This week in le cool London

24 03 2010

For those of you who don’t know, I do a bit of writing for a funky little online mag here in London called le cool.

Lately, I have been doing less actual review writing, as I am now editing our new blog – le blog London.  The name is blatantly obvious, but we figured, hey, it’s what people are going to call it anyway! It’s an opportunity for us to take a closer look at the people behind the publication, give props to our writers, do extended versions of interviews, promote and highlight more of what makes London tick and basically give all sorts of people more space to show off their art, their creativity, and the programmes, organisations and associations into which they pour their heart and soul.

le cool is a local oh-so-in-the-know publication with versions in London, Barcelona, Madrid, Dublin, Lisbon, Moscow, Istanbul and Budapest.  We in London are the first with a significant social media presence – le blog, le Facebook, le Twitter.

Check out this week’s le cool, subscribe here and visit le blog here!

This week in le cool:


CINEMA Land of the FreeChicagoClint Eastwood Double Bill
TALK The Big ItchTechnology You Can’t Live WithoutThe Art of StorytellingKidnap and the Media
GIG James BlackshawEliza DoolittleThe JCC Other Seder,Cosey Club
FESTIVAL Wandsworth Common Beer FestivalTwestival
FUN IN A MUSEUM Playgrounds
MARKET Hackney Wick Flea Market #8
PROTEST Save 6 Music
GAMES The Hand Baked Arcade
CRAFT Make A Dress Weekend
FOOD/DRINK The Bridge Coffee HouseUnderground Farmers & Craft Market A French Picture Show
WALK Shoot Portobello – Alice in Wonderland
PARTY Manhattan Tea Party
FOOD/GIG An Evening with Levi Roots

City Arts and Music Project

23 03 2010

I first spotted CAMP while having lunch at Benugo at the Old Street tube station, and immediately saw that the City Arts and Music Project is exactly the type of experimental, semi-temporary cutting edge space that makes London such a creative and exciting place to live. Read on below for more about the latest happening at East London’s CAMP:

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We have a winner!

18 03 2010

Mariposa has correctly guessed the latest MyMetropole So you think you know London post – The Camden Stables Market, one of my absolute favourite London locations! As promised, Mariposa has won herself her own MyMetropole post to show us something creative + oh-so-London, so stay tuned!

Name this London location #5

15 03 2010

This is one of my favourite London locations. Name it and score yourself a MyMetropole post to show off even more of your skillz…showcase your writing, your photos, your short films or clips…

Good luck!

Name this London location

See You Next Tuesday

6 03 2010

In celebration of International Woman’s Day 2010, the genius women behind V-Day London, Annie Saunders and Emma Jane Richards, are putting on a cheeky festival from the 8-20 March called See You Next Tuesday at The New Players Theatre.  Unfortunately I was unable to make it to the press launch (thanks for the invite ladies!), but I heart the festival nonetheless. More information on all the goodies going on at the festival can be found at the theatre’s website (click on the image below).

New London gallery – Morton Metropolis

1 03 2010

Morton Metropolis is a new London gallery located in Berwick Street run by Serena Morton, contemporary art specialist, and music manager Rave Costbert.  This unique new gallery’s spring/summer season is opening with a month-long exhibit by Rupert Shrive called After St Teresa, from 3 March to 6 April.

I’ve yet to make it to the new gallery, but have only heard great things about this trendy space. Serena and Rave make a point of using this gallery as a way to develop talented up-and –coming artists, and this year’s programme is heaving with excellent exhibits. Check out and if you make it to the gallery before me, don’t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know how you like it!

Plan an extra hour in to your trip and check out the Photographers Gallery on Ramilles Street, which I blogged about months ago and just genuinely love!

Morton Metropolis
41 – 42 Berners Street

Photographers Gallery
6 – 18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW

So many reasons to hang @ BFI London

20 02 2010

Every week is a film festival at the BFI.

The British Film Institute have themed weeks and months, sometimes in advance of a film coming out, sometimes because they’ve got so much knowledge about film that they are able to put together some of the best Film Series. The BFI includes the BFI Southbank and the BFI Imax, both within a 10 minute walk of each other. Then there’s the London Film Festival they host every year, the AV Club nights – Dark Fibre held on a bi-weekly basis, the free wi-fi in their ultra-trendy Benugo lounge where anyone can sit and enjoy coffee and some excellent company.

In advance of the release of the latest Johnny Depp film Alice in Wonderland, the BFI is running a film series exploring the many faces of the famous actor. From his role as John Dillinger to Edward Scissorhands to Sweeny Todd and that famous pirate, Johnny Depp has played more varying roles than almost any other actor in film, and a handpicked selection of which can be seen at the BFI.

In addition, the BFI screening several versions of Alice Wonderland to have been filmed in the last century since the first film from 1903. This and other interpretations of Alice in Wonderland can be seen for free (as in £0.00) in the BFI Mediateques, which are essentially the national film archive where you can sit and watch thousands of films absolutely free.  Some of the best versions will be shown up on the big screen, including the 1933 Paramount produced adaption staring Gary Cooper as the White Night, Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle and W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty through to Jan Švankmajer’s surreal take on the tale – a wonderfully creepy and chilling offering, where Wonderland is filled with menacing stop-motion characters.

Coming up at the BFI Southbank

Sunday 21 February
Late Autumn
British Animation Awards 2010: Programme Three
The Ninth Gate

Monday 22 February
Five Easy Pieces
Letter from an Unknown Woman
Adam’s Rib

Tuesday 23 February
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Doomwatch: Winter Angel + The Cult of Doomwatch
Letter from an Unknown Woman

Wednesday 24 February
Early Spring
Preview: Don’t Worry About Me + Q&A with David Morrissey
An Autumn Afternoon

The good ‘ol times of film at the BFI:

Kinetica Art Fair

14 02 2010

The Kinetica Art Fair at the Ambika Gallery in Marylebone was a massive robot-palooza for geek artists world wide in early February. This was the second year in a row for the event, and considering its huge success, we are likely to see Kinetica Art Fair come even stronger in 2011.

Enjoy a quick visit to the event via Youtube:

Winner! Emyr Thomas of Bon Vivant

8 02 2010

As promised, the winner of the Name this London Location post recently (Inamo, Soho hi-tech Asian restaurant) has earned MyMetropole inches to talk about anything in the world. Emyr Thomas has chosen to enlighten us as to the area of Mayfair….

The Magic of Mayfair – Traditional Elegance with a Contemporary Twist

Emyr Thomas, founder of Bon Vivant, a concierge and lifestyle management company in London, shares his thoughts on London’s grande dame.

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Altitude 360 is hosting a Grammy Awards Charity event for Haiti

30 01 2010

Altitude 360 is hosting an exclusive screening of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards with all proceeds going to fundraising event for Haiti, this Sunday 31 January, 2010. The event will involve a charity auction and a live screening of the ceremony with celebrity interviews straight from the red carpet.  Doors open at 8pm to 3am.

All proceeds raised through this event will go directly to the Red Cross in aid of Haiti. With only 600 tickets available for this event, entry is exclusively available for Altitude 360 Facebook Fans only.  Fans must RSVP by emailing, and will be selected on a first come first served basis.

Altitude 360 provides an 8,300 square foot events space offering 360-degree panoramic views across London, overlooking some of London’s monumental landmarks including The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and The London Eye.


For further information please visit the event’s Facebook page.

Altitude 360
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Tel: +44 (0) 845 500 2929