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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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Russian London

Russian London | London Life | Scoop.it

 

What’s new in Russian Mayfair and Soho?

 

"The last chance to see an extraordinary exhibition of work by the Soviet artist Erik Bulatov provides a great excuse to wander between Green Park and Oxford Street and see what else is going on…"


TEXT AND PHOTOS BY PHOEBE TAPLIN
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Some fascinating facts about Russian London can be found in this series of walks around London.  I have been on the final guided walk around Mayfair and would recommend it. I intend  to do the other self- guided walks in Spring 2016.

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Interview with London Street Photographer Ronya Galka

Interview with London Street Photographer Ronya Galka | London Life | Scoop.it
There is nothing better than to hear that your images have given someone
else the courage or inspiration to go out and try their hand at street
photography themselves!
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From www.elephantsong.net - January 26, 6:26 AM

Photo Credit: Royna Galka

http://www.ronyagalka.com/

 

with thanks to  Nicholas Goodden Photography 

 

http://www.streetphotographylondon.co.uk/street-photography-london-blog/2014/5/30/interview-london-street-photographer-ronya-galka

 

for the introduction

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BOHO LONDON :: The Museum Of Soho

BOHO LONDON :: The Museum Of Soho | London Life | Scoop.it
soho local history and museum community ephemera social archives

 

 

 

 

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Oho

so boho

soho

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Londres : Street Art

Londres : Street Art | London Life | Scoop.it
Promenade à l'est de Londres entre Aldgate East et Shoreditch, fresques de street art
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Some great photos of East London street art.

From the archives of London Life October 2013


How many are just history?



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29 Unbelievably Useful London Apps?

29 Unbelievably Useful London Apps? | London Life | Scoop.it
Life in London is stressful. Come to the 21st century and enjoy a few useful apps to make your day better.
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We  haven't checked these out ..feedback please !

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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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Summer! I wish!

Eel Pie island, anyone? 

Open Weekend June 27 - 28

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London Lighthouse presents Longplayer @ Trinity Buoy Wharf

London Lighthouse presents Longplayer  @ Trinity Buoy Wharf | London Life | Scoop.it

'Longplayer is a one thousand year long musical composition. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again. Conceived and composed by Jem Finer, it was originally produced as an Artangel commission, and is now in the care of the Longplayer Trust'

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Thanks for this post, Sy!

 

Visit Sy's blog to read more about her visit to the lighthouse and other offbeat wanderings through the city.

 

 

More about Longplayer : http://longplayer.org/what/overview.php

 

Listen to the live stream :  http://longplayer.org/listen/longplayer.m3u

 

Some history : 

 http://www.trinitybuoywharf.com/about/history

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A magical play produced by Create London and the Barbican The Paper Architect

 "The Paper Architect is a play combining paper-craft, animation, projection mapping and performance. It tells the story of an old model-maker who uses his paper creations as vessels for his imagination.

The show features tiny, accurately mapped animations playing across intricate paper sets: sunrises and sunsets come and go; flocks of birds pass by; leaves flutter from a tree... When the actor places a cut-out dancing woman on a detailed paper model, she comes alive; he adds a paper man and watches their romance unfold. The projected would-be lovers’ story is presented with a gentle humour; the life character, meanwhile, veers from rapt, childlike delight in his created world to a weary melancholy as the rigours of real life impinge."


★★★★ "It’s a show with a gossamer touch that leaves you shivering." Metro
★★★★ "What follows makes the jaw drop and the head whirl..."

The Times
★★★★ "The McGuire’s have created a world of trembling delicacy"

The Sunday Times
★★★★★ "A piece that speaks to our imagination and challenges our notions what theatre can be. A very inspiring forty-five minutes"

One Stop Arts

 ★★★★ “A quietly sad portrait of a man who has created a beautiful world that is too fragile to last.”  Playstosee

"The Paper Architect is as delicate as a poem by Keats, like someone pressing on a pressure point you didn’t know you had." The Londonist


Winner of the 2013 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, co-produced by the Barbican with Create London and in association with the Tobacco Factory Theatre Bristol.

 

Trailer edit: Sarah Matthews

Music: Arvo Part, Spiegel im Spiegel

 

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Pure Magic! Enchanting!

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SHAKESPEARE'S LAST DRINK @ PENTAMETERS THEATRE

SHAKESPEARE'S LAST DRINK @ PENTAMETERS THEATRE | London Life | Scoop.it


Pentameters Theatre Hampstead


Saturday, 23rd April 2016 at 5.00pm


Shakespeare's Last Drink by Shaun Traynor


To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of our great National bard.


