Plus this week's top events in town
- 18 June 2012
- by Alex Zagalsky
This week Regent's Park is taken over by foodies and TV chefs while Yoko Ono (of all people) teaches us the power of smiling...
Yoko Ono: To The Light
Let's face it, Yoko Ono isn't really one for smiling much, but ironically her latest work is all about people's grins! She invited people to upload and send images of themselves laughing and smiling to create a 'global portfolio of portraits' - basically a bit like an early 90s Benetton ad, but we like it and it brightened up our day. A good diversion during a trip to Hyde Park. Until September 9th. Serpentine Gallery. Free entry. www.serpentinegallery.org
Taste of London
Every year Regent's Park plays host to this grand scale food festival where you can sample, sip and pick up culinary tips from famous chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Michel Roux Jr, Angela Hartnett, Gary Rhodes and Raymond Blanc. Book a cooking class with Indian chef Angela Malik and then enjoy a well earned cuppa at the Wedgewood Tea Bar. There's lots to take in, so best skip breakfast! From Thursday 21st June-June 24th. Regent's Park. Tickets from £24. www.tastefestivals.com
Flawless and the English National Ballet
Britain's Got Talent finalists Flawless collaborative show with the ENB, called Against Time, promises to be an interesting juxtaposition of contemporary street dance with classical ballet. There's a plot too: something about an evil professor who wants to stop dance by freezing time - all a bit Austin Powers if you ask us! But watch the the behind-the-scenes footage and you may just be tempted to go see. June 23 & 24 June, then the show travels nationwide. Tickets from £11. New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 Broadway, London SW19.
Exhibition Road Music Day
On Saturday, London's Museum Mile will be distinctively less peaceful with music performances, workshops and classes. Performances will take place on 15 stages but make sure you catch French starlet Imany, who is currently one of our Gallic neighbours' biggest stars (her 2011 album, The Shape of a Broken Heart, went platinum over there). The event coincides with France's Fete de La Music, which encourages everyone from cafe owners to art galleries to host music events. Free. www.exhibitionroad.com