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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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Decorwise's curator insight, November 1, 2013 10:01 AM

"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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FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE - The Photographers' Gallery

FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE  - The Photographers' Gallery | London Life | Scoop.it

"Feminist Avant–Garde of the 1970s, an expansive exhibition comprising forty-eight international female artists and over 150 major works from the VERBUND COLLECTION in Vienna. The exhibition highlights groundbreaking practices that shaped the feminist art movement and provides a timely reminder of the wide impact of a generation of artists. Alongside established practitioners such as VALIE EXPORT, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman and Martha Rosler, the exhibition also provides a rare opportunity to discover the influential work of artists including Katalin Ladik, Nil Yalter, Birgit Jürgenssen and Sanja Iveković. Curator Gabriele Schor coined the term Feminist Avant-Garde to underline the pioneering achievements of these artists."




7 Oct - 15 Jan 2017

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#London Sounds #Tidal #Thames: Custom House Stairs

#London Sounds #Tidal #Thames: Custom House Stairs | London Life | Scoop.it
Tidal Thames feature page with recording from Custom House Stairs, City of London | The London Sound Survey
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I love the sounds of this city! Especially the watery ones.
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The brains behind the extraordinary Pavilion Hotel, Londoner #156 Noshi

 'Noshi runs a hotel she describes as a ‘marmite-like establishment’.

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Check out this truly funky hotel near Hyde Park.

http://www.pavilionhoteluk.com/

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Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds | London Life | Scoop.it
Over 200 finds from underwater excavations of two recently rediscovered Ancient Egyptian cities, which had been submerged beneath the Mediterranean Sea for over 1,000 years.
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Unmissable if in #London

Until 27 November 2016

Half price to Art Fund members

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London Photographer Profile: Carl Warner

London Photographer Profile: Carl Warner | London Life | Scoop.it

London-based photographer carl warner uses chunks and morsels of food as the medium for his still-life photography landscape series.

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"Foodscapes by Carl Warner: a feast for the eyes"

looks delicious! 
 
with thanks to designboom for the article  

     
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from the archives but always new!


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London Blog Choice: Un Cubano en Londres

London Blog Choice: Un Cubano en Londres | London Life | Scoop.it

' “No, there’s no blue plaque here.”

“Unbelievable. He lived here, as I understand.”

“Well, nope. No blue plaque. Maybe one day…”

Maybe one day, I repeat to myself. Maybe one day… Have I got the energy to start a blue-plaque campaign to honour and celebrate the life and work of one of Cuba’s foremost writers? One who made London his residence for decades?

I have come out of Gloucester Road tube station, looking for number 53 on the street of the same name. A slant of late afternoon sunshine slides down the white-washed columns in this well-off
part of southwest London. I am on my way to the Goethe Institut to watch the premiere of “Victoria”, but first, I need to catch at least a glimpse of what I believe to have been the house of the late Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante.'

Read the rest of this post from A Cuban In London

http://cubaninlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/urban-diary.html



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From the archive. London Life through one man's lens. This blog always makes for an interesting read. Check it out.
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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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This offers virtual access to a huge amount of exhibits, including closeups of those too fragile to be regularly displayed.

Well worth exploring, but be warned! You might get lost here for days!

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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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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

 

 Love Soho? Want to learn about its rich social history? Check out this website. Info on regular talks.

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Oh

so boho

soho

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A favourite London webcam! Abbey Road Crossing

A favourite London webcam! Abbey Road Crossing | London Life | Scoop.it

See the London day unfold here http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing

as you look at the world's most famous zebra crossing.

 

 

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I love to watch this early in the day, when everything is quiet and city life is just waking up and beginning to get on the move ..:)

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Needed to download the iPad app to be able to keep pace with this :)
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Wedding Anniversary Poem

Wedding Anniversary Poem | London Life | Scoop.it
Read Shaun Traynor's Tribute to John Heath-Stubbs on his website www.shauntraynor.co.uk
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Weekend Poem

On Our Wedding Anniversary

4 November 2016


For Shaun and Ursula

On the Blessing of their Union

St. Mary of the Angels, Bayswater, London W2



Here, beneath the Scorpion sign,

May your hands and hearts conjoin,

Hence, ill omens of the season –

Whiff of gunpowder and treason;

Hag and goblin, be not seen –

Revellers strayed from Hallowe’en

Most of all, be absent, you,

Brash, discordant bugaboo,

Asmodeus – back to hell,

At my verses’ fish-like smell!

But - it’s just a rustic story –

From the gates of purgatory

Stream forth holy souls, released

In this misty month – to feast

On the sable blackberry,

Just for thirty days, they’re free.

Can you hear them sing? – the theme:

“Nothing is Love can’t redeem –

Not one false step of the past –

Here below, while time shall last,

As the sun and planets track

Round the clock-faced zodiac

And beyond, above, the free

Citizens of eternity,

Issued each with harp and crown,

Rank on glittering rank, look down.”


John Heath-Stubbs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Heath-Stubbs



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 Retracing Ribeiro | Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

 Retracing Ribeiro | Burgh House & Hampstead Museum | London Life | Scoop.it

An independent historic house and charity for arts and the community, Burgh House is a beautiful, Grade I-listed, Queen Anne building in the heart of Hampstead Village.


