We bring you our guide to living well in the world’s capitals, from exhibitions to cinema, food, drink, fashion, music and beyond. Just call it culture and take it, it’s yours.


The Life of Riley
Inspired by painters of the past including Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse, Riley’s abstract innovations offer a groundbreaking way of looking. David Zwirner’s Bridget Riley exhibit, the artist’s first major show in the UK since her 2003 Tate Britain retrospective, features paintings and studies selected from all periods of her career.

From 1961 to 2014 and over three floors, the focus is on her recurrent use of stripes and the variety of them through density, colour and rhythm. This artist is rhythmic alright – if you’ve ever encountered her op-art at a gallery you will have the experienced the wavy tune it plays with your eyes.

Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014, David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ
Until 25th July

Heavy century
If we reach the ripe old age of 100 at an old folk’s home, the first thing we’d do is break out too. That’s exactly what explosives expert Allen Karlsson does in Felix Herngren’s comedy The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappearednicking a wheely-case full of banknotes on his action-packed trip (50 million, for the record). Featuring flashbacks of his extraordinary life, holding court with Stalin, Mao and Churchill, it’s not all roof-down, open road of course. The money belongs to a violent biker gang eager to get it back at any cost. Cue chase and, um, a cameo from an elephant.

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, 114 mins, at cinemas now. See listings for details

Louder than Nobu
A side of guitar shred with your Japanese-fusion, sir? A choice of Edgware Road or Chelsea locations? Why the hell not.

This weekend we’re going Kurobuta, Scott Hallsworth’s restaurants serving you Wagyu beef sliders (Brioche bun, crunchy onions, pickled cucumber and umami mayo) and rice senbei crisps with avocado-jalapeno dip. Here the chef, who did a stint at the Mayfair celeb-magnet, turns everything up to 11; flavour, ambience and soundtrack. Mmm.

Kurobuta, 17-20 Kendal Street, Marble Arch, London, W2 2AW and 251 King’s Road
Chelsea, London, SW3 5EL

Where’s it brewed? Over there
We’ve just come back from menswear. Much as we love a blue cocktail and a well-timed glass of champagne, we’d quite like a pint right now.

Head to Hackney Wick’s CRATE Brewery for all your imperial-measurement desires – they brew all their beers and ales in-house. And there’s pizza. And street food on Sunday, 1pm-9pm. The universe provides.

CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria, Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN


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