Monday, 30 April 2012

Patrick Lichfield Nudes - Shows - The Little Black Gallery

Patrick Lichfield Nudes - Shows - The Little Black Gallery:

The Little Black Gallery is proud to present Patrick Lichfield: Nudes  
from 24 April – 26 May 2012.  This is the first exhibition of Lichfield's nudes.
Patrick Lichfield (1939-2005) was an internationally renowned photographer who worked 
for all the major magazines, exhibited worldwide, and published several books during his 
career. The National Portrait Gallery dedicated a retrospective exhibition to the first 
twenty years of his work in 2002. His great break was when he was summoned by Diana 
Vreeland, the doyenne of fashion editors, to photograph the Duke and Duchess of 
Windsor, and given a five year contract with American Vogue. In 1981 he was appointed 
official photographer at the wedding of his cousin, The Prince of Wales, and  
Lady Diana Spencer.  
He is lesser known for his nude work which will be exhibited for the first time. 
* a new book ‘Perceptions’ by Patrick Lichfield, published by Quadrille, is out now  

The world's most extravagant bird box - a replica of Buckingham Palace - called Peckingham Palace - was unveiled by woodcare experts Cuprinol to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Shakespeare and the Classics

A Midsummer Night's Dream Tickets
 A Midsummer Night's Dream
 Danger penetrates A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare’s enduring story of young love.   more

 Danger penetrates A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare’s enduring story of young love. As   worlds real and unreal merge, romance struggles to survive and unlikely unions are forged.
 Featuring the Open Air Theatre's celebrated fusion of original music, movement and unique  setting, this magical, comedic and seductive tale is set to be one of the theatrical highlights of the  year.

Antigone Tickets
Desperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war, Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone's more

Desperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war, Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone's rebellious brother. Outraged, she defies his edict. Creon condemns the young woman, his niece, to be buried alive.
The people daren't object but the prophet Teiresias warns that this tyranny will anger the gods: the rotting corpse is polluting the city.
Creon hesitates and his fate is sealed. The gods never move faster than when punishing men with the consequences of their own actions.
Jodie Whittaker plays Antigone and Christopher Eccleston plays Creon.

Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
Actress, comedienne, writer and singer, Meera Syal stars, playing Beatrice. Much Ado About Nothing is more

Richard III Tickets
Richard III
Following a sell out season at the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare's Richard III transfers to the Apollo more

The Duchess Of Malfi tickets
The Duchess Of Malfi
Eve Best returns to The Old Vic in March 2012, in John Webster's great Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess more

Twelfth Night Tickets
Twelfth Night
Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry star in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. more

Walking With Dinosaurs - Wembley at Wembley Arena

After 65 million years they're back!
After a worldwide tour seen by over 7 million people in 206 cities, the stunning theatrical event WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular is back!
Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 20 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus rex! Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes.

It's a dazzling £10,000,000 arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality set to captivate young and old alike. Marvel at the story of their 200 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them walk. Hear the roar. Be there as they fight for survival and supremacy. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you will know the dinosaurs really are back!

Tower of London Skyline
Tower of London
HM Tower of London has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most famous castle keeps in the world, it was built to awe, subdue and terrify Londoners and to deter foreign invaders. It’s now an iconic symbol of London and Britain and one of the world’s premier tourist attractions.

Royal Beasts
The Royal Beasts return to the Tower, London's original zoo! From Easter onwards, see sculptures of the lions, tigers, elephants and even a polar bear, discover how they came to be at the Tower and what became of them in this new fascinating permanent exhibit.  Hear the amazing tales of how the animals were fed, watered and housed as well as various unfortunate incidents when the public got a little too close! The experience will include permanent displays along the newly opened and restored north walk and Brick Tower. 

Fit for a King
A journey through 500 years of royal arms and armour created for both the battle field and the sporting field. From Henry VIII's horse armour, Japanese samurai armour presented to King James I to Prince Charles' polo helmet and knee pads, worn as protection during the princes' polo playing days, the display is a unique timeline from the Royal Armouries collections.

