Art, Things to do in london

Visiting the Summer Exhibition 2015 at the Royal Academy of Arts (closes 16th August)

August 14, 2015

Royal academy of arts - summer exhbition
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending the Royal of Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition and you do want to go, you still have a chance as the exhibition is going to close on the 16th August. So don’t dawdle! I saw it back in June and was really impressed with the amount of art on offer. For those of you who don’t know every year The Royal Academy of Arts invites artists, amateur and professional to submit work for their annual summer exhibition. They usually receive thousands of entries and those who are successful look forward to having their work on view to potentially hundreds of thousands of visitors over the summer. Each piece on show is also available to buy.

Here are some highlights from my visit:

Jim Lambie’s multicoloured staircase at the Royal Academy
royal academy summer exhibition

One of my favourites, Julian Opie – Walking in the rain in Seoul 

Julian Opie

Matthew Derbyshire – Doryphorus

This piece is made from multiwall polycarbonate and stainless steel.  It makes a powerful statement.
Matthew Darbyshire -doryphorus

Paul Hosking – Mimic
Mimic by Paul Hosking

Bernard Cohen – Place Games Place names Bernard Cohen

Michael Craig Martin – Untitled Watch untitled watch by Michael Craig Martin

David Mach – BuddhaBuddha by David MachTim Head – Fictions 3

This year’s summer exhibition catalogue was designed by Tim Head. Tim Head Fictions 3 printFor more information please visit:


An artful stay at The Cumberland Hotel with artist Gregory Burns

August 14, 2015

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When I think of London, I think of chaos, creativity, diversity, history and the people. I love the city and for me it provides inspiration and education. This is what I felt when I visited the iconic Cumberland Hotel recently to meet Artist in Residence Gregory Burns. Gregory is a champion Paralympian (winner of six gold and silver medals) as well as an artist who has exhibited all over the world. This is the first time The Cumberland Hotel has had an Artist in Residence and I hope this is the beginning of great things to come.

Throughout the month of July between the hours of 2-6pm, Gregory painted in the expansive lobby of The Cumberland Hotel. During the evening we heard from Gregory on what inspired his work and his trips around the city. It became clear that this was not a solo mission, there was lots of input from staff around the hotel and guests which he incorporated into his paintings. The result is a number of paintings that really have captured the essence of London.

I love how Gregory’s vibrant colour choices express the richness of London’s culture and how he has used mixed media to include interesting little details hidden in his paintings.

I love exploring London taking my art pad wherever I go. Thanks to The Cumberland Hotel I have a chance to speak to guests and staff from all over the world and capture what London means to them. My painting is inspired by a collection of people with personal experiences.” Gregory Burns

You can visit The Cumberland Hotel and enjoy viewing some of Gregory’s paintings until the end of August.

To stay at The Cumberland and enjoy the ‘Art-full’ stay experience please visit or quote “Art-full stay” via their phone booking service on 0871 376 9014.

Art, Things to do in london

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

July 9, 2015

audrey hepburn at National Portrait gallery

The first few weeks of this are already sold out! so if you want to see Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery book your tickets soon!

I’m heading along for a special viewing next week so keep on eye on the site for my review.

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of the actress and fashion icon, from her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.


A selection of more than seventy images will define Hepburn’s iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story.

For more information visit:

When: Running from 2 July to 18th October 2015

Art, Things to do in london

The London Illustration Fair, Psychedelia – 10th – 12th July 2015

July 9, 2015

The London Illustration FairThis festival is for budding illustrators and art lovers alike. The London Illustration Fair is set to launch its fourth event Summer Festival: Psychedelia and you’re in for one hell of a trip!

Spread across 10th – 12th July, Hoxton Arches will be transformed into a psychedelic inspired cosmic universe, showcasing mind altering artworks from creative agencies, collectives, publications, textile designers, visual artists and print studios from around the UK.

