It’s Who You Know – Photographer Adam Brown

25 04 2010

MyMetropole caught up with east London based photographer Adam Brown to talk about how he got into photography, his current work,  parts of London he loves best, and a hard lesson in remembering to remove the lens cap! Read on for more with Adam Brown.


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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Who’s Jack – January 2010

7 01 2010

Who's Jack Issue 32

MissDani and I have  two articles in Who’s Jack for January. On page 42-43  I ramble a bit about Supper Clubs in London. This is a topic I’ve really become interested in, and have written about not only for Who’s Jack, but also for – also out this month.  The article covers the top current Undergrounds Restaurants, or Supper Clubs, in London including Hoxton Jupiter’s The Secret Ingredient in Stoke Newington, Arno Maasdorp’s The Saltoun Supper Club and The Salad Club in Brixton, Phlight in Fulham, and new kid on the block Civet Cat Club (around the corner from Jupiter’s Secret Ingredient).

The second article on p66 is a photo-article by MissDani and I on the book ‘This Book Will Change Your Life” by Benrik. The photographs feature the Barefaced Theatre Company, a creative bunch of individuals we had the pleasure of working with in November on the photoshoot. Barefaced was really willing to roll up their sleeves and undertake some fairly crazy improv situations such as “See the Virgin Mary in Everything” “Become a Secret Agent for the Day” and “Find a Lost Pet Day” (hang up a poster of a lost cat and see if anyone gives you one).

Another one of Benrik’s suggestions, “Start a Home Restaurant” inspired Horton Jupiter to do just that, sparking one of London’s Culinary Zeitgeists of the 2009.

Enjoy the articles and we would love your feedback! Make sure to have a click around the supper club websites and stay tuned in to what Barefaced is up to next.

Benrik Lost Cast - Barefaced

Saltoun Supper Club

The Salad Club

The Salad Club

Great British film of 2009: Sherlock Holmes

4 01 2010

This holiday staycation included equally extensive stints of slumber and sloth, sprinkled with enough spurts of activity to make sure there was still  a pulse.  Top of the list was bundling up and heading out to the Odeon on Tottenham Court Road on Boxing Day (December 26th) to check out the opening day of Sherlock Holmes.

Despite an unfortunately thin plot (you might say it was – groan – ‘elementary’), Guy Ritchie managed to deliver the 2009 British Film of the Year in this part mystery thriller, part comedy and all around love letter to London.

Filmed on location in London, Liverpool and Manchester,  Ritchie shot scenes at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and Tower Bridge plays a key role of its own alongside Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong. Other key locations include scenes shot in Manchester at the Manchester Town Hall, in Liverpool at the Albert Dock, and at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent.

Robert Downey Jr said, “Sherlock Holmes has great pride in being English.  London is an incredibly fascinating city and the centre of the world at the time our film takes place.  Holmes knows every inch of it and feels it’s his city.” The Holmes heartthrob added,” It was great fun filming throughout Britain.”

Slightly obsessed both with film locations (MissDani and I are set-jet addicts) and my new iPhone, I recently downloaded VisitBritain‘s  Great British Film Locations iPhone App (free) which came out as a result of the release of Sherlock Holmes.  The app works fairly well, and it is fun to find out which films were shot nearby. The app is especially useful for tourists to London or Britain who would like to visit film locations of their favourite British films.

From home in southeast London, I can see that Four Weddings and a Funeral was filmed 1.4 miles from here in Greenwich, Bridget Jones Diary scenes were filmed 4.7 miles from me in Southwark, SE1 (as in the location in this MyMetropole post) and that the nearest Sherlock Holmes location is 6 miles away at St Paul’s Cathedral.

While it is fun to imagine Guy and Jude and Robert and Rachel all palling around between shots at St Pauls or up in Manchester at the Town Hall, Guy Ritchie relied heavily on CG and animation technologies in order to recreate Victorian London, and some of the film was even shot as far away as Brooklyn, New York.

Sherlock Holmes is enjoyable, action-packed and brings Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the 21st century. Ritchie and the boys have definitely got a sequel or two coming to them, and hopefully this time the rumors will become reality and Brad Pitt will star in the next films to come.

Sherlock Holmes Location London Bridge

Sherlock Holmes in London

Sherlock Holmes location Albert Dock Liverpool

So you think you know London – Name this London location

14 12 2009

Go on, you think you know this London location? In which famous London market street is this letter box located?

Give it a go in the comments below. The winner can have MyMetropole column inches to use to their heart’s delight – post your pictures, promote yourself or a group your involved with, post a guest post…Good Luck!

London slang, innit?

10 12 2009

Slowly but surely I am coming to terms with the fact that I cant be walkin round talkin like I’m from Chicago, yo. I need say things like, yeah? and Innit? Well-chuffed and bruv.

But I am no where near understanding Cockney!

So you think you know London? Name this London Location

4 12 2009

Okay kids, its time to play Name this London Location…The winner gets MyMetropole column inches for anything your little heart desires. You want to vent? Show off some pics? Shamelessly plug your blog?  Tell me the name of this London location, and a MyMetropole plug and post is all yours!

Good Luck!