The daughter of portrait artist Lucian Freud and great-granddaughter of Sigmund, Jane McAdam Freud presents this latest collection of her work exploring familial relationships, both her own and in wider culture. Among the works that comprise this exhibition are portrayals of her half sister, husband and children, a sculpture that combines both her face and Lucian’s to illustrate their facial similarity, and a large scale relief of her father, based on sketches McAdam Freud made of him at his deathbed.
Apr 24-May 29 | Free
Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, W1S 4NN
Tube | Green Park | gazelliarthouse.com
Magic Whiskey Night
Bowmore Whisky celebrates its 15-year matured Darkest with this sensory and theatrical experience that takes you around a candelit Victorian townhouse to discover the various production stages of the long-processed whisky. There are star-gazing and pop-up culinary experts on hand with a special tasting session, too, naturally.
Apr 25-26 | 7.30pm | £15
Near Liverpool Street Station
Tube | Liverpool Street | wegottickets.com
This open mic night features live peformance and poetry thrown together into an unpredictable whole that will have you laughing your head off and stroking your chin in confused befuddlement in equal measure. So get along, put some rhymes together and take to the stage to show off your lyrical skills.
Apr 25 | 7.30pm | Free
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA
Tube | Shoreditch High Street | richmix.org.uk
Record Store Day
This is the day that independent record stores, artists and the public get together to celebrate music, and stick it to the man. PiL played the launch day last month, Keane play an in store at Rough Trade East, and Billy Bragg’s at Soho store Sister Ray. Just a handful of the shows and releases that mark the day.
Apr 21 | Various times | Various
Rough Trade East, E1 6QL
Tube | Aldgate East | recordstoreday.co.uk
London Spill Party
The London party for movie website Spill brings together members from the international Spill community for a party that kicks off in the afternoon at Miabella in Soho and goes on into the small hours. There’s a VIP section, a happy hour that runs till 10pm, and US DJ Milez spinning the best tunes.
Apr 28 | 3pm-3am | £10
12-13 Greek Street, W1D 4DJ
Tube | Oxford Circus | spill.com
Cheese and Wine Festival
This cheese-tastic South Bank festival offers those who like a bit of brie with their glass of wine the chance to sample some tastes they may not otherwise encounter. Boasting more than 35 stalls with offerings from as far afield as South America, there’s cheese-making demonstrations and a wine-tasting masterclass.
Apr 27-29 | 11am-8pm | Free
Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
Tube | Waterloo | cheesewine-festival.com
Robert Redford brings his independent cinema-supporting film fest to the UK, with screenings, interview panels and special events to sate the most ravenous cinema hound’s appetite. The top 14 movies from the US fest make their UK premiere, including Paul Dano’s For Ellen and Julie Delpy’s 2 Days In New York, with live performances from Placebo (Apr 28), Tricky (Apr 27) and Rufus and Martha Wainwright (Apr 29).
Apr 26-29 | Various times | £12.50+
O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
Tube | North Greenwich | sundance-london.com
Art in Marylebone Photographic Competition
To enter the competition, photographers, both amateur and professional alike, have to snap their best shot of local Marylebone life celebrating St George’s Day on April 23. Photographs must be taken during the weekend of April 21-23. Up to three images can be submitted until midnight of April 27. The 50 best photographs will be displayed at the annual Art in Marylebone exhibition on 21-24 June this year.
Marylebone | artinmarylebone.org