Looking ahead: the best of London coming up

As well as the glorious outdoors, London, as always, offers endless diversions, from exhilarating exhibitions to forceful operas, as well as intimate glimpses into the lives of the famous and infamous.

The concierge team at The Beaumont know London inside out, and they are here to help guests look beyond the obvious tourist clichés. Here are four of their top recommendations for this month:

Master of monochrome

Photographer Diane Arbus captured some of the most haunting images of the 20th century, and this major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery focuses on the first half of her career, when she was making a name for herself in New York. More than two thirds of the photographs on show have never been seen before in the UK, and the majority of them were printed by Arbus herself. Until 6 May.

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Vincent in London

Say 'Van Gogh' and most people will think pictures of sunflowers and the South of France, but the great Dutch painter actually spent three of his most formative years in London, and British culture had a surprising influence on his work. The biggest show of its kind in a decade, Van Gogh and Britain also shows how British artists responded in their turn. At Tate Britain to 11 August.

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Destiny's child

Verdi's epic opera, La forza del Destino or The Force of Destiny, tells the story of Leonora, the tragic heroine whose father forbids her to marry her lover, and the melodramatic consequences of the fatal accident it leads to. This spectacular production from the Royal Opera House features heart-rending arias and some of his most brilliant choral writing, as well as moments of comedy. Last night 22 April.

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Hendrix at home

Two of the most famous musicians in the world lived in adjoining houses just a short stroll away from The Beaumont, separated by a single wall - and 200 years. Jimi Hendrix and George Friderick Handel might be unlikely neighbours, but their former homes at 23 and 25 Brook Street are now a fascinating museum, which features lively concerts as well as talks, exhibitions and late-night openings.

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