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5 top Art Exhibits to see in London this April

April 7, 2017

5 top Art Exhibits to see in London this April

At the Simon Lee Gallery an exhibition by renowned Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani.

‘The works in the exhibition reflect Parmiggiani’s ongoing commitment to investigating the human condition and the footprints we leave behind, the communication between the intimate and the exterior, and themes such as memory, absence, fragmentation, silence and uncertainty. His new works exhibited over two floors at the London gallery exemplify this vision and invite us to reflect on the vitality of creativity, our quest for knowledge and legacy, in the context of an increasingly violent and unstable world’.

 Chris Levine: Who are wE +  (24 April – 19 MayPrivate View: Tuesday 25 April

Chris Levine, the artist who transformed the image of Her Majesty the Queen in 3D, will reveal a new series of portraits at The Fine Art Society. His new subjects include British supermodel Naomi Campbell, explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes and fashion designer, Paul Smith. With light at their core, the new series follows on from portraits in recent years of The Dalai Lama, Kate Moss and Her Majesty the Queen, described as one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century.

Geraldine Swayne: Silvering (28 March – 19 April)

British artist, musician and filmmaker Geraldine Swayne, Geraldine Swayne presents a 10 year retrospective at the Fine Art Society until 19 April. Taken from diverse sources, such as personal photographs and pornographic magazines, Geraldine Swayne’s subjects are depicted on the verge of action, creating heightened drama. Her scenes are often awkward, haunting, sexy, bizarre, dark, or amusing – sometimes all at once.  There is a subtle brevity of form and lightness of touch to Swayne’s style, which aligns her with artists such as Edgar Degas, and more recently Chantal Joffe, Ron Kitaj, and Marlene Dumas.

Modern Masters at The Maddox Gallery

Modern Masters is a group exhibition featuring works by many of Maddox Gallery’s most successful roster artists, plus new recently signed talent. Among the new work on display is exciting and unseen artworks by Jason Dussault and pieces from Italian artist Simafra as well as pieces by my favourite artist Bradley Theodore.

Somerset House – The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition

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The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition features rich and fascinating photographic stories from key figures and emerging talent of the photography scene today.

Celebrating 10 years of the awards exhibition, this year’s edition includes a special exhibition of rarely seen work by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

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Meet a Londoner – Adanma Wokoh – Editor of The London Perspective

April 7, 2017

Copyright: Awokoh Paper Co.

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’ve been googling to find out who the daft bird was that got conned by her international fraudster ex-fiance. Seeing my name in the press has been pretty surreal but seeing as people like to be nosy. I’ve decided to use my blog to tell my side of the story and interview myself.

I googled you because I read about the £20 ring – did you seriously not know?

Yes, unfortunately that bit although comical is actually true. I don’t have a picture but it was a fantastic fake. I’m embarrassed to say I wore that thing to work for weeks and it was the source of much envy in the office. It didn’t help that his proposal was pretty spectacular. On Valentine’s Day (now ruined)  I was whisked away to Danesfield House a place fit for a princess before he got down on one knee under cupid’s fountain and presented it to me. Why would anyone think their fiance was a fraudster.

I read that you say you’ve chosen to forgive him, er WHY?!

Yes I know many people reading that will think i’m a barmy bible basher, but it’s more for me than him. I once read that unforgiveness is like siping poison everyday and waiting for your enemy to die. I want to have the capacity to truly open myself to love again and to do that and not become bitter i’ve decided to let it go.

Of course I’m not going to forget! But for me justice has been served and that chapter is now closed.

If I went through something like that I would go mad…

We’ll actually when it all came tumbling down, I did feel like I was losing my mind however, I have to credit my family for keeping me from doing anything stupid. I think the worst thing about being deceived by somebody who you love is the realisation that all your hopes and dreams with this person are no longer possible and you mourn for what you never really had.

How are you feeling now?

We’ll going through something like this has taught me a lot! I lost a lot of money but I discovered this burst of creativity. After I kicked Lars/Lasse out I was left heartbroken both physically and emotionally, I would lay in bed and cry most days until one day I picked up my sketch pad and it was almost like what I could not say in words manifested itself in this explosion of creativity. It became very healing and freeing for me.

It’s nearly two years since this happened and I’m not going to say I’m happy everyday, but i’m definitely in a better place. I’m even starting to think dating again is possible.

But £13,000 is a lot of money – how are you managing?

Well I still have a job thank goodness. I’m doing ok, it will take a long time for me to get back to where I was before this incident but I’ve become very business minded of late and I’m using this incident as a catalyst to start a new business and make some money hopefully.

So what’s next?

It’s onwards an upwards for me I hope. Lot’s of exciting things in the pipeline;

  • I’m in the process of writing a book on my experience which I hope will help others
  • An art show of pieces inspired by my recovery – you can follow  @awokohpaperco
  • My new business of children’s wear @awokoh_kids has just launched
  • and of course I’ll still be blogging here about great things to do in London so stay tuned!

