits the Birling family, shattering their evening with his investigation into the death of a young woman.

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE; Running until 4th February 2017.

An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley Directed by Stephen Daldry Designed by Ian MacNeil Lighting Design by Rick Fisher Music by Stephen Warbeck Associate Director Julian Webber Cast: Liam Brennan Clive Francis Barbara Marten Carmela Corbett Matthew Douglas Diana Payne-Myers Hamish Riddle

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