Ronan Keating

For me London in January can feel quite dark and grey but it’s one of the best months to get out and visit the city.  Instead of visiting the beautiful parks that I would go to in warmer months,  January is a great month to visit galleries and museums, they are not too busy and you can soak in the amazing art and culture the city has to offer — Ronan Keating

Image credit: Illuminated River    ONE TO WATCH: ILLUMINATED RIVER   This isn’t an event taking place in January but we are so transfixed by the project we wanted to tell you about it now.  Illuminated River  is a long term art commission on an unprecedented scale - a scheme to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames. DREAMY. Incorporating up to 15 bridges, from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge, once complete, Illuminated River will be the longest public art commission in the world at 2.5 miles in length, along 4.5 nautical miles of the River Thames. Following an  international competition  launched in June 2016, the winning scheme, led by American light artist Leo Villareal, will use the latest LED technology to ‘paint with light’, taking influence from the natural and social activity of the river and produce sequenced patterns that play across the bridge structures. His lighting design will engage specifically with the site of each bridge, respecting and revealing their distinctive histories and architectural features, while the integrated motion across fifteen bridges will create a unified artwork that references the river as a continuous living system. So keep an eye on the progress as the artery of our city is decorated with splendour. We cannot wait to see all the finished results.   Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

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ONE TO WATCH: ILLUMINATED RIVER

This isn’t an event taking place in January but we are so transfixed by the project we wanted to tell you about it now. Illuminated River is a long term art commission on an unprecedented scale - a scheme to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames. DREAMY. Incorporating up to 15 bridges, from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge, once complete, Illuminated River will be the longest public art commission in the world at 2.5 miles in length, along 4.5 nautical miles of the River Thames. Following an international competition launched in June 2016, the winning scheme, led by American light artist Leo Villareal, will use the latest LED technology to ‘paint with light’, taking influence from the natural and social activity of the river and produce sequenced patterns that play across the bridge structures. His lighting design will engage specifically with the site of each bridge, respecting and revealing their distinctive histories and architectural features, while the integrated motion across fifteen bridges will create a unified artwork that references the river as a continuous living system. So keep an eye on the progress as the artery of our city is decorated with splendour. We cannot wait to see all the finished results.

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Image credit: Twitter - @Waterstones    BOOK: THE LIDO, LIBBY PAGE    The Lido  is the debut novel from swimming fanatic and Londoner, Libby Page. This heartfelt book tells the story of Kate, a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton. She is assigned to write about the closing of the local lido where she meets Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child. It was here Rosemary fell in love with her husband, George and here that she’s found communion during her marriage and since George’s death. When a local developer attempts to buy the lido for a posh new apartment complex, Rosemary’s fond memories and sense of community are under threat. As Kate dives deeper into the lido’s history—with the help of a charming photographer—she pieces together a portrait of the pool, and a portrait of a singular woman, Rosemary. What begins as a simple local interest story for Kate soon blossoms into a beautiful friendship that provides sustenance to both women as they galvanize the community to fight the lido’s closure. Meanwhile, Rosemary slowly, finally, begins to open up to Kate, transforming them both in ways they never knew possible.  It truly is a beautiful story and you can buy the hardback book now with the paperback set for release in April.   Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

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BOOK: THE LIDO, LIBBY PAGE

The Lido is the debut novel from swimming fanatic and Londoner, Libby Page. This heartfelt book tells the story of Kate, a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton. She is assigned to write about the closing of the local lido where she meets Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child. It was here Rosemary fell in love with her husband, George and here that she’s found communion during her marriage and since George’s death. When a local developer attempts to buy the lido for a posh new apartment complex, Rosemary’s fond memories and sense of community are under threat. As Kate dives deeper into the lido’s history—with the help of a charming photographer—she pieces together a portrait of the pool, and a portrait of a singular woman, Rosemary. What begins as a simple local interest story for Kate soon blossoms into a beautiful friendship that provides sustenance to both women as they galvanize the community to fight the lido’s closure. Meanwhile, Rosemary slowly, finally, begins to open up to Kate, transforming them both in ways they never knew possible.

It truly is a beautiful story and you can buy the hardback book now with the paperback set for release in April.

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Image credit: Bill Viola, ‘Fire Woman’ (2005), Royal Academy of Arts    ART: LIFE DEATH REBIRTH   From the end of the month until late March, The Royal Academy of Arts is ‘bringing together two artists – born centuries apart – who explore the same universal themes with works of transcendent beauty and raw emotional power.’  Life Death Rebirth  sees works from Bill Viola and Michelangelo side by side with the same ideas and meaning but very different mediums. Michelangelo’s drawings are detailed and exquisite, created as gifts and expressions of love and Viola’s work comes in the form of projections and video’s far from the style of Michelangelo. Both however grapple with life’s fundamental questions, asking us to consider the thresholds between birth, life and death, harnessing the symbolic power of sacred art with both showing the viewer physical extremes and moments of transcendence. The RAA is an art institution in the capital and this is set to be another smash hit exhibition. Tickets are priced at £20 and come with a printed gallery guide.     Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

Image credit: Bill Viola, ‘Fire Woman’ (2005), Royal Academy of Arts

ART: LIFE DEATH REBIRTH

From the end of the month until late March, The Royal Academy of Arts is ‘bringing together two artists – born centuries apart – who explore the same universal themes with works of transcendent beauty and raw emotional power.’ Life Death Rebirth sees works from Bill Viola and Michelangelo side by side with the same ideas and meaning but very different mediums. Michelangelo’s drawings are detailed and exquisite, created as gifts and expressions of love and Viola’s work comes in the form of projections and video’s far from the style of Michelangelo. Both however grapple with life’s fundamental questions, asking us to consider the thresholds between birth, life and death, harnessing the symbolic power of sacred art with both showing the viewer physical extremes and moments of transcendence. The RAA is an art institution in the capital and this is set to be another smash hit exhibition. Tickets are priced at £20 and come with a printed gallery guide.  

