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A special treat for Mother’s Day Weekend at Severndroog Castle

Severndroog Castle is hosting a unique afternoon tea experience on Mother’s Day weekend. Not only will attendees be delighted by culinary goodies, but they’ll also be able to enjoy a trip to the viewing platform at the top of the Castle, which boasts some of the most spectacular panoramic viewsover London and the surrounding counties.

A special 30-minute guided group tour of the two main rooms of the Castle will start at 13:30, where visitors will learn about Sir William and Lady James, the building’s uses over the years and the campaign to save the Castle.

Afternoon Tea will then be served in the historic Lady James Room, with views of the surrounding ancient woodland through the gothic windows. Food will be provided by onsite Terrace Catering under the direction of head chef, Christopher Hackett, who shares a passion for creating memorable dining experiences at Severndroog. He was ‘Young Chef of the Year’ in 2008 and runner up for the BBC2 show ‘The Restaurant’, working alongside Raymond Blanc, and has worked in some of the finest restaurants in London, including Fat Duck, Bluebird and The Savoy.

A set menu afternoon tea will be served at 14:15 to include a selection of sandwiches, scones with preserve and clotted cream, a selection of homemade cakes, a pot of tea, plus a glass of bubbly!

Details:
Saturday 21st March 2020 at 13:30 – 16:30 GMT
At Severndroog Castle. Castlewood, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3RT
Ticket Prices: Tickets are £25 per person + booking fee; each ticket includes a guided tour, access to the viewing
platform and an afternoon tea. Pre-booking required. Limited availability.

Book tickets on Eventbrite: Here

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Review: Winter Lights 2020 in Canary Wharf – 16 to 25 January 2020

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Canary Wharf is best known for being one of London’s main financial district but has one of the largest collections of public art in Europe. Throughout the year it has a series of festivals and events, one of Canary Wharf’s most popular festivals is the Winter Lights Festival.

The Winter Lights festival returns for a sixth year attracting some of the most imaginative light artists from around the world to create spectacular artworks, installations and interactive experiences.

The festival attracts large crowds and provides plenty of entertainment for all the family.

1: Mi-E Dor De Tine by Daisler Association, Middle Dock
This romantic message declares “I miss you”. Whilst there is no perfect translation, this is the closest adaptation for this Romanian saying. It refers to a deeper meaning about longing or missing someone.

Romania

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2: Bit.fall by Julius Popp, Chancellor Passage
An ever-changing cascade of words created by thousands of falling illuminated water droplets. The words are derived from a number of live news sources including The Times, The Guardian and the BBC News.

Germany

3: The Clew by OTTOTTO, Cubitt Steps
Made from 100 circles of red light, The Clew is a beautiful structure created around the Cubitt Steps Bridge.

Portugal

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4: Liquid Sound by Entertainment Effects, Cabot Square
Once again, the much-loved fountain in Cabot Square has a makeover for Winter Lights with a display of music and light.

UK

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5: Absorbed by Light by Gali May Lucas, Cabot Square
Take a seat in between the three figures of Absorbed by Light, designed by the British Gali May Lucas and executed by Berlin-based sculptor Karoline Hinz.
Experience how it feels to be next to the characters on the bench.

UK

6: Sky on Earth by UAII Studio, Columbus Courtyard
This atmospheric UK premiere is inspired by the experience of a night flight over storm clouds. Columbus Courtyard will be transformed into an electrifying life sized cloud made of foam.

Czech Republic

7: Time & Tide by Paul & Pute, Columbus Courtyard
Time & Tide, with its hourglass design and colours inspired by nature, reminds us of the urgency of halting the plastic pollution of our oceans.

UK / Thailand

8: Shish-ka-buoy by Angus Muir Design, Westferry Circus
This fun installation is equally interesting by day as it is under the cover of darkness; during daylight hours, the large cluster landlocked six metre tall buoys absorb the light and give off a magical glow.
By night, thousands of LEDs inside create a whirl of colours and spherical gradients in this installation made from fully recyclable polyethylene marine buoys.

