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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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London Opening: Summer Pavilion Serpentine Gallery

London Opening: Summer Pavilion Serpentine Gallery | London Life | Scoop.it
The Serpentine Galleries are among London's most popular art venues showing modern and contemporary art. Free admission.
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The Summer Pavilion is now open to the public. Another sure sign summer has arrived.

Why not visit the Katz exhib @ Serpentine Gallery while you are there?


Summer Pavilion feature in Evening Standard
 

  
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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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Exhibition Choice:  Mona Hatoum @ Tate Modern

Exhibition Choice:  Mona Hatoum @ Tate Modern | London Life | Scoop.it
One of the best contemporary female artists today, Mona Hatoum​, gets her first major exhibition in London at Tate Modern
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If you can only fit in one exhibition in London this summer, choose this one. Revelatory. Confrontational. Involving. And many other surprising reactions. If in #London... go!

With thanks to Culture Whisper for the review.
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June 2016 Exhibition Opening: Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano - Daiwa Anglo/Japanese Foundation

June 2016 Exhibition Opening: Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano - Daiwa Anglo/Japanese Foundation | London Life | Scoop.it



  "Umi Kumano creates his works by pairing seemingly unrelated scenes and motifs as if they were part of a single event in one world. Although these elements may share no meaningful connection, the imagination of the viewers spins them into ‘Unexpected Stories’.


Through their unconventional juxtaposition, mundane and commonplace scenes from the everyday world morph from reality to surreality...." 


Image: Cream and Bear, 2016, acrylic on canvas © Umi Kumano





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 Needing the surreal?

Exhibition details: 3 Jun 2016 to 15 Jul 2016
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm (except public holidays)
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP
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London Exhibition Opening @ GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design

London Exhibition Opening @ GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design | London Life | Scoop.it

Superwoman: ‘Work, Build and Don’t Whine'

18 June — 17 September 2016


GRAD, in collaboration with Thea Films, is delighted to present Superwoman: 'Work, Build and Don’t Whine'.


Curated by Dr Natalia Murray and actor and award winning filmmaker Dolya Gavanski, the exhibition presents a fascinating exploration of the iconography of the Soviet woman in propaganda from the October Revolution of 1917 to the fall of the Soviet Union and the arrival of Perestroika in 1991. This exhibition, the 10th in GRAD’s Academy programme, charts the development of the Soviet woman and assesses what her legacy is today

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Good  exhibition space in central London for Russian art. Well curated exhibitions. Thought-provoking and insightful look back at Russia's past.


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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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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. The walking tour is of special interest. 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. This particular tour is "pay what you like". Nice one. don't forget to check out the new food tours while you're browsing the website. Or, get on your bike and pedal round the city?

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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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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, May 3, 2015 11:36 AM

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)

 

Suggested by Geoff Smith
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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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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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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/   ;

The next Open House at The House Of Dreams is in July.

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

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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

Half price to Art Fund members

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Summer Exhibition 2016 Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts

Summer Exhibition 2016 Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts | London Life | Scoop.it


“The Summer Exhibition 2016 will be unpredictable, stimulating, and enjoyable with 10 startling rooms of contemporary art submitted from around the world. Each of the rooms will be hung by a member of the committee, resulting in themes of free speculation, practice or technique.”


Richard Wilson RA, Summer Exhibition 2016 Coordinator


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Summer? Starts with the RA Summer Exhibition ....
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A Date For Your Diary : The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune

A Date For Your Diary : 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. "


with thanks to Paris-based blogger extraordinaire Messy Nessy Chic for another excellent post

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June 2016. Summer! I wish!

Eel Pie island, anyone? 


Here's a rare opportunity to visit a unique London Island!


Open Weekend June 25 - 26 and the first weekend of July.

for details go here

http://www.eelpieislandartists.co.uk/www.eelpieislandartists.co.uk/Welcome.html


and more reading!

https://littlelondonobservationist.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/exploring-eel-pie-island/


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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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London Life through one man's lens. This blog always makes for an interesting read. Check it out.
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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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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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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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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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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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Wouldn't mind trying out their smartphone tour aroound London.


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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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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From the archives but always a joy ! Pure Magic! Enchanting!

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