Glorious things to do in London this weekend (21-23 February 2020)

Luxury London

17 February 2020

This weekend, cut loose at a Brazilian carnival party, marvel at classic motors and Guccify your wardrobe in London

17 February 2020 | Luxury London

The London Classic Car Show, Kensington Olympia (from Thursday) 

The London Classic Car Show is once again revving into Olympia London for the weekend. Discover a fleet of more than 500 classic cars worth upwards of £70million, including David Beckham's Aston Martin and David Gandy's Jaguar. Further attractions include five models of the Audi Quattro to mark its 40th anniversary and eight Range Rover SUVs including a two-door ‘Reborn’ model complete with original features and Land Rover classic parts. A two-day auction will take place from Saturday, showcasing a curation of vehicles including a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi. A schedule of expert talks, coined Car Stories, which discuss the history of six classic cars, including a Lotus 49B and a collection of Aston Martins.

1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, courtesy of Aston Engineering

Date: 20-23 February 2020 Time: 4.30pm-9pm on Thursday; 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday; 10am-5pm on Sunday Price: from £25; child and family tickets also available Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX Closest Station: Kensington Olympia 


Gucci pops up at Selfridges, Mayfair (all weekend)

Guccify your weekend at the new Gucci Psychedelic pop-up at the Selfridges Corner Shop, a collaborative space on the ground floor of the Oxford Street department store. Designed by creative director Alessandro Michele, the immersive pop-up promotes Gucci's new GG Psychedelic Collection of multicoloured, logo-heavy accessories and ready-to-wear, including a number of striking exclusives.  

Date: until 31 August Location: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB Closest Station: Bond Street

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at The Barbican (from Thursday)

An new exhibition at The Barbican brings together more than 50 historic and contemporary artists to explore the various interpretations and complex facets of masculinity. From Andrew Moisey’s photobook, The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Manual, which weaves together archival photographs of former US Presidents, to influential image-makers inclouding Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Kenneth Anger, Sunil Gupta, and Collier Schorr, this exhibition is a timely reflection on what it means to be a man in today’s world. 

Sunil Gupta, Untitled 22, from the series Christopher Street, 1976; Courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery

Date: From 20 February to 17 May 2020 Time: see website Price: to be announced Location: Barbican Art Gallery Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y Nearest Station: Barbican

Carnaval Weekender at SUSHISAMBA, Covent Garden and Heron Tower (from Thursday) 

Celebrate the spirit of Rio de Janerio in London this weekend at SUSHISAMBA's Brazilian carnival party, taking place at outposts in Covent Garden and Heron Tower. There will be samba dancers, batucada drummers, live DJs, Brazilian-inspired menus and flowing caipirinha cocktails. Unleash your inner Carmen Miranda at a costume party on Friday evening at SUSHISAMBA Heron Tower. 

Date: 20-23 February 2020 Time: times vary for each event and location, see website Price: see website Location: Sushisamba Covent Garden, 35 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF; Sushisamba Heron Tower, 39th floor, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Closest Station: Covent Garden; Liverpool Street 


Venetian Carnevale menu at Bocconcino, Mayfair

There is also a different kind of Carnevale happening this week at Bocconcino in Mayfair. The modern Italian restaurant near Berkeley Square has launched an indulgent new Venetian-inspired menu, to mark the fortnight of feasting before Lent begins. The capacious restaurant couples the charm of an Italian trattoria with a signature dash of Mayfair glamour, and top-notch, attentive service. 

Date: Until 26 February 2020 Price: £65 per person Location: Bocconcino, 19 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8ED Closest Station: Green Park

Wellness sessions at The London EDITION, Fitzrovia (Sunday)  

Join sound therapist, Lani Rocillo, this Sunday at The London EDITION hotel for a three-hour immersive gong bath. The session begins with a healing cacao brew, followed by a cocooning meditative experience, to promote inner sensitivity and deep relaxation. The event kicks off a year of multi-disciplinary wellness residencies the five-star hotel, taking place twice per month.

Date: Sunday 23 February 2020 Time: 2pm-5pm Price: £33 Location: The London EDITION’s Basement, 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP Closest Station: Tottenham Court Road 


Jean-Claude Biver at Phillips, Mayfair (from Monday)

Looking ahead to next week, a new retrospective exhibition in Mayfair celebrates watchmaker Jean-Claude Biver, former president of the LVMH Watch Division. Presented by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, it showcases Biver’s private collection of esteemed watches by brands including Patek Phillippe, Rolex, Omega, Hublot and Tag Heuer. 

Jean-Claude Biver

Date: Monday 24 February to Friday 28 February 2020 Time: 10am-5.30pm Price: Free entry Location: 30 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6EX Closest Station: Green Park