New Zealand

9: Lactolight by Lactolight, Westferry Circus
7,344 recycled plastic milk bottles become individual pixels in a giant low-res video screen. Programmed light depicting colours and patterns combined with a custom built soundscape gives you an overall sensory experience.

UK

10: Stratum by Studio Chevalvert, Westferry Circus
Stratum is an interactive installation made up of 92 illuminated metal totems. Visitors are invited to move their hand over the sensor to trigger movement in the artwork.

France

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11: Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design, Wren Landing
Mountain of Light is a monolithic installation, towering to a height of four meters and brought to life by a dramatic repertoire of lighting effects that begin with subtle changes in shade and culminate in an intense mash up of colours.

New Zealand

12: Ditto by Ithaca Studio, Wren Landing
A column of light repeating infinitely above and below the audience. Enter the space and experience light and sound swirling around overhead and underfoot trailing into infinity and creating beautiful reflections and colours in both daytime and evening.

UK

13: Luma Paint Light Graffiti by Lichtfaktor and Bomber Graffiti, Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Create your own unique light painting!
In 2008 Lichtfaktor developed the first real time Light Painting Software. It works on any object, from cars to buildings, transforming almost any object into a living paint canvas so you can create stunning paintings in just a few seconds.

Germany

14: Aquatics by Philipp Artus, Crossrail Place, Level -1, Quayside
Animated water creatures swim and dive around each other in this mesmerizing and delightful interactive light installation.

Germany

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15: Desire by UxU Studio, Crossrail Place, Level -1, Quayside
Desire is a playful, sensual design that at first glance looks like giant, red lips. From the side, the image of the lips disappears, and you see a heartbeat instead – a heart beating faster with strong desires.

Taiwan

16: Constellations by Studio Joanie Lemercier, North Dock, viewing point at Crossrail Place, Level -1 Quayside
Making its London debut, Joanie Lemercier’s Constellations takes us on a trip through space with visuals projected onto a giant water screen with an electronic soundscapes by producer Paul Jebanasam.

France / Belgium

17: Seed of Life by Amberlights, Canada Place, Level -1, outside Waitrose
Enter the Seed of Life and discover a metallic rainbow spectrum of colours created by reflections and refractions from the natural elements of the daylight.

UK

18: Lightbench by LBO Lichtbank, Canada Square Park
A firm Canary Wharf favourite, our ten stunning light benches, form part of the permanent art collection.
Germany
Location 18 on our Winter Lights map

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19: Neon Tree by Hawthorn, Canada Square Park
Neon flex will transform a tree into a striking sculpture in the heart of Canada Square Park. This colourful display will shine subtly by day and dazzle by night.

UK

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20: The Bra Tree, Canada Square Park
Drawing inspiration from a tradition on the American ski slopes of throwing your bra onto a tree, Canary Wharf will host their own special illuminated version.

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21: Affinity by Amigo & Amigo and S1T2, Montgomery Square
Affinity is an immersive, interactive light sculpture inspired by the dazzling complexity and connectivity of the human brain.

Australia

22: Pools of Light, Jubilee Park
The ponds at Jubilee Park are getting a makeover for Winter Lights. See them transformed by thousands of colourful illumined orbs, weaving a stunning stream of light and sound through the park.

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23: Squiggle by Angus Muir Design, Jubilee Park
Squiggle is a winding mass of 450 metres of digital neon tubing twisting and turning to fill Jubilee Park. This unique sensory journey is created by the artist’s innovative manipulation of space and sense.

New Zealand

24: 16 bits by Parker Heyl, Jubilee Place
Parker Heyl has a mechanical engineering and robotics background and is interested in kinetic sculpture for live performance.The installation was developed as part of the Analog Future project at the Interactive Architecture Lab at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

USA

25: Chromatic Play by Tine Bech Studio, Jubilee Park
These fun, illuminated sculptures invite you to interact with them. Each glowing creature has alien-like antennae fitted with interactive sensors, so when a visitor is in close proximity their presence is detected and the colours begin to change.

