A Bespoke Guide to London - Spring

Discover the best of London’s events this spring with our bespoke guide. From new restaurant openings and culinary pop-ups, to eye-opening exhibitions and exclusive concerts, there’s plenty to entertain across the capital.

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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

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Cristóbal Balenciaga was a Spanish fashion designer known for his dramatic dresses and exquisite craftsmanship. As founder of the Balenciaga fashion house, he’s often credited for shaping the modern fashion scene. The V&A’s newest exhibit, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, showcases many of his most innovative designs, including the famous ‘envelope’ dress worn by Alberta Tiburzi.

From May 27, 2017

V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL | +44 20 7942 2000

An American in Paris

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The newest addition to London’s West End bill, An American in Paris makes a home at the Dominion Theatre after successful stints in New York and Paris. The all-singing-all-dancing musical tells the love story of an American army officer and painter who falls for a young dancer in the City of Light. Expect a colourful and energetic performance from its award-winning 50-member cast.

From March 4, 2017

Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ | +44 845 200 7982

Bob Bob Exchange

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New from the owners of Soho hotspot Bob Bob Ricard, Bob Bob Exchange opens at The Leadenhall Building (locally nicknamed the Cheesegrater) this spring. The restaurant and bar will continue the concept of its sister venue, where diners can press a ‘call for Champagne’ button for instant servings of fizz to their table. There’ll also be a fine wine auction of rare bottles.

Opening April 2017

The Leadenhall Building, Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4AB

Bulgari Pop-Up Boutique

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Luxury department store Harrods has an extra special treat for visitors this spring: a pop-up boutique filled with Bulgari accessories. Located within the Fine Jewellery Room, the stylish space will showcase Bulgari’s spring/summer 2017 collection alongside three limited edition versions of the Serpenti Forever bag, exclusively available during the event.

February 22 – June 1, 2017

Harrods, Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL | +44 20 7730 1234

Diana: Her Fashion Story

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Princess. Philanthropist. Fashion icon. Diana, Princess of Wales, wore many hats. While much attention has already been paid to her role as a royal, Kensington Palace has chosen to focus on her famous sense of style for its latest exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story. Open her wardrobe and browse a stunning collection of dresses and outfits worn by Diana during her lifetime.

February 24, 2017 – February 24, 2019

Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX | +44 20 3166 6000

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

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One of the most anticipated restaurant launches of 2017 is Claude Bosi at Bibendum. Chef Claude Bosi will relaunch Bibendum at the iconic Michelin House with a brand-new look, name and dining concept. The venue, which will focus on seafood, will feature a restaurant, a formal dining room and an elegant cocktail bar.

Opening March/April 2017

Michelin House, Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RD | +44 20 7581 5817

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Places to visit in London

Hyde Park Stables

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Horses and riders have long been a common sight on the bridleways of Hyde Park. The perfect day excursion for equestrians, a trip on horseback affords a novel and exhilarating way to experience the natural beauty and iconic sights of the area, including the Diana Memorial Fountain and the Serpentine.

Burlington Arcade

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A 19th century luxury shopping arcade in the heart of Mayfair, Burlington Arcade is a space for distinguished shoppers. Myriad boutiques dedicated to fashion and accessories line the covered walkway, where a special focus is on fine jewellery. Highlights among the jewellers’ offerings include Tessier and Plukka.

Ronnie Scott's

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Since its founding by the English jazz tenor in 1959, Ronnie Scott’s has remained one of the best places to watch live music in London. The legendary Soho venue once hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, and today welcomes top jazz, soul, blues and folk artists from around the world.

The Punchbowl

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A traditional Georgian pub on a discreet side street in Mayfair, the Punchbowl is one of the area’s oldest pubs. With a selection of real ales on tap and hearty pub classics on the menu, the establishment manages to balance a quintessentially British pub atmosphere with something a little more upmarket.

Sir John Soane's Museum

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The Sir John Soane Museum may have a reputation for being one of London’s more unusual museums, but it can also be one of its most romantic. Once home to architect Sir John Soane, the venue is filled with artworks, antiquities, and unusual decorative touches. However, it’s at its most atmospheric during the candlelit tours, held on the first Tuesday of each month.

Columbia Road Flower Market

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Columbia Road is a charming stretch in London’s East End, lined with boutiques, restaurants and independent galleries. Every Sunday morning the road blossoms into life with the arrival of its resident flower market. From freshly cut flowers to orchids, ferns and fruit trees, the selection is vast, and the scene lively until late afternoon.

Boxpark

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A shopping park with a distinctive East London twist, Shoreditch’s Boxpark has turned retail therapy into an art form, with over 60 innovative stores built out of industrial shipping containers. The brands and restaurants on offer here are far from your typical high street chains and have turned the once derelict area into a buzzing retail destination.

clueQuest

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Advertised as a live escape game, ClueQuest sees small teams of three to five solve various logic-based riddles in a bid to release themselves from a locked room. An unusual premise it may be, but the experience is exhilarating and allows a rare bonding opportunity between family members of all ages.

Chin Chin Labs

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Chin Chin Labs is located in the centre of Camden Town and offers an alternative to traditional ice cream with imaginative flavours like Pondicherry vanilla and melon salted almond. The ice cream is prepared using liquid nitrogen in a shop that is designed to look like a science lab, which adds to its idiosyncratic charm.

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