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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


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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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Martina Amati on ‘Under’

Martina Amati on ‘Under’ | London Life | Scoop.it
Visitors experiencing Under by Martina Amati
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'Under' is part of the Somewhere in Between exhibition, whuxh is at Wellcome Collection until 27 August 2018. 
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Colourful Places In London, From Red To Green And Everything In Between

Colourful Places In London, From Red To Green And Everything In Between | London Life | Scoop.it

Thank you Secret London! 

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If ever I needed colour in my life, it is now! 
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London Life on Instagram: “Hampstead Peace Garden. This really is a special place. Hidden in plain sight, cradled above the railway line serving Hampstead Overground…”

London Life on Instagram: “Hampstead Peace Garden. This really is a special place. Hidden in plain sight, cradled above the railway line serving Hampstead Overground…” | London Life | Scoop.it
9 Likes, 1 Comments - London Life (@ursulaoreillytraynor) on Instagram: “Hampstead Peace Garden. This really is a special place. Hidden in plain sight, cradled above the…”
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A place for all seasons, 
Today, this place, made my day.
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Watch The Cut on BFI Player - with designer Es Devlin

Watch The Cut on BFI Player - with designer Es Devlin | London Life | Scoop.it
The Cut brings you superstar creators to explore independent films that have shaped them. This episode, we talk to designer Es Devlin.
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Thinking outside the box takes on a whole new meaning within the extraordinary mindplay and mindboggling visual realisation of designer Es Devlin
Photo credit
Devlin designed a huge rotating house set with projection-mapped interiors for the Royal Opera House's production of Don Giovanni
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Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery | London Life | Scoop.it
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New Installation/Turbine Hall @ Tate Modern/ In full swing/ Tate's Turbine Hall turned into adult playground

New Installation/Turbine Hall @ Tate Modern/ In full swing/ Tate's Turbine Hall turned into adult playground | London Life | Scoop.it

Tate Modern installation One Two Three Swing! uses three-person swing to combat social apathy through collective action

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Up we go!
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Here are 15 of the London exhibitions you won't want to miss in 2018

Here are 15 of the London exhibitions you won't want to miss in 2018 | London Life | Scoop.it
If your New Year’s resolution is to see more brilliant exhibitions, 2018 is a very good year for it. London’s best museums and galleries have an exciting array of offerings to keep you topped up with creative inspiration and brain food throughout the year.
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If I could only choose one London exhibition in 2018? Guess! (hint: photo clue)
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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 dates


2018


Currently closed for refurbishment. 


Next available dates

June 2nd: from 10am to 5pm. July 28th: from 10am to 5pm. August 25th: from 10am to 5pm. September 29th: from 10am to 5pm. October 27th.: from 10am to 5pm.

       


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

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There’s Something in the Conversation that is More Interesting than the finality of (a title) 

There’s Something in the Conversation that is More Interesting than the finality of (a title)  | London Life | Scoop.it
Where the title of this show ends up with nothingness, the show itself has plenty going for it.
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May 2018
Exhibition now closed at The Showroom gallery in Penfold Street Marylebone reviewed by Matthew Collings foe Evening Standard.
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Gone but not Forgotten: Book and Kitchen - Bookshop which aimed to combine the literary and culinary

Gone but not Forgotten: Book and Kitchen - Bookshop which aimed to combine the literary and culinary | London Life | Scoop.it

"Book and Kitchen is a bookshop in Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill which aims to combine the literary and culinary in a fresh and modern setting."

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February 2018 Update


This much-more-than-a-bookshop is no more. Shut up shop last Autumn. A great loss to the London literary landscape. A beautufully imagined sociable space lovingly created by Muna. We can but hope she brings her positivity and boundless energy to create something similar elsewhere. We shall be watching and will keep you posted.



May 2 2017


Having attended a literary party @ Book and Kitchen in February, I fell in love with the place and made a mental note to return. But then life got in the way and hey it's now May! and I haven't been back. But I'm going today! For a browse. For lunch.


Thoughts after Lunch


This book space is even better than I remembered. Quite bijou, with old school jazz playing throughout the two floors of the building. Comfy,tapestried winged armchairs to relax in, a basement with subtle lighting looking out into a delightful courtyard garden. Too miserable yesterday to eat in the garden but we were quite happy having a light vegetarian lunch (courgettes with sumac, couscous with nuts) at a rustic wooden table. Add an eclectic selection of books both new and previously owned and you have the ingredients for a relaxing afternoon. You can even tickle the ivories of a lovely old piano. Just remember that B&K isn't open on Sundays and Mondays. It often hosts private events and unplugged music evenings. See website for details.

www.bookandkitchen.com  


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February 2018 Update 

 This much-more-than-a-bookshop is no more. Shut up shop last Autumn. A great loss to the London literary landscape. A beautufully imagined sociable space lovingly created by Muna. We can but hope she brings her positivity and boundless energy to create something similar elsewhere. We shall be watching and will keep you posted. 


