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May 2017

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Things to do in London: Belgravia in Bloom until 27th May

May 26, 2017

Another Chelsea Fringe Event: Belgravia in Bloom Floral Festival

belgravia in bloomIn my last post I told you about Chelsea in Bloom, and today I’m telling you of another discovery. Belgravia in Bloom. Much like its Chelsea sister event it sees local businesses and residents getting involved by decorating their shop fronts, windows and front doors with floral displays. Creating a stunning floral walkway through the streets of Belgravia with different takes on the theme which this year is Children’s  books. Since we expect to have lovely weather all weekend, spend your Saturday with a tour map and create some images worthy of your instagram feed.

You can find out more about Belgravia in Bloom here:

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Chelsea in Bloom 2017

May 22, 2017

chelsea in bloomChelsea Fringe: Chelsea in Bloom

Missed out on Chelsea Flower Show tickets… We’ll don’t despair this week I’ll be sharing with you plenty of ways to get into the spirit of Chelsea without going to the show. First up Chelsea in Bloom 2017.

Chelsea in Bloom the alternative floral art show is back, this year for its 12th Anniversary. Produced by Cadogan in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it will transform the streets of Chelsea from the 22nd to 27th May with breathtaking floral displays. The annual competition has grown dramatically each year with Chelsea’s best retailers, restaurants and hotels adorning themselves with creative designs to compete for the coveted awards.

This year the theme is Floral Safari, inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles.chelsea in bloom

I usually go each year and there is usually lots to see! The tour starts at the Duke of York square and there are 50 displays to go an visit.



Meet a londoner

Meet a Londoner: MS Karamat

May 22, 2017

Today’s interview is with MS Karamat an established arts curator/photographer/arts journalist from  London.

Hi MS can you tell our readers a bit about yourself? 

MS Karamat: I’ve been involved within the visual arts all of my life, I think I must have been born with an innate understanding of the arts as my earliest memories are to do with my late mother showing me her ceramic art, the only remaining piece of her work which she showed me was a beautiful green hued bowl with a specific Greek inspired pattern circling it, or regular gallery or theatre trips whilst in primary school, over the years I’ve worked in Film & Music and as an arts & culture journalist.

Now I’m dedicated to developing a two part international book project, a collection of fifty interviews and photographs that I shoot, which brings together the established and emerging artists & documenters of our time from music, film, photography, contemporary art and academia to tell me what it means for them to be fearless.

Every person is incredibly inspiring to me. They includes musicians such as The Pixies, Ed Harcourt, Jack Savoretti, Film Composer Clint Mansell (Black Swan/Requiem For A Dream). Carly Paradis (BBC Line of Duty/Land of Milk and Honey). Humanitarians such as Brita Fernandez Schmidt of Women For Women International UK and many more.

It’s an incredible project that has taken me across the world alongside speaking with numerous artists and visionary thinkers, right here in London, the project couldn’t be more necessary considering our ridiculous fear inducing sociopolitical climate. This project is my nuanced response to it all. It’s as I’ve always believed, that it is through the arts that we can find harmony and understanding- you’re not likely to see people wanting to fight and start a war at a music festival, or when in the presence of artistry in all its forms . Live updates about the project are via twitter @LabelFilm and Instagram: fearandmemory.

Why London? 

MS Karamat: Well I’m a born and raised Londoner, l grew up in Central London, home for me is the South West. Even though I’ve spent a considerable amount of time across North, East and West London socially, for me coming out of either Victoria Station or Waterloo station and walking along the Southbank where the landscape really opens up creating a sense of breathable space unlike any other side of London, really is wondrous.

If you were Mayor for the day what would you do?

MS Karamat: Freeze London transport fares and most importantly make a significant improvement for disability ( including parent & baby) access across London transport .

What are your favourite places to discover new art?

MS Karamat: My favourite places are pop up galleries, street art, word of mouth and social media. Right now I’m always on the look out for artists that have a fearless attitude about their work.

What restaurants can you recommend to our readers and why?

MS Karamat: Brunswick House Café Restaurant in Vauxhall. The food that is well-prepared with love, quality and understanding. It can be trusted to always deliver straight forward incredible service and food made with love in a venue that feels harmonious.

Is there anything that annoys you about living in London and why?

MS Karamat: Pollution. Something NEEDS TO BE done .

Which areas can you usually be found hanging out on a Friday/Saturday evening and where?

Privacy is a virtue my friend 🙂 during university I spent a great deal of time in North & East London especially Camden. In general I recommend along the Southbank, Vauxhall again, Brunswick House and Lavender Hill SW8.

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

MS Karamat: OH gosh! Several, I know how to keep a secret though, so I must decline. All Londoner’s will have their own unique experience of the city and therefore have their own hidden gems according to their own preferences. That is what makes this city so unique, it enables everyone to find or create a gem of their own.

Thanks for sharing your London perspective, I look forward to the launch of your book project.

