Curious to sample the latest dining craze? Then visit one of London’s many supper clubs. Introduced to the UK in the 1930s as an alternative to restaurants, these ticketed dining events in unique settings are enjoying a revival as London’s appetite for immersive and intimate food experiences grows. Since 2010, Gingerline has led the way in secret location feasting in the capital. The latest Chambers of Flavour V2.0 invites guests to enter ‘The Machine’ for a theatrical feast. Expect ﬁve ‘parallel dining realities’ containing a tastebud-tingling course. Warning: this is not for the cautious – the menu is a secret and you are immersed in a performance (check for dates; www.chambersofflavour.co.uk). Forget popcorn – the perfect thing to accompany a movie is a dinner inspired by the ﬁlm you’re watching.
The cinema-supper club KinoVino does just that, bringing together chefs and international arthouse ﬁlms. This month it celebrates Italy with I am Love followed by an Italian meal from Rome-based food writer and chef Rachel Roddy (15 May; www.kinovino.org). Most people use the Tube to get around, but how many can say they’ve dined in a carriage? At The Underground Supper Club, you’ll sit in a stationary decommissioned 1967 train carriage for a four-course dinner made by a leading chef, such as Shiann Stuiver from Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social (18-20 & 25-27 May; www.basementgalley.com). Good food meets art at The Gramounce, a supper club in a gallery. Set up by artists to help fund their craft, these events serve dishes inspired by the artworks on display.
This fun seafood restaurant serves American classics inspired by the ﬁlm Forrest Gump. Daily L & D. ££. Unit 75 Trocadero, 13 Coventry St, W1D 7AB. T: 020-3763 5288. www.bubbagump shrimp.co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Enjoy charruscaria (barbecued meat) and great cocktails. Daily D. £-££. 168 Sussex Gardens, W2 1TP. T: 020-7402 3456. www.desejodobrazilrestaurant.com. Station: Paddington. D4.
Cult Italian burgers in this department store. Daily L & D (Mon-Sat closes 8pm; Thur 9pm; Sun 6pm). £. John Lewis, 300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX. T: 020-7499 8296. www.hamholyburger.co.uk. Station: Oxford Circus. B5.
London’s original burger joint has lots of music memorabilia on display. Daily L & D. ££. 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ. T: 020-7514 1700. www.hard rock.com. Station: Hyde Park Corner. E8.
Rise up to the 32nd ﬂoor of The Shard for New York-style rotisserie/grill cuisine and amazing views. Daily L & D. £££. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-7268 6700. www.oblix restaurant.com. Station: London Bridge. E10.
This laid-back burger joint is popular for its upbeat atmosphere and mouthwatering burgers. Daily L & D. £. 54 James St, W1U 1HE (and branches). T: 020-7487 3188. www.patty andbun.co.uk. Station: Bond Street. B4.
Enjoy burgers, pizzas and cocktails. Check out its movie memorabilia, too. Daily L & D (bar to 1am). ££. 57-60 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QX. T: 020-7287 1000. www.planethollywood london.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Busy all-day diner in a mock rainforest jungle with life-size animatronic animals, and a fun menu that caters to everyone. Daily L & D. ££. 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EU. T: 020-7434 3111. www.therainforestcafe.co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E3.
This bustling Peruvian restaurant offers vibrant sharing plates. Daily L & D. ££. 1st Floor, Kingly Court, W1B 5PW. T: 020-7842 8540. www.senor- ceviche.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. C5.
Head up to level 31 of The Shard for modern British food and amazing views. Daily B, L & D. £££. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY. T: 020-3011 1256. www.aquashard.co.uk. Station: London Bridge. E10.
In the basement of this Palladian church, the café serves good food at reasonable prices. Mon-Sat B, L & D; Sun L. £. St Martin-in-the-Fields, corner of Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1158. www.smitf.org. Station: Charing Cross. D7.
This intimate restaurant specialises in ﬁne British cuisine. Daily B, L & D. £££. The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL. T: 020-7917 1000. www.milestonehotel.com. Station: High Street Kensington. Off map.
Enjoy popular British dishes, plus pizzas and a salad bar. Daily B, L & D. ££. 19 Irving St, WC2H 7AU (and branches). T: 020-7930 8087. www.garfunkels.co.uk. Station: Leicester Square. E7.
Located in the Royal Garden Hotel London, this uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Daily B, L & D. ££. 2-24 Kensington High St, W8 4PT. T: 020-7361 1999. www.parkterracerestaurant.co.uk. Station: High Street Kensington. Off map.
Brasserie-style dishes in this ornate dining room. Daily B, L & D. ££. Upper Concourse, St Pancras International, N1C 4QL. T: 020-7870 9900. www. searcys.co.uk. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras. C8.
Enjoy excellent British dishes, including burgers, steaks and terrine boards. Daily L & D. ££. 29-31 Wellington St, WC2E 7DB (and Chelsea branch). T: 020-7836 8836. www.sophiessteakhouse.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
This modern venue serves luxury ingredients, such as Wagyu beef. Daily L; Mon-Sat D to 8pm. £££. 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-3819 8888. www.chaiwu.co.uk. Station: Knightsbridge. F5.
Michelin-starred Chinese fusion food. Daily L & D. £££. 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD (and Mayfair branch). T: 020-7927 7000. www.hakkasan.com. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
Enjoy superb food and views Hyde Park. Daily L & D. £££. Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High St, W8 4PT. T: 020-7361 1988. www.minjiang.co.uk. Station: High Street Kensington. F3.
