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Welcome to London Life! Enjoy your visit and come back soon!

Welcome to London Life!                                      Enjoy your visit and come back soon! | London Life | Scoop.it

I enjoy stitching this together. It's a crazy patchwork of this city's cultural life ...past, present and yet to happen. It gets ripped apart and sewn afresh most days. Its frequent changes often depend on the colour of the sky, the mood on the street, the rhythm of the river.

 

I love this city, in its various guises. Curating this online magazine makes me love it even more. It's always going to be a voyage of discovery as I keep unearthing more interesting finds, while digging over the familiar. Join me on the journey! You'd be SO  welcome!

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Sit right down. Stay as long as you like and help yourself to refreshments. Have a good browse and let us know what you think. Email is probably best, if you don't want to sign up and leave a comment below any of the posts.

 

Either way I'd love to hear from you!

 

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor

bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

 

 

          

 

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"I enjoy stitching this together. It's a crazy patchwork of this city's cultural life [...] Its frequent changes often depend on the colour of the sky, the mood on the street, the rhythm of the river."

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October Date With London Literary History: Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia

October Date With London Literary History:  Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia | London Life | Scoop.it

DYLAN THOMAS FESTIVAL IN FITZROVIA

OCTOBER 20 - 26 

 

visit website for info and to book tickets

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LL loves Fitzrovia and the poetry of Dylan Thomas.

This celebration could prove irresistible.

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Wildlife islands on the Regents Canal ~ London Wildlife Trust

Wildlife islands on the Regents Canal ~ London Wildlife Trust | London Life | Scoop.it
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The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune

The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune | London Life | Scoop.it

"Let’s take a walk along the towpath by the Thames, breathing in the heady scent of summer. See that island in the middle? That’s where we’re headed."

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Eel Pie Island, anyone?

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Books about Town | National Literary Trust

Books about Town | National Literary Trust | London Life | Scoop.it
"Books about Town is coming to London this summer! Find all 50 unique BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment."  
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Totally Thames

Totally Thames | London Life | Scoop.it
An annual September-long celebration of London’s Thames featuring amazing art, performances, music, foreshore treasure hunts and get-on-the-river fun.
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This is the information for 

Zone 3 – The River from Battersea to Tower Bridge

my best known stretch

 

but there's lots going on all along the River Thames!

check out the Totally Thames website for more details.

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The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face - Shunt

The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face - Shunt | London Life | Scoop.it

Thursday 14 August until Sunday 28 September

 

In this new work, commissioned by The Jetty, shunt are creating a temporary space out of shipping containers, into which 30 people disappear every 10 minutes and are spat out 45 minutes later.

Where was I? Who was that strange man? What was wrong with his face?

 

 

 

 

 

I will take you up the back stairs, but I must bandage your eyes first, for I never allow people to see those back stairs of mine.
Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies

 

The last word he pronounced was – your name.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

 

Please note that audience members will be required to remove their shoes and socks on entry.

There will be some confined and dark spaces.
Those people who experience panic attacks and phobias should be aware.

Suitable for people over 16 years.

 

 

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September @ Somerset House ~ A Little History: Nick Cave & Cohorts, 1981 - 2013

September @ Somerset House ~ A Little History: Nick Cave & Cohorts, 1981 - 2013 | London Life | Scoop.it
3 – 28 September 2014. An exhibition of photographs by Bleddyn Butcher, tracking Nick Cave’s creative career from The Birthday Party to the calmer disquiet of 2013’s Push The Sky Away
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Nick Cave was my Thursday Music choice in early August  http://sco.lt/4vJNfF

before I knew about this exhibition 

call it female intuition :)

 

it's a small exhibition

small but beautifully formed

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South London Prefabs - Palaces for the People

South London Prefabs - Palaces for the People | London Life | Scoop.it
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London Life Music Festival Choice September 2014

London Life Music Festival Choice September 2014 | London Life | Scoop.it
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The 12 th London African Music Festival will be held over 10 days in various venues around the city. The line up looks amazing and the venues are among my favourites. A festival well worth seeking out. I defy anyone to sit still!

