The Latest from London (May ’19)

Play the Mile

Play the Mile © Mark Allan

© Mark Allan

Bring out your inner child over 100 days in the Square Mile. Play the Mile, a series of events, installations and concerts exploring the value of creativity, starts on 18 May along the Culture Mile, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate. Highlights include Sound Unbound, a series of short concerts programmed by the Barbican, and the House of Wayward Plants, a glasshouse and bandstand in the Smithfield Rotunda Garden. Find out more at

Tateossian Pop Up in Piccadilly

Tateossian Pop Up in Piccadilly

Piccadilly Arcade’s already a hell of a place for your finer sartorial touches, but now even that rarefied space of gentlemanly sophistication is upping its game with the help of Tateossian. From now until Autumn, the jeweller will be showcasing a selection of its most iconic pieces against a backdrop of owner Robert Tateossian’s personal art collection. If you’re after that dressy finishing touch, look no further – and if you’re on the fence about a new pair of cufflinks, just remember that dropping £250 will also get you a matching pocket square. And hey, if you’re charming enough maybe you can get your hands on some art too. Probably not. The pop-up at Unit 12 Piccadilly Arcade opens 10am – 6pm, Mon – Sat until Autumn;

Luchita Hurtado at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Luchita Hurtado at the Serpentine Sackler GalleryThis is the first solo exhibition of Venezuelan artist Luchita Hurtado in an institution, displaying her wide range of surreal, geometric and biomorphic art. Born in Caracas in 1920, Luchita Hurtado moved to the USA in 1928 and worked as a fashion illustrator for Condé Nast in the 1940s. Her use of unexpected perspectives – looking up to the sky or straight down her own body – were inspired by the first images of Earth from space, and at 98, she continues to address environmental and political issues though her work;

When: 23 May – 8 September
Where: Serpentine Sackler Gallery, W Carriage Dr, London W2 2AR

Crockett & Jones’ Summer 2019 Collection

Crockett & Jones Mid-Blue Suede Shoe

It’s time to put on your blue suede shoes. The Summer Line from Crocket & Jones has a crepe rubber sole, the purest form of latex tapped directly from the tree, which leaves it unharmed and able to produce rubber for decades. It also has the nice side effect of adding a bit of comfort to a smarter summer outfit. Find the collection at

Manga at the British Museum

Manga at the British Musuem

As the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan, the British Museum’s exploration of the now-global phenomenon and multi-billion pound industry showcases original Japanese manga and how its distinctive visual narrative has spread its influence across the world. If you’ve not delved into the bright, occasionally surreal and always inventive world of manga, you owe yourself a visit;

When: 23 May – 26 August
Where: The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

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