get your finger back on the pulse
Feel the need for a city fix? I’ve got good news – South West Trains have an incredible special offer on at the mo: off-peak, day returns to a long list of places throughout the UK, including London Town, for just £15 adults and £5 kids (yes, you did read that correctly), until the end of April. You have to book your ticket by midnight the day before you want to travel, either in person or online, through South West Trains.
Just a taster for what’s new in town….
Clockwise from top left:
Goosebumps Alive and Goosebumps for Kids, Weds 6 April-Sun 5 June, jump scares for all in the cavernous vaults underneath Waterloo station. goosebumpsalive.com
The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism, The Saatchi Gallery, Tues 5 April-Sun 4 September: over 550 artefacts and personal paraphenalia belonging to Mick and Co. stonesexhibitionism.com
Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum, Mon 4 April-Sat 7 May: penniless screenwriter gets caught up with the fantasy world of faded silent screen star Norma Desmond (Glen Close) at the ENO; it’s semi-staged so tickets are cheap (100 at £12). eno.org
The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, until 9 October Behind the scenes with Bagpuss, the Soup Dragon, The Clangers and Noggin the Nog. vam.ac.uk/moc
Undressed: a Brief History of Underwear, V&A 16 April-Sat 12 March, 200 garments covering the nether regions from Queen Vic’s mother’s drawers to David Beckham’s boxers. vam.ac.uk
Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979, Tate Britain, 12 April-Mon 29 August: British artists abandon traditional approaches to art and made ideas the central focus. Be inspired or enraged. tate.org.uk
You’ll need to eat, here’s a new place that caught my eye:London’s first dessert restaurant at the iconic Hotel Cafe Royal in Piccadilly has an Alice in Wonderland-inspired menu (Queen of Hearts: raspberries, champagne and roses; Eat Me, Drink me, snickers and choc milkshake) from 6.30pm. There are savoury dishes, too, if you really must. hotelcaferoyal.com