Visit Strawberry Hill House: The Birthplace of Gothic Literature

Visit 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.

Exhibition: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts

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 [...]

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

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.

Exhibition: Sculptor Duane Hanson at the Serpentine Gallery, London

Exhibition: Sculptor Duane Hanson at the Serpentine Gallery, London

Until Sunday 13 September 2015 you can see the fantastic free exhibition of hyper-realistic sculptures by American artist Duane Hanson (1925-1996) at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. The retrospective showcases a selection of works from Hanson’s 40-year long career with pieces from 1979 till 1995. It's a definite must-see!

In Search of New Street Art with Camden Street Art Tour

In Search of New Street Art with Camden Street Art Tour

My street art explorations mostly focus on the streets of Shoreditch, the epicentre of the London street art scene. I noticed from photos on social media that Camden has been emerging as a new popular destination for street artists. Under the guidance of Camden Street Art Tour I recently ventured off to north London to see what great works this area has to offer.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Wedding Fashion This post goes out to all the ladies (and everyone else interested in fashion or a fun exhibition). There has been a few big fashion exhibitions on at various London museums over the summer and I recently spent an entire day admiring elegant, wild and precious fashion items from the last centuries. The day started [...]

Interview: Genesis Cinema Owner Tyrone Walker-Hebborn #2

Interview: Genesis Cinema Owner Tyrone Walker-Hebborn #2

In May 1999 Tyrone Walker-Hebborn opened a five screen cinema in the East End of London using a former derelict cinema, built on a site with a long history of entertainment in the East End. Having worked in the family business of roof working, he had no previous experience in the cinema industry, but he did have [...]

Happy 15th Birthday to my Favourite London Cinema!

Happy 15th Birthday to my Favourite London Cinema!

Interview with Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, owner of Genesis cinema, about the fascinating history of the building and the East End of London. I’ve been living in London for over two years now and one of my favourite pastimes is going to the cinema. Not to any other cinema, but to my local independent cinema, Genesis Cinema in [...]

The Writings on the Wall. Femme Fierce: When Female Graffiti Writers Took over Leake Street Tunnel and Painted it Pink

The Writings on the Wall. Femme Fierce: When Female Graffiti Writers Took over Leake Street Tunnel and Painted it Pink

International Women's Day is celebrated every year on the 8th of March. This day not only celebrates the global social, political and economic achievements by women, but is also meant to create awareness for the struggles of women worldwide and the fact that we still not live in a world with true gender equality. For [...]

The Macabre Trinity of Wonderful Worlds: Švankmajer, the Chapman Brothers and the Brothers Quay

The Macabre Trinity of Wonderful Worlds: Švankmajer, the Chapman Brothers and the Brothers Quay

Over the last dark and ominous winter months, I’ve been extremely lucky to have been able to visit three equally dark, ominous, but also enchanting exhibitions. In November I went to Brighton to see the fantastic show The Inner Life of Objects celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jan Švankmajer’s film-making career. Then in December I [...]