Highlights

Renaissance Late at the National Gallery
Renaissance Late at the National Gallery
Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Highlights, Photos, Shows & Exhibitions

The National Gallery held a Renaissance-inspired late Friday night with Renaissance Selfies in Room 57 where you were offered makeovers wearing costumes from the1400s &1500s. Also, calligraphy workshops where you could try your hand at the handwriting in the letters shared by Michelangelo and Sebastiano. Any have-a-go-artists were encouraged to visit the Vitruvian Village in […]

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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 […]

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Reviews

Colossal (Film)
Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

If you’ve ever wondered what else is left for monster movies when we’ve seen King Kong stomping through New York and Godzilla upending Japan, well the genre of the gigantic is turned on its head by a clever and darkly comical film called Colossal. It circumnavigates the blockbuster expectations of fifty-foot aliens, gorillas and lizards […]

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People

  • The Independent Filmmakers Ball
    The Independent Filmmakers Ball
    Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Highlights, Movies & TV Shows, People

    Cafe De Paris, Leicester Square was the place to be for the Raindance Film Festival Independent Filmmakers Ball. It was gathering of film directors, producers, screenwriters actors and the like, suited and booted and in celebratory mood. A 30s style jazz and swing band kept them entertained.

  • 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 […]

  • From Selfie to Self-Expression
    From Selfie to Self-Expression
    Posted in: Highlights, People, Photos, Shows & Exhibitions

    The official announcement for the winner of the Saatchi selfie competition was a red-carpeted affair with a champagne reception attended by leading lights from the art world. The judges, (Tracy Emin among them) voted Dawn Wooley from Cambridge the winner for her selfie The Substitute. Dawn told What’s Hot London? the inspiration behind this photo […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Figures Show Record Number of Chinese Tourists in London
    Posted in: Highlights, People

    A record number of Chinese tourists are heading for London with an 81% increase on January 2016. There was a significant increase at the close of 2016 with the festive pull of Christmas and New Year. Further good news: bookings for the first quarter of January 2017 are 40% up and show no signs of […]

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