Thursday 26 January 2023

Borough Market - The Borough Market Guide to Soup


The Borough Market Guide to Soup

“A culinary defibrillator.” That’s the glorious expression used by chef Paula McIntyre to describe the beef broth she would gobble up after playing outside in the harsh Irish winters of her childhood. At this time of year, soup is the perfect balm – warming, sustaining, uncomplicated. On Thursday 2nd February, the Market will abound with soothing bowls of broth, as the School Food Matters team descend for their annual charity soup sale. Enjoy hot soup made from surplus produce, served with fresh bread, all of it created and sold by secondary school students after intensive coaching at the Market.

To get you in a soupy mood, we’ve gathered up a selection of the very best soup from our archive in this free digital collection, complete with an expert guide to soup-making by the brilliant Ed Smith.

Read our guide to soup

Borough Talks: Romy Gill

In the latest episode of the Borough Talks podcast, Romy Gill, the British-Indian chef, food writer, broadcaster and author of the beautiful On The Himalayan Trail cookbook, joins Angela Clutton to discuss the roots of her approach to food, her experience as a woman of colour opening a restaurant, and the intense experience of exploring the Himalayas.

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Coconut dal with kale

On the leaderboard of global soup-like dishes, a well-made dal comes close to the top for its warming, comforting qualities. This one, from the Rambutan cookbook, is a paragon of the form.

Mixed fruit crumble with pedro ximenez custard

Custard is the soup of the dessert world (there’s even an Italian custard-based dessert called ‘zuppa Inglese’ – English soup). For a winter version of Angela’s classic crumble-and-custard recipe, swap the berries for pears or apples.


Joli, meaning ‘joy’ in chef Salina Khairunnisa’s regional Baba Malay dialect, specialises in traditional Malaysian clay pot cooking. One of Salina’s most popular dishes is a Singapore laksa, based on a rich soup of coconut milk, shallots, galangal, lemongrass, tamarind, dried shrimp, chilli, candlenuts, herbs and spices, served with noodles and an array of delicious toppings.


More broth-based comfort food, this time from Oroshi, Cathal O’Malley’s vibrant Japanese street food stand. Among the highlights of the menu are generous bowls of ramen, served with spring onions, seaweed, pickled mushrooms and a range of toppings: choose from the likes of venison, pork belly, chicken, mackerel and tofu. A lunchtime salve for body and soul.

Imperial War Museums - Holocaust Survivor: Sir Ben Helfgott, MBE


‘I despaired but I did not let cruelty and injustice break my spirit.’
27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day - the international day to remember the millions murdered under Nazi persecution. It also commemorates all those killed during more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. On this day, people across the world come together to learn about the past and take action for a safer future. 

At IWM, we are marking Holocaust Memorial Day with the opening of Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors, a free photography exhibition at IWM North. 

The portraits in this exhibition highlight the experiences of survivors who made the UK their home after beginnings marked by unimaginable loss and trauma. They are a celebration of the rich lives these survivors have lived and the legacy which their descendants will carry into the future.

Among those featured in the exhibition is Sir Ben Helfgott, MBE. Born in Piotrków, Poland, in 1929, Ben was nine years old at the outbreak of the Second World War. His family were forced to move into the Piotrków Trybunalski Ghetto shortly after the German occupation of Poland in 1939. 

Ben endured appalling conditions in the ghetto, which was overcrowded and unsanitary. In October 1942, Ben’s grandfather was sent to the Treblinka death camp, along with 22,000 of the ghetto’s 24,000 Jewish inhabitants.

Having escaped the deportations, Ben’s mother and youngest sister Luisa were later among 520 Jews taken to the woods and shot. They had voluntarily come out of hiding after the Nazis declared an amnesty for those that did so. 

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Sir Ben Helfott MBE with his grandson Sam at his home in London. © Frederic Aranda.
Following the liquidation of the ghetto in August 1944, Ben and his father were sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Ben’s sister Mala was deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp.

Ben was then separated from his father and sent to Schlieben, before finally being transported to Theresienstadt. Three weeks after his arrival, Theresienstadt was liberated by Soviet troops.

A few days before the end of the war, Ben’s father was shot while trying to escape a death march. Death marches were forced long distance marches in extremely harsh conditions. Prisoners were brutally mistreated by SS guards and those unable to continue were murdered or left to die. 

After the war, Ben emigrated to the UK with a group of young survivors known as ‘The Boys’. He initially settled in Calgarth, Cumbria, on the shores of Lake Windermere. In 1947, he was reunited with Mala.

Despite everything he had been through, Ben was imbued with an extraordinary dedication to help those in need. As chairman of the ’45 Aid Society, he helped raise funds to further Holocaust education and support other survivors. Ben says of his ordeal:
‘My Holocaust experience may have hardened me, made me more realistic about human nature but I was repelled by the evil I witnessed. I despaired but I did not let cruelty and injustice break my spirit.’

Ben has dedicated his life to ensuring that the youngsters who arrived with him in the UK would stay in touch and continue to support each other. They have done so for over seventy years.

Ben also competed in two Olympic Games, representing Britain as captain of the weightlifting team in Melbourne in 1956 and in Rome in 1960. He also captained the team at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. 

