The London Art Fair

  Now in its 28th year, the London Art Fair is once again attracting buyers and collectors, creatives and artists like bees to a honey pot. Housed this year in Islington’s Business Design Centre from January 20th-24th, the fair is a three floored exhibition of everything from fine art to sculpture, with all pieces available… Continue reading The London Art Fair

Changes: New Year, London and Bowie

  January, they say, is a depressing month. Christmas is over, money is tight and strict regimes are being imposed to tackle the festive overindulgence. Personally, I am taking the ‘Dry January’ message to mean that this month, my alcohol choices will be mainly Dry Gin. The ‘clean-eating’ trend the masses are adhering to this… Continue reading Changes: New Year, London and Bowie

Covent Garden and Christmas in November

‘Christmas’ and all that comes with it, the songs, the madness, the big brands and the adverts, seems to be creeping earlier each year. As soon as November rolled along, Oxford Street and Regent Street went into Christmas mode – entirely prematurely if you ask me. By mid-December, the novelty and excitement of all things Christmas… Continue reading Covent Garden and Christmas in November

The Tower of London, Agincourt, and being a Londoner

Otherwise entitled: ‘I don’t do those ‘London Things’, I live here’ and other misconceptions of Londoner’s It’s a strange thing, living in London, in that those that do reside in the city have rarely done the ‘London’ things. Ask any flat-sharing creative in Shoreditch if they’ve been on the London Eye, or a penguin-suited office… Continue reading The Tower of London, Agincourt, and being a Londoner

Is this Bond Street? How to do London 007-Style

I duck behind a red telephone box (alas, only taking cards these days), heart racing and blood pumping in my ears. It’s so loud it almost drowns out the never-ending and unspeakably aggressive sounding Crossrail works around the corner. This is serious stuff. I subtly look to my right, trying to gauge whether anyone leaving the… Continue reading Is this Bond Street? How to do London 007-Style

Mamma Mia: Dancing Queens and Super Troupers

Somewhere in the crowd, there’s you me. Aka the night I went to the ultimate Abba musical.   When it’s a cold, drizzly Tuesday evening in the city, a bit of entertainment is much needed. With the current steep cinema prices (enough to buy multiple DVDs from Amazon), seeing a film, albeit on a big… Continue reading Mamma Mia: Dancing Queens and Super Troupers

Brunch at The Black Penny, Covent Garden

Brunch is one of those fabulous concepts that makes you feel somewhat sophisticated without the need for dressing up, parting with huge amounts of cash, or forfeiting an early night. Perhaps that is why the popularity of the breakfast-lunch convergence has increased significantly over the past couple of years: Instagram is now awash with Prosecco… Continue reading Brunch at The Black Penny, Covent Garden

ENO’s La Bohème: A Modern Bohemian Rhapsody

La Bohème at the London Coliseum ‘We have, I am afraid to say, come across one of those technical difficulties that happen every so often in performances: we have a piece of scenery that is supposed to rotate, and due to power faults, it’s simply not rotating. But rather than exclude this part from our… Continue reading ENO’s La Bohème: A Modern Bohemian Rhapsody

5p Charge Not Your Bag? When Plastic isn’t so Fantastic…

Time to bag it up people…. Monday 5th October will forever be held in our memories as Doomsday. That tragic, unforgettable Autumnal day, our week began with a hard-hitting realisation that was almost incomprehensible. This was, I think you’ll agree, comparable to 1 Direction splitting up, or Bruce Forsyth leaving Strictly. Monday 5th October will… Continue reading 5p Charge Not Your Bag? When Plastic isn’t so Fantastic…

London in a Day

Only got one day in the big bad city? Don’t waste it getting mowed down by school trips and tourists, seeing the obvious attractions (that you’ve probably seen before) or being disappointed by mediocre meals. Check out my suggestions for when time is tight… Spitalfields Market 24 Hours in London London is about far more… Continue reading London in a Day