One Night In Miami

Donmar Warehouse Theatre Okay, I’m probably the only person on earth that didn’t know that, after becoming World Heavyweight Champion of the World, Cassius Clay spent the rest of the evening in a motel room with three other heavyweights – American football star Jim Brown, soul singer Sam Cooke and activist Malcolm X. I knew…

Unseen City: Martin Parr

There’s a fashion going round art galleries at the moment. I call it the ‘teenage bedroom’ look. Gigantic photographic prints are presented ‘pinned’ to walls like pop star posters, presumably to give the work immediacy, cutting-edge rawness and youthful hipness. I’m not convinced. Especially when that work already has those qualities. Magnum photographer Martin Parr’s work has a freshness, frankness and immediacy that conveys the…

Battle of Britain Bunker

A brand-new housing estate.  Fake-cobble driveways, spindly, just-planted shrubs and shiny front doors. It could be anywhere, save for a curious, battered, facing-the-wrong-way metal sign attached too high up a lamp post. Battle of Britain Bunker. Eh? The Battle of Britain had a bunker? In Uxbridge? Apparently so. Fighter Command No.11’s Group Operations Room was…

Magical Lantern Festival, Chiswick House

Possibly the most surprising event I’ve come across all year, I wasn’t expecting the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick house to be anything more than a pleasant wander through the historic grounds at night to the tune of a few fairylights in trees. And to be honest, I’d have been quite pleased with that. Even…

The Georgian Dining Academy

If you’re planning a trip to London in the long term, allow me to tempt you with a very quirky evening indeed; one that truly steps back in Old London time… Regular readers will know the delights ofSimpsons Tavern, the oldest chop house in London–established in 1757 and still, hidden in a warren of medieval alleyways, a secret…