FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Heston Blumenthal has finally transported his weird and wonderful recipe book to London with the opening of Dinner, his first restaurant, located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Blumenthal — whose dishes include snail porridge and worm pizza — has tapped into British history for inspiration with a menu that features pig’s ear and spiced pigeon.
The signature dish is “Meat Fruit,” which looks like a tangerine, but once cut, reveals a smooth foie gras parfait. There is a date of origination for each dish, too, so diners can taste their way through delicacies from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
Dinner, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London SW1X 7LA; +44-207-201-3833. Open Monday to Sunday, lunch: noon to 2:30 p.m.; dinner: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Selected works by Sir Peter Blake, the artist who famously created album covers for The Beatles and Oasis, will go on display at the Paul Stolper gallery next week. “Peter Blake — The Paris Suite” features 20 silk screen prints on paper. One shows gigantic butterflies flying around the Eiffel Tower while another is of an elephant lowered on a pulley in front of Notre-Dame.
“Peter Blake — The Paris Suite,” Feb. 18 to March 19, Paul Stolper, 31 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH; +44-207-580-7001. Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Aktis Gallery in St. James’s is celebrating the defiance of four Russian artists — Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Oscar Rabin, Oleg Tselkov and Vladimir Yankilevsky — during the era of Socialist realism. The show “Squaring the Circle” features their work from the Sixties to the present and their quest to express themselves freely at a time when aesthetics were in the iron grip of Communism.
The show already has garnered rave reviews, and highlights include Tselkov’s “Work” (2006) and Krasnopevtsev’s “Still Life, Stones and Skull” (1962). The gallery specializes in émigré artists from the Soviet Union and in Russian nonconformist art of the Sixties and Seventies.
“Squaring the Circle,” through March 31, Aktis Gallery, 10 Park Place, London, SW1A 1LP; +44-207-629-6531. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
LN-CC, or Late Night Chameleon Club, is a new basement store that houses seven concept rooms, including The Tunnel and Light Space, designed by set designer and illustrator Gary Card. Books, music and clothing are set within areas that aim to communicate various moods and influences.
Owners John Skelton and Dan Mitchell describe LN-CC as “an all-encompassing world combining the roots of traditional retail twinned with the progressive nature of the online boom.” The brands are an eclectic mix: Pieces by Ann Demeulemeester and Issey Miyake hang alongside more obscure labels such as Sasquatchfabrix. It’s an unusual retail environment, made even more enigmatic by its by-appointment-only policy.
LN-CC, Dalston, London; email@example.com.