City Now City Future

What does the future hold for London and cities around the world? And what can we, as residents of those cities, do to make a positive difference to our environment?

The Museum of London is exploring these questions from May 2017 to April 2018 with their first ever year-long season, City Now City Future. The Museum will see countless events, exhibitions, creative commissions and talks over the next year which will investigate the ways in which our cities are evolving across the world.

This season focuses on four areas of exploration: the People’s City, Sharing the City, Changing the City and the Future City. Its flagship exhibition, The City is Ours, is created by the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris, and aims to celebrate the diversity and complexities of living in a city like London. It will give voice to many of the city’s enigmatic and spirited individuals, telling their stories. Within this flagship exhibition lies interactive information about the 25 initiatives being supported by the Museum of London which all strive to improve city life for their local communities. These include FoodCycle, who work to minimise food waste in the city, and Wayfindr, who work to make London accessible to everyone. Visitors are encouraged to get involved with their local initiatives and are invited on a free walk, talk or workshop by the partners of the Museum of London every Thursday between 1-2pm. The exhibition is spread between all three of the museum’s galleries and is both interactive and dual lingual - oh, and it’s free!

On top of this flagship exhibition, the season has hundreds of ever-changing workshops, events and talks. To name a few, it features work by artists Blast Theory, who have created an interactive installation exploring what the future holds for London, an architecture festival for kids and even a lunchtime gardening workshop which teaches you how to reinvent green spaces within the city. But if they don’t tickle your fancy, new events are frequently added to the website, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out.

City Now City Future certainly has something for everyone, so be sure to check out their calendar here.

Oh! Canada - Beers London

Tucked away near Old Street lies Beers London, a gorgeous open gallery devoted to working with contemporary artists. The gallery dedicates itself specifically to work exploring thematic, aesthetic and political concepts. It upholds a thriving international art fair schedule, in which highly regarded fairs such as Artissima in Torino, Italy and Zona Maco in Mexico City are involved. Indeed, Beers London is very much making its mark, as the gallery was listed in Blouin Media's '500 Best Galleries Worldwide' and in 2015 Director Kurt Beers was included in ArtLyst's 'Alternative Power 100’. Not bad for a gallery that opened in 2010.

The venue runs an exciting programme of contemporary art throughout the year. Until the 19th August, Beers London is presenting O Canada!, an exhibition which coincides with the countries 150th birthday. The exhibition features work from Canadian artists such as Andy Dixon, Thrush Holmes and Andrew Salgado. As the gallery itself began with pop-up exhibitions in Vancouver in 2008, the exhibition is as much a homage to its roots as it is to Canada itself, with director Kurt Beers (who is himself Canadian) taking the helm.

O Canada! features a range of emerging, mid-career and established artists. The 11 artists involved work across a range of styles, approaches and mediums, however, the exhibition aims find commonalities between these artists focussing only on their heritage, exploring the cultural consciousness and traditional aesthetic within their own collective. Do your roots always affect your work no matter how far you travel? Above all, however, the exhibition is a celebration of Canadian contemporary art from all corners of the globe, whilst tackling issues such as land, identity, culture and politics.

The exhibition will run until the 19th of August. You will find more information here.

temper at Angel Court

temper at Angel Court

The famous Neil Rankin has just opened his second temper branch in Angel Court.

Following the immense success of the first solo venture temper Soho, which opened in November 2016, barbecue expert Neil Rankin and business partner and Managing Director Sam Lee teamed up again to open the new branch. The restaurant specialises in gin, top quality wines from the New World and curries cooked on their signature open fire pit. Meat served at temper is often slow cooked over oak and charcoal using unique smoking techniques developed by Neil.

The menu at temper City will change regularly and focus on curries. Think Mutton rolls and Laksa lamb belly stovies to start, alongside curries such as the Lamb scotch bonnet vindaloo, Dry goat, Meatball marrow masala and Dashi chip shop chicken. There will also be a range of oddly named cocktails on offer.

Book a table at temper City here.

The Tempest at the Barbican

It’s your last chance to catch this hi-tech and innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragicomedy, starring Simon Russell Beale as Prospero, as it nears the end of its run at the Barbican.

Directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran, the production promises to be an unforgettable experience, bringing the new and the old together like never before. In a collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Intel, the play has been boldly reimagined using technology. Expect stunning visual effects and digital characters. 

The Tempest is the tale of a major act of betrayal, ill treatment, the magic arts and a plot for revenge. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, the wizard Prospero waits on a distant shore. When he encounters a ship sailing across the horizon, Prospero creates a magical storm in which to wreak havoc on the men who wronged him. Awaking on the island, shipwrecked and confused, his enemies find themselves in a magical land where nothing is what it seems. 

Simon Russell Beale, who plays Prospero, is somewhat of a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, however this is his first production with the RSC in 20 years. His return to the company has been triumphant, with his performance receiving rave reviews. The Guardian dubbed Russell Beale as ‘superb’ and the Times christening the production ‘spellbinding’. It also received 4 star reviews from WhatsOnStage and the Financial Times.

You don’t want to miss this groundbreaking production!

The Tempest will run until the 18th August. Tickets are available here.

Museum of London - The City is Ours

Many of us call ourselves Londoners, but how much do we really know about this city?

Its stories are hidden in a roundabout in the financial square mile, where the Museum of London situates. Currently all the exhibitions in the Museum of London are free to visit, with The City Is Ours exhibition being the current temporary exhibition, which runs until the 2nd of January 2018.

The City Is Ours exhibition presents the common issues that different cities are facing and how the ever increasing population in cities are tackling these issues with creative inventions, such as smart LED street lighting, which automatically detects people nearby and adjust its brightness accordingly.

This exhibition has successfully presented information in a succinct and engaging way by being interactive and graphic, such as having a series of short films of residents talking about their home cities and virtual reality equipment showing tower blocks in Hong Kong. By comparing and contrasting the challenges and solutions in cities in the world allows the visitors to see the differences and similarity between each of these communities.

As part of this exhibition, there is an installation surrounding the café area that broadcasts and analyses feeds it sources from Twitter live across London boroughs. This is to demonstrate the amount of information being produced in London and its reaction to different events.  This gives a sense of the city being a living organism that is made up by the people living in it and the information flow is like the signals that pass through neurones connecting different parts of the body.

In terms of the permanent exhibition, it tells the story of London starting from Roman Londinium through to the 21st century. The archaeological part looks at the early human settlement in London with a lot of ancient artefact and early human bones. 

The City Is Ours is at the Museum of London until the 2nd January 2018.

 

 

One City Interviews... Adiba Osmani, Founder of InHere

A new tranquil space has just opened up in the City, we had a quick chat with Founder Adiba Osmani to find out more!

Please tell us about InHere.  Inhere is London’s first teacher-free drop-in meditation studio, created for a busy City audience. It’s a quiet, beautiful space offering bite-sized meditation sessions of 20, 30 and even 5 minutes, to help people unwind and clear their minds. We’re based in the City so people can stop off on their way to work, between meetings, at lunchtimes, or before they head home. We’d like to take away some of the daily stress people live with, by giving them a space to practice meditation and mindfulness, where there is no fuss about having to change your clothes or sit on floors, unless of course you want to.

What’s your daily routine like?  I start the day with a few minutes of Qi gong and 20 minutes of meditation, followed by breakfast. Then I’ll spend the day working, travelling between the studio, meetings, and working at my home office or various spots in the city. In the evening I may be working, working out, or spending time with friends and family.


How did InHere come about ? For almost 20 years I’ve wanted to create a space where people feel their shoulders drop when they walk in. And since the last 10 years I’ve delved into meditation for my own practice and research, as it is fundamental to how we manage our minds. So the 2 really came together to create Inhere. I believe the right space can already create a change in how we feel, and combining that with an offering like meditation can be powerful.


Where are your favourite places to have a meal in London? Jose on Bermondsey Street and Barrafina in Soho. See a Spanish theme..?!


What artists are you listening to at the moment? Bedouin, Devlin, Manu Chao


Where is your favourite place to visit in the Square Mile?  St Dunstan-in-the-East church ruins - what a beautiful hidden gem, right next to our studio.

