Things to do in London this weekend: 28 - 30 January
From the chance to get up close to an art world masterpiece and an acclaimed chef to the debut short story collection set to glue you to the sofa, here's what not to miss.
In 1991 Francis Bacon painted a beautiful but haunting study of a bull. The beast in the picture emerges from the darkness as if about to charge into a heavenly white light, only the dark void behind holds him back. It serves as a poignant reflection on life’s transience and is Bacon’s final work. Not long after finishing it, the artist passed away, aged 82. Held in a private collection, the two-metre high canvas only became known in 2016. Now, it's being exhibited for the first time in the UK in a major Royal Academy exhibition charting the development of the artist’s work — notably the human figure — through his fascination with animals.