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London … a horse, a Hirst and a real life magic money tree! It can only be ‘Sculpture in the City’ 2017

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It’s summertime and Londoners can be certain of two things in the capital during the next few months: rain, and ‘Sculpture in the City’. The free public art exhibition now in its seventh year, has firmly established itself as a fixed … Continue reading

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London … paper chains, a magic lantern and two large marrows: some of the stunning installations making up Sculpture in the City London 2016

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It’s July 2016, and with less bankers and traders presently around the financial district of London – hopefully because it’s the Summer holidays and not in response to the recent EU referendum result – the artists have moved in. London’s … Continue reading

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Lumiere London … fish floating down Piccadilly, men flying over St James’s and an irate elephant stamping its feet on Regent Street

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This is the third of three posts on Lumiere London: the capital’s first light festival. Produced by the creative company Artichoke, fabulous light installations designed by international artists were placed across Piccadilly (see below), King’s Cross and Westminster for four nights in January 2016. The … Continue reading

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Lumiere London … the Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Mayfair-ry lights

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This is the second of three posts on the delightful Lumiere London: the capital’s first light festival. Produced by the creative company Artichoke, stunning light installations designed by international artists were placed across Mayfair (see below), King’s Cross and Piccadilly … Continue reading

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Lumiere London … being enlightened by the capital’s first light festival: the King’s Cross installations

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As little as thirty years ago, the prospect of walking alone at night around the area behind London’s King’s Cross station would have filled me with utter dread. It was a deserted, run-down area where the only ladies to be … Continue reading

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London … what’s in Cancer Research UK’s first London art trail?

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There are twenty-one giant sculptures presently (Summer 2015) dotted around central London that look like fusilli pasta twirls. Far from celebrating Italian cuisine, these sculptures are actually inspired by the double helix formation of DNA and make up Cancer Research … Continue reading

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London … Sculpture in the City 2015: seeking solace in art during yet another London Underground Tube strike

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I cannot believe I am thanking RMT for their latest spate of industrial action affecting the London Underground. If it wasn’t for the Tube strike on the 9th of July (2015), I wouldn’t have encountered a 22-foot tall ‘little’ girl, … Continue reading

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London … Fifty Shades of Grey Wool: rounding up all fifty ‘Shaun in the City’ sheep sculptures around the English capital

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Would ‘ewe’ believe it, Shaun the Sheep’s in town! Fifty sculptures of the loveable woolly character by famous animation company Aardman, are presently (Spring 2015) dotted around London where they will remain until the end of May. During the Summer … Continue reading

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London … resisting the urge to build something at the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s fabulous ‘Bricks in the Sky’ LEGO Exhibition

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It’s not everyday that one’s train is held up due to a swan on the line. But that was the reason given by the driver of the overground train I was stuck on for nearly twenty minutes at Canonbury earlier … Continue reading

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London … one waits ages for an excuse to go to Croydon and then seventeen come along at once. Catching the last of the TfL ‘Year of the Bus’ Routemaster sculptures in South London

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Although I am a Londoner born and bred, and have lived in the capital for quite a few decades now, I have never actually set foot in Croydon until now. The little I knew until recently of the South London … Continue reading

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London … on a (Paddington) Bear hunt. ‘Bear’ing the crowds and the English weather to find over fifty bear statues along ‘The Paddington Trail’

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As a child I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of Paddington Bear. I was a very prim and proper child and I didn’t like the thought of Paddington handling things with his sticky paws caused by … Continue reading

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London … celebrating sixty years of the iconic Routemaster bus by ‘routing’ out Transport for London’s stunning ‘Year of the Bus’ sculptures across the capital

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It’s a rare Londoner who doesn’t moan on a regular basis about the capital’s public transport system. Yet, it is equally rare for a Londoner old enough to remember them, to not have a soft spot for the iconic Routemaster … Continue reading

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London … there’s no time to sit down when trying to find all fifty-one ‘Books About Town’ bookbenches across the city

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London seems to have a lack of decent public benches. Any benches that do exist in the city tend to be either too wet to sit on (due to all the rain), covered in pigeon droppings (due to all the … Continue reading

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London … so, I waited ages for a bus when suddenly 100 turned up at once. Celebrating sixty years of the classic Routemaster

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London’s much loved (and much missed) Routemaster bus is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this year. Today (12th July 2014) Transport for London paid tribute to it with a huge display of models in Finsbury Park, North London. More on this event and the history … Continue reading

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London … the making of a great day out: taking one of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ tours at the Warner Brothers studios in Watford

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I went to Watford Junction today to go on a tour of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ at the Warner Brothers London studios. I took a London Overground train from platform 9 (and no, not from 9 & 3/4) at … Continue reading

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London … ‘high’ lights from the top of The Orbit during a Queen Elizabeth Olympic ‘Park in Progress’ tour

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Earlier last week (March 2013) the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (nee the London 2012 Olympic Park) partially reopened to allow paying visitors to come and see the park – now under reconstruction – from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. … Continue reading

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London … celebrating St Patrick’s Day 2013 in the Capital with traditional Irish music, traditional Irish dancing, and traditional Irish weather

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March 17th is of course Saint Patrick’s Day, and although it was freezing cold and raining hard in London (yet again) today (2013), the crowds came out in force to help the Irish celebrate their patron saint’s feast day. As … Continue reading

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London … spending the afternoon underground to celebrate Manor House Tube station’s 80th anniversary … and also to get in from the rain

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Manor House Tube station had an open day today (16th March 2013) to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the completion of the Piccadilly line’s extension into North London from Finsbury Park to Cockfosters. Manor House is the next station past … Continue reading

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London … declaring nothing but my envious feelings whilst snooping around Oscar Wilde’s favourite haunt The Cafe Royal

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My gentleman friend and I were walking down Regent Street, Central London last weekend when we past the legendary Cafe Royal which reopened to the public last December (2012) after being closed for four years for renovation. As we gazed … Continue reading

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London … celebrating the 60th anniversary of a little red bus

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I was waiting for a bus outside Finsbury Park Tube station earlier this morning (February 2013) when this cute little bus appeared. It was a vintage red RF model celebrating its 60th anniversary today by running a special, free one-day-only … Continue reading

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