Do you have any special collaborations or projects coming up?  Yes, one example is a sleep programme we’re creating to help people sleep better where we’ll work with partners for the sounds, scents and lighting. More on that later...


Where can we find you?  We’re 3 minutes from Monument tube station, located in The Light Centre on 36 St Mary at Hill, London EC3R 8DU.
 

One City Interviews... Stella Ioannou, Co-director of Sculpture in the City

A number of bold and intricate structures have appeared in the City. Sculpture in the City's 2017 selection includes pieces by Paul McCarthy, Ryan Gander and Damien Hirst. We were lucky enough to catch up with Stella Ioannou, Co-director of Sculpture in the City and Director of Lacuna Projects to discuss this innovative project.

Please tell us about Sculpture in The City.  Sculpture in the City is an annual public sculpture programme that places contemporary art works in unexpected spaces in the City of London’s insurance district.  Now in it’s seventh year the project has just launched with 16 artists in 20 locations, six of which are new sites.  The outdoor exhibition, on site until May 2018 includes works from internationally renowned artists. Their work will be displayed amongst some of Britain’s most famous buildings, including The Leadenhall Building, also known as the ‘Cheesegrater’, and for the first time, the Lloyd’s building by Richard Rogers.


What’s your daily routine like?   The nature of my work means there isn’t a real routine as it depends on the project or projects I am working on at the time. For example every June revolves mostly around installing the artworks for Sculpture in the City while now in July we typically have a big launch, conduct many tours of the project to our City partners, journalists, art lovers and the general public. Throughout the year I visit art shows, galleries and meet many artists to ensure I am always up to date with what is happening in the arts, and of course fundraising and securing new project partners happens at all times of the year. 


What inspired you to get into London’s vibrant Art scene?   I trained as an architect but have always been passionate about art and the opportunity of looking at how to install contemporary sculpture in such an architectural space was a great challenge. The most exciting thing about the project is that not only do I get to spend a lot of time with some of the most fascinating artists, I get to work in a constantly evolving urban gallery space with new spaces opening up every year. And who cannot love the City of London with it’s layers of time so perfectly written in the area with the most beautiful churches nestled amongst the architectural icons in the area. 

Where are your favourite places to have a meal in London?  I spend a lot of time in the Square Mile and my newest favourite space is the Ivy City Garden which is right next to the Gavin Turk artwork Ajar in St Botolphs without Bishopsgate churchyard.  I also enjoy Modern Pantry on Finsbury Square which sits right on the edge of the City and never disappoints whatever time of day it is. Outside the Square Mile, Moro in Exmouth Market is an all time favourite with RoK on Upper Street.

What artists are you listening to at the moment?   Laura Marling, and a lot of Max Richter which never fails to soothe on the more intense work days. I also listen to Greek music and am currently enjoying Eleni Tsaligopoulou who I recently saw live at the Royal Festival Hall. 


What is your favourite place to visit in the Square Mile?   Well of course the sites of Sculpture in the City are favourites but it is a joy to just wander around exploring the back streets, discovering brand new building. The City is ever changing, ever evolving this makes it a very exciting place to work in and show to newcomers. I am currently enjoying showing visitors the peace tent at the back of St Ethelburg’s on Bishopsgate which most people don’t know about. 


Do you have any special collaborations or projects coming up?   There’s always something in the pipeline and at the moment I am very excited about the potential of an art commission for a brand new development and a co-commission initiative for Sculpture in the City. Alongside that and after the summer break, I am looking forward to the new ‘Call for Submissions’ for Sculpture in the City 2018.
 

#OneCitySessions: Free events in and around the City

Bored with the usual afterwork pub visit? Want to do something a bit different?

Then sign up to our newsletter to be one of the first to find out about our One City sessions! We're teaming up with a number of local businesses to put on free events for our readers. From salsa lessons to HIIT classes to sushi making sessions, you can join them all!

We're also open to suggestions, if you want to chill out with some yoga classes, go beer tasting or anything else, let us know! Here's a rundown of our next three events.

