Social Calendar | 21st to 28th of May

- Monday –

The Historical Box – private view Group show curated by Mara McCarthy, director of LA gallery The Box, moves from Zurich to London. Features works by artists John Altoon, Simone Forti, Stan VanDerBeek and Robert Mallary which explore some of the most politically and socially turbulent times in US history.
Hauser & Wirth Piccadilly, 196A Piccadilly, London, W1J 9DJ, United Kingdom, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Klitschko – UK film premiere
Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko, Alex Reid, Rav Wilding, Dynamo, attend the premiere of Sebastian Dehnhardt’s documentary about Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Wladimir and his brother Vitali, who’s also a championship fighter.
The Empire, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA, United Kingdom, 5:55pm

- Tuesday –

Clerkenwell Design Week
London’s premier celebration of design featuring over 150 events including pop-up exhibitions, installations, talks, performances, music and workshops.
Various venues, London, United Kingdom

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012
Annual gardening festival with over 150,000 visitors. Along with the gardens on show, there are competitions for best chic, city and courtyard garden, along with best in show. The Royal Hospital, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR, United Kingdom

Wednesday -

Orwell Prize Awards
Annual awards recognising political authors, journalists and bloggers. This year’s shortlist includes Sonia Purnell, Richard Lloyd Parry and Gavin Knight.
Church House, Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3NZ, United Kingdom, 6:30pm

A Celebration of the Arts

The Queen, David Hockney, Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, Alan Bennett, Sir Tom Stoppard, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Redgrave, attend a reception where The Queen presents five special Diamond Jubilee awards to emerging students of art, theatre, dance and music. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD, United Kingdom

- Thursday –

Christian Louboutin in conversation with Paula Reed
Iconic French footwear genius, known for his trademark red soles, discusses his career with Grazia’s editor. The Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD, United Kingdom, 7:30pm

- Friday –

ATP Festival
Mogwai, Slayer, Yuck, Aidan Moffat, are among performers during the cultural weekend featuring music, art and film. This year also sees performances from Afghan Wings, Mudhoney, and Dirty Three. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY, United Kingdom

Incognito – gig
Popular British soul/funk/jazz outfit perform their second London date promoting the release of their latest album Surreal, featuring their new vocalists Natalie Williams and Mo Brandis. Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD, United Kingdom

- Saturday –

Elegance handbags: Hermès – exhibition
A number of vintage and modern handbags by the iconic French fashion house go on display before going under the hammer on May 30th. Price estimates range from £600-£26k. Christie’s London, South Kensington Saleroom, 85 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LD, United Kingdom

- Sunday –

These are a Few of my Favourite Songs – Jeremy Sams
Mark Shenton, Caroline Sheen, Shenton interviews theatre director, lyricist and composer Jeremy Sams as part of a series where major figures of the theatrical world talk about the songs that inspire them. Sheen performs Sams’ chosen tunes.
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE, United Kingdom, 6:00pm