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What the cool kids will be doing this year

Published on January 6th 2012.


Culture Vulture

THE Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee may be hogging the couch in 2012, but for those of you who are neither tourist nor conservative, let us be your guide through what’s hot and what’s not in the new year.

This year, we will be…

Channelling our inner debutante…
This May, the V&A presents the highly-anticipated ‘Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950’. The exhibition will house around 60 ballgowns, dating from 1950 up until the present day, including several catwalk showstoppers and many a recognisable Royal dress, including a Norman Hartnell ballgown created for Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Diana’s Elvis dress designed by Catherine Walker.

Tickets: £10 (concessions available) V&A Members go free

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 2RL

10am – 5.45pm

19 May 2012 – 6 January 2013


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Embracing the morbid at the Southbank…
A controversial subject in the wake of 2012, the Southbank centre’s Death: A Festival for the Living will provide four days of music, entertainment, poetry and talks all about death. The series of events will be led by respected philosophers, artists, musicians, scientists, undertakers, medical practitioners, psychiatrists, theologians, anthropologists and broadcasters, who will each examine the different attitudes and approaches we take towards the subject of death and how in many ways it is almost a taboo.

Ticket prices vary

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd
SE1 8XX

Dates and times vary for each event

Friday 27 – Monday 29 January


Eating American…
After last year’s launch of The Box, 2012 will be welcoming a few more additions to the food and drink scene from America, including Balthazar, La Esquina and a heap of Chipotles. On the same note, American-style BBQ champions, Pitt Cue Co, who last year brought us the Meatwagon, will finally be rooting in a permanent location on the former site of Canela.


Bringing back ’60s garage…
This year, we’ll be listening to Toy – the band you need to know. The London-based retro outfit, complete with polo necks and bowl cuts, wowed us at Cave Club last year (The Horrors’ night at Buffalo bar, Islington) and are already set to be making psychedelic waves in 2012.


Venturing into the wild…
Scott’s Last Expedition at the Natural History Museum actually looks really cool (excuse the pun). The icy retrospective follows the account of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s final expedition to Antarctica in 1910 – 1913. The museum will be displaying extremely rare artefacts, which were originally used by Scott and his team, as well as scientific specimens and a life-sized version of the hut the team used that survives in Antarctica. The exhibition tells the story of the gruelling trek to the South Pole and the death of the Polar Party and celebrates the team’s endurance and achievements, which include the large number of zoological and geological specimens the team brought back with them, which have been a huge contribution to our modern day knowledge of the continent.

Ticket prices vary

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
SW7 5BD

10am – 5:50pm

20 January – 2 September 2012


 

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Renewing our love for Damien Hirst…
April will feature Damien Hirst's first major retrospective in the UK, following his journey from a humble Goldsmiths grad in 1988, when he launched the Young British Art movement, to full-on art stardom. Hirst-fans can expect to see 70 iconic sculptures, including the famous shark in formaldehyde, 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living'.

Tickets: £14/£12.20 concessions

5 April – 9 September

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG

Daily: 10am – 6pm


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