Having missed the first two Atomic Vintage Festivals because it was just too far to make in a day, our relocation to within striking distance looked like failing us thanks to a diary clash until a waterlogged site forced the organisers to delay the event from April to August. Even then, the weekend dawned […]
The beauty of the Hidden London tours run by the London Transport Museum is that, along with the places you can’t get to, like disused tube stations or the wartime deep tunnel air raid shelters, they can take you to places that you pass regularly, even know and admire, but that are inaccessible to […]
I remember watching a programme on BBC2 about the history of Indian food in Britain and how Indian restaurants as we know them had their origin, not in the 60s as I’d imagined, but way back in London before the Second World War. I also vaguely remember mention that the original was still in […]
It’s somehow fitting that an attraction dubbed ‘The Land of Lost Content’ should sit off the beaten track, and you can’t get much further off than Craven Arms in deepest Shropshire, at the gateway to the Welsh Marches. But a location like that has given Stella Mitchell, a devotee of domestic ephemera, a venue […]
I’ve written before about events at the Jewish Museum in Camden and, once again, they’ve pulled off not only a fascinating dive into a subject close to our hearts but also a superb pun (and see the foot of the article for the alternative version). Jukebox – Jewkbox! explores the links between Jews and […]
Lovers of Tiki decor and a good cocktail within reach of London are doubly blessed for, lurking below the Hilton in Park Lane, is not just a fantastic Tiki-themed cocktail bar, but also one of the original chain of post-War Trader Vic’s, now one of the longest surviving anywhere.
First the history bit. ‘Vic’ is […]
I’d love to think that I’m so intimately connected on the cultural front that I don’t need Facebook to tell me what’s happening, but it doesn’t half come in handy sometimes. Without a handy post from actor and writer David Benson, I’d have failed to spot a one-off event at the British Library to […]
Usually I craft each of these blog posts well in advance of publication, and schedule them so as not to flood the blog with new material each time we’ve been somewhere or when a subject crosses my mind, but sometimes time is just too short. And so it is with the news, spotted on […]
Luckily, work commitments usually mean that I’m in London for Open House weekend, and although the need to be in certain places at certain times doesn’t allow us to get booked up for some of the more in-demand venues, the element of improvisation sometimes takes us to places we wouldn’t have put at the […]
A whole day ahead of us in London, no prior arrangements other than a stop off at Embankment tube and meeting up with some very good friends – how much could we fit in?
Let’s start with a stroll along the river and across to Lambeth. Ever since I started spending a lot of time […]