Shubbak A Window Shining Light on Contemporary Arab Culture

Shubbak A Window Shining Light on Contemporary Arab Culture

Shubbak when translated, means “window “. The name was the name of a Festival which is devoted to a deeper cultural exchange between the Arab World and Britain. This is the first of its kind in Europe and it was initiated by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. The Festival provided...

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InTransit Festival brings life to Kensington’s former Commonwealth Institute

InTransit Festival brings life to Kensington’s former Commonwealth Institute

Kensington’s former Commonwealth Institute and future new home of the London Design Museum had life injected into its building with the launch of this year’s  InTransit Festival. Now in its fourth year the Festival transforms the streets, parks and public spaces of Kensington and Chelsea and brings a feast of...

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The Churchill Arms Pub

The Churchill Arms is, without doubt, one of the best and most well known pubs in London. It’s hard to find a warmer welcome than Gerry O’Brien and the team that run this popular public house. Gerry has been managing the Churchill Arms for 26 years and in those years...

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Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

Art on the Underground presents Acts of Kindness – a  new art project for stations and trains on the Central line created by Michael Landy, one of the UK’s leading artists, in collaboration with London Underground customers and staff. This project celebrates the ordinary acts of generosity and compassion that...

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Yohji Yamamoto Exhibition

Yohji Yamamoto Exhibition

Yohji Yamamoto became internationally renowned as a household name and was iconic within fashion circles in the early eighties. He shaped 1980’s fashion, as we know and remember it. Currently staging an enormous revival, (if you like, or are influenced by the eighties) this exhibition at the V&A on the...

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Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque

Transported to the sin-filled alleyways of 19th century Paris on June18th I visited the Belle Epoque Party, which celebrates and commemorates debauched gone-by times in secret locations with the aid of the heady aphrodisiac green fairy. On this occasion the Party was held at the Arches in London’s Shoreditch. A...

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Should we worry that more banks will go bust?

All the headlines in the last few weeks about financial crisis have been focused on the sovereign debt issues relating to borrowing by euro zone nations such Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. But how strong are the banks across the European Union which could be at risk if financial conditions...

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The last Car Manufacturer in Kensington

I might be stretching it a bit here, but Bristol Cars are a bit unusual to say the least. For many years their only outlet has been at 368-370 Kensington High Street, just by the junction of Addison Rd and recently they`ve had a bit of trouble. The vast majority...

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Bricks and Brickbats

Bricks and Brickbats

Architects, they say, are really frustrated sculptors. The reverse is often true too. Maybe that explains, in part, why the Architecture Room at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is once again the most dynamic space, crammed full with 166 paintings, drawings, photographs and –always the stars of the show...

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Save Earl’s Court to District line service

Save Earl’s Court to District line service

The Council has launched a new website that features a series of interactive maps to the Royal Borough’s key shopping and leisure areas. It includes world-renowned shopping destinations such as Harrodsand Harvey Nichols, but the website’s strong point is the recognition it gives to the specialist, independent andunique shops, boutiques,...

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