Here’s a picture of the view from VL Towers last week, as the snow continued to fall into the early evening…
Sure, the snow has caused some problems in the city in the last week. But for every train cancellation and school closure, there’s space for some exciting sledging, brilliant snowball fights, fantastic photo opportunities, and indulging in London’s snug, warm, indoor attractions.
Did the snow give you an excuse to do something different in London last week? Let us know in the comments below!
And if you have any lovely pictures of London in the snow, don’t forget to share them in our flickrpool.]]>
Last week, we celebrated the birthdays of Dirty Dancing and The Lion King by demanding to know about your favourite London musicals… Thanks to everyone who commented.
Today, we’re touching up our white face paint and donning a big black cloak and some fangs to cackle and ask: what are your plans for Halloween?
London’s fairly bursting with fantastic events this weekend. You can catch some really scary films at the Prince Charles Cinema, Halloween goes 3D in Covent Garden, there’s a collection of spooky shorts at the BFI Southbank, and you could get more that you bargained for at the Film4 FrightFest Halloween All-Nighter! at the ICA.
Creepy culture vultures will enjoy In The Dead of Night at the V&A Late this week; there’s also the rather special-sounding Day of the Dead Celebrations at the British Museum on 1 November.
With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, there are plenty of club nights going ghoulish for the night. London clubs as varied as Heaven, Plan B, Notting Hill Arts Club, Vibe Bar, Pacha and Mass are among the 50-plus clubs doing something special for Halloween.
There’s also loads of Halloween fun for kids to get involved in, from craft to pumpkin carving, and creepy animals.
Let us know what you’re up to!]]>
This week, our attention turns to theatre: namley musicals.
Today is Dirty Dancing The Musical’s birthday! It was three years ago today that the new musical opened at the Aldwych Theatre in London and broke all box office records with advance ticket sales of £11m.
And how is this brilliantly cheesy musical celebrating its 3rd birthday? With even more tickets going on sale! You can now book tickets to see Dirty Dancing right up until October 2010, taking the show up to its fourth birthday.
But Dirty Dancing is actually just like the Baby in the show in West End musical terms: yesterday The Lion King celebrated its 10th birthday. Celebrity guests arrived on a “yellow” carpet at the special 10th anniversary performance at the Lyceum Theatre. You can watch video footage of last night’s 10th anniversary show at the Official London Theatre website.
With both these wonderful shows celebrating success stories, we’d like to open up a debate, often heard in the VL office, to the world outside: what’s your favourite London musical? And why?!]]>
This week is London Fashion Week and the capital is being taken over by all things fashionista.
While the main hub of LFW is Somerset House, there are hundreds of events taking place across the city. From art on the Underground to catwalk shows in the Charing Cross hotel; from new waxworks at Madame Tussauds to Kylie’s hotpants designer, William Baker, at Westfield London.
London’s fashion and shopping scenes are really exciting: constantly evolving and changing; among the best in the world.
So as London shows off the best of its fashion designers, models, producers, photographers and parties(!), we want you to tell us what you love about shopping in London.
Is it the great independent boutiques around Carnaby and Seven Dials? The historic shopping area of Covent Garden? The amazing, modern Westfield London shopping centre? The shoppers’ adrenaline rush you get stepping out of Oxford Circus Tube and onto the world’s most famous shopping street? Or do you have a favourite shopping hidden gem that you want to share with the world during this London Fashion Week?
Let us know.]]>
Last week, we asked for your Only in London recommendations. Thanks for adding your thoughts to the comments!
With news announced yesterday that London will be heading back to Victorian times this Christmas with the exciting world premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Christmas Carol themed Christmas lights in the West End, we’ve been discussing London’s history here at VL towers.
So, imaginative thinking caps on. We want to know, if you were given a time machine, which period of London’s history would you most like to travel back to?!
Would you be interested in galloping across to Hampton Court Palace with Henry VIII and his Tudor court?
Or maybe you’d like to pop into an 18th century coffee house, and witness the new revolutionary age of pamphlets and trade and Enlightenment.
