Things to do in London...
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL- Roll up, roll up — the ever-impressive Cirque Du Soleil brings its latest show, Totem, to the Royal Albert Hall. It tells the story of the evolution of mankind through mind-blowing contortions, acrobatics, balancing acts and daredevil stunts.
Until 26th February
DIANA: HER FASHION STORY AT KENSINGTON PALACE - Follow the evolution of the Princess's style with Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace. Discover how Diana used her image to inspire people and to champion the causes she cared about through an extraordinary display of some of her most iconic outfits. Take a closer look at the glamorous gowns from the 1980s and the chic working outfits she used to wear in the 1990s, and see how Diana established herself as a trendsetter, princess and patron. Until 17th February
ORCHIDS FESTIVAL AT KEW GARDENS - Step into a horticultural paradise inspired by Colombia, the world’s most biodiverse country at Kew Gardens’ annual Orchids Festival. See the Princess of Wales Conservatory transformed by floral installations celebrating Colombia, from mesmerising forest scenes with life-sized jaguars, to dazzling displays of bright yellow orchids that depict the legend of El Dorado.
A highlight is the carnival of animals display, featuring a toucan, sloth and turtle, created from beautiful orchids and other tropical plants. Experience the exhibits during the evening with Orchids Festival: After Hours, where you’ll get the chance to create your own floral headdress, sample delicious street food, sip on authentic Colombian coffee and dance to carnival rhythms, provided by a Latin big band.
9th February - 10th March
VIDEOGAMES AT V&A MUSEUM - This exhibition provides a unique insight into the design process behind a selection of groundbreaking contemporary videogames. Design work, including concept art and prototypes, feature alongside large-scale immersive installations and inter-actives.
Until 24th February
THE ART OF ACTING - V&A MUSEUM - Shakespeare described actors in Hamlet by writing ‘they are the abstract and brief chronicles of our time’. From Oedipus Rex to Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, actors have been the storytellers who tell us the tales that reflect the hopes and anxieties of our times.
You will trace the actor's long and lively journey to respectability, with some fascinating characters
to meet along the way.
15th March - 5th April