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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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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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I have yet to visit the Brunel Museum. Having "discovered" it several years ago, it has always been somewhere I wanted to explore and a guided tour is always a good idea for the first time visitor.
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#London Life #Poetry Choice: Guardian Poem of the week The Days That Forced Our Lives Apart by Jill Furse

#London Life #Poetry Choice: Guardian Poem of the week The Days That Forced Our Lives Apart by Jill Furse | London Life | Scoop.it
Although very short, this is both a vivid account of wartime separation and the most perfect of love poems
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So pleased to be introduced to the poetry of Jill Furse. Carol Rumens gives us a fine appraisal of the poem, best read after a first, untutored reading..
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August 2016: World Cities - The Return Of The Floating Cinema

August 2016: World Cities - The Return Of The Floating Cinema | London Life | Scoop.it



 Hackney Wick, E9

Weekender 
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st August 2016 
  
Feature length film screenings, talks and workshops - on-board and canalside

London is mutating in bizarre ways, driven by its status as a global financial hub, new towers are springing up. Its houses and flats are becoming piggy banks for foreign capital. As the city gentrifies at a giddying rate, new spaces are appearing and old ones are fading away. Discover a weekend of films celebrating, eulogizing and interrogating the changing city.






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Great to see the return of Floating Cinema! Booking now!
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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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Exhibition runs until 21 August

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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London Exhibition @ GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design

London Exhibition @ 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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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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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)

 

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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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Ron Arad

Ron Arad | London Life | Scoop.it
Ron Arad's Curtain call is a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction.
6 - 29 August 2016
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I went to experience this when it was at The Roundhouse five years ago and it was exciting to be there, not least to watch people's reactions! I shall be returning this week.
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Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu @ Camden Arts Centre

Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu @ Camden Arts Centre | London Life | Scoop.it
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Went to this today. such exuberance and connectedness and colour! And texture and pattern and unique uses of materials. Loved it but couldn't loiter so will return.
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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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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 on 30 July. 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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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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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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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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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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Charlotte Brontë's #London, And Why She Wasn't A Fan

Charlotte Brontë's #London, And Why She Wasn't A Fan | London Life | Scoop.it
Her meeting with a hippo, and run-in with Thackeray.
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The London events in celebration of Brontë200 are mostly over but the exhibition @NPG is on until August:

"Brontë200 in London

This year, Brontë fans are celebrating Brontë200: a five-year programme by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society celebrating 200 years since the births of the Brontë siblings. In 2016, it's Charlotte's bicentenary. Look out for the following exhibition: • Celebrating Charlotte Brontë at the National Portrait Gallery, until 14 August "

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The London events in celebration of Brontë200 are mostly over but the exhibition @NPG is on until August: "Brontë200 in London This year, Brontë fans are celebrating Brontë200: a five-year programme by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society celebrating 200 years since the births of the Brontë siblings. In 2016, it's Charlotte's bicentenary. Look out for the following exhibition: • Celebrating Charlotte Brontë at the National Portrait Gallery, until 14 August "
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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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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, September 30, 2013 12:52 PM
Needed to download the iPad app to be able to keep pace with this :)