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Pogues Run Riot, Loved-Up Ghost, Matisse Model: London Weekend


The “Ghost” scene with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze canoodling at the potter’s wheel is being recreated in a London theater.

“Ghost: The Musical” tells the story of a dashing banker who gets killed before he can marry his sweetheart. Sam still manages to keep up the romance with the help of a wacky medium.

Fancy special effects allow the banker and his ghost both to appear on stage. The medium Oda Mae has almost as much presence as Whoopi Goldberg did in the movie.

“Ghost: The Musical” is at the Piccadilly Theatre. Information: or +44-844-871-7618.

Bob Bob Ricard is a good spot for a drink or a bite to eat and it’s a five-minute walk from the theater. It’s an eccentric place, with beautiful over-the-top designs and a luxury English and Russian menu. The wine list features some of the greatest bargains in London and there’s a glamorous basement bar for cocktails. Information: or +44-20-3145-1000.


Seated and clutching a large sketchbook, Henri Matisse stares intently at the belly button of a standing model.

The French painter features in a black-and-white image by Brassai -- one in a generation of gifted Hungarian photographers who are being celebrated in a Royal Academy of Arts show.

Some, such as Andre Kertesz, used the human figure to produce arty, geometric shapes. Others used the camera to document reality.

The most arresting photojournalism came from Robert Capa, who, before stepping on a Vietnam landmine in 1954, pictured Benito Mussolini holding his nose, a German general surrendering to his foes, and a helmeted American soldier wading onto the Normandy shores.

The show ends Oct. 2. Information: or +44-20-7300-8000.

Saturday Night

The inebriated folk music of the Pogues will bring a touch of Irish madness to the usually peaceful grounds of Christopher Wren’s twin-domed Old Royal Naval College.

Shane MacGowan’s band has been touring in mainland Europe this month -- leaving London in the hands of tribute bands such as the excellent Pogue Traders. Now the frenzied dancing on Saturday night will be led by the original purveyors of “Fairytale of New York.”

The concert, which also features veteran punk group the Buzzcocks, is part of the Greenwich Summer Sessions which also includes Squeeze and Turin Brakes playing on Friday. The series ends Sunday with “Songs in the Key of London” played by stars of Spandau Ballet, UB40 and Fairground Attraction.

Old Royal Naval College, West Gate, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Information:

The Old Brewery, located within the college, is a cafe during the day and a restaurant at night, serving British food such as char-grilled Galloway sirloin steak with hand-cut chips. The bar has a menu of more than 50 beers, including Imperial Pale, which is brewed on site, and strawberry beer. Information: or +44-20-3327-1280.


“Vintage” commemorates the food, fashion, music, and design of the seven decades from the 1920s to the 1980s. On-site hair and make-up parlors will offer women visitors the choice of sporting a Louise Brooks bob or a towering beehive.

“Vintage” is at the Southbank Centre all weekend. Music will be provided by Heaven 17 (Friday), Booker T (Saturday), Sandie Shaw, 10cc and Adam Ant (Sunday). Information: or +44-20-7960-4200.

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