Introduction by Godfrey Old

Reading by Léonie Scott-Matthews

And a 'Happening' by Alice Ancient


'Shakespear, Drayton and Ben Jhonson had a merry meeting and, itt seems, drank too hard, for Shakespear died of a feavour there contracted.'


(The Diary of John Ward, Vicar of Stratford, 1662-81)


These words inspired Irish poet Shaun Traynor to write this remarkable poem.

Shaun’s poem re-creates that “merry meeting” and places it in the Bell Inn, Welford-upon-Avon on the evening of the 22nd, April 1616 .


The reading will be followed by a Q&A.

Running Time: 1 hour

Tickets: £5.00

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Part of this year's celebration of the centenary of Shakespeare's death, Shaun Traynor's atmospheric poem will be read by the founder of the legendary Pentameters Theatre. This promises to be a unique and intimate performance. I shall be there. As sure as my name is Traynor.
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British Museum exhibits viewable online thanks to Google partnership

British Museum exhibits viewable online thanks to Google partnership | London Life | Scoop.it
Google Cultural Institute digitises nearly 5,000 objects to allow virtual tour of museum
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Meet the Muslim photographer unlocking the unknown London

Meet the Muslim photographer unlocking the unknown London | London Life | Scoop.it
Saira Niazi is owning her city one shot at a time – we talk to her ahead of her Living London exhibition
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This exhibiton was for a few days only, which is a shame. You can check out the photographs online here

http://livinglon.co.uk/

 

 

And some more info here

 

https://articulatecreate.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/living-london-exploring-your-own-backyard-through-photography/

 

 

I love these photographs. There is something refreshingly personal, individual and real about this project. I look forward to the opportunity of viewing them up close when they are next exhibited but in the meantime, the Living London website is well worth visiting. 

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Art @ Lloyds Club

Art @ Lloyds Club | London Life | Scoop.it

 

Leipzig Unfolding


Curated by Lavinia Freitas


"A group show with Artists from the Leipzig Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst - Academy of Visual Arts."

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Until February 2016

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Erarta Galleries - Soviet Pin Up

Erarta Galleries - Soviet Pin Up | London Life | Scoop.it

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The exhibition will feature a number of specially made, limited edition pieces. Barykin`s eye- catching prints are reminiscent of the celebrated 1940’s and 1950’s American pin-ups blended with Soviet Russian propaganda advertisements.

 

Known for his unique style, Valery Barykin’s prints contrast the aesthetic of the beloved American Pin-Up culture and its heightened sexuality with the sharp-edged and saturated colours of Soviet Russia’s propaganda posters. His upbringing was surrounded by socialist advertisements and mass-produced American pin-up photographs that slowly made their way into Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.

 

The women in his works often resemble Soviet Russian film stars such as Lyudmila Gurcgenko and Natalya Fateeva who are sometimes scantily clad and the object of attention. Barykin displays his outrageously gorgeous and provocative women in unexpected everyday familiar situations as they enthusiastically continue to perform their stereotyped roles and female duties.

 

Born in 1966 in Ivanovo, Russia, Valery Barykin’s unique style emerged from his upbringing in a strict military family and his years as soldier in the Soviet army. The strict socialist advertisements of his youth and the slow trickling in of mass-produced American pin-up photographs that made their way into the country after the fall of the Soviet Union helped to develop his distinctive style. He began combining these two opposites into his own illustrated scenes depicting the US’ liberal sexual freedom juxtaposed against strict Soviet propaganda extolling the values of Communism.

 

Valery Barykin’s blending of American and Soviet stereotypes as well as the addition of tongue-in-cheek slogans and exaggerated expressions of the protagonists, creates fun and flirty images that dance playfully around the serious subject matter of sexism and socialist reform. The ‘Soviet Pin-Up’ exhibit that Erarta Galleries London has put together includes a number of Barykin’s most famous prints and create a snapshot of thi 

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Interesting exhibition. Colourful. Playful. Cool gallery in the posh end of town. It can be hard to walk into a privately-owned gallery but the staff here were welcoming and happy for us to wander around. Don't miss the "permanent" collection downstairs. 

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Marawa the Amazing, the Hoola-Hooping Queen of Hoxton - Londoner #1

Marawa is the UK's most prominent hula-hooper. With a Somali/Australian background, she is now settled in Hackney and forging a career in burlesque and cabar...
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The 1000 Londoners On Film Project.

Go explore!

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Alternative Tours In London

Alternative Tours In London | London Life | Scoop.it
Our Street Art, Graffiti tours and workshops are some of the top things to do in London. We have bike tours, walking tours, Brick Lane Market tours and even private workshops and school tours.

