Last Chance Lovers, Lighthouse Music, London Weekend

A man and woman experience love at first sight. Or they hate each other at first sight, then get happily married. Or they cheat on each other and go through a bitter divorce.

These constant plot switches, with amusing crashes of gear along the way, make “Constellations” one of the best things on the London stage right now -- and not for much longer.

This weekend is your last chance to see Nick Payne’s romantic play starring Sally Hawkins, excellent as the space physicist Marianne, and Rafe Spall in the part of Roland, a bluff bee-keeper.

Ends tonight, Jan. 5, at Duke of York’s Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG. Information: http://www.atgtickets.com, http://www.constellationstheplay.com or +44-844-871-7615.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, a short walk from the Duke of York’s, is one of London’s finest French restaurants. The casual ground-floor L’Atelier is a beautiful room, as is the top-floor bar. L’Atelier is expensive, so it’s worth checking out the pre-theater menu, served before 6 p.m. each day. Information: http://www.joelrobuchon.co.uk/ or +44-20-7010-8600.


Constable is commonly known as a painter of quaint English country scenes.

He was so much more than that, as a Royal Academy exhibition demonstrates. His exquisite open-air sketches dominate the show: “Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape.” They foreshadow Impressionism more than anything Turner ever did.

Don’t miss his “Leaping Horse” (1825), pride of the Royal Academy, and proof on its own of the Romantic artist’s considerable gift.

Through Feb. 17 at the Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. Information: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk or +44-20-7300-8000.

Hawksmoor Air Street is an excellent new restaurant near the Royal Academy. It’s the latest addition to a mini-chain of venues focused on steak, only this time the specialty is fish -- sourced and prepared with the help of Mitch Tonks, one of the U.K.’s top seafood chefs.

Information: http://thehawksmoor.com/airstreet or +44-20-7406-3980.

Saturday Night

Hear one of the longest pieces of music you’ll ever come across. “Longplayer” started on Jan. 1, 2000 and continues for 1,000 years before starting again. The original 20-minute work, using Tibetan singing bowls and gongs, was written by musician Jem Finer of the Pogues, and repeats are controlled by a computer program that slightly changes it every time.

The original installation is sited inside London’s only lighthouse. Listeners can arrive at 11 a.m. on the weekend and stay until sundown on a winter afternoon, when the 19th-century structure is seen at its best.

Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, E14 OJW. Information: http://longplayer.org, http://www.trinitybuoywharf.com/


This weekend is your last chance to splurge on baubles made of gold, forged metal and titanium.

Dazzle -- the selling exhibition of jewelry, silver, and prints -- closes Jan. 6 in the foyer of the National Theatre, where it has been running every Christmas since 1981. There are items for all budgets.

For more information, visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover/exhibitions/dazzle or view the items online at http://www.lovedazzle.com.

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

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