• Events

    Top 10 London exhibitions this spring

    The most significant Impressionist exhibition in this country in two decades, ‘Inventing Impressionism’ opened at London’s National Gallery this week, just two days before Hans Haacke’s ‘Gift Horse’ was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in front of the gallery in Trafalgar Square, both are among the best London 2015 events taking place in the capital this spring.

    Hailed as “the exhibition of the year” by an “awe-struck” Richard Dorment writing in the Telegraph, ‘Inventing Impressionism’ explores how one of painting’s best loved movements owes much of its success to one man: art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, of whom Moet said, “Without him, we wouldn’t have survived”.

    Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibition which comes to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum this spring, from 14th March 2015 expands on the highly popular Metropolitan Museum of Art display with 30 additional garments, including some rare early pieces. The exhibition has been extended by two weeks and will now finish on 2nd August 2015 to help satisfy demand.

    The uniquely talented fashion designer is also the subject of a Tate Britain exhibition of Nick Waplinton’s candid photographs of Alexander McQueen’s working process.

    From haute couture to ‘Fashion on the Ration’, the Imperial War Museum documents wartime dress. Still with fashion, ‘Beard’, an exhibition by award-winning photographer Brock Elbank is at Somerset House.

    The British Museum’s big spring blockbuster exhibition, ‘Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art’ runs from 6th March to 22nd June 2015 and examines how Greek art represented the human body.

    ‘Magnificent Obsessions’ (12th February to 25th May 2015) at the Barbican, an exhibition “bursting at the seams with bizarre and beautiful objects” (Telegraph) presents the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists such artists as Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal and Damien Hirst.

    The Royal Academy of Arts gives UK audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy the work of Richard Diebenkorn (14th March-7th June), one of the USA’s great post-war artists who’s little known here but his colourful abstract paintings captivate.

    Then, from 24th June 2015, the first major show dedicated to prominent British sculptor Barbara Hepworth for nearly 50 years opens at Tate Britain. This major retrospective will chart her progress from small carvings to the significant work in bronze, wood and stone that marked her achievement as a sculptor.

    For more information on these and other great London events this spring, go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of cheap hotels in London to suit all is given available as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the latest London happenings.

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    Turner’s House artist in residence celebrated by new exhibition

    For the past year Sussex artist, Katie Sollohub, has been a guest in JMW Turner’s House, as artist in residence supported by Arts Council England.

    Now she is to celebrate her many days working at Sandycombe Lodge and garden, with an exhibition of new drawings and paintings. With the title ‘A Guest in Turner’s House’ the exhibition runs from 26th March to 25th May at The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham TW1 3DJ. Entry is free.

    Wrapped in the aura of England’s great landscape painter, Katie has been inspired by the very close ‘atmosphere of Turner’ as she worked in the house’s pre-restored state, focusing on the architectural character of Turner’s design. The exhibition includes a series of impressive, bold 9ft paintings among some 40 exhibits. She has used oil paint and charcoal, and has prepared some of her surfaces with soil from Turner’s garden, adding an authentic touch.

    Katie’s work is bold and painterly, and large-scale charcoal drawings are an important part of her practice. An experienced tutor of all ages, she has exhibited widely across the South of England. Last year two of her drawings were shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize and this year one of her Sandycombe Lodge paintings has been shortlisted for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize.

    “Turner would no doubt be delighted that his former home today inspires high-calibre artists such as Katie,” said Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chair of Turner’s House Trust.

    Opening times for the Orleans House Gallery exhibition are from Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. For more information visit www.richmond.gov.uk/home/services/arts/the_stables_gallery

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  • New works by Gordon Davidson at London’s Embassy Tea Gallery

    The Embassy Tea Gallery is pleased to present Expedition, a solo exhibition of recent works by Gordon Davidson that brings together the results of years of experimentation in use of pigments and materials with immersion in viewing the natural world in new ways, both at the macro and micro levels.

    In his vivacious mixed-media work, Gordon Davidson creates fields of texture that are deep enough for the eye and mind to get lost in. Davidson paints broad, assertive patterns, many on aluminium. His colours are bright and sometimes confrontational, and his brushstrokes are confidently gestural. He chooses a single pattern for each composition and amplifies it, stripping that pattern of context and making it seem as if it has no beginning and no end, only reverberations. The motif echoes off the surface filling even the space that surrounds the work.

