London’s Top Spring Events in 2017

Springtime is here. It’s about that time to look forward to longer days and– which events to fill them with.

When it comes to the latest exhibitions, new restaurant openings and events in the arts, nothing compares to the fabulous line up put on by London each year.

That’s why we’ve come up with the top events happening in March, April and May in the capital that you can’t afford to miss.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Opening in May at the Victoria & Albert, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion promises to be the premier fashion exhibition in London this year.

Charting the fashion house’s prominence in the industry from its inception by Cristobal Balenciaga – considered the master of couture – to the powerhouse it is today under the creative direction of Demna Gvasalia.

The exhibition promises to show some of the most exquisite pieces of clothing by the house and explores the influence the prestigious name has had on the contemporary fashion landscape. Fashion and art lovers alike should definitely not miss.

David Hockney

#WorkOfTheWeek: David Hockney's 'My Parents' 1977. Created a year before his father’s death, 'My Parents' is Hockney’s best-known representation of his parents. Painted from life, the work shows his mother as a poised and graceful sitter, while his father is hunched over reading a copy of Aaron Scharf’s Art and Photography. Reflected in the dressing table mirror we can see a reproduction of Piero della Francesca’s painting The Baptism of Christ 1440–1450 as well as Hockney’s own work Invented Man Revealing Still Life 1975. The inclusion of these works creates a triptych-like image and hints at Hockney’s own presence within the painting. Ranging from line drawings to prints, photographs and paintings, Hockney’s mother is the subject of many of his works. A willing sitter, his mother appears both a frail and assertive character, exemplifying the humanising quality of Hockney’s portraits in general. It appears that he used the portraits of Laura Hockney to explore and cement their close relationship. Click the link in our bio to look at 80 years of Hockney's career through close up looks at eight works. #Hockney

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Celebrating the life and work of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, the much talked about exhibition dedicated to David Hockney is currently on at Tate Britain until May 29th.

Gathering together some of his most famous works in one place, you’re invited to appreciate his work in painting, drawing, sculpture and film up close as the artist himself nears his 80th birthday.

From his signature paintings of swimming pools in 60s California to his psychedelic depictions of the Yorkshire moors, the gallery exhibit explores the path of his work with different mediums playing a unique role in each stage of his career.

The House of Holi

If art isn’t really your thing but you still love to express yourself with paint, then make sure to add the The House of Holi into your diary.

Running from March 12th – 13th, the Hindu festival marks the start of a new season. What better way to welcome Spring than being covered in every colour of the rainbow at this 12-day pop-up event in Devonshire Square?

Kicking off on March 7th, the pop-up is the best way to celebrate the Festival of Colours, the London way. Plus, there’s a host of Indian dishes to feast on while you’re there from Cinnamon Kitchen as well as colourful cocktails to match.

Open Air Theatre

There’s nothing better to do on an early summer evening that sit back, relax and enjoy a classic play at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Opening for the 2017 season on May 29th, this year’s line up includes West End favourites On The Town and Jesus Christ Superstar as well as new adaptations of the Dickens’ classics Oliver Twist and A Tale Of Two Cities.

Making it possible to soak up some culture as well as the sunshine, there will also be food and drinks services on offer so you can pitch your blanket and indulge in a picnic while you’re there. What better way to spend the day?

Spring-Ready Sunglasses

With so many must-see events on, you need a pair of suitable sunglasses to match.

These Karl Lagerfeld KL929S frames are just the ticket. Perfectly oversized and coming in a glamorous cat-eye shape, they’re just what you need to look the part whether at the museum, gallery or park.

Choose from a range of colours and finishes, from classic black to plum, and rest assured your eyes will be protected from those spring rays of sunshine. Polarised lenses offer UVA and UVB protection.

 

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