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 February has to offer.
Coffee roasters extraordinaire, Caravan, have rolled out their third outpost in the chic and industrial surroundings of the Metal Box Factory on Bankside. And it ticks all the boxes. We are slightly biased as Georgie’s cousin, Noni, works for Caravan roasting their beans and making sure the coffee is some of the best around. Go for Brunch and tuck into chilli crab claw, jalapeno cornbread with smashed avocado, pork belly and kimchi pancakes plus house-made cheeses and charcuterie. Wash down with one of their famous brews from the bespoke coffee bar.
30 Great Guildford Street, SE1 OHS; 020 7101 1190
David Hockney at Tate Britain
The fastest selling exhibition in Tate’s history, the show traces Hockney’s career, from his early sketches of 1960s bohemia to unseen new work, including his paintings by iPad and iPhone. The artist’s first retrospective since 1988, it also gives a fascinating insight into his life, lived between smoky London, the rolling landscapes of Yorkshire and the verdant green of Hollywood Hills.
From 9th February – 29th May. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG; 020 7887 8888
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Imelda Staunton and Game of Thrones’ Conleth Hill lead the way in this stunning adaption of Edward Albee’s heartbreaking, modernist masterpiece. One of America’s greatest plays, this dark comedy tells the story of a university professor and his wife who invite a young couple (played by bright young things, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway) back to their house, whereupon their bitter marital games unfold, climaxing in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
22nd February – 27th May. Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN; 0844 871 7622
Fans of the BRIT Awards are in for a treat with a series of special one-off gigs counting down to the big night. Raising money for WarChild, a charity supporting children whose lives have been devastated by war, get ready for the greatest names in music performing in the coolest venues across the city – don’t miss hip hop sensation Tinie Tempah at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
14th– 24th February.
London Fashion Week
The great and the good of the fashion world are descending on The Store Studio on The Strand for an extravaganza of colour, style and fabulous-ness. With over 70 designers showcasing their autumn/winter 2017 collections, bag a ticket to a-lister favourite and queen of print, Mary Katrantzou’s show, whose dresses inspired by classical Greek murals, wowed last season.
17th-21st February. The Store Studio, 180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA