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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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Time To Celebrate!

Time To Celebrate! | London Life | Scoop.it

 

 Ursula O'Reilly Traynor

Content Curator & Lifestyle Blogger



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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon @ NPG

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon @ NPG | London Life | Scoop.it
This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will explore the rise of one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.
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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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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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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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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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PANGAEA II: NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA

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

 

PANGAEA II: 


NEW ART FROM AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA

 

11 MARCH 2015 - 6 SEPTEMBER 2015

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Reviews

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/pangaea-ii-new-art-from-africa-and-latin-america-at-the-saatchi-gallery-review-two-continents-that-deserve-better-10125850.html

 

http://www.culturewhisper.com/event/view/id/3858

 

 

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dreamthinkspeak present ABSENT at Shoreditch Town Hall

dreamthinkspeak present ABSENT at Shoreditch Town Hall | London Life | Scoop.it
Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, LIFT and LeftCoast, ABSENT is an intimate promenade dreamscape, created by dreamthinkspeak, threading its way through the maze-like basements of Shoreditch Town Hall.
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PREVIEWS: MON 24 - MON 31 AUGUST 2015
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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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Serpentine Pavilion 2015: a rainbow wormhole ready to suck you into another dimension

Serpentine Pavilion 2015: a rainbow wormhole ready to suck you into another dimension | London Life | Scoop.it
A psychedelic pupa has landed in London, and its twisting tunnels were specially designed to be an Instagram paradise
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I want to go inside!

A visit to the Serpentine is imminent.

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Summer Exhibition 2015 @ Royal Academy of Arts

Summer Exhibition 2015 @ Royal Academy of Arts | London Life | Scoop.it
Get ready to discover your new favourite artist as we head into a summer of colour at the RA. From painting to installation art, you’ll find it all at the Summer Exhibition.
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Colourful!

 

Reviews

 

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jun/05/royal-academy-summer-exhibition-michael-craig-martin

  

https://londonist.com/2015/06/the-verdict-on-this-years-summer-exhibition-at-the-royal-academy.php

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/11643114/Summer-Exhibition-2015-Royal-Academy-review-a-high-end-junk-shop.html

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/summer-exhibition-2015-royal-academy-how-to-brighten-up-arts-groundhog-day-10296320.html

 

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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 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

 

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Theatre Review: Portia Coughlan @ Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

Theatre Review: Portia Coughlan @ Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington | London Life | Scoop.it

PORTIA COUGHLAN is a play set in Midlands Ireland about the eponymous heroine on her 30th birthday; tragic heroine or not – that is the question posed by this riveting and magical play.

 

The central casting of Susan Stanley as Portia was inspired – a blazingly convincing performance of an alcoholic and desperately unhappy young woman; hauntingly disturbed by a profound sadness based on the death of her twin brother in a drowning when they were adolescents.

 

There is wonderful ensemble support round this starring performance; Susan Cummins as Portia’s mother, Anne Kent as the horrible ,wheelchair-bound mother-in-law who effed and blinded with the best of them, Ben Mulhern as Portia’s (too) long suffering husband and an absolute whopper of a performance from Veronica Quilligan as the town prostitute.

 

A special mention for James Holmes playing Senchil Doorley, the modest, decent “little guy;” a guy who won’t leave his mark on the world; James Holmes stole the audience’s heart away with a diffident, understated, but stately performance.


But around him, the effing and blinding went on and fitted in well with the fact that everyone else on stage seemed to be smoking all the time and getting blind drunk. Mind you the craic was good in a savage way but so much for small town Ireland!


It is an Ireland which was well re-created (or to be kind, invented) in so many Irish plays of the 1990’s - protectively parochial, full of dark secrets and in this play darkly told.

 

In a series of flytes each character tells family member and friend what they really think of them in lyrical outburst upon lyrical and profane outburst of hatred and contempt and regret; so they rip each other apart. How did Joyce have it – “Ireland is an old sow that eats its farrow.” Indeed!

 

Nevertheless, a marvellous 2015 production of an Irish classic.

 

Shaun Traynor

www.shauntraynor.co.uk

 

 

 

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Portia Coughlan 

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

 

28th April - 23rd May 2015

Tuesday - Saturday at 8.45pm

Saturday matinees 3.45pm

Sunday matinees 3.45pm

 

 

 Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 Conc.)

 

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/old-red-lion-theatre-london-tickets/OLDREDLEIH/901?brand=oldredliontheatre

 

More details here:

http://sco.lt/4hlMVl

 

Shelley Marsden talks to Susan Cummins: 

http://sco.lt/8LVZSL

 

 

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Azaleas in the Isabella Plantation

Azaleas in the Isabella Plantation | London Life | Scoop.it
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I went last Saturday. The Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park was simply stunning and I cannot recommend it highly enough for the most perfect display of azaleas that seem to stretch for miles. Go, if you are in London, but go soon as the flowers are now at their peak.

 

with thanks to  http://sequinsandcherryblossom.com/2015/05/14/azaleas-in-the-isabella-plantation/

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May 2015:  

I went last Saturday. The Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park was simply stunning and I cannot recommend it highly enough for the most perfect display of azaleas that seem to stretch for miles. Go, if you are in London, but go soon as the flowers are now at their peak.

 

with thanks to  http://sequinsandcherryblossom.com/2015/05/14/azaleas-in-the-isabella-plantation/

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