Elina’s pick: Gardens and parks in London
London is full of massive parks and hidden gardens with centuries of history that brings a different boost to the concrete city view. If the weather allows you to enjoy outdoor activities, forget the hustle and bustle, bring yourself to the blooming Regent’s Park for a nice picnic or head for a run to the untamed Hampstead Heath. Time travel back to the 12th century and find the secret garden concealing the ruins of Saint Dunstan in the East near Tower Hill or enjoy a lovely view from the top of The Hill Garden and Pergola near Golders Green tube station. You can also find greenness on the top of the buildings by visiting Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street. The best thing is that these places are free to visit.
Regent’s Park, Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park, free.
Hampstead Heath, London Borough of Camden, https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/Pages/default.aspx, free.
Saint Dunstan in the East, St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 5DD, https://secretldn.com/st-dunstan-ruin-church-garden/, free.
The Hill Garden and Pergola, The Pergola, Inverforth Cl, Hampstead, London NW3 7EX, https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/heritage/Pages/the-pergola.aspx, free.
Essi’s pick: Destiny’s Child: A 16-Piece Orchestra
Life in the city can sometimes get a little hectic. If all you can think of is bills, bills, bills and you carry on jumpin’ jumpin’ from one task to another like a true soldier, it’s time to stop for a minute. This year marks the 10th anniversary since the release of Destiny’s Child’s iconic album The Writing’s on the Wall. The band’s hits are given a new twist by Rogue Symphony, a 16-piece-orchestra formed of the most sought-after musician of the country. Complete with impressive live visuals this concert is one to make time for. If like many others you’re a bootylicious survivor of those 90’s fashion trends and tunes, this one’s for you. Grab your independent women or that perfect man you’re dangerously in love with and show them the way to the best party of the month!
Destiny’s Child: A 16-piece Orchestra, XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AW. https://reimagine.designmynight.com/5c4b34ba228d896400551c1d/destinys-child-a-16-piece-orchestra-perform-the-greatest-hits-10, 3.4.2019, 7pm – 10pm, tickets £15.
Camilla’s pick: Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919–33
London has an amazing, almost absurd amount of excellent exhibitions to choose from and sometimes it feels like the ones that have the longest run get a little forgotten. That is why I would like to recommend Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 191933 in Tate Modern. Almost a year long exhibition consists of paintings on loan from The George Economou Collection. The paintings on display are colourful, very avant garde and often unsettling. It’s a must see for those who want to take a disturbing trip through the art and history of Nazi Germany before the Second World War.
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919–33, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/magic-realism. 30 July 2018 – 14 July 2019. Admission: free
Aino-Sofia’s pick: Martin Parr: Only Human
Martin Parr’s newest exhibition Only Human is an amazing overview of Britishness. It is absurd, in your face and honest. The exhibition showcases different aspects of what makes Britain – well, Britain – from horse races to the everyday life and indifference in smaller towns during Brexit uproar. The exhibition is well curated, every room feels like you’ve stepped into another world of Britishness. Martin Parr is one of the best British photographers, whose work everyone should see.
Martin Parr: Only Human, Wolfson and Lerner Galleries, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/only-human-martin-parr/exhibition/ ,7 March – 27 May 2019, open daily 10.00 – 18.00/ Fridays until 21.00, tickets £18.00/ £16.50 (concessions)
Aura’s pick: Fevered Sleep: Men and Girls Dance
This piece brings together two very different groups of performers: men who dance professionally and girls who dance for fun. Dance has been my dearest hobby since a young age, so when I heard of this piece, it felt like someone was honouring the passion, joy and love an amateur such as myself feels for dance. I have to see this because it is about me; you should go to discover the beauty of Britain’s dance scene.
Fevered Sleep: Men & Girls Dance, The Place Theatre, 17 Duke’s Road, WC1H 9PY. https://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/fevered-sleep-0. 25.-30.4.2019, tickets: £13-20.
Text: Interns Photo: Aura Saxén