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London Open House : Garden suburbs, Tower & Old Schoolhouse [Sep. 19th, 2017|05:30 pm]
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Sunday 17 September: London Open House : Garden suburbs, Tower & Old Schoolhouse

After a must needed lie in, we went to visit some more local places for Open House. Our first visit was Tower Gardens Suburb. One of the 1st garden suburbs in the world, 2-storey terraced cottages retaining decorative architectural features. LCC created 'housing of the working classes' role for architects' department under Riley, brother of the Art Workers guild. Interesting self guided walk around this area we often pass by car but never really paid attention to all the different style of architecture.
https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/2192




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Next visit was The Old Schoolhouse, a small, early Victorian infant school, closed in 1934, and after conversion and some demolition re-opened in 1981 as HQ of Hornsey Historical Society. Inside was a little exhibition but also lots of literature on the local area, so interesting seeing photos of before and now, lots of must do local walks and we bought a book on Wood Green, turned out the author was there so even got it signed.
https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/2101
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Last visit for today was the Tower and Churchyard of St Mary's Hornsey with fabulous views of London :). Grade II* listed tower with restored chapel remaining from Medieval parish church. Tour includes crypt, ringing chamber & main roof with excellent extensive views in all directions. We could see home and of course Alexandra Palace, with the usual cakes and tea in the graveyard :) Very nice to discover and learn more in our local area. Also aftre all the modern buildings we visited yesterday we were in need of some older ones ;) https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/662

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Sat Open House: White Cube & Unicorn Theatre [Sep. 18th, 2017|06:02 pm]
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Saturday 16 September: London Open House: White Cube & Unicorn Theatre

5. White Cube on Bermondesley Street
A gallery currently showing the ‘Dreamers Awake’ exhibition, highlighting women surrealist artists. I particularly loved Leonora Carrington’s work and suspect I’ve seen shows on her before (probably at Viktor Wynd’s place.
openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/5235

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6. Then we tried to get into The Weston Flats because the pretentious description of the flats just made us all laugh, with its ‘tessalating designs… generating a double height void… incorporating the solidspace DNA’ but it was shut or perhaps ‘involved a non-accessible atmospheric’.
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7. Finally we hit ‘The Unicorn’ children’s theatre where we were shown another modern concrete box with clever old features like trapdoors and flying scenery. The guide was brilliant and so were the unexpected international-theatre-star-rabbits living on the roof.
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Sat Open House: Rambert Dance Studios, Historical Dress Society, Weston Architect and Church [Sep. 18th, 2017|05:36 pm]
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Saturday 16 September: London Open House: Rambert Dance Studios, Historical Dress Society, Weston Architect and Church

On saturday we all met at Waterloo to follow Heather route that day around Lambeth/Southward land. Simon did an even better description than i did as we went along so using his words :)

1. Rambert Dance Company.
This was an ugly soulless grey concrete box with architectural highlights borrowed from multi-storey carparks… and yet it worked. The architects had listened to the dancers and had designed a box with particular thought about the surfaces (dancers tend to walk around barefooted) and the light and heat (again, important if human beings are to use the box) and I left thinking that some boxes are good boxes! (words by Simon)
https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/5895
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2. The school of historical dress
Next we went to a building that at one point housed a London Dispensary and some sort of soup kitchen for the poor. Now however it is a building housing The School of Historical Dress. A fantastic facility dedicated to learning and teaching how clothing was put together. I suspect some of my clothes making and reenacting friends would love to chat to these folk… and they had a grumpy cat trying to sleep amongst the ruffs and a Ghanian coffin in the shape of a tape measure.
openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/6825
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3.Weston Williamson + Partners. Architect studio
Next we popped in to an architects’ studio: a beautiful re-use of a long Victorian brick shed and I was so tempted to leave inspirational texts on post-its on their desks to see if I could single-handedly change the face of future British architecture when the architects return to work on the weekend: something like ‘Have you considered stone or brick?’, ‘Boxes are ugly and simple’ or ‘flat detail-less surfaces drain the life out of humanity.
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4. The Church of St.John The Martyr
Then there was an unplanned visit to The Church of St.John The Martyr at Southwark which had a beautiful cherub-filled plaster ceiling, large wooden box-pews and a modern but useful crypt. If you’re a Dickens fan it also features heavily in Little Dorrit.
 

