Things to do in london

Chelsea in Bloom 2016 – 23rd to 28th May

May 24, 2016

chelsea in bloom
Missed out on getting tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show this year? Don’t despair there are plenty of Chelsea fringe events that you can enjoy for FREE Chelsea in Bloom is the Cadogan Estate’s annual competition where shops in Chelsea compete to win the best floral display. This year the theme is ‘Carnival’ inspired by the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. You can explore Chelsea in Bloom by walking the tour guided by your Chelsea in Bloom map or enjoy a rickshaw ride around the area. Tours begin at Sloane Square and take in all the participating retailers marked on the tour map.

I went a few years ago and was really blown away by the beautiful displays.

Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect this year.

chelsea in bloom

 

chelsea in bbloom

 

Art, Things to do in london

Serpentine Pavilion Private View – 8th June 2016

May 23, 2016

serpentine pavilionEach year The Serpentine Gallery has an installation that fuses art and architecture in the grounds of Hyde Park. In tandem with the 16th Pavilion in 2016, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England.

Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion also designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park. Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations and builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City) begun in the late 1950s. Asif Khan’s design is inspired by the fact that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would allow it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine lake.

The private view – (preview) is on Wednesday 8th June and I’ll let you in on a secret it really isn’t that exclusive. Just turn up looking your best!

 

Food, Things to do in london

Foodie’s Festival – Bank Holiday Feast of Foodie Fun at Syon Park 28th – 30th May

May 23, 2016

foodie's festival Foodie’s Festival

The Foodie’s festival is back with a bang in the beautiful grounds of Syon Park this Bank Holiday weekend. Food lover’s can look forward to multitude of food events:
  • West London MasterChef finalist Jack Layer and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli in the Chefs Theatre
  • Michelin-star chefs Atul Kochhar and Janos Veres and London’s top chefs cooking live
  • The best of London’s street food in the Street Food Avenue
  • More award-winning producers than ever before
  • Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
  • Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Mojito Ship
  • New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
  • Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards

Also part of the lineup:

Drinks Theatre
Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials.

Street Food Avenue
With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer, and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be serving Italian Burritos as part of his new street food offering.

Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room
Baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers work their baking wizardry on the Cake & Bake stage, inspiring visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen..

Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon.  Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.

Also for the those brave enough there is the Chilli-Eating Challenge
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.

After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus.

Art, Things to do in london

Save the date Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition 25th May

May 20, 2016

Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend ExhibitionMarilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition

Marilyn Monroe’s fame has continued to live on decades after her death inspiring young and old alike. In this exhibition at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour,  the British public will have the rare opportunity to see original film costumes, jewellery and personal items from Marilyn Monroe’s life and work. Extraordinary highlights from the screen icon’s film career will include the sheer beaded dress she wore in “Some Like it Hot”. As the nerve centre of many forms of creative expression, the Design Centre is the perfect environment for an exhibition of this calibre.

Opening times: 25 May – 20 June, 10am – 7pm

Entry is FREE

Art

Morten Lassen Private View – Wednesday 1 June 2016

May 20, 2016

morten lassen

Morten Lassen – Interference

Opening at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in June Danish painter Morten Lassen’s exhibition Interference explores the interplay between the digital and the natural worlds. Yet rather than suggesting tension at their point of collision, he visualises a more harmonious fusion between the two states.

Through rich layers of oil and aerated paints, Lassen brings together razor-edged blacks with electric neons, organic scratches and scribbles, loosely-worked colour and open white. Unlike his earlier series, which saw the flow of colour punctuated by vast black spaces, Lassen’s latest paintings capture a synergy between the electric and the organic which is more meditative, with each bringing the other closer to a unification.

Morten Lassen

Interference

Private View and Book Launch

Wednesday 1 June 2016

6.30 – 8.30 pm

Summer Cocktails

FREE

 

Things to do in london

Things to do in London: London’s Food Festival of the Future by Yelp

May 16, 2016

ondon festival of the future

When: Sunday, May 22, 1 to 10pm
Where: Cargo, 83 Rivington St., Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY

Yelp the fun loving London app is hosting a food festival this weekend. London’s Food Festival of the Future brings together
Come see everything from virtual reality beer-brewing, molecular food scanners, ice robots vodka luges, instant-freezing beers, London celebrity chefs, snacks made of bugs, destination cocktails and London’s legendary Doodle Man in action! There will also be miraculous marvels of the modern day world like virtual reality, robots and drones, plus, a fun selection of free local food and drinks!

Entrance is a free check-in on Yelp or £10 to charity.

I’ve been to a few yelp events and they are usually good fun! Lot’s of freebies and a good way to meet new people.

For more information please visit: http://www.yelp.co.uk/events/london-yelp-londons-food-festival-of-the-future

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Things to do in London: The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party – Monday 30th May 2016

May 16, 2016

 

The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party Looking for something fun to do this Bank Holiday Monday – then add The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party to your diary.

