• Where to go

    Chances are you're reading this on your phone, right? And if you like what you read, you might tweet about it - and then pray for the retweets. Such is life after the digital revolution: our little technological accomplices are never far from our side. In the 25 years since the creation of the World Wide Web, life, work and culture have been turned upside down and anyone worth his or her salt is starting to wonder what it all means. Luckily, Vanity Fair and Intelligence Squared have got it covered with their Digital Summit, in association with O2. Throughout the afternoon of June 11th, the brightest minds in technology, politics, business and culture will come together in person to consider the tsunami of change we have already experienced - and what is yet to come. 

    Hear from the internet's early pioneers, including Martha Lane Fox, on how their hopes and dreams measure up to reality. Probe the danger of artificial intelligence with Professor Nick Bostrom, author of Superintelligence (the book on everyone's lips), and find out who's throwing money at the problem (clue: web giants only need apply). Speaking of these giants, with a small number of firms controlling an increasingly large part of the digital landscape, how can London compete? What must young entrepreneurs do to stay independent? Should they even want to stay independent? These are among the questions - expertly curated by Vanity Fair's London editor Henry Porter - which will be asked of industry figures such as Baroness Joanna Shields, the PM's Advisor on the Digital Economy, and Rohan Silva, co-founder of the startup hub Second Home.

    Other highlights include Vanity Fair's European Editor-at-Large Jemima Khan in conversation with co-founder and CEO of Tinder Sean Rad on the aspirations of the world's biggest dating app, The Dark Net author Jamie Bartlett on the nether regions of the web, and founder of SBTV Jamal Edwards on the internet's ability to create stardom from the unknown. After everything you've heard, there will be no sitting on the fence in the final debate, marshalled by the inimitable Jeremy Paxman, considering whether "The Internet is a Failed Utopia". In a world of uncertainty, one thing is sure: this is an unmissable afternoon of entertainment and enlightenment.

    Tickets are £150, and £75 for students. Click here to buy.

    Vanity Fair - Intelligence Squared Digital Summit, Thursday 11th June, 2-7pm.

    Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW.

    Vanity Fair and Intelligence Squared offer all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a pair of tickets (worth £300) to the Digital Summit on Thursday 11th June.

    Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to buy

    As if opening and running Spring - one of London's most lusted after restaurants - wasn't enough, this week chef and writer Skye Gyngell publishes her new cookbook. 

    Also named Spring, the book is as pretty and sprightly as the restaurant itself; favourite recipes include a salad of beetroot, tomatoes, goat curd and radicchio, pappardelle with oxtail ragu and candied blood orange and white chocolate nougat. 

    Alongside the grub, Skye Gyngell also charts the creation of Spring; from when she first clapped eyes on the site at Somerset House, to designing the space, and developing menus from her kitchen at home. Gyngell also includes sections on those small but important details; staff uniforms, art and table settings - all of which work to make this restaurant a nose-to-tail delicious experience.


  • What to see

    When artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera stored all her personal belongings in the bathroom of The Blue House, her home in Mexico City. After her death, the house became Museo Frida Kahlo, but despite the influx of visitors, Rivera requested that the bathroom remain shut for 15 years after he died.

    It remained unopened for 50 years. And on re-opening in 2004, artist Ishiuchi Miyako was invited to photograph the stored objects of over 300 pieces including Kahlo's signature cat-eye sunglasses, her long Tehuana woven dresses worn partly to disguise her polio-withered leg and, most startlingly, her beautifully decorated prosthetic leg (see left) which Frida wore after an operation to amputate her gangrenous foot in 1953. 

    These personal and emotional items are a fitting subject for Miyako whose previous work focuses on her obsession with the traces we leave behind as individuals and as a society. A selling exhibition of these limited edition photographs opens at Michael Hoppen Gallery this week. 

    P.S. If this show has simply whetted your Frida Kahlo appetite, there are exhibitions of Kahlo's work at both the Detroit Institue of Arts and the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, whilst the New York Botanical Garden has planted a reimagining of the garden Kahlo kept at The Blue House in Mexico City.


    Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako until 12th July 2015.

    Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD.