Features

  • Countdown to the Man Booker Prize
    Posted in: Books, Events & Festivals, Features

    THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE celebrates outstanding works of fiction written in the English language and published in the UK. The recently published longlist of 13 books emerged from 144 hopefuls who submitted from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. The eventual winner of the £50,000 prize will join the 52 other notable authors who […]

  • Keats House
    Posted in: Features, Places

    English romantic poet John Keats lived a short life that was in so many ways the archetypal tragic, brief and poverty-stricken existence expected of such literary figures. What still exists is his inspirational body of work and of course his home in Hampstead, Keats House (formerly Wentworth Place). Now a heritage site operating as a […]

  • Purrfect Tea
    Posted in: Features, Food & Dining

    The first Cat café originated somewhere in Asia. The western world was quick to catch up. While there are a handful of cat cafes and some more mushrooming in the UK, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is the first of its kind in London. Opened in 2014 amidst much curiosity and hype, like all other cafes […]

  • The Good Mixer
    The Good Mixer
    Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Features

    If you ever happen to be in Camden and count yourself as a devoted independent rock fan then The Good Mixer pub will definitely be on your to-see list. Camden isn’t short of the odd landmark pub dedicated to this type of music with The Underworld, The Monarch, The Barfly and The Dublin Castle to […]

  • Buskers London
    Buskers in London
    Posted in: Features, People

     Summer time is always a trigger for London buskers of all backgrounds and degrees of talent trying their hands before the crowds. One-man bands, magicians, jugglers, break dancers, shamrock yodas dressed in green garb on St Patrick’s Day, you name it the London crowds have probably seen it. Covent Garden is the unofficial busking centre […]

  • London Statues & Sculptures
    London’s Statues & Sculptures
    Posted in: Features, Photos, Places

    Where bronze statues of fictitious characters such as Sherlock Holmes take pride of place alongside those of historic British kings, queens and heads of state. The streets are the unofficial exhibition space for the public art in London Town. So if you don’t like galleries or museums you’ve no excuse!

  • Literary Pub - Pillars of Hercules
    Literary Pubs
    Posted in: Books, Features, Photos, Places

    Even Shakespeare needed a decent boozer after a hard day’s graft! Take a look at these historic London pubs associated with famous literary figures. 1. The Pillar of Hercules Pretty classic name eh? As alehouse monikers go it certainly beats your Dog and Duck or Slug and Lettuce doesn’t it! This pub can be found […]

  • From Drones to Phones – Filmmakers Embrace New Technology
    Posted in: Events & Festivals, Features, Movies & TV Shows

    THE RAPID increase in digital technology and advances in smart engineering have led to startling new developments in film production – particularly at the consumer level. Smartphones now shoot better quality than high-end video cameras and include refined features such as hi-tec zooms, digital image stabilisation and cinematic aperture ranges. 4k iPhones became pretty much […]

  • July 5th: Inauguration of the Shard
    Posted in: Features, Places

    IT WAS on this day in 2012 that the 310 metre tall Shard Tower, located on the South Bank of the Thames, was officially inaugurated as one of Europe’s tallest buildings. It was opened by Prince Andrew and the Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, whose nation provided most of […]

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