This year’s event is set to be the best and most ambitious yet. The exciting line up sees DJ spinning their tunes from the Mirror Caravan, which is essentially a huge disco ball on wheels, with an already impressive showcase of talent including and Found duo The Menendez Brothers, disco king’s Stuart Patterson and Nick Gynn, Strangers in Paradise and Simon Kurrage.

Expect a plethora of high-quality booze-food including delectable stateside inspired stomach-lining from The Joint, purveyors of BBQ pulled meats and new residents at The Star of Bethnal Green the Joint making their debut (the go-to comfort food of the capital, which shows no signs of leaving anytime soon), and irresistible Caribbean chicken from Mama’s.

There’ll also be balloon making for little ones, photo booths to capture those timeless bank holiday moments and the return of the ever popular bouncy castle. Because exercise disguised as silliness isn’t just for kids, you know

The pavement revelry wraps up at around 9pm but the party continues inside till late, with everything the legendary East End boozer has to offer, with drinks packages chock full of fizz and everyone’s favourite party staple, the Jagerbomb, once again proving its well-deserved status as ‘the grown up raver’s boozer of choice’.

The Star of Bethnal Green Street Party takes place on Monday 30th May 2016, from noon until 9pm, and continues inside until late.

Tickets  can be purchased here: https://electricstarpubs.eventcube.io/events/3509/the-star-of-bethnal-green-street-party-2016/

Art, Things to do in london

Jeff Koons: Now – opens at Newport Street Gallery 18th May

May 16, 2016

Jeff Koons Now Eponymous pop artist Jeff Koons has an exhibition opening at Newport Street Gallery on the 18th of May. Spanning thirty-five years of the artist’s extraordinary career, ‘Now’ features over thirty paintings, works on paper and sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014. Drawn from Hirst’s collection, a number of these works have never before been shown in the UK.

Jeff Koons is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the postwar era. Since the late 1970s, his diverse work has explored themes pertaining to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance, and the role of the artist.

Summarised by curator and critic Norman Rosenthal as “manifestations of a joyful acceptance of American culture”, Koons’s work – which here fills Newport Street’s six, expansive galleries – challenges and teases in equal measure, reflecting as much on the profoundities of our existence as the banalities of daily life.

To coincide with the exhibition, Newport Street Gallery is launching its new ‘Summer Lates’ from 21st May, every Saturday the gallery will be open until 10pm.

 

Fashion, Meet a londoner

Meet a Londoner: Aaron Hales – Luxury Accessories Designer

April 5, 2016

Today’s interview is with Aaron Hales a luxury accessories designer. A born Londoner (rare breed these days) Aaron shares with us his favorite parts of South West London.

Meet Aaron Hales

Aaron Hales

Hi Aaron, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Battersea, South-West London and have always lived in the city. I started life as a classical musician but quickly realised I also had interests and talents elsewhere, which led me down a very diverse path and I have had the pleasure of working on several great projects over the years. My passion for the finer things in life exploded in 2014 when I launched Aaron Hales an accessories label focusing on British craftsmanship, storytelling and my own view of the world. I launched with four designs which, to my surprise, completely sold out. A year and a half later, the brand is growing at a phenomenal rate and we have enjoyed successful seasons at Paris Fashion Week and have nurtured a loyal, passionate customer base. 

Why London?

London has always been my home and even though I enjoy escaping, a part of me will always belong here. I grew up in Battersea, lived in Wimbledon for many years and then moved to Hampstead. I sometimes find the energy in London far too claustrophobic and intense which is why I suppose I have always enjoyed living in areas that I can retreat to, with plenty of green space and a strong sense of community. I did, however, grow up very close to Clapham Junction station so I find a strange comfort in the hustle and bustle and can never bear to be away from it for too long.

Where are your favourite places to go in London ?

I was very proud when the decision was made to make some of our galleries and landmarks free to the public and I am always happy to lose myself in them. I regularly make a pilgrimage to The Wallace Collection as well as to the V&A and Tate to visit my favourite works and I think it is an incredible gift to have such masterpieces on our doorstep.

As someone working fashion where do you go to shop? 

I think working in fashion changes your shopping behaviour forever. I am very aware of the cost of materials and the issues around fast fashion, so I am a lot more focused on timeless, investment pieces. You can always find me in DAKS at the start of Autumn and I think COS has a wonderful Spring knitwear collection.

What is your preferred mode of transport to get around the city?

Weather permitting, I prefer to walk. I will jump on the tube for longer distances and time efficiency but we live in a beautiful city and I try to see as much of it as I can!

Are there any restaurants that you can recommend to our readers and why?

For breakfast, The Atrium at the Landmark Hotel is a wonderful place. Brasserie Max at the Covent Garden Hotel has great food and a fun interior, perfect for dinner with friends. If I’m in Mayfair, I always like coffee and cake at Petrocchi Sede Unica, a great little Independent Italian restaurant on Albermarle Street. It has been around forever, but the Gay Hussar is one of the few places left that conjures up old Soho for me, and the cheese pancakes are to die for.

