This Is London - 10 July 2020

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Life After Lockdown

Life After Lockdown

65 Years Informing Visitors


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CONTENTS

Events 4

Kew Gardens Glasshouses

Hard Rock Cafe reopening

Music 6

LMP Live!

SIX Drive In Theatre

Active London 8

Exhibitions 10

London Art Week Digital

Art on Super Yachts

Dining 12

Bubala reopens

Theatre 14

Sleepless summer performances

Proprietor Julie Jones

Associate Publisher Beth Jones

Editorial Lucie Henry Eleanor Collett Harry Osborn

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London City Airport Re-Opens

London City Airport and British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer are resuming

routes to Ibiza, Florence, Málaga and Palma this summer. The airline will also be

recommencing domestic flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin restoring

important Anglo-Irish connections with the capital.

The first flight at the airport since operations were suspended was on

Sunday 21 June when BA CityFlyer reconnected the Isle of Man and London.

During the suspension, the aerodrome was made available to government

agencies and the military to support the national effort to manage the pandemic.

The airport also made a special donation of £50,000 from its Community Fund to

nine East London foodbanks, to help their essential work during the crisis. Over

this period, the airport has been busy working to create a safe environment for

passengers and staff.

A recent survey of customers found that 79% were either very likely or quite

likely to travel when they are told it is safe to do so by the Government and

airports or airlines; and 42% of the airport’s customers plan to travel for leisure

within the next three months – not too surprising with summer holidays looming

large after many weeks spent at home.

From 13 July, KLM is also set to resume operations between London City

Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol. Linking Central London to the capital city of

the Netherlands, the route will begin as a single daily service, with frequency

increases expected as demand for travel returns. Throughout the summer,

passengers will have the opportunity to connect to over 100 European and

intercontinental destinations via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Popular with

both business and

leisure passengers,

the route will be

operated by

KLM subsidiary,

KLM Cityhopper

using an Embraer

190 aircraft

carrying 100

passengers.

London City Airport has released two new videos, one previewing what

travellers can expect when they fly to and from the central London airport, while

the other is a message from CEO Robert Sinclair which welcomes passengers

back, now they can travel again with confidence.

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GLASSHOUSES REOPEN AT KEW

After successfully reopening its

gardens at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst

in Sussex on 1 June, RBG Kew is now

reopening its iconic structures. The

jewels in Kew Gardens’ crown, its

world-famous glasshouses, are opening

their doors once more and welcoming

visitors to step inside and explore the

botanical treasures hidden within.

Highlights include the Palm House,

Temperate House, Waterlily House, and

the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

The Hive, the much-loved installation

that recreates life inside a beehive, will

also reopen. At Wakehurst in Sussex,

visitors will be able to visit the

Millennium Seed Bank – including its

fascinating exhibition, Surviving or

Thriving – and enjoy woodland walks

and spectacular meadows, at their best

this time of year.

Kew Gardens has been gradually

opening shopping spaces to visitors in

the past few weeks, and this will

continue to expand in July, alongside

the reopening of restaurants and cafés at

both sites. In a year when many travel

plans have had to change, RBG Kew is

encouraging summer visitors to satisfy

their wanderlust by making a trip around

the world during their day out at Kew.

By taking a journey through their global

collections, visitors will discover

landscapes, plants and architecture that

transport them from the Mediterranean to

a Japanese tea garden; from South

African mountain tops to the forests of

California – all within a few hours. At the

most biodiverse postcode on the planet,

visitors can reconnect with nature and

discover a whole world of natural

wonder.

In a final flourish to Kew Gardens’

summer landscape, a bespoke botanical

sculpture – created by the winning duo

from the acclaimed Netflix television

programme, ‘The Big Flower Fight’, will

be on display in August. Described by

some when the programme launched in

May as ‘avant-gardening’, if the pair’s

previous designs are anything to go by,

their travel-themed structure will not

disappoint.

Visitors, including Members, must

pre-book timed entry slots online via the

website at www.kew.org.uk – there are

no walk-in entries at this time.

VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON

2020 UPDATE

The Virgin Money London Marathon

have given the latest update on the race

this year, scheduled for 4 October. They

are currently looking at innovative ways

to stage the race, and are hopeful that

they will be able to move ahead the with

the new date.

Event Director, Hugh Brasher, said:

‘Just over 40 years ago, on 26 October

1979, my father Chris Brasher, the

co-founder of the London Marathon,

started his column in The Observer with

these words: ‘To believe this story, you

must believe that the human race can be

one joyous family working together,

laughing together, achieving the

impossible...’

‘From those words, the first London

Marathon was born. While some may

think what we are trying to do on

Sunday 4 October is impossible, we will

not give up hope. The 40th Race should

be a day that shows the best of

humanity. A togetherness, a joy and a

celebration of everything we treasure.’

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THE HARD ROCK CAFE OPENS ITS DOORS

The Rock Shop at Piccadilly Circus is now open for trading in both locations.

The original, Hard Rock Cafe London and the new flagship location, Hard Rock Cafe

Piccadilly Circus are also opening from this weekend. Hard Rock Cafe offers fresh,

high-quality items from its newly reinvigorated menu, which includes award-winning

Steak Burgers such as The Original Legendary® Burger and The Big Cheeseburger.

Additional guest favourites include items such as the Vegan Moving Mountains

Burger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Classic Wings, Golden Onion Rings and more.

Bookings can be made via the website at www.hardrockcafe.com/location/london or

www.hardrockcafe.com/location/piccadilly-circus

HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL

RESCHEDULED DATES

Hairspray, the award-winning smash

hit musical, will now be performed in

April 2021 at the London Coliseum.

The production will begin performances

on 22 April with a limited 19 week run.

Until 26 July 2020, all existing ticket

holders have priority to move their

tickets to a new date.

The production will star Michael Ball,

who returns to his legendary, Olivier

Award winning role of Edna Turnblad,

alongside one of the UK’s greatest

comedians, Paul Merton, who will be

making his West End musical debut as

Edna’s husband, Wilbur.

Michael Ball said: ‘Just like Edna’s

famous roll-on foundation garments, it's

been a struggle but it's finally going on,

and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Hairspray is the perfect show to help the

West End rediscover its joy, energy,

talent and relevance. Nothing says ‘we

made it through’ better than sitting in a

theatre, watching a community facing the

huge social issues of their day and

conquer them with the help of family,

friends, commitment and love... oh and

some brilliant songs, spectacular dance

routines and huge belly laughs. It’s just

the antidote we need. See you there.’

Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big

hair and big dreams. Can she make it on

the local TV dance show, win the heart

of teen heartthrob Link Larkin and bring

everyone together – whatever their

colour, size or hairdo?

Paul Merton and Michael Ball.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY REOPENS

After an unprecedented 111 days

with its doors closed, the National

Gallery started welcoming visitors again

on Wednesday 8 July. Entrance will be

via the Sainsbury Wing Entrance and

exit through the Getty Entrance. As part

of their new safety measures, the gallery

have introduced three one-way art routes

to guide you through different areas of

the collection – visitors will still see the

paintings they know and love as they are

taken through the Gallery, with

opportunities to choose which art

journey their visit will take.

Guests will be able to download an

online map ahead of a visit or view it on

any smart phone, and can access

extensive information on each painting

through the Gallery website. When

walking through the art routes, you can

also get extra information by

downloading the Smartify app for free

and use your phone to scan the

paintings.

The universally acclaimed

Titian: Love, Life and Death exhibition,

that had to close after just 3 days, will

also reopen and has been extended until

17 January 2021. Nicolaes Maes: Dutch

Master of the Golden Age has also been

extended, until 20 September 2020.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden,

says 'I'm so delighted this national

treasure will be one of the first to open

its doors to once again share its

priceless collections. As our museums

and galleries open, I am sure the British

public will support them and help our

precious cultural institutions bounce

back. The reopening of the worldrenowned

National Gallery on the 8th

July can't come soon enough.'

For those unable to see the nation’s

paintings in person, the National Gallery

will continue to work hard to bring its

pictures to their homes in the major

digital programme it launched after the

doors in Trafalgar Square temporarily

shut. Through its digital initiatives the

National Gallery will continue to be open

24/7 with free art online.

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Photo: Kevin Day.

AT HOME WITH LMP

After 90 days of broadcasting an

amazing array of daily musical content

to inspire and satisfy its audience,

London Mozart Players is bringing its

‘At Home with LMP’ series to a close

with a flourish. Singer, actor and

presenter Alexander Armstrong will

narrate the story of Peter and the Wolf

for a brand-new film, with Prokofiev’s

score performed by the London Mozart

Players – all videoed performing the

various parts separately in their homes,

and the recordings painstakingly

produced and mixed by conductors

Timothy Henty and Benjamin Pope.

Tim Henty, who has twice conducted

‘Classic FM Live’ concerts at the Royal

Albert Hall, has also directed the film.

The various roles (human and

otherwise) have been performed by a

cast of LMP family, friends... and pets!

The film also features brand new

illustrations by Kirin Eldridge, animated

by Cat Fuller. It is the perfect finale to an

incredible series.

Alexander Armstrong, who follows in

the footsteps of Alice Cooper, Bill

Clinton, Boris Karloff and David

Attenborough as previous narrators of

this work, kindly donated his time to the

project in support of the orchestra. He

commented: ‘I was delighted to be asked

to narrate Peter and the Wolf for LMP, it

is one of the best ways to introduce

young people to classical music, and

what has been achieved in splendid

isolation is something of a miracle. Hats

off to LMP for the incredible ‘At Home

with LMP’ initiative, it has brought a lot

of comfort to many people during a very

difficult time’.

From 23 March, LMP have broadcast

a daily schedule of treats for music

lovers of all ages via its social media

channels. From deconstructions of

symphonies to how to build a French

horn from a hosepipe, the content kept

coming. Contributions came in from

musical stars such as Jess Gillam,

Howard Shelley, Jane Glover, Michael

Collins and Nicola Benedetti, with

recitals from pianist Melvyn Tan,

soprano Christina Johnston, baritone

Roderick Williams and guitarist Craig

Ogden among others. There was also a

freshly-minted version of The Carnival of

the Animals (with Joanna Lumley

narrating). Viewing figures are still on

the increase, but to date ‘At Home with

LMP’ content has racked up 75,000

views on social media.

BIRMINGHAM OPERA COMPANY

Birmingham Opera Company will

share some of their ground-breaking and

acclaimed work online in the coming

months. The organisation, renowned for

its radical, bold and immersive

productions that put the audience at the

very heart of the action, will share their

2015 production of Tippett’s

The Ice Break on OperaVision (from

30 June); their 2012 production of

Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht

/Wednesday from Light on their own

website and as part of Après Demain

Festival curated by Ruth Mackenzie

(from 4 July); and their 2009 production

of Verdi’s Othello on BBC iPlayer as part

of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine

season (from 19 June).

Photo: Helen Maybanks.

For both The Ice Break and Mittwoch

Aus Licht there will be additional live

Q&A’s on the work, for the former with

Birmingham Opera Company Artistic

Director Graham Vick, Mezzo-Soprano

Chrystal E Williams and Artistic

Associate Reisz Amos. In the same

period Deutsche Oper will perform

Graham Vick and Jonathan Dove’s

version of Das Rheingold in a carpark in

Berlin, which sold out in 12 minutes,

and began performances on 12 June.

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SIX – FIRST WEST END MUSICAL

TO PERFORM AFTER LOCKDOWN

Electrifying musical phenomenon SIX

by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss will

become the first West End musical to

resume performances across the UK

from early August with Utilita Live From

The Drive-In. Producers Kenny Wax,

Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles

have announced that SIX will play at

12 open air drive-in concert venues in

London and other UK cities from Bristol

to Edinburgh as part of Live Nation

Entertainment’s Utilita Live From The

Drive-In summer season.

Designed to comply with all official

guidelines, Utilita Live From The

Drive-In will deliver the UK’s premier

drive-in experience, boasting concert

quality sound from a live stage with a

full state of the art sound system,

lighting rig and high definition LED

screens, creating an arena or stadium

concert feel in a safe Drive-In setting.

SIX, voted Musical of the Decade by

Whatsonstage, will perform an 8-show

week in each venue with customers

arriving by car but able to step outside,

picnic and party while they watch the

festival-style live stage show from their

own dedicated area next to their vehicle.

Producer Kenny Wax said: ‘We are

delighted that SIX will spearhead the

reopening of one of London and the

UK’s most popular shows. With the

industry in crisis, theatres struggling

and some even going out of business,

this drive-in event offers hope for the

Photo: Johan Persson

future and equally importantly, jobs for

about 50 of our company including cast,

musicians, stage managers, technicians

and freelancers. We are using both our

West End and UK touring casts, rehearsing

and touring them in a bubble and having

them work in teams of 6 (fortunate for us)

as per the government guidance.’

