In large converted pub on Bethnal Green Road, just a minute’s walk from Shoreditch High Street station is Les Trois Garcons. The eponymous ‘garcons’ (or ‘three guys’), moved to the pub in 1996 and finding it to be the epitome of Englishness, decided to open a restaurant on the ground floor four years later. With a delectable menu of modern French cuisine, the restaurant fast became the talk of the town and has been catering to the palettes of culinary conscious Londoners, artists and celebrities ever since.
In 2011 Frenchman Alain Lellouche launched an exciting new concept on the fitness world. This concept known as ‘aqua spin’ is simply spinning, but in water. Aqua…spin. Geddit? This exercise trend has only recently hit the UK and with a number of classes now available in swimming pools, I took the plunge with Aqua Fit Pro; one of London’s most popular aqua sports providers.
From now until June 2014, V&A Museum of Childhood hosts Confiscation Cabinets; a collection of items gathered over 30 years of subbing in schools by artist and teacher Guy Tarrant. I read about this exhibition with immediate interest. I have always been fascinated by the laws of the playground and was keen to see if any of the toys and games I used to have had made the collection.
Yoga isn’t exactly a new craze and if I’m totally honest, I’d always thought of it as ‘exercise’ for hippies and fitness fanatic celebs like Madonna and Gaga. There’s always a lingo between fellow ‘Yogi’s’ (look it up) and I can’t help feeling silly that I don’t really know what ‘Zen’ means. Because trying out a normal yoga class wasn’t extreme enough for my first attempt, I decided to make it unspeakably hot. I’d heard stories of grown men needing to take time out due to the high temperatures and smothering humidity, begging the question: ‘Why on earth do people choose to put themselves through this?’
From November to April, Jewellery Now is embellishing the Museum of London with the unique visions and creations of the capital’s most contemporary, artistic residents. The city of London is the source of inspiration for many emerging artists and this particular art form is no exception.