The Dominique Ansel Bakery

The Dominique Ansel Bakery

What if I told you, you could have your cake and eat it too. For those of us with the sinful sweet tooth and the constant urge to gain approval from our social media family, a humble chef by the name Dominique Ansel has created the ultimate recipe to satisfy...

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Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Michelangelo & Sebastiano National Gallery Until 25 June 2017 Admission £18 nationalgallery.org.uk   ‘Neglected’, ‘overlooked’, ‘forgotten’, ‘unappreciated’ are just some of the words that could describe Sebastiano del Piombe (1485-1547), at the time, the achingly talented Venetian and as big a name as Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael in Rome, from...

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The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court

The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court

The Kid Stays in the Picture7 Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Until 8 April 2017 Box Office 020 7565 5000 The title is from Daryl F Zanuck’s order he bawled through his loud-speaker at the cast of the 1957 movie version of The Sun Also Rises, all of whom, including Tyrone...

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David Hockney

David Hockney

The media has become preoccupied with who ‘Britain’s Greatest Living Artist’ is. After Francis Bacon died in 1992, the hollow crown was perched precariously on Lucian Freud’s head until he died in 2011, and this was was then followed by an interregnum, while various art critics bandied around names like...

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Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London.

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London.

A decorative mosaic panel on the original facade of the V&A Museum, which is now a grand threshold for its cafe, shows a portrait of bearded John Lockwood Kipling. The terracotta panels visible on the exterior front of this Museum are also the work of Kipling. He was born in...

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Diana: Her Fashion Story

Diana: Her Fashion Story

A carpet of forget me nots, enhanced with tulips and scented narcissi, will adorn the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in springtime, to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. In summertime the reflective pool in this historic garden, so loved by the Princess, will be surrounded with white...

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Flaming June: The Making of an Icon

Flaming June: The Making of an Icon

Flaming June: The Making of an Icon. Leighton House Museum. Until 2nd April. 2017. A Victorian painting of a sleeping beauty, adorned in a diaphanous, glowing gown, seemingly made of shimmering orange sunshine, awoke the world as she posed beside the sea, apparently the Mediterranean, in her flowing classical style...

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Cantinetta Teresa: a review

Cantinetta Teresa: a review

Summary: Whether you are looking to host your next family party or find yourself at the end of a frenetic shopping escapade in Knightsbridge, you should take a look at Cantinetta Teresa. A smart, tranquil atmosphere will be waiting for you downstairs. It has an extensive Italian wine selection. Cantinetta...

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte: Così fan tutte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte: Così fan tutte

(The school for lovers) Odeon Covent Garden live stream The Royal Opera House 17 October 2016 The multi-dimensional effect of Jan Philipp Gloger’s new production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s seminal opera, created by the theatre-setting, is a triumph; given the extra dimension of the live screening, our experience in...

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Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

Trying to name famous Belgians is a popular question at pub quizzes. Some can come up with a handful, including two painters, René Magritte and Peter Paul Rubens, then maybe Eddy Merckx the five-times Tour de France winner, Adolphe Sax of ’phone fame, and then they let the side down...

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