Boasting 14 exhibitor stands, the festival will feature the work of Material Gallery, Belly Kids, Pirrip Press, Brothers of the Stripe, Ben Oakley Gallery, East London Printmakers, Not Another Bill, The Flood Gallery, plus many more.
Additional psychic festivities include a ‘print your own magic mushroom’ screen printing workshop with Hello Print Studio, silent Wes Wilson auction, live 2D verses 3D illustration battle between Brothers of the Stripe and Pen Pushers, The London Illustration Fair print shop, street food vendors, live music, DJs and a fully stocked summer bar.

Friday 10th July, 2pm


How much: £5 General admission / Children under 12 years of age go free
Students get 50% off Friday launch party tickets with promotional code ‘cosmic’

Hoxton Arches | Arch 402 | London | E2 8HD

Friday 10th July, 2pm – 10pm
Saturday 11th July, 12 – 8pm
Sunday 12th July, 12 – 6pm

Guest Post, London

The enduring history of London with bingo

July 9, 2015

Decades ago bingo, the game chance was invented and since then it went through a lot of transition from being a land based game to a hot shot online gaming segment. But have you ever pondered about the enduring history of London with online bingo? In reality we London is known as the paradise of bingo. Be it virtual bingo or actual bingo clubs, we love playing both!

London is exploding with a huge number of bingo clubs as well as with a plenty of bingo sites. This game has evolved so much since its initiation during 1500s, that it is more of a in-trend game than being grandmother’s bingo. Almost every single night this town roars with the tenacity of playing bingo. There are various bingo events conducted every night in this city of fun and history. The various events like Musical Bingo, Rebel Bingo etc are organized almost every evening:

Musical Bingo operates in a very impressive way as instead of numbers, songs are being played for the players. The participants go crazy for this bingo night as songs can be based on any genre or even it can be completely random.

Rebel Bingo is an epic, as it acts like a shot of caffeine directly poured down your throat. For all the players who love loud music and party but hate following rules will fall in love with this bingo.

Along with all of these there so much in store for the players in this game, that undoubtedly they prefer playing it both offline and online because any moment they can win an stunning chance luring amazing prizes. Talking about online bingo, I got reminded of this very exciting site called New Look Bingo as it completely fits in to the jovial and unique concept of London city.

New Look Bingo offers a very sweet no-deposit bonus to welcome the players along with it they also presents an impressive free play worth £65 on a minimum deposit of £10. They have the collection of ultimate bingo classics like 90-ball and 75-ball bingo all originated in the U.K. Moreover, players get to enjoy a set of high-end slots offered by Microgaming, the world’s leading brand for providing casino software in the whole of gaming industry.

They also holds in an exclusive range of promotions like Bingo your way to cinemas, Bingo stars or slots wizz etc to ensure players with the best bingo experience. I am sure you wouldn’t like to miss out on this fun. So, Sign up to play, win real cash and plan your next trip to London!

Art, Things to do in london

Hang-Up Gallery’s Summer Exhibition: Dog Days opens 24th July 2015

July 8, 2015

dog days exhibitionThe Hang-Up Gallery’s upcoming Summer Exhibition Dog Days : will be showcasing a unique blend of freshly created artworks from Hang-Up’s leading body of artists.

16 of Hang-Up’s leading body of contemporary and urban artists.

State of the art limited edition prints and original releases in various mediums have been created exclusively for the highly anticipated show that will open 24 July 2015.

Expect to see works from British duo The Connor Brothers, Dutch collaborative Crail Moansburg, Spanish Street Artist David de la Mano and Italian Street Artist RUN, alongside contemporary London based artists Dave White, Delphine Lebourgeois, David Schienmann, Lauren Baker, Magnus Gjoen, Mark Powell and Rosie Emerson.

The show will also feature original works by collage artists Oddly Head and Joe Webb, including the latest print releases from the internationally acclaimed Harland Miller and Takashi Murakami.