2. Visit KYOTO STATION, considered one of the largest in the world, for its striking architecture. The futuristic 15-storey structure of immaculate glass and steel features a museum, restaurants, a theatre and even a sky garden with a pleasant view of the city; you could be at leisure here all day (www.kyoto.wjr-isetan.co.jp) .
3. Take a quick tour inside NISHIJIN TEXTILE CENTRE to explore Kyoto’s history of textile production, the legacy of the kimono and the craftsmanship of elaborate weaving. A kimono fashion show, a demo of silk weaving on traditional looms, and a look-see at silk worms producing shiny thread are on the menu (www.nishijin.or.jp; Horikawa Imadegawa Minamiiru, Kamigyo-ku; 9am – 5pm).
4. Find yourself a quiet corner in one of Kyoto’s 1,000-plus TEMPLES AND SHRINES. With fewer visitors and locals, afternoons are a great time to visit the magnificent grounds and Zen gardens. Many of the city’s best gardens can be found within temple grounds. The vast Fushimi Inari-Taisha complex offers five shrines, a hundred stone foxes, miniature shrines and graveyards (68, Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa; dawn – dusk) . With a grove of over 2,000 trees, the Kitano Tenman-go shrine is ‘‘in bloom” in early March, and it is also one of Kyoto’s ‘autumn colour spots’ (www.kitanotenmangu.or.jp; Bakuro-cho; check website for timings).
5. Walk into the lush green world of the unique ARASHIYAMA BAMBOO GROVE. Stand among the towering stalks as they sway in the wind in a subdued cacophony (www.jnto.go.jp; Ogurayama, Saga, Ukyo-ku; dawn – dusk) .
One of Asia’s longest-running hotels and a Burmese institution since the early days of Empire, The Strand has reopened in Yangon, Myanmar, after major renovations. Here we chart its riches-to-rags and back-to-riches story…
Yangon (then called Rangoon) is developed as the capital of British Burma. Work begins on the structures of the Empire: Government House, the law courts and the building that would become The Strand, offering a place for officers, adventurers and traders to meet and unwind.
Under the Sarkies brothers (left), hoteliers who also founded the Raffles in Singapore, the 60-room, three-storey Strand hotel officially opens its doors and becomes known as ‘the finest hostelry east of Suez’, with lofty verandahs to keep guests cool and Strand Sours to keep them well lubricated.
The hotel becomes the epicentre of social life in colonial Yangon. Notable guests include Orson Welles and Noel Coward (above), who went on to pen the famous lyrics, ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it.’
During World War II, the hotel is used to stable the horses of the Japanese cavalry. A bomb plunges through the roof, but, fortunately, fails to explode, leaving the décor largely intact.
As Burma closes itself to the outside world, the hotel is nationalised and falls into disrepair. Staying in the 1970s, Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler wrote in the first edition guidebook, “By 11pm, you are likely to be feeling pretty lonely in the lounge, just the occasional Strand rat scampering across the floor to keep you company.”
After a major facelift at the end of the 1980s, The Strand, in the following decades, welcomes a trickle of famous international visitors, including Baz Luhrmann and Mick Jagger (above).
The Strand is restored to its full former glory, with inlaid marble flooring, lacquer ceiling fans and antique Burmese furniture. The bar, with its teakwood panelling and leather seating, is renamed The Sarkies, in honour of the hotel’s founding brothers.
The dense jungles of our favourite childhood story still tremble with Shere Khan’s roar and ring with the tunes of the Bare necessities. Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh embodies the green paradise that Mowgli and his friends capered in – it was, after all, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. And certainly, the tigers here are not any less fierce, the foliage any less dense and the species of jungle cats any less abundant than in that classic book. Enter the famous Baghin Nala – if you dare – and try to spot Collarwali, Pench National Park’s resident celebrity tiger, who headlined in the popular documentary series Spy in the Jungle.
If you don’t see Her Majesty, don’t fret; there are many other majestic predators to watch out for from among the park’s population of leopards, wolves, wild dogs, hyenas and jackals. This spacious park also has the highest density of herbivores in India, with Indian bison, cheetal, sambar, nilgai, wild pigs, sloth bears, chousinghas, chinkaras, barking deer, porcupines and more. Other points of interest include Pench Reservoir, whose still waters are graced by the Brahminy duck, pochards, barheaded geese and coots, and over 285 resident and migratory birds that spend time here; and Sitaghat, where exotic birds glide over the tranquil Pench River. Squint into the leafy curtains of the Piyorthadi outcrop; be still as a mouse as you seek out the elusive leopard and quiver in anticipation as you hear the distant vultures scream as they swoop down over their prey.
There is also a variety of options for accommodation that allows you to luxuriate in the lap of nature while still affording a true jungle experience. Enjoy a pleasant stay in the cooler months and make sure to check out the Wildlife Tour Packages for the best deals.
Season: Oct 16 – Jun 30
Closest airport: Nagpur Airport (117km)
Panchmarhi, the queen of Satpura, sits atop her throne in the upper reaches of the Hoshangabad District in Madhya Pradesh. Perched 1,000m above sea level, she won’t take any less than awe-inspired wonderment from all those who look upon her beauty. And for those who make the extra effort, she pours forth crystal-clear waterfalls, scenic forests and unique wildlife. Panchmarhi is known as ‘Satpura-ki-rani’, and is considered to be the highest point in Central India. It forms a part of the larger Satpura National Park, which is home to a delightful variety of bird species, as well as the majestic tiger. Wildlife-lovers will revel in exploring this beautiful UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve, which is also home to a wonderful range of fauna.
