#365DaysofLondonBaby Day 19- Get your Goat Race Tickets

Wow, time is flying, London Baby is getting almost a year old, and one of the first posts was on the “Boat Race vs. Goat Race”, two annual institutions in London (one very old and one new institution :))

Now, tickets for the Goat race 2016 have been released and they are going fast! The event takes place on Sunday, 27th March (at the same time as the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race on the Thames). But, let me refresh you on the Goat race….(picture credit http://www.demotix.com)

 

The Goat race

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#365DaysofLondonBaby – Day 17- The Doodle Man Exhibition – back again!

Great news! The Doodle Man is back in Hoxton Gallery this Weekend (4th March-6th March) – come back again or see it if you haven’t…..

This year’s art season is in full swing, with many great exhibitions around town. If you are in the mood for something different, you have until Wednesday 24th of February to head down to Old…

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#365DaysofLondonBaby – Day 18-Raw Food Workshop

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Good morning! Spring is coming closer, an not only our (tiny London) flats need a spring clean, but our body will be thankful for one too! Luckily, Londoners have been jumping on the healthy eating bandwagon and you’ll hear talks about the latest superfoods, smoothies, and the likes all around you. There are great places to get your fix on healthy eating (e.g. the lovely MAE Deli in Marylebone) and drinking (Press London is one of the pioneers in cold-press juices). In short- it’s very much part of London’s “Zeitgeist” nowadays.

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#365DaysofLondonBaby – Day 17- The Doodle Man Exhibition

This year’s art season is in full swing, with many great exhibitions around town. If you are in the mood for something different, you have until Wednesday 24th of February to head down to Old Street for a fine, little and fun exhibition.

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During a recent stroll through Shoreditch, I saw a street artist in Great Eastern Street taking on the Herculean task of covering (at least) one massive wall in tiny doodles. He was so focussed on the task at hand, that I didn’t dare to interrupt him.

Today, I saw him back quite unexpectedly – in his very own art Exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery in Old Street.

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Free Walks This Weekend – That’s London Baby’s recommendations!

If you are still wondering what to do this weekend, or if you finally wanted to go on a guided walk and you have put it off for whatever reason, this weekend offers a great opportunity to get walking!

Walk London is having their annual winter weekend of free walks (there are further weekends in Spring and Fall). That’s more than 40 guided walks through all areas of London, all funded and paid for by TfL. Many of those are normally paid walks. They come in all sizes and interests – short walks, touristy walks, special topics (e.g. literary or spy walks), central location, outside, long walks….there is even one section of the Capital Ring covered!

They even created a map, showing the starting points of all walks:

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#365DaysofLondonBaby-Day 15 – Georgian Dining Academy

After a small break in the 365 days, I would like to continue this journey of blogging, but more importantly London and its adventure with a very special event – a Georgian Dining Academy on this December 10th . During a recent event with the fantastic guides of Footprints of London, I met the lovely Miss B – she is a very knowledgeable Tour Guide (qualified as a City guide in 2012), runs a wonderful blog, is an expert of Architecture (stay tuned for a potential guest blog from her), history, ceremonies in the city and about any- and everything. She bustles with energy and finds many ways to share all of this passion and knowledge of London. It was a great honour and joy to meet her.

FullSizeRenderOne of the exciting things she organises is a unique Dining Experience, called “Georgian Dining Academy”. The purpose of the Academy is to create a Georgian, performance style, dining experience in the heart of the City. With the encouragement of Miss Kitty Pridden (also a City Guide of 2012) this novel idea was put into action in 2014. It has proved a successful event which takes place quarterly. In true hipster style, I wrongly classified it as a “Pop-Up” dining event but want to correct that it is an established series of events and its not popping up and leaving but here to stay :). But I let Miss B explain in her own words. Continue reading

#365DaysofLondonBaby – Day 13 – Poppies at the Tower (TBT)

Poppies at the TowerIt’s TBT (Throw-Back- Thursday) on London Baby!  If you are in London, you have undoubtedly met the Fundraisers of the British Legion selling poppies at Tube Stations and other places to raise money for the Poppy Appeal to support the Armed Forces Community and specifically the Veterans of Past and Current Conflicts.

Poppies at the tower of londonLast year, Europe remembered the outbreak of the First World War and the most impressive and touching tribute was installed at the Tower of London. Starting in July 2014 until November, 888,246 handmade Ceramic Poppies were planted by volunteers in the moat of the Tower. Each one standing for a British / Commonwealth Serviceman who lost their lives in World War I. The installation was by artist Paul Cummins and its official title was “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”.

Pictures hardly describe the scale of this artwork and for almost 3 weeks, it was super busy, as people flocked to see the poppies. I have been lucky to cycle by the site weekly during the installation and seeing it grow slowly was very impressive.

After the removal, all poppies were sold to raise further funds for the poppy appeal. Unfortunatly, all that remains are the memories, but  remember to get your poppies soon if feel like supporting the appeal.

Poppies at the tower