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January 2016

Meet a londoner

Meet a Londoner: Andrea from @prettylittlelondon

January 29, 2016
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Meet Andrea – @prettylittlelondon

Today’s interview is with Andrea who runs a successful instagram account @prettylittlelondon, Andrea’s IG beautifully captures London’s unique architecture and design providing inspiration for those looking to visit.

Hi Andrea, tell us a bit about your background?

Hi my name is Andrea and I am an admin for @prettylittlelondon my curated Instagram page. I work as a Project Manager at a Bank and I love photography and sports. I arrived in London 2 years ago and I have been in love with this city since.

Why London?

I chose London because I wanted to attend an MA in the UK. I currently live in London Bridge and have been here for 5 months now. I have chosen this area as it is in walking distance from where I work, and it avoids me taking the tube during rush hour, keeps me healthy and saves me a lot of money I can then spend in booze. One of the best features of where I live is that it is really central, I am 10 minutes walk from the Tower Bridge and right next to Borough Market, where you can find any variety of food.

Where are your favourite places to visit in London?

I love to go to Notting Hill and Hampstead in my free time to take pictures. There are so many beautiful houses and lovely vintage cars to photograph, it’s overwhelming. I also love going out at Oxford Street where my Uni used to be, there are nice shops in the day time and good clubs to go out in.

Where do you do your shopping?

My favourite place to shop is without any doubt Westfield. It is the biggest shopping centre in London and you can often find good deals. But be careful and don’t get carried away, last time I went I spent over £600 in Zara. In my defence their winter collection is great this year!

What restaurants can you recommend to our readers?

I would definitely go to Sketch or the Aqua Shard. The food is fantastic and the venue is dreamy. Sketch, in Regent Street, has this unique pink style inside and the best toilets in the world (I know I sound crazy, but wait till you see them). And The Shard just has the best view in London, with excellent food and service.

Is there anything that annoys you about living in London?

The only thing that annoys me about London is that there is no night underground, and I am hoping that it will open soon (even if it’s not likely). It would make it easier for people to get home safe after a night out.

Where can you capture the best photos of the city?

For good photos I would definitely try the Monument of the Great Fire of London in Monument, the Sky Garden, Waterloo Bridge at sunset, the View from the Shard and Primrose Hill.

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@prettylittlelondon

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

I would look for Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden or any narrow street in Notting Hill, where you can truly find some really colourful hidden gems.

Finally, are there any other cities in the world that you’ve visited that you could live ?

I have been to almost every capital in Europe as my parents own a travel agency and have worked as a travel agent, and I can say that no city comes close to the beauty and diversity of London.

Thanks for sharing your perspective Andrea. 

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Elegance in Vogue by Norman Parkinson Exhibition opens 11th February

January 27, 2016

Private view for “Elegance in Vogue” by Norman Parkinson. Tuesday 9th February 2016, 6 to 8pm

Norman parkinson - Vogue

A exhibition celebrating Norman Parkinson’s influential contributions to fashion photography specifically through his work for Vogue  is opening at The Eleven Gallery this February. The exhibition has been organised to coincide with the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100: A Century in Style (11th February to 22nd May 2016) where a number of Norman Parkinson’s works will be shown.

In a career that spanned over five decades, Norman Parkinson photographed for Vogue for most of this time. He worked consistently for British Vogue from 1941 to 1960, and after a stint at Queen, returned again in 1965 working with British Vogue through 1975. His long association with Vogue brought him worldwide recognition and he is now considered one of the twentieth century’s foremost fashion photographers.
Parkinson was instrumental in taking fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into his images. His impulsive and unstructured style changed forever the static, posed approach to fashion photography.

The Norman Parkinson exhibition opens from the 11th February at the Eleven Fine Art Gallery.

Norman Parkinson

Norman Parkinson Le Groux Soeurs Hat, Vogue, 1952

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Meet a Londoner: Jessica Patterson, CEO JPR Media Group

January 26, 2016

Meet Jessica Patterson

We are kicking off our new series of perspectives of London with an interview with Jessica Patterson of JPR Media Group. Jessica’s PR agency represents some of London’s best restaurants and clubs. In this short interview she shares her perspective of living in London.