    Many of Gordon’s Aluminium Paintings are based on his travels throughout Morocco. These works exploit light and the inherent reflectivity of the material to bring an entirely new dimension, changing the nature of his images in different lights at different times of the day, as well as enhancing the richness of colours and form.

    Gordon’s Earth Portraits have evolved from examining the behaviour of different types of pigments in combination with different base materials to create new, 3 dimensional ‘colour topographies’ that invite the viewer to go on their own ‘expedition’ into unexplored terrain reminiscent of satellite images of the Earth. This is further explored within a series of 3-D reliefs using a variety of materials that explores the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

    Mandelbrot I Mixed media on aluminium

    Mandelbrot I Mixed media on aluminium

    Exhibited works and others can also be viewed and purchased at:

    http://www.gordondavidsonmodernart.com

    Davidson was born in Inverness, Scotland and currently maintains studios in both Edinburgh and Marrakech. He sells his work through his own company, Gordon Davidson Modern Art and regularly exhibits in London, Morocco and New York.

    Gordon is represented internationally, by the Agora Gallery in New York and in Los Angeles. He also works with leading UK art consultant Katherine Maginnis and international design houses to provide large scale works for prestigious residential developments. His works have sold to both private and corporate clients.
    Among Davidson’s chief influences were his studies in industrial design, which introduced him to the concept of combining the space of business with the psychology of art. This aesthetic is the thrilling point where much of Davidson’s creativity lies. His large-scale corporate pieces balance pattern and colour to both incorporate and temper the particular elements of the environment that they inhabit.

    The Embassy Tea Gallery

    The Embassy Tea Gallery occupies an entire floor of the historic James Ashby Tea and Coffee Warehouse. It is located on Union Street, Bankside SE1, one of London’s most exiting gallery quarters, and is within 3 minute walk from Tate Modern and Southwark tube station.

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    Open daily between Tuesday March 24th to Sunday 29th 2015
    10.00am – 6.30pm

    Private viewing on Thursday 26th March between 5.00pm and 9.00pm.

     

    Directions to The Embassy Tea Gallery

    Directions to The Embassy Tea Gallery

     

     

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  • Voice Candy the Ice Breaker App Launched

    New to the scene, VoiceCandy promises no more awkward silences…

    The newly launched VoiceCandy app is revolutionising the way Londoners are breaking the ice and meeting new people. Use the app to ask an icebreaker question and hear spontaneous replies from people nearby. VoiceCandy is free to download and currently available for iOS, get it on iTunes now.

    Awkward silences don’t exist in the world of VoiceCandy, it’s here to help you make a grand entrance and find likeminded people in your location. Need a question answered? Whether you’re looking for opinions on London’s best bars or restaurants, tips for days out and exhibitions, the quickest way from A to B or just to share opinions VoiceCandy can help you out. It’s a great way to get a new perspective and find people with shared interests. It’s amazing how much you feel you know someone just by hearing their voice!

    No re-recording , over-thinking or replaying, VoiceCandy has deliberately removed the psychological barriers that humans naturally have that can make them talk themselves out of situations and potential opportunities. VoiceCandy is about replying to and having a real conversation with as many people as possible.

    Co-Founder, Manvir Nijhar said: “The goal is the put an end to missed opportunities, we’re taking a complicated situation like meeting someone new and simplifying it so people can succeed. We want to help connect new people by finding common ground quickly using voice clips to make these interactions”

    VoiceCandy doesn’t allow users to hide behind profile pictures, so only real people with a voice and an opinion need apply. Download the app and pick a question to respond to – or even better, ask a question of your own! Like what you hear? Start a conversation.

    To find out more about VoiceCandy visit www.voicecandy.com.

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  • Soupe du Jour’s delicious solution for winter healthy eating regime

    Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken out about her fondness for swapping juices for soups in the depths of winter – and now London eatery Soupe du Jour is stepping forward with a delicious and healthy solution for all those who want to give their winter healthy eating regime a kick-start.

    The soup bar which boasts two locations in Soho and the City, offers a full menu of nutritious soups, as well as an ever-changing ‘soup of the day’ to keep things interesting for all those who want to tackle their very first soup cleanse challenge!

