Have you ever thought of how magicians and mediums use psychological devices to play tricks on you? You’d be surprised to learn how even your own brain deceives you! The current exhibition ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’ at Wellcome Collection reveals the rational truth behind the world of magic.
We all know of course that the British Museum is THE place to go if you’re interested in seeing ancient Egyptian artefacts in London. But did you know that the world’s fourth largest ancient Egyptian collection is housed in a small building on the University College London campus? I only heard of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology last week and was rather blown away by all the treasures it holds!
There are countless secret London landmarks. No matter where you are there’s history above and beneath your feet. You often walk past them without even knowing. Public executions, London’s oldest church, creepy skulls and bone flavoured water. What more could you want from a city?
Could you imagine watching a 24-hour long film without a main plot and with clocks as its main protagonists? Although this principle might sound like it could be a tedious ordeal, Christian Marclay’s impressive video collage ‘The Clock’ consisting of about 12,000 film and television clips actually makes for an unforgettable experience. This special video work opened at Tate Modern on Friday 14 September and I went to see it yesterday morning, spending four hours in Christian Marclay’s carefully curated cinematic world.
In today’s post I’m sharing three inspiring photography exhibitions that are currently on in London. Showing anything from London’s pre-skyscraper-filled skyline to cinematic Technicolor photos, these shows left a big impression on me.
On 1 and 2 August I will be part of a group exhibition of photos taken on the new Samsung S9 mobile phones. Since not all my friends and online followers will be able to attend the show, I’ve been asked by them to share some of my photos online. Because your wish is my command, here are some of my photos!
When was the last time you received a letter in the post? Today, with so many different ways to communicate, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with your friends and family (or even people you don’t really know). My visit to The Postal Museum yesterday made me reflect on the lost art of letter writing and also taught me that delivering post 500 years ago was an extremely dangerous profession!
Done all the main museums, parks and tourist sights in London? Then have a look at my 5 alternative things to do in London, from the Freemasons Hall to film screenings – all entirely for free and also suitable for families!
What I love most about London is its rich history and the fact that some of the greatest historical figures have once called this city their home. Sometimes their former residences were quite extravagant, to say the least. In this post I’m sharing three of my favourite historical London homes with you that are far from any other house you have ever seen!
London is a great city trip destination, but sometimes the busy metropolis can also get a bit overwhelming. You could retreat in one of the numerous beautiful parks dotted around the city for a moment, but why not combine a free and unique public art trail with explorations of a far less touristy side of London? The Line art trail runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and O2 Arena and is suitable for families, art lovers, ramblers and even thrillseekers!
Welcome to Shoreditch, east London! It isn’t till quite recently that Shoreditch has tranformed from a very poor area to the trendy hotspot that it is today. Here are my personal favourite tips for your diverse and exciting 24 Hours in Shoreditch!
Ever wanted to experience the early morning hustle and bustle of Smithfield Market, the last surviving market in central London? Or what about learning more about the history of Soho and how its vibrant music scene in the 1960s influenced David Bowie’s career? These are just two examples of the 40+ guided tours that will take place from early morning till late night on 25 May all across London. The goal of this day is to raise £20,000 in 20 hours for the MS Trust: 20in20.
Tucked away at the end of Hanbury Street, just off Brick Lane and past the numerous Shoreditch graffiti and Jack the Ripper tour groups, you find Libreria, a spacious and unique bookshop where you can lose yourself for hours.
Zombies, vampires, the undead: these are all creatures that make up for successful franchise films, and all were originally born from gothic literature. The first ever Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764), was written by British author Horace Walpole who found the inspiration for the novel in his gothic castle in west London. After an elaborate restoration, it is now possible to visit this extraordinary and eccentric historical house.
Fancy a fantastic view over London, but don’t want to pay a premium price for this? Then try to book a free ticket for the ‘Walkie Talkie’ on 20 Fenchurch Street and venture to the 35th floor for a spectacular sight!