Denmark

26: SASHA Trees by ADAM DecoLight, Ten Bank Street Park
Ten Bank Street becomes a magical winterscape as this new park is illuminated with glowing fir trees. The striking neon colours of the trees create a fantastic contrast with the surrounding buildings.

Estonia

Behind many of the installations are serious intentions to raise awareness of environment and social issues. On a cold  winter evening, a walk around the festival will brighten the spirits and with lots of food and drink options is a fun evening out.

Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival

16th to 25th January 4-10 pm
Throughout Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
London
FREE

For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website here

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London Design Festival (LDF) in Bankside – 14th to 22nd September 2019

London Design Festival (LDF) 2019 celebrates the modern creativity and enduring independent spirit of Bankside, an area of London which, for centuries, was known for its entertainment. The area is still home to London’s oldest theatres, the world’s most popular art gallery and many creative and design industries.
Bankside from the 16th century, became London’s pleasure quarter away from the walls of the City, it attracted outsiders and people who frequented the many theatres, brothels, gambling dens and taverns.
A diverse programme of free events throughout London Design Festival illustrates how the area’s independent spirit continues to inspire creative thinking across Bankside Design District, an area which runs east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf.
Some of the highlights include:
Musicity x Low Line
Dates: 14 –22 September 2019. Venue: Multiple locations. FREE.  More info: musicity.com
Musicity x Low Line sees fifteen sites along the mighty Victorian railway viaduct, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, come alive with new music created especially for each site. Created by Nick Luscombe, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s greatly-loved Late Junction music show, Musicity gives buildings and spaces their own new soundtrack. Fifteen musicians and recording artists have created fifteen audio tracks responding to fifteen locations in and around the railways arches which form the Low Line.  Each composition can be streamed and downloaded free of charge but only by visiting each location with a smartphone, finding musicityglobal.com and taking in the architecture and neighbourhood that inspired it.

Fora x Better Bankside Design Talks
Dates: 17, 18, 20 September. Venue: Fora Borough, 180 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB.
FREE – book tickets at bit.ly/ForaBankside

Fora and Better Bankside have united the design district’s experts to bring a programme of talks, interactive workshops and lively panel discussions, celebrating the area’s thriving creative and design industries. Hear about creative processes and topical issues impacting the design community.

Mobile Sculpture Workshop with Volume Creative
Date: 17 September, 1-2pm.
Meet the designers behind this year’s LDF Special Project, the Take the Plunge installation at Oxo Tower Wharf and make your own recycled paper sculpture.
Wild Cards: 100 creative questions to challenge your brand
Date: 18 September, 6.30-8.30pm. More info: theclearing.co.uk/wildcards/#/
Bankside brand consultancy, The Clearing, in collaboration with The School of Life, has designed a set of 100 provocative questions, designed to get you thinking more creatively. Used with brands such as Google, McLaren, Ocado, Curzon and Ascot, the cards include questions such as ‘do your colleagues see your brand the same way as your customers?’, ‘which person at work is best at sabotaging your brand?’ and ‘what disappoints you about your competitors?’. This time, the questions will be fired at the design world and a panel of creative directors; then it’s over to the audience for an interactive session, as part of the Bankside Late programme.
Designing a sustainable Bankside
Date: 20 September, 9-10.30am. A string of Bankside-based architects and designers, including Allies & Morrison, Fagerhult, TP Bennett, Tranquil City and Wayward Studio, present work and ideas on sustainability in the public realm, building design and air quality interventions.  The session involves Pecha Kucha-style presentations to set a dynamic scene, with audience Q&A.

Designing an Africa Centre for the 21st Century
Date: 18 September, 6pm – 9pm. FREE. Tickets: events.ticketsforgood.co.uk
Venue: The Africa Centre, Arch 28, Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR.

