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Review : The London Boat Show 2018 at ExCel London – 10th to 14th January 2018

The London Boat Show at the Excel Exhibition Centre provides a showcase of all things marine and is the first place to see the latest marine innovations, design and technology. The 2018 Show features the latest launches, products and marine brands, as well as offering a wide range of activities that will entertain the whole family.

Walking around the show offers some insight into some of the cutting edge developments in the marine world, the large yachts may take most of the attention with major launches from Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International amongst others. However with over 300 brands showcased there is plenty of interest especially if you are looking for a new boat, accessories, equipment or thinking of booking a holiday.

Back for its 64th year, the London Boat Show returns with a new format with five days of the very latest in the boating world, some of the attractions include the Beach Club & Activity Pool, The Adventure Park ,The Urban Beach Experience, 

Practical Boat Owner Theatre, the Legends Theatre, the iconic Black & White Bar and The Yachtsman’s Champagne Bar.

The show now incorporates the all-new Boating & Watersports Holiday Show with its own Lock & Waterside Pub, and an interactive area that recreates the inland waterways with a replica lock showcasing popular modes of inland waterway travel. River Cruisers and Narrowboats are featured and for more nostalgia, visit the Classic Boats which showcases some iconic classic yachts.

The Show is lined with boardwalks; where manufactures, brokers and retailers bring their latest models of power and sail boats. Visitors can walk freely up and down the boardwalks and hop on and off various boats, speak to representatives and learn more about the various boats.

Throughout the show there will be a number of events and activities including award ceremonies, talks and quiz shows, shows, celebrities and sporting personalities.

The opening day highlights included HRH The Princess Royal presenting the Yachtmaster of the Year award and football legend Sir Geoff Hurst opening the Sunseeker International stand with the famous Jules Rimet Trophy.

The 64th London Boat Show offers an impressive display of products and numerous interactive attractions to entertain marine enthusiasts and visitors who want find out more about the world of boating.

The show runs from the 10th until the 14th January at the ExCel London Exhibition centre, there is a large range of food and drink option both outside and inside the show.

Video Review available here 

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets, visit the London Boat Show website here

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Review : London New Year’s Day Parade 2018

Although less known than the London New Year’s Eve Fireworks, the London’s New Year’s Day Parade is one of the largest parades through the capital.

The parade has grown from just 2,000 performers in the inaugural event in 1987, to an expected 10,000 participants from the USA, UK and Europe in the 2018 Parade. Over 500,000 line the streets on the route and the parade has a TV audience of over 300 million.

One unusual aspect of the parade is that it features  American marching bands that fly over from the USA to take part. The parade features an eclectic mix of classic cars, Dancers, motorcycle stunts, floats from many of London boroughs, 

music and dancing from many of London’s international communities,

large inflatable balloons,

Chinese Dragons, horses, carriages, donkeys and much more.

The Parade provides amazing entertainment along the 2.2-mile route which begins near the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly before moving onto Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.  

The parade provides plenty of entertainment for the audience and is a great start to the New Year in London. If you are in London at this time, it is an event not to miss.

Video Review available here 

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Preview : RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

One of the world’s most famous flower show returns on the 22nd – 26th May 2018. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced some of the highlights at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Show Gardens Highlights

This year 10 Show Gardens will fill Main Avenue where tradition and romance will contrast with contemporary and urban design. 

Multi-award winning designer Sarah Price returns after a five year absence for show sponsor M&G Investments with a romanticised Mediterranean haven that celebrates the expressive and sensual language of colour and texture, light and shadow. 

Debut Chelsea designer Tom Massey presents The Lemon Tree Trust Garden which emulates a garden used by a community of refugees displaced in Domiz camp, Northern Iraq, where such gardens offer a sense of normality, wellbeing and civility to broken lives.  

By 2030 the World Health Organization is predicting that 60.3% of the population will live in cities. With this in mind returning designer Hay Hwang has created a futuristic ‘Eco-City’ Garden with LG Electronics. The garden is intended for a modern city tower block where each unit has a garden, reimagining the concept of vertical forests and applying it to residential apartments. 

Other Show Garden highlights include award winning designer Jo Thompson’s The Wedgwood Garden, last year’s People’s Choice winner Chris Beardshaw unites once again with Morgan Stanley with a garden celebrating the company’s partnership with the NSPCC. First time designer Jonathan Snow is creating a garden inspired by a South African Wine Estate sponsored by Trailfinders.

New Space to Grow Highlights

Smaller gardens offering original ideas, trends and take home messages to inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces and feel the benefits that growing can bring.

Kate Gould will be going for her fifth gold medal with ‘The West End Secret Garden’, a modern interpretation of the gardens and architecture of London’s West End, highlighting the use of environmentally positive technology to create a contemporary pocket of green space.

‘Pearlfisher’s Garden’ by conceptual designer John Warland celebrates the beauty of the world’s largest garden found beneath our oceans and highlights the devastating impact plastic waste is having on our underwater eco systems.

