London Spy Report: January


Kettner’s Townhouse 

The iconic Kettner’s Townhouse has been given a makeover by Soho House. First established in 1867 by Auguste Kettner (rumoured to be chef to Napoleon III), the restaurant has thrilled the likes of Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde, Bing Crosby and Margaret Thatcher. The new menu is inspired by the history of the building, using locally-sourced ingredients from the UK, while the adjacent champagne bar is as pretty as a picture with newly-discovered original murals.  

Opens January 2018. 29 Romilly St, W1D 5HP


Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery  

Following an extensive two-year renovation, the Hayward Gallery is finally re-opening in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. This Southbank institution will kick things off with the first ever UK retrospective of Düsseldorf School master German photographer Andreas Gursky.  

Known for his expansive, panoramic images—one of which, Rhein II (1999) became the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction in 2011 – Gursky’s work focuses on the ‘encyclopaedia of life’, drawing attention to our changing relationship with the natural world. 

From 25th January to 22nd April 2018. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 020 3879 9555; 


Lady Windermere’s Fan at Vaudeville Theatre 

One of the most highly anticipated shows of 2018, Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly funny classic Lady Windermere’s Fanis brought to life by a brilliant cast including comedian Jennifer Saunders starring as the scandal-hungry Duchess of Berwick. It’s the day of Lady Windermere’s birthday ball and all is perfectly in order until her friends Lord Darlington and the Duchess of Berwick plant a seed of suspicion. Is Lady Windermere’s husband having an affair? And will Erlynne the other woman really attend the party? 

From 12th January to 7th April 2018. Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH. 0330 333 4814;  


London A Cappella Festival 

With a star-studded line-up of international headliners, this music festival at cultural hub Kings Place celebrates the power of the human singing voice with vocal talent from across the world. Featuring showcase performances, talks and interactive pop-ups, highlights include global jazz superstars New York Voices, world beatbox champions The Beatbox, all-female powerhouse Musae and sublime vocals from The Tallis Scholars. Little ones are not forgotten with family matinees, children’s workshops and ‘Ready Steady Sing’ masterclasses.  

24th-27th January 2018. Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490;  



The Kiln Rooms 

This ceramics studio under the railway arches in Peckham is pulling in the crowds. With a creative community feel, there’s evening and weekend courses where you can create your own pieces alongside masterclasses for professional potters. There are also opportunities to shadow staff to learn new skills and one-on-one tutorials on request. The open days should not be missed, too, with lots of handmade ceramics and quirky, bespoke pieces available to buy. Book now – there’s a three-month-long waiting list.  

Railway Arch198, Bellenden Road, SE15 4QJ. 07951 932 005; 

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