Londoner’s Diary: ‘Actors Center must still be place to take risks’

D AME Sheila Hancock has said that the Actors Center must continue to be “a place where actors can… learn and take risks”. The Centre, which Dame Sheila helped found in 1978, attracted members including Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench. As well as offering workshops and classes, “it was a … Read more

Arlo Parks at Somerset House review:

Review at a glance ISLAND ver the past year, Arlo Parks’ rise has shifted into turbo mode, and last night’s gig at Somerset House was her first and final homecoming headline show of 2022. “I’m breathing a sigh of relief, I’m home,” she said after performing her breakthrough 2018 song Cola. The gig follows a … Read more

Tems at Somerset House review: So much onstage charisma and musical talent

Review at a glance N igerian singer-songwriter Tems was performing against the odds at Somerset House. “It’s a miracle I’m here,” she admitted. A nasty bout of reflux laryngitis meant she almost wasn’t the opener for the venue’s summer concert series, but she had made it. Defiant in the face of any vocal concerns, Temilade … Read more

London’s Smaller Museums Are Hidden Jewels Worth Searching Out

A gallery employee looks at the artwork “The Holy Trinity with Saints Mary Magdalen and John the … [+] Baptist “by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli during a photocall ahead of the reopening of The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House in London on November 10, 2021. – The Courtauld Collection, which is known for its Impressionist … Read more

Highlights From Photo London 2022

The seventh edition of Photo London has opened this week at Somerset House and features 106 galleries from 18 countries. The UK’s largest photography fair presents the best historic and vintage works while also offering fresh perspectives in photography. Along with a selection of international photography dealers and galleries, Photo London’s Discovery section is dedicated … Read more

The Top 12 Exhibitions To See In February 2022

We look ahead to February’s must-see shows in London, plus one cheeky addition from outside the M25. 1. One Love: Bob Marley at Saatchi Gallery Photo: Murphy / Hershman. Saatchi Gallery has an immersive exhibition dedicated to reggae legend Bob Marley, exploring his life and legacy through photographs, memorabilia and artworks. Enter immersive rooms that … Read more

The new year gets off to the warmest start ever

B Ritain has enjoyed the hottest new year ever as the temperature rose above 16C. The Met Office said the temperature rose overnight to reach 16.5 C in Bala, Gwynedd, North Wales. A spokesman said: “This makes New Year’s Eve 2021 tentatively the hottest ever. “Despite this value occurring overnight, we use the time period … Read more