 

Programme details here  http://www.joyfulnoise.co.uk/

FB page  https://www.facebook.com/LondonAfricanMusicFestival

Youtube Playlist  https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKiKXgSYHHIACZE95e9qrxardW97iOakK

 

 

 See you there!

The 12th London African Music Festival

Dates: 19 – 28 September 2014

 

#musicforalondonlife  http://sco.lt/5vx6yP


 

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Gilbert & George SCAPEGOATING PICTURES @ White Cube

Gilbert & George SCAPEGOATING PICTURES @ White Cube | London Life | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed here

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jul/16/gilbert-and-george-scapegoating-pictures-white-cube

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/gilbert--george-scapegoating-pictures-for-london-white-cube--exhibition-review-9614228.html

 

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Do watch this G&G video!

http://sco.lt/7v9OKH

 

exhib until sept 28

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London's hidden interiors – in pictures

London's hidden interiors – in pictures | London Life | Scoop.it
From the grandeur of Whitehall to an unremarkable high street in south London, a peek behind the capital's facades reveals an amazing architectural heritage that rivals some of its most visited and celebrated sites, as these images from a new English Heritage book illustrate
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Well worth a perusal!

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East London from the air

#eastlondonair A unique and fascinating look at East London from the air. Music 'Stratosphere' kindly donated by David O'Brien / Gareth Johnson.

Via Gareth Rees
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I spy .. the tail of a fox ..

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Opening soon : Art of the Brick London @ Old Truman Brewery

Opening soon : Art of the Brick London @ Old Truman Brewery | London Life | Scoop.it

 

"Nathan Sawaya's blockbuster LEGO ® exhibition, The Art of the Brick opens in London this September. The iconic building block has recently become the most popular toy in the world and it transforms into a world of playful fine art in this spectacular exhibition that has wowed millions across the world. 

CNN has previously rated the show 'one of the world's top ten must-see exhibitions', with over a million pieces of Lego® making up over 80 sculptures, including replications of famous artworks such as The Mona Lisa and Michelangelo's David, more personal works in dedicated to 'The Human Condition', a 'British' room full of exhibits created especially for London and of course his famous 'Dinosaur', the biggest of all the sculptures created from over 80,000 bricks and the iconic piece 'Yellow' which Lady Gaga recently commissioned for her G.U.Y. video. At turns fun, contemplative and thought-provoking, the exhibition offers an impressive breadth of artworks for all ages."

 

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Opens September 26

Lego art?

Love Lego. Love art.

Brick art in Brick Lane.

From this glimpse, it looks unmissable.

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Poetry Choice: At a House in Hampstead sometime the Dwelling of John Keats

Poetry Choice: At a House in Hampstead sometime the Dwelling of John Keats | London Life | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O poet, come you haunting here
Where streets have stolen up all around,
And never a nightingale pours one
Full-throated sound?

 Drawn from your drowse by the Seven famed Hills,

Thought you to find all just the same
Here shining, as in hours of old,
If you but came?

What will you do in your surprise
At seeing that changes wrought in Rome
Are wrought yet more on the misty slope
One time your home?

Will you wake wind-wafts on these stairs?
Swing the doors open noisily?
Show as an umbraged ghost beside
Your ancient tree?

Or will you, softening, the while
You further and yet further look,
Learn that a laggard few would fain
Preserve your nook? . . .

--Where the Piazza steps incline,
And catch late light at eventide,
I once stood, in that Rome, and thought,
"'Twas here he died."

I drew to a violet-sprinkled spot,
Where day and night a pyramid keeps
Uplifted its white hand, and said,
"'Tis there he sleeps."

Pleasanter now it is to hold
That here, where sang he, more of him
Remains than where he, tuneless, cold,
Passed to the dim.

