Features

  • History of East End Boxing
    Posted in: Features, Sports & Fitness

    Few can argue that British boxing history sprung from within earshot of the Bow Bells as records show that East London has produced more champions across all weights whether professional or amateur than any other place in the country. This history runs deep, as it was Bethnal Green’s bare knuckle world champion boxer Daniel Mendoza […]

  • April 28 1789: The Day of the Mutiny on the Bounty
    Posted in: Features

    Strangely enough, many people still believe Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian to be fictional characters because of the romantic and swashbuckling nature of their exploits on the High Seas and the escape to the idyllic islands of Tahiti. It’s a tale amazing enough to grace any worthy book of literature and, indeed, movie of which […]

  • April 20th 1812: Bram Stoker Dies in London
    Posted in: Books, Features, People

    He’s the novelist who created the most widely known literary horror character outside of Frankenstein. Blood-sucking Count Dracula was responsible for many-a-troubled sleep with 1000 Dracula-themed books and 200 movies now available at the last count. Bram Stoker died in London on this date April 20th in 1912 aged 64 and was cremated in Golders […]

  • A London Gallery Lover’s Guide to Art Terminology
    Posted in: Features, Galleries & Museums

    Confused by all the art movements which emerged from every significant aesthetic development since classicism? Does the ‘neo’ and ‘faux’ labels prefixing every new offshoot leave you flummoxed? Here’s an A-guide to the most commonly used terms and a list of the London galleries where you can see displayed examples. Abstract: This refers to art […]

  • March 14: Death of Karl Marx
    Posted in: Features, People

    Highgate Cemetery has been a century-long tourist attraction not for those with a taste for the macabre but admirers of a certain political philosopher whose Das Kapital and Communist Manifesto arguably had a greater influence on 20th and 21st-century nations and the beliefs of mankind than some major religions. Marx didn’t have too high an […]

  • March 7: Birthdate of Piet Mondrian
    Posted in: Features, Galleries & Museums, People

    Our Artist in London series looks at how one of the founder members of the Association Abstraction-Creation drew inspiration from his visits to the capital. It was in Paris in 1931 that this movement was formed but this Dutch artist’s creative journey would have an international flavour forced by the onset of the Second World […]

  • The History of Black Theatre in London
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Features

    The recent announcement of the National Theatre’s launch of their Bright Young Tings photography exhibition of black theatre in London from 1979-1982 will no doubt encourage discussion about the roots of black theatre here and its ground-breaking movements in this respect. Today, What’s Hot London looks back on the emergence of African and Caribbean theatre […]

  • 23 Feb: Birthdate of London Diarist Samuel Pepys
    Posted in: Features, People

    Despite his undoubted standing during the English Restoration, Samuel Pepys’ place in history would have been unremarkable were it not for his private London diaries completed from 1660-1669 and which eventually became public property. Born in Salisbury Court, Fleet Street in 1633 into a family of MPs and Lord Justices, the privileges of social class […]

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