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Things to do in London: Neverland London Beach Pop Up Launches

May 11, 2017

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Finding Neverland London

Looking for somewhere to escape to this summer? We’ll you don’t even have to leave the city.  Neverland London is a new beach pop-up which takes guests on a journey to paradise. Its’ Fulham’s first ever Thameside beach spot. A unique and affordable, alfresco, dining and drinking experience. Visitors will be able to dine on long feasting tables under a canopy of flowers or bask in the summer sun in free-to-use deck chairs while soaking up the surrounding beach setting.

If you’re planning to visit with friends, enhance your experience by hiring a beach hut or day partybed which comes with the option of adding your own personal ‘Beach Butler’ to create bespoke cocktails from the mixology trolley to complement the “bring your own” offering.

Some of London’s best street food traders will be on hand to help soak up the boozy afternoons surrounded by palm trees, swings, grass and covered seating for all to use.

Neverland London will be open across the summer from Wednesday to Sunday. Entry to Neverland London is from £5 granting access with BYOB to covered seating and the beach, group bookings of 6 or more have access to a beach hut (£40), while groups of 12 to 25 have access to a day party bed (£60).

Petanque courts and beer pong tables are available to hire. Private hire bookings available. Further information via and tickets via Design My Night


Opening: The Cactus House – Bringing the Outdoors In, Ben Russell – Hignell Gallery

May 11, 2017

If you love all things Cacti then you must visit The Cactus House. Opening today at the Hignell Gallery in Mayfair the exhibition is a collaboration between sculptor Ben Russell and indoor gardening specialists Conservatory Archives, which will see the gallery filled with an immersive installation of greenery as a backdrop to Ben’s marble, alabaster and onyx sculptural cacti.

Coinciding with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition takes place from the 11 May and 3 July, 2017.

Whilst working at his leafy Dorset studio, heritage conservator and sculptor Ben Russell found inspiration in the unique way that light passes through the flesh of a cactus. Having long been influenced by nature and organic forms, Russell works with the translucent properties of alabaster to recreate the effect in sculptural form.

Russell has expanded his collection to reflect the variety within the cactus family. New materials such as Portland limestone and Onyx stone allow him to produce a range of shapes and textures. His method is a painstaking process of sanding and polishing, resulting in a luminous sheen to the surface of the stone

For more information visit: Ben Russell:

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Win tickets to the Motor Show – Friday 4th May 2017

May 2, 2017

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Calling all petrol-heads, here is a chance to win yourself a pair of tickets to The London Motor Show this Friday.

After the overwhelming success of the inaugural event in 2016, The London Motor Show is returning to Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park in the capital this year from 4-7 May and we have teamed up with the organisers to give away two pairs of Friday tickets to our readers.

This year’s event, which will see HRH Prince Michael of Kent continue as show Patron, is set to be even bigger and better with displays from some of the most high-profile names in the automotive industry.

There will be over 130 brand new cars from major manufacturers and dealerships, including Tesla, Aston Martin, Fiat, Hyundai, Vauxhall, Mazda, Nissan, BAC, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Maserati. In addition, a selection of iconic historic vehicles will also be on display, showcasing the heritage of some of the world’s best-loved marques.

A number of UK debuts will be appearing at the show, including the brand new Alpine A110, the single-seat BAC Mono, a new McLaren concept from renowned tuners Liberty Walk and the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. The show will also be the first opportunity for the public to see the latest creation from British coachbuilder David Brown Automotive, the highly exclusive Mini Remastered.

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Attendees will also get the chance to learn about the latest technology through exhibits from companies showcasing developments related to safety, electric vehicles, fuel alternatives and even driverless cars.

The London Motor Show has a range of exciting features and activities suitable for attendees of all ages. From virtual reality racing and the chance to meet motoring legends, to immersive simulator driving experiences, there is something for everyone.

For a chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Where is The London Motor Show taking place?

A – Olympia

B – Battersea Park

C – Excel

Tickets are on sale now from £15, with children aged 11 or under going free (two children per paying adult), and can be purchased at, where further information about the event is also available.

  1. The competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18
  2. Winner will be selected at random from all correct answers on by Midnight 02/05/2017
  3. Any transportation required to or from the event will be the responsibility of the winner and not The London Motor Show or The London Perspective
  4. The prize is non transferable and no cash alternative will be offered
  5. The winner will be contacted directly by a representative from The London Motor Show, if the winner does not respond within 48 hours The London Motor Show has the right to transfer the prize to another ticket holder
  6. The London Motor Show reserves the right to offer the prize to another entrant if the winner is unable, for any reason, to accept the prize
  7. The London Motor Show’s decision on all matters, queries or disputes, concerning the competition and its terms and conditions shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  8. The London Motor Show reserves the right to cancel, amend, terminate or temporarily suspend this competition at any time without any prior notice or consultation