Centenary anniversary - Delhi Durbar
On 12 December 1911 King George V and Queen Mary received homage of Indian princes as Emperor and Empress of India in a lengthy ceremony wearing full state robes in the blazing heat. As the English coronation regalia, kept at the Tower of London could not be taken out of Britain, a new crown was created with over 6000 diamonds as well as Indian sapphires and emeralds of exceptional quality. Following the ceremony the crown was brought back to England and placed in the Jewel House at the Tower of London where it can be seen today. 

Crown Jewels
Our nation's regalia is held in the most visible vault in the world. Thousands of glittering gem stones and yards of silver gilt create a priceless display of royal ornament. Each can tell tales of intrigue, power and majesty across the ages. The Maundy Dish and Imperial State Crown are still part of the annual traditions of monarchy, come on the right day and you'll see our own tradition - placing the ‘in use' sign on a velvet cushion in the relevant case.

Beefeater tours
Share the secrets of one thousand years of royal gossip with a body of Beefeaters (proper name ‘Yeoman Warder' but who remembers that?) that has guarded this fortress for centuries. Take one of their tours and you'll be amazed and appalled by tales that have been passed down for generations. Pain and passion, treachery and torture, all delivered with a smile and swagger.

The White Tower
The White Tower was the original Tower of London. Begun by William the Conqueror around 1080, it would have made a safe and impressive home for the newly crowned Norman invader. It is still home to original armours worn by Henry VIII and Charles I and a scary collection of historical weapons and torture instruments. For those seeking a less gory side of its life, there is the beautifully preserved 11th century Chapel of St John the Evangelist to explore.

Prisoners of the Tower
Despite its reputation there are no dungeons at the Tower of London and its doubtful there ever really were. The Tower was rather more exclusive than that, with prisoners from the higher levels of society entitled to be held here. Come and see what life was like imprisoned in the Bloody or Beauchamp Towers. Experience the sights, sounds and inscriptions left from incarceration five hundred years ago.

Playing Petrucciani at the V&A

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Queen brightens the gloom as she names Gloriana, the first royal barge to be built in 100 years | Mail Online

Queen brightens the gloom as she names Gloriana, the first royal barge to be built in 100 years | Mail Online: "The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh today braved heavy rain and driving winds to name a spectacular barge built to mark the Jubilee.

The royal couple travelled to the East London dock where Gloriana is currently moored, awaiting the moment when it will make its way to Wandsworth Bridge on the Thames from where it will lead the  Jubilee pageant on 3 June.

Dressed in a bright red coat and hat that cut a swathe through the morning's gloom, the monarch descended a gangway at Greenland Pier on the Thames in London's Docklands before boarding the Gloriana. "

'via Blog this'God bless her and all who sail in her! The Queen visits the Gloriana, the first royal barge to be built in 100 years, at Greenland Pier in East London

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Tower Bridge Exhibition
Tower Bridge London
Tower Bridge Exhibition

Over 100 years ago, the Victorians built a bridge that has become one of London's most famous landmarks. High level walkways were built to allow people to cross the Thames whilst the Bridge was lifted to let tall ships sail past.

Today these Walkways act as viewing galleries, giving visitors the most spectacular views across an ever changing London skyline.

Completed in 1894, Tower Bridge was instantly hailed as a London icon and one of the great engineering marvels of its age. Come inside to explore its history, uncover its secrets and to enjoy stunning views from its high-level Walkways, situated 42 metres above the River Thames.

The Walkways offer fantastic views of many of London's most famous sights, including St Paul's Cathedral, sky-scraping Canary Wharf, maritime Greenwich and The London Eye. Special viewing windows make photography easy.Victorian Engine Rooms house the original steam engines, awesome machines whose immense power once raised the bascules of the bridge. A “virtual bridge lift” shows how the bascules still rise today to let ships pass beneath the Walkways.

