London Weekend: ‘Skyfall’ Duo, Ramsay Redo, Johnny Winter

Judi Dench, diving penguins, and the reopening of Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant are among Muse’s arts and leisure recommendations for London this weekend.


An encounter between the people who inspired “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” is the subject of “Peter and Alice,” starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw (reunited after “Skyfall”). At the Noel Coward Theatre on St. Martin’s Lane: or +44-844-482-5138.

As the National Theatre’s Cottesloe closes for renovation, the temporary, riverside Shed Theatre opens with family saga “Table.” Tickets are 20 pounds ($30.60) or less. Information: or +44-20-7452-3244.


Dining in Camden, north London, just got a lot better with Poppies, on Hawley Crescent. The original Poppies, in Spitalfields, is one of London’s finest fish-and-chip shops. Besides the usual choices, it has options such as prawn cocktail and lemon sole. Information: or +44-20-7267-0440.

If you’re ready to splurge this weekend, Gordon Ramsay has reopened his flagship Chelsea restaurant after giving it a new look. Michelin three-star luxury doesn’t come cheap: A la carte dining is 95 pounds ($145) plus service, while chef Clare Smith’s “seasonal inspiration” menu is 155 pounds. Information: or call +44-20-7352-4441.


Animals make the most captivating subjects in photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s exhibition, which focuses on places untouched by modernity.

He shoots penguins lining up on South Sandwich Island to dive into their ice-cold beach, and a Zambian elephant that kicks up a cloud as he charges at a jeep. “Genesis” -- also a Taschen book -- ends Sept. 8 at the Natural History Museum. Information: or +44-20-7942-5000.

The Hayward’s hit “Light Show” is extended till May 6. Don’t miss Olafur Eliasson’s “Model for a Timeless Garden,” 27 miniature fountains dancing under flickering strobe lights: or +44-844-875-0073.


Londoners get a rare chance to hear Johnny Winter, who has spent more than 40 years working up his blistering guitar solos. Winter, once compared with Jimi Hendrix with his version of “Johnny B. Goode,” is best known for his blues shows.

Sunday, O2 Shepherd’s Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT. Information: +20-8354-3300 or

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa is debuting his multimedia work “Sunken Garden” in London. The occult mystery story has words by “Cloud Atlas” novelist David Mitchell.

Staged by English National Opera at the Barbican, April 12 to April 20. Information: or +44-20-7638-8891


When the Huguenots fled French persecution more than three centuries ago, some settled in Spitalfields, east London. A just-opened festival, lasting through April 21, celebrates their legacy:

In 1913, riots broke out at the Paris premiere of the Stravinsky ballet “Rite of Spring.” As the French capital marks the centenary, Sadler’s Wells starts its own three-part tribute with the radical Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (through April 13): or +44-844-412-4300.

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

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