Panchmarhi reveals her wealth of history in cave paintings and legends – the Pandavas are believed to have stayed here during their exile. Ancient paintings can be found at the famous Pandav Caves. Lush gardens welcome visitors as they enter these Buddhist caves, some supposedly hewn as early as the 1st century ADE. Priyadarshini or Forsyth Point has stunning views of rolling hills and misty mountains, and the waterfalls in Panchmarhi are another beautiful sight to behold. Jamuna Prapat might cause you to lose the ability to speak, while an exhilarating 10-minute trek will lead you to a steep drop and Rajat Prapat.
An impressive ravine with dramatically steep sides and a 300m precipice, Handi Koh is also an exciting place to visit. A great spot to picnic at with family is Apsara Vihar, which has a shallow pool that makes the perfect backdrop to a visit. This beautiful landscape further abounds in exciting trekking trails and sunset points; it bewitches all kinds of travellers.
They say the bagh, or tiger, can strike its victims dead with just one swipe of a paw. This majestic animal is as deadly as it is beautiful. With its population of the regal tiger, Kanha National Park offers the chance for a glorious sighting on a jeep safari. The adrenaline filled euphoria at being on the lookout for the wild ferocious beast is very different. On safari, you might also catch a glimpse of bison, gaur, sambar, chital, black buck, jackal fox, black deer and many others.
A faint rustle, the slightest snapping of a twig will have you whipping around trying to spot the elusive animal. In the open grassy meadows you are likely to see the park’s herds of barasingha (or swamp deer) in all their horned beauty. Their grace and agility as they lope across the landscape may surprise you. In the cold winter months, you may hear their husky alarm calls as they run from the mighty tiger and her cubs. It is possible to see leopard as well, if you get lucky, although the park’s tour guides make no promises. The rare few who do behold this sight however, get a special view of the animal in all its spotted splendour. Also look out for the panther, sleek and deadly like Bagheera in The Jungle Book. And, no matter what, do not forget your binoculars, as these will be your eyes into a hidden world of feathered fowl. Home to more than 300 bird species, the park offers views of storks, teals, pintails, egrets, pond herons, peacocks, cuckoos and more.
Season: Oct 16 – Jun 30
Closest airport: While Jabalpur Airport is closer (165km), Nagpur’s airport (280km) has more frequent (and cheaper) flights.
Carnaby Street in the 1960s was more like a catwalk than a shopping area. Loud music played from brightly coloured shops and people would wear the latest trends from mod gear to mini skirts. The street attracted a new demographic – teenagers – who wanted to imitate the famous faces that shopped there, such as model Twiggy, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. The Kinks have namechecked the street in Dedicated Follower of Fashion, it had its own stage show Carnaby Street: The Musical and featured in the hit ﬁ lm Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Carnaby Street – and its 13 surrounding streets – will be swinging once more with the Carnaby Style Night (4 May; 5pm-9pm; p. 79). Join the party as shops have DJs playing in store and plenty of exclusive off ers: get a haircut for free at Johnny’s Chop Shop; enjoy live music at Moscot; Illamasqua has a drag queen-inspired ‘Men in Make-up’ event; there are free yoga classes at triyoga; free food and drink at Fred Perry and you can customise your trainers at Superga. The best-dressed fashionistas will be rewarded with a goodie bag worth £200. If all that shopping makes you hungry, head to one of the many nearby restaurants and bars, which are off ering discounts as part of the event. Long may Carnaby Street swing!
Once the domain of 1960s mods and rockers, these days the area appeals to the fashionable set, with sports-inspired stores and independent boutiques. Station: Oxford Circus. B5.
This former vegetable market is now a popular centre for arts, crafts stalls, plus restaurants, cafés and pubs. Station: Covent Garden. B/C6.
High-street names and boutiques, plus adjacent Duke of York’s Square is great for fashion and antiques. Station: Sloane Square. Off map. KNIGHTSBRIDGE A designer shopping area including iconic department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Station: Knightsbridge. Off map.
Europe’s busiest shopping street has major department stores and popular high-street chains. Station: Oxford Circus/Bond Street/ Marble Arch. B4/5/6.
A serious shopping spot ﬁlled with excellent boutiques ranging from fashion and antiques through to jewellery, and the famous Portobello Market. Station: Notting Hill Gate/ Westbourne Grove. Off map.
Prestigious retail area with stores including Apple, Liberty, Swarovski, Burberry and the ﬁrst British Ferrari shop. Station: Oxford Circus/ Piccadilly Circus. B/C5.
One of London’s most famous and exclusive streets, great for gentlemen and full of bespoke tailors. Station: Piccadilly Circus. C5.
A popular destination for foodies. Food stalls Mon- Tue 10am-5pm; full market Wed-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 8am-5pm. 8 Southwark St, SE1 1TL. T: 020-7407 1002. www.boroughmarket. org.uk. Station: London Bridge. C8.
Vintage shops and weekend stalls selling everything from antique furniture to books. Some shops open daily; market Sun 10am-5pm. Brick Lane, E1 6PU. T: 020-7364 1717. www.visit bricklane.org. Station: Aldgate East. Off map.
