Lang Lang Sprints, Outdoor Gershwin, War Images: London Weekend

Don McCullin
A homeless Irishman in Spitalfields, East London, is pictured in a 1969 photograph by Don McCullin. McCullin has a display of his works at Tate Britain through March 2012. Photographer: Don McCullin/Eric and Louise Franck Collection/Tate via Bloomberg

King Creosote is playing in London. It’s time to find out what all the fuss is about.

Kenny Anderson, a Scottish singer-songwriter, built up a following as he released more than 40 CDs to mild praise. Under the Creosote stage name, he joined with English musician Jon Hopkins to make “Diamond Mine,” an album that was nominated in July for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize and has now sold more than 12,000 copies.

The duo’s hypnotic mix of folk and ambient music is seductive on songs like “Bubble” and “Running on Fumes.”

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Information: or +44-20-7960-4200.

Canteen is an informal all-day restaurant near Queen Elizabeth Hall, serving British favorites such as sausage and mash with onion gravy, and strawberry-and-almond trifle. It’s unpretentious, inexpensive and also offers a range of ales.

Information: +44-845-686-1122 or


It’s your last chance to catch a summer musical at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The outdoor arena is winding up its run with George and Ira Gershwin’s “Crazy for You.”

The fun show, about a U.S. banker who loves Broadway, is given bright direction by Timothy Sheader. Veteran Sean Palmer leads an all-singing, all-dancing cast.

“Crazy for You” is at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Westminster, NW1 4NS. The run ends on Saturday, with performances at 2:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Information: or +44-844-826-4242.

Saturday Night

Let’s hope Lang Lang has a swift pair of running shoes.

The piano prodigy will become the first artist to perform in both Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall for the last night of the Proms. He’ll play Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody in A Minor in the park, then sprint over to the hall to perform the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major.

Also on the program: Elgar’s “Land of Hope and Glory,” the national anthem, and lots of jubilant flag waving.

Information: or +44-845-401-5040.


Uniformed East German guards peer out from behind barbed wire and a section of the Berlin Wall.

The 1961 photograph by Don McCullin, taken at the height of the Cold War, is a stark reminder of the terrifying standoff that long held the world on the verge of nuclear meltdown. It’s part of a new display at Tate Britain.

Other highlights in the show, which is supported by BP Plc, are the hungry faces of the homeless in London’s now-fashionable East End, and McCullin’s fine Somerset landscapes.

The display leaves you wanting more. The good news is, it’s free, and runs through March 4, 2012.

Information: or +44-20-7887-8888.

Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler restaurant has beautiful murals and a wine list that’s among the best in the U.K. In fine weather, al fresco dining here is a joy. The set lunch is 20.50 pounds ($32.80) for three courses. It’s worth having a meal rather than just grabbing a snack in the cafeteria. Information: +44-20-7887-8825 or

(Farah Nayeri and Mark Beech write for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

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