1. Winetasting at The Winemakers Club June 27th at 7pm

Hosted by The Winemakers Club, we have organised a tasting session exploring wines from Hungary and Tuscany! You'll enjoy at least 6 glasses of fine wine and nibbles on the night. We've got a few spots left so you can sign up here.

2.  Salsa at Citypoint June 30th at 6pm

We're teaming up with Dsantos Dance UK to host two free salsa classes at Citypoint! The first class kicks off on June 30th at 6pm.

Whether you're a beginner or a salsa pro join us to learn some new moves, practise your steps or just to have fun at our hotter than hot dance social! 

3.  Swing at Citypoint July 5th at 6pm

It's time to jump, shimmy and shake! Get a taste of swing dancing for free! Swing Patrol will be taking over Citypoint will include a beginners’ class and social. Have a look at the crew in action!

 

We hope you can make it to one of our sessions!

Hand & Lock Embroidery Conference and Exhibition

With Instragram making people’s work so accessible there’s been a recent resurgence in the art of Embroidery. Artists like hanecdote and boyhardie have brought the craft up to date and are inspiring modern audiences.

Hand & Lock, one of the UK’s most prestigious embroidery houses, are celebrating their 250th birthday this year. The Embellished Handbag which will showcase Hand & Lock archival pieces curated in association with the London College of Fashion is on at the at The City’s Bishopsgate Institute on the 12th and 13th July. The exhibition is a chance to see unique embroidery and will include work by Vivienne Westwood, Lulu Guinness and House of Holland.

As well as the exhibition, Hand & Lock are hosting a one-off conference which will focus on the art of embroidery through the themes of “Heritage”, “The Now” and “The Future”. Each theme will be explored through panel talks and interactive Q&A sessions.

This event is an amazing opportunity for students, designers and enthusiasts to share their skills and knowledge and to hear from experts including Principal Costume Embroiderer on Game of Thrones Michele Carragher, Trend Forecaster Geraldine Wharry, Fashion Historian Amber Butchart and Artistic Director of the Embroiderers’ Guild , Anthea Godfrey among other knowledgeable speakers. Tickets and more information are available on Hand & Lock’s website.

Pop up cinema at Citypoint!

The Nomad Cinema is a roaming pop-up that gives back and it's coming to Citypoint this summer!

Since 2010, The Nomad has earned the reputation as ‘London’s best outdoor cinema’. From June 20th to 23rd you can see classic films, like The Goonies and West Side Story, at Citypoint while doing your bit for charity. 

Nomad's nominated charity, The Sustainability Institute, is a pioneering sustainable living and learning centre based in rural Stellenbosch, South Africa. Through a series of internationally acclaimed development programmes, The S.I. is making a difference to the quality of life for the families of Lynedoch Village and surrounding area.

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The Nomad is the pop-up cinema with a difference: a very special atmosphere, which means you don't just experience the film but great food and drink as well! Find out more via www.whereisthenomad.com

Classic Car Club at Spitalfields - Free driving sessions

The Classic Car Club is a private members’ club that grants its members access to an amazing selection of cars for a fixed annual fee. This June you can hop down to Spitalfields to see some classic cars for free!

They'll also be offering driving experiences giving non-members the chance to get behind the wheel of some of the most iconic motors from the last 50 years. You can check out the cars on Wednesday 14 June and Wednesday 16 August.

5 reasons to go to The London Nocturne

It's nearly June which means the London Nocturne is just around the corner. Here's our rundown of the top 5 reasons why you should go to this amazing event!

1. The series will bring the exhilaration of riding and racing to the City Of London, through the day and into the night.

2. At the Nocturne, visitors will be able to get up close to international cycling heroes and emerging stars of the cycle scene!

3. There are also other ways to get involved. There will be festivities trackside including music, exhibitions and parties around the course. 

4. As the sun starts to set, the programme of events on and around the circuit will ramp up, culminating in the elite race held under the stars, and night rides heading into the countryside.

5. The Rapha Nocturne is FREE to attend but if you want to watch the racing in style then exclusive hospitality tickets are available.

