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.