Is there anything that annoys you about living in London?

I’m annoyed about the number of tower blocks that are being built and I am annoyed that we haven’t been as strict on design consistency as most other European cities would be. We have a beautiful city and I would hate to see a London where natural daylight is a luxury.

As a business owner in London, what advice could you give to others look to start their own business in the city?

Network, be frugal and don’t forget about the rest of the world. London is an amazing place to launch, test and grow a business idea. There are lots of affluent people living here and it is easy to meet those people at events and even through friends, so always push yourself out there and carry business cards with you wherever you go. London is also an expensive city, with cost of living one of the highest in the world, so don’t forget to be frugal and put your money into the area that will truly help you grow. As wonderful as London is, it is not the only city in the world and I think it is really important to understand that. There are lots of potential customers around the UK and just across the pond – they could be your ticket to serious growth.

Can you share any hidden gems in London that nobody else knows about?

There is a place called Falcon Park, very close to where I grew up. It is a stretch of wild green, hidden by buildings and railway arches and it is empty most of the year. I always found it very peaceful and remember sunbathing there with friends in the Summer.
 Falcon Park

Finally, If you had to leave London where would you go?

I fell in love with Marrakech the first time I visited and nearly moved there. I think it is a wonderful place, with an intense magic I haven’t experienced elsewhere. I could definitely see myself living there.

Thanks so much Aaron, you’ve really given us some great places to check out. 

Aaron’s beautiful scarves and accessories are available to buy from https://aaronhales.com
Meet a londoner

Meet A Londoner: Vanessa Agyemang, International Model and Designer – Copper Dust London

April 1, 2016

VAnessa Agyemang

Today’s interview is with Vanessa Agyemang, international model and designer of Copper Dust London. Vanessa’s luxury home decor brand is fast becoming known for its bespoke handmade lampshades and unique fusion of eclectic British and African culture. As a fellow British African I was keen to get her perspective of living in the city. In this interview she shares with us her love of Greenwich and favourite things to do in London.

Hi Vanessa – Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I don’t think a lot of people know, I have degree in Interior Architecture & Design. Outside of being an award winning model I founded luxury home décor brand Copper Dust specialising in handmade limited edition lampshades and illustration. I’ve been lucky enough to combine both my passions. My designs have been featured in The World of Interiors, Elle Décor and House and Garden. Alongside this  I’ve had the opportunity to work with brands such as Nars, Samsung and ASOS. 

Vanessa agyemang - copperdust

Why London?

London is a multicultural city infused with daily inspiration from art, music, theatre and so much more. I live in Greenwich, which means I’m surrounded by parks and Maritime history. I was drawn to Greenwich for it’s quaint boutique shops and Greenwich market. I’ve lived in here for over 10 years and my favourite feature is the freedom to walk across the heath to clear my thoughts and reset.

Where are your favourite places to go in London?

Definitely Shoreditch for its edgy street style,  King’s Cross St Pancras as I love to people watch and see how they interact with the environment. The British Museum is a must because, it always has changing exhibitions, which are always inspiring. 

As an international model – can you share your favourite places to shop?

Nothing can beat a good vintage store, I love to mix that up with African prints from Dalston or prints I’ve sourced from Ghana.

What is your preferred mode of transport to get around the city?

German Gymnasium is a new discovery, with such an unusual name, the fact that it’s a restaurant can throw you. An old gym that has been converted to expose the original beams, with marble columns is an absolute gem.  Tom’s Kitchen set in the beautiful area of Wapping, at the first glance it looks like the french Rivera, the cuisine is British traditional,  I cannot wait to visit place in the summer.  Searcy’s Champagne Bar, the longest Champagne bar in the world. Once again beautiful architecture, with exceptional lighting and the Food is simply divine.

Is there anything that annoys you about the city?

The commute, especially on the London Underground, packed on the trains like sardines can make travelling around the city incredibly uncomfortable.

As a business owner can you give any advice to others wishing to do the same?

Research, research research, there is a lot of support available for start ups is a matter of putting your brand and product out there and networking with the right people.
Vanessa Agyemang

Your work is so unique and beautiful, where does your inspiration come from?

I draw inspiration from my environments, the people and the work and I surround myself with. My work is influenced by my cross culture between Ghana and the UK. I love bold prints, contrasted by block colours. My illustrations are intense and express depth and emotion. I use mixed media depending on the product, each item is handmade with love, and a limited edition. Copper Dust products are made for the design conscious home to add a timeless feature to your living space.

Can you share any hidden gems in London that nobody else knows about?

There is a pedestrian tunnel that starts in Greenwich and goes under the river Thames and you come out in East London, a great stroll and a secret discovery.

Are there any other cities you would live in?

I’ve always known I would like to expand my business internationally, and since the first time I visited Barcelona I fell in love. The food, lifestyle and abundance of things to to do makes it my number one spot.

Thanks Vanessa – i’m mentally making notes to check out German Gymnasium – it sounds amazing!