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Smithfield 150 on 25th and 26th August 2018


Culture Mile will celebrate August Bank Holiday with two day festival thanks to St Bartholomew. Smithfield 150 will revive the spirit of medieval festival, a forerunner for the annual public holiday

The free festival will be curated by the Museum of London and inspired by the medieval extravaganza Bartholomew’s Fair, the festival will take over the markets and surrounding Smithfield streets to celebrate the market’s 150th anniversary. The original fair, which took place over three days and celebrated St Bartholomew’s Feast Day on 24th August each year, became one of London’s most famous holidays, and is considered a forerunner for the August Bank Holiday we know today.

Smithfield 150 invites the whole of London to celebrate the history and people that make Smithfield such a special area with a jam-packed programme of music, food, performance and entertainment for all the family. On Saturday 25 August, visitors will enjoy London’s Biggest Birthday Party which will include a special area for families with under 5s, massive party games, party food galore, fun fairs and lots of surprises along the way.

Sunday 26 August will celebrate the great tradition of the Sunday Lunch, with the best of the surrounding market’s produce sharing food from around the world. Take part in a giant communal feast, listen to live music, bring the kids to a pop-up roller skating disco, or join in with the choir for a mass sing-a-long.

One hundred and fifty years ago the newly redesigned Smithfield meat market, which is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation, was officially opened after years of redevelopment. Designed by acclaimed architect Sir Horace Jones, the new market was the talk of London, and restored the market’s position in the heart of the bustling City.

 Culture Mile, which was launched last July, is an ambitious and transformational initiative that will create a vibrant cultural area in the north-west corner of the City over the next 10 to 15 years. Stretching just under a mile from Farringdon to Moorgate, Culture Mile will have creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning at its core in an area where 2,000 years of history collide with the world’s best in culture.

For more information, visit the Smithfield 150 website here

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Review : Sculpture in the City in the City of London – 27th June 2018 until April 2019


Sculpture in the City returns for its eighth year with 18 artists exhibiting work in the City of London. This year, the event features work from artists like Tracey Emin, Marina Abramovic, Sean Scully, David Annesley and Sarah Lucas.

Many of the sculptures are located alongside some of the City of London’s most iconic buildings which offers interesting perpectives between sculpture and background.

Some of our favourites include:  

Untitled David Annesley

‘Untitled’ (1969) is a mandala-like form, which satisfyingly contains smaller shapes within itself in perfect equilibrium.

UNIVRS – Michail Pirgelis

Michail Pirgelis works exclusively with authentic aviation materials, which he selects from aircraft scrapyards in the American desert.

Perceval – Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas’ sculpture Perceval – a life-size bronze horse and cart – presents a large-scale replica of a traditional china ornament, of the kind that took pride of place on many British mantelpieces forty years ago.

Stack Blues – Sean Scully RA

Part of Sean Scully’s Landline series of works, Stack Blues is a sculpture borne out of the artist’s preoccupation with the horizon. 

Numen (Shifting Votive One & Two) – Thomas J Price

In the “Numen” series Price continues his exploration of a new mythology in which the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian traditions of monumental sculpture are deployed in the depiction of the twenty-first century social subject.

Opening the Air – Jyll Bradley

Opening the Air is a three-dimensional drawing made up of a geometric field of fluorescent Plexiglas discs or ‘coins’. The coins bear intricate etchings derived from plans of early eighteenth-century glasshouse design.

Body – Jean-Luc Moulène

Body pays tribute to the automobile as sculpture within the urban landscape.

Crocodylius Philodendrus – Nancy Rubins

As part of her series Diversifolia– which in the scientific names of plants indicates a single species possessed with a considerable variety of leaf, Crocodylius Philodendrus employs clusters of bouquet like arrangements comprised out of a variety of animal forms that explode into space in all directions.

We visited the sculptures at the weekend when the Square Mile is relatively deserted and on a weekday when the area is very busy. It is remarkable how the presence of people make a great difference in perspectives and ideas of scale.

All the sculptures offer an interesting take on the urban landscape setting.  Sculpture in the City, now in its eighth year is unusual that it places contemporary works from leading artists into an area that is an intriguing mix of old and modern.

 Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information, visit the Sculpture in the City website here

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A Recital of Classical Ottoman Court Music at the Leighton House Museum – 11th July 2018

Baha Yetkin and Alexandros Koustas, experts in traditional Ottoman court music will provide Leighton House audiences with insights into the rich sounds of the Turkish Makam, which is found throughout folk and dance music; in court audiences as well as Mevlevi ceremonies.

The concert will take place in Leighton House Museum which is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. This remarkable building of the nineteenth century, contains a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.

Leighton was fascinated by the Middle East and his home with an extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles was considered a perfect representation of Victorian Orientalism.

 The concert will feature Baha Yetkin on the Oud who studied under world famous oud players Mehmet Emin Bitmez, Yurdal Tokcan and Necati Çelik. He is the only Turkish style oud teacher and Turkish Classical Music Makam teacher in London.

Alexandros Koustas will play the Klasik Kemençe, Koustas is the principal violist of the English National Ballet Philharmonic and was recently appointed as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

The musicians will provide contextual information and answer questions from the floor after the concert. 

Location

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road

London

W14 8LZ

For more information or tickets , visit the Museum website here

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Review : RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 2nd to 8th July 2018

This year will be 28th year of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. In 1992 Network Southeast announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy, and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993.

Although it lacks the history of the Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a royal setting and in a relatively short time has established itself as one of the world’s largest flower shows.

One of the highlights of the show are the Show Gardens which this year feature Breckland Beauty, The Viking Cruises Nordic Lifestyle Garden, B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden, The Children with Cancer UK: Mr Happy and Mr Worry Hill. The South West Water Green Garden, The Limbcare Garden, Anton Chekhov’s Garden, Best of Both Worlds, A Place to Meet, The Landform Garden Bar, Secured by Design, The South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden, Southend Young Offenders’ A Place to Think, Elements Mystique and Brilliance in Bloom.

Visitors can look for exotic planting in the World Gardens including Santa Rita ’Living La Vida 120’ Garden, Great Gardens of the USA: The Oregon Garden. Great Gardens of the USA: The Charleston & South Carolina Garden, Rias de Galicia : A Garden at the End of the Earth.

The Lifestyle Gardens and Flower and Vegetable small plots encourage people to use even the smallest space to create a small garden. The Style and Design Garden, The Health and Wellbeing Garden, The Entertaining Garden and The Family Garden illustrate the importance of gardens in a social and wellbeing sense

One of the most poignant gardens is Battlefields to Butterflies which pays tribute to the 24 men of the Royal Parks who lost their life in the First World War. Visitors can walk around a series of trenches to see how nature can populate even in the most unlikely locations.

The Floral Marquee features top quality exhibits from some of the UK leading plant nurseries and the Festival of Roses celebrates the incredible variety of roses.

The Country Magazine Pavilion provides plenty of unusual gifts and ideas and visitors can enjoy talks in the Roses & Floristry Theatre, Potting Bench Theatre, Dig In Theatre and RHS Celebrity Theatre.

The showground has a special area for families to enjoy and there are plenty of food and drink outlets.

Other special features include influential landscape designer, nurseryman and author Piet Oudolf, the Dutch designer will be bringing his naturalistic style to the show, creating a walk through feature. The show also takes visitors on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of plants on earth.

‘Evolve: Through the Roots of Time’ will guide visitors through barren landscapes prior to the Cambrian era over 500 million years ago, to the lush tropical jungles of the Jurassic period, and into the present day. To celebrate 30 years of BBC’s Countryfile programme, there is a special wildlife garden to promote gardens for wildlife.

If you enjoy horticultural delights, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with its wonderful location is a must attend event. Unlike Chelsea, the large Hampton Court show site means you can wander around the numerous attractions in relative freedom.  There are is also plenty of space around the showground to relax and enjoy the present hot conditions.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (2 – 8 July 2018)

2 July                           Preview Evening, 5 – 10.30pm

3 – 4 July                    RHS members only

5 – 8 July                    RHS members and non-members

3 – 7 July                    10am – 7.30pm

8 July                          10am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4.00pm)

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Transport

Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15 minute walk or short ferry ride  from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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

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London Gelato Festival in Covent Garden – 23rd and 24th June 2018

The warm weather in London is good for ice cream sales and if you would like to taste some top quality ice cream then make your way to the Gelato Festival in Covent Garden’s East Piazza over the Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June weekend.