 

Thomas Hardy
July 1920

 

Keats lived in the House (now in "Keats Grove") from 1818 to 1820. He wrote some of his best poetry here, including Ode to a Nightingale.

 

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Escape to a wilder city: London as National Park

Escape to a wilder city: London as National Park | London Life | Scoop.it

" I suspect I’m not alone in holding certain, rather narrow, expectations of a National Park. Whether British like the Peak District, The Lakes or The Broads, or American such as Yellowstone or Yosemite, I want my National Park to have a tang of the wild.


And while I’m admiring the view from a mountain, foraging deep into a heavily forested river valley, or standing before the might of a geyser, I expect to be awestruck and, if I’m really lucky, to experience the sublime. This is why the notion of a major city as a National Park seems superficially ridiculous. However, it might be that it is our thinking that is wrong, rather than the challenging concept of an urban wild."


Richly Evocative blog

 
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A View from a Window @ Camden Arts Centre

A View from a Window @ Camden Arts Centre | London Life | Scoop.it
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Until 28 September.

 

 Camden Arts Centre is close to LLHQ and we always enjoy our visits there. There's a nice cafe with peaceful outside space , surprising given its location slap bang beside the busy -busy  Finchley Road. Free wifi too and good coffee. So once the work is done , the emails checked and the coffee drunk,  you can head upstairs to see  free exhibitions that will most likely challenge you, perhaps refresh you and often stimulate you more than the coffee!

 

It's a friendly place, the staff are always welcoming and sometimes it's great to chat to someone there about a particular exhibition. I suspect some of the  room  supervisors are artists themselves or art students,  They certainly add valuable insights, when asked about an exhibition.

 

The  building is light & airy and  the garden is green and offers hands on projects for community participation.

 

Big thumbs up from us.

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Alternative Theatre Choice : PEDAL PUSHER by Theatre Delicatessen

Alternative Theatre Choice : PEDAL PUSHER by Theatre Delicatessen | London Life | Scoop.it

Theatre Delicatessen's play exploring doping in cycling

 

'Five years since its first performance, Theatre Delicatessen's Pedal Pusher has been reworked and re-imagined in response to the explosive admissions by Lance Armstrong.

Combining docudrama and high octane physical performance, Pedal Pusher tells the true story of Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich's battle to become champion of the Tour de France. 

From Armstrong's battle with cancer to Pantani's tragic crash, as well as the allegations of drug abuse that blighted the Tours - Pedal Pusher charts five years that changed the sporting world for ever.

First staged in a in a disused London workshop in 2009, Pedal Pusher was selected as a Time Out Critics' Choice of the year, before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where The List included it in their 'Top 20 Unmissable Shows' describing it as 'a muscular production, nothing short of ingenious".'

Cast includes: Gergo Danka, Tom Daplyn, Christopher Tester & Gareth Kennerley

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, LONDON EC1R 3DA

 

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Opens Sept 17

closes Oct 17

 

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King's College London - Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge @ Somerset House

King's College London - Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge @ Somerset House | London Life | Scoop.it
Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge exhibition
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Until October 19

 

Reviewed here

http://www.camdenreview.com/node/985882

 

http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/entertainment/art/writer_beryl_bainbridge_found_art_allowed_her_to_let_rip_1_3582650

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/new-exhibition-in-capital-shows-art-of-novelist-beryl-bainbridge-9274180.html

 

http://www.femalearts.com/node/1289

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/somerset-house/

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/10870116/Beryl-Bainbridge-a-better-artist-or-writer.html

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South London’s Severndroog Castle now open

South London’s Severndroog Castle now open | London Life | Scoop.it

"After decades of closure, South London's very own castle is now open to the public again."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read more here from the excellent London blogger Ian Visits: 

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/28/south-londons-severndroog-castle-to-reopen-to-the-public/

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Opening hours and directions: http://www.severndroogcastle.org.uk/visit-us.html

twitter  feed https://mobile.twitter.com/Severndroog

 

