Sunday, 22 July 2018

Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, South London

A free event, the Lambeth Country Show pulls in thousands and thousands of punters with an eclectic mix of live music, good causes, gardening, farm animals, jousting, falconry and the like.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Saturday evening on the Southbank, London

On summer weekends, a stage outside the National Theatre entertains visitors to the South Bank with live music and DJs

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Thames in Teddington, South West London

The view of the Thames from the Wharf Restaurant in Teddington, a leafy suburb tucked away between Bushy Park and Richmond Park

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Eynsford, Kent

A historic village, Eynsford is set in the Darent Valley, which is part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Amid the listed buildings in the heart of the village is the handsome St Martin’s Church and the picturesque ford, flanked by a narrow stone humped-back bridge.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cardinal Place Roof Garden, Victoria, Central London

With a big screen, deck chairs and union jack cushions, Cardinal Place Roof Garden is geared up for watching live Wimbledon tennis while sinking a drink from the pop-up bar

Friday, 22 June 2018

The Waterloo Festival, St. John's Church, Waterloo, Central London

There were some quirky and eye-catching exhibits in the 2018 Waterloo Festival, which is hosted in and around St. John's Church.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

World Cycling Revival Festival, Herne Hill Velodrome, South London

Seemingly modelled on the Goodwood Revival vintage car festival, the ambitious World Cycling Revival Festival attempted to conjure up a bygone, golden era of two-wheeled travel at the historic Herne Hill Velodrome. Although it promised jazz and swing music, period costumes, a temporary museum and a plethora of cycle races, the festival was poorly attended on the Thursday and Friday.  That could have been because most people have to work on weekdays and the standard entry price of £38 was far too high to justify a few hours in the evening. Still, it was quite easy to source cut price tickets and the (too limited) live music and wacky track races were actually pretty entertaining.  An energetic sundown performance by King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, accompanied by dancers in 1940s dress, was scintillating. It's a pity there were so few people there to enjoy it. 7/10 

Monday, 11 June 2018

Translations, the National Theatre, the South Bank, Central London

Images from the National Theatre web site
A poignant and passionate play, Translations immerses you in rural Donegal in the 1830s. A small Gaelic-speaking subsistence community is gradually unpicked and uprooted by the arrival of a squad of red-coated English sappers charged with mapping the county and replacing the Irish place names with Anglicised alternatives. The action focuses on a hedge school, which teaches Greek and Latin, but not English, to potato farmers living off a rugged landscape lashed by rain. This warm and engaging production brings to life the subsequent war of words and languages, while the threat of a real conflict looms large in the background. A returning son tries to bridge the broad gap between his earthy, yet erudite, compatriots and an earnest English captain, while a young lieutenant is enthralled by the lusty lyricism of the locals.