Thousands of SIX fans were left

bitterly disappointed when sold out runs

at the Arts Theatre in London as well as

up and down the country on the UK Tour

were cancelled.

SIX was nominated for five Olivier

Awards including Best New Musical,

won the WOS award for Best Musical

2020, performed on the results show of

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and in front of

thousands at West End Live.

From Tudor Queens to Pop

Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII

take to the mic in SIX to tell their tales,

remixing 500 years of historical

heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration

of 21st century girl power. These Queens

may have green sleeves but their lipstick

is rebellious red.

Tickets go on sale on 3 July.

BARBICAN ANNOUNCES

RE-OPENING IN JULY

The Barbican will re-open its Art

Gallery and Conservatory on Monday

13 July followed by The Curve on

Tuesday 11 August. In line with

government guidelines, new safety

measures will be in place including

operating at reduced capacity, timed

entry slots to ensure a safe flow of

visitors through the space, and tickets

needing to be booked online in advance

of a visit.

The reopening programme includes

critically acclaimed exhibition

Masculinities: Liberation through

Photography; epic new installation

A Countervailing Theory by artist Toyin

Ojih Odutola; and the chance to explore

the Barbican Conservatory.

The Barbican’s restaurants, bars,

cafes, main shop and cloakroom

facilities will remain closed during this

phase but there will be takeaway

refreshments and a pop-up Art Gallery

shop on the Conservatory Terrace on

Level 4, as well as toilet facilities

available. Detailed visitor information is

available at www.barbican.org.uk

PHOENIX GROUP SUPPORTS

LONDON CHARITIES

Phoenix Group is increasing its

support to charities in London by

donating £20,000 to St Mungo’s, who

work to prevent homelessness and

support people in their recovery. This is

part of a UK-wide package of community

aid from Phoenix in response to the

virus. The Trussell Trust, which supports

a network of food banks across the UK

will also receive £50,000.

This follows news last month that

Phoenix was donating £50,000 to its

existing charity partner London’s Air

Ambulance Charity, who deliver an

advanced trauma team to critically

injured people in London, performing

life-savings procedures on-scene that

are usually done in the emergency

department, and extending its

partnership to the end of 2020.

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RUN URBAN LONDON

Whether you’re a born and bred

Londoner or a visitor to the City, there are

almost certainly hidden gems which

you’ve yet to discover. Many people use

running as a way to explore a large city,

and very often happen upon an amazing

building, or a beautiful monument which

is slightly off the beaten track. Whether it’s

a 5km circuit or a marathon distance,

there are many places waiting to be

discovered. Here are some of the routes

which will take you to those urban places

you might otherwise not have found.

GREENWICH

Greenwich is home to the start line of

the Virgin Money London Marathon

each year, and although it may have

been a bit quieter this year, the park is

worth exploring. The oldest of the Royal

Parks, it is also home to the Greenwich

Meridian and a short run/walk from the

Cutty Sark. The circumference is 2 miles

– a full loop of the park may make up

part of a long run perhaps, but it’s easy

to put together some nice loops to make

up the miles if you would rather stay in

the park itself. Be prepared for some of

the large hills, but the reward at the top

is a panoramic view of the City, perfect

for a post-run picnic.

HACKNEY WICK AND OLD FORD

Many joggers will be familiar with the

central part of Regent’s Canal, but stop

before they reach the cool urban

paradise which is Hackney Wick.

Adjacent to the Olympic Park (access is

easy from Stratford), the canal takes in

some of the best street art in London.

The colourful narrow boats make for a

picturesque run, and there are plenty of

take-away coffee stops if you’re looking

for your post-exercise treat. Once you’ve

left Hackney Wick, the canal soon meets

Victoria Park, where it starts to get much

busier. However, the park boasts two

cafes as well as some circular, flat

running routes – perfect if you’re trying

to beat your PB.

BRICK LANE AND SPITALFIELDS

Brick Lane is a good place to start if

you’re interested in seeing some of

London’s famous Street Art, but it’s best

to run early in the morning to avoid the

crowds. Well known as the heart of the

East End, the name derives from brick

and tile manufacture which started in the

15th century. The street is full of

character, and its many different

architectural styles tell the story of its

evolution from the 15th century to the

present day. From Brick Lane, it’s easy to

drop into the Truman Brewery, where

there are street art pieces from some of

the most famous artists including Vhils,

Shepard Fairey and Banksy. Pedley

Street runs from Brick Lane through

Allen Gardens, under the railway bridge

and along the side of the former

Nomadic Community Gardens. The art in

this area is ever changing, but is usually

of good quality.

