The Africa Centre Summer Festival 2017 in Southwark over the weekend featured three live stages with bands and DJs as well as street food stalls – and even the art, craft and fashion pop-ups had an African flavour.
ON THIS DAY in 1743 English bare-knuckle fighter Jack Broughton began staging boxing exhibitions in an ampitheatre on Hanway Rd, near Oxford Street. It eventually became the largest of its kind, making him the foremost name in the sport. He cemented this status by drawing up seven rules, which became universally applied before the Marquis […]
Described on Bookatable as a ‘James Bond-style restaurant’, one can only guess they are referring to its air of sophistication and cool because there’s not any Bond memorabilia in sight and the waitresses don’t look anything like Bond girls. This award-winning restaurant run by Gordon Ramsay protégé Michael Reid is too classy for that. And […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
LITTLE VENICE is a pretty suitable description for this tranquil canal area which is in everyone’s list of the capital’s most romantic and picturesque places to visit. We can thank 19th-century poet Robert Browning for naming it after Italy’s more famous waterway. But there are no gondolas here though, although, swans, ducks, canoeists, and day-trippers […]
That midweek sense that the world is a weekend away has come to be known as hump day but the official Shoreditch Pub Crawlers have their own Thirsty Thursdays which has no respect for the time-honoured Friday-Saturday tradition of letting your hair down. This hip Shoreditch crowd are open to all newcomers who wish to […]
It’s more commonly known as the heartland of indie-rock and has also dubiously grabbed the title of the birthplace of punk (Kings Road anyone!) but its pub and nightlife are undeniable. This includes a thriving live scene with the Jazz Cafe and indie rock venue the Dublin Castle within eyeshot of each other. It’s no […]
On this day in 1824, the House of Commons voted to purchase banker John Julius Angerstein’s painting collection for the sum of £57,000. Parliament acted to secure these 38 paintings as a national archive and with no national gallery available they were displayed at a makeshift space at Angerstein House, 100 Pall Mall. This was […]
The bulldozers had already been called in for Kensington Odeon cinema despite the best efforts of campaigners opposed to it being demolished for luxury flats yet work may well be called to a halt this week. According to Guy Oliver, spokesperson for Friends of the Kensington Odeon, 1920s tea rooms have been exposed beneath the […]
Unaware of the cringeworthy Oscars debacle that occurred on Sunday night, a Red Carpet Gala was in full flow during the weekend at the stylish and sophisticated Jujus, Chelsea. The Kings Rd nightclub hosted a celebration of the 89th Academy Awards with a Cosmopolitan cocktail and a champagne toast with the gathering of Elite Parties […]