London Spy Report: August

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 August has to offer.


The Coal Room


Housed in the former Grade II-listed ticket office of Peckham Rye station, this soon-to-be hotspot hails from the team behind the Old Spike Roastery. Featuring a 24-seater café which transforms into a bar at night, the menu will make use of the restaurant’s on-site butchery with a meat-centred menu of Dry-aged duck breasts, Mangalitsa cowboy steaks and 40 day-aged Dexter sirloin and rib. An imaginative list of house sauces will accompany such as crab apple jelly, jerk caramel and greengage and mead ketchup.

Opens mid-August. 11a Station Way, London, SE15 4RX. 0207 635 6699; 


Matisse in the Studio at The Royal Academy


This fascinating exhibition of eclectic objects from Matisse’s studio in Nice offers a rare glimpse into his personal collection as well as the paintings, drawings and sculptures it inspired. Drawn from across the world, the artist’s treasures include: Buddhist statuary from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali, African face masks and Islamic decorative art which influenced his famous sensuous series of odalisques after a trip to North Africa.

Until 12th November. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. 020 7300 8090; 


Against at the Almeida 


Ben Whishaw stars as a maverick aerospace billionaire in Pulitzer-nominated Christopher Shinn’s new play. Directed by Ian Rickson, the former head of the Royal Court, this gripping production tells of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes that God has told him to launch a rocket into space and change the world. He faces violent opposition to his plans but nothing will hold him back in his endeavours.  

From 12th August to 30th September. Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA.
020 7359 4404; 


South West Four


The mighty South West Four is back for its 14th year and shows no sign of slowing down. This bank holiday staple will see fans flock to Clapham Common once more to hear a storming line-up with some of the world’s best DJs and electronic music acts taking to the stage. Gear up for Goldie, Tinie Tempah, Groove Armada, Erick Morillo and Eric Prydz among other great names.

26th-27th August. Clapham Common. 


Zoorassic Park at London Zoo 


A new herd is arriving at London Zoo this summer – this time, dinosaurs. Take a trip via a time machine to 65 million years ago and come face to face with life-size moving dinosaurs, from the giant but gentle Brachiosaurus to the towering Tyrannosaurus Rex. There are also fun trails to complete, fossil digs to get stuck into and baby dinosaurs to meet. Serious dino-fans can continue the adventure with a sleepover in the Zoo, experiencing the sights and sounds of the animal park at night.

Until 3rd September. Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY0344 225 1826; 

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