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Image credit: Nikki's Bar    BAR: NIKKI’S     Nikki’s Bar  is a bit like sneaking out your room as a teen to head to a friends house party that your Mum explicitly told you you couldn't go to. It's cheeky, it’s colourful, it's fun, it encourages your naughty party side to come out and play and it will leave you wanting to go back for more. Inspired by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, the space offers up a mixture of soft touches, trash TV and garish pops of colour with a bed for gossiping on and a cocktail list that will keep you highly entertained. Based in Shoreditch, obviously, we think this may be our fave new hangout. We’ll be sipping on porn star martini’s or flaming zombies as we dance the night away to the best 80’s soundtrack snapping pics of the debauchery and calling all our mates to join us. Nikki’s is the latest from the Adventure Bar team and with  Josephine  and Gloria  already in the crew, the addition of kitsch Nikki makes it quite the hedonistic trio. So we'll be seeing you there for some mischief asap, we just need mum to think we’re off to sleep first...   Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

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BAR: NIKKI’S

 Nikki’s Bar is a bit like sneaking out your room as a teen to head to a friends house party that your Mum explicitly told you you couldn't go to. It's cheeky, it’s colourful, it's fun, it encourages your naughty party side to come out and play and it will leave you wanting to go back for more. Inspired by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, the space offers up a mixture of soft touches, trash TV and garish pops of colour with a bed for gossiping on and a cocktail list that will keep you highly entertained. Based in Shoreditch, obviously, we think this may be our fave new hangout. We’ll be sipping on porn star martini’s or flaming zombies as we dance the night away to the best 80’s soundtrack snapping pics of the debauchery and calling all our mates to join us. Nikki’s is the latest from the Adventure Bar team and with Josephine andGloria already in the crew, the addition of kitsch Nikki makes it quite the hedonistic trio. So we'll be seeing you there for some mischief asap, we just need mum to think we’re off to sleep first...

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Image credit: Stem & Glory    RESTAURANT: STEM & GLORY   Monday 14th January sees the opening of new Vegan hotspot,  Stem + Glory  at 60 Batholomew Close in the Barbican. Stem + Glory is part of a burgeoning plant based movement, and a pioneer in the new world of Crowd supported business with this new site being their latest opening, another site already up and running with fans flocking, in Cambridge. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening dining and special tasting menu for events, with everything prepared and cooked fresh on site by their talented team of chefs. The colourful and healthy menu includes rainbow and paleo bowls, burger, curries, lasagne, pancakes, ceviche and so much to make your taste buds tingle. They also have a fine vegan bar serving cocktails, mocktails, craft beer + vegan wine to quench your thirst. Instagram at the ready, this will be adding some jealousy inducing colour to your feed and some all round goodness to your tummy.   Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

Image credit: Stem & Glory

RESTAURANT: STEM & GLORY

Monday 14th January sees the opening of new Vegan hotspot, Stem + Glory at 60 Batholomew Close in the Barbican. Stem + Glory is part of a burgeoning plant based movement, and a pioneer in the new world of Crowd supported business with this new site being their latest opening, another site already up and running with fans flocking, in Cambridge. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening dining and special tasting menu for events, with everything prepared and cooked fresh on site by their talented team of chefs. The colourful and healthy menu includes rainbow and paleo bowls, burger, curries, lasagne, pancakes, ceviche and so much to make your taste buds tingle. They also have a fine vegan bar serving cocktails, mocktails, craft beer + vegan wine to quench your thirst. Instagram at the ready, this will be adding some jealousy inducing colour to your feed and some all round goodness to your tummy.

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Image credit: Isabella Macpherson & Gala Gorden, Platform Presents    POETRY: PLATFORM PRESENTS ‘POETRY GALA’   On January 20th, for a one night only, the Poetry Gala will showcase stars of the stage and screen reading the world’s favourite poems, produced by Platform Presents to raise funds for a new Playwright’s Prize. A collection of classic and contemporary poems will be read on the evening and readers include huge names such as Juliet Stevenson, Rhys Ifans, Denise Gough, Romola Garai, Phoebe Fox, Adrianna Bertola, Dougray Scott, John Standing, Jaime Winstone, Nicholas Pinnock, Gala Gordon, Sebastian de Souza and many many more. For more information on the Playwright’s Prize visit the website  here . The running time for the poetry gala is approximately 90 minutes and tickets have gone on sale  here . The event will take place at the Playhouse Theatre just a short stone’s throw from Embankment Station.

Image credit: Isabella Macpherson & Gala Gorden, Platform Presents

POETRY: PLATFORM PRESENTS ‘POETRY GALA’

On January 20th, for a one night only, the Poetry Gala will showcase stars of the stage and screen reading the world’s favourite poems, produced by Platform Presents to raise funds for a new Playwright’s Prize. A collection of classic and contemporary poems will be read on the evening and readers include huge names such as Juliet Stevenson, Rhys Ifans, Denise Gough, Romola Garai, Phoebe Fox, Adrianna Bertola, Dougray Scott, John Standing, Jaime Winstone, Nicholas Pinnock, Gala Gordon, Sebastian de Souza and many many more. For more information on the Playwright’s Prize visit the website here. The running time for the poetry gala is approximately 90 minutes and tickets have gone on sale here. The event will take place at the Playhouse Theatre just a short stone’s throw from Embankment Station.

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