What thoughts and sensibilities underpin a pan-African design vision? Join Africa Centre Director, Kenneth Tharp and architect Jonathan Hagos,Director of FREEHAUS as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing a landmark building in Southwark. The Africa Centre opened in 1964, becoming a vibrant ‘home-away-from-home’ and cultural hub for the African diaspora in London. Having moved from its Covent Garden location, the organisation is now based in the London borough with the largest ‘black-African’ population. The Centre promotes the diversity of Africa and its diaspora, by highlighting creativity and innovation in African thought, art, culture, business and entrepreneurship.

Oxo Tower Wharf events

Special events across Oxo Tower Wharf as part of the Bankside Design District. Oxo Tower Wharf is home to over 25 designer-maker studios, many of
whom will be hosting workshops, demonstrations and special displays throughout the festival. FREE.

Here, Now and Then – Bankside Hotel
Dates: 14-22 September, 10am – 8pm.
Venue: Bankside Hotel, 2 Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, SE1 9JU. FREE.
More info: banksidehotel.com
Bankside Hotel, in collaboration with Contemporary Collective, hosts an open studio with renowned artists The Cummings Twins. Mark and Paul Cummings will present a series of events on their ‘Here, Now and Then’ exhibition, including art talks, digital installations and performances.

BetterAir: Creating a clean air corridor for Bankside
Dates: 14 – 22 September. Multiple locations. FREE. More info: betterbankside.co.uk

Air pollution is an important public health issue facing Londoners. Better Bankside is encouraging use of low emission routes by animating its quieter streets and spaces. Keep an eye out for the Better Air benches and living letters on Borough High Street and other locations that are designed to raise awareness of flora which can disrupt dirty air.

London’s Identity in Brickwork; a walking tour of Bankside
Date: 17 September, 5pm; 19 September, 12.30pm.
FREE – book tickets at eventbrite.co.uk
Learn about the history of London architecture, the origins of brickwork in London and the history of the London stock. Join the team at Taylor Maxwell on a walking tour of Bankside and London Bridge to see examples of the London stock in use on historical landmarks and striking buildings.
The Hoxton, Southwark’s best design events 
The district’s latest opening, The Hoxton, Southwark presents talks and workshops to celebrate its launch and London Design Festival.
Venue: The Hoxton, Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Road SE1 8PB.
More info & tickets: https://thehoxton.com/hoxtown/events
Spotlight on Southwark with Dezeen
Date: 11 September, 6-10pm. Tickets £7
Join The Hoxton’s Dezeen-led panel as it shines a spotlight on Southwark’s architecture. Designers, architects, historians and cultural critics will discuss the area’s character and how it’s changing.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Event website here

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Shake It Up! A Shakespeare Festival for Shoreditch on 23rd and 24th August 2019

To celebrate the forthcoming opening of the site of London’s first purpose-built theatre, the Theatre Courtyard Gallery will present Shake It Up! A Shakespeare Festival for Shoreditch, a weekend family festival of performances, events and activities.

In March 2020, a new permanent exhibition space will open on the site of The Theatre (1576-1598), one of the first Elizabethan playhouses to be built in London and an early home to Shakespeare and his acting company.

Reconstructed view of the entrance to The Theatre, Shoreditch (c) David Toon, Lee Sands and MOLA

The Theatre was Shakespeare’s original London playhouse. The purpose-built structure was built in 1576 when Shoreditch sat on the edge of the City of London. In the 1590s, Shakespeare became resident playwright at the Theatre and his company performed several of his greatest plays, including Romeo and Juliet, there. In 1598, having lost the rights to lease the land, Shakespeare’s company dismantled the Theatre and moved the timbers across the river to Bankside, to create the Globe, which opened the following year.

Archaeologists on site at The Theatre during the 2008 excavation (c) MOLA

Parts of The Theatre’s inner wall were discovered in 2008. These archaeological remains, along with artefacts subsequently unearthed on the site, will be at the heart of the new permanent exhibition space, the Theatre Courtyard Gallery.

The Theatre art wall in Shoreditch by Global Street Art (c) Global Street Art

Shake It Up! runs on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 August at sites throughout Shoreditch. Visitors can go back in time the with the festival’s free family events programme which includes Elizabethan games, dressing up, art workshops, and object handling by Museum of London Archaeology.

