London Spy Report: March

Each month our Lucky Onion London Spy leaves Cheltenham and the Cotswolds behind and heads for London. The Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the capital. Check out what March has to offer.

RESTAURANT

Mere

Relaxing is the name of the game here – and so is good food. MasterChef star, Samoan-born Chef, Monica Galetti and her husband, Frenchman and Sommelier, David Galetti are combining their skills and opening their first restaurant on buzzing Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia. With bar snacks, cocktails and drinks upstairs and a restaurant downstairs, there’s lots to enjoy with a seasonal market-led menu featuring a seamless mix of Monica’s lighter take on the classics and innovative new dishes.
Opens 6th March. 74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH

EXHIBITION

The American Dream at the British Museum

America continues to hit the headlines – this time, for its art. The UK’s first major exhibition to chart contemporary American printmaking, it’s a feast for the eyes from New York’s pop art scene in the early 1960s, through the rise of minimalism, conceptual art and photorealism in the 1970s, to the practices of living artists today. Don’t miss Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Diptych and African American Willie Cole’s woodcutting of a slave ship.
From 9th March – 18 June 2017. British Museum, Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG.

020 7323 8299;

www.britishmuseum.org

THEATRE

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern at The Old Vic

Daniel Radcliffe treads the boards once again. This time taking on Tom Stoppard’s most famous play about two hapless characters, Rosencrantz (Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire of Posh), courtiers of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Showing the Bard’s play from another point of view, the young double act find themselves caught up in the drama and falling increasingly out of their depth as they stumble their way in and out of the action. Brilliantly funny.
From 7th March – 29th April 2017. The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB.

0844 871 7628

www.oldvictheatre.com

MUSIC

Love Classical at Royal Albert Hall

The crème de la crème of the music world will be descending upon the gilded stage of the Royal Albert Hall for a major new 12-day festival. From Bach to Hendrix, veteran violinist, Nigel Kennedy, will be headlining along with pianist extraordinaire, Lang Lang and star trumpeter, Alison Balsom. Other excitements include: a performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra in the venue’s underground Loading Bay, filmmaker Christopher Nupen introducing a selection of his unforgettable classical documentaries and a new exploration of Indian music. And if that wasn’t enough – there’s even live yoga, accompanied by a harpist.
Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP.

020 7589 8212;

www.royalalberthall.com

SCENE STEALER

Plates at Borough Market

It’s already the place to be on weekends and now there’s another excuse to head to this hotspot with the Market’s pop-up restaurant, Plates. Using the Market’s finest seasonal ingredients and the very best produce from traders, a rotating collection of top chefs will conjure up series of simple, characterful dishes. With a menu of around 10 small plates, tuck into ‘pork rilette, pickled russet apples, apple gel’, ‘salt-baked celeriac, soused radish, beaufort cheese, walnut and sage pesto’ and ‘baked dover sole meuniere, Jerusalem artichoke, braised gem lettuce’.
Until end of March. 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9AL. 020 7407 1002

www.boroughmarket.org.uk

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