The Tate Modern’s Matisse exhibit begun this week, dedicated to the final works of this modern art king. At age 80, when the French artist was less able, he took to piecing together paper to create art forms known as cut-outs. Just as bright, vivid and experimental as his earlier paintings famed for their audacious approach to art, the cut-outs symbolise the artist’s wonderful ability to carry on in the face of old age. The pieces are mostly owned privately now, but have come together for this exhibition, the first time some have been displayed together in 50 years. Matisse’s attainable, bold aesthetic makes his work enjoyable for art swats and Tate day trippers alike.
The guys behind Street Feast have collaborated with the top names in music, debate and food and drink to create a pop-up venue that promises a festival experience in the space of one night. Set over three floors in a warehouse space in Haggerston, Fairground London promotes no-holds-barred fun. Floor one is for music, the guys from Glastonbury’s Shangri-La are responsible for some of the goings on here, as are London’s Field Day festival team. The second floor is for chats, sofa chilling and talks and debates on issues from protesting to social media; and the third floor is foodie pop-up central. If last week is anything to go by you should head down early – by 5pm the queues for food were out the door on the third floor!
The Sindercombe Social
Locals have been craving an independent venture in Shepherd’s Bush for some time – and now they’ve got a great one. The Sindercombe Social will serve food from US pop-up kings Ruby Jean’s, but it’s the impressive selection of London-based beers that’ll make this place a hit. There’s London Pale Ale and Camden Hells waiting to be swigged in this grand new venture that’s US in feel, with wooded fittings and traditional stools to prop you up at the bar, but never compromising of a genuinely friendly vibe – you could easily bring the in-laws here. There’s been loads of buzz online from locals about this opening – it seems Shepherds Bush has finally got the fun boozer it’s desperately needed.
Tom Conran, restauranteur and don of the london food scene, was the face of iconic destination Tom’s Deli in Notting Hill for years. It’s reopened this week as a twelve month pop-up under the guise of New Tom’s – he hardly needs an introduction in these parts. New Tom’s is headed up by chef Tom Straker of Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner, whose dishes will be super modern twists on typical breakfast, lunch and dinner staples. Much of the food is sourced from Straker’s family farm to help the chef keep in tune with the cheffing process, and the decor will also reflect the wholesomeness of the food. There’s reclaimed parisian metro seats and original pop art on the walls, as well as a traditional sweet shop at the face of the venue – a nod to Tom’s Deli of times’ past. It’s a wonderfully kooky place to celebrate with family and friends this bank holiday.
Hill & Szrok
Hill & Szrok is the masterstroke from butcher Tom Richardson-Hill, chef Alex Szrok and young entrepreneur Luca Mathiszig Lee. A butchers by day; it closes for an hour between 6 and 7pm and swiftly becomes an evening restaurant. The one central butchers table is laid and turned into an social eating space, and the meat carved during the day is plated up for the folks of Broadway Market. Hill & Szrok’s concept is forward-thinking enough to have become a real talking point, and their non-fuss, exceptional catering style encourages punters in by the shedload come evening time. This is some of the most sumptuous and textured meat we’ve tried in months. Take some home for your Easter feast!