The Seedlip Garden’ designed by Catherine McDonald is a celebration of the humble pea everything from the plant palette, forms, colours, patterns and multi-sensory elements are significant to Pisum sativum, the pea and the wider pea family, Fabaceae.

First timer and former RHS Young Designer Tony Woods uses sculpture, materials and plants in the environmentally conscious ‘Urban Flow’ garden. With bold features and colourful planting his garden demonstrates how best to utilise green spaces.

Artisan Garden Highlights

Continuing into their extended location on the plateau in Ranelagh Gardens, the popular Artisans aim to revitalise traditional materials and methods with new design approaches. 

Artisan favourite multi gold medal winning designer Kazuyuki Ishihara is creating a garden inspired by O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA, a Japanese concept of hospitality.  Sarah Eberle also returns designing both an Artisan Garden and the Hillier exhibit in the Great Pavilion for the third year running. This year she is working with British Council India with a garden that celebrates India’s love of cricket.

Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge join forces once again with ‘The Warner Edwards Garden’, a design that reimagines the landscape and planting of the gin distillery’s home in Northamptonshire, creating an authentic and sociable space. 

After a four year absence from the show multi-award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has designed an Artisan Garden depicting the importance of wellbeing in the Nordic way of life.

Floral Highlights

The Great Pavilion, a plant lover’s paradise at the heart of RHS Chelsea will be home to over 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. D’Arcy & Everest celebrate 25 years of exhibiting at the Show, while Hampshire Carnivorous Plants aim for their 20th Gold in 20 years, and Peter Beales Roses will mark their 50th anniversary with the launch of a new rose.

A floral feast will be served up by NAFAS with an imaginative flower and foliage display depicting the four seasons, and Floral Fundamentals’ UNITY exhibit will showcase the creative skills of Europe’s greatest floral designers in their representation of the stages of bulb production, from growth through to display.

One of the most successful exhibitors at RHS Chelsea, Hillier Nurseries will for the third year be working with multi-award winning designer Sarah Eberle with a walk through garden made up of smaller areas with take home inspiration. 

Multi-award winning speciality fern nursery Fernatix return to the Pavilion for the first time since 2007 alongside fellow fern nursery and new face Kells Bay House and Gardens. Other new nurseries include Orchideengarten, Flowers from the Farm, Grafton Nursery, Ottershaw Cact and Wack’s Wicked Plants.

New RHS Chelsea Late

The first ‘Chelsea Late’ takes place on Friday 25 May.  Following an afternoon at the show, visitors are invited into Ranelagh Gardens between 8pm and 10pm for an exclusive evening of music, entertainment, demonstrations and much more.

Tickets are now available to buy 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22 – 26 May 2018)

21 May             Press Day

22 – 23 May      RHS members only

24 – 26 May      RHS members and non-members 22 – 25 May 8am – 8p

26 May 8am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

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Southbank Centre 2018 Visual Art Highlights

Lee Bul, Willing to be Vulnerable, 2015-16, Photo: Algirdas Bakas, Courtesy of Studio Lee Bul;

Highlights for 2018 for the Hayward Gallery, Hayward Gallery Touring and Arts Council Collection, include the first partnership with Art Night 2018, a new David Batchelor installation, iconic immersive work by Lee Bul and the first UK retrospective of Andreas Gursky.

Hayward Gallery Roof Lights, credit Richard Battye, FCB Studios;

David Batchelor’s new installation will illuminate Hayward Gallery’s iconic newly-refurbished roof lights from 22 November 2017

The Andreas Gursky retrospective will be the first exhibition to take place at Hayward Gallery since its two-year refurbishment, opening on 25 January 2018

A newly announced mid-career survey by acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul will open in May 2018 at Hayward Gallery spanning her iconic early work, immersive architectural installations, and new site-specific commissions.

Dj set by Alva Noto, Installation view at Village Underground. Courtesy the artist and Art Night 2017. Photo by Rama Knight

Hayward Gallery will partner with Art Night 2018 to present an ambitious 24-hour programme of art events and new commissions on 7 July 2018 at Hayward Gallery, and in other venues across London

Hayward Gallery Touring launches a new exhibition Hand Drawn, Action Packed in September 2018, featuring ten major international artists exploring the infinite narrative possibilities of drawing

In 2018, the Arts Council Collection will present three new touring exhibitions: On Paper which will celebrate the physical properties of this commonplace medium; In My Shoes, which will explore the ways UK artists have represented themselves since the 1990s; and Criminal Ornamentation curated by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Counting down to the reopening of Hayward Gallery in January 2018, a major new commission by artist David Batchelor will be unveiled on 22 November. Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017) will transform London’s skyline and celebrate the Gallery’s newly-restored iconic pyramid roof lights, originally designed by Sir Henry Moore, flooding them with dramatic colour that moves gradually through the visible chromatic spectrum – from red to violet – every sixty minutes.

