• What to see

    It's that delicious awards time of year, when the movie industry slings down all its aces.

    My favourites so far; Eddie Redmayne's dazzling performance in The Theory of Everything. The powerful part played by Michael Keaton in Birdman. And then unexpectedly, Whiplash (in cinemas today, 16th January).

    It didn't exactly sound original; a bullying teacher, eager pupil relationship set in New York's best music school. But J.K. Simmons' intensity as terrifying teacher Terence Fletcher, has already earnt him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. And Miles Teller's equally entrancing turn as ambitious drummer Andrew Neiman, provides the framework for unexpected twists and turns set to pulsating jazz rhythms. 

    Whiplash sets the tempo and controls the audience…to the blistering beat of its very own drum. 


  • What to buy

    Mary McCartney's 30,000+ instagram followers are familiar with her fresh, exciting and often amusing images. And in particular her #someone series of random people captured, whenever her curiosity is piqued.

    But for those who like something more substantial, specifically the heavy weight of a tome upon their knee, Mary's new book Monochrome & Colour was published last week. The two-parter is a collation of nearly 300 images, taken between 1990 and the early 2000s, many of which have never been seen before. The images haven't been commissioned, so with no brief and no client to please, this body of work is McCartney's heart and soul and eyes at their purest. 

    Whether it's a shot of models backstage before a show, dancers on a fag break, a mysterious snow scene, or an old couple tanning, the image implies more than the photograph. Mary's print may just be a captured moment. But it's also a tiny part of a bigger narrative. A single frame from a life story. Which is what, I believe, makes McCartney's photographs, something you can never tire of looking at.

    Mary McCartney, Monochrome & Colour, £75


  • What to know

    Camley Street natural park, cash machines offering 'Cockney' as your preferred language and Wilton's - the world's oldest music hall… London is full of secrets.

    Add to the list, no. 3 Grafton Street. Built in 1767 by The Duke of Grafton and architect Sir Robert Taylor (who was later appointed architect for the Bank of England), the space is open to the public for the first time in years with an arts program curated by de Pury de Pury and collector and patron Kasia Kulczyk. Currently showing is the work of one of Poland's most important living artists, 92 year old Wojciech Fangor, the only Polish artist to have been given a solo show at the Guggenheim in NYC. The exhibition, Colour Light Space sees thirty of his Op Art works, made during the 60s and 70s, corralled from private collections and shown together in these grand Georgian rooms.

    The huge paintings are exciting, the space is calm and the entire experience a chance for peace and reflection. Just the place to steal a moment away from Bond Street's consuming crowd.

    Wojciech Fangor, Colour Light Space

    Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm until 9th January 2015

    3 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EE