Saatchi Screening Gallery: Christopher Baker – exhibition
Opening of the Saatchi Gallery’s first ever film and video screening room featuring the first UK presentation of the British artist’s video installation Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise. Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London, SW3
Cirque du Soleil: Totem
Cirque du Soleil is back at the Royal Albert Hall by popular demand with their 2011 show: Totem. Inspired by founding myths, this show brings the evolutionary progress of the species colourfully to life through a ground breaking fusion of traditional performance and state-of-the-art technology. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7
War Horse – UK film premiere
Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Morpurgo’s WWI set novel. Starred by Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Emily Watson. In aid of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. Odeon Leicester Square, 24-26 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7JY, 5:30pm
Crane.tv Curates: One Room, Three Global Names
One Room, Three Global Names is a unique collaboration evolving each week to showcase a new creative discipline, creating an immersive, interactive installation. Starting with Sir Terence Conran’s retrospective at London’s Design Museum, followed by Kate MccGwire and Matt Pyke. St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N
Romeo and Juliet – first night
Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, take on the iconic roles of the star-crossed Shakespearean lovers. With choreography by Kenneth MacMillan and music by Sergey Prokofiev. The show runs until March 31. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E
The Evian Alpine Experience
Evian is putting a fresh twist on the traditional New Year detox by shipping the spirit and tranquility of its Alpine source to London in the form of a pure Alpine retreat. Participants will immerse themselves in a one-off pure experience. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1
Wallpaper* Design Awards
The annual awards honouring the best designers of the past year. Categories include, Fashion, Furniture Designer of the Year, Best New Restaurant and Best City.
Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings exhibition
Major retrospective celebrating Hirst’s spot series, displaying works from 1986-2011. The exhibition will be held simultaneously across every Gagosian gallery worldwide with over 300 pieces shown in cities including New York, Paris, Rome and Hong Kong. Gagosian, 6-24 Britannia Street, London W1K & Gagosian, 17-19 Davies Street, London W1K
Tom Aikens – reopening
Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens will reopen his eponymous Chelsea restaurant after a significant interior refurbishment of the entire site. Tom Aikens, 43 Elystan Street, London SW3
The TS Eliot Prize 2011
The prize is presented by TS Eliot’s widow to the winner to mark the best poetry collection of last year in the UK and Ireland. Run by the Poetry Book Society, the award is in its 19th year. Haberdashers’ Hall, 18 West Smithfield Street, London EC1A.
Gary Hume – The Indifferent Owl exhibition
An exhibition across both galleries, of new paintings and sculptures by high profile former YBA, Turner Prize nominee, Gary Hume. A catalogue, with an essay by Jennifer Higgie, co-editor of Frieze, will be published to accompany the exhibition. White Cube, 25 Mason’s Yard, London SW1Y 48, Hoxton Square, London N1.
Raymond Blanc at Texture
Recognised French chef takes over the kitchen at the Michelin-starred Marylebone restaurant to cook specialties from his Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons menu for one night only. Texture, 34 Portman Street, London W1H.
London Art Fair
Annual art fair presenting over 100 galleries, featuring the great names of 20th century British art and exceptional contemporary work from leading figures and emerging talent. Solo shows, curated group displays with galleries drawn from across the world, and a showcase for contemporary photography. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1.
Versace for H&M: Cruise Collection – launch
Following on from the iconic Versace for H&M collection, Donatella Versace has created a brand new cruise collection that will be available as an H&M online exclusive. H&M, 234 & 261-71 Regent Street, London W1B
Private Screening of ‘The Iron Lady’
Special Maggie’s private screening of ‘The Iron Lady’. The evening will start with the screening at Cineworld Cinema followed by a trip on an old Routemaster bus to Maggie’s for the unveiling of the club’s exciting new facelift. The party will continue until 3.30am, with a very special 80s performance at midnight. Invitation only. Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, London SW10.
Jalouse re-launch party
The celebrity nightspot re-opens its doors after undergoing a revamp. Jalouse, 17 Hanover Square, London W1S.
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture – exhibition
The first major exhibition in the UK to showcase Hockney’s landscape work. Vivid paintings inspired by Yorkshire landscape, many large in scale and created specifically for the exhibition, will be shown alongside related drawings and films. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J.
Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2011
Annual awards ceremony to honour British dance and dancers from the English National Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Mariinksy Ballet. The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H
MTV’s Brand New for 2012 – Emeli Sandé
Intimate gig featuring the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice winner Emeli Sande supported by Delilah and Michael Kiwanuka to showcase their credentials for winning the MTV Brand New for 2012, nomination. London Koko, 1A Camden High Street, London NW1.
National Television Awards
The most prominent ceremony in the TV calendar and voted for by the general public. Hosted by Dermot O’Leary, the categories include Best Serial Drama, Best Newcomer, Best Comedy Series, Best Factual Programme and Best Talent Programme. The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10.
World of Stella
As the Creative Director for Adidas Team GB for the Summer 2012 Olympics, designer Stella McCartney will be celebrating the “World of Stella” at Selfridges which will include a new fragrance launch, Ready to Wear, accessories, kids, lingerie, sunglasses and Adidas by Stella McCartney collections.Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A.
Hush’s Comedy Cabaret
An intimate evening of comedy in Hush’s newly refurbished Private Dining Room in collaboration with Laughing Boy Comedy Club, featuring the talents of Simon Evans, Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell. Hush, 8 Lancashire Court, London W1S
Monte Carlo Rally 2012
The Historic Monte-Carlo Rally organised each year by the Automobile Club de Monaco, attracts enthusiasts from around the world. The rally takes place along the French Riviera in the Principality of Monaco and southeastern France, from January 28 to February 4. South of France.