Yummy Mummy, Topless Showstopper, Holland With Moyet: Great London Weekend

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Showgirl and model Christine Keeler reclines on a sofa in 1958. The photo was taken five years before her affair with U.K. War Secretary John Profumo led to his resignation. Keeler's photos and letters are on show at the Mayor Gallery in London.

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Showgirl and model Christine Keeler reclines on a sofa in 1958. The photo was taken five years before her affair with U.K. War Secretary John Profumo led to his resignation. Keeler's photos and letters are on show at the Mayor Gallery in London. Close

Showgirl and model Christine Keeler reclines on a sofa in 1958. The photo was taken five years before her affair with... Read More

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Showgirl Christine Keeler in her stage outfit at Murray's Cabaret Club in 1960. Close

Showgirl Christine Keeler in her stage outfit at Murray's Cabaret Club in 1960.

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U.K. musician and TV presenter Jools Holland. Every year, Holland brings his boogie-woogie piano and Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to the Royal Albert Hall. Close

U.K. musician and TV presenter Jools Holland. Every year, Holland brings his boogie-woogie piano and Rhythm & Blues... Read More

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Anhai's wooden statuette of the god Osiris, c. 1,500 BC. The exhibit is on display in "Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead." Close

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A depiction of the Opening of the Mouth ritual from the Papyrus of Hunefer c. 1280 BC. The exhibit is on display in "Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead" at the British Museum. Close

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King Herihor and Queen Nodjmet adoring Osiris from the Papyrus of Nodjmet, c. 1050 BC. The exhibit is on display in Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead at the British Museum, London through March 6. Source British Museum via Bloomberg Close

King Herihor and Queen Nodjmet adoring Osiris from the Papyrus of Nodjmet, c. 1050 BC. The exhibit is on display in... Read More

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A depiction of the weighing of the heart ritual from Papyrus of Ani, c. 1275 BC. The exhibit is on display in "Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead" at the British Museum London through March 6. Close

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David Cardy in "Ghost Stories," by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. Three stories are linked by a common thread of guilt and fear. Close

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Jools Holland and Alison Moyet are joining forces to get the weekend started.

Holland -- all-around good guy, writer and TV presenter -- brings his boogie-woogie piano and Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to the Royal Albert Hall. Friday and Saturday’s shows both feature bluesy ballads from Moyet, and from Holland’s long-time soul vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Information: +44-845-401-5045; http://www.royalalberthall.com or http://www.joolsholland.com/.

Launceston Place is a charming restaurant within walking distance of the Albert Hall. Chef Tristan Welch is a rising talent, and the early evening menu is 38 pounds ($60). http://www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk/.

Saturday

A topless showgirl who wound up in the history books has memorabilia on display at the Mayor Gallery.

Christine Keeler -- whose scandalous tryst with War Secretary John Profumo sparked his resignation in 1963 -- is pictured chewing on a chicken leg, posing with a chipmunk, and baring virtually all in her gilded stage gear.

You can peruse the menu at her cabaret club, and read a letter to her family during a nine-month jail sentence, in which she dreams of turning fame into lasting fortune.

The Mayor Gallery is at 22a Cork Street, W1S 3NA. Information: http://www.mayorgallery.com or +44-20-7734-3558.

If you fancy a treat, the stylish Hakkasan Chinese restaurant has just opened a branch near Cork Street. It’s wise to book early. http://w3.hakkasan.com/

Saturday Night

Fans of the paranormal have a stage production to opt for.

“Ghost Stories” plots three everyday situations that turn creepy. A night watchman who owes his comatose daughter a visit is spooked by bumping noises he hears around the house. A scatty student with no driver’s license runs over a woman in the night. A careerist banker whose wife is away giving birth watches objects eerily fly off the nursery shelves.

“Ghost Stories” is at the Duke of Yorks Theatre: http://www.ambassadortickets.com or +44-844-871-7627.

Sunday

Ancient Egyptians tended to die at around the age of 35. So they believed, somewhat hopefully, in life after death.

Rich ones got lavish sendoffs, their bodies packed with good-luck charms, gems, and spells, as an outstanding British Museum show illustrates.

Women were no exception. The mummy of the petite Katebet is dolled up with pectoral ornaments and a gilded mask that has real rings on its carved wooden hands.

Information: http://www.britishmuseum.org or +44-20-7323-8000.

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at mbeech@bloomberg.net.

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