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Last updated : 3rd November 1999


Guildhall Art Gallery closed since 1941, was officially reopened on 2nd November, in a new £70m building designed by Richard Gilbert Scott. The collection ranges from scenes of the IRA bombing of Bishopsgate to the Great Fire of London, including events such as Bartholomew Fair (finally banned for being "raucous and disorderly") and The Calves Head Club (a group of Cromwell supporters, whose meetings were disrupted by mobs throwing rocks). The centrepiece is a huge 16ft by 27ft canvas by John Singleton Copley entitled The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782. Guildhall Art Gallery until 20th February.

The Lord Mayor's Show is the most spectacular event in the City of London's diary. Half a million onlookers are expected to cheer the newly elected Lord Mayor with his entourage and parade, as it weaves its way from the Guildhall through the historic streets of the Square Mile, passing St Paul's Cathedral, before continuing on to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. This year's Show has been 18 months in the planning and will include 6,500 participants, with 200 horses, 20 bands, 20 carriages and 67 floats representing the diverse aspects of life and the unique traditions of the ancient city. City of London from 10.50am on 13th November.


C R W Nevinson: The Twentieth Century Best known as a war artist, C R W Nevinson was described as "a journalist in paint" for the quality of his work, in which he avoided cliché and predictability. He was also a leading light in the London version of Italian Futurism. This exhibition of Nevinson's paintings, drawings and prints is the most comprehensive ever mounted, covering his entire career, including the inter-war cityscapes of London, Paris and New York, and the apocalyptic foreboding of his last works. A series of talks accompanies the exhibition. Imperial War Museum until 30th January.

London Eats Out tells the story of dining in the capital from 1500 to the present day - a gastronomic time trip lasting five hundred years, featuring fast food from street sellers to sushi bars. It explores the etiquette, style and social distinctions of the capital's eateries. There is a full programme of accompanying events, including Tastings of punch, chocolate and tea, Interviews with leading London chefs, Lectures on the historical rivalries of coffee, tea and chocolate, and Demonstrations of how to cook celebration food. The museum is now featuring late night opening. Museum Of London until 27th February.

The Turner Prize has now become a major event in the arts calendar, attracting a betting frenzy rivalling the Booker. Odds seem to be on either Tracy Emin's unmade bed (possibly in the hope that she will disgrace herself at the Award presentation) or Jane and Louise Wilson's video installation. All will be revealed on 30th November, but you can make your own mind up by visiting now, as well as putting the nominated works into perspective, by visiting the other permanent 20th century galleries. Tate Gallery London SW1 until 6th February.

Renaissance Florence: The Art of the 1470s focuses on the work of a period of phenomenal creativity, and includes works by all the greatest artists working in the city at the time: Andrea del Verrocchio's "Ruskin Madonna" from Edinburgh, Sandro Botticelli's "Discovery of the Dead Holofernes" from the Uffizi and Filippino Lippi's recently discovered "Dead Christ Mourned" from the Musée Thomas Henry, Cherbourg. These accompany masterpieces from the Gallery's own collection: Verrocchio's "Tobias and the Angel", Antonio and Piero del Pollaiuolo's "Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian" and Botticelli's "Venus and Mars". National Gallery until 16th January.

A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum presents a selection of works from across the collections, showing not only how those collections were formed, but also how they have been constantly reinterpreted within the Museum. This exhibition underlines the influence the collections have had on the development of British design. In a spectacular and challenging display the V&A looks at its present and future as well at its past. Victoria and Albert Museum until 16th January.

John Soane: Architect Master of Space and Light Although Soane was the most brilliant architect of his time, he has never been the subject of a major exhibition before. Now his work is presented through drawings by the architectural perspectivist Joseph Michael Gandy, and by Soane and his office, as well as through freshly taken photographs and architectural models. It includes both his masterpieces - Dulwich Picture Gallery, the interiors at the Bank of England and his House and Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields - and many lesser known but distinguished works. Royal Academy of Arts until 3rd December.

L S Lowry is best known for matchstick figures in grey Northern townscapes, but in later years his style developed into something far more extraordinary. Firstly there are mysterious seascapes which have an almost Turner like quality. Then there are his last drawings, where his characters have an almost Alice In Wonderland like extravagance. This is a rare chance to see some of those works. Salford Art Gallery until 5th December.


Van Dyck 1599 - 1649 revolutionised portraiture, a central art form in England, by introducing elegant and informal poses, very different from the starched and stilted style of earlier artists. To mark the four hundredth anniversary of his birth, the Royal Academy has joined with the city of Antwerp, Anthony Van Dyck's birthplace, to assemble over one hundred paintings, spanning his whole career, creating the biggest ever exhibition of his work. Royal Academy of Arts until 3rd December.

Steve Bell: Bell's Eye offers a twenty year retrospective of the work of Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, the man responsible for putting John Major in Y-fronts, and the first person to spot that the mad-eyed stare of "call me Tony" Blair, is eerily reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher. Barbican Centre Foyer Gallery until 21st November.