Sugababes Sing, ‘Hair’ Redux, Grace Is Feted: London Weekend
Get a glimpse of swinging London with the revival of 1960s musical “Hair.”
Hippies in psychedelic outfits will mingle with you in the stalls as they belt out “Aquarius” and “Let the Sunshine In.” The revelry turns serious when one of them gets drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.
“Hair” is at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR. Information: on Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR. Information: http://www.hairthemusical.co.uk or call +44-844-482-5130.
“Grace Kelly: Style Icon” (through Sept. 26) plots the Philadelphia-born blonde’s journey from baby-faced fashion model to actress to royal. In short videos, you see her serenaded by Frank Sinatra one minute, then sailing off to her prince the next.
The outfits aren’t all glamorous: At a photo shoot with her royal fiance, she wore a McCall’s easy-to-sew design, unable to iron her original dress because of a power cut.
For a slice of fashion history, check out her scratched and faded Hermes handbag, dubbed “le sac Kelly” in her honor. Fashionistas now languish on waiting lists to get one.
Information: http://www.vam.ac.uk or call +44-20-7942-2000.
Join an event billed as “the bar crawl to end all bar crawls” Saturday night -- a musical marathon staged at 40 pubs and clubs across Camden Town.
The north London district, considered the home of British “indie rock,” will be swarming with fans attending the more than 100 acts on the Gaymers Cider Camden Crawl, including the Sugababes, Speech Debelle, Lostprophets, Calvin Harris, Cornershop and Teenage Fanclub.
For 44 pounds ($67.45), you’ll get a wristband giving access to the mostly small venues, starting on Saturday.
Camden town is filled with bars and restaurants. For quality British food, Market is the best. The menu is seasonal and the prices are low.
Information: http://www.marketrestaurant.co.uk, +44-20-7267-9700.
For slightly fancier fare, Chef Angela Hartnett is the woman behind York & Albany. Information: http://www.gordonramsay.com/yorkandalbany/, +44-20-7388-3344.
If you’d like to own art but find paintings overpriced, visit the London Original Print Fair on Sunday for more affordable alternatives.
The fair, held at the Royal Academy of Arts through May 3, marks its 25th anniversary by hosting 67 exhibitors offering works by artists from Rembrandt to Picasso.
Information: http://www.londonprintfair.com or +44-7439-2000.
(Farah Nayeri writes for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)