Visit London Blog » 100 Club Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Our Best Bits: The VL Team’s Highlights of 2010 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:00:34 +0000 What a year it’s been! Here we share our highlights of 2010 in London:

Two West End shows that really stood out for me this year were Jerusalem and All My Sons, both at the Apollo Theatre. There were moments of pure theatrical magic in both that’ll stay with me for a long time. I feel privileged to have seen such talented actors as Mark Rylance, Zoe Wanamaker and David Suchet live on the London stage. I feel similarly lucky to have seen both Henry IVs at the Globe, back-to-back. Yes, I had a sore bum, but for me, it was another unmissable production. For musicals, Legally Blonde was the best of 2010. But the highlight of my year was the day I went on stage in the West End as an extra in An Inspector Calls. I certainly won’t forget that in a long time!

The fabulous Grace Kelly exhibition at the V&A was a real treat and a definite highlight for me in 2010 as it celebrated the life and style of an actress, princess and icon through her film costumes and royal outfits.  I also enjoyed the gorgeous Sex & The City Afternoon Tea at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill as the stiletto shaped chocolates and flirtinis were delicious and so cute.  Finally, learning yoga at triyoga in Soho has been a wonderful challenge and extremely rewarding this year.

Circus-themed events have been big this year. I think my favourite was Psy by The 7 Fingers at Peacock Theatre. It combined amazing acrobatics with energetic music and choreography to create a modern, exciting feel. It made me want to run away and join the circus!

London seems to get more exciting and adventurous every year. I will remember the wonderfully diverse musical experiences I was lucky enough to have: Carmen at The Royal Opera House, remembering Michael Jackson at Thriller Live and the talented Jetson at The 100 Club – an epic music venue that sadly may be closing. I look forward to what 2011 has to offer!

I had fabulous fancy dress nights out at White Mischief, The Chap Olympiad and SS Atlantica.  I was also a big fan of the colourful Elephant Parade over the summer. My most recent highlight was ice-skating at Hampton Court Palace – magical!

2010 has been an excellent year for stylish textile exhibitions. The Very Sanderson and the Horrockses Fashions exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum were both highlights. The winner was, of course, the magnificent Quilts 1700 – 2010 exhibition at the V&A which contained so many tiny scraps of fabric, all crafted into beautiful quilts. I spotted top quilter and textile designer Kaffe Fasset looking round the exhibition during my visit, which added to the fun!

Being lucky enough to watch the World Cup from the top of BT Tower, although I have to say although it was good game the views were more inspiring.  Watching a dance performance as part of Electric Hotel in the middle of Kings Cross and touring top London restaurants as part of the Gourmet Odyssey at the London Restaurant Festival.

I thoroughly enjoyed Design for Living at the Old Vic – it was my first time at the theatre and seeing a Noel Coward play and I will seek out both again. My favourite gig was Alice Cooper at the Roundhouse – what a showman! I saw the The 39 Steps twice, which speaks for itself, and I attended three different outdoor cinemas in London – I’m hoping this trend continues in 2011. Finally, my favourite history lesson and a bit of a hidden gem is the Brunel Museum & Thames Tunnel Tour in Rotherhithe.

What are your 2010 highlights?

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Jetson at The 100 Club Tue, 13 Jul 2010 12:30:28 +0000 The venues on and around Oxford Street are difficult to find at the best of times. However there’s no problem with the 100 Club – its address is conveniently 100 Oxford Street.

The exterior of the club isn’t particularly appealing, a small dingy red shop front. What goes on inside is a lot more exciting. The open interior provides an ideal space for bands to showcase their talent. And with artists such as The Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols having graced this stage, it’s no wonder it has become one of the most celebrated live music venues in Europe.

I went to see the dynamic trio, Jetson. These three guys (Rohan Unni, Scott Miller and Stu Lunn) all work hard in the city by day, but come together at night to share their passion for music. It’s hard to believe they only formed a year ago – already their sound is confident, with a certainty of style you’d expect from a more mature band.  Jetson describe their music as “a collision of funk and folk”.

A spectacular drum solo from Miller began the set as they launched into a selection of songs, to be recorded later this summer. On the whole I preferred the more upbeat tunes, and they seemed to enjoy performing them more too. Follow me was my favourite. It begins with an infectious bass riff from the charismatic Lunn and continues with a driving force that is impossible to resist.

Jump on the Jetson bandwagon.  Having already played The O2 in their first year who knows where they’ll be in a year’s time?

Listen to Jetson here.

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Visit London Asks: What Are Your Plans for St Patrick’s Day? Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:49:02 +0000

Following a hugely successful St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, London is fully into its St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

More than 100,000 revellers headed to Trafalgar Square to watch the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, which included marching bands, dance groups, and a giant St Patrick and the Snake pageant.

But there’s more to come. Not only are many of London’s pubs and bars celebrating St Patrick’s Day this month, but various restaurants are also marking the occasion.

Or you can head to Brent for a St Patricks’ Day parade on Wednesday, as well as storytelling, music and Irish dancing.

If you’re looking for some suitable music to help you celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, try one of the following:

Let us know what you’re up to this week to mark Lá Fhéile Pádraig…

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