    Last week, A-list star Gwyneth wrote on her lifestyle blog, Goop, about the benefits of switching juice cleanses for soups. The soups offer all of the same health benefits, without compromising on a hot, comforting meal! Gwyneth, famed for her commitment to health and fitness, said that during the winter months, when our bodies ‘crave warmth and comfort’, drinking juice at every meal sometimes isn’t appealing. She recommends switching to soup – ‘the ultimate comfort food’ as an equally nourishing wintertime alternative.

    Julia Victoria Ebert, Co-Founder and Director at Soupe du Jour, says “We want to echo Gwyneth’s words and encourage more people to take on a soup cleanse! Sometimes, when it’s cold outside and you’ve had a long day, you need something a little more comforting than a bottle of pure juice. All of our soups here at Soupe du Jour are home-made and packed with the kind of fresh, nutritious ingredients that are the staples of any healthy eating plan. We offer a wide range of soups and tasty toppings, as well as a ‘soup of the day’, which could be anything from broccoli and spinach to beetroot and carrot!”

    Daniel Auner, Co-Founder and CEO, adds “With our two accessible stores in Soho and the City, and a full delivery service also available, taking part in a soup cleanse is simple and easy. It’s also a great way to eat smart without breaking the bank – our tasty and filling soups start at just £4.50 each, with a wide range of customisable options so you can make every meal truly suited to your own tastes. Who said healthy eating was boring?”

    Soupe du Jour offers soups ‘just like Grandma used to make’, but with a unique modern twist. Drawing on their own experience of soups from across the continent, the team at Soupe du Jour curated a menu that offers all the authentic flavour of home cooking, with fresh ingredients from the finest local suppliers. Whether opting for a traditional tomato soup, or one of the more unusual ‘soup of the day’ options, each meal is guaranteed to be tasty, filling, nutritious and budget-friendly – everything a new soup cleanser could want from a meal!

    The soups are available with handmade bread from German artisans, and there are a range of healthy sides and toppings for those who want something more substantial in their diet. All of the classic soups on the menu, and many of the ever-changing soups are dairy, gluten and sugar free – perfect for those with allergies and intolerances, and ideal for anyone looking to cut those ingredients from their diet.

    For more information about soup cleanses, or Soupe du Jour, visit the website: http://www.soupe-du-jour.com/

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  • London Artisan Patisserie take on American favourite S’mores

    Renowned Kensington Patisserie is proud to launch its brand new decadent treat – the S’more. Traditionally an American campfire favourite, the Anges de Sucre range of S’mores has a signature British flair and is made with premium ingredients including the finest Belgian chocolate and organic vanilla pods.

    Each indulgent, hand-crafted S’more is lovingly made with own-recipe rye biscuits – taking inspiration from the iconic American Graham cracker – topped with homemade gourmet marshmallows and a thick, generous layer of smooth Belgian chocolate. The impeccable result of the different textures married with the tempting flavours is a delectable sweet snack to be loved by all ages.

     

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    Reshmi Bennett, Founder of Anges de Sucre says, “Anyone with a sweet tooth will adore a S’more. I’ve been a fan of the North American traditional treat since I was a child living in Canada, but the Anges de Sucre S’mores are a superior, grown-up version of the campsite treat. We make each element from scratch, where the rye biscuits are also infused with cinnamon and acacia honey and our marshmallows are utterly mouth-watering.”

    As each separate ingredient is handmade by the boutique patisserie, Anges de Sucre has invented a number of variations on the classic S’more. There are three different taste bud tantilising flavours available:

    Golden Graham – a fluffy vanilla bean pod mallow, sandwiched in between two cinnamon-sugar rye biscuits and finished off with Belgian chocolate and smooth sea-salted caramel.

    Triple Chocolate – cocoa rye biscuits with a delicious chocolate marshmallow, dark chocolate ganache and a sumptuous layer of sea-salted caramel.

    PB – A nod to the other side of the pond, the PB is the ultimate American dream with organic peanut butter and Belgian chocolate dripping from a vanilla pod marshmallow, held together by two cinnamon-sugar rye biscuits.