1st April to 30th September: 10am - 6.30pm (Last admission 5.30pm)
1st October to 31st March: 9.30am - 6pm (last admission 5pm) 
24th - 26th December (Closed)
1st January (Opens 12noon)

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BBC - Things To Do: Film Location Tour

BBC - Things To Do: Film Location Tour: "SUN 29 APR
Film Location Tour
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Run by: Old Royal Naval College

Hear about the Hollywood film shoots from the people who work behind the scenes."Old Royal Naval College

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BBC - Things To Do: A Family Walk of the Jewish East End

BBC - Things To Do: A Family Walk of the Jewish East End: "SUN 29 APR
A Family Walk of the Jewish East End
Jewish Museum London, London
Run by: Jewish Museum London

Guided Tour."Vintage photo of East End Children

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BBC - Things To Do: Bluebell Walk

BBC - Things To Do: Bluebell Walk: "SUN 29 APR
Bluebell Walk
Osterley Park (National Trust), Osterley, Middlesex
Run by: Osterley Park (National Trust)

A guided walk with one of the wardens through the Bluebell woods within the Garden."
A carpet of bluebells

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BBC - Things To Do: Photography around the Forest Sunday 29th

BBC - Things To Do: Photography around the Forest: "The Temple, Wanstead Park, Wanstead Park
Run by: Epping Forest Information Centre

Bring your camera and join photographer, Robert Good, in Wanstead Park to photograph buildings, bluebells and wildlife. Suitable for anyone who wishes to improve their photography - 'compacts to SLR's"Bluebells in Chalet Wood

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Friday, 27 April 2012

World Photo London

The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibitions and World Photo London 

27th April - 20th May

World Photo London: "Marking the 5th Anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards, the beautifully curated winners' exhibitions will be on show inside the Embankment Galleries. In this vast photographic exhibition, you will find some of the best contemporary images taken by photographers from across the globe. Mixed media installations will include traditional print, video, moving image and 3D, with subjects spanning all genres, including fine art, fashion, portraiture, sport and photojournalism."

Where is the Olympic Flame going? | London 2012

Where is the Olympic Flame going? | London 2012: "The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas"
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The National Gallery
Saturday 12 May, 
Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Speakers include Mike Dibb, Richard Hollis, Nicholas Penny, Griselda Pollock, Michael Rosenthal and Ben Tufnell. Chaired by Jonathan Conlin.

Screening and discussion of John Berger's revolutionary 1972 television series.
Tickets £20/£17 concessions.

Detail from Holbein, Hans the Younger 'Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ('The Ambassadors')', 1533, © The National Gallery, London

Thursday, 26 April 2012

The London Cocktail Club



We like the London Cocktail Club! A must visit, enough said see the video and look at the food and drink menus, Definitely worth our 5 star award.

4.30pm till midnight Monday to Saturday

Preserves… £2
Aka pickles, brines & cures
Cocktail olives
Pork crackling
Celery salted almonds
Paprika pickled eggs
Oven dried tomatoes
Sweet pickled onions

Deli boards… £12
Aka delicacies & fine foods
The ultimate selection of chorizo, salchichon, lomo & jamon serano , all served with caper berries!
West country Stilton, farm-house cheddar & French camembert served with oat biscuits & Jam!

Soldiers… £5
Aka, Bruschetta, Canapés & Crostini’s
Smoked mackerel & caper berries
Welsh rarebit and piccalilli puree
Chicken liver parfait & berry compote
Hot buttered mushrooms on toast

Sticks… £5
Aka Kebabs & Skewers
Rump Steak & horseradish crème fraiche
Sweet devilled free-range chicken fillets
Pork bap & applesauce
Spiced lamb & cucumber dipping sauce

Hush puppies… £4
Aka Croquettes, Fritters & Fingers
Smoked bacon balls
Cauliflower cheese
Hot crispy Brie & berry sauce
Pint of chips & Bloody-Mary mayo


The guest that never leaves
“you can’t live with them, but you can’t live without them!”
White peach puree lengthened with Italian prossecco make this legendary drink that is refreshing any time of the day!
Finlandia Vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice & a squeeze of lime. Made famous for sleeping it’s way around the city.
Strawberry Daiquiri
Bacardi superior, strawberry jam and frais de bois, with a splash of cranberry and grenadine to lengthen.
A large splash of Leblon cachaca, a whole muddled lime balanced with a touch of sugar.
French Martini
Finlandia Vodka shaken passionately with pineapple juice and Chambord black raspberry liquor is a faithful classic for the sweet tooth.
Tommy’s Margarita
Cazadorez Blanco and agave syrup are shaken with pressed lime juice for a sweet twist on one of the greats!
Bacardi rum, lots of mint, lime and sugar is perfect for any one not ready to say goodbye to the summer
White Russian
Finlandia vodka, Kahlua & milk