Perhaps you’re another fan of Dickens’ Victorian London, and would like to go back to the golden age of railway with stations like St Pancras; new buildings like the Houses of Parliament, and the Royal Albert Hall; the Great Exhibition of 1851, and the wonderful Crystal Palace.
Or would you rather swing with Twiggy and The Stones in Carnaby Street in the 1960s? Let us know!]]>
Last week, still stunned at Robbie Maddison’s amazing jump across the two open sides of Tower Bridge, we asked you to think of other fun London stunts. Thanks to everyone who commented.
With news just announced that Mayor Boris Johnson will make a guest appearance on everyone’s favourite London-based TV drama, EastEnders this autumn, we want to know who else you’d like to see on the famous BBC soap.
Perhaps you’d like to see top chef Heston Blumenthal ordering some egg and chips from Jane Beale in Kathy’s Cafe.
Or the Top Gear trio arguing over prices in Mitchell’s Autos. Or Lily Allen getting her nails done at Tanya Branning’s beauty salon.
Or maybe you think Albert Square could do with a little Hollywood glamour. With all their children and the constant interest in their relationship, we reckon there’d be a storyline or two writing themselves if we could only persuade Brad and Angelina to move in.
Who would you like to see given a starring role in EastEnders?]]>
Thanks to everyone who posted comments in response to last week’s question about your favourite London statues…
So, we’ve all seen Robbie Maddison’s 40mph no-handed backflip across the 25ft gap between the two halves of Tower Bridge in the wee small hours of Monday morning.
So this week we want to know, what other ideas do you have for spectacular London stunts?
We laughed along as Brian May performed God Save the Queen on top of Buckingham Palace. We cheered as workers abseiled down Big Ben’s clockface (in the name of a good spring clean). We basked in the sunshine with a picnic when Trafalgar Square was turfed over back in 2007. We gasped when Thunderbird 2 flew under Tower Bridge… wait, what do you mean that last one didn’t really happen?
We’re wondering if your idea of a great London stunt would be to have David Copperfield make The O2 disappear? Or to bring the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs to life? Or are you hoping for a giant cupcake the size of The Cupcake come 2012?
Remember: in honour of Robbie Maddison: the more outrageous the better!]]>
This morning, Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth human art exhibit, One & Other, kicked off with 35-year-old mum, Rachel Wardell, taking her place on the plinth.
Sadly, we’re still waiting to hear if we’ve been successful in our quest for a place here at VL. (Although our close friends at londonist are already planning what they’re going to do with their hour of fame.)
But we want to look beyond the excitement of London’s temporary headline-grabbing human statues, and ask: what’s your favourite (permanent) statue in London?
Are you a fan of Nelson? (On the column in Trafalgar Square, or Mandela, by the Royal Festival Hall?)
Does the diver do it for you?
Perhaps the kid in you likes Peter Pan or Paddington.
Or perhaps you love Stockwell’s Bronze Woman, Edith Cavell at Charing Cross, or Putney local, Alan Thornhill’s nine gorgeous sculptures along the Thames walk. London’s certainly got no shortage of statues to amuse, delight, remind, inspire and admire.
Let us know what London statue, beyond the current fun on the Fourth Plinth, brings a smile to your face.]]>
What do you like to do in London when the weather heats up? Ice creams in the park? Catching a breeze on the river? Tell us your top tips for summer in London!]]>
Last week we wanted to know about the best places for food after midnight in London. Thanks for your tips!
And so to this week’s burning question.
Earlier this month, I arranged to meet my sister at Baker Street, and was instantly earwormed by THAT sax solo. In honour of Raphael Ravenscroft, (not Bob Holness, sorry) today we’re asking for your favourite London tunes. The London anthems. Those Cockney ditties. The capital songs that remind you of our fair city.
A few spring to mind. Waterloo Sunset, for one. Sound of the Underground is another. Or Lily’s LDN. We’re not sure you’ll get any points for London Calling by The Clash, either. We’re more interested in the more left-field suggestions. We want to know what song you connect with the capital; as well as why, who, where, when and what makes it your special London song.
Tell us what you whistle on Westminster Bridge, what you hum on your way into Hammersmith Station, what you sing as you stride down The Strand…
And apologies if we’ve earwormed you too…]]>