Find retro clothes, jewellery and antiques and a range of street food. Open daily 10am-6pm. Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AF. T: 020-3763 9999. www.camdenlockmarket.com. Station: Camden Town. Off map.
Charming covered market and courtyard. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Church St, SE10 9HZ. T: 020-8269 5096. www.greenwich marketlondon.com. Station: Cutty Sark. Off map.
The world’s largest retailer of ﬁne antique silver. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-1pm. Chancery Lane, WC2A 1QS. T: 020-7242 3844. www.the silvervaults.com. Station: Chancery Lane. B7.
Indoor market with a mix of stalls, including fashion on Sat 11am-5pm. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm. Brushﬁeld St, E1 6AA. T: 0207247 8556. www.oldspitalﬁeldsmarket.com. Station: Liverpool Street. B9.
Stalls in the church courtyard sell food (Mon), antiques (Tue) and arts and crafts (Wed-Sat). Mon 11am-5pm; Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. T: 020-7734 4511. www.piccadilly-market.co.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. C5.
Browse stalls specialising in antiques, curiosities and art. Busiest on Sat. Fri-Sat 9am-5pm. Portobello Rd, W10 5TA. www.portobelloroad. co.uk. Station: Notting Hill Gate. Off map.
The game of rugby can be confusing. In England, as well as in many other countries, we’ve got Rugby Union with 15 players, Rugby League with 13 players playing with different rules, and Rugby Sevens, which made its Olympic debut in Rio last year. It’s this version that presents an exciting weekend at the prestigious Twickenham Stadium. HSBC London Sevens ‘Feast of Rugby’ (20-21 May; p. 77) is the ﬁnal event of 10 in the World Rugby Sevens Series, which has been played in venues as far aﬁeld as Sydney, Dubai and Las Vegas. Seventeen nations take part in the competition, which boasts a fast and furious pace that marks out Rugby Sevens as an exciting spectator sport.
As well as the on-ﬁeld events, Twickenham puts on a festival experience complete with international gourmet street food and live entertainment. There’s also another event at Twickenham: the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final (27 May). For the 15th year, England’s top two teams face off in a mighty battle to be crowned premiership champions – and what an epic occasion it promises to be. To further celebrate the 15-year milestone of the ﬁnal, a list of the Greatest Final XV has been compiled. It has been selected from England’s all-time top club players and includes du Plessis, Corry, Dallaglio and Tuilagi. Heavyweight stars indeed!
The Dutch darts wizard Michael van Gerwen aims to retain his title at this year’s Betway Premier League at The O2 (18 May). See the world’s top 10 players compete for the trophy, including Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, who is aiming to win his seventh title since 2005. Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX.
Top men’s and women’s teams compete to be top dog in the BBL Basketball Play-off Finals (14 May). In an exciting end to the league season, The O2 showcases the two ﬁnals in one afternoon, together with music, cheerleaders and courtside fun. Can our London Lions do the city proud? Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX.
Whether it features last year’s winners Manchester United or a dark horse, the Emirates FA Cup Final (27 May) is bound to be an electrifying event. In addition to the 90,000 watching at Wembley Stadium, it’s also beamed live to TVs across the globe – after all, this is famous for being the world’s longest-running football competition.
7 May: England vs Ireland. 17 May: Middlesex vs Somerset. 19-22 May: Middlesex vs Surrey. 29 May: England vs South Africa. Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Rd, NW8 8QN. T: 020-7616 8500. www.lords.org. Station: St John’s Wood. A2.
13 May: SSE Women’s FA Cup Final. 20 May: League One Play-off Final. 27 May: Emirates FA Cup Final. 28 May: League Two Play-off Final. 29 May: Championship Play-off Final. Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800169 2007. www.wembleystadium.com. Station: Wembley Stadium/Wembley Park. Off map. • Premier League ﬁxtures (subject to change). For cup matches, please check website for listings. 7 May: Arsenal vs Manchester United. 21 May: Arsenal vs Everton. Emirates Stadium, 75 Drayton Park, N5 1BU. T: 020-7619 5000. www.arsenal.com. Station: Holloway Road/ Arsenal/Finsbury Park. Off map.
8 May: Chelsea vs Middlesborough. 21 May: Chelsea vs Sunderland. Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS. T: 0871-9841 955. www.chelsea fc.com. Station: Fulham Broadway. Off map.
20-21 May: HSBC London Sevens. 27 May: Aviva Premiership Rugby Final. Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Rd, TW2 7BA. T: 08440-847 2492. www.englandrugby.com. Station: Twickenham. Off map.
ARSENAL STADIUM TOURS & MUSEUM
Self-guided audio tours and Legends Tour. Audio tour and museum adult £20; child £10. Legends Tour adult from £40; child £20. Museum only adult £8; child £5. See Football for address.
Check for times. Tour and museum adult £22 (£19 online); child £13. Museum only adult £11; child £9. See Football for address.
The home of cricket houses the world’s oldest sporting museum. Tour £20; child £12. Museum only adult £8; child £5. See Cricket for address.
Tours Tue-Sun; check for times and prices. See Rugby Union for address.
Go behind the scenes of the UK’s largest sports and music venue. Have your photo taken with a replica of the FA Cup and see the dressing rooms. Check for availability. Pre-booked adult £18; child £11. Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WS. T: 0800169 9933. www.wembleystadium.com/ tours. Station: Wembley Park. Off map.