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Jessica, tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a Californian American living in London. I run a top London PR agency specializing in luxury lifestyle public relations called JPR Media Group.

Why London?

I didn’t choose London, London chose me. After university, I wanted to live abroad against my father’s wishes so I took the first job I could get which happened to be based in London as the UK PR Director of Escada.

I’ve lived in London for 13 years, most of my time living in Chelsea. Now I live in Pimlico which is a bit quieter, residential and close to everything.

As someone who’s job involves a fair amount of socialising, where do you go to let your hair down?

I relax on the weekends and go for steams and workouts at Akasha Spa, Café Royal Hotel where I am an ambassador and I used to do PR there for the owner.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

I love shopping at Brunello Cucinelli, Rupert Sanderson, and The Shop at Bluebird in Chelsea.

What restaurants can you recommend to our readers?

I recommend all of my restaurant clients obviously – The Worlds End Market for the incredible tuna tartar, skate wings and grilled lamb chops, Beaufort House for healthy smoothies and breakfasts, Muga, Kouzu, 35 New Cavendish, Nozomi which is now franchised abroad.

My personal dining favourites include Caravan Kings Cross for weekend brunch, La Petite Maison, Hedone, Poule au Pot, and Dinings.

Is there anything that annoys you about living in London?

English culture seems very much a “no” society. I noticed being American that Americans are more proactive, don’t take no as an answer, and go out and make their dreams a reality. There is a huge positive attitude in America for entrepreneurs to do well and we promote success.

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

My advice for any individual who wants to create their own business is to START! You just need to get off your ass and go! No one is there to help you more than yourself.

I had £40,000 worth of debts when I started JPR Media Group alone a year ago with no financial support whatsoever. I now have paid off all my debts, employ 5 people on full time salaries, saved enough in my 1st year of business to put £150,000 back into my company whilst saving enough for a deposit to buy my 1st flat this year.

Starting was the most difficult step for me. Everything else I learned along the way and I am learning everyday.

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

I have done yoga at Skygarden which has amazing views over the city. I love Carpo, Poilane and Monmouth for coffees.

Finally, are there any other cities in the world that you’ve visited that you could see yourself living in?

I feel like London is my home but I would consider living in New York City for a few months whilst I set up my JPR Media Group branch there. New York City is a fantastic, buzzy, fast-paced cosmopolitan city like London.

Thanks Jessica for sharing your perspective on life in the city.

Art, Things to do in london

A journey into Miro’s Studio, Mayoral Gallery, Mayfair

January 25, 2016

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On Saturday, I took a trip down to Mayfair to Miro’s Studio, a recreation in London of the great surrealist Joan Miró’s studio complete with original works at the Mayoral Gallery on Duke Street.

The Mayoral Gallery have painstakingly taken the time to recreate all the details of the studio from the collection of weird artifacts that he kept on his wall to the paints pots and splattering on the floor.

Miro's studio

Viewing his studio is a rare portal into the mind of the artist and a chance to experience Miró’s signature biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, and semi-abstracted objects  expressed in multiple media, from ceramics to sculpture.

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.

I won’t spoil it all by giving it all away, but surprisingly this exhibition is FREE. The exhibition ends the 12th February.

Miros-studio

To find out more and to book a ticket visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/miros-studio-tickets-19577106653

 

Letter from the editor

Happy New Year from The London Perspective

January 1, 2016

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It’s the start of another new year. With every new year there comes time to reflect. I purposely took some time off from blogging to decide where I wanted to take the site in the new year. I’ve been writing this blog since 2010 and it’s taken me through my twenties and I’ve had so much fun. As I move to another year of writing about London I want to not only write about what the city offers but also offer the perspective of the people who live here. So this year you can expect more interviews with inspirational Londoners, more of a focus on independent shops and more pieces about community issues. I’ll still be shining a light on all the great things there are to do in the city so don’t worry.

Have a happy new year and I look forward to continuing this journey with you this 2016.

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