Spring is on its way, which is another excuse to get out of the house and enjoy everything that the capital has to offer. Whether in Hampstead itself, or other parts of London, here are five suggestions from us if you’re looking to improve your mind at the theatre or a museum, enjoy some music or simply have fun eating! Culture abounds in our wonderful city, so put your shoes on and get out there…
1 Natalie Lurie harp recital at Burgh House
A fellow with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and a recent graduate of Royal Academy of Music, join this promising young musician for an Sunday afternoon harp recital featuring classical, romantic and 20th-century works for solo harp.
With a versatile background in different genres, she has command of the stage whether it be playing with the King’s College Choir in King’s Chapel in Cambridge, England or performing her own songs in Cornelia Street Café in the West Village, New York.
Tickets are £10 (or £7 for concessions) and it takes place on 3rd March 2019 at 2 pm, at Hampstead’s lovely Burgh House.
2. Gillian Anderson starring in “All About Eve”
Ivo Van Hove is directing Gillian Anderson and Lily James in a new adaption of the razor-sharp “All About Eve.” Based on the 1950’s film (and who can forget that – not just Bette Davis’ performance but the 14 Oscars it won!) it’s on at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End.
The play tells the story of legendary Broadway star Margo Channing, who finds herself in personal and professional jeopardy after befriending a young fan by the name of Eve. As Bette Davis commented, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Tickets can be purchased at 0844 482 5151 or take a look at the website.
3. Natalie Williams, accompanied by James Safir, at the Hampstead Jazz Lounge
Natalie Williams has 7 critically acclaimed albums under her belt and a dedicated following that extends throughout the world. She plays regularly at Ronnie Scott’s and has toured the globe as both a solo artist and lead vocalist of Jazz-Funk sensation, Incognito. She’s playing this month at north London’s hottest new venue, the Hampstead Jazz Lounge.
Indeed, Time Out talked about her as “…one of the UK’s hottest singers…she effortlessly moves from soul-diva to sensual and sophisticated jazz.”
Saturday March 23rd 2019, doors open at 7.30 pm, performance beginning at 8 pm
4, Pierre Bonard’s “The Colour of Memory” exhibition at the Tate Modern Museum
This year, the London Tate Modern is holding the first major UK exhibition for 20 years devoted to the works of the French artist Pierre Bonard, focusing on his work from 1900 to his death in 1947.
Pierre Bonnard was a Post-Impressionist and tended to work from memory, using drawings as a reference. His work is colourful, full of light and often referred to as “dreamlike.”
The exhibition runs until end May and tickets cost £18 (free for Tate members).
5, Pancake Day – a very English tradition
Pancake Day is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. (Photo below photo courtesy of historic.uk.com).
Historically, in the 40 days leading up to Easter were a time for repentance, and Shrove Tuesday was the day that people used up their eggs and fat before beginning their fast Lent. Pancakes, of course, were a wonderful way of doing this. Bells were also rung to call people to confession at Church and became known as the “Pancake Bells”.
Shrove Tuesday, this year, falls on 5th March – so why not head off to Greenwich, south London and watch people running and flipping their pans. There’s prizes to be won too and yummy treats for winners and losers alike…(photo below courtesy of foodofengland.com.)
COVID – 19 UPDATE
LA GAFFE RE-OPENING 4th JULY 2020
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
After three very trying months of lockdown, which have been disastrous for all businesses, but necessary for public health, we now have Government permission to re-open our premises to the public.
However, Covid-19 has not gone away and we must all be responsible in our daily lives to help stop the further spread of the virus.
We have followed Government guidelines to ensure that we are ready to welcome our lovely clientele back to La Gaffe. Our already high hygiene standards have been enhanced to make sure that all our staff and guests can work and socialise in a safe environment.
Our restaurant and bar areas have reduced seating with the recommended gap between tables. There are hand sanitiser stations upon entry and we will be doing our best to reduce unnecessary contact. Seating will be staggered and reservations are preferred as we take part in the track and trace program.
We are taking reservations for our rooms. For the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests, once a room is occupied, it will not be serviced on a daily basis. If your requirements are just a bed and you are happy to use the same towels and sheets for a few days, we are happy to help. Obviously, in this scenario, our rates will be reduced and we are here to help with any requests. Once a room is vacated, they are sterilised with products especially for Covid-19 and left empty for a minimum of 24 hours. This way we can provide peace of mind for all concerned.
We look forward to a time when we can return to what we were very fortunate to call normal.
Thank you to all and we look forward to welcoming you