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Yummy Mummy, Topless Showstopper, Jools Holland: London Weekend

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Weighing of the Heart
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. Source: British Museum via Bloomberg

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- 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; or

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).


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: 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.

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: or +44-844-871-7627.


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: 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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at

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