“make mine a caucasian”
- the big Lebowski -
Murder on the Dance Floor
“Yes, we did it. And no, we don’t feel guilty ;-) ”
Blue Lagoon
OK, so maybe not the classic recipe, but no doubt just as nostalgic! Bombay dry, Blue curacao, bitters & love!
Porn Star Martini
A London legend if ever there was one. Passion fruit, vanilla, Finlandia vodka and Champagne. What’s not to love?!
Brixton Riot
Lychee, Martini, cranberry & peach puree are shaken before wray & nephew overproof rum are poured to put fire on the dance floor.
West Indian Yellow Bird
a dance floor classic that will definatly get your legs moving, Bacardi, crème de banan, galliano, pineapple & orange juices!
Sex on the beach
Finlandia Vodka, white peach puree, cranberry with a touch of hoxton gin & a dash of absinth!
Pina Colada
Bacardi rum, coco lopez angostura bitters, pineapple all packed with a hint of lime for the perfect finish
Long Island Iced Tea
The whole rat pack in one glass! Poured by the pint this US classic has toured the world & we are happy to see her each time she comes around!
Zombie – £9
Wray and Nephew overproof rum flamed over a deluxe mix of rums, & Velvet Falurnum, Pernod absinth, maraschino, grenadine, & angostura bitters! Beware!
Big Boys drinks
“Are you all grown up?…”
Williams Chase London dry gin, accompanied by Chase Herefordshire potato vodka, combined with Lillet Blanc vermouth and garnished with a twist of lemon peel
The original martini from the 1880’s, made with Sip Smith Gin, antiqua formula vermouth, maraschino maraca cherry liquor and angostura bitters, scented with a twist of Amalfi lemon peel.
Filthy Mare
Amalfi lemon infused Arbequina olive brine stirred down with Mediterranean Gin Mare made up of thyme, olive and basil distillates garnished with Arbequina olives and scented with a rosemary mist.
Aperol Spritz
Aperol and prosecco with a splash of soda is the perfect aparetif to start your night.
Last Word
Equal parts Bombay dry gin, green Chartreuse, Maraschino liquor and fresh lime juice. Probably the last thing you will say or at least remember saying.
Pernod Absinth scented rocks glass with a splash of Somerset Royal cider brandy, topped with white American oak aged Woodford reserve. An Absinth mist finishes a British edge on a true classic.
Death in the Afternoon
A drink as srong as it is refreshing. pernod absinthe, fresh lemon juice, & sugar syrup shaken ice cold and topped with bubbles!
Old Fashioned
Woodford reserve stirred slowly over ice with sugar, orange bitters and a dash of soda before maturing in American white oak barrels. Served over an ice rock with

Because sharing is caring
“we’d like to see how the care bears would get on with these little beasts!”
literally! our oversized zombie will have your eyes watering in no time! Beware however, we only serve one per person for a reason!
Stock Pot
£30 serves 6 glasses
What’s not in it is more to the point. This big punch bowl is packed with gin, absinth and fruit of the season!
Soda Syphon
£30 serves 6 glasses
A healthy splattering of grey goose vodka, elderflower and fresh lime served with champagne flutes to serve your sexy selves!
Bloomin’ lovely!
Bloom gin, strawberries and rose petals are the perfct way to start her perfect evening with you!
Absinthe Fountain
A baby carafe of 100ml of your choice of absinth served at the table with its own fountain, sugar & infusion!
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La fontain – french white
Pernod – French green
Babichka – czech wormwood vodka
Enigma – French White
La Fee xs – swiss white
La Fee – Czech green

The London Cocktail Club
61 Goodge St,
Tel: +44 20 7580 1960
Opening times
Mon - Friday 16:30-24:00
Sat - 17:00-24:00
Sun - Private bookings only

New Oxford Street

The London Cocktail Club
St Giles ,
224 Shaftesbury Avenue,
Opening times
Mon – Friday 16:30-24:00
Sat 17:00-24:00
Sun – Private bookings only