#365DaysofLondonBaby – Day 26- Midnight Apothecary at the Brunel Museum

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Its finally summer and while the big heat wave has gone, the evenings are just right to sit outside and enjoy the night with some friends and a drink or two. If you are looking for a place to do just that, look no further and head to the Brunel Museum on Fridays or Saturdays. Not the place for a drink? – it sure is. Since the opening of the roof garden on top of the Southern Shaft of the Brunel tunnel, they have been organising Midnight Apothecary.

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#365DaysofLondonBaby- Day 25- a weekend stroll through Shoreditch / Hackney

The sun has finally decided to make an appearance this weekend and I used the opportunity to spend a lazy Saturday in Shoreditch / Hackney with some friends. Even though my picture-taking activity was on the low side, it was so much fun that I thought I share our route with you nevertheless. So here it comes…

Your lazy weekend tour through Shoreditch / Hackney

Note: for the “market” part of the stroll, the market will depend on whether you go on Saturday (then you’ll experience Broadway market, left picture) or Sunday (Columbia Road Flower market, right picture). Both streets are also great without the market, as there are nice shops and good food opportunities anyway!

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#365DaysofLondonBaby- Day 24-Yayoi Kusama@Victoria Miro

Good Morning Art Lovers! If you do only one thing this week….get in line at the Victoria Miro Gallery in Wharf Road (at the  Old Street Basin of the Regent’s Canal) – to see what might be the most popular Gallery Exhibition of the summer, if not the year.

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Yayoi Kusama is one of the most important Japanese Artists of the 20th Century and even though she is 87 years already, this is all new work on display. Kusama is most famous for her Polka Dots and has become known to the London public through her exhibition at Tate Modern in 2012 and her collaboration with Louis Vuitton, transforming Selfridges Windows in 2013.

In this exhibition, there are a few of her sculptures and paintings, but the true draw are the large installations, one in the garden (see above) as well as 3 “infinity rooms” – mirrored rooms where one feels like Alice in Wonderland. They are absolutely stunning in their visual effects reflecting pumpkins and chandeliers millionfold (the pictures below don’t do it any justice).

Last but not least, the gallery space as such is also stunning to experience, a transformed wharf house at the canal basin, making the most of its large spaces and the canal-side garden.

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If you want to know more about Yayoi Kusama, check out her Website or Wikipedia. If you want to really know more and see her art in a new context, her autobiography, titled “Infinity Net” is an impressive and touching read.

If you want to visit, the exhibition is open until 30th of July on Tuesdays- Saturdays 10am-6pm. On Saturdays, it can get very busy and there will be a “one in-one out” policy, meaning you’ll have to stand in line (could be up to 1 hour) to get in. Inside, there is more waiting, as the infinity rooms can be viewed only by a handful people at once (but its absolutely worth  the wait).

More information on exhibition and gallery can be found at the Gallery Website.

#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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Thats London Baby on Instagram!

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After almost a year of London Baby (wow, time flies!), I am happy to announce the LondonBaby Social Media Family has welcomed another member: @thatslondonbabyblog on Instagram! Check it out (and follow, if you like) here! 

Also, feel free to share great pictures – I am sure they might be better than mine 🙂

 

#365DaysofLondonBaby- Day 5 – Jazz in the Crypt (St. Martin In The Fields)

The days are getting slowly colder, so what could heat spirit and soul better than some hot Jazz? Probably the most unusual Jazz Venue of London is hidden underneath this church on Trafalgar Square (Image taken from Wikipedia).

The Crypt of St. Martin in the Field does not only completely modernised housing an  excellent cafe and shop, but on Wednesday nights, the Crypt Cafe hosts a long-standing series of Jazz concerts. The line up varies for all tastes and prices are a bargain at normally £3.50 -£12. Concerts start at 8pm every Wednesday. All info, the program for the next weeks, ticket etc. can be found here.

Not into Jazz? St. Martin hosts many other concerts, mostly classical almost every day. Several times per week they will even have free Lunch concerts and their Friday evening Candlelight concerts present seminal classical pieces in a unique atmosphere at reasonable prices. Oh, and you can also stop by the Crypt Cafe any time during the day to escape the hustle and bustle of Trafalgar Square.

A sneak preview of the Literary Footprints Festival

Happy Sunday everyone! Time for a new guest blog, this time from London Baby’s favourite London Guide. Rob Smith is a London walking guide with Footprints of London  and his guest blog looks at Literary Locations in London. In October Footprints of London are holding the Literary Footprints Festival – a series of walks celebrating London’s literary heritage. Continue reading