 

Letter from the editor

A brief statement

March 29, 2017

Regarding the case of  Regina Vs Hartmann – (published in The Sun, Daily Mail and now the Metro 🙁 ) and of which I am one of twenty victims. I wish only to say that this was a very upsetting period of my life which occurred two years ago and it is disheartening that it has made it into the tabloids. I won’t be going into details as the case is still ongoing and I don’t want to jeopardize the proceedings. However, I don’t want to be pitied, it is true I lost a lot of money but I didn’t loose the things that matter most; my creativity, my family and friends.

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
― J.K. Rowling

The blog is currently undertaking a reboot and will be back and better next month. I am also launching a new business in the next few months. So stay tuned.

Adanma Wokoh 

Food, Things to do in london

Date for diary: The Limehouse Social Christmas Markets, 29th November 2016

November 10, 2016

Limehouse Social Christmas Market

Christmas is coming soon and the Limehouse Social Market is going all out to celebrate in style, continuing their mission to unite the community by providing a social environment in which everyone is welcome. The market has been growing month on month, with Halloween being their largest and most successful event to date. Get down to their next Christmas market on the 29th November, think baileys and hot chocolate, caroling, elves, Christmas craft workshops and community spirit, all with our backdrop of outstanding food, beautiful waterside location, retail traders and the Sugar For My Soul bar.

Limehouse social’s street food traders are some of the best on London’s food scene. Tto fill your bellies with delicious food and festive joy, treat yourself to an early christmas present in the form of a burger from Backstreet Diner, a lovely turkish Gozleme from Oh My Gozleme or a steak sandwich from Angostura Steak House. Who said Christmas presents don’t come in the shape of a mouthwatering wrap from Kalimera or a lemon tart from Italian Recipe?

Details below:

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THE LIMEHOUSE SOCIAL MARKET

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Saturday 26th November 2016 / Saturday 10th + Sunday 11th December

11am-5pm

Limehouse Basin – E14 7LB

https://www.facebook.com/events/1812291819047088

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Date for your diary: Serpentine Gallery Winter Exhibitions Preview Zaha Hadid and Lucy Raven Wednesday 7 December 2016

November 10, 2016

This winter, the Serpentine presents an exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition will take place in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.

Zaha Hadid is widely regarded as a pioneering and visionary architect whose contribution to the world of architecture was ground-breaking and innovative. The Serpentine presentation, first conceived with Hadid herself, will reveal her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work and will include the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships.

Get a sneak preview before everyone else – invite below.

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Miaow: Catnip Festival happening in London – Friday 25th November 2016

November 10, 2016

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I have to say that this is a pretty random idea for a festival, but in London anything goes these days.

 C A T N I P – Festival

London’s first Cat video festival comes to London for it’s inaugural edition on Friday 25th November at The Coronet. A jam packed night full of the finest Cat based entertainment in THE World.

A jam packed night full of the finest Cat based entertainment in THE World.
Featuring:
– Big DJ Sets
– Aerialists, Catrobatics & Circus
– Feline Cabaret
– Cat Video Room & VJs
– Cat Meme Gallery
– Cat Gymnasium
– Interactive Games
– Walkabouts Purrformers
– Arcade Games
– Photobooth
– Pizza treats
+ More treats to be revealed
WHAT: Catnip Festival
WHEN: Friday 25th November10pm – 6am
WHERE: The Coronet –  28 New Kent Rd, London SE1 6TJ
Info here and below: http://www.nip.cat/
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It’s a Pop up! 3 degrees house parties – Saturday 19th November 2016

November 10, 2016

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Ever wanted to end up at a random house party with an amazing crowd and have a great night? Want to re-live those great fancy dress parties of your uni days?

Well, on Saturday 19th November you can! 3 Degrees House Parties, in honour of Universal Children’s Day (20th November), is throwing pop up ‘What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?’ themed house parties all over London.

Expect a house party full of hilarity: You’ll be bumping into Blue Peter presenters, astronauts, policeman – as everyone will be coming as their childhood wannabe.  Sweets & sherbet will be on tap all night, and party bags will be handed out at the finish.

And the crowd at the party? Tailored to you. When you book a 3 Degrees party, you will be asked a couple of fun questions to get to know you, and then invited you to the party with the crowd you’ll have the most fun partying with. You may also find some 2nd and 3rd degree connections there too!

What: Pop up ‘WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?’ themed house parties in honour of Universal Children’s Day

When: Saturday 19th November, 2016. Starting 7.30pm

Where: At a number of private homes in Zone 1, revealed when you book.

How much: £16.99 (single) or £14.99 each (group of 3), no need to BYOB as we’ll be providing the drinks for the evening. £1 will be donated to UNICEF for every ticket sold.

To book:  Go to http://children.3degreeshouseparties.com look out for your personalised invite via email and a link to book tickets. Box office contact: 0787 661 7009

 

So fun party, great crowd = an evening to remember!

