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Archive for December, 2011

Soho. London’s bustling network of narrow streets and trendy boutiques, wedged into W1, cosy and intimate.

For so long now, London’s multicultural red light district has enjoyed a reputation for being the heart and soul of London’s food, fashion, creativity and, yes, erotica.

Mark Stanley sums it up very nicely in his article from earlier this month:

In many ways, Soho is the historic heart of London. It’s home to the capital’s café culture, creativity, design and the evening economy.’

Yet the …

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With Christmas out of the way, the thoughts of many Londoners will be turning to the next fixture of the festive season: New Year’s Eve. Opinion is perenially divided on the occasion – a unique opportunity to bring people together in celebration, or a lot of pressure culminating in an expensive anticlimax?

Whatever your view, we thought we’d make your life that little bit easier by providing a summary of what London has to offer on the 31st.

We’ll start with the obvious, and that means the Mayor’s midnight …

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December has seen the annual establishment of temporary ice rinks in London and we feel it would be Scrooge-like and ‘unfestive’ of us to skate around the topic (sorry).

Many Londoners have been getting their skates on this season and getting amongst the fun in the lead up to Christmas. Bruised knees or graceful spins, the vibe is positive amongst those who have got involved.

Girl!Reporter ‘reported’ towards the end of November that she had ‘been ice skating more in the last week than …

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You may well have read a previous article of ours relating to the aftermath of the London Riots.

Well, starting on 22nd December, a brand new drama is to be broadcast on Channel 4, dedicated to recreating the shocking scenes we all remember from the now infamous London Riots.

The hour-long programme will delve into the riots, focusing on Clapham:

using witness testimonies and interviews, the hour-long drama will “weave together” more than half-a-dozen narratives based on the accounts of shopkeepers and locals who were …

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Dalston, Portobello, Berwick Street, Chapel Market, Camden, Spitalfields.

These are just a handful of London’s most prominent and established markets, which occupy such an important role in the culture of London and its individual districts.

But what do these markets stand for? What role do they have in the community and how are they evolving?

The marketplace is, and always has been, a poignant theme in London and national culture. We want to look at Brixton Market this time round, as it’s been something of a hot topic over …

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