July 24 – Sep 2015

Private View: Thur 23 July 6 – 9 pm

Things to do in london

Date for your diary – Portman Village Summer Street Party, Marylebone – 9 July 2015

July 6, 2015

The Portman Village Summer Street Party is bringing live music, food, drinks, discounts and much more to the streets of Portman Village, on 9th July, from 5pm to 10pm. You will be able to sample cuisines from around the world on Seymour Place, or take advantage of the exclusive discounts, special offers and late night shopping at the shops on New Quebec Street, all while enjoying some live music and entertainment.portman-street-village-summer-party

Look out for these events during the day:

New Quebec Street

Daisy Green (café): Free frozen yogurt

Suzannah (fashion): Free style consultations, accompanied by summer Prosecco cocktails

Wilbur & Gussie (luxury clutch bags): In-store refreshments and a tempting 15% discount

Paolita (beachwear): Charity raffle, photo-booth and 20% discount in store

The Grazing Goat (public house): Summer bar with drinks priced from £4

La Petite Poissonnerie (fishmonger): Sake, wine and sashimi tastings

Beauty Rose (hair and beauty salon): beauty consultations and hair styling sessions, live music in store, wine and canapés, celebrating their first birthday

Philglas & Swiggot (wine merchants): Fine wine tastings

Eliska Design (interiors): Pimms and snacks in their picnic themed store

James Bernard Floristry: Pimms and a selection of other refreshments

Zayna (Indian restaurant): Delicious Indian nibbles

Exceldent (dental practice): Free dental advice and toothpaste samples

Nigel Rayment (fashion): 10% discount

Alterations Boutique: Michael Jackson impersonator

What: The Portman Village Summer Street Party

When: Thursday 9th July 2015, 5pm – 10pm

Where: Seymour Place and New Quebec Street, Portman Village, Marylebone, London, W1 (Nearest tube station: Marble Arch)

Entry: Free – The Portman Summer Street Party supports the West London Day Centre 

Food, Freebies

Monday Freebie – Free Wagyu Steak at Flat Iron – Denmark Street

July 6, 2015

Wagyu Steak

Everybody loves a freebie, and here’s one that you don’t see very often – free wagyu steak! Flat Iron Denmark Street is celebrating it’s first birthday and to celebrate they are offering free steak to all visiting from 6pm today. Just pay for sides and your drinks.

Wagyu steak is not just any steak, this is 100% grass fed New Zealand Wagyu, BMS 6+. BMWhat? Beef Marbling Score. USDA Prime (top 3% of US beef) scores only 5+; so 6+ is some serious stuff…

So details are:

Wagyu Monday at Flat Iron Denmark Street
When: Today, Monday 6th July from 6pm

Where: Flat Iron, 9 Denmark St

What: Free Wagyu, only pay for any drinks / sides you would like

Fashion, Interview, London

Fashion interview: Designer Varun Sharma of the label RUN

May 20, 2015

After taking a few months off for personal reasons – I’m relaunching the blog with a bang! The London Perspective is all about shining the light on emerging talent and to kick it off today on the blog I will be interviewing fashion designer Varun Sharma of the Label Run. Run’s eyecatching and provocative designs are quickly becoming known in the fashion community and it is definitely a label to watch.


Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a London based clothing designer and design for my own women’s RTW label, RUN. I graduated from Middlesex University where I studied fashion design.


Talk us through your latest collection?

For the AW/15 season I was inspired by the attire of the Bonda people, a tribe from the state of Odisha in India and African prints. This season has really been a fusion of ideas and an opportunity to create a new narrative for the label. The lead up to this season has been an exciting journey as I have been working on my own print line for this collection. I created my own interpretation of African inspired prints on beautiful silks and wools, including beautiful scarves on very fine wool silk. There are also some gorgeous faux fur pieces in the line up this time as well, which I am really excited about sharing.


Fashion is a tough industry – what keeps you going?

My love for it. It really is hard work but it is always easier to get up in the mornings to do what you love. Your work eventually becomes you and defines who you are. As a working designer your hands are always involved in multiple jobs simultaneously and you always have work evolving somewhere, so you always have something to look forward to.

