Cassandra's Spring Quarterly Guide


1. Young V&A, Bethnal Green

A wonderful place to entertain little ones on a rainy day.

2. Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Natural History Museum, South Kensington

13th October - 30th June, 2024

3. Portrait of the Day: National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square

The gallery hosts a wonderful collection of interesting talks on particular paintings on show throughout the gallery.

4. Zimingzhong Clockwork Treasures from China's Forbidden City: Science Museum, Kensington

1st February - 2nd June, 2024

A unique showcase of 23 stunning ornate timepieces prized by the Emperors of China.

5. Capturing the Moment: Tate Modern, Embankment

A journey through painting and photography.

January - 28th April, 2024

6. The Wallace Collection

Called a 'hidden gem', this art gallery is located in Marylebone in an inconspicuous 18th century mansion. The collection comprises of a very impressive array of 18th century French paintings, furniture and other artistic spoils. It also boasts a wonderful café - great spot for lunch or tea.

7. Fragile Beauty: V&A

A collection of photos from Sir Elton John and David Furnish.

Beginning 18th May, 2024


1. Standing at the Sky's Edge, Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane

8th February - 3rd August, 2024

Multi-award winning musical which was originally written as a love letter to Sheffield, charting the hopes and dreams of three generations.

2. The Hills of California, Harold Pinter Theatre

25th January - 15th June, 2024

Jez Butterworth's new play is set in Blackpool 1976 - one of the hottest summers on record. The Webb sisters are heading back to their mothers' rundown guest house as she lies dying upstairs. Starring Laura Donnelly and directed by Sam Mendes.

3. Nachtland, The Young Vic

20th February - 20th April, 2024

A mordant satire about marriage, legacy, the rise of the new right and terrible impulses buried deep.

4. Long Day's Journey into Night, Wyndham Theatre

On until 8th June, 2024

Brian Cox and Patricia Clarkson act in a compelling story of love, hate, betrayal and addiction.

5. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Swan Lake

28th March - 28th June, 2024

Madam Butterfly

On until 18th July, 2024

Puccini's devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer.

6. A View from the Bridge, Theatre Royal Haymarket

23rd May - 3rd August, 2024

Dominic West acts in this timeless masterpiece by Arthur Miller of illicit and barely repressed sexual passion.


Chelsea Physic Garden

In the heart of Chelsea, the Chelsea Physic Garden occupies four acres of land on the edge of the River Thames. First established by the apothecaries in order to grow medicinal plants, this wonderful garden has an incredible collection of plants, a fun place for families and a wonderful café.

Classic English Summer Events

Chelsea Flower Show

21st May - 25th May, 2024

Summer in the Square

28th April - 24th September, 2024

All England Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

1st July - 14th July, 2024

Glorious Goodwood

30th July - 3rd August, 2024


16th May - 25th August, 2024


Chelsea (local)

1. Hunan, Pimlico Road

Superb Chinese food

2. Colbert, Sloane Square

French café with Victorian art features

3. Comptoir Libanais, Duke of York Square

Delicious Lebanese food - perfect for sharing plates

4. Chishuru, Fitzrovia

Nigerian modern and unexpectedly delicious food

Notting Hill

1. Strakers, Golborne Road

A hub of cultures and culinary delights

2. Dorian, Talbot Road

Modern European food

3. The Pelican, All Saints Road

Classic gastro pub

Cassandra's Favourite Local Shops

Diptyque - fragrant candles

Anya Hindmarch - beautiful handcrafted handbags

Moyses Stevens - for that perfect bouquet

John Sandoe Books - one of London's best loved bookshops that is crammed full of fiction, non-fiction and classic titles

Buns from Heaven - next door to Sloane Square tube station, with some of the most delicious pastries you will ever have tasted

Birley Bakery, Cale Street - taken from the inspiration of the traditional French boulangerie, all the recipes have a contemporary twist on the classics, and everything is baked daily on site

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