You can find out more about the event via www.londonnocturne.com

 

One City Interviews...Douglas A. Karson, Co-Founder of One2 Festival

The ONE2 festival is a celebration of human creativity. For two weeks in May, the ONE2 Festival will celebrate artists from every branch of creativity from comedy to cinema. The festival runs from May 12th to May 24th.

Today we're interviewing Douglas Karson, who is a US born, Bristol based painter and poet as well as one of the co-founders of the festival.

Tell us about One2 Festival?   The ONE2 festival is a celebration of human creativity.  We believe that all creativity comes from the same source and that art should be accessible to all.  So we set out to set up a community oriented arts festival.  Over 150 artists from painters to poets, dancers to DJ's, rockers to filmmakers, have committed to this unprecedented event.  This will be our inaugural event. 

Along with the ticketed events, we have a committed community outreach program. There are free workshops and talks with some amazing artists who have donated their time to promote the arts among everyone.  We look to grow this portion of the festival next year and have been in the talks with local schools and the council about this possibility.

Do you have any festival highlights to share?   Well, there is the ongoing free art exhibition at The London Fields Taproom that anyone can stop by and look at Mon-Fri from 10-6.  We have 8 visual artists who have decorated this space to make it warm and colourful.

We are also super excited about the 2 major music days on Saturday the 13th and Saturday the 20th. We have over 20 bands between the two days and we are gonna bring down the house!

Friday the 19th is our costume Rock and Roll ball with an amazing lineup of The Terrorsaurs, The Obsuritones, and The Dustaphonics.

On the following Monday there will be a comedy night is being headlined by Mr. Tony Law.

Drew Cox has been working for the last month with performance artist Anthea Lewis to do a cutting edge live film performance on Tuesday the 16th and I can't wait to see what they've come up with.

And we'll be finishing with performance poetry with Raise the Bar featuring Anthony Anacagorou and Sara Hirsch.

Why Hackney?   Hackney is such an amazing and diverse place.  Our group is called Diversity of Unit (formed of me, Athena Barka, and Dimitrios Astrantinis) and we needed somewhere that would support our efforts.  We were able to get through to the London Fields Brewery by the recommendation of a friend who runs a gallery in Shoreditch.  They have been super supportive and believe in what we are doing here and have a similar vision of ONE2 becoming a major annual event.

What artists are you listening to at the moment?  I have Benjamin Clementine on right now while I write this email.  Macklemore and Etta James are often on my playlist as well, but I love all music.

You’ve partnered up with Shelter, tell us about the raffle you’ve collaborated on.  We are committed to having the arts being beneficial to the community from top to bottom.  Having a charity portion of the event was never an option but after careful consideration, and seeing so many people sleeping rough in and around Hackney, we wanted to address the issue.  Shelter provides a great program for helping people in need and this is so important. Four paintings have been donated by visual artists involved with all the proceeds going directly to Shelter.  They will have a table up at each event and we will encourage our audience to be generous :)

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?  This is a big project and has taken us 9 months to arrange!  We have never done anything like this before but are loving every minute (even the times when we are going a bit crazy!)  We want this festival to become an annual event so we are putting a lot into it right now.  As to after, because none of us have ever done this before, we don't know what might come next, but watch this space!

Don't miss The Capturing London Exhibition

Broadgate are currently hosting an incredible exhibition, Capturing London, by the artist Julie Leonard, as part of their Urban Eden season. 

You can have a look at the artist's pieces until Friday 1st September at Broadgate Tower. The works include colourful depictions of cityscapes, landscapes and portraits taken from drawings done in situ by Julie on her iPad or iPhone.

The show is inspired by Julie's vision of showcasing how sustainable places enhance wellbeing, attracting and linking people from different ages and walks of life, Julie draws on her technology expertise through the use of digital media.   

If you want to visit Julie’s Broadgate Tower exhibition please confirm your visit by emailing art curator Rosie Glenn at rg@rosieglennfineart.co.uk

5 things you didn't know about The Winemaker's Club

The team at The Winemakers Club bring a bit of Italy to the City. The haunt opened up in 2014 in the City of London, to allow more people direct access to these incredible wines. 

The crew have been importing, selling and of course enjoying wine for over 15 years from regions as diverse as Hungary and Australia. But what else do they do?