In the Generations exhibition, Ben is pictured in several portraits. One of the most powerful, captured by Frederic Aranda, also features his grandson Sam. The composition alludes to both Ben’s sporting career and the connection between him as a survivor and the younger generations of his family.

Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors is now open at IWM North until summer 2023. Free entry. Find out more.

Sunday 22 January 2023

Grant Museum of Zoology - 🐉 Create an imaginary creature in our free family art workshop 🦋


Museum of Brands - 💞 Love it or Hate it? 🌱 What's on for 2023 ⌚


Love it or Hate it? Half Term Family Fun

Kids go free all week so you can share the love with the whole family!

Find disputed brands with our Love it or Hate It? Family Brand Hunt. Colour the well-known brands in our Time Tunnel and tell us whether you love them or hate them. Bring it back to us at the end to win a tasty treat!

Join our drop-in craft activity (available with Musuem entry):

Make a Victorian Valentine’s Day Card
Did you know, even 200 years ago, many people preferred to send novelty cards, insults and even cat pictures to their loved ones!

Monday 13 Feb 11am – 1 pm, 2pm – 4 pm

Tuesday 14 Feb 11am – 1 pm, 2pm – 4 pm

Can’t make it to the museum? Join us on social media to vote for the brands you love (or love to hate!) and find out what brand will be our Valentine!

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"It was really interesting to see the development of so many well known brands over the years, a really vast collection and thoughtfully presented. " TripAdvisor Review, January 2023

"Really interesting and fun Museum. Loved the trip down memory lane but also insightful how the Victorians and Edwardians influenced todays branding / marketing - so much to see that I’ll be back again. Friendly staff." Google Review, January 2023

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Connecting with Diverse Audiences

We are pleased to announce the first instalment of our Professional Development Programme on 7 Feb 2023, Connecting with Diverse Audiences. The founder of the award-winning marketing agency GottaBe! Tomasz Dyl, will be discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion in marketing and what steps brands need to take to achieve it. Book tickets now

The Great Grocery Punch-Up

Discover Britain's Top 100 Brands of 2022 in our updated display, launching this March. It is formed around Britain’s Biggest Brands, The Grocer’s annual list, developed in association with NielsenIQ. 2021 saw 5 energy drinks in the top 10, what can we expect from this year?  More info coming soon on our website.

Exciting Venue for Kids Parties

Book with us for your child’s next birthday party! We provide a private space for kid’s parties that is adaptable to any theme, with good lighting and an AstroTurf floor. We work with some of the best suppliers in London to help you bring your child’s dreams and visions to life. Get 10% off the booking price when you quote the code NEWS23 on your enquiry. Email Rebecca today.

Art and Design Student Activities

Planning any field trips or days out for your Art & Design students this term? The Museum of Brands offers a range of creative and exciting activities and workshops for secondary and HE learners on topics ranging from Graphics Design & Packaging to Visual Communication. Book your visit for 2023!

Friday 20 January 2023

Burgh House - Events to look forward to at Burgh House


A warm, bright and crisp winter welcome from Burgh House! It is chilly but we are enjoying the beautiful winter light and the cosy atmosphere in the house.

We are celebrating Lunar New Year! Come and see the wonderful exhibition in the Peggy Jay Gallery by artists Hao Xing, Caiyang Yin, and Jiayao Peng, alongside works from students attending London Sishu School, Fleet Primary School in Hampstead, and young artists from the China Ningbo YISHUJIA art institute. 

We have an exciting series of events lined up for February and March, scroll down for details and to book your tickets.
Have you popped in to visit our beautiful newly refurbished rooms? Come along and enjoy the spaces, we have loved hearing our visitor feedback so far!
New year, new Burgh House membership! By joining Burgh House you not only support the upkeep of the house but also help to maintain free entry to all. Benefits of membership include generous discounts at all of our events, as well as a 10% off in the cafe and shop.
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Our first Warm Welcome Wednesday begins next Wednesday, with musicians Gus McQuade and Eleanor Grant who will be rehearsing for their upcoming Wigmore Hall recital from 1pm - 3pm!

We are all aware of the cost of living crisis and the hardship that many are facing, especially through the winter. Nobody should be in a position where they are unable to keep warm and, during our opening hours, we always welcome people to use our spaces to sit and relax in. Along with other venues we are providing a dedicated warm welcome space here at Burgh House on Wednesdays. Come along to enjoy our rooms, and experience free live classical music from Royal Academy musicians rehearsing before their shows take place. Pop in on Wednesdays from 11am - 3pm, check our website for more information and spread the word.

See the website link below for other venues offering Warm Welcomes.
Warm Welcome website
We collect donations for the Chalk Farm Food Bank here at Burgh House. Drop in with your donations any time during our normal opening hours. 

Currently they are looking urgently for these items:
Chalk Farm Food Bank
A reminder that you can drop off warm clothes in good condition this Saturday 21st January between 10am - 1pm at 10A South Grove for the Highgate Society collection for the Ukraine.
Warm clothes for Ukraine
New Year Mindful Art Retreat
Sunday 22 January 2023

Are you ready for the new year? Join us for a full-day retreat of relaxing Mindful Art to welcome the new year in a positive light.