WIMBLEDON TENNIS MUSEUM & TOUR
See the 1887 men’s singles trophy. Daily 10am5pm. Check for prices. Child free with adult. All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020-8946 6131. www.wimbledon.com/ museum. Station: Southﬁelds. Off map.
The crème de la crème of track and ﬁeld compete at the World ParaAthletics Championships (14-23 Jul) and the IAAF World Championships (4-13 Aug; www.london2017athletics.com), both of which are taking place at London’s Olympic Stadium. These will be the venue’s largest events since it hosted the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and just as prestigious. See if GB’s gold medal-winning para-athletes Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft can retain their top spot, plus enjoy what might be the last time we’ll ever see the legends Mo Farah and Usain Bolt compete on the international stage before they retire.
The best two teams in Europe face each other in the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff (3 Jun) – making this the ﬁrst time the contest’s decider has been held in the Welsh capital. The 75,000-capacity Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) is more accustomed to Wales’ rugby or football international matches, so winning the bid for this European ﬁxture was a huge coup. It’s one of the world’s most widely viewed sporting events of the year, with TV ﬁgures of 180 million viewers in 200 countries.
The proudest man on the night will probably be Wales’ very own Ian Rush, who won trophies for Liverpool FC and is the ambassador for the ﬁnal. It’s not yet conﬁrmed if any English club will make it to the Champions League Final – but there will be, for sure, at the Emirates FA Cup Final held at Wembley Stadium (27 May; www.wembleystadium.com). It’s been played here almost every year since 1923. As May is also the ﬁnal month of the football league, it also means tense promotion play-off ﬁnals for the lower three leagues, where jubilation meets heartbreak for players and fans alike. The play-off ﬁnal for promotion from the Championship to the Premier League (29 May) is billed as the richest match in football, and is worth an estimated £200m to the winners.
The unmistakable sound of leather on willow is a quintessential soundtrack of an English summer’s day, with Lord’s Cricket Ground (www.lords.org), the granddaddy of them all, located here in London. The season kicks off in May with two One-Day Internationals, with England vs Ireland (7 May) and then against the highly regarded South Africa (29 May). Later, the Test Match season sees another intriguing encounter against South Africa (6-10 Jul). Cricket fans will be eager to see if England’s new captain, the Yorkshireman Joe Root, can show leadership skills as great as his batting prowess. This summer also sees the top women’s cricket teams compete for the ICC Women’s World Cup (24 Jun-25 Jul; https://womensworldcup.tickets.icc-cricket.com) at venues including Bristol, Derby and Leicester; then it’s all eyes on the ﬁnal at Lord’s (23 Jul). This competition sees the world’s top eight teams in women’s cricket, including England, India, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies, compete for glory. Will anyone wrestle the trophy from the current holders, India?
Women’s sport has made huge strides in this country over the past few years; it’s not just about the standards on the ﬁeld of play, but also new levels of respect and media coverage. It’s good news for Ireland, which plays host to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup (9-26 Aug; www.rwcwomens.com). After the group matches in Dublin and Belfast, the ﬁnal rounds will be played at Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium (22 & 26 Aug) – one of the country’s most atmospheric rugby venues. England won the last trophy in 2013, thereby ending New Zealand’s run of four straight victories. The Black Ferns will surely be looking for revenge. Murrayﬁeld, in the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh, is the superb venue for European Rugby’s Challenge Cup (12 May) and the Champions Cup Finals (13 May). It’s the third time since 2005 that this magniﬁcent stadium has hosted these prestigious matches, between the northern hemisphere’s ﬁ nest teams.
There are four Grand Slams every year, but all tennis players say that Wimbledon at the All England Club (3-16 Jul; www.wimbledon.com), which is the world’s oldest tennis tournament, is their favourite tournament. And who can blame them? The players’ sparkling white dress code, the immaculate grass court and huge crowds are spine-tingling stuff. GB’s very own Sir Andy Murray is the current champion and world number 1, but Novak Djokovic and the evergreen Roger Federer won’t lie down easily. And could it be time for our Johanna Konta to win her ﬁrst Grand Slam? If you don’t have tickets, queue up on the day or watch the action on a big screen on Murray Mound. Konta will probably warm up for Wimbledon at AEGON International Eastbourne (www.lta.org.uk), a tournament for the world’s top women players held at leafy Devonshire Park (23 Jun-1 Jul). The men have their own warm-up at the AEGON Championships at London’s Queen’s Club (19-25 Jun).
Hit musical starring Jade Ewen and Dean-John Wilson. Expect tunes such as A Whole New World and Friend Like Me. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £49.75-£141.75. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844-482 5151. www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
This wonderful immersive take on Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic was nominated for an Olivier Award. Please check for times and prices. The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN. www.aliceunderground.com. Station: Waterloo. F8.
An American World War II veteran falls for a woman in a bar in 1940s Paris. Will she marry him, or his friend? Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2pm. Tickets £19.50-£125. Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 7AQ. T: 0845- 200 7982. www.anamericaninparisthemusical. co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
From 23 May: Miranda Hart stars as the mean manager of an orphanage in this popular story. 7.30pm (not 30 May). Tickets £43.80-£137.50. Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844-871 7630. www.piccadilly theatre.org. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Musical about the award-winning songwriter. Mon & Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Tue, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0845-200 7981. www.beautiful musical.co.uk. Station: Holborn. E8.
