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London Art Fair
Mary Stuart
London Visions
London Model Engineering Exhibition
Lumiere London
Winter Lights Festival
Winter Happiness Festival
Silver Screen Science Fiction: Ex Machina
Opera Weekender
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Lumiere London

 

Various Venues Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Jan 2018

 

A huge success when it lit up London for the first time two years ago, the Lumiere festival of light is back. Produced by Artichoke, the grand spectacle will run for four nights in January and see illuminations and animations projected at different locations throughout London including the West End and King's Cross, Westminster Abbey and the National Theatre, with new destinations Covent Garden, Victoria, the South Bank and Waterloo added. More than a million people came to see the spectacle last time. This time it's bigger and brighter, with more than 40 interactive installations and light works transforming London into a big nocturnal outdoor exhibition. The perfect way to inject some sparkle into the city after the Christmas lights have come down.

 
 
 

London Art Fair

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 17th to 21st Jan 2018

 

Now in its 30th year, the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre shows no signs of losing its cutting edge. Whether you're buying or just looking you'll have over a hundred of London's best galleries to browse through. This year, five leading contemporary artists - Sonia Boyce, Mat Collishaw, Haroon Mirza, Oscar Murillo and Rose Wylie - select works from Art UK for one-off exhibition within the fair. Talks and tours hosted are by leading experts from Sotheby's and the like and it's open late on Thursday - stop by after work for an insightful programme of talks, tours and performance.

 
 
 

Winter Lights Festival

Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park, London, E14 5AG

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 

Dates: 16th to 27th January 2018

 

Brightening the darkest January days, the Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf brings an array of illuminated installations to the city. The interactive festival - where you can actually get up close to the light sources - includes 30 sculptures, lasers, projections and digital art. Works include Sonic Light Bubble, a six-metre wide living, breath installation; Halo, a giant levitating halo; Apparatus Florius, a multi-coloured light installation featuring giant geometric patterns; and On Your Wavelength, an interactive light and music sculpture that is controlled by your mind.

 
 
 

Mary Stuart

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th January to 31st March 2018

 

Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trade the central roles of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, deciding who gets which part with a toss of a coin ahead of each performance. Following its critically acclaimed run at the unstoppable Almeida Theatre, Robert Icke's adaptation of Friedrich Schiller's political tragedy Mary Stuart gets a West End transfer. Set during some of British history's most crucial days, the drama centres on the lives of the two queens - one in power, one in prison.

 
 
 

London Visions

Museum of London, 150 Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station , St. Paul's Station

 

Dates: 19th January to 15th April 2018

 

See London through a crystal ball. The Museum of London presents London Visions, fantastical future scenarios of the city. Artists, architects and designers have come up with exaggerated visions of the future based on climate change, how we might work, everyday life, politics and possible cityscapes. 'Flooded London', for example, imagines sea levels rising to such an extent in 2090 that they have flooded the city and depicts a "tranquil utopia". 'In the Robot Skies: A Drone Love Story', a series shot entirely through autonomous drones on autopilot, speculates on the future of drones and touches on the boundaries between surveillance and privacy. This free, futuristic display is part of the museum's year-long City Now City Future season.

 
 
 
 

Winter Happiness Festival

Museum of Happiness, Arlington House, 220 Arlington Road, London, NW1 7HE

Tube: Camden Town Station , Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 20th January to 4th February 2018

 

Get rid of your January blues this weekend with the help of the Winter Happiness Festival. Taking place at the Museum of Happiness in Camden, it's designed to provide a playful, kind and relaxing environment that will brighten up your day. Dive into a ball pit, filled with over 30,000 balls, explore what happiness means to you with interactive exhibits, get creative with mindful colouring, and take part in a spot of silliness with a fancy dress photo point. Special weekend activities include laughing yoga with author Joe Hoare, confidence building with Dolly May, a Beyonce dance class with Kate Weiler and happy hip hop with the Rap Association.

 
 
 

First Amongst Equals

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 16th January 2018 to 13th January 2019

 

The Foundling Museum celebrates the remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society with year-long exhibition First Amongst Equals. Spanning 300 years of social history, culture and philanthropy, the exhibition sees seven women who achieved firsts in their fields select objects from the museum's collection that mean something to them. Those picking the objects include Maria Balshaw (first female Director of Tate); Moira Cameron (first female Beefeater, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London); Baroness Hale of Richmond (first female President of the Supreme Court); and Joanne Moore (first female tailor to have a men's tailoring business on Saville Row).

 
 
 

Silver Screen Science Fiction: Ex Machina

Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: Saturday 20th January 2018

 

The Royal Observatory presents a special screening of Ex Machina for Silver Screen Science Fiction. Screened in the Peter Harrison Planetarium, the screening of the science fiction thriller will be followed by a short talk on the science behind the fiction by a Royal Observatory astronomer. The film follows competition winner, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), when he gets the chance to spend a week with tech genius and reclusive billionaire Nathan (Oscar Isaac). However, after Nathan introduces his to a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence things get very dark. Cinema style stacks and beverages will be on sale before the show.

 
 
 

London Model Engineering Exhibition

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st January 2018

 

Over 14,000 model engineers, craftsmen and model making enthusiasts typically visit the London Model Engineering Exhibition - the South's largest model engineering exhibition. Returning to Alexandra Palace this January, it celebrates its 21st year in 2018 and sees more than fifty clubs and societies present at the event, showcasing over 2,000 models. See demonstrations of all sorts of models and toys from remote controlled helicopters to trucks and tanks at this key event for specialist suppliers who will be on hand to provide everything needed for visitors' hobbies.

 
 
 

Opera Weekender

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st January 2018

 

The V&A presents its second Opera Weekender in January, offering two days of free performances, pop-up events, talks and screenings in celebration of the Opera: Passion, Power & Politics exhibition. Events include a look at what the future holds for opera in the digital age, a Magic Butterfly VR experience from the Welsh National Opera, a look at how The Phantom of the Opera has inspired and infiltrated cultures around the world, and a showing of IMPALED from the award-winning Brighton Theatre.

 
 
 

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