There will also be talks on Shakespearean theatre, comedy by The School of Night, music by David William Hughes, sword fighting demonstrations and an interactive Elizabethan dance workshop. Ticketed events include Elizabethan yoga and a new Elizabethan walking tour by Look Up London.

The festival begins with The Choicest Music of the Kingdom, a candlelit concert of words and music, performed by internationally-acclaimed choir The Sixteen in the atmospheric surroundings of Shoreditch Church. Led by Harry Christophers CBE, The Sixteen will present an exclusive programme of Elizabethan choral works complemented by the words of historic Londoners delivered by Shakespearean actors.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Event website here

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Summer Events at Severndroog Castle – 2019

For something a little different, take a trip to Severndroog Castle for a series of events over the summer. You can enjoy Live Vintage Jazz, have a Night at the Opera or enjoy an entertaining night at the theatre production of Nell Gwynn.

Severndroog is a tower built in the 18th century situated in the Oxleas Woods in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Built on Shooters Hill, one of the highest points in the city, the viewing platform boasts some of the most spectacular views in London.

Live Vintage Jazz with Jess DeGiudici

Friday 21st June 2019 at 18:30-22:00 GMT

Ticket Prices: Courtyard Ticket £6.50 + booking fee, Premium Ticket £13 + booking fee.

Book tickets on Eventbrite here

Minimum age: 14 Years

Parking: Free parking facilities available at The Castle Wood Car Park, which will remain open for the duration of
this event.

A Night of Opera with ‘Memories – From The Life of An Opera Singer’
featuring Baroness Tamara von Stein zu Leitershofen (Soprano) and Richard Black on piano.

Event Details:
Friday 12th July 2019 at 18:30-22:00 GMT

Ticket Prices: Courtyard Ticket £6.50 + booking fee, Premium Ticket £13 + booking fee.

Book tickets on Eventbrite: here

Minimum age: 14 Years

Parking: Free parking facilities available at The Castle Wood Car Park, which will remain open for the duration of
this event.

Changeling Theatre’s production of ‘Nell Gwynn’ by Jessica Swale.

Event Details:

Thursday 18th July 2019 at 19:30 GMT

Ticket Prices: £25

Book tickets : here

Minimum age: 14 Years

Parking: Free parking facilities available at The Castle Wood Car Park, which will remain open for the duration of
this event.

Severndroog’s catering partner Terrace Tearoom, and their celebrated chef Christopher Hackett, will be cooking up delicious bites and cocktails, with wine and beer available all evening.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 – 21 to 25 May 2019

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Although the title of Britain’s largest flower show has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the Chelsea Show is still considered the most prestigious and The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have announced some of the highlights for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 (21 – 25 May).

Show Garden Highlights

Encouraging people to reconnect with nature is a key theme at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with gardens celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Seven-time gold medal winning designer Andy Sturgeon is back for show sponsor M&G Investments, drawing inspiration for his garden from nature’s power to regenerate. The woodland landscape will be colonised by young trees, ferns and jewel-like flowers, interspersed with stone platforms and huge burnt timber sculptures representing natural rock formations.

Multi RHS gold medal winning designer, Sarah Eberle returns to Main Avenue with a garden celebrating 100 years of forestry with The Forestry Commission. The Resilience Garden looks ahead to the biggest challenges facing our forests in the future, exploring how they can be made resilient to a changing climate and the increasing threats of pests and diseases.

A celebration of the environmental benefits of trees, this time within an urban space has influenced the design of The Savills and David Harber Garden by Andrew Duff. The garden seeks to create a beautiful, sustainable woodland clearing within a city, featuring bio diverse trees and greenery known to remove harmful pollutants from the atmosphere.

Three gardens on Main Avenue this year represent striking natural landscapes. Last year’s People’s Choice winner Mark Gregory is designing once again for Welcome to Yorkshire, inspired by the canals and waterways found in the West of the county.