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What’s on @ Trinity Buoy Wharf

What’s on @ Trinity Buoy Wharf | London Life | Scoop.it

TBW is tasking part in the Open House Weekend

20 & 21 September

 

Once again, Trinity Buoy Wharf opens its doors to the general public as part of Open House 2014, providing a chance to see and explore amazing architecture and art in unique riverside location. From innovative Container City, London’s only Lighthouse, to history and art tours, the weekend is set to offer a truly memorable experience. Our converted shipping container Bow Creek Café and 1940s Fatboy’s Diner will complement the weekend with their wide lunch and drinks selection on offer.

 

The Prince's Drawing School will be running free life drawing sessions with clothed model both days from 11am to 4pm for all ages. Please note kids must be supervised by adults.

 

Highlights of the weekend include:

 

Free history and Art tours 12:00 both days (first come first served)

 

Free drawing classes at The Prince's Drawing School from 11am to 4pm both days

 

London almost lost’ exhibition including 1:1500 model of Bloomsbury with augmented reality android

 

Longplayer installation in the Lighthouse

 

Sculpture Park by Andrew Baldwin

 

Street Art by Christiaan Nagel, Paul 'Don' Smith and many others

 

The Time and Tide Bell Alunatime Clock

 

Various historic brick buildings from 1840 onwards

 

Container buildings: Container City I &II, Riverside Building, Faraday School and Clipper House

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Sounds like a good weekend choice, especially if London Transport is working well this coming weekend.

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Savoy Chapel ~ a very unique place with a great history.

Savoy Chapel ~ a very unique place with a great history. | London Life | Scoop.it

"Located on the Strand, the Savoy Chapel is a truly unique building with a fascinating history.  Also known as the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, it is arguably one of the lesser known historically significant Royal buildings in London."

 

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Closed until October!

http://royalchapelsavoy.org/

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Two Houses In Spitalfields

Two Houses In Spitalfields | London Life | Scoop.it

"This is the secret door concealed behind the fireplace that connects the dwellings of Jocasta Innes, the Cook, Writer & Paint Specialist, and Richard MacCormac, the Architect, in Heneage St. It was my good fortune to step through this doorway upon my very first visit to Spitalfields, many years ago, and I think the wonder of this experience was instrumental in drawing me to this place.

 

Even then, it was apparent that this extraordinary architectural feature revealed the metaphorical nature of the two different houses it linked, each manifesting their owners’ contrasted sensibilities yet by their connection emblematic of the personal relationship which bound them together. Now Richard MacCormac has published a book entitled Two Houses In Spitalfields with atmospheric photographs by Jan Baldwin that serves as a poignant record of the life he shared there with Jocasta Innes who died last year."

 

 The Gentle Author

 

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What a perfect idea!  No room for marital discord with such a perfect arrangement at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's lovely to be allowed through the secret door, through these photographs.  It can't have been easy for the photographer, but what a tribute to his wife and a beautiful way of honouring and remembering their lives together and apart, through these special domestic interiors. A fitting tribute to Jocasta Innes and what a gift to those of us who love beautifully restored characterful old houses. Especially those with secrets.

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What's On @ Shakespeare's Globe

What's On @ Shakespeare's  Globe | London Life | Scoop.it
Shakespeare's Globe offers a theatrical season rich in variety.
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Lest we forget

700 £5 standing tickets available for every performance.

 

There's Julius Caesar

 

& The Comedy Of Errors is getting good press

 

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/globe-theatre/the-comedy-of-errors-2014

 

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Thousands of Ceramic Poppies Commemorate WWI in London

Thousands of Ceramic Poppies Commemorate WWI in London | London Life | Scoop.it
Artist Paul Cummins has planted a sea of 88,246 red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centennial of Britain's entrance into WWI.
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Saatchi Gallery PANGAEA: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA

Saatchi Gallery PANGAEA: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA | London Life | Scoop.it

Until November 2

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Ants in your pants? Anyone?

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