This controversial satire follows the exploits of two hapless missionaries. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £34.75-£202.25. Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS. T: 0844- 482 5110. www.bookofmormon london.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Glee TV star Amber Riley stars in this musical about a singing group. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£145. Savoy Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0ET. T: 0844-871 7687. www.savoy theatre.org. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
10-13 May: What happens when you disturb a pharaoh’s tomb? This interactive show takes you to 1920s Egypt. Check for times and prices. Colab Factory, 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU. www.colab factory.co.uk. Station: Borough/London Bridge. F10.
15-20 May: Based on the ﬁlm, this musical follows a boy who moves to a town where dancing is banned. 7.30pm. Tickets £18.75-£48.15. Richmond Theatre, The Green, TW9 1QJ. T: 0844-871 7651. www.atgtickets.com. Station: Richmond. Off map.
Peggy is a chorus girl with big dreams. When the leading lady (Sheena Easton) gets injured, she has a shot at stardom. With dazzling dancing. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £25-£125. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844-858 8877. www.42ndstreetmusical. co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Gary Barlow’s musical tells the true story of Yorkshire women who posed nude for a Women’s Institute charity calendar. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £29.50-£69.50. Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP. T: 0843-316 1082. www.phoenixtheatrelondon. co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. E7.
This musical follows Arthur Kipps, an orphan who inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. Mon-Tue & Thur-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £49.75-£127.25. Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU. T: 0844-482 5140. www.halfasixpence. co.uk. Station: Leicester Square. E8.
A northern factory reinvigorates its business by making boots for drag queens. With music by Cyndi Lauper. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £39.50-£125. Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk. Station: Charing Cross. E8.
From 30 May: Based on Federico Fellini’s 1954 Italian ﬁlm. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20-£39.50. The Other Palace, 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA. T: 0844-264 2140. www.theotherpalace.co.uk. Station: Victoria. E7.
The world’s longest-running musical is an epic set in post-revolutionary France. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £28.75-£143.75. Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA. T: 0844-482 5160. www.lesmis.com. Station: Leicester Square. D8.
Wonderful adaptation of the popular Disney ﬁlm with ingenious costumes and inventive puppetry. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £71.50-£179.50. Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844-871 3000. www.thelionking.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
A tribute to the music of ABBA, with a feel-good story on a Greek island. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets £15-£72.50. Novello, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844-482 5115. www.mammamia.com. Station: Covent Garden/Temple. E8.
Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a girl with magic powers. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £20-£122.50. Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844-412 4652. www.matilda themusical.com. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Feel-good musical based on the story of Motown Records, which launched the careers of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. By the end of the night you’ll be Dancing in the Street. Check for times and prices. Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. www.shaftesburytheatre.com. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Holborn. D8.
Long-running Gothic drama in which a mysterious masked man haunts the Paris Opera House. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24.80-£128.50. Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL. T: 0844-412 2707. www.thephantomoftheopera.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets £15-£95. New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PF. T: 020-7452 3000. www.schoolofrock themusical.com. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
Follows beginner dancers entering a charity gala. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £24-£102. Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH. T: 0330-333 4814. www.vaudevilletheatre.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
An award-winning fusion of theatre, dance, comedy and percussion. Mon & Thur-Sat 8pm; Thur & Sat-Sun 3pm; Sun 6pm; occasional Weds. Tickets £26-£57.50. Ambassadors Theatre, West St, WC2H 9ND. T: 020-7395 5405. www.stomp london.co.uk. Station: Leicester Square. D7.
Songs and dance celebrate the music of Michael Jackson. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm; Sun 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £42-£88. Lyric, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES. T: 0844-482 9674. www.thrillerlive.com. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
The story of the Witches of Oz. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £21.75-£125. Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd, SW1V 1LG. T: 0844-871 3001. www.wickedthemusical.co.uk. Station: Victoria. F7.
See some of London’s best-loved heritage sites in a new light this month as Museums at Night (17-20 May) returns to the capital. This popular, biannual four-day festival sees several museums, galleries and cultural landmarks stay open late to enable visitors to delve deeper into fascinating subjects.
Highlights include workshop Neuroscience – Why People Buy at the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising (17 May); Vices and Virtues: Life Drawing in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, in which you can sketch ‘gods and goddesses’ to the sounds of atmospheric music (18 May); Victorian Variety, live folk music at Fulham Palace (18 May); music and dance in Rituals to Mould Her With at Handel & Hendrix in London (19 May); a celebration of all things gin at The Geffrye Museum (19 May); and a course on Michelangelo at The National Gallery (19 May). Also at The National Gallery, you can immerse yourself in interactive workshops, live music and a ‘secret bar’ as part of the Renaissance Late event (19 May). Alternatively, let the Horniman Museum and Gardens entertain you with music, performances, ﬁlm, dance and tours inspired by the south London building’s collections (18 May).
For something different, the London Canal Museum will be lit with candles and fairy lights (20 May). If the idea of seeing a museum lit by candlelight appeals, tour Benjamin Franklin House, the American founding father’s last remaining residence, with a ﬂame guiding you (18-19 May).
Explore the story of the Bank of England. From 2 May: 20th Anniversary of the Bank’s Independence. Display from the bank’s archives. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; closed bank hol. Admission free. Threadneedle St, EC2R 8AH. T: 020-7601 5545. www.bankof england.co.uk/museum. Station: Bank. D10.
