Ambar @ The Odeon, Swiss Cottage


Last September the art deco Odeon cinema at Swiss Cottage got an impressive top-to-toe refurbishment and something else into the bargain – a swish cocktail bar, which I visited last night! The new Ambar offers very comfortable surroundings for a tipple before you’re ready for your movie, and is conveniently located right behind the cinema’s […]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – A Review

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New from director John Madden (probably best known for ‘Shakespeare In Love‘ and ‘Mrs Brown‘) is a spicy tale set in India; ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘. Madden has assembled a stellar cast of British actors for this movie, including a couple of dames – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson , Bill Nighy, Penelope […]

Bryan Berg Knocks Down The Houses Of Parliament @ Aspers Casino!


Last night I was over at the new Aspers Casino in London’s newest shopping centre, Westfield Stratford City, to see Guinness World Record Holder Bryan Berg (@cardstacker) knock down the playing card building that Sky Poker had sponsored him to create over the previous couple of weeks… As it turned out the Palace of Westminster had won the popular vote […]

Something Strange In Pimlico Gardens


Pimlico Gardens is a small municipal green space on the Thames riverside which has two rather strange features… First is a statue of the Right Honorable William Huskisson, who looks out over the gardens dressed in the fine garb of a Roman Senator. That’s a bit odd given that he was a parliamentarian of the […]

The Lost River Tyburn

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Up until the 19th century five major rivers wended their way through London towards the Thames but they disappeared from view following the engineering efforts of the Victorians to regulate the flow of water through the city. Of course they’re still there, but now they run through well-ordered brick tunnels with only the street names […]

Neil Simon’s ‘The Sunshine Boys’ Coming To London’s Savoy Theatre In April


A new production of playwright Neil Simon’s award-winning comedy from the 1970s, ‘The Sunshine Boys’, will be coming to London’s Savoy Theatre for a twelve-week run from April 2012. The show, which centres around the reuniting of an old vaudeville comedy double-act years after an acrimonious split, will be headlined by Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths […]

The Shree Sanatan Mandir in Wembley


Smaller than its neighbouring Hindu temple a few miles away in Neasden, the Shree Sanatan  Mandir is a fairly recent addition to London’s religious buildings, opening in 2010. This building is constructed entirely from Indian limestone, and cost £16m to build. The temple complex isn’t quite finished either – a lodge building near the entrance […]