Highlights

The 2020 Vision of London as a Smart City
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The race to make London a fully Smart City by 2020 When the ‘Smart’ word first entered our terminology during the digital age, it commonly described the technological capabilities and connectivity of our watches, wearables, and gadgets. Its meaning has taken on new power as our capital city embraces an era of artificial intelligence and […]

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Features

Rethinking Work: 2018 and Beyond
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Exploring three-day weeks, work-life balance and the loss of jobs to A.I  Employment researchers claim recruitment tends to peak after the Christmas and New Year. Perhaps that’s because these employers have picked up on the restlessness people feel once the last remains of Christmas pudding and mulled wine have left the system and that boozy […]

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Reviews

Mandelbrot the Magnificent (Book)
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Author Liz Ziemska describes herself as a ‘writer of slightly strange fiction’ and her latest book, steeped in the wonders of complex mathematics and the snatched innocence of childhood, holds true to this. Set in a Jewish community in Warsaw, Poland, six-year-old Benoit lives a comfortable life with his dentist mother, tailor father and younger […]

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Places

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    London’s Art Movements: The Bloomsbury Pre-Raphaelites
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    The National Gallery’s Reflections: Van Eyck & The Pre-Raphaelites exhibition shows how the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was influenced by art from the 1400s and particularly Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait.  This article gives the background to their rise and creative principles. The Bloomsbury area of West Central London comprising extensive parts of Camden from Euston Road to Holborn is […]

  • Oxford Street Pedestrianisation Plans Underway
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    MAYOR OF LONDON Sadiq Khan has recently unveiled plans to pedestrianise the East-West section of Oxford Street in time for the launch of the Elizabethan Line in Dec 2018. He has marked out a half-mile area from Oxford Street to Orchard Street, although the North-South section will remain as it is. Transport for London promises […]

  • London Sweet Shops of Yesteryear Here Today
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    THIS THROWBACK sweet shop in Spitalfields celebrates the confectionery sellers of yesteryear where you could pop in with your loose change and buy quarters of rhubarb and custard sweets, bon bons, gobstoppers, mints or menthol candy –  and it exists today. And all the shelves are taken up by jars of this candy and nothing […]

  • Keats House
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    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 […]

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    London’s Statues & Sculptures
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    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!

  • Literary Pub - Pillars of Hercules
    Literary Pubs
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    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 […]

  • July 5th: Inauguration of the Shard
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    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 […]

  • Waterside Cafe, Little Venice (Cafe)
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Places, Reviews

    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 […]