     

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    Each beautiful indulgence is available loose in-store at the Kensington sweet shop, or can be ordered online in assortments of three for UK-wide delivery, or in large quantities for events, parties and weddings. The brand new range of S’mores are the latest creation from the artisan patisserie, which has become renowned for its high-end tasty treats including its very own invention, the Muffle.

    Reshmi added, “Our S’mores offer that perfect combination of savoury and sweet which makes the ultimate delicacy. They would make the perfect Easter gift for someone who finds the traditional chocolate egg too rich.”

    To find out more about Anges de Sucre and its delectable gourmet sweets, visit the website: http://www.angesdesucre.com/

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  • The Gauntlet Games London Trent Park May 2015

    The newest and most exciting obstacle race, The Gauntlet Games , is launching in London in Trent Park on Saturday 30th May 2015.

    After the great success of its first event in Woodhall Estate, Hertfordshire last September, The Gauntlet Games is now coming to Trent Park. Designed for those who have never completed a 5km run let alone an obstacle course, the emphasis is on fun, lots of mud and the odd Gladiator to up the tempo along the way.

     

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    The Games is the only obstacle race in the world which is interactive. There are no static obstacles, every one involves getting past a Gladiator in some way, whether it be by escaping a Gladiator in a giant mud bath, balancing your way along a beam before the Gladiator is able to push you off, or dodging past the Gladiators with their pugil sticks. The race will finish in an arena where spectators will cheer on the participants as they complete their final challenges.

     

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    Sarah King, Director at Gladiator Events says: “We hope London is ready for the Gauntlet Games and will welcome the Gladiators with open arms! The Gladiators are there to interact with and are not intimidating so don’t worry we’ve made sure this event is all about having fun and a laugh with your mates. We wanted to create an experience where no one feels daunted and which introduces nervous runners to the fantastic world of obstacle racing.”

    Participants can expect to face obstacles such as the foam zone – where Gladiators will be sending out jets of foam over competitors, the travelator – where Gladiators will be trying to stop competitors from racing up a giant slippery slide by throwing water down it and the paintball zone , where competitors will have to dodge their way past Gladiators with paint guns hiding in the trees.

    The Gauntlet Games will differ from other obstacle races where participants tackle the route, terrain and obstacles. The Games will be set over two distances of 5K and 10K and revolve around human interaction with the Gladiators who are being sourced from the Saracens Amateur Rugby Club located in nearby Southgate.

    To book your place at the latest obstacle race, visit www.thegauntletgames.co.uk

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    Eggciting Pancake Day Races in London

    This Pancake Day, Tuesday 17th February 2015, Londoners are heating up the frying pans for some flipping marvellous races. Find out the best places to watch the pancake races taking place outside Parliament, at the historic Leadenhall Market and at locations across London with LondonTown’s indispensable guide to Pancake Day in London.

    In the run-up to the election there’s an even bigger contest at stake, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race, when MPs, Lords and political correspondents line up in Victoria Tower Gardens, pits political rivals against each other just outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, to see who can flip and run the fastest.

    The Pancake Day race at More London, in the shadow of City Hall, adds to the traditional format by introducing a treasure hunt element. Following a warm up (led by a giant chicken) teams representing local London businesses take part in the Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race as they hunt for over-sized wheat sheaves and flip their way around The Scoop at More London in celebration of Shrove Tuesday.

    At the historic 14th Leadenhall Market in the City of London the legendary Leadenhall Market Pancake Race attracts competitors from City law, banking and accountancy firms who put forward teams of four to compete in a relay race along the length of the covered market while attempting to flip a pancake supplied by the Lamb Tavern who not only supply the pancakes but also give out the prizes.

    Each aspect of The City’s annual Livery Companies Pancake Race, which takes place in the beautiful Guildhall yard, is allocated to the relevant livery – the Gunmakers start each heat with a bang, the Clockmakers are responsible for the accuracy of the timing, the Fruiterers provide lemons, the Cutlers plastic forks, the Glovers white gloves worn by each runner, and the Poulters the eggs essential in the all-important making of the pancakes.

    Taking place the Saturday before Pancake Day, on Saturday 14th February, Greenwich Market Pancake Races has medals in several categories including best market trader team, lovers race – given it is Valentine’s Day –and best fancy dress. Anyone can enter and competitors are encouraged to dress up and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

    All participants need for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, when pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, is a team of four spirited souls dressed up in wacky costumes and armed with a frying pan, pancakes are provided. It’s great fun, held for a worthy cause – to raise money for London’s Air Ambulance which is currently raising funds to buy a second helicopter.