This charming 18th-century townhouse is the last remaining home of American hero Franklin. 18-19 May: Museums at Night Candlelit Architectural Tours. See the building in evening light. Historical shows Wed-Sun noon; 1pm; 2pm; 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Tue advance booking required. Shows adult £8; under 16s free. Mon guided tours adult £6; under 16s free. 36 Craven St, WC2N 5NF. T: 020-7925 1405. www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org. Station: Charing Cross. E8.
Unrivalled collection of antiquities, plus the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. Huge number of permanent displays and treasures from the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt and India. From 25 May: Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave. Works from the ﬁnal 30 years of his career.To 18 Jun: The American Dream: Pop to the Present. Timely major art exhibition tracing 60 years of a superpower. Sat-Thur 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020-7323 8299. www.britishmuseum.org. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Russell Square. D7/8.
Dedicated to British cartoons, caricature and comic art from the 18th century to today. To 24 Jul: The Inking Woman. Focus on female cartoon and comic artists. Mon-Sat 10.30am5.30pm; Sun noon-5.30pm. Adult £7; child free. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH. T: 020-7580 8155. www.cartoonmuseum.org. Station: Holborn. D8.
Former home of Victorian novelist Dickens. From 11 May: A Dickens Whodunnit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood. Exhibition on the legacy of Dickens’ ﬁnal, unﬁnished novel. Tue- Sun 10am-5pm. Adult £9; child £4. 48 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX. T: 020-7405 2127. www.dickens museum.com. Station: Russell Square. C8.
See the fortiﬁed basement where Sir Winston Churchill worked with his ministers during World War II. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Adult £17.25; child £8.60; under ﬁves free. Clive Steps, King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ. T: 020-7930 6961. www.iwm.org.uk. Station: Westminster. F7.
This former prison dating back to 1144 houses an exhibition about London’s penal past. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Adult £7.50; child £5.50. 1 Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0900. www.clink.co.uk. Station: London Bridge. E10.
One of the world’s leading museums of design. From 24 May: California. A look at counterculture from the 1960s up to Silicon Valley’s tech.. Daily 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm). Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG. T: 020-3862 5900. www.designmuseum.org. Station: High Street Kensington. Off map.
Unusual museum dedicated to the art of the fan. To 21 May: Biblical Fans. More than 80 fans which touch upon signiﬁcant Bible stories. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Adult £4; child £3; under 7s free. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. T: 020-8305 1441. www.thefan museum.org.uk. Station: Cutty Sark. Off map.
Contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery. From 26 May: The World of Anna Sui. A look at the American designer and her quirky style. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm; Thur until 8pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9.90; child free. 83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF. T: 020-7407 8664. www.ftmlondon.org. Station: London Bridge. F11.
Museum about the work of this pioneering 19th-century British nurse and health reformer, known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. Daily 10am- 5pm. Adult £7.50; child £3.80. 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7EW. T: 020-7620 0374. www.ﬂorencenightingale.co.uk. Station: Waterloo. F8.
Find modern art and photography in this church. Mon, Tue & Fri 8.30am-6pm; Wed 8.30am-5pm; Thur 8.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-6pm & Sun 3.30pm-5pm. Admission free. Euston Rd, NW1 2BA. T: 020-7766 1100. www.cryptgallery.org. Station: Charing Cross. C6.
Recreating English interiors from 1600 onwards. To 4 Jun: Teenage Bedrooms: ‘Like a House Inside of a House’. See inside the rooms of 26 teenagers. Tue-Sun & bank hol 10am-5pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 136 Kingsland Rd, E2 8EA. T: 020-7739 9893. www.geffryemuseum.org.uk. Station: Hoxton. Off map.
History of the ﬁve regiments of the Foot Guards. Daily 10am-4pm. Adult £6; child free. Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ. T: 020-7414 3271. www.theguardsmuseum.com. Station: St James’s Park/Westminster. D5.
Collection of the adventurer Frederick John Horniman. Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission free; charges for aquarium and special exhibitions. 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ. T: 020-8699 1872. www.horniman.ac.uk. Station: Forest Hill. Off map.
A gallery dedicated solely to illustration, founded by Sir Quentin Blake. Adult £7.50; child £4. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH. T: 020-3696 2020. www.houseoﬁllustration.org.uk. Station: King’s Cross St Pancras. Off map.
See behind the scenes of ceremonial duties and roles of the Household Cavalry Regiments. Changing the Queen’s Life Guard daily on Horse Guards Parade at 11am; Sun 10am; plus inspection at 4pm. Daily 10am-6pm. Adult £7; child £5. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX. T: 020- 7930 3070. www.householdcavalrymuseum.co.uk. Station: Westminster. E7.
Huge displays of conﬂicts, particularly those that involve Britain. To 28 Aug: People Power: Fighting for Peace. Explore how peace movements inﬂuenced war. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for some special exhibitions. Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ. T: 020-7416 5000. www.iwm.org.uk. Station: Lambeth North/Waterloo. E5.
Jewish history and culture from 1066 onwards. To 24 Sep: Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait. Discover the women behind the music. Daily 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm. Adult £7.50; child £3.50. Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, NW1 7NB. T: 020-7284 7384. www.jewish museum.org.uk. Station: Camden Town. Off map.