Now in its 9th year, the Gelato Festival is the year’s most important event dedicated to the world of Italian gelato; a European competition that recognises the best Italian and international gelato​. The Gelato Festival is a festival “on the road” that from April to September which travels through Italy and the rest of Europe.

Visitors can taste a whole range of authentic flavours created by more than 16 artisanal gelato chefs and then vote for their favourites, to send the winner on to the Gelato Festival World Masters in 2021.

Visitors can also discover the secrets of gelato making in a series of educational masterclasses, demos and experiences and visit the ‘Buontalenti’, the largest mobile gelato production laboratory in the world!

The festival includes award-winning chefs, gelato masters, important and prestigious firms in the business who promote the wonderful world of Italian gelato.

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Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo at the Science Museum

The Science Museum has unveiled a full-size engineering model of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury, and one of the most challenging planetary missions ever launched.

Standing over 6 metres tall, this Structural Thermal Model (STM) of the spacecraft has been used to test BepiColombo’s resilience to vibration at launch and extremes of temperature during its seven-year journey to Mercury.

This is a unique opportunity for the public to get a close-up look at an integral component of a space mission’s development programme. The model has been subjected to temperatures ranging from -190°C to 400°C, recreating the conditions the spacecraft will face when in shade and when in the illuminated face of Mercury.

 

Visitors will be able see the handstitched insulation blankets specifically designed to protect BepiColombo’s instruments and electronics from the intensity of the Sun’s heat, and peer inside the body of the spacecraft to see some of its internal components. The folded solar panel wing on display matches two of the three that will be on BepiColombo when it travels to Mercury, this pair extending to 30 metres when fully deployed. The panels will generate all of the mission’s electrical power.

Visitors can also hear from engineers and scientists who have helped design and develop the spacecraft and its scientific instruments on a video accompanying the model about why the BepiColombo mission is so important and so challenging.

The BepiColombo STM has been loaned to the Science Museum by the European Space Agency (ESA) and was developed and built for ESA by Airbus, the mission’s prime industrial contractor, at its sites in Germany, the UK and across Europe. Airbus engineers prepared the model for display at the Science Museum where it can be seen before, during and after BepiColombo’s launch to Mercury in October 2018.

For more information, visit the Science Museum website here

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Review : Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 13th to 17th June 2018

Regent’s Park is once again transformed for a foodie festival with the return of Taste of London. The festival is in its 16th edition and has become a popular celebration of good food and drink and offers visitors the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the top London restaurants such as Roka, Club Gascon, Bao, Barrafina, Cinnamon Bazaar, Hutong, Corazon and many more.

The event is well-known for its relaxing festival vibe with plenty of free samples for the hungry crowds to sample as they made their way around the festival site.

The festival provides a large range of food and drink related experiences with wonderful aromatic dishes from  pop up restaurants and top chefs like Magnus Nilsson, Rohit Ghai, Neil Rankin, Andy Oliver and  Vivek Singh in attendance.

For a special treat, The Taste Residence includes bespoke 4-course tasting menus by world-leading chefs Magnus Nilsson, Niklas Ekstedt, Sean Gray and Manoella Buffara.

If you want to get more involved there are plenty of opportunities to take part in interactive masterclasses and demonstrations and try a wide range of activities including champagne, wine, whiskey and craft beer tastings.

If you are looking for something different, head towards the food markets where there are artisan producers and manufacturers offering exclusive and unique products with plenty of opportunities to sample before you buy. New this year is the Start-Up Collective to help you discover the food trends of the future.

Part of the popularity of the Taste of London festival is that there is something for everyone, if you are looking for something special you can treat yourself in the VIP Lounge or sip Champagne in the Laurent – Perrier Club House.

The Taste of London festival appeals to a wide range of people from the dedicated foodie who can sample dishes from top restaurants to those who enjoy the relaxing festival atmosphere with plenty of food and drink options to enjoy.

Each session at the Taste of London lasts between 4-5 hours and that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions.

Taste of London, Regent’s Park (13 – 17 June 2018)

Wednesday 13 June 17:30 – 21:30

Thursday 14 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Friday 15 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Saturday 16 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Sunday 17 June 12:00 – 17:00

Visiting London Guide Rating- Highly Recommended 

For more information or book tickets , visit the Taste of London website here

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