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Beginning at the National Theatre | Theatre review 

12 Oct 17

For a play as funny as David Eldridge’s Beginning , it’s surprisingly hard to watch.

The Preatures at Moth Club | Live review 

11 Oct 17

Under the glittering ceiling at Moth Club, The Preatures rocked the audience with incredible energy.

Angel at Arcola Theatre | Theatre review 

6 Oct 17

“The rapist with his nine-year-old sex slave? Death.

Pickled Fred in Spitalfields | Restaurant review 

2 Oct 17

Pickled Fred.

Kanye the First at The Mix, Walthamstow | Theatre review 

30 Sep 17

What if Kanye West’s reincarnation is a middle-class white woman? Playwright Sam Steiner imagines this scenario in his first commission, Kanye the First , at its world premiere for the HighTide Festival.

Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican | Exhibition review 

21 Sep 17

Jean-Michel Basquiat was only 27 when he died of a drugs overdose in 1988.

Diliborio spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show | LFW 

15 Sep 17

Diliborio presented their new 2018 collection at The Barbican Centre for London Fashion Week.

Thebes Land at Arcola Theatre | Theatre review 

14 Sep 17

Thebes Land is hard to review – on the one hand, one does not want to spoil any of the gripping narrative, on the other, it seems impossible to explain this meta-theatrical conundrum of a play.

The Knowledge at Charing Cross Theatre | Theatre review 

14 Sep 17

Only an exceptional writer can take training cab drivers as a premise and turn it into something interesting.

Untitled Bar in Dalston: Conigliaro’s avant-garde cocktail outpost | Bar review 

16 Aug 17

As Shoreditch and Hoxton are now thoroughly saturated with some of the world’s best cocktail bars, it only makes sense that the scene would start to radiate outwards.

The Marriage of Kim K: An interview with star Yasemin Mireille 

14 Aug 17

A recent graduate of the Arden School of Theatre with a BA in Musical Theatre, the multi-talented Yasemin Mireille has to date performed numerous roles as a singer, actress and dancer, including Velma Kelly in Chicago, the sinister Stepmother in …

The Vincent in Hackney: Bottomless brunch review | Restaurant review 

10 Aug 17

From the team that brought us the Sebright Arms comes the Vincent, a laid-back, effortlessly cool establishment perched on the corner on Dalston Lane’s busy intersection.

Nine Lives in Bermondsey | Bar review 

20 Jul 17

Have you ever noticed how often you’ve been served a cocktail with two little plastic straws in it? And how you don’t even tend to use those straws to drink from? It’s a considerable waste of plastic, and it’s not the only issue with …

Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

13 Jul 17

Entering the space at London-based artist Emma Hart’s new show at Whitechapel Gallery, Mamma Mia!, is like stepping into another world – or rather a serene universe of ceramic planets, like ethereal pods projecting light.

The Tempest at the Barbican: An epic high-tech take on the Shakespearean classic | Theatre review 

7 Jul 17

This is likely to be the most ambitious staging of Shakespeare ever.

Arcade Fire showcase new material at York Hall boxing-inspired show | Live review 

6 Jul 17

Unusual venues aren’t uncommon for Arcade Fire.

Top ten theatre shows openings in July 2017 

3 Jul 17

A steady trickle of openings leads to a mid-summer stunner in the final week of July, complete with some West End Tennessee Williams, a new play from Conor McPherson, an appearance from national treasure Olivia Coleman and a rare revival at the Royal…

Five must-see London exhibitions in July 2017 

1 Jul 17

Summer is a strange time for the art world.

The Maccabees at Alexandra Palace | Live review 

30 Jun 17

British band The Maccabees first shocked fans with their decision to call it a day after 14 years of gigs and massive indie hits over four critically acclaimed albums in the summer of last year.

Chris Shiflett: An interview with the Foo Fighters Guitarist 

23 Jun 17

Chris Shiflett is most commonly known as the lead guitarist in legendary American rock band Foo Fighters.

Hans Zimmer enchants the Wembley Arena and donates proceeds to Grenfell Tower’s victims | Live review 

16 Jun 17

Just like Ennio Morricone in his heydey, Hans Zimmer is not only the most influential music composer in the film industry, he’s also one of the most prolific.

The Who’s Tommy at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Theatre review 

15 Jun 17

This disappointing rendition of The Who’s famous rock opera is probably one to be avoided for most but may hold some important lessons for others.

A Handful of Dust at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

7 Jun 17

In 1920, Man Ray visited Marcel Duchamp in his New York studio.

Massimo Bottura creates Refectory-inspired dish available at Café Monico through June 

7 Jun 17

For the first time, Massimo Bottura has donated a recipe to a restaurant other than his own.

Wheatus at Islington Academy | Live review 

3 Jun 17

On the Islington night of their 32-date UK and Ireland tour, Wheatus delivered another blazing jam-packed set to the adoring London crowd last night.