Jon Snow for Trailfinders is sourcing inspiration from further afield bringing the temperate rainforests of South America to Central London complete with lush planting and dramatic waterfalls. In contrast the The Dubai Majlis Garden designed by Thomas Hoblyn evokes a Middle Eastern feel inspired by the sculptural beauty found in arid landscapes.

The importance of having access to nature and green spaces for all ages and abilities has inspired the brief for The Greenfingers Charity Garden designed by Kate Gould. Intended for a hospice to provide a fun, interactive and uplifting space where seriously ill children, their families and friends can come together and embrace the benefits of being in the fresh air and engaging with the natural environment.

Chris Beardshaw, winner of Best in Show 2018 and multi gold medal winning designer Jo Thompson complete the talented line up designing Show Gardens in 2019.

Space to Grow Highlights

For the second year Royal Hospital Way will be populated by inspiring gardens offering new ideas and inspiration in the Space to Grow Category.

Joe Perkins is taking on his first solo garden for social media giant Facebook. The theme of the garden is connectivity, celebrating the positive benefits of social media as a powerful tool for engaging in real world issues, connecting people and driving positive social change. The Facebook Garden: Beyond The Screen takes on a coastal theme to reinforce this message as coastal habitats are constantly changing and evolving and are rich and diverse environments where many species can thrive.

Vibrant colours and exotic leaves bring rural Africa to central London promoting the importance of Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow. Women produce much of Africa’s food, the garden designed by Jilayne Rickards highlights the work CAMFED does to educate and empower those reliant on agriculture in communities hardest hit by climate change to use climate-smart, sustainable agricultural techniques to provide for themselves and their families.

Education also underpins the message of The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden designed by Jody Lidgard, an engaging space to nurture children, teaching them about the natural world and future of horticulture with new technology including hydroponics, aeroponics and vertical planting techniques.

Water features prominently in a number of the gardens planned for Chelsea 2019 and lies at the heart of Paul Hervey-Brooks The Viking Cruises Garden, a space created from a water meadow with multi-stem river birch and winding streams running through to a pool and concrete terrace.

The Warner Edward’s Garden by Helen Elks-Smith incorporates water in a playful and imaginative way as it appears and disappears throughout the garden like the natural springs at the distillery’s home of Falls Farms. The design takes inspiration from architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece ‘Fallingwater’.

Artisan Gardens Highlights

Small is beautiful when it comes to the Artisan Gardens and this year’s line-up promise to inspire and excite as traditional materials and methods are revitalised through new design approaches.

A garden celebrating 70 years of land-based education at Kingston Maurward College embodies the artisan approach as the college’s blacksmith, engineering, countryside management and horticultural students will all contribute towards the final design.

Annie Prebensen and Christina Williams were last at Chelsea in 2010 when they won gold and best Artisan Garden, the pair return with a garden celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Donkey Sanctuary, highlighting the vital role donkeys play in improving the lives for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.

Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden designed by Graham Bodle takes inspiration from a quarry at the bottom of the garden at Walkers Nurseries, featuring reclaimed items and materials from the quarry.

The Great Pavilion Highlights

British horticulture remains at the heart of RHS Chelsea as the UK’s top nurseries fill the Great Pavilion with thousands of immaculate plant varieties on display.

For the first time the Great Pavilion will also house a judged walk-through Show Garden by internationally renowned British Designer Tom Dixon and home furnishings retailer IKEA. The immersive garden hopes to raise awareness that it is both possible, affordable and rewarding to grow your own food in the city using sustainable urban growing techniques. Upon first impression, the garden looks like a natural hillside landscape, on closer inspection, the viewer can see a subterranean, and futuristic high-tech garden with edibles and plants growing in an immersive horticultural laboratory.

Iconic multi RHS Gold medal winning rose breeder, David Austin Roses will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the show with a sensual display of award winning roses along with some exciting new introductions.

