London

Londoners

Anyone who has spent time in London will recognise Craig Taylor’s Londoners. Taylor interviewed around 200 people who live, or lived, in the great metropolis – those who love it, those who hate it, those who were born there, those who chose it, those that stayed and those who ran away screaming and never looked back… …

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Books, films, music, art and big ideas to get you into the London headspace...

Last Tuesday Society

The Last Tuesday society is a small scale cultural phenomena encompassing Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors (featuring re-interpreted antiquities and artful naturalia) and a rather unique lecture program – recent subjects  include the Victorian Art of Hair Jewellery, the Vampires of London and a class in Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy. However it’s the notoriously decadent parties – invariably costumed or clothing optional – that draw in the crowds …

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Dalston Superstars

This mockumentary video series by VICE stars a painful group of self-obsessed wanna-be hipsters living in Dalston, a working class neighbourhood turned creative enclave in London’s East End. Featuring the expliots of 20-something fashion stylists slash photographers slash bloggers it originally confused viewers who couldn’t figure out if it was real or not …

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Eat London 2

Hands-down Eat London 2 is the best guide to London eateries and foodie haunts – both big and small. It is omnivorous in its approach – it includes the chi chi, the bling bling and the painfully hip but doesn’t neglect the humble London caff and the traditional greasy spoon. It’s exhaustive, but not exhausting …

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Freewheelers: Bike Porn

With it’s tiny streets clogged with scary double-decker buses, rabid black cabs and angsty ‘white vans’, London is hardly a cyclist’s paradise and yet its hard to find a more committed group of riders. In a former life we created this video series about satorialist cyclists in London. The first features an interview with the very talented London designer Benedict Radcliffe, the second shows Tokyo street artist turned Londoner ‘Saki’ with her British Moulton bike …

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LOOP

After nine years in London, Romanian-born photographer and web designer Tudor Prisăcariu (who designed this site) decided to walk and document the LOOP, a 245km walking path around the perimeter of Outer London …

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White Teeth by Zadie Smith

To our thinking White Teeth remains London writer Zadie Smith’s best book, capturing as it does the tragi-comic mixed bag madness that passes for modern day London. For those who have read it, you can continue with the Zadie/London theme with her recent release N-W

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Vivienne Westwood at the Tate

Shameless promo for the Tate Britain, but we still enjoy the punk-with-an-OBE, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood’s incisive commentary – and unexpected choices in paintings. (Boo to the sponsorship though.)

Wall & Piece by Banksy

AKA the world’s most famous street artist. But you know that, right? This great book documents some of Banksy’s most iconic and subversive  works both in London and further afield with art grouped by themes such as cops, rats and monkeys …

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Tipping the Velvet

Sarah Waters’ first novel in her Victorian series evokes a unique take on London – part Dickensian coming-of-age story, part lesbian romp.  Her main character, a young oyster girl from Kent, turned male impersonator on the vaudeville circuit (as you do) becomes a rent boy when she finds herself truly down and out in London. From here Water’s trawls through what might be described as the London underbelly of sex and depravity before coming up for air – and a little romance – in the burgeoning political rights scene among the underclass …

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The Ghost Map

In 1854 London had a population of 2.5 million people, making it the largest, most dynamic city on the planet – too bad about the sewerage infrastructure.  Click through to see author Steven Johnson discuss how a cholera outbreak in inner-city Soho helped remake modern-day urbanism, laying the foundation for the modern day metropolis. …

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Vyner Street

This tiny street flanked with unassuming warehouses, mechanics and an old pub, has become a hub for the creative East London art scene with dozen of galleries setting shop there for the last 10 years …

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