2nd–5th October 2014
To celebrate Victoria’s current makeover, Land Securities is hosting a celebration of this transformation. Shops, restaurants, cultural hotspots and entertainment destinations of SW1 will be opening up their doors for one special weekend. Inside Out Victoria will give Londoners an exclusive ‘backstage’ view of everything on offer in and around Victoria.
Some of the biggest names from across Victoria’s thriving music, art, food and fashion scenes will be taking part, including St James Theatre, Curzon Victoria, The Vincent Rooms, the Qube Project, Adam White Personal Training, Delfina Foundation, Donna Ida, Chelsea College of Arts and Cardinal Place food market.
There are early morning training sessions for fitness fanatics, a musical theatre workshop for wannabe Idina Menzels, a fashion film screening and Q&A for catwalk queens, and gastronomic demonstrations for foodies – to name just a few.
Expect special offers, in-store activities and other promotions. A fun free event to enjoy in a newly developed area of London.
For further information on what's on click here.
BROADGATE EXCHANGE SQUARE, LONDON
8th-9th October 2014
A unique event is taking place in the City this week. Situated in the heart of the Square Mile, Broadgate is the Capital’s premier business destination, home to some of the world’s largest corporations and leading professional practices where over 30,000 people work each day.
This autumn, Broadgate is hosting a range of art and culture events for free to encourage people to look at Broadgate and the City from a different perspective.
“Shakespeare in the City” is an event designed to showcase a contemporary take on the bard’s famous play The Merchant of Venice. This story of love, friendship, conflict and money will be performed by London Contemporary Theatre, who specialise in bringing classical theatre to a contemporary audience. Their Shakespearian productions are accessible for all ages and include dramatic acts and live music that will guarantee to give the play a truly cinematic feel.
Broadgate’s Exchange Square has set up an open air, pop-up theatre. There will be a show on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th October starting at 6.30pm. Arrive from 5:30pm to grab your spot on one of the comfy deckchairs provided and remember to wrap up warm. Seats will be available on a first come first served basis. Drinks and food can be purchased from C&B Exchange Square. Don’t worry if it rains as there will be some covered seating. For further information click here.
There is also a chance to win VIP seats; this includes comfy sofas and complimentary bubbles and food courtesy of C&B Exchange Square for six lucky winners each night. To take part in the competition, follow Broadgate on Twitter (@BroadgateLondon).
A brief synopsis of the play: The Merchant of Venice begins with a young man named Bassanio, who is desperately in need of money to court a wealthy heiress named Portia. He asks his friend Antonio for a loan in order to travel in style to Portia’s estate. Antonio agrees, but suggests that Bassanio should secure the loan from Shylock, one of the city’s prominent moneylenders…
A great way to experience the City of London. After this short production make sure to visit some City bars as recommended by Anomalous, such as Duck & Waffle and Sushi Samba, which are walking distance and have amazing views of the City and London.
BOND IN MOTION
London Film Museum
Covent Garden, London
Till March 2015
The largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles has been brought to London by EON productions and the London Film Museum, which is the only film museum of its kind in Great Britain, promoting the Film Industry and the talent within it.
This exciting family exhibition has transformed the entire London Film Museum space in Covent Garden allowing Bond fans to see the most up to date collection, including for the first time in the UK, the 1/3 scale model of Agusta Westland’s AW101 helicopter used whilst filming 2012’s Skyfall. The exhibition features a wide range of vehicles, boats, cars, gliders, bikes, miniature models, action sequence boards, vehicle concept art and props from all of the James Bond films.
Iconic cars that have featured in the all action Bond vehicle chases will also be on display, including ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit S1, from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, 1964 and the Aston Martin DB5 from Golden Eye, 1995. Other quirky objects on display include Bond’s evaluation report, from Skyfall 2012, his passport, credit card and watches.
The Exhibition is open all week. The Museum Shop has lots of merchandise and quirky gift items. This year celebrates 50 years of the iconic Goldfinger James Bond movie.
It was over 50 years ago, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman first brought Ian Fleming’s now iconic character to the big screen with Dr No. From the outset —with that first chase sequence featuring 007 behind the wheel of a blue Alpine Sunbeam while Dr No’s assassins gave chase — Harry and Cubby understood the importance of James Bond’s thrilling vehicle sequences.
Each vehicle on display at the exhibition has the relevant chase sequence on a screen in the background, bringing to life the whole scene.
There is also a photo opportunity at the exhibition to have your personal Bond picture taken as a momento!
An enjoyable day out. After you can visit some quirky restaurants and bars in Covent Garden.
To book your tickets click here.
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BUS ART – YEAR OF THE BUS
Till 10th December 2014
Another quirky trail is with us here in London. Brought about by Wild in Art and the Transport for London (TfL) in celebration of the Year of the Bus.
60 New Routemaster bus sculptures, which are 2.5m long, 1m high and 0.5m wide, have been painted and adorned by well-known and aspiring artists to showcase the vital role that London’s buses play in the life and economy of the city and the UK as a whole.
Londoners and visitors to the city have the chance to discover the bus sculptures, which have been organised in clusters, on foot by following public art trails in three areas of the capital: Westminster, South Bank and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The sculpture trail is part of TfL’s celebrations to mark the Year of the Bus in partnership with London Transport Museum and the capital’s bus operators. The project has been entirely funded by individuals and organisations sponsoring the bus sculptures. At the end of the event, the bus sculptures will be brought together in a final display before being auctioned, with all proceeds split between three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and London Transport Museum.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director for Surface Transport, said: “These sculpture trails will give Londoners and visitors to the city an exciting opportunity to discover original artwork on foot in central London. The project also seeks to remind everyone of the key role that London’s buses play in the lives of so many millions of people in this city.”
Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Transport for London on the creation of the Year of the Bus Sculpture Trail. Our events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to hundreds of thousands of people while offering new ways to explore a host city. It will be a fantastic spectacle and is an excellent way to raise vital funds for Kids Company, Transaid and London Transport Museum.”
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Enjoy the trails which can be found here.
A great way to spend halfterm with the kids.