Perennial is celebrating its 180th year of supporting those in the horticultural industry with a walk through feature ‘The Perennial Lifeline Garden’ designed by London College of Garden Design Graduates taking inspiration The Laskett Gardens in Herefordshire bequeathed to the charity by Sir Roy Strong.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21 – 25 May 2019)
20 May  Press Day
21 – 22 May  RHS members only
23 – 25 May  RHS members and non-members
25 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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Review: Grand Designs Live at ExCeL London – 4th to 12th May 2019

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The crowds made their way to ExCeL London for the first day of the Grand Designs Live show. Grand Designs Live is based on the Channel 4 series and is hosted by Design guru and TV presenter Kevin McCloud.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Grand Designs Live includes top expert advice, new product launches and specialist exhibitors in project zones. All aspects of home creation and improvement are covered including self-builds, renovation or finding ideas and inspiration to create your dream home.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Underlying the show is the importance of design in your projects and there are over 500 brands, across six different sections covering Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Gardens, Interiors, Technology and Design Arcade to provide inspiration.

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For advice, there will be RIBA architects, building suppliers, kitchen and bathroom designers on hand, you can ‘meet’ some of the Grand Designers in The Grand Theatre.

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Kevin McCloud and the Grand Design team are great advocates of being eco-friendly and recycling and the show features Kevin’s Green Heroes which features eco-innovations that come to life.

The Upcycling Hub is a new area of the show which puts the focus on the art of upcycling. Skilled upcycling designers give visitors an insight into their craft through live demonstrations, as well as showcasing artisan pieces.

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The Under the Stairs Project is a competition for Interior Designers, aiming to inspire visitors and encourage them to take home new ideas, information and supplier contacts. This competition focuses on the uplift in the use of unconventional spaces.

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The Green Finger Campaign is a response to the latest UK State of Nature report that shows over half our wild species; plants, insects and birds are in decline. The show is packed with green products, free eco advice, activities and talks to raise awareness of what people can do to protect and enhance the nature in your garden.

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Walking around the show, you can be inspired with a large number of innovations and design ideas. From large lodges for your garden to paintings for your walls, each section has plenty of interest to create improvements for your home and garden. Experts are ready to offer advice for any of your projects and you can buy the latest products from a vast array of exhibitors.

Grand Designs Live runs from the 4th to 12th May 2019 at ExCeL London.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets , visit the Grand Designs website here

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London Views, Art and Live Music at Severndroog Castle – 3rd May 2019

For something a little different, enjoy a Friday evening drink on top of Severndroog Castle. The historic castle is the only place in the city you can enjoy a cocktail surrounded by ancient woodland and experience 360° views of London and its surrounding counties.

In the first late night opening of the season, you can enjoy an exhibition of the works of visual artist Andrea Passaponti, listen to live acoustic soul musicians with a free glass of wine.

All tickets include access to the viewing platform and a complementary glass of wine. A very limited amount of Premium Tickets are also available for exclusive access to stunning twilight panoramic views of London from the viewing platform on top of the castle.

Severndroog’s catering partner Terrace Tearoom, and their celebrated chef Christopher Hackett, will be cooking up delicious bites and cocktails, with wine and beer available all evening.

Severndroog is a tower built in the 18th century situated in the Oxleas Woods in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Built on Shooters Hill, one of the highest points in the city, the viewing platform boasts some of the most spectacular views in London.

Event Details:

Friday 3rd May 2019 at 18:30-22:00

At Severndroog Castle. Castlewood, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3RT

Ticket Prices: Standard Ticket £13.76, Premium Ticket £15.86; each ticket includes a complementary glass of wine.

Ticket does not include food or additional drinks; food and bar drinks are available for purchase all evening.

Book tickets on Eventbrite: Here

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Rebels at the Albany from 11 April to 1 June 2019

The pioneering London arts centre, the Albany will present its most extensive season of performances since it was founded over forty years ago. Rebels is a season of work that reflects how artists are finding ways of creating political changes, challenging expectations and improving life.

