Living London

2 10 2009

I figure I write bits and bobs about what what’s worth checking out in London, but I thought I’d start including my weekend plans. There are some weekends where MissDani and I don’t do anything more than frequent Tesco and Fitness First, but most weekends we are in London are jam-packed 2-day staycations. What’s the point of living in London if you’re not out exploring?!

Our plans for Living London this weekend include:

Kensal Green Cemetery
I’ve lifted this blurb from the website: “Inspired by the cemetery of Pere-Lachaises in Paris and founded in 1833 by the Barrister George Frederick Carden Kensal Green Cemetery comprises of 72 acres of beautiful grounds including two conservation areas and an adjoining a canal.”

Kensal Green Cemetery

The Elgin – Geronimo Inns has bought and refurbed the Elgin on Ladbroke Grove. Having lived right up the road and knowing it only as an old man’s bar, I am excited to have lunch here.

TheElgin

Portobello Road Market – We’ll be around the corner at the Elgin, so any excuse to hit Portobello Road is always taken! Even though we are going there with Hellafied the weekend after as well.

portobello1

Deptford X – We’ll check out the Tea Dance and maybe some of the open studios around the neighborhood. I would very much like to see Deptford X Award winner Patrick Hackett’s Scape Boat exhibit at Laban. The Deptford Dame has a great article about the festival here.

Though I was hoping to check out the Almodovar double bill at Riverside Studios, time has not allowed for this. We are most likely heading to my favorite movie theatre (okay, okay, cinema) in London – The Coronet – to see The Soloist.

Coronet Cinema

Post Codes Planned:

w10, W11, SE8, SE11 and W1

Why W1? Oh, we’d thought we’d start Saturday by heading here again for a free coffee and a better camera!

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Flux – Deptford X Festival underway today

25 09 2009

An excuse to finally go to the Bunker Club and not be looked at like an old bag?
An excuse to finally check out many of the studios in Creekside without feeling like a wanna be?
An excuse to eat cake outside the post office at the Marbles?

Excuses? I don’t need no stinkin excuses.

It’s Deptford X Festival time, and from the Festival party at the Bunker next Friday to the exhibits in the Old Police Station, the Albany and those of the open-air variety, I am really going to soak up this Deptford-based festival!

Here’s my picks of the festival:

Cardiff-based Sam and Jason at the Old Police Station – Outsider / Informer

Jason and Sam

New X Atlantic – Artists from Goldsmiths and the Californian Arts College in the Interview Room at the Old Police Station.

Before and After – an exhibition by Fred Aylward at the Albany Cafe of old entertainment venues in the area, and a screening of Babylon, a film made in Deptford in 1980.

Towerblocks and Tunnels by German Joerg Obergfell at BEARSPACE

Knit or Die by Sally Spinks – Urban Graffiti (knitted graffiti art) at the Deptford Train Station, Johnny’s DIY and Birds Nest Club. Sally is nominated for the Deptford X Award.

Sally Spinks 2

Good Life, 2009 – billboard by Phil Ashcroft located at Goldsmiths College which relates to changing landscape of Deptford and New Cross.

Absolutely all the exhibits at the Deptford Project Space

The open studios at APT Gallery, the Lewisham Art House, the Old Police Station and 8th.

The Deptford marbles Tea and Dance Event on New Cross Square at the Marbles.

Of course the party at Bunker on 2 October – Friday night, and regarding the Old Bag comment above, I lifted this from The Deptford Dame‘s most recent post:

old bag

I’ll let you know how that all goes!