Sunday, 27 July 2014

Going, going, gone! Thunderous blast as power station cooling towers disappear from Oxfordshire skyline in seconds after standing tall for 44 years | Mail Online

More on this story...: "Going, going, gone! Thunderous blast as power station cooling towers disappear from Oxfordshire skyline in seconds after standing tall for 44 years"

In a cloud of smoke and with a thunderous blast three historic towers were demolished today after dominating an English town's skyline for more than four decades.
The three southern towers of Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire were brought down by more than 180kg of explosives in a matter of seconds.
Hundreds of locals are thought to have defied the guidance issued by power company RWE npower to stay away from the site and watch the demolition via a webcam livestream.

The last time the cooling towers could be seen dominating the Oxfordshire skyline. Moments later, 180kg of explosives sent them crashing to the ground

The last time the cooling towers could be seen dominating the Oxfordshire skyline. Moments later, 180kg of explosives sent them crashing to the ground
The three cooling towers collapse in the explosion. The demolition was carried out in the early hours of the morning due to health and safety concerns

The three cooling towers collapse in the explosion. The demolition was carried out in the early hours of the morning due to health and safety concerns
The incredible images show the three cooling towers, each approximately 100m tall, collapsing simultaneously in the early hours of the morning

The incredible images show the three cooling towers, each approximately 100m tall, collapsing simultaneously in the early hours of the morning
The towers had been on the Didcot site for more than 40 years, but the controlled explosions which destroyed them down took only 15 seconds

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In pictures: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from the sky

Aerial view of the site of the future 2012 Olympic Park in London

Back in 2005, when London was awarded the Games, the area in east Londonwhere the Olympic Park was to be built was mainly brown field land, previously used for industrial purposes.(Associated Press photo)
View from East Village towards The StadiumIn April, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opened to the public for the first time since the London 2012 Games(The remaining photos are taken by Jason Hawkes)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park showing the Aquatics Centre and Westfield Stratford.Current attractions include the Aquatics Centre, which is open to the public, while a Westfield shopping centreis nearby
The Stadium is currently being developed and will re-open in 2016 when it will become the new home to West Ham United FCThe stadium is being developed and and will become the new home to West Ham United FC
Development of The Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.The stadium will reopen as West Ham's new home in 2016
The former London 2012 Athletes' Village now transformed into East Village creating 2,818 new homes.The former London 2012 Athletes' Village has been transformed into East Village creating 2,818 new homes
Children playing in the interactive water fountains.Children can play in sand pits and interactive fountains around the park
The ArcelorMittal Orbit has two viewing platforms providing amazing views of the park and London.The ArcelorMittal Orbit has two platforms providing views of the park and the capital

Saturday, 26 July 2014

London Rooftop Restaurants

Top 10 Best Rooftop Restaurants in London

The season of al fresco is upon us once more, and though we all enjoy basking on outdoor tables on cobbled backstreets, there’s nothing quite like heading skywards for views, sunshine and a blast of fresh air. From high-rise bohemian hangouts to elegant elevated gardens, check out our picks for rooftop imbibing in London.
1. Babylon Roof Gardens  BOOK BABYLON ROOF GARDENS
Kensington
Babylon Roof Gardens
Babylon Roof Gardens
Floating 7 floors above the streets of London, Babylon Roof Gardens is a little bubble of tranquillity in Kensington, owned by Virgin tycoon, Richard Branson. The roof’s prevailing greenery and the gentle pad of Babylon’s resident flamingos render the rat race below forgotten, and menus focus on modern European fare, complemented by a staggering cocktail list.

2. SkyLounge  BOOK SKYLOUNGE
Tower Hill
SkyLounge
SkyLounge
Stretching a few floors higher than its London rooftop counterparts, the 12th floor SkyLounge boasts 360-degree views of London, so it's one of the few spots offering every-angle views of the city. Patio heaters and parasols mean this seasonal pop-up is primed for the hit-and-miss British summer time, and the resident DJ spins a chilled soundtrack. Classic afternoon teas are a SkyLounge staple, while juicy treats are served from the sizzling barbecue when the sun shines.

3. Aqua Kyoto  BOOK AQUA KYOTO
Regent Street
Aqua Kyoto (Image by Macs London)
Atop the former Dickens & Jones building, Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto is the sister restaurant of the much-lauded Aqua Shard. Though it’s slightly closer to the ground than its sibling, this spacious sun trap commands views over the shoppers’ bustle of Regent Street. Indoors, celebrated chefs craft supremely fresh dishes bursting with colour and natural flavours: bask out on the terrace with a platter of expertly-rolled sushi, cleansing Japanese teas and exotic cocktails.

