Category Archives: London

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 at the Victoria and Albert

The V&A’s new exhibition tells the story of the bridal gown-from when white first became fashionable to the current phenomenon of  increased media focus on celebrity nuptials.  The exhibition will be set out across two floors, opening with the oldest … Continue reading

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Horror at the British Museum!

Enjoy a monster weekend of outdoor screenings at the Museum, featuring  classic 1950s British films. Friday Aug 30 Dracula “The hunt is on for the greatest vampire of them all when Jonathan Harker’s quest to slay him leads Dracula to … Continue reading

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Music and Vermeer The National Gallery Sunday July 7th

I described the Vermeer exhibit in a prior post.  The National Gallery has now added some interesting events related to this exhibit which ties in the music from the period of his art.  From the National Gallery “Performed for private … Continue reading

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Fashion Illustration Workshop in Notting Hill, for all ages.

  It’s often a challenge to find something fun and creative to do on cold February weekends – many of us prefer to stay inside under a warm blanket and watch Modern Family reruns.  But if  you’ve resolved for the … Continue reading

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The Thriving Cabaret Scene

Lynn Gardner has a great article (What cabaret can teach traditional theatre ) about the current boom in the UK’s cabaret scene and the stellar talent that infuses it.  According to Gardner  “It may have become a term of abuse … Continue reading

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Vivaldi and Handel in the intimate and unique setting of the Tower of London – October 8th

              The Band of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London From the Tower “Experience the beauty and splendour of three baroque masterpieces in the historic and intimate surroundings of Henry VIII’s Chapel in … Continue reading

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Headspace in the Parks, September 29th

Time: 11am – 12.30pm Location: The LookOut, Hyde Park The charity for the Royal Parks have partnered with Headspace to give you the chance to experience meditation within natural surroundings and enjoy the benefits it can bring, right in the … Continue reading

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Valentino: Master of Couture, November 2012 – March 2013 at Somerset House

If you haven’t had enough of Ballgowns after seeing the V&A Exhibition, you can head over to Somerset House for a  major new show celebrating the life and work of Valentino.  It will showcase over 130 exquisite haute couture designs … Continue reading

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British Museum – Shakespeare Staging the World July 19- November 25th

From the British Museum “The British Museum is staging a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  The exhibition provides a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city, … Continue reading

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Billingsgate Seafood School

I’ve written about the great cooking classes at Books for Cooks.   Here is a new idea given to me by creative gift specialist KD, who manages to continually find unique gifts for her husband. The Billingsgate Seafood Training School is … Continue reading

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Frontline Club : The Leveson Inquiry – What Have We Learned? January 4, 2012

“Since the Leveson Inquiry hearings began on 14 November some of the worst of British journalism has been laid bare by the victims of phone hacking, politicians, journalists and editors who have spoken.” The first  Frontline event of 2012 will … Continue reading

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The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia – January 10th , London School of Economics

Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House   Speaker: Angus Roxburg Snowdrops, by Economist journalist Andrew Miller, generated  an animated discussion of contemporary Russia in my bookgroup last week and an interest in finding out a bit more about the … Continue reading

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Young Vic Spring/Summer Season on sale

Looks like another good season at the Young Vic and if you purchase tickets now for two shows, the second show is half price.  Of the shows below, I’ve gotten tickets to The Changeling and After Miss Julie.  Although Wild … Continue reading

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – The Broadway Musical. October 4-30th

I saw this show when i was the age my children are now (10) and remember loving it.  Strangely, the one song that has stayed with me all these (many!) years is “Book Report”  in which Charlie Brown is desperately … Continue reading

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The Cartoon Museum – Half Term Classes

. Over school half term, the Cartoon Museum always has interesting classes for children of all ages.  Since we’re rapidly moving towards October half-term you might look into them including one below:                        Cool Manga October 25th   Doesn’t matter if … Continue reading

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When did you last see my mother? – Trafalgar Studios 26 Sep 2011 – 08 Oct 2011

I just read the Exeunt review for When Did You Last See My Mother?, Christopher Hampton’s first play which has returned to the West End after forty years.  I hadn’t recommended it before because I wasn’t familiar with it.  I … Continue reading

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Honeypot at New Diorama Theatre. Wednesday 12th – Sun 30th October

SWEDEN, PARIS, TEL AVIV. 1982. Susanne is a 35 year old beautiful Swedish woman. When her father dies suddenly, she discovers that he was a hidden Jew.  This revelation galvanises her to leave her husband and make a wild journey … Continue reading

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Crazy for You transferring to the West End mid October

Award winning Crazy for You is transferring to the Delfont Mackintosh Theatre mid-October and there are some early-bird discount tickets available. Buy tickets Or call 0844 482 5171 and quote ‘Early Booker Offer’

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National Portrait Gallery Talks- Bad Girls and Boys of the Collection Sept 22 and 29

LATE SHIFT HIGHLIGHTS IN SEPTEMBER Every Thursday and Friday enjoy art, music, drinks, tours, talks and workshops until 9pm GALLERY TALKS: Bad Girls of the Collection  Thursday 22 September, 19.30  Discover portraits of harlots, floozies and traitors. Bad Boys of … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson at Royal Festival Hall – Sept 17th

  Another blog entry that unfortunately dates me–but I do believe that Brian Wilson is a genius and the fact that he’s produced an album of Gershwin covers does not mean that he’s run out of new material.   I’ve listened … Continue reading

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