 May 2 2017

Having attended a literary party @ Book and Kitchen in February, I fell in love with the place and made a mental note to return. But then life got in the way and hey it's now May! and I haven't been back. But I'm going today! For a browse. For lunch.

Thoughts after Lunch

This book space is even better than I remembered. Quite bijou, with old school jazz playing throughout the two floors of the building. Comfy,tapestried winged armchairs to relax in, a basement with subtle lighting looking out into a delightful courtyard garden. Too miserable yesterday to eat in the garden but we were quite happy having a light vegetarian lunch (courgettes with sumac, couscous with nuts) at a rustic wooden table. Add an eclectic selection of books both new and previously owned and you have the ingredients for a relaxing afternoon. You can even tickle the ivories of a lovely old piano. Just remember that B&K isn't open on Sundays and Mondays. It often hosts private events and unplugged music evenings.

 See website for details.
www.bookandkitchen.com
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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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May 2018

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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Selfie to Self-Expression @ Saatchi Gallery #London

Selfie to Self-Expression @ Saatchi Gallery #London | London Life | Scoop.it

SAATCHI


The Saatchi Gallery made me smile last Thursday evening and I have kept smiling ever since – rare for me! The exhibition is called From Selfie to Self- Expression; well, whatever the title, it’s really photos of some very serious high-art self-portraits– Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait withThorn Necklace and Hummingbird, and moving on toward the magnificent Chuck Close. All of this mingling done superbly – a great hang.


However, the room which made me smile contained for me - what I will call The Wall–a massive wall - plastered with loads and loads of tiny selfies taken by “ordinary” people; it seemed from all over the world. And it was singing! It made me feel I was part of the universe. Thank you Saatchi!Thank you to the artist, Christopher Baker.

  

SHAUN TRAYNOR   

www.shauntraynor.co.uk


Photo Credit: Ian Irvine


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October 2017 update

well the selfie exhib may be gone, but the satchi gallery is always a great art space to visit,  if in Chelsea


 
spring 2017
Champagne-fuelled review? No matter. I'm off to Saatchi soonest for a bit of fizzy art.
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The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy – Exhibition at Modern

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy – Exhibition at  Modern | London Life | Scoop.it
See the first solo exhibition at Tate of Pablo Picasso’s work ever to be held at Tate Modern from 3 March - 9 September 2018
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#Picasso #unmissable #art #sex #perseverance #midlife #crossroads
Coming soon - A blog post on visiting the two biggest art shows in town. Modigliani and Picasso. How to survive the shock of the crowds of visitors and still enjoy the experience. Of course, everyone must see will see this one, but therein lies the problem. Make sure you plan how to best enjoy your time at Tate Modern. 

Reviewed here 
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Heralds of spring walking tour | Kew

Heralds of spring walking tour | Kew | London Life | Scoop.it

Join one of our volunteer guides for a tour of Kew this spring and discover magnificent bulbs and blossoms in bloom. Daily at 12 noon, to  4 May.

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Meet the experts guided tour

Meet Kew's horticultural and science staff and find out about their work behind the scenes. May tours will focus on Rhododendron. Every Tuesday at
11.30am
Free with entrance ticket 


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Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands | London Life | Scoop.it
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When nature calls! Explore exciting new green and watery spaces a short hop from central London. 




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Photographer Laura McCluskey turns her lens on London youth culture

Photographer Laura McCluskey turns her lens on London youth culture | London Life | Scoop.it

"Having grown up in Kent, photographer Laura McCluskey moved to London ten years ago to study at UCA Epsom in 2007. Now, seven years into a blossoming career as a freelance photographer, Laura tells us “2017 has been a really exciting year for me so far with a mix of editorial and campaign commissions. I recently shot a fashion story for _Crepe City_ magazine on a Peckham rooftop, some portraits of talented musician Moses Sumney for _So It Goes_, poet Caleb Femi in Paris for _The Guardian_ and some fashion stories for _Paper Journal_ and Hypebeast. ”

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New Discovery. London Life is loving Laura!
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Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins @ Barbican

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins @ Barbican | London Life | Scoop.it
#AnotherKindofLife 

 Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins looks at the continuing fascination of artists with those on the margins of society through the photographic medium. Some of the most powerful images of the 20thand 21st century are the result of a determined and often prolonged engagement with communities seemingly at odds with, or on the fringes of, the mainstream. Another Kind of Life explores photography’s relationship with this compelling subject through the work of 20 exceptional image-makers, including Bruce Davidson, Paz Errázuriz, Casa Susanna, Larry Clark, Mary Ellen Mark, Boris Mikhailov, Daido Moriyama and Dayanita Singh. Part of the Barbican’s 2018 season The Art of Change, which reflects on the dialogue between art, society and politics, the exhibition directly – and at times poetically – addresses difficult questions about what it means to exist in the margins, the role artists have played in portraying subcultures and the complex intermingling between artistic and mainstream depictions of the outsider.