This will be an opportunity to reflect on the past year, taking with you what is useful, letting go of things that don’t serve us anymore and setting the tone for the year ahead while looking into your hopes and dreams for 2023. This will be facilitated through a series of mindful art exercises to enable self-awareness and self-expression. Since this is not an art technique focused retreat all levels are welcome. Lunch is not provided however some light refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the day.

Retreat delivery by Art and Wellness Educator Maria Gomez-Diez

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Yoga with Em
Thursdays, classes at 9am and 10.30am

Join Em in the beautiful and tranquil Music Room for her Vinyasa Flow class or Yoga Gently class.

Vinyasa and Qigong (Thursday mornings 9am)

Yoga Gently (Thursday mornings 10.30am)

Book your place here
Yoga with Em
George Blake: The KGB spy who hid 100 yards from Burgh House
Wednesday 1 February 2023

George Blake was a double agent who worked for MI6 and the KGB. In 1961 he was sentenced to 42 years in prison but escaped 5 years later from Wormwood Scrubs. While everybody assumed he was on his way to Moscow he was hiding out with a couple who lived in Willow Road. Stewart Purvis, creator of the ‘Hampstead Spies’ guided walk, tells the whole extraordinary true story.

This event is supported by Osbornes Law. Scroll down for the link to their website.

Doors: 6.30pm
Talk: 7pm

**Last few tickets remaining!

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Free Sunday Chess with FourCorner
Sunday 5 February 2023

FourCorner Club runs open and free chess meet-ups for anyone and everyone. The community exists to challenge the boring and intimidating atmospheres of existing chess clubs stuck behind closed doors, replacing them with bustling, approachable environments for anyone - regardless of ability. No sign-up required, just turn up on the day and enjoy an afternoon of free chess!

Drop in for free:  1pm to 4pm
Hermione Carline In Conversation
Wednesday 8 February 2023

Join artist Hermione Carline and art critic Florence Hallett in conversation about memories of growing up in the Carline family home in Hampstead. Hermione is the daughter of Richard Carline and works by him and those of siblings Hilda and Sydney can be viewed that evening, along with fascinating objects from the family home, in the Those Remarkable Carlines exhibition.

Doors: 6.30pm
Talk: 7pm
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Modern Calligraphy for Beginners
Friday 10 February 2023

The in-person modern calligraphy course includes:

- A personalised modern calligraphy kit, including a pen holder, ink, nibs, paper and other stationery treats.
- 2 hours of modern calligraphy instruction, including lots of 1 to 1 tuition. You will learn essential calligraphy techniques and how to use a dip pen and ink. The workshop will begin with practicing the basic strokes before moving onto the alphabet. Time will then be spent developing joins, words and flourishes.
- Light refreshments

Your tutor Katie produces calligraphy work for a wide range of high profile clientele including Royal Ascot, Buckingham Palace, Claridge’s, Fortnum & Mason & Tiffany & Co. to name a few. She loves to share her skills at her calligraphy classes and help people discover their own journey and handwriting style with ink.

The cost of the modern calligraphy class includes a calligraphy starter kit to use in the class and to take home with you so you can walk away and practice to your heart’s content.

Class starts: 1.30pm
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Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister
Thursday 9 February 2023

Since her big sister, BBC journalist Kate Peyton, was murdered in Somalia, Rebecca has been having a rather strange time. In this, the 114th performance of her solo show, she welcomes us to her world, in a passionately political, sharply comical and acutely personal account of life after Kate.

The Edinburgh Festival Press on Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister

**** Four Stars – “A reminder of how almost absurdly precious life is” The Times

**** Four Stars – “A well-crafted, subtle piece of storytelling” The Scotsman

***** Five Stars – “We walked out feeling vibrantly alive” Three Weeks

**** Four Stars –  “Breathtaking” Fest

**** Four Stars – “Recalls the best of humanity... It is impossible not to be moved” - WhatsOnStage

“Passion, wit, depth and a ridiculous amount of charisma. No one tells a story like Rebecca” Chris Addison

Doors & bar: 6.30pm
Show: 7pm
Post - show discussion: 8pm

Image credit: Anton Coimbra
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Simply Bowie
Wednesday 22 February 2023

Simply Bowie is the result of the collaboration between singer Oliver Darley and pianist Chad Lelong. The duo have worked together to strip back some of Bowie’s most recognisable hits and present a new and unique interpretation of great British songwriting.

Former ‘NME Vocalist Of The Year’, Oliver has been signed to two major record labels and released four albums to date. He has sung with some of the world's bestselling artists including Ray Charles, BB King, Tom Jones and Joan Armatrading.

Pianist Chad has enjoyed a varied career in music, cabaret and comedy. He has been musical director for sellout shows at the Edinburgh Festival for acts such as The Cuban Brothers, Lenny Beige, McDougall & Donkin and News Review. A regular pianist in London's West End he has played at Ronnie Scott’s, The Cafe de Paris, Crazy Coqs, The 606 Club and The Arts Club.

Doors & bar: 6.30pm
Show: 7pm