Visit London Blog » depeche mode Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:11:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Our Best Bits: The VL Team’s London Highlights for 2009 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:00:02 +0000 Somerset House

It’s been a fantastic year in London. Here we take a moment to reflect on our favourite things from 2009.

I think mine was seeing the film Wings of Desire at the Somerset House Summer Screen. Everything came together that night: fantastic venue, good weather, and a cool movie about Berlin with Nick Cave on the soundtrack!

Hannah:The Cloud Project's ice cream van
I love all the quirky, creative events that happen in London. Two of the best this year were Bompas and Parr’s Architectural Punch Bowl and the science-themed ice cream van at the Royal College of Art Show.

My highlight of 2009 is seeing bands that I loved back in the 90s! This year I’ve been lucky enough to see Brett Anderson from Suede, the Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode, who all played fantastic gigs in London.

Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy – this groundbreaking exhibition was a breath of fresh air. The scale and ambition of the exhibition made it one of my highlights of the year. Massive reflective sculptures, a huge moving wax installation squeezing its way through the academy’s doorways, and, of course, the famous wax cannon mean I won’t forget this show in a hurry.

Julie:Incredible act The Skating Willers. Photo: perou
La Clique’s intoxicating cocktail of cabaret, circus, comedy and burlesque is the best night out in London by far. Current highlights include Marawa’s fabulous disco hula hooping, Ursula Martinez’s famous strip with red hankie, Mario Queen of the Circus’s Freddy Mercury tribute, juggling and risqué chat – and manic songstress Miao Miao’s ability to get strapping blokes from the audience into uncompromising positions. I’ve been lucky enough to see La Clique five times and have thoroughly enjoyed every show!

I can’t decide between my top two highlights of 2009. I was totally terrified after I agreed to go kayaking in the summer but bobbing about on the Thames on a lovely sunny morning turned out to be the most peaceful and relaxing way to enjoy London. The other highlight was seeing my all-time favourite band, The Shadows, in concert for the first time. If only I’d been kayaking with The Shadows, my year would have been perfect!

It’s impossible to choose between Piaf early in the year, Hello, Dolly! and As You Like It in the summer, and more recently, Morecambe for Christmassy giggles. And I really liked going to Frank’s Campari Bar on top of Peckham’s multi-storey carpark in the summer. Proof that my new neighbourhood, SE15, is where it’s at.

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a-Ha at The O2 in London Thu, 05 Nov 2009 13:00:59 +0000 They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but should you go and see the bands you had posters of on your bedroom wall 20 years ago? If the band in question is a-Ha, the answer is yes!

From the Sun Always Shines On TV to the closing notes of Take On Me (via their latest hit single Foot of the Mountain), a-Ha’s gig at The O2 last night was worth waiting two decades for. The music still sounds fresh and exciting and, despite pushing 50(!), Morten, Mags and Pal still look as young and tasty as they did in that poster. No signs of ravaged rock star looks or excessive pie-eating retirement on this stage.

a-Ha plan to play a final worldwide tour in 2010 before splitting up, so you’ll have one last chance to see them in London next year. While you’re waiting for the details of the tour, we say go and indulge your 80s crushes, Smash Hits obsessions and dirty secrets.

Artists who defined the 80s embarking on London gigs in the near future include:

Loads of 80s stars are still touring, and you can even catch Belinda Carlisle in Hairspray.

A-Ha are the second band that I loved in the 80s and hadn’t seen live until this year (I saw The Shadows in September; I love you Bruce!) Now I’m on a mission to tick some more names off a slightly embarrassing list.

Who were your teen crushes, the bands and singers you never got to see when you were 13? And will you be going to see them live in London in 2010?

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