Features

  • 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 […]

  • Sara Minelli: Profile of an Italian Flautist in London
    Posted in: Features, People

    Sara Minelli has been resident in London since 2011 and her repertoire of work since then has culminated in the forthcoming release of her first album on Florence-based EMA Records. She is classically trained, specialising in contemporary classical music and has expressed a preference for more experimental pieces or those with ‘extended techniques’ which explore […]

  • African Art: An Interview with Gallery Owner Jennifer Akinsuyi
    Posted in: Features, Galleries & Museums

    Gallerist Jennifer Akinsuyi shares the unusual turn of events that led to her decision to switch careers and become an importer, agent and exhibitor of African art; a vocation which involves constant international travel as she sources talent. Although she has a degree in computers and financial services management as well as a masters in […]

  • Five Cool Movies Set in London
    Posted in: Features, Movies & TV Shows

    With growing fears that Brexit will drive creativity from the heart of the capital here is a list of five memorable films that back up London’s position as one of the most sought after movie locations. An American Werewolf in London This 1981 horror movie directed by John Landis plays on American fears that it’s […]

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    What’s Hot London? Reaching for the Skies Crowdfunding Campaign
    Posted in: Features, Promotions, Videos

    What’s Hot London? is literally reaching for the skies with an upcoming inflight printed edition of its online magazine and to make this happen we have set up a crowdfunding campaign that kicks off on Thursday 12th January 2017. What’s Hot London? with its fun, flirty rhetoric has been putting the spotlight on all that’s overlooked by […]

  • Hot Shorts Film Festival Winner Elena Heading for Bigger Things in 2017
    Posted in: Events & Festivals, Features, Hot Shorts, Movies & TV Shows, People

    Director Elena Kovalenko was a double award winner at our own Hot Shorts Film Festival in October last year, triumphing in the editing and cinematography categories with her short film Underwater. We caught up with her to review her success and chat about her plans for 2017 including her new project Elemental Beauty. 1. Hi […]

  • 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 […]

  • Marcus Sprigens
    Artist Marcus Sprigens
    Posted in: Features, People, Promotions, Shows & Exhibitions

    North London based artist Marcus Sprigen’s work caught many passing glances at the recent Islington Art and Design Fair. The similarity with the Dutch Master Vermeer in his displayed paintings was on further discussion not coincidental. His art is inspired from a wide-range of movements including Surrealism, Fantasy and elements of the dark psyche of […]

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