Sunday 30 June 2019

Whitechapel Gallery - ★★★★ - Michael Rakowitz, Helen Cammock, Queer Spaces and more this month

What's On in July: Exhibitions

Helen Cammock
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Until 1 Sep | Free entry

★★★★ - a 'sublime connection of voices' - Evening Standard

Presenting a film, a series of vinyl cut prints and a screen-printed frieze, winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women Helen Cammock explores the idea of lament in women’s lives, interweaving stories of loss and resilience with seventeenth-century Baroque music by female composers.

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Exhibitions & Displays

Michael Rakowitz
Until 25 Jun | £12.95/£9.50

‘For Rakowitz, explosive destruction punctuates history: it’s up to us to try and piece together what it all means.’Time Out

Sculptor, detective and occasional chef, Michael Rakowitz takes his cue from historic buildings and artefacts to create enthralling environments.

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Artists' Film International
Phoebe Boswell, Carolina Caycedo, Evelyn Taocheng Wang
Until 4 Aug | Free entry

Three female artists from Kenya, United States and China depict interpretations and perceptions of gender as part of our newest Artists' Film International display.

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”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art: Selected by Maria Fusco
Until 1 Sep | Free entry

Experimental writer Maria Fusco has staged an encounter between works of art by Astrid Klein, Esther Ferrer, Cindy Sherman and more. 

Join us on Thu 4 Jul, 7pm for a fictitious symposium where the artworks discuss themselves.

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Queer Spaces: London, 1980s - Today
Until 25 Aug | Free entry

‘A wonderful celebration of queer culture’ Queer Guru

This display focuses on the rarely seen archives of LGBTQ+ venues and social networks, including an interactive map charting the appearance and disappearance of spaces over the last 30 years and artists' perspectives on 21st century cityscapes of sociability and self-expression.

You are invited to view Liquid Gold by artist Prem Sahib (pictured above) outside of the gallery opening hours.

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Glorious Gifts from Fortnum’s

Fortnum's, Every Time
From wedding presents to birthday treats, Fortnum's is the undisputed home of gifts. Admittedly with such an extraordinary selection at your disposal, choosing the right one can be a hair-raising decision – so here's a specially curated list to help keep your barnet in check.

7 London parks you can barbecue in this summer - Time Out

Sun’s out, buns out. We pick the London hotspots where you’ve got a green light to grill

London Fields
London Fields always got packed and seriously smoky on a balmy day – and it’s had an impact on the park. Because of damage, rubbish and air pollution, barbecue use is suspended for summer 2019.

Come summer, cooking dinner on a grill in the great outdoors is one of life’s simple pleasures, and you don’t need to head out of the city to indulge in a barbecue. Just make sure you don't scorch the grass and put your rubbish in the bin when you’re done, okay?

Most of London’s lush green spaces are reserved for picnics only, but there are some major parks and local gardens where you’re officially allowed to fire up the BBQ. Here are the best spots in London where it’s totally chill to grill.

Lincoln's Inn Fields, summer 2018
Photograph: Alena Veasey/
Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn
Central London parks aren’t just for stuffing sarnies into your face at lunchtime. You can barbecue in most Camden parks and this huge flame-friendly public square (the biggest in London, no less) is no exception. Work off the meat with a post-picnic tennis match.

Waterlow Park, Highgate --

Waterlow Park, Highgate
Grill the day away on this gentle grassy slope. Dubbed a ‘garden for gardenless Londoners’, this scenic north London park welcomes fair weather feasting. Drool over your barbecued banquet, while enjoying views of the city skyline.

Caledonian Park
Photograph: Peter Moulton/
Caledonian Park, Holloway
Get your alfresco flame on in this petite patch of green. The Islington park is home to community gardens and an imposing Grade II-listed clocktower. Handy for keeping an eye on those Linda McCartneys. There’s nothing worse than burnt bangers.


Highbury Fields, Islington
The sound of sizzling sausages fills the air at Highbury Fields whenever the weather allows. For fancy barbecue fare and punchy marinades, stock up at Godfreys butchers just north of the park.