1. The Winemakers Club have a range of global producers, from small wineries with diverse collections to bigger more developed producers. They're more interested in what makes each producer's wine unique.

2. During the day the venue serve as a makeshift office, warehouse and tasting room, as well as retail outlet where the general public can buy wines. At night it becomes a candle-lit wine bar.

3. They are no wine lists as the team have a roster of ever changing wines on offer from like-minded importers.

4. Twice a year, in March and October, they host host the trade-only Vault Tastings. they are joined by importers Carte Blanche Wines, Tutto Wines, Gergovie Wines, Clark Foyster, Howard Ripley and other guest importers in exhibiting a selection of our portfolios to the trade.

5. If you want to find out when the next public Vault Tasting is you can sign up to their newsletter here.

 

 

Free yoga at Broadgate

Free yoga at Broadgate

As part of Broadgate's Urban Eden season Work Well Being will host restorative yoga sessions.

The short classes encourage wellbeing, strength, tone and flexibility of mind and body.Yoga teacher Roisin will be hosting an introduction to this restful practice. The first session will be on May 3rd, there will be weekly sessions through out the month. Book a spot here. 

London Cocktail Club comes to Monument

Tired of the other bars you frequent in The City? If you're looking for something a bit more lively step inside LCC Monument. The underground bar's interior is inspired by the classic Savile Row style tailors as the venue was originally a traditional men's suit shop.

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As you venture inside don't be surprised to see the bartenders singing (and grinding) along to RnB hits, swinging the ceiling lights or pouring spirits into the mouths of guests. It's NOT your standard bar by any means which makes it a real gem of the London bar scene.

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Now the drinks menu has plenty of range, from The Brixton Riot, a fruity yet strong cocktail with vermouth to quirky variations like the Red Snapper, pumped full of Bombay Sapphire and served in a Heinz Baked Beans can! 

If you want a fun (and loud) night LCC is the place to be! You can book a table here - www.londoncocktailclub.co.uk

Broadgate Live: April & May

Broadgate are bringing some of London's hottest new talent to Broadgate Circle! Each Wednesday evening a new act plays an outdoor two hour set. So why no bring a few work mates over to enjoy cocktails, music and possibly some spring sunshine! You can get a preview of the line up by clicking on the links below.

19th April 6-8pm Kal Lavelle

26th April 6-8pm Chris Read
 

3rd May 6-8pm Beth McCarthy


10th May 6-8pm Fraser Morgan


17th May 6-8pm Charlie Law


24th May 6-8pm Harry Pane

5 Things you didn't know about The St Bride Foundation

5 Things you didn't know about The St Bride Foundation

The St Bride Foundation, which is situated just off of Fleet Street, is a centre for creative education and enjoyment. This historical site is now used as a events venue, a performance space and much more. Read on to find out more about the site.

1. The foundation was established in 1891 to provide a social, cultural and recreational centre for London's Fleet Street and its publishing trade.

2. St Bride Foundation help performers hold live shows in the St Bride Theatre, from magic shows to pantomime and musical to ballet. The centre usually hold Lunchbox Theatre performances that last 45 minutes.

3. The St Bride Foundation also houses a Library. Inside you can find extensive collections relating to printing, typography and graphic design.

4. Next to the centre, you can find the Bridewell Bar, which stays open until late and also hosts special events such as various music and networking sessions, as well as being home to a gallery.

5. The Foundation's original purpose was to build and maintain an institute for the benefit of all who lived and worked in the western part of the City, with particular reference to the needs of the parish. Now St Bride's offers the public the oppotunity to take part in workshops and more.

You can visit the website to find out more about what's on at TBF.

 

One City recommends...Blacklock City

One City recommends...Blacklock City

Blacklock have just launched their second restaurant in London. After the success of their Soho branch, their City branch opened earlier this month. The venue serves tender cuts of meat, traditional veg and tasty cocktails

According to the website: "Blacklock is a modern version of the Great British chophouse. We take the best meat in the country from the award winning farmer and butcher Philip Warren in Cornwall. We cook chops simply over our real charcoal grill with a little help from vintage Blacklock irons."

If you want to book a table or find out more visit their website.