“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London
all that life can afford.” —Samuel Johnson
Perennially at the forefront of cutting-edge fashion, art, literature, and music, London is never far from the spotlight. Whether it’s the eccentric street style of its denizens splashed across Facehunter or the indelible cool of an underground band on the rise, London is a place of innovators and risk-takers.
In our ode to the city —that none other than Joseph Conrad called “the biggest, and the greatest, town on earth”— we’re excited to introduce London Calling, a collection of fresh artwork by Saatchi Online artists based in the UK. Check out some of these artists below as you discover our top picks for what’s new in London.
What’s On: London
Burning Bright: Emerging Artists from Saatchi Online
Lichtenstein Retrospective at Tate Modern
London’s most exciting new modern and contemporary art fair, showcasing 129 galleries from 30 countries. March 1-3. www.artfairslondon.com. If you can’t make it to the fair, check out our London Calling collection which features several artists showing at the fair, including Geoff Diego Litherland and Leif Podhajsky.
I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. —David Bowie
David Bowie at the Victoria and Albert Museum
The first retrospective of David Bowie’s extraordinary career, featuring 300 objects from the David Bowie Archive. March 23 – August 11. www.vam.ac.uk
Culture & Cocktails
A Tale of Three Cities’ Book Swap
Sip cocktails in the Soho House basement with London’s coolest bibliophiles. Only requirement? Bring a book to exchange for another. March 4, from 8:30pm. www.taleofthree.com
Royal Horticulture Society Spring Fair Late
This 1950s-themed cocktail party showcases the best of the country’s spring flowers, as well as seasonal cocktails and locally-produced ciders, ales, and organic wines. March 26, 6-9pm. www.rhs.org.uk
This monthly series of free events at the V&A Museum presents “Eat, Ride, Sleep, Repeat” on March 29. Every last Friday of the month, 6:30-10pm. www.vam.ac.uk
A newcomer to the Soho scene, offering unique men & women’s fashion, accessories, and publications – all with an eye toward art and design. www.other-shop.com
A Magazine Curated By
The preëminent Belgian fashion magazine has tapped London-based milliner Stephen Jones to curate its latest issue, a must-read for all lovers of illustration and Anna Piaggi. www.amagazinecuratedby.com
Keith McNally’s New York classic has at long last opened a London outpost, complete with bakery. Lunch (starting March 6) and dinner. www.balthazarlondon.com
Rotary Bar and Diner
Milk & Honey’s Jonathan Downey and The Rushmore Group have soft opened their new “British diner” concept for a limited 10-month run. Opens March 1. www.rotarybardiner.com
Former French Laundry chef Tom Sellers will open his new restaurant April 9 with the hope that all patrons will bring and leave books for other guests to discover. www.restaurantstory.co.uk