Yummy Mummy, Topless Showstopper, Jools Holland: London Weekend

Christine Keeler
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. Source: Mayor Gallery/James Birch/Theresa Simon PR via 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; 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/.


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.


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.)