 

 

 The Alternative London Tours takes you where no other London tour has gone before. Providing Bike Tours, Walking Tours, Workshops. Focusing on the Street art scene and the historical and cultural side of London's East End.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9880628/London-East-End-street-art-tour-brings-city-to-life.html

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Gotta go on one of these. Sure, I've seen some street art round Brick Lane, have taken photos etc.But I don't know much about the artists involved. And for those who don't know much about the East. End, it's all put in context. It's "pay what you like". Nice one.

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Saturdays @ Rose Theatre

Saturdays @ Rose Theatre | London Life | Scoop.it

"The Rose Theatre was built in 1587 but was only discovered in 1989 during excavations for new office buildings. Two-thirds of the original site were discovered, and the public formed a campaign to 'Save the Rose' and protect it from redevelopment. The Rose was the first of four playhouses to be built at Bankside.

 

Shakespeare's company, which was based at the nearby Globe Theatre also played here. During the summer months Shakespeare's Globe brings tours to the Rose  every day except Monday, and the tours encompass both the Globe Exhibition and the site of the Rose.

 

Fundraising to fully excavate the site is still ongoing, and in the meantime, visitors can explore a light and sound exhibition, with a video narrated by Sir Ian Mckellan. There is also large scale model of the Rose Theatre as it might have been in 1587."

 

Info from londontown.com

 

  

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An Elizabethan gem, tucked into the backstreet Of Bankside.

Unique.

Surprising.

Enterprising.

And in need of your support.

 

Open every Saturday, from 10 - 5.

Closed during the week, except for evening productions.

Now booking for 

http://www.rosetheatre.org.uk/events/iphigenia-tauris-johann-wolfgang-von-goethe-2015-06-20

 

 

Events @ Rose Theatre

 

http://www.rosetheatre.org.uk/

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rose_(theatre)

 

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January 2014

I stumbled upon this today.

A Shakesperean gem, tucked into the backstreets.

Unique.

Surprising.

Enterprising.

And in need of your support.

 

Open every Saturday, from 10 - 5.

Closed during the week, except for evening productions.

Events @ Rose Theatre

http://www.rosetheatre.org.uk/

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rose_(theatre)

 

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NOVELTY AUTOMATION ARCADE

NOVELTY AUTOMATION ARCADE | London Life | Scoop.it

 

 

Only 5 minutes walkfrom Holborn station

 

 

NEWLater opening on Thursdays:
Wednesdays: 11am to 6pmThursdays: 12am to 8pmFridays: 11am to 6pmSaturdays: 11am to 6pm

 

 

1a Princeton StLondonWC1R 4AX

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Read all about the man responsible 

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/02/06/tim-hunkin-cartoonist-engineer/

 

and here's a direct link  to Novelty Automation

 

http://www.novelty-automation.com/

 

and a recent video 

 

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/07/05/at-tim-hunkins-novelty-automation/

 

" Contributing film-maker Sebastian Sharples took his children along to visit Tim Hunkin’s NOVELTY AUTOMATION in Princeton St, off Red Lion Sq in Holborn, and this film is the result "


Spitlafields Life

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The secret life of a cycle courier

The secret life of a cycle courier | London Life | Scoop.it
London behind the scenes, the sweet smell of petrol and a blissful exhaustion – teabags delivered to Buckingham Palace and alleycat races … extracts from Cyclogeography, Jon Day’s account of the years he spent hitting the tarmac
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Great read for the commute

but perhaps not if you cycle to work!

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London Photography Tours

London Photography Tours | London Life | Scoop.it
Foto Ruta London offers photography tours, workshops and courses in London.
Explore London and learn about photography via courses for all cameras and
levels of photographer.
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Reviewed here

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/new-tour-of-londons-hidden-gems-through-a-smartphone-lens-10115445.html

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What a great idea - and London is the perfect city for something like this. 

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How to have a #microadventure without leaving central London

"A thirty-mile lap of central London in 24 hours, by foot, bike, swim, packraft and bivvy-bag. Who said you had to be in the countryside to have an outdoor adventure!"

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With thanks to London Hiker for pointing LL in this direction.

Check out her Q&A with Tom Allen, the micro adventurer here

http://londonhiker.com/bits-and-bobs/microadventure

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South London’s Severndroog Castle

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

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

 

June 2014

 

 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/

 

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

 

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May 2015

The Londinist visits Severndroog

 

http://londonist.com/2015/05/a-trip-to-londons-least-known-castle.php

 

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June 2014

 

Opening hours and directions: 

http://www.severndroogcastle.org.uk/

 

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