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Caught by the River : January and February instalments of The Social Club season

January and February 2018 will see Caught by the River bringing its main obsessions to live audiences; the year will begin with a celebration of the river Mersey and Liverpool in film, including conversations with artists involved, while February’s winter edition will include poetry and songs involving Stornoway’s Brian Briggs and Erland Cooper of The Magnetic North, as well as a tribute to writer and painter, John Berger.

Forthcoming Events

Caught by the River Mersey

 Date: Wednesday 17th January

 Venue: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD

 Tickets: £7 (+booking fee)

featuring:

A rare screening of You’ll Never Walk Alone, (aka That French Film), the cult Liverpool-centric documentary made for French television in 1992, with appearances from Ian McCulloch, Michael and John Head of Shack, Edgar Jones and many other ‘faces’ from the city’s music scene

A screening of Passing Tides – Roisin Burns’s short film which follows Bill Ryder-Jones (ex-The Coral) around his native Birkenhead

An In-Conversation hosted by Q Magazine editor Ted Kessler, featuring Roisin Burns and Bill Ryder-Jones, as well as JD Beauvallet and Paul Fitzgerald, both of whom appear in You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Caught by the River’s John Andrews hosting, with DJs Diva and Daisy of Caught by the River/Heavenly Recordings.

Caught by the River Social Club – Winter Edition

 Venue: Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12

 Date: Sunday 4th February 2018. 1-5.30pm

 Tickets: £15 (+booking fee) in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com

 The Caught by the River Social Club – Winter Edition – mixes nature, literature, music, film and found sound and runs all afternoon on Sunday 4th February. It features:

The Glass Aisle – a collaboration in poetry and song by ornithologist and front-man of Stornoway, Brian Briggs, and poet Paul Henry, inspired by a stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal above Crickhowell and the village of Llangattock

Erland Cooper playing music from his forthcoming solo project (his first away from bands The Magnetic North and Erland And The Carnival) inspired by landscape, childhood memory and the birdlife of Orkney.

Bergeresque, an audio-visual performance by composer and artist Simon Fisher Turner in tribute to the late writer and painter, John Berger, featuring the voices of Berger and his friend, Tilda Swinton.

MC John Andrews, with records spun by DJ Frances Castle (Clay Pipe Music).

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Caught by the River Thames website here

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Caught by the River and Faber Social Christmas Party – 13th December 2017

Andrew Weatherall

Caught by the River began as an idea for an online meeting place for pursuits of a distinctly non-digital variety: walking, fishing, looking, thinking, birdsong and beer, adventure and poetry. Gradually a website paying homage to life’s small pleasures appeared and attracted a large number of followers. From these humble beginnings in 2007, Caught by the River have published a number of books and staged festivals around the country.

Martha Sprackland

The online gathering place has now announced an offline meeting place with the creation of The Social Club, a season of  events, bringing its many obsessions to live audiences. To get the project of to a great start, Caught by the River Social Club will have a special Caught by the River and Faber Social Christmas Party at The Social in Little Portland Street, London.

Caught by the River joins forces with one of the world’s great publishers, Faber, to take over their mutual regular haunt the Social. Over the course of the night, they will pull together a kind of greatest literary hits of the year party, featuring readings and talks from authors and fellow travellers, including:

David Keenan talking to Andrew Weatherall about This Is Memorial Device – one of the books of the year

Adelle Stripe talks about her novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Daisy Eris reading from this year’s hugely lauded book 2023: A Trilogy by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu

A very special mystery musical guest.

MC on the night is John Andrews; poetry will be provided by Will Burns and Martha Sprackland
Music will be chosen by DJ Frances Castle (Clay Pipe Music) and Heavenly Jukebox.

If you would like to join the party, you get tickets from

Tickets: £12 advance via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/419917

Information
More information: http://www.caughtbytheriver.net or 02076364992
Venue: The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JD
Time: From 7pm

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com

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World Travel Market London at ExCel – 6th to 8th November 2017

World Travel Market London is one of the leading global events for the travel industry which generating more than £2.8 billion of business. Now in its 38th year, the event began at London Olympia in 1980, it moved to Earls Court in 1992 and ExCeL in 2002.

Over three days, the travel industry comes together as almost 5,000 exhibiting destinations from 182 countries and regions. A wide range of travel companies network with 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism Ministers.

This event explores trends, issues and innovations in the travel industry and travel experts discuss some of the current travel issues.

The travel industry is undergoing considerable change and tourist boards, companies and destinations are looking more to the digital world to make their presence felt in a highly competitive market.

There is evidence that political turmoil and security issues are beginning to influence potential visitors and these uncertainties will provide a challenge to many destinations.

Too much tourism is another strong theme of this year’s event,  how do destinations with little infrastructure deal with massive increases of visitors ? This is becoming an increasing problem for a number of destinations.

The event is not open to the general public but is one of the major travel shows for travel professionals and those who work in the travel industry.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information , visit the Event website here

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