Restored former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton is a museum of his life and work. Permanent collections include ﬁne paintings, drawings and sculptures. Wed-Mon 10am5.30pm. Adult £12; child free. 12 Holland Park, W14 8LZ. T: 020-7602 3316. www.rbkc.gov.uk/ subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx. Station: Kensington Olympia. Off map.
Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles that feature in the ﬁlm series. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-6pm; Sat 10am- 7pm (closed 4 May). Adult £14.50; child £9.50. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
Explore the history of London’s transport system. From 19 May: Sounds of the City. The best 100 entries from the Prize for Illustration 2017, looking at the sounds in otherwise quiet spaces in the UK’s cities. Sat-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri 11am-6pm. Adult £17.50; child free. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. www.lt museum.co.uk. Station: Covent Garden. E8.
An insight into advertising over the past 200 years. To 25 Jun: Celebrating Women in Advertising. Talks and events about gender roles. Tue-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child £5. 111-117 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QT. T: 020-7243 9611. www.museumofbrands.com. Station: Ladbroke Grove. Off map.
The world’s largest urban history museum. To 8 May: Perspectives of Destruction: Images of London, 1940-1944. Paintings and photographs of the city during the Blitz. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. T: 020-7001 9844. www.museum oﬂondon.org.uk. Station: Barbican. D10.
The intriguing history of the meandering River Thames, from its time as a Roman thoroughfare to the regeneration of the Docklands. To 3 Sep: Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail. The range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14 4AL. T: 020-7001 9844. www.museumof london.org.uk/docklands. Station: Canary Wharf/ West India Quay. Map inset.
The world’s largest maritime museum, which is spread over several sites, originally part of a 19th-century school for seafarers’ children. Includes a vast collection of maps, artwork and memorabilia including the Maritime Galleries, plus The Great Map, a huge interactive world map revealing stories from maritime history. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free; charges for events and exhibitions. Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. www.rmg.co.uk. Station: Greenwich/Cutty Sark. Map inset.
Astounding family-friendly collections, with exhibits including dinosaur skeletons. To 10 Sep: Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Illustrating the vulnerability of life on our planet. To 17 Sep: Sensational Butterﬂies. Escape into the butterﬂy house. Daily 10am-5.50pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. www.nhm.ac.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4.
This 17th-century house, once home to Charles I’s queen Henrietta Maria, was designed by Inigo Jones. Daily 10am-5pm; closed bank holidays. Admission free. Queen’s House, Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020-8858 4422. www.rmg.co.uk/ queens-house. Station: Cutty Sark. Map inset.
National aviation museum focusing on the Royal Air Force, with more than 100 historic aircraft on show. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free. Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020-8205 2266. www.raf museum.org.uk. Station: Colindale. Off map.
A museum dedicated to science, great for kids. To 3 Sep: Robots. Explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0870-870 4868. www.science museum.org.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4.
The architect Sir John Soane’s former home. To 23 Sep: Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life. New ethereal sculptures. Museum tours daily; times vary. Tue-Sat 10am- 5pm. Closed bank holidays. Candlelight opening ﬁrst Tue every month, 6pm-9pm. Admission free. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. www.soane.org. Station: Holborn. D8.
This neo-classical 18th-century building houses the Courtauld Gallery and Embankment Galleries. 18-21 May: Photo London. Showcases more than 80 exhibitors. Galleries daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. www.somersethouse.org.uk. Temple. E8.
Get a taste of the tea maker’s 300-year history at the in-store museum. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10.30am-4.30pm. Admission free. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511. www.twinings.co.uk. Station: Temple. D9.
The V&A’s collection of ﬁne and applied arts spans 3,000 years and includes ceramics and fashion. From 13 May: Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. Audio-visual journey through the music of the rock band. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. T: 020-7942 2000. www.vam.ac.uk. Station: South Kensington. F4/5.
Former family home, with a collection of Rococo art, including Frank Hals’ Laughing Cavalier. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. www.wallacecollection.org. Station: Bond Street. D6.
Wellcome Trust’s public venue houses more than 1,500 fascinating artefacts of medical interest. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE. T: 020-7611 2222. www.wellcome collection.org. Station: Euston. C7.
El Rei de la Magia, around the corner from the Picasso Museum in Barcelona’s Barri Gotic, bills itself as Spain’s oldest magic store. It was founded in 1878 by the great Catalonian conjurer Joaquin Partagas, known in his time as the King of Magic. Visitors pass through the shop’s ornate ruby-red facade to discover shelves and display cases brimming with curios: playing cards, wands that spout flowers, interlocking metal rings, backward clocks, joke candy. The shop makes some of the items on site, including its famous Milk Bulb Trick, in which the performer pours milk into a paper cone, causing it to disappear and then— presto! — miraculously reappear inside the bulb of a lamp.
If you buy a trick, a magician will whisk you behind a black curtain to demonstrate how it works.
But El Rei de la Magia will only sell you a trick they think you can pull off. “We do not sell everything to anybody,” said Sara Fernandez, one of the magicians there. “Only what we know you can do and will use.” When I visited, I saw her transform blank white paper into money while an eight-year-old boy in a cape watched. “I would like this,” the boy said, steepling his fingers. He asked his mother for some money to buy the trick, then followed Fernandez behind the curtain to receive her wisdom.
A few minutes later, he emerged, exultant. “Now, the secrets are mine,” he told his mother. He swirled his cape and bowed, having suddenly found himself, like so many travelers, on an unexpected stage.