Ladies and Gentlemen in Kentish Town | Bar review 

3 Jun 17

You may not think of Kentish Town as a hub of London nightlife, and you’d be perfectly correct in that assumption.

887 at the Barbican | Theatre review  

2 Jun 17

Renowned Québecois playwright, actor and director Robert Lepage brings his distinctive brand of self-reflexive, autobiographical performance to the Barbican, for 887 .

Five must-see London exhibitions in June 2017 

1 Jun 17

June is an exciting month in the art world, with calendar staples such as the RA Summer Exhibition and the BP Portrait Award alongside conceptual exhibitions examining the significance of cultural phenomena such as dust and science fiction.

Matt Gresham at the Islington | Live review 

27 May 17

In a small space at the Islington last night, a young man quietly stepped onto the stage, picked up an acoustic guitar, then proceeded to blow us away with his transcendently stunning, soulful voice.

Arthur Hooper’s in London Bridge | Restaurant review 

26 May 17

One of the wonder of the modern world is the rate at which we consume and subsequently saturate trends.

Skylight rooftop bar launches at Tobacco Dock: Cocktails, street food and croquet 

24 May 17

Tomorrow a new rooftop destination is opening at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.

KT Tunstall at the Barbican | Live review 

23 May 17

KT Tunstall’s concert gave us a perfect ending to what she called a “glorious London day”.

Francesco Mazzei to open modern Italian restaurant Fiume at Battersea Power Station 

17 May 17

The Italian chef Francesco Mazzei is set to open Fiume, a new modern Italian restaurant at Battersea Power Station this summer.

Richard III at Arcola Theatre | Theatre review 

16 May 17

It’s no surprise that in today’s political climate we are still fascinated by the tale of the power hungry dictator in  Richard III.

The Anna de Codorníu Terrace launches on the Thames 

15 May 17

There’s an effortless elegance to the Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames, a pop-up that launched on 10 th May that promises a London you’ve never seen before.

The five most unusual places in London to enjoy a great cocktail 

12 May 17

Rejoice, cocktail fans.

Whyte Horses Experience at the Barbican | Live review 

12 May 17

Whyte Horses are an elusive musical collective who are notoriously hard to see live; in fact last night’s performance marks their second major show to date.

Scout in Shoreditch: Delicious cocktails as close to zero-waste as you can get | Bar review 

3 May 17

As the philosophy of sustainability, locavore-ism and zero waste has spread ever further through the restaurant industry, it only makes sense for it to filter into the cocktail world as well.

Anya Montague’s Pollen Room pop-up at Perilla | Bar review 

2 May 17

When Perilla opened in November 2016 , it set out to combine New British fine dining with a relaxed, rustic aesthetic in its new space overlooking Newington Green.

Frida Sundemo: An interview with the Swedish alt-pop artist 

28 Apr 17

From the city of Gothenburg, Frida Sundemo has emerged as a rising electro-pop composer and singer.

Anya Montague: From foraging to global pop-ups, an interview with the rising star of London’s cocktail scene 

28 Apr 17

Anya Montague has been half of globe-trotting bar consultancy Travelling Bartenders for the last five years.

The day the music died: Business rates are forcing London music venues to close 

27 Apr 17

The beginning of 2017 brought good news for London’s music lovers, when it emerged that the number of music venues in the city had remained stable after a decade of decline.

Frida Sundemo and Naomi Pilgrim at the Victoria | Live review 

26 Apr 17

Behind a hidden door, two empowering artists from Sweden were to host a night of basslines, drum-whacking mastery and heart-stirring vocals.

Obsession at the Barbican Theatre | Theatre review 

26 Apr 17

In many ways theatre is more limited than film, what with its CGI tricks and the arrival of the 3D format.

Jude Law’s Obsession at the Barbican in pictures 

25 Apr 17

Here’s a preview of Obsession at the Barbican in pictures.

A Moving Image | Movie review 

24 Apr 17

Young director Shola Amoo’s debut feature uses the south London demonstration Reclaim Brixton as its starting point to denounce gentrification.

Lea Michele at Shoreditch Town Hall | Live review 

22 Apr 17

The refreshingly diverse crowd at the cosy, elegant yet understated Shoreditch Town Hall erupts into jubilant applause as Lea Michele struts into her first and only show on the European leg of her tour, “An Intimate Evening with Lea Michele”.

London’s Five Best New Cocktail Bars 

21 Apr 17

Tired of relying on the same old spots for your Negronis and Manhattans? There’s a lot to be said for familiarity, but the best thing about the cocktail scene is its insatiable appetite for novelty and reinvention, and in London that’s showing no…

The Garage in Islington relaunches after extensive refurbishment 

20 Apr 17

Highbury’s legendary live music venue, The Garage, is reopening this spring with a sleek new look and three new spaces designed to appeal to the hardcore gig-goer and the casual passerby alike.

Timber Timbre at Islington Assembly Hall | Live review 

19 Apr 17

Canadian band Timber Timbre performed an impressive concert last night at Islington Assembly Hall.

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