BONNIE GULL SEAFOOD CAFE
Describing itself as ‘A Seaside Café in the City’ which seeks to recreate an ‘informal 1960s British feel’, the Bonnie Gull Seafood Café promises to bring a much-neglected British culinary tradition to the heart of the capital. Fusing impeccable gastronomic credentials with a rose-tinted look back on the past, the seafood eatery is sure to offer up refined takes on kitsch classics. Not just pleasing to the palate, the produce on offer here is responsibly sourced and 100% British, ideal for the ethically minded eaters amongst us.
55-57 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL. Closest tube: Angel
THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION 1945-2014
Though Italy’s contribution to fashion may be universally revered today, the story of the country’s alluring designs can be traced to far humbler beginnings in the post-war era. Opening on the 5th of April, The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014 is an exhibition which charts the ascent of an impossibly luxuriant tradition, step by stylish step. Spotlighting the industry’s use of opulent material, expert craftsmanship and innovative, glamorous design, it’s a must-see for fans of fashion at its most decadent.
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. Closest tube: South Kensington
HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS
Though he may be most famous for his impressionist paintings, due to failing health in his final years Henri Matisse produced a sizeable collection of artwork which took the form of colourful paper cut-outs. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a colourful celebration of a 20th century master’s final artistic flourish. Opens April 17th.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG. Closest tube: Southwark
THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk marks the first major exhibition dedicated to one of French fashion’s undisputed behemoths. Channelling the spirit of French rebellion, the exhibition will showcase couture and ready-to-wear pieces from a career spanning over four decades. Make no bones about it though, yes this is an exhibition which treats fashion as art, but there’s a constant thread of Gaultier’s own tongue-in-cheek approach present throughout, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Opens 9th of April.
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS. Closest tube: Barbican