4. Coq d'Argent

St Paul's
Coq d'Argent
Coq d'Argent
Coq d’Argent’s lush preened lawn and manicured hedgerows are a stark contrast from the imposing angles and curves of The Shard, The Gherkin and the car-melting ‘Walkie Talkie’ building that can be spotted from this fantastic London viewpoint. An oasis of calm above the bustle of St Paul’s, enjoy flawless French menus served from breakfast through ‘til late: meaning you can catch views of London in any light.

5. Frank's  
Peckham
Frank's
Frank's (image by Frank's)
Though a multi-storey car park in Peckham might seem better suited to Del Boy dealings than artisan dining, Frank’s is the seasonal pop-up that’s taken London by storm for the past few summers. Open from June through to September, Frank’s is a no-fuss tarmacked space, littered with chunky wood furniture that fills up with punters FAST (no bookings are taken at weekends). The kitchen is headed by one of Peckham’s own, who returns to his childhood postcode after stints at some of the world’s best restaurants.

6. OXO Tower  BOOK OXO TOWER
South Bank
OXO Tower
OXO Tower
With its iconic beef stock logo an ever-present twinkle on the South Bank skyline, the OXO Tower is a London restaurant requiring no introduction. The glass-fronted dining room faces the Thames: a clean-cut cocoon for enjoying stunning panoramas, while the grassed terrace looks right down onto the South Bank. Luscious, fruit-filled cocktails are almost a foregone requirement here, and seasonal menus offer playful twists on tradition.

7. Vista at The Trafalgar  BOOK VISTA AT THE TRAFALGAR
Trafalgar Square
Vista at The Trafalgar
Vista at The Trafalgar
Being seated pretty much at eye-level with Nelson atop his column, it's not surprising that the dramatic cityscapes seen from Vista have provided the backdrop for many a marriage proposal. This is a good one for any acoraphobics, as encircling rows of clipped hedges and curled railings ensure the area doesn’t feel too exposed, and there are no dreaded sheer-drop views. Enjoy a menu devised in partnership with 6th generation tie makers ‘Peckham Rye’ this summer, featuring a plethora of potent Vista cocktails, charcuterie boards and build-your-own burgers.
8. Orrery  BOOK ORRERY
Marylebone
Orrery
Orrery
A perfectly poised dining spot from veteran restaurant group D&D, Orrery serves delicate French-themed dishes, as well as door wedge-thick cheeses from its famous fromage trolley. You could easily be in south west France if you didn’t know you were metres above Marylebone, with this tranquil spot lined with olive trees and fragrant lavender, and sheltered by a sunshine-yellow awning.
9. Sushisamba
Liverpool Street
Sushisamba
Sushisamba
Famed for the Great Glass Elevator-style lift taken to get to its dizzying altitude, Sushisamba spans the 38th & 39th floors of the glittering Heron Tower. Serving up an eclectic mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian sushi, Sushisamba’s interior is spectacular: an ethereal Magic Faraway-style tree twists upwards from the glowing island bar and arching bamboo curves across the ceiling. But, it’s the terrace that Sushisamba has become famous for: it’s one of London’s highest, and the peak of The Gherkin feels as if it’s within touching distance.
10. The Boundary 
Shoreditch
Boundary
The Boundary
Proudly showcasing a vine-covered pergola, The Boundary is one of the few rooftop bars in London that’s open for business whatever the weather. Horticulture is a big deal here, with herbs picked from the working kitchen garden, and grapes produced on those sprawling vines. Mediterranean-influenced food showcases clean, simple flavours, with guests able to enjoy views down onto the edgy east London bustle as they dine. 
About The AuthorEmma Starkie
Originally from Cumbria, Emma is always on the lookout for exciting newplaces to eat in London.

Topping Emma's rankings at present are Tramshed and Galvin La Chapelle. 

In her spare time, Emma enjoys trawling old bookshops, baking, and pub quizzes. 

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BBC News - Malevich's revolutionary art on display in London

BBC News - Malevich's revolutionary art on display in London: "A new exhibition at Tate Modern in London explores the revolutionary art of Russian Kazimir Malevich.

The work of the creator of the controversial Black Square and the Suprematist movement will be on display until the end of October."

BBC News - Masonry falls on Tube station track at Mile End

BBC News - Masonry falls on Tube station track at Mile End: "Masonry fell on the track at an east London Tube station narrowly missing a train earlier, sources at the RMT union have told the BBC.

The driver stopped the train before being hit at Mile End Station and no-one was injured, the sources said.

There were delays on the Central Line on Saturday morning following the incident.

A London Underground spokesman said: "At no time was there any danger to passengers.""

Masonry