Hoptober Special: Truman Brewery, The Rebirth of an East End Icon
food & drink

Hoptober Special: Truman Brewery, The Rebirth of an East End Icon

The Old Truman Brewery is an East London icon that has played a significant role in the history of London since its establishment in 1666. Despite having been the largest brewery in the world at one point, Truman’s sadly had to close its doors in 1989. Twenty years later two local beer enthusiasts discovered the Truman brand was for sale. This was the rebirth of East London’s icon. Continue reading

Strawberry Hill House: The Birthplace of Gothic Literature
culture / things to do

Strawberry Hill House: The Birthplace of Gothic Literature

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. Continue reading

Exhibition: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts
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Exhibition: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts

One of the must see exhibitions right now is the Ai Weiwei retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (till 13 December). This exhibition shows a great selection of installations, videos, photographs, furniture and even wallpaper by this great Chinese contemporary artist and political activist. The show is definitely thought-provoking and will give you … Continue reading

Same Wall Different Street Artist #1: Restaurant Kinkoa, Pedley Street (Shoreditch)
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Same Wall Different Street Artist #1: Restaurant Kinkoa, Pedley Street (Shoreditch)

Going through my street art photo archive recently inspired me to start a new blog post series: Same Wall, Different Street Artist. As the name suggests, this series will show you how exactly the same wall is transformed by different artists over time.

Let’s kick off this series with murals on Thai restaurant Kinkao on Pedley Street in Shoreditch, one of the spots I always visit on my street art wanderings around Brick Lane. Continue reading