LONDON CITY GUIDE

 

ARTWORDS BOOKSHOP

Artwords has its finger firmly on the pulse when it comes to contemporary visual arts publications covering the subjects; fashion, graphic design, architecture, photography, fine art and visual & critical theory. As well as up-to-date books, Artwords stock some of the most inspiring magazine publications from around the world. They have a shop based in Shoreditch and another in Broadway Market.

 

BODEAN’S SOHO

JThere are four Bodeans in and around London, however this particular ‘deli-up diner-down’ split level restaurant is located in SOHO and only a stones throw away from Central London’s main shopping district Oxford Circus. A common spot for a bite to eat after an arduous agency meeting with the SOHO Special being the pick of the menu.

 

FLOWERS EAST

Back in the early 80’s Angela Flowers was one of the pioneers of the East London art movement when she converted the once laundry and fur storage facility in Hackney to open Flowers Gallery East. Since then her son, Matthew Flowers, has taken over and they now have galleries based in LA and New York. Flowers Gallery exhibit artists such as Friedermann Hahn and photographer Nadav Kander.

 

THE BARBICAN

Home to the London Symphony Orchestra the Barbican Centre is the largest arts centre of its kind in Europe. Through dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts the Barbican pride themselves on not just exhibiting the best but also the emerging talent with creative learning programmes. The Barbican comprises a concert hall, two theatres, three cinemas, two art galleries, library, two trade exhibition halls, five conference rooms, foyers, shops and conservatory.

 

DALSTON 24H BAGELS

A big favourite amongst locals serving up fresh bagels and pastries around the clock.

 

CURZON CINEMA

Situated right in the heart of London’s ever media trendy SOHO is one of the country’s busiest arthouse cinemas, Curzon. Famous for its indie film, new and old, Curzon consists of three screens and a bar. Unlike big chain cinemas service is personable and they often arrange Q&A with directors and writers as well as documentary events.

 

LABYRINTH PHOTOGRAPHIC

Labyrinth photographic printing specialises in C-type hand printing, black and white fibre and resin prints, colour film dip and dunk processing and contact, black and white film processing and contact, process and scan and high resolution scanning. As well as representing numerous photographers in their very own Stare Show, Labyrinth offer student lab services too.

 

PRINCESS LOUISE

Looking for that authentic Victorian Pub? Then the Princess Louise is the one. Situated in Holborn, Central London the traditional interior is pleasing to the eye, with ornate tiles, private booths and intricate glass and woodwork to admire. It is no surprise that this is a Grade II listed building. The pub is owned by the Samuel Smith brewery and has a wide range of beer on tap. My poison would have to be the Sam Smiths own brew.

 

ROPEWALK MARKET

You would usually expect to find Ropewalk Market in depths of Dalston or London Fields, East London. However this group of gastro and antiques traders found themselves under the railway arches of Bermondsey, South London. Popular for a Saturday morning wander you’ll often find interest tat and trinkets in Lasco’s. If you’re after a bite to eat we have to recommend Reubens sandwich from Monty’s Deli

 

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Greeted by Dippy the Diplodocus in the grand vaulted entrance hall of the Natural History Museum it is hard not to think what it would be like to be locked in alone for one evening. It is one of three large museuems on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, however the main entrance is situated on Cromwell Road. There are somewhat 80 million items within the five collection, botany, entomology, mineralog, paleontology and zoology. Think you know your dinosaurs? Make sure you take the quiz at the end.

 

ROCKET BARBERS

With high fades, low fades, scissors and clippers over comb this gentleman’s barbers, on Hackney Road, East London, plays homage to traditional barbering. Co-founder Steve Murphy comes from a long line of barbering and with his technique, style, general shop banter and the adorned 50’s interior will make the wait worthwhile. Sundays are ‘Beard Sundays’ the fridge is stocked with cold beers and the shop is open from 11am – 7pm.