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    For culture: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, Southbank. A serious tranche of pop-art legend Roy Lichtenstein’s comic-inspired paintings, sculptures and lithography is coming to London. The Tate has assembled an ambitious retrospective with definitive paintings, as well as some previously un-exhibited drawings and collages. From 21 February – 27 May; tate.org.uk

    For pleasure: ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel, Westminster. Dark and sultry, with a silver steel swimming pool and a wall of fire fringing the relaxation area, ESPA Life is the Rolls-Royce of spas. With

    acupuncture, naturopathy, osteopathy and nutrition appointments also on offer, this is holistic luxury at its best. espalifeatcorinthia.com

    For inspiration: The View from the Shard, London Bridge. Freshly opened, the 69th floor of Renzo Piano’s lightsaber-esque Shard in London Bridge boasts the highest vantage point in any Western European building – London’s own Empire State Building. The 40-mile panorama is a layered carpet of metropolitan magnificence. theviewfromtheshard.com

    after dark

    For the vibe: Mark’s Bar, Soho The subterranean drinking den to Mark Hix’s Soho outpost, Mark’s Bar exudes easy style – welcoming Chesterfields, smoky mirrors, billiards table – and an easier atmosphere. There’s no attitude here, though you might find Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst propping up the low-slung zinc bar enjoying a cocktail. marksbar.co.uk

    For decadence: Crystal
    Bar at the Wellesley, Knightsbridge.
    The lavish 1920s style Crystal Bar, with its wall of whiskies and Cognacs, is the centerpiece of this new

    ultra-luxe Knightsbridge hotel. Take a seat at the bar and watch the mixologists create Prohibition-era cocktails. The whisky sours are a must-try. thewellesley.co.uk

    For the view: Radio Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, ME London, Westminster. Opening on March 1, Norman Foster’s latest unveiling is the ME Hotel, a reincarnation of the BBC Marconi building near Somerset House. The 10th-floor bar is more Miami than London with its pale banquettes and alfresco breeziness. melia.com


    Artwork: © Estate of Roy
    Lichtenstein/DACS 2012

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