Who are the designers that you admire and why?

Alexander Mcqueen is inspiring and it’s not so much the clothes, but his journey. He is defining for what most designers in this industry struggle to achieve. You can’t replicate someone else’s journey but you can hope through your own successes you may be able to leave behind a legacy of your own just as he did.


Which celebrity would you love to dress?

I love Rihanna’s ability to make everything look as if it was made for her, I would love to see her wearing my clothes.

6. What has been the biggest thing you’re proud of in your fashion career so far.

My collections are what make me feel proudest. Each collection is a marker of a certain time in my life and career and they hold memories of very real struggles I faced to get them completed, they are also reminders to me of my own capabilities and potential. As each season passes you look back and reflect on what you have learnt and new ground you covered and realise that as you finish each collection you also inch your way towards your goal.

7. Where do you hope to take Run to in the next 5 years?

In the coming 5 years I hope to see RUN exhibiting during LFW and stocking internationally, as well as an accessories line including bags and shoes. I have always wanted to design menswear so possibly within that time frame it would be great to play with that also!


Photograper: Brian Doherty
Stylist: Jeanie Annan Lewin
Model: Angela L

Food, Things to do in london

The Meat Porter Supper Club at City Island With Michelin Chef Simon Hulstone

March 25, 2015

At the end of February I attended a very special event – The Meat Porter Supper Club at one of East London’s newest developments. Cooking for a group of press and bloggers was the legendary Michelin starred chef Simon Hulstone from The Elephant Restaurant in Devon. Meat Porter is a fresh new concept for meat delivery, an online artisan butcher offering quality meat without being too hefty on pockets.

City Island by Ballymore is a swanky, upmarket residence in the making, and the pop up restaurant was held in the marketing suite.

Chef Simon Hulstone and his Sous chef Viktorja set about preparing our feast for the night


On arrival we were each greeted with a glass of Bollinger and were given the chance to mingle with other guests and meet Stefan Porter – owner of Meat Porter.

Stefan Porter and The London Perspective


Once mingling was done, it was time to settle down to start our feast. The menu was a delight to behold, an interesting assortment of ingredients. Everyone on my table was excited about what Simon would be serving on the night. All the meat cooked would be coming from Meat Porter’s supply of free range and carefully sourced producers.


To start off with we were served salted toffee and spring pea soup with smoked bacon. The soup was smooth and had a lovely sweetness to it, you could taste the toffee coming through. I could never imagine such a pairing would work, but I am keen to get the recipe!


Next was the Tamworth Pork Belly and Drummond Chicken served with Caramelized Apples, Cider Gel, Baby Leeks and Pickled Baby Onions.  I usually am not keen on pork belly but the richness of the pork belly spoke for itself, I ate every last morsel.


After this, we were treated to a supreme helping of Aylesbury Duck Breast with Jerusalem Artichoke Puree, Star Anise and Duck Fat Confit Heritage Carrots. By this point I have to admit my stomach was already becoming full, however the duck was so succulent that I couldn’t help but gobble it up. You could tell it was really high quality duck.


In between each course Simon himself came and gave us a background on the inspiration for each of his courses. Frankly the man is a culinary genius, I will be making sure to try to visit his restaurant when I’m next down in Torquay, Devon.

meat Porter Supper Club

Our final course was dessert and undoubtly was the pièce de résistance, Warm Vanilla Rice Pudding, Yorkshire Rhubarb with White Chocolate and Sorrel. Just looking at the pictures again are making my mouth water. 


 A Meat Porter Box – we were lucky to take a box full of meaty goodies at the end of the night in order to recreate our meal.


Quality meat and a Michelin star chef make for an awesome pairing, the Meat Porter Supper Club was an event I’m glad I did not miss. I look forward to when they do more Supper Clubs in the future.

Meat Porter is an online artisan butcher, sourcing and delivering high quality fresh meat to your door for free. They source directly from free-range British farms that supply fine-dining restaurants, guaranteeing gourmet experience every time you dine.