 

 

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Bloomsbury Festival – Store Street- Friday 21st October from 6.30-9.30pm

October 6, 2016

bloomsburyfestival_2015-1Bloomsbury Festival is back this year with an explosive five-day programme of arts, culture and science events, celebrating the theme of ‘language’ in one of London’s most culturally exciting neighbourhoods. Store Street’s night-time street party with a twist will also be making a welcome return for a second consecutive year, as part of this year’s exciting festival line-up, on Friday 21st October from 6.30-9.30pm.

With a host of new entertainment in line with this year’s theme of Language, Step Out Store Street will explore the language of dance, with the street transformed by more than 100 artists and dancers, to become a vibrant public stage for different forms of dance, from Bollywood and Swing to B-boy and Line dancing.

In partnership with renowned dance company The Place, a new street dance will be created by award-winning choreographer Tony Adigun with his Avant Garde Youth Company and will be premiered at the event. Visitors will have the chance to take part in the revelry by learning new dance styles or simply enjoy the show.

Back by popular demand with an ‘echo’ of last year’s event, pyrotechnics specialists pa-BOOM’s will return with one of their mesmerising fire installations to mark the street’s entrance from Tottenham Court Road. Store Street’s unique mix of independent shops and restaurants will again remain open later than usual and will each house a different art, music or dance experience to enjoy.

There will be plenty of food available from the street’s cafés and restaurants, as well as from street food stalls and pop-up bars throughout the evening.

For more information on Step Out Store Street please visit here.

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It’s cocktail week! A evening of magical cocktail making with Hendricks at The London Edition

October 5, 2016

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On tuesday night I was invited by Hendricks to try their new hotel mini bar experience and have a go at making two of their cocktails at the very swanky London Edition Hotel. The peculiarly named H.O.T.E.L. (Hendrick’s Ocular Tool for Extraordinary Libations) offers guests staying in any of the 12 suites at the luxury five-star hotel the chance to immerse their senses in the latest in-suite drinking innovation, with an extraordinary virtual cocktail class led by global Hendrick’s ambassador, David Piper.

The peculiar experience emanates from the discovery of a book, curiously placed on the suite’s drinks trolley. When opened, residents will discover a medley of mysterious bottled liquid before the screen comes to life with the apparition of David Piper who then guides them through the serve instructions.

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Hendricks Global Ambassador – David Piper

During my visit I got to meet the very eccentric and cool David Piper and make their Inspector Gimlet cocktail in one of The London Edition’s luxury suites. Hendricks have set out to make cocktail making easy even for the most clueless among us it took no time to make my cocktail as all the ingredients were included with the correct quantities. The Inspector Gimlet cocktail is made from Hendricks and riesling cordial and tasted absolutely delicious. edition_hendricks_hotel_029

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my finished Hendricks cocktail

 

 

Food

Pure chablis at the Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club at the Andaz Hotel

August 29, 2016

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Recently I was lucky enough to receive an exclusive invitation to the Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club at the Andaz.

Upon arrival it was explained that each course we would sample had been chosen by a different chef and made specially to accompany each of the four Chablis we would be tasting.

Chablis wines come from the burgundy region in France. One of the most famous wine names in the world, fifty years ago it comprised just 400ha of vineyards but today there are 4,900ha. Being further north than the rest of Burgundy the wines are subtly different in style, a touch more austere with a beautiful fresh minerality.

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On arrival at the Andaz Studio (So exclusive that I almost didn’t find it!) we were greeted with a lovely glass of Pas Si Petit’ Petit Chablis 2014 a lovely fresh apple style chardonnay with a touch of florals. It went superbly with the rather delectable miniature Norwegian fishcakes and remoulade, curled cucumber filled with crab and avocado salad prepare by Nordish

As an apertiser it was light and a really nice way to prepare our palates for the next few courses.

After everyone was seated around the table it was time to for our first course!

Our starter dish was prepared by Hana of Pickled Plates. We had a summer vegetable salad with roasted radishes, brown butter dressing, pan-fried whiting and tempura samphire. This dish was probably my favourite, every time I eat samphire I reminded of my last holiday in Cornwall where I tasted it for the first time. Paired with this dish was the Alain Geoffroy’s 2014 Chablis. This Chablis comes from 25-year-old single-Guyot vines. It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of lemon and apricot.

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Our main course had a Japanese theme. Prepared by fellow blogger and chef Rosie of A Little Lusciousness we were served soy and miso-glazed pork chop on the bone with spring onion rice, Japanese raw slaw, rice vinegar and chilli dressing, The strong flavours of the glazed pork and the slaw did a little dance in my mouth and went wonderfully with the oak flavoured Julien Brocard, Chablis La Boissonneuse.

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After the three delicious courses I expected a sweet, fluffy French dessert. However, we were informed that Chablis isn’t usually paired with sweet dishes but that it goes very well with cheese. Silently I cursed my recent lacto-intolerant diagnosis. I would have to sit this one out. However, I can tell you that it took all my willpower to not overdose on the Jean Paul et Benoit Valmur Grand Cru 2012, a wine bursting with fruit and oak flavoured charm.

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I really enjoyed my introduction to Chablis wines, have since made effort to look for them when eating out.