The Albany’s largest-ever festival spans all theatre sites and encompasses theatre, spoken word, music, visual arts, free workshops, political cabaret and opera

Rebels builds on the Albany’s long history of countercultural shows and radical arts production. Among the performances are a new interactive theatre production involving the building of two rival nations; a futuristic new opera about aspirations and freedom; a sci-fi show placing the audience in the grip of technology; and a devastating show which presents two performances on one stage at the same time. The season spans the three Albany-run venues – the Albany, Deptford Lounge in Lewisham and Canada Water Theatre in Southwark.

Among the highlights of the season:

Drawing the Line

Be a celebrated citizen of your world. An interactive theatre experience, combining storytelling, gaming and group decision making. The line divides the audience into two rival nations. Each side determines how their nation grows. Produced by Hidden Track and the Albany in association with alt space and Oxford Playhouse.
Dates: 9-25 May at 7.30pm. Thursdays to Saturdays.

Question Time Cabaret

Talia Randall brings her glitter-drenched version of Question Time to the Albany for a fun, rowdy political knees-up. A playful, surprising and hilarious cabaret show about the state of the nation, featuring performances from some of the UK’s best comedy, spoken word and drag acts.
Date: 2 May, 7.30pm.

The View from Behind the Futuristic Rose Trellis

A dance through inner and outer realities, revealing moments of golden clarity shared by all. Written and performed by artists and musicians Ravioli Me Away (Alice Theobald, Sian Dorrer and Rosie Ridgway) this is a vivid, wry opera about greed, aspiration and freedom.
Date: 1 June, 2pm & 7.30pm.

Wow Everything is Amazing

The latest production by Sounds Like Chaos is an hallucinatory sci-fi madness, set in the new church of the future. Complemented by an original score, spanning gospel to hip-hop, and an ambitious film, the company returns to explore the timely question: ‘Is technology
shaping us or are we shaping it?’ Dates: 16-18 April, 7.30pm.

The Kids Are Alright

A family museum trip turns to tragedy. Back at home, parents attempt to make sense of an horrendous incident in unpredictable ways, while children storm the stage around them. The Kids Are Alright is two performances on one stage: an adult narrative weaving through parental grief and an immersive audio experience for children full of hope. The co-production by Fuel, Encounter, The Place and the Albany, places children and adults together to illuminate how we navigate loss and care for one another.

Dates: 11-13 April, 7.30pm.

Motherhoody

A series of free creative workshops at Canada Water Library and Theatre, hosted by Anna-Maria Nabyre and Jess Mabel Jones, exploring expectations of motherhood.

Rebels line-up includes Encounter, Hidden Track Theatre, Scottee, Brigitte Aphrodite, The Cocoa Butter Club, Lady Vendredi and many more

VISITOR INFORMATION

Venues

The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG.
Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St London SE8 4RH.
Canada Water Theatre, 21 Surrey Quays Road London SE16 7AR.

For tickets and more information , visit the Albany website here

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Annual Charity Pancake Day Race at Borough Market – 5 March 2019

On Tuesday 5 March, twenty teams from local businesses in Bankside will congregate at London’s famous Borough Market to compete in the grand Better Bankside Pancake Day Race.

Visitors to London may often be confused by many local traditions but they often go back centuries. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). In a number of countries, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day celebrate by consuming pancakes. This tradition is related to using up foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before Lent. The custom of British Christians eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday dates to at least the 16th century.

Although specifically celebrated by Christians, Pankcake Day is now enjoyed by everyone and ‘pancake races’ go back to the 15th century. The rules of the race are participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running over a particular course.

Locals and visitors encouraged to support to the competitors, who will speed back and forth across the Market’s Jubilee Place, flipping as they race.

Spectators can do more than just look at pancakes – they can also get their hands on some for consumption thanks to guest trader Crêpes à la Carte.

What: Better Bankside Pancake Day Race
When: Tuesday 5 March, 12.30 – 14.00
Where: Borough Market, Jubilee Place (opposite
Winchester Walk)

The event is free but funds raised from the event will go to a local charity, Paintings in Hospitals, collection boxes will be available if people wish to donate.

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