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Bieber on Time; Inside Abbey Road: London Weekend Guide

March 06, 2013

'Slow Arc inside a Cube IV'

"Slow Arc inside a Cube IV" (2009) by Conrad Shawcross. As the light inside the cage moves, the room seems to tilt and swivel. Photographer: Linda Nylind/Conrad Shawcross/Victoria Miro Gallery/South Bank via Bloomberg

Justin Bieber keeps apologizing for setting off massive wailing among the teenagers he kept waiting at his first London concert this week.

Presumably he’ll start on time tonight at the O2, with his humble offerings of “Boyfriend” and more tracks from his CD “Believe.”

O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX, to March 8. Information: http://www.justinbieberofficial.co.uk, http://www.theo2.co.uk, http://www.justinbiebermusic.com and +44-20-8463-2000.

If you want to dine before, and would prefer to avoid the O2 venues, the Gun is a good alternative. It’s a pub with decent food and there’s a terrace beside the river.

Information: http://www.thegundocklands.com/ or +44-20-7515-5222.

Saturday

Remember the blazing sun in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall a decade ago? Its creator is back in London with another stunner.

For the Hayward’s “Light Show,” Olafur Eliasson has placed 27 miniature fountains under flickering strobe lights that make the squirts and splashes look like freeze frames. The sound of the water is nice, too.

Then there’s Anthony McCall’s elliptic projection: You’ll feel like you’re on the moon. And the more you stare at James Turrell’s wall-sized red planes, the more you’ll see.

“Light Show” ends April 28 at the Hayward Gallery, SE1 8XX. Information: http://southbankcentre.co.uk/lightshow or call +44- 844-875-0073.

Saturday Night

A loopy countess lives right under a Paris cafe.

It sounds like the perfect setup -- until a bunch of greedy businessmen show up, spoiling the picture and spicing up the plot of “Dear World” (which premiered on Broadway in 1969). The fat cats try to blow up the cafe to drill for oil. The countess takes them to court.

Broadway legend Betty Buckley puts in a commanding performance as the wacky aristocrat. “Dear World” is at the Charing Cross Theatre, WC2N 6NL. For more information: http://www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk or +44-844-493-0650.

Try Terroirs for unfussy French food with natural wines from small producers as well as charcuterie and a range of rustic dishes. These may include grilled Scottish langoustines; and baby back ribs. Information: http://terroirswinebar.com/ or +44-20-7036-0660.

Sunday

Tourists making the pilgrimage to London’s Abbey Road can normally only see the outside of the studios, sign the wall outside and walk across the crossing made famous by the Beatles.

This weekend is your chance to get a rare sight inside the building, which is still used by many of the world’s top rock and classical musicians.

The tours, by authors Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, run through the narrow corridors and into the bare orchestra-sized hall where the Beatles recorded “A Day In the Life.”

“Inside Abbey Road” tours run from March 8 through March 17 at Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Rd, St. John’s Wood, London, NW8 9AY. Booking: http://www.seetickets.com/tour/abbey-road-studios. Information: +44-20-7266-7000.

(Farah Nayeri and Mark Beech write for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

Muse highlights include Warwick Thompson on London theater; Robert Heller on rock music; Jason Harper on cars and Rich Jaroslovsky on technology.

To contact the writers on this story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net and Mark Beech in London at mbeech@bloomberg.net or http://twitter.com/home/Mark_Beech.

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


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