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Kate Moss Sulks, Shard Views, Trey Songz: London Weekend

February 01, 2013

''Kate Moss, No. 12, Gloucestershire, 2010'

"Kate Moss, No. 12, Gloucestershire, 2010" by Juergen Teller. The photographer is the focus of an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London through March 17. Photographer: Juergen Teller/Institute of Contemporary Art via Bloomberg

Trey Songz is on a mission to woo Londoners with his R&B tenor voice.

The 28-year-old R&B singer, born Tremaine Aldon Neverson, will showcase singles such as “Heart Attack,” which has earned him a third Grammy nomination, this time for best R&B song. He’s promoting his album “Chapter V,” which includes “Simply Amazing,” a hit single in the U.K.

HMV Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH: http://venues.meanfiddler.com/apollo/home or +44-844-844-4748, http://www.treysongz.com/.

Saturday

Shoot up to the top of the Shard starting this weekend --if you can spare 24.95 pounds ($40) per pre-booked adult ticket.

The European Union’s tallest building, designed by Renzo Piano, is finally open to visitors. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Windsor Castle. This being London, you’re likelier to get a high, hazy view of the river and landmarks near London Bridge. What strikes you most is the capital city’s haphazard development: Victorian smokestacks spouting off archaically beside state-of-the-art office towers.

Sneak into the top-floor bathrooms (reserved for the elderly or less mobile) for some plunging views. And in the shop, look for furry replicas of Romeo, a fox cub that climbed to the top of the Shard in 2011 and lived for two weeks on workers’ leftovers until he was gently escorted out.

Information: http://www.theviewfromtheshard.com or +44-844- 999-7111.

Magdalen is a low-key restaurant near the Shard serving seasonal dishes using British ingredients. It belongs to husband-and-wife team James and Emma Faulks. He previously worked at the Fat Duck; she was a pastry chef at the Mandarin Oriental. Chef David Abbott is from Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. It’s informal and inexpensive. Information: http://www.magdalenrestaurant.co.uk/ or +44-20-7403-1342.

Saturday Night

Robin is a poor little rich kid -- an upper-class crackhead hanging out at the family manor.

In Polly Stenham’s “No Quarter,” he helps his dementia- afflicted mother commit suicide, and then finds out she’s sold the home he was hoping to move into. So he throws a wild party.

The play gives Stenham a chance to expose the privileged classes’ propensity to produce ill-adjusted children. It ends Feb. 9 at the Royal Court Theatre. Information: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com or +44-20-7565-5000.

Olivo, a short walk from the Royal Court, serves Sardinian cuisine including pasta, meat and fish dishes. The cooking is authentic, and you’d be lucky to find a restaurant this good in Sardinia: http://olivorestaurants.com or +44-20-7730-2505.

If you’d rather hear Hollywood royalty perform great American songs, see Lorna Luft, Judy Garland’s daughter.

She’ll urge you to fall in love -- “birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it” -- then sing a medley of tunes that were never nominated for an Oscar, including one by “this relative of mine” (“New York New York”).

If you’re lucky, she’ll look back to a childhood stay with Mom at the Savoy in London, where, at Garland’s suggestion, they went around switching all the pairs of shoes that guests had left outside their door for shining.

At the new Crazy Coqs cabaret, Sherwood Street W1, Friday and Saturday nights: http://www.brasseriezedel.com/crazy-coqs.

Crazy Coqs is at Brasserie Zedel, owned by the same people as the Wolseley. It’s a beautiful space, and the prices are rock-bottom, including a two-course meal for 8.75 pounds. Information: +44-20-7734-4888 or http://www.brasseriezedel.com/.

Sunday

Vivienne Westwood bares all at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

The flamboyant fashion designer, 71, wears nothing but red lipstick in a series of recent photographs by Juergen Teller. Her giant, gold-framed likenesses are shocking at first -- until you realize a younger woman in similar photos would barely raise an eyebrow.

The Westwood shots, along with a black-and-white portrait of the late Kurt Cobain, are the best things in Teller’s show. The rest is glorified fashion photography: grainy, overexposed images of celebrities such as Kate Moss, who mopes in a wheelbarrow. As for Teller’s own nude self-portraits, they shock, but unlike Westwood’s, add nothing to the conversation.

At the ICA (The Mall, SW1Y 5AH), which is drawing far more visitors than usual. Information: http://www.ica.org.uk or call +44-20-7930-3647.

(Farah Nayeri writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include Jason Harper on cars, Rich Jaroslovsky on tech, Lance Esplund on U.S. art shows and Jorg von Uthmann on Paris arts.

To contact the writer on 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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