1Started to rain? Take some time out to enjoy some of the other attractions that are right on your doorstep.
The London Transport Museum situated in the heart of Covent Garden is a fascinating museum to visit, it has one of the finest graphic collections in the world with over 5,000 original posters and artworks dating back to 1908, as well as buses, trains and trams through the ages. As a grown-up I find one of the best times to visit is during their Friday Lates, and this Friday Late they are whisking us back to the 80’s. There will be music (thinking Duran Duran and other 80s classics) a retro arcade (including Mario Kart and PacMan) and Go Bonkers Bingo. Get the 80’s look with a visit to Urban Decay Make-up, then smile sweetly for a retro style photo taken in the Tuk Tuk photo booth.
There’s still lots more fun to be had with Neon Nights cocktails (2 for £12), 1980’s curator led tours, talks, crafts and so much more. And there’s the Poster Girls exhibition, so don’t delay dig out some shoulder pads and power dress your way back to the 80’s.
Friday Late: Power, Play & Politics.
26 October 18.45-22.00, £15, £12 concs
London Transport Museum, The Piazza www.ltmuseum.co.uk
2A visit to The National Gallery is always time well spent. Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire is currently on show until 7 October. Thomas Cole was a self-taught artist from Bolton in England who became the greatest American landscape artist of his generation. As you drift through the galleries you can watch empires rise and fall, and lose yourself in the vast American wilderness.
This is a rare chance to see his epic works including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature. Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him. Eden to Empire, £10-£12.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square www.nationalgallery.org.uk
3Currently showing at Proud Galleries, Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen is a photographic exhibition displaying rare portraits of Audrey Hepburn captured by a selection of high profile twentieth century photographers.
The collection brings together the work of Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Bob Willoughby, Eva Sereny, Mark Shaw and Douglas Kirkland; each celebrated for their distinctive portrayals of Hepburn. Renowned for her progressive acting roles, stylish sensibilities and humanitarian endeavours, Hepburn remains one of the most instantly recognisable icons of the 1950s and has charmed generations since the Golden Age of Hollywood. A selection of hand-signed and limited-edition photographs are available for purchase.