    For more useful information on where to see the Pancake Day Races in London visit LondonTown.com which gives full listings on all the must-see events and best attractions in London.

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  • Tourism

    Sights of London!

    London-Eye-208x300London is jam packed with loads of fun things that can be done, regardless of budget constraints. If you are on vacation in the English capital, you won’t be bored for a single minute if you’re there for a fortnight or even just a day trip! Here we please everyone by having a look at what free things you can do in London as well as sharing some ideas for those who want to splash the cash:

    Free Stuff (for the penniless traveller!)

    Art galleries:

    Most of the art galleries in London are completely free to enter. Probably the most famous of all the London museums, the Tate Modern offers a large selection of contemporary art – which for the most part of 2012 includes Damien Hirst’s famous “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” (better known as the Shark in formaldehyde). To get a real taste of the UK art scene get down to the TATE Britain this has a selection of the best art from the UK. If you need more gallery fun get down to the National Portrait Gallery or the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

    Visit a museum:

    Much like the city’s art galleries, most of London’s museums are also free to enter.

    Whether you’re interested in science, history, royalty, art or military, there’s definitely a museum in London that will suit your tastes. Probably the most famous museum in London, the Natural History museum is renowned for its dinosaur exhibit is definitely worth a visit. Other museums that are worth a visit are the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of London, which tells of London’s history from as far back as the Roman times.

    Taking a stroll along the South Bank:

    A walk along the Thames’ southern bank is a great way to see almost every one of the major landmarks of London and it won’t cost you a thing!

    Things to do in London that cost ££

    A night out at the theatre:

    London is famous for its West End shows and attracts stars from all over the globe. If you are in London and are lucky enough to have the spare disposable cash to get a couple of tickets to one of the many musicals, plays or stand-up comedy gigs that will be on then it’s an absolute must.

    Get a taste of London:

    Another thing that can be found in London is top quality restaurants. You can get just about any dish from all over the globe if you head to the right place, but what better than a trip to one of London’s famous pie ‘n’ mash shops.

    Ride the London Eye:

    Instead of walking the south bank, another way to see London’s major landmarks is from the air! A ride on a landmark in itself is a great way to see London from up high – tickets aren’t that bad either, especially if you’re booking for the whole family!

     

    Article: www.ticket.com

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    The Original Tour Talks Mandarin To Win More ‘double Decker Mad’ Chinese Visitors This Summer

    Top Sightseeing Operator Celebrates Completion Of High Tech New Bus Fleet By Winning Two Awards From The Public And The Travel Industry

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    Open top bus tour specialist The Original Tour is aiming to win the hearts of thousands of ‘double decker mad’ Chinese visitors to London this Summer by adding Mandarin to its selection of international language commentaries.

    Said managing director Colin Atkins: “We know from years gone by that Chinese visitors just love London double deckers. There are a few original London buses operating tours in Beijing and it’s the one thing they make a beeline for as soon as they arrive. They can now listen to our historical commentaries all about the London they are driving past as we have added Mandarin to our list of languages. We know this will be hugely popular and we are anticipating a big rise in Chinese passengers this Summer.”Original-Tour-London-Sightseeing-St-Pauls

     

    To make sure all The Original Tour’s customers get the very best service this Summer, the company is now in the process of completing an upgrade of its sightseeing bus fleet with 32 high-tech buses, with the last six vehicles hitting the road this Spring.

    The Original Tour has started 2014 in strong form having just won a brand new Guidie award as the ‘Customers Choice’ from GetYourGuide, the world’s largest web-based platform for booking tours, attractions and activities. To win the award The Original Tour supplier had to have ‘glowing reviews and customer feedback to the GetYourGuide customer service team throughout 2013. It has also been rewarded by its travel trade partners by winning the ‘Sightseeing Provider of the Year’ award from the industry body UKinbound for the second year running.

    Added Colin Atkins: “After one of the wettest starts to the year on record we are delighted to see predictions of a hot summer, which we are confident, will make a great one for The Original Tour and London tourism”.

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