How Will Freedom Day Impact London’s Travel, Tourism And Heritage Sectors?
Posted in: Editorial, Events & Festivals, Food & Dining, Galleries & Museums, Highlights, Travel & Leisure

Boris Johnson recently announced that from July 19 England is open for business again, but does that include businesses catering for overseas visitors? It appears ‘Visit London’ is on hold until the transport and health ministries agree on the way forward. Boris Johnson’s ‘now or never’ announcement makes sense when you consider the devastating effect […]

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Rooftop Dining: Coq d’Argent (Restaurant)
Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

The blazing British summer and Covid cautions make rooftop dining in the open air much more desirable. The Coq d’Argent in Bank is a French restaurant that is a class above the rest in that department. The summer weather will, no doubt, encourage British diners to try outdoor dining and help support the UK hospitality […]

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  • Reading Derek Bates' Shadows in the Wall
    Derek Bates’ Shadows In The Wall
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, People, Photos

    Derek Bates held a reading of his second novel Shadows in the Wall  at Daunt Books, Hampstead with a Q & A and open discussion about whether capitalist democracy is truly representational. His book touches upon this theme with lead character journalist Jake Dearsey picking up on the ghostly murmurs of political and religious intrigue […]

  • Centenary Exhibition Launch Dai Ailian
    Ballerina Dai Ailian: Centenary Celebration
    Posted in: Highlights, People, Shows & Exhibitions

    Dai Ailian is widely recognised as the godmother of Chinese ballet and her birth 100 years ago was celebrated with a Centenary Exhibition Launch at the Royal Academy of Dance, Battersea on May 10th. Archives & Records Manager Eleanor Fitzpatrick who curated the exhibition and author Richard Glasstone who has written a book about her […]

  • The Silent Children by Amna K. Boheim
    The Silent Children
    Posted in: Books, Highlights, People

    Author Amna K. Boheim shared many intriguing anecdotes about her debut novel The Silent Children during its May 5th launch at Alef Bookstores, Baker Street. Anyone who attended her ‘first chapter reading’ at Novel London back in February would have been familiar with her experiences of switching from investment banking to creative writing. Novel London are […]

  • Hilma af Klint
    Painting the Unseen
    Posted in: Highlights, People, Shows & Exhibitions

    Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint’s emergence as a pioneering painter mirrors the career progression of many of her predecessors who were fated to remain undiscovered till after death. However, she may have had a hand in this. She died in 1944 but asked that her work not be shown publicly till twenty years after […]

  • 400 Years Since Shakespeare
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Events & Festivals, Highlights, People, Videos

    May 3 marks the death anniversary of poet, writer and playwright William Shakespeare. Shakespeare 400 commemorating four centuries since his death saw celebrations kicking off in Spring across London from Shakespeare themed displays, pop-up performances and special shows amidst all things Shakespearean. A series of  short film projections all along the Thames on his birthday […]

  • Maha Ahmed: A Seed Once Planted
    Maha Ahmed
    Posted in: Highlights, People, Shows & Exhibitions

    Central Saint-Martins College of Art graduate Maha Ahmed is no stranger to these shores having studied and lived in the UK but her inspiration comes from her birthplace of Pakistan. Her series of miniature paintings currently being exhibited at Asia House honour the tradition of miniature paintings which emerged during the Mughal rule of the […]

  • Historic London Addresses: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
    Posted in: Features, People, Places

    With Women’s History Month in its second week, it is important to remember the woman who wrote the first book advocating the rights of women and is rightly recognised as the first feminist. Mary Wollstonecraft was born in Spitalfields in 1759 and her social and political views emerged during the age of the Enlightenment when […]

  • Charlotte Bronte
    Celebrating Charlotte Bronte: 1816 – 1855
    Posted in: Features, People, Shows & Exhibitions

    Born two hundred years ago and destined to leave an indelible mark on English literature, Charlotte Bronte’s birth and legacy is celebrated with a fascinating new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. It includes the few paintings she actually sat for in her lifetime and also personal items such as letters and signatures. Few would […]