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Bieber Meets Katy Perry, $425 Tracey Emin: London Weekend

June 08, 2012

"Wah Wah Girls"

Davina Perera, Shelley Williams and Sheena Patel in "Wah Wah Girls." The Bollywood-style musical, about an Indian dance club in East London, is at the Peacock Theatre in London through June 23. Photographer: Steve Tanner/Sadler's Wells Theatre via Bloomberg

Start your weekend with a shimmy at the Wah Wah Club tonight.

It’s the main setting in “Wah! Wah! Girls: The Musical.” Bollywood bling comes to an East London area with double-decker buses, smashed shop fronts, and a Polish handyman named Pavel.

Showgirl Sita wants a job at the club. She heard about it from her friend Daveena whose cousin Meena remembers her Auntie Sheena working there once.

Sita does a number in a sequined brassiere. Yet club owner Soraya (Sophiya Haque), who performs more traditional forms of dance, finds it all “a little too suggestive.”

The show, which has dazzling sets and lighting and good dancing, ends June 23 at the Peacock Theatre, London WC2A 2HT. Information: http://www.sadlerswells.com or +44-844-412-4322.

While you’re in Bollywood mode, Moti Mahal -- a short walk from the Peacock -- is one of London’s best Indian restaurants. Chef Anirudh Arora’s all-singing, all-dancing gastronomic dishes aren’t cheap, so surf online for special offers if you’re on a budget: http://www.motimahal-uk.com or +44-20-7240-9329.

Saturday

A signed Tracey Emin could be yours for 275 pounds ($425).

The tiny gravure of a tweeting bird -- one of 300 -- is a bestseller at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Visitors crowd around. (“You wouldn’t think that was her,” an old lady in a wheelchair said at the preview. “No, it’s not rude enough,” said the woman with her.)

The open-submission summer show is always a hodgepodge. In the nice Scottish and Irish room, see the oils by Alison Watt -- are those folds of fabric or of human flesh? -- and a portrait of redhead Tilda Swinton sitting on a pile of unread scripts.

As ever, Anselm Kiefer stands out with just one painting. And on the architecture room’s wall are Norman Foster’s study sketches for Bloomberg LP’s future London headquarters.

The Summer Exhibition, sponsored by Insight Investment Ltd., ends Aug. 12 at the Royal Academy. Information: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk or +44-844-209-0051.

Kitchen Joel Antunes, near the Royal Academy, has tables outside, weather allowing. While the view across Old Burlington Street is nothing special, Antunes’s dishes are first-class. The set lunch is 29 pounds for three courses, or 25 pounds for two: http://embassymayfair.com/restaurant/ or +44-20-7494-5660.

Saturday Night

The Capital FM Summer Ball at Wembley will be headlined by Coldplay. The “Paradise” band, led by Chris Martin, is midway through a world tour that included other shows in London.

Tomorrow’s concert has a roster of stars including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Jessie J, Usher, the Wanted, Ed Sheeran and Kelly Clarkson.

Each act gets a short stint on stage with plenty of pop rivalry to keep the show going. Those unable to get in can listen on Capital FM from 4 p.m.

Wembley Stadium, Empire Way, HA9 0WS. Information: +844- 980-8001 or http://www.wembleystadium.com.

Sunday

With the main events of the Queen’s Jubilee over, you can celebrate another British tradition: the humble biscuit.

The Brunswick Centre hosts a free weekend-long British Biscuit Festival. There are baking workshops, tournaments where you recite sonnets chewing on a biscuit, and a farmer’s market.

You’ll be cookied out by the end. The festival runs June 8 to 10 at the Brunswick, Bloomsbury, WC1. Information: http://www.brunswick.co.uk/index.php/events/10-events- articles/95-biscut-111.

To contact the writer of this story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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