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Camden & Greenwich [Sep. 18th, 2017|01:29 pm]
MorbidFrog
Wednesday 13 September: Camden Market

After work that afternoon i joined everyone in Camden to have a nice wander around. Ending up with new unicorn necklace in the process. Simon then went to Alan Moore talk , whilst we went back home to chat .






Thursday 14 September


That morning Simon took Marcia and Mira to the airport, the house going to feel quite empty . I had a manic day at work, so it was nice to walk around pretty Greenwich in the evening to catch up with another visitor in London for a few days :) Also discover a ginger beer with skulls one :)









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Diana Memorial Playground & Hyde Park [Sep. 18th, 2017|01:21 pm]
MorbidFrog
Tuesday 12 September: Hyde Park & Diana Memorial Playground

I joined the girl in the afternoon in South Kensington and did the pretty route via Royal Albert Memorial




Kensington Palace




to finally end in the Diana Memorial Playground, such a nice space with tippies, boats, islands, wind instruments, secret dens, carved tottems, sculptures and lots of different areas













In the evening Aly and Rob came for dinner .




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Elfin Oak [Sep. 18th, 2017|01:18 pm]
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Tuesday 12 September: Elfin Oak

I feel like an uninformed fairy that i didn't know it existed until yesterday: The Elfin Oak, outside the playgroundin Hyde Park . It is a sculpture made from the hollow trunk of an 900 years old oak tree that is carved with figures of fairies, elves and animals. Reminded me of the fairy tree in Melboune...










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Garden [Sep. 18th, 2017|01:14 pm]
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Monday 11 September: Garden

I sadly had to go to work that day but few pics in the gardens :)






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Alternative Bring & Buy, Pergola Gardens and Golders Green Park and Karamel [Sep. 18th, 2017|12:55 pm]
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Sunday 10 September: Alternative Bring & Buy, Pergola Gardens and Golders Green Park and Karamel

That morning we went to the Bring and Buy and got some goodies, did it a lot faster than usual due to the attention of a two years old but got a cool pair of dotty boots.






Afterwards we went to visit the Pergola Gardens (shame so cold and windy), still always a great place to bring visitors and whilst we picnic by the water we had some choir practicing.











went to the stumpery but no squirrels !!!



Ending in the playground and zoo





finally try our local vegan arty restaurant Karamel...yummy





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Marcia and Mira arrival [Sep. 18th, 2017|12:52 pm]
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Saturday 8th September: Marcia and Mira arrival

That afternoon we went to collect Marcia and Mira in Stanstead, in order to test the chair we borrowed off Kat, we took another child with us to airport :)



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THE SOHO SERIES - BOWIE'S SOHO WITH GEOFFREY MARSH [Sep. 11th, 2017|08:10 pm]
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 Wednesday 6th September: THE SOHO SERIES - BOWIE'S SOHO WITH GEOFFREY MARSH

Great talk  on Bowie and Soho by the curator of the Bowie exhibition at V&A. Very interesting but also so sad that pretty much every locations he mentioned is now gone or about to. Soho sadly so different now, the talk was in one of those interesting members club venue you would never notice on Shafestbury avenue with just a buzz , inside swanky resto, roof gardens and room for talks. Didn't realised Pink Floyd has now surpassed David Bowie one as the most visited exhibition in the world, but Gautier at Barbican still number 1. Both were so amazing well deserved, just wish i could have got tickets fort he Bowie one.

http://centuryclub.co.uk/whats-on/soho-series-bowies-soho-geoffrey-marsh/
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