Name This London Location – Winner: Deptford Dame

29 11 2009

The location of this picture was The Elgin pub in Ladbroke Grove, W10

As promised, the winner – The Deptford Dame – has chosen three of her own pictures to feature on MyMetropole. These images offer an excellent view of Deptford, different to the stereotypes held by some of the area! Enjoy, and congratulations again to the Deptford Dame!

Courtesty of Deptford Dame

Courtesy of Deptford Dame

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Courtesy of Deptford Dame





Pork & Pickle Pie Comedy Club tonight

26 11 2009

A comedy club night with 4 acts headlined by an award-winning burger van owner plus pork and pickle pies for a fiver.

The Britannia Pub on Victoria Park is hosting the Pork & Pickle Pie comedy club with tonight the first night of many to showcase top British talent in night of stand up ‘til you fall over laughing, or full of pork & pickle pies, or both.

Angelos Epithemiou of Shooting Stars headlines, most well known for his work with Vic & Bob on the BBC comedy quiz show (and from his burger van, obviously).

Supporting acts include Will Andrews, comedy sketch group The Real MacGuffins and Richard Sandling. Combined, these comedians can throw around names like BBC, Channel 4, Bafta and Edinburgh Fringe, making this comedy night some serious stuff. If pork and pickle do not your fancy tickle, no worries – vegetarian options are available. This is just the first night of many, so if you’re interested, stay tuned!

Pork& Pickle Pie Comedy Club
The Britannia
360 Victoria Park Rd
London, E9 7BT
Tickets are £5





Angela Palmer: Ghost Forest

26 11 2009

The Ghost Forest exhibit was an excellent way to show just how large these trees are and everything that we need them (to survive) for. All photos courtesy of MissDani aka imJuli.

I would have liked to have seen a representation of how high these trees are. There were labels on each of the blocks comparing them to Nelson’s plinth, but some something which actually stood that tall would have hit it home for me. Not that lugging a full sized tree from the rainforest to Britain would have been the answer, but some sort of creative representation. I am not an artist, so dont ask me what, imjustsaying.





Name this London location

25 11 2009

Hello there loyal MyMetropole readers – Be the first to name this West London location and get one of your own London pictures featured on MyMetropole…

 

Name this Location

Good Luck!





Victoria Miro Gallery

23 11 2009

I recently wrote a preview  for Le Cool London on the Grayson Perry Tapestry at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. The previews I write are often before I’ve gotten to see it for myself, so I went to the Victoria Miro Gallery to check out the tapestry, and found that the Gallery itself stole the show.

The Victoria Miro Gallery is a privatly-owned venue tucked away down a no-name road in between Angel and Old Street, between Islington and Hoxton.

This free gallery is housed in a converted furniture factory, stretching over two floors in two neighbouring buildings with 10,000 square feet of space and includes a wooded outdoor patio between the two spaces. At the time I was there, the pond had invisible speakers spouting sounds of a choir and people relaxing on benches and enjoying an outdoor exhibit before stepping into the second space where the tapestry was located.

After ringing the buzzer to get in the main non-descript entrance, we stepped into a large white space in front of us and a dark wooden staircase to the left leads upstairs to a second space. Back down the stairs, through a narrow hallway, out past the singing pond and through the second door you are confronted with a long white surreal staircase stretching up, up, up to the sky, similar to a dream you must have had once.  Halfway up the staircase is a large open well-lit white space, head back out and back up the remaining steps to the sky leads to the top floor space with views over Angel and Regents Canal. Not to mention an absolutely gorgeous space with wooden floors and tall strong walls to hold massive pieces of work.

The exhibits were all top, though of course the Turner Prize winning Grayson Perry pieces here were the most viewed, with over 30 people at a time swarming round the tapestry and his prize-winning vases.

Currently showing at the Victoria Miro Gallery is  Phil Collins: soy mi madre through 18 December 2009.

http://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/_402/

Victoria Miro Gallery
16 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW

 





Untold London

20 11 2009

I just came across an excellent website called Untold London. The website explores the histories that relate to all the people of London  as they are told in museums, galleries, archives and community heritage organisations.  The information that is left out or often ignored adds a layer of reality to the stories of the past that, if known, would help us to better relate to and understand the present.