EPPING FOREST

Epping Forest is just on the outskirts

of London, and could provide some

respite from the hustle and bustle of the

City. Epping Forest has over 20 miles of

surfaced trails and around 6,000 acres

of forest to explore on foot. Whether it’s

a quiet lakeside stroll or a long run

through the trees, the Forest is a perfect

place for both walking and running. It is

open access, which means that you can

either follow one of the nine waymarked

trails or the other paths, or venture off

the beaten track and cut across country

to discover hidden delights. It

encompasses a wonderful variety of

terrain from the flat open grassland

areas of Leyton Flats and Wanstead Flats

to the particularly steep, hilly and

densely wooded sections like High

Beach and Great Monk Wood.

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HAMPSTEAD HEATH

Hampstead Heath is the place to be if

you’re practicing hill sprints, or just

fancy a bit of a challenge. The Heath is

hilly, but in return for your efforts there

are some wonderful views. There is a

6-mile circuit which is well known, and

covers most of the park. There is also a

1.5-mile loop around Parliament Hill

which is a nice add on if you want to

increase distance. There are also a

number of independent coffee shops and

bakeries nearby on Hampstead High

Street, and some of the best shopping in

London, too.

CANYON 30 DAY CYCLING

CHALLENGE

Whether it’s avoiding the traffic on the

daily commute, long weekend road rides

or hitting the local mountain bike trails,

Canyon, a company which produces

some of the best road and mountain

bikes, has set the 30 day challenge to see

how many miles you can complete and

forego the car or public transport. Canyon

are asking people to turn to the bike as

much as possible, in an effort to be

healthy and kind to the environment.

Using a 5 mile commute as an example,

Canyon have shown that cyclists could

save as much as £500 a year in cutting

fuel costs alone. Avoiding the car and

public transport is environmentally

friendly, reducing CO2 emissions.

www.strava.com/clubs/canyon30

BODY BATTERY FROM GARMIN

Garmin, the producers of GPS

multisport watches, have introduced

their newest feature, Body Battery.

Body Battery uses a combination of

Heart Rate Variability, stress, and activity

to estimate the user’s energy reserves

throughout the day. It records and

displays a number from 1-100 which

represents the individual’s energy level.

The higher the number, the more

energy the user should have to complete

tasks and activities. A lower number may

indicate it is time to conserve energy.

The unique aspect of Body Battery is that

it is a cumulative metric that builds a

picture of a user’s energy over hours and

days. The Body Battery can be used to

help manage an athlete’s day. When the

number is high, it should mean you

have enough energy for a workout or

exercise. Conversely, when the value is

low, it may be a good idea to conserve

and rest.

It can also be used to learn how the

body reacts to various situations and

stimuli. For example, if the Body Battery

shows a low number in the morning,

you may be able to look at the past few

days of cumulative measurements to

identify what may have been the cause.

Body Battery is most effective when

used alongside one of the watches from

the Garmin range. To find the right

product for you, visit www.garmin.com

READY BY ADIDAS

READY is a new multi-sport

collection from adidas, that uses

responsive fabrics and intuitive design

to help athletes perform, whatever the

weather. With a global increase in

outdoor sports and training, READY

enables athletes of all abilities to train

without the distraction of competing with

the elements.

The apparel uses a smart layering

system that allows athletes to build

modular sports outfits that address

seasonal needs, selecting different

pieces that can be worn together without

bulking at the seams and which allow for

maximum movement, comfort and

ventilation.

Designed for multiple forms of

movement, READY combines the latest

advances in adidas’ performance

apparel, bringing together design teams

across every sports category. From

running and training shorts and t-shirts

to performance hoodies and jackets, the

collection features technology systems

to support athlete performance in intense

conditions.

Key pieces have been made using

adidas’ latest body mapping technology

to ensure precise placement of

ventilations zones that keep the body

cool when the heat rises, and hybrid

textiles including Aqua-X Yarns draw

sweat away from the body and enhance

the body’s own cooling process.

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Antonio Joli (Modena 1700 - Naples 1777) Rome, View of the Colosseum and the

Arch of Constantine c. 1750 Oil on canvas 38.8 x 72.2 cm/15.27 x 28.4 inch

LONDON ART WEEK SUMMER

DIGITAL EVENT

The innovative digital presentation of

London Art Week Summer 2020, taking

place from 3-10 July, welcomes

numerous new faces alongside familiar

participants that have supported the

event for many years. Some 50

exhibitors have been confirmed to date.

International newcomers include

Galerie Canesso and Jacques

Leegenhoek from Paris, Nicolás Cortés

Gallery of Madrid, Daxer & Marschall

and Arnoldi-Livie of Munich and, from

Italy, dealers such as Walter Padovani of

Milan with sculpture, Antichità Alberto

Di Castro Srl of Rome with works of art,

Bottegantica of Bologna with Italian art

and Enrico Ceci Cornici Antiche of

Modena with fine antique frames.

From the USA come new participants

Jill Newhouse Gallery and Mireille

Mosler. Among new London-based

dealers taking part in London Art Week

this summer is Stuart Lochhead

Sculpture, Osborne Samuel Ltd, Panter

& Hall, Benjamin Proust Fine Art Ltd,

and Offer Waterman. Sladmore Gallery

and Philip Mould & Company return

after a few years. Works for sale span

5000 years of art, from ancient Egypt to

Modern British, with an emphasis on

Old and Modern Masters, offered by the

world’s most respected fine art galleries.

In response to the global situation,

London Art Week has created a new

online space for dealers to work

together, preserving the collegiate nature

of the event which embraces auction

houses and which is supported by

museum partners and art world

sponsors. A major feature is a new

series of mixed, curated Viewing Rooms

where works from a cross-section of

participants will be shown side by side,

a new way for dealers to be discovered

by a world-wide audience. The Viewing

Rooms go live from 3-10 July.

Dealer pages on the London Art Week

website will house up to 25 works per

gallery, and there is provision in LAW

DIGITAL for supporting material such as

videos, film clips, essays and exhibition

catalogues. A comprehensive digital

catalogue will accompany London Art

Week Summer. Visit the website at

www.londonartweek.co.uk for further

information.

RAF MUSEUM AT COSFORD AND

LONDON REOPEN

Following recent advice from the

Government and Public Health England,

the RAF Museum is re-opening its doors

to visitors. With the health and safety of

visitors and colleagues in mind, the

Museum will now be asking visitors to

pre-book their arrival time at

www.rafmuseum.org. While still offering

free entry to all, the new timed ticket

approach will guarantee the space

needed for a safe an enjoyable day out.

The Museum has been working hard

behind the scenes to prepare new social

distancing measures in preparation for

re-opening, a one-way visitor flow and a

limit of the number of people in each

building will be in place. Hand sanitiser

will be available at the entrance to each

hangar and throughout each building.

Hand washing facilities are also

available in all Museum buildings.

The RAF Museum is unique in terms

of size, it offers wide open spaces – both

inside and out, and a range of exhibits

that will engage the whole family. Both

sites have large green spaces, ideal for

a summer picnic.

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Photo: Carolin Thiersch.

PANDORA ART SERVICES –

LIVING THE DREAM

While the summer is here, thoughts

will turn longingly to postponed holidays

and perhaps the secluded luxury of a

private yacht. Pandora Mather-Lees is an

art historian with over 20 years’

experience in the commercial art market

counting galleries, museums, auctions

houses, art-related platforms and a range

of professional art organisations among

previous clients. Delivered globally

through the superyacht professional

organisations, Pandora Art Services offers

specialist training and development in

yachting and villas.

This autumn, on two weekends in

Central London, Pandora is offering ‘The

Artworld Revealed’, an intensive, fun and

action packed course which provides

delegates with a practical understanding

of the art world, how to study art, the care

of art and some of the hazards that can be

encountered. You will learn the

importance of art in society, the art

market, art history basics and the nature

of the art owner and art collector. The

course is unique in that it combines an

understanding of moving, packing and

storing, insurance hazards, how not to

clean or hang art and materials and media

encountered. It has been likened to a

weekend MBA in the art world and will

give you everything you need to get a

good grounding in all things art related.

While some of life’s pleasures are

temporarily suspended, this is for

anyone wanting to learn more about how

the art world operates on a practical

level and the basics of art history,

particularly art collectors with little

understanding of the art market, a great

precursor to someone wanting to study

art history or to start buying art, who

needs an intensive and rapid way to get

up to speed. It will be especially helpful

for people working for art collectors who

may be nervous about taking instructions

or who would like to get a top EA position

and need that extra qualification to help

them on their way.

The content includes: Art in our

society and the importance of art around

us; The art market – an overview; Art

History overview of key aspects; Art

vocabulary – debunking some special

terms; Understanding the movements in

art history; The historiography of a

painting; Iconography - connoisseurship

– semiotics; Fakes and forgeries; Art

forensics; Materials and types of media

encountered; Moving and handling art –

logistics and Insurance; and CITES

national treasure laws and other export

risks when handling art. At the end of

the day, there will be a visit to a top

artist’s studio in London to see first

hand how an artist works with friendly

drinks included.

Arrangements have been made to teach

the course safely with limited numbers, on

two consecutive Saturdays in October.

One-to-one training with modules tailored

to individual needs can also be arranged.

The full course is £295 per day which

includes teaching, refreshments, glass of

champagne, studio visit and literature. For

further information, contact Pandora

Mather-Lees, Superyacht Art Consultant,

telephone 07460 352939 or visit

www.artonsuperyachts.com

50m Tankoa S501 Hybrid at 2019 Monaco Yacht Show.

Luna B, Courtesy of KK Superyachts.

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DINERS RETURN TO LONDON

This Is London is continuing its

coverage of Life After Lockdown. Here

are further highlights of some of

London’s most exciting restaurants and

bars that have been given permission to

reopen their doors for the first time in

over three months.

AYLLU

Launched in March 2020, Ayllu is a

Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant

situated in heart of Paddington Central.

Inspired by Peruvian traditions around

the Ayllu community the restaurant pairs

Peruvians flavours with Japanese

influence. This new and inspired menu is

an exciting, unique marriage of traditional

flavours and influences. They have a

fantastic selection of sushi, ceviches, and

some Ayllu classics inclusing dishes

such as Smoked Octopus Tiradito, Lamb

chops and lomo saltado, a traditional

sautéed flat iron steak dish.

Having put their menu on delivery

during lockdown, they are now open to

the public, offering 25% off for prebooked

tables of up to four people

throughout the month of July. Ayllu will

be open from Monday to Sunday.

ayllu.co.uk

THE CORAL ROOM AT THE

BLOOMSBURY

Now open to the public again, The

Coral Room is a magnificent double

heighted all day bar and restaurant

located at the front of The Bloomsbury

hotel. They offer a range of delicious

food options, English sparkling wines

and a unique cocktail menu that takes

influence from the English countryside.

The Sip of England menu whisks

patrons away to the moors, meadows,

seas and spires of the Great British

outdoors, with each cocktail using

ingredients local to the area they are

inspired by. Guests can also enjoy

healthy plates, delicious bar snacks and

regular live jazz sessions.

Mindful of the original Lutyens

design and the building’s listed status,

the space was sensitively reimagined in

The Bloomsbury refurbishment in 2017.

The original panelled walls have been

retained and given a high gloss lacquer

finish in vivid coral.

A striking feature of the new interior is

the five bespoke Murano glass

chandeliers which have been specially

created for the space. British illustrator

Luke Edward Hall was commissioned by

the hotel’s owner to create 36 original

pieces of art inspired by the surrounding

Bloomsbury area and the architecture of

Lutyens. The bar itself features a

Calacatta marble top with a high gloss

moulded timber front, and the back bar

is complete with an antique mirror and

brass detailing, to reflect the iconic

heritage of the hotel and building. Head

to their website for bookings:

thecoralroom.co.uk/

KANISHKA

Atul Kochhar’s KANISHKA in Maddox

Street W1 reopened on 4 July with a

stunning seasonal menu using top British

produce, and a new pavement bar.

The dishes reflect the compelling

flavours associated with Atul’s approach

to Indian cuisine. This includes Lake

District lamb patties, New Forest venison

and Kentish goat; Vegetarians and vegans

can enjoy King Edward Potato cake with

summer truffles, and there’s a great

choice of Gangtok Momos. There will

also be a new outside bar offering Cobra

beer, wines and spritzes, open from

Thursday – Saturday, 5pm until late. The

restaurant will be reducing its days of

trading to Wednesday – Sunday for

lunch and dinner.

kanishkarestaurant.co.uk

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JOE ALLEN LAUNCHES A SERIES OF

VIRTUAL CABARET EVENINGS

On Saturday 4 July, Joe Allen, the

New York brasserie and West End

restaurant, launched their first virtual

cabaret evening with a host of well

known guests and musical performances

streamed live into homes worldwide to

raise money for those in crisis in

London’s Theatreland.

As a pillar of the theatre community in

London for over four decades, the Covent

Garden stalwart has teamed up with

Acting for Others, a charity that provides

financial and emotional support to all

theatre workers in times of need through

the 14 member charities. Having

provided solace and sustenance to theatre

lovers, actors and beyond for many years,

Joe Allen now need a helping hand to

ensure that they are able to reopen.

Bringing Broadway to bedrooms for

an evening of celebration, La Voix

compèred the night, known for her

raucous comedy and impressions,

steering from act to act. In true Joe Allen

style, viewers were invited to descend

into a restaurant that came to life in front

of their eyes and recreated the longed for

dining experience with a twist. As the

camera swept through the red velvet

curtains and across the wooden floors,

the famed posters that line the walls of

the much loved restaurant lit up as

familiar faces performed.

To kick off the night, a drinks order

was taken, but here, viewers were

encouraged to create their own Joe Allen

cocktail, having been sent a list of

ingredients prior, during a masterclass

where lead bartender Alex Barbu was

shaking up their signature tipple,

enabling them to sip along for the

duration of the show.

Reminiscent of Sunday Night at the

London Palladium, there were a host of

varied acts, not least a sketch by

Britain’s Got Talent finalist, the comedy

writer and ventriloquist, Steve Hewlett.

The evening also included seasoned

actors Patricia Hodge and Sir Derek

Jacobi and singer Gary Wilmot alongside

West End stars past and present, lending

their voices to the cause as they belted

out famous melodies from the most

popular musicals from award winning

Company to Guys and Dolls, and perhaps

a request or two.

‘Joe Allen has been a long-standing

part of the theatrical community and it is

a pleasure for us to be involved and we

thank them for their support for Acting for

Others. The funds raised will make a

difference to the many beneficiaries of our

fourteen member charities,’ says Acting

for Others co-chair Stephen Waley

Cohen.

‘The West End has been particularly

devastated by the pandemic and without

this support, Joe Allen may not be able to

reopen, as such we wanted to use this

time to shine a light on ourselves and

also others in need in the theatre industry

through Acting for Others. Broadway is in

our blood and we have always been a

home away from home for actors so we

hope that this show will unite our

community and loyal guests for an

evening of fun, laughter and merriment

during these troubled times! We can’t wait

to stand shoulder to sequinned shoulder

with our beloved theatrical family, the

show must go on!’ says General Manager

Cathy Winn.

The show can still be viewed on

youtube, head to their Instagram to get

access to the link plus lots more great

content:@joeallenlondon

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WORLD PREMIERE OF SLEEPLESS

AT TROUBADOUR WEMBLEY PARK

Sleepless, the musical romance

based on the original screen

play Sleepless in Seattle, will premiere

at the Troubadour Wembley Park

Theatre, from 1 September, with

previews from 25 August. The limited

season will run until 27 September,

observing government advice.

Sleepless is a new musical which will

star Jay McGuiness as Sam and

Kimberley Walsh as Annie, and will

feature a 12-piece jazz orchestra.

Michael Rose, producer of Sleepless,

on behalf of Encore Theatre Productions,

said: ‘Our story in Sleepless deals with

mending something that is broken – it’s

about putting a family back together after

a loss – and we feel it’s time to do

exactly that – it’s time to start the healing

process – that’s part of what we do in

Theatre.’

The show tells the heart-warming tale

of Sam, who moves to Seattle with his

ten year-old son, Jonah, following the

tragic death of his wife. When Jonah

phones a radio show, Sam is forced to

talk about his broken heart and sleepless

nights live on air, and he suddenly finds

himself one of the most sought after

single men in America and a great news

story for feisty journalist Annie on the

opposite side of the country. Can Jonah

bring the two together on the top deck of

the Empire State Building? A fresh and

lively book alongside a brand-new

musical score bring this timeless of

romantic comedies to life on stage.

The world premiere of Sleepless will

be presented by Michael Rose, Encore

Theatre Productions Ltd, David Shor and

Marc Toberoff. The General Manager will

be David Pearson.

HACKNEY EMPIRE CROWD-

FUNDING CAMPAIGN

Olivier award-winning actor and

Hackney Empