Pulp Reforms, Scott Thomas Melts, Spitfire Sale: London Weekend

Pulp, a U.K. rock band, has reformed after a decade to play a series of summer concerts including London's 2011 Wireless Festival. Source: Big Mouth Publicity via Bloomberg.

Cool Britannia returns to London this weekend as rock band Pulp reunites after a decade.

Hyde Park’s summer season continues with the three-day Wireless Festival, where Jarvis Cocker’s group will recall the heyday of Britpop with songs such as “Common People” and “Disco 2000.”

Friday’s lineup includes the Black Eyed Peas, Plan B and Tinie Tempah. The Chemical Brothers headline on Saturday after the Streets. Pulp tops the bill Sunday, coming after Grace Jones and TV on the Radio. There’s plenty of names off the Glastonbury roster, with less of the mud. Tickets are still available, though close to selling out for July 2 and 3.

Information: http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk.


Read the last postcard an artist sent before his death at the age of 23 in the trenches of World War I.

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska lived long enough to be recognized as one of the 20th century’s foremost sculptors. He befriended the poet Ezra Pound, and made a phallic sculpture of Pound’s head. You can see both the postcard and the head in a show about the Vorticist movement (which the artist belonged to) at Tate Britain.

Reassuringly, Gaudier-Brzeska is said to have told Pound that the sculpted head “will not look like you.”

“The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World” ends Sept. 4. Information: http://www.tate.org.uk or +44-20-7887-8888.

It’s easy to overlook the Rex Whistler Restaurant, which is hidden below Tate Britain. That’s a mistake. This establishment is famed among wine lovers for its excellent cellar and on warm summer days (if there are any) you can dine al fresco. The set lunch is 20.50 pounds ($32.80) for three courses.

Saturday Night

Kristin Scott Thomas is impossibly chic as the cheating wife in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.”

The British-born actress -- who had Yves Saint Laurent’s chief designer as wardrobe consultant -- acts out her affair in reverse chronological order. In the first scene, she awkwardly meets her former lover in a pub; in the last, she watches in amazement as he declares his everlasting love.

Scott Thomas plays the usual icy sophisticate, melting just enough to give glimpses of her feelings. Ben Miles is perfect as her publisher husband. Only the lover (Douglas Henshall) seems miscast: It’s hard to picture Scott Thomas falling for an earnest Scotsman in suede.

“Betrayal” ends Aug. 20 at the Comedy Theatre on Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN. Information: http://www.betrayaltheplay.com or +44-844-871-7622.

When going to the Comedy Theatre, it’s worth a visit to the new St John Hotel, the latest outpost of chef Fergus Henderson, famed for his nose-to-tail cuisine. The place is starkly designed, as unfussy as the dishes in its restaurant, which may include Bacon & Beans. There’s a bar tucked away in the hotel.


A two-seater World War II Spitfire, with a documented service record dating back to the 1940s, will be on sale at Masterpiece London with a guide price of 8 million pounds.

The art, antique and luxury-goods fair -- which ends on July 5 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea -- has less unwieldy items on offer, including a Vacheron Constantin watch that reproduces Chagall’s ceiling design for the Paris Opera.

Tickets cost 20 pounds. Information: http://www.masterpiecefair.com or +44-20-7499-7470.

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

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