It is worth checking this one out before lighting up, though. Islington Council are currently consulting on limiting the barbecue area of the park to just one section, as well as implementing a 9pm curfew for the summer.

Russell Square, Bloomsbury --

Russell Square, Bloomsbury
Russell Square might be better known for lost tourists and academics on their lunchbreaks than baps and burgers, but it’s also a prime central spot for summertime smouldering.
Burgess Park
Burgess Park, Southwark
Sausages with a view of The Shard? Yes please! Burgess Park is a grand green space stretching from Camberwell and Walworth to Peckham and the Old Kent Road, with scenic lakeside barbecue areas. Always grill responsibly – scorched grass and litter isn’t a good look.

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Cantelowes Gardens, Camden
Cantelowes Gardens is a secret suntrap away from the Camden crowds. There’s a skate park, play area and plenty of grass for firing up the barbie. If you need supplies, look no further than Phoenicia, an amazing Mediterranean food hall, for healthy barbecue inspiration.

Credits - Time Out

Tower Bridge 125 year old today

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. Because of this, Tower Bridge is sometimes confused with London Bridge, situated some 0.5 mi (0.80 km) upstream. Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges now owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. It is the only one of the Trust's bridges not to connect the City of London directly to the Southwark bank, as its northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets.

The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tension forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Before its restoration in the 2010s, the bridge's colour scheme dated from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. Its colours were subsequently restored to blue and white. 

The bridge deck is freely accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians, whereas the bridge's twin towers, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms form part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition, for which an admission charge is made. The nearest London Underground tube stations are Tower Hill on the Circle and District lines, London Bridge on the Jubilee and Northern lines and Bermondsey on the Jubilee line, and the nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Tower Gateway.  The nearest National Rail stations are at Fenchurch Street and London Bridge.

Saturday 29 June 2019

Guoman Hotels - The Royal Horseguards Hotel - Recommended London Hotels

The hotel is located in a superb London area overlooking the  River Thames and near to Trafalgar Square, this beautiful 5-star hotel has a luxurious mix of history and modern style. It has a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, a gym and river views.

The Royal Horseguards awarded the prestigious AA London Hotel of the Year Award 2010-2011. It is a Grade I listed building that overlooks the London Eye, just a short walk from the National Gallery. It also edges onto Covent Garden and Theatreland.

Bedrooms offer Victorian elegance and modern features, including free Wi-Fi, Elemis toiletries, a 32-inch LCD TV, a free minibar and an iPod dock. There is even a plasma TV in the bathroom.

The peaceful One Twenty-One Two Restaurant at the Royal Horseguards Hotel has an inviting piano bar, and fine food and wine. There is also an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining.

Westminster Borough is a great choice for travellers interested in luxury brand shopping, shopping for clothes and theatre.

2 Whitehall Court, Westminster Borough, London, SW1A 2EJ

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Friday 28 June 2019

Guoman Hotels - The Grosvenor Hotel - London - Recommended Hotels

The 4-star Grosvenor hotel is located directly opposite Victoria Station main rail, underground and bus station and 8 minutes' drive or public transport from the centre of London. Free WiFi is provided throughout the hotel, and 24-hour room service is available.

All rooms at the hotel contain a work desk and chair, telephone, iPod docking station and flat-screen TV. Additional amenities include Egyptian cotton bed linen, en-suite facilities and air-conditioning.

The Grosvenor's fitness centre provides cardio machines, free weights and other equipment, such as treadmills, to help guests maintain their health.

There are nine meeting and function rooms at the hotel's business centre, which provides business guests with a range of options for meetings, conferences and events. Additional services can be purchased for business events, including fax and photocopying, luggage storage and catering options.

With Victoria station nearby, guests can easily book taxis to take them anywhere in the capital. Olympia Conference Centre can be directly reached within 23 minutes from the hotel, and guests can reach London's financial district in Bank within 15 minutes on public transport.

The nearest airport is Heathrow Airport, 18 miles away, or guests can reach Gatwick Airport in 47 minutes by train. Guests can access the rest of the UK and mainland Europe by the Victoria line via Victoria underground station to King's Cross St Pancras in 17 minutes.
101 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster Borough, London, SW1W 0SJ

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