Glorious things to do in London this weekend (28 February - 1 March 2020)

From a major new David Hockney exhibition to a candlelit evening of virtuosos, here's your curated guide to what's on in London this weekend

24 February 2020

David Hockney: Drawing from Life at National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross

A much-anticipated new David Hockney exhibition opens this weekend at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition features 150 drawings from public and private collections, which depict Hockney and sitters close to him – such as his muse Celia Birtwell and the master printer Maurice Payne. Look out for a series of self-portraits produced in the 1980s, when the artist created an image of himself every day during a two-month period of intense self-scrutiny. Now in his 80th year, the irrepressible artist shows no sign of slowing down.

David Hockney, Gregory. Los Angeles. March 31st 1982 © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

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Date: From 27 February 2020 Time: See website Price: £22 Location: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2H Closest Station: Charing Cross Websitenpg.org.uk 

Concerts by Candlelight at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Charing Cross (from Thursday) 

The historic St Martin-in-the-Fields sits on the corner of Trafalgar Square and dates back to 1722. This Thursday, the unique church is hosting a weekend of live performances, staged in an enchanting candle-lit setting. Part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, virtuoso Vivaldi Gloria will take to the stage on Thursday, followed by pianist Adam Johnson on Friday, who will perform his rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata during a night of Motzart. Highlights on Saturday include performances by the Feinstein Ensemble, which specialises in 18th century baroque music. 

Date: 27-29 February 2020 Time: Thursday: from 7pm; Friday: 9:15pm-10:15pm; Saturday: from 7:30pm Price: Tickets from £9 Location: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4JJ Closest Station: Charing Cross and Leicester Square Website: stmartin-in-the-fields.org

London Beer Festival at Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch (from Thursday) 

The inaugural BrewLDN independent beer festival is transforming the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch this weekend, with a curation of 250 of the world's best craft brewers. Hone your hop knowledge at masterclasses and talks throughout the day and refuel at the BrewDining space. Gents can also pop into the Bulleit Beer Barbers for a ‘Whiskey & Trim’ grooming experience, offering an array of barber's treatments.

Date: Thursday 27 February to Saturday 29 February 2020 Time: 6:30pm-12am on Thursday and Friday; 12pm-5:30pm and 6:30pm-12am on Saturday Price: from £16 Location: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL Closest Station: Liverpool Street Website: brewldn.com 

Canary Wharf Wellness Summit, Canary Wharf (Saturday) 

A new wellness summit is coming to Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden on Saturday. Join classes by Barry's Bootcamp, Third Space, Sweat by BXR and Move Studios, before rewarding yourself with facials, manicures and hairstyling by Blow ltd, Le Salon, Essential Therapie and Blink Brow Bar. If calming crafts are what you’re looking for, there will also be workshops by Zing Events and Brown’s Florist. 

 

Date: Saturday 29 February 2020 Time: 8:30am-4:30pm Price: Tickets from £10 Location: East Wintergarden, 43 Bank St, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5NX Closest Station: Canary Wharf 

Website: wellnesssummit2020.sched.com

Knife skills masterclass at Novikov, Mayfair (Saturday) 

When it comes to cooking, there is always room to sharpen up on your knife skills. Become an expert at the dicing cut and Julienne cut before filleting and grilling sea bass, boning and roasting lamb shoulder, and chopping and roasting vegetables with the guidance of the Novikov team. As part of the three-hour workshop, enjoy a traditional Italian breakfast and feast on your creations for lunch. 

Date: Saturday 29 February 2020 Time: 10am-3pm Price: £95 per person (£35 for a plus one) Location: Novikov Italian Restaurant 50A Berkeley Street, W1J 8HA Closest Station: Green Park 

Website: novikovrestaurant.co.uk 

XXI art exhibition, Mayfair (all weekend) 

Peruse and buy contemporary works by artists including Banksy, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst this weekend at the first asset-based tokenised art exhibition, presented by Artcels at HOFA Gallery. The innovative exhibition will provide a new way of investing in timeless art as equity, in the form of digital tokens. Last year, HOFA became the first gallery in London to offer investors the chance to buy art using bitcoin and other digital currencies.

Jeff Koons, Balloon Rabbit (red)

Date: until 5 March 2020 Time: Weekdays: 10am-7pm; Saturday: 11am-6pm Price: Free Location: HOFA Gallery London, 11 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6PY Closest Station: Green Park Website: thehouseoffineart.com 

Who’s Cooking Dinner? 2020, Mayfair (Monday 2 March) 

Looking ahead to Monday, join Mark Hix, Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge for an evening of fine fare at The Dorchester, to raise money for Leukaemia UK. The line-up of chefs is comprised of 22 of the UK’s best culinary geniuses, from Mark Hix of Hix and Rick Stein of Barnes to Tom Booton of The Grill at The Dorchester and Mark Edwards of Nobu. Upon arrival at their tables, guests will be informed of the star chef preparing their dinner. Following the feast, there will also be an auction hosted by Sotheby’s, where you can bid for your chef of choice to prepare a bespoke dinner in your home. 

Date: Monday 2 March 2020 Time: Confirmed upon reservation, see website Price: Tickets for a table of 10 are £7,500 Location: The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA Closest Station: Hyde Park Corner 

Website: leukaemiauk.org.uk