The website is run in collaboration between a number of organisations with experience in the London history and heritage sector, and managed by the London Museums Hub.

Thursday night, Untold London in association with the British Museum launched a downloadable tour of Gay London. You can download this tour here: www.britishmuseum.org/explore/themes/same-sex_desire_and_gender/introduction.aspx

At the launch, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Ben Bradshaw praised the initiative calling it “an excellent marker for the rest of the Museum sector.”

Sara Wajid, Manager of UntoldLondon said, “Richard Parkinson, curator at the British Museum told me a story about the bisexual writer Marguerite Yourcenar. She had been walking amongst the imposing displays of the Emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous at the British museum, but she found nothing there about their passionate relationship. It was the silences in the museum version of their life that sparked her imagination to fill in the gaps about one of the greatest untold love stories. The result was the modern classic Mémoires d’Hadrien a fictionalised account of Hadrian’s life and love for Antinous published in 1951 to great critical acclaim. This was the inspiration for the competition.”

The website does not only cover LGBT history and issues, however. This website collates information from all under-represented groups. The lead news article is about London’s new Jewish Museum, set to bring together an impressive collection held at two locations into one new museum opening in Spring 2010 in Camden Town. Related articles cover the history of Yemen and British Yemenis and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

On a related note, a gay tourist office has recently opened in Soho.  The Gay Tourist Board, located at 30 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BA (above Ku Bar), will serve as a hub for both LGBT residents of London as well as for the large number of gay and lesbian tourists to the capital.

Centre director Shaun Newport said, “‘We want to show that London’s exciting LGBT life is the best in the world. We will show off what our city has to offer to local, national and international visitors, as well as to Londoners old and new.”

Follow the Gay Tourist Office on Twitter and be a fan on Facebook or visit the website at http://www.gaytouristoffice.co.uk.







Top Five Afternoon Teas in London

20 11 2009

I recently had afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason during a visit from my fashionista friend from Chicago. Despite our trips to various markets, whisking her off to France for a day, hitting Maze and the Bluebird, nights out in Shoreditch and Soho, I think we would all agree that our wonderful afternoon tea experience was at the top of the list.

It started me thinking about what I would rate as  the Top 5 Afternoon Tea locations London.

At number 5: Fortnum and Mason

This tea experience was an absolute treat, with a full vegetarian menu served easily alongside the regular tea. Dress is dressy casual, and families dined among gossiping gaggles of girls, businessmen and groups of tourists.  The price varies but runs between £30 and £40.

Number 4: Tea at the Berkeley

The Berkeley (pronounced Barkley, as in Charles, for you Americans out there) does a Fashionista tea, designing the treats to match Jimmy Choos, Gucci bags, and hits the spot for those looking for a change from ‘regular’ afternoon tea elsewhere.

Number 3: The Landmark London

The Landmark Hotel does a proper Afternoon Tea, as well as a full-on Chocolate Tea as well as a Gluten Free Tea. The former includes chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate brownies, white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate and banana pot au chocolat, and chocolate chip scones with hazelnut chocolate spread. The Gluten-Free Tea has less of that, but is a great way to include those normally left out of Afternoon Tea due to allergies.

Price £30-40

Number 2: Tart @ 40 WINKS

Technically this is not afternoon tea. This is about discovering your inner starlet. Unformed waitresses serve you cucumber sandwiches, cakes and chocolates while vintage beauty and make up experts transform you into your true vintage starlet self.  This is a perfect day out with the girls- and no boys are allowed here!  Tart takes place on Saturdays, but not every Saturday, so check http://www.40winks.org for more info. This one’s a bit pricier at £60 per person.

Number 1: The Gore Hotel‘s Rock-n-Roll Afternoon Tea

You get your own Jack and Coke. Nuff said.

A more complete description might be: Guests can indulge in music shaped cookies or mini custard pies,  chocolate éclairs, spicy chicken sandwiches and Jack Daniel muffins at this afternoon tea at Bar 190, The Gore’s star-studded bar.  The menu is priced at £22.50 per person, plus celebrity spotting is destined to ensue, as everyone from Take That to Leona Lewis have been spotted at the Gore in the last few weeks.

Runner Up: The Hoxton Pony in Shoreditch. See my article at Swell City Guide for more on this great east London tea experience.