Retracing Ribeiro « The Hampstead painter Lancelot Ribeiro was one of the most original of the Indian artists who settled in Britain in the post-war period. A new temporary exhibition of his works at Burgh House will launch a year-long Retracing Ribeiro programme of events, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and being celebrated as part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, in partnership with The British Museum, V&A, Central Saint Martins, and Camden Archives. »


Lancelot Ribeiro (1933-2010), born in Bombay, spent his childhood in India under the British Empire. He first arrived in Britain in 1950 to study accountancy at the urging of his brother, the well-known artist FN Souza, but soon abandoned this for life drawing at St Martin’s School of Art. Returning to India, he began to paint professionally and settled in Britain in 1962. His earliest works were in oils, strongly coloured townscapes with bold outlines in an expressionistic style. In the early 1960s, Ribeiro sought new effects, experimenting with polyvinyl acetate and oil mixes - the forerunner of acrylic paints. Over the next 50 years, a restless imagination prompted works which included flying and tangled townscapes under explosive skies, brilliantly colourful surreal scenes, playful wood sculptures and ceramics. Recent years have seen a surge in interest in the work of this artist following posthumous exhibitions at London’s Asia House, displays in India, and a biography by arts writer David Buckman, Lancelot Ribeiro: An Artist in India and Europe.


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Interesting exhibition. Burgh House is always worth a visit if you are in Hampstead. Nice café too!
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London's real Miss Peregrine - Nathalie Mahieu, Londoner #164

Nathalie is known as the ‘godmother of peregrines’ at Charing Cross.

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At The House Of Dreams in East Dulwich #London

At The House Of Dreams in East Dulwich #London | London Life | Scoop.it

" Perhaps one of the happiest people I have met, Stephen Wright delights to share the strange but joyous world of his personal subconscious, peopled with a universe of outlandish celestial beings – all made tangible within the interior of a modest Victorian terrace. "


The Gentle Author

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With thanks to The Gentle Author for another great post.

Check out his blog http://spitalfieldslife.com/2016/06/13/at-the-house-of-dreams/   ;


Monthly Open House at The House Of Dreams.

Next available date: October 29th from 10am to 5pm

 Book here http://www.stephenwrightartist.com/product.php?product=112


 A unique home where one man is totally living the dream.

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Unseen WalkingTours #London

Unseen WalkingTours #London | London Life | Scoop.it
"A Social Enterprise working with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerably housed Londoners"
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LL has always intended going on an Unseen Tour. Maybe now is the time. Check out the deal.

from the LL 2013 archives
an explanatory video

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Saving this one for my next trip the UK!
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London Life Review: Tennessee Williams @ Pentameters Theatre Hampstead

London Life Review: Tennessee Williams @ Pentameters Theatre Hampstead | London Life | Scoop.it

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

WILD AT HEART

PENTAMETERS THEATRE HAMPSTEAD


Four 15 minute plays which give the most extraordinary insight into the developing genius of Tennessee Williams: DON’T MISS!!


Show closing Sunday 20th Nov 2016 5pm Box Office 02074353648   www.pentameters.co.uk  


"These four short plays formidably acted by actresses of the highest quality ....." Read the full review here

https://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/tennesse-williams-pentameters-theatre-hampstead/


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Theatre Production Alert!


London Life gave  ***** for this production of rarely performed short plays by Tennessee Williams


Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead

Closing on Sunday 20 November

Go!

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The #Brunel #Museum #London #BoatTrips & #GuidedWalks

The #Brunel #Museum #London #BoatTrips & #GuidedWalks | London Life | Scoop.it

'Every Sunday and Monday 10.45 and Wednesday 18.15 meet at Bermondsey tube station and be guided to the Brunel Museum. Privileged access to the Royal Box – the eyrie, the viewing platform – that looks down into “the underground cathedral.” '

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September2016  Update

London Life has yet to visit the Brunel Museum. Having "discovered" it several years ago, it has always been somewhere we wanted to explore and a guided tour is always a good idea for the first time visitor. We like the choice of a day and evening guided tour. Will go soon!
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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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Meet A Londoner: 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 cabaret".

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The 1000 Londoners On Film Project.

If you'd like to meet ordinary Londoners following their dreams, go explore!

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Saturdays @ Rose Theatre #London

Saturdays @ Rose Theatre #London | 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.


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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London's NOVELTY AUTOMATION ARCADE

London's NOVELTY AUTOMATION ARCADE | London Life | Scoop.it

 

 

Only 5 minutes walkfrom Holborn station

 

 


Wednesdays: 11am to 6pm

Thursdays: 12am to 8pm

Fridays: 11am to 6pm

Saturdays: 11am to 6pm

 

 

1a Princeton St London WC1R 4AX


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




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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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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 secret life of a cycle courier in London

The secret life of a cycle courier in London | 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!


I regularly see these guys shift pedals in Soho and it seems like every time they leave their stationary position (where they congregate in Broadwick Street) there's a near collision with a vehicle or an angry exchange with a motorist. They might lead interesting adrenalin-fuelled lives but I wouldn't swap jobs.

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