 Another Kind of Life  at Barbican Art Gallery until 27 May 2018.
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#CompulsiveCharcoal - Liz Atkin

#CompulsiveCharcoal - Liz Atkin | London Life | Scoop.it
Liz Atkin is an internationally acclaimed visual artist and mental health advocate based in London. Compulsive Skin Picking (Dermatillomania) dominated her life for more than 20 years, but art has become her greatest tool for recovery. 
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What a truly inspiring and creative way to turn a negative into a positive! 
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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 Life ~Crossing Abbey Road~

London Life ~Crossing Abbey Road~ | London Life | Scoop.it

"Our crossing cam provides a live feed day and night of the famous Abbey Road pedestrian crossing, once made famous by the Beatles."

Abbey Road Studios



See the London day unfold here http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing as you look at the world's most famous zebra crossing.


London Life 2017

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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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Hayward Gallery reopening: reaction and reviews | Southbank Centre

Hayward Gallery reopening: reaction and reviews | Southbank Centre | London Life | Scoop.it
Take a look at how the return of Hayward Gallery, and its opening Gursky exhibition, went down with art lovers, instagrammers, critics and press.
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Closed for two long years. Particularly missed its summer happenings. Gursky is a welcome and wowful opening exhibition. 
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Last Chance! Modigliani's chaotic bohemian life is laid bare at Tate Modern

Last Chance! Modigliani's chaotic bohemian life is laid bare at Tate Modern | London Life | Scoop.it

"What a great show of inventive work by an artist who had an intense, shockingly short life."


https://youtu.be/CdYLscE6kE0


Ends 2 April

Get there early!

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/modigliani



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Is it possible to appreciate an artist's work whilst feeling very uncomfortable around his treatment of women?
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Theatre Review: Mating Behaviour @ PENTAMETERS THEATRE Hampstead 

Theatre Review: Mating Behaviour @ PENTAMETERS THEATRE Hampstead  | London Life | Scoop.it
Pentameters Theatre Hampstead
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MATING BEHAVIOUR by John Cooper. 

This is a delightful comedy of four young people (under thirty) trying to find a mate - even a life-long one
There is Anne, (Georgie Ashworth) a glamorous model who resides in Hampstead; there is Pierce, (Timothy Weston) a womanizing TV chat show host living in Islington; there is Sara, (Alana Hillenaar) an editor in a major publishing firm; she lives in Camden - and then there is Matthew, (Nick Skaugen) a scruffy enough English teacher who lives in Crouch End. Ah well - up North! 
 
The theme of the play is to see if such “sophisticates” have really moved beyond the laws of the jungle.
Basically, Ann fancies Pierce, Sara fancies Matthew, Matthew fancies Anne, Pierce fancies himself and in this cappuccino cauldron, things swirl around quite uneventfully until dull Matthew states that his real passion isn’t “the teaching,” he wants to be a writer. 
 
Then it’s turnaround time, and time to grind new beans!
The pace is zany and frenetic, brilliantly directed by Harry Meacher. This is a very witty, fast play but loaded with great lines of wisdom about men, about women, about love and the searching for it and its wonder. 
 
The play lies somewhere between Noel Coward and G.B. Shaw – not a bad niche for a playwright to find himself in!
The audience rarely stopped laughing and/or nodding in agreement. During the interval, I asked the couple beside me what they thought of it so far; they said they were enjoying it - and just as well, they had met for the first time that evening on a blind date. What better venue!! 

 SHAUN TRAYNOR
www.shauntraynor.co.uk
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London Life Loves :: ben okri on London :: lines in potentis

yeastculture and ben okri collaborate together to produce an animated piece about london town.

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(From The LL Archive)


Old but Forever New

We need to put this on repeat

Now and forever.


(Dec 2016

I have only recently read The Famished Road. Totally. Blown away. I want to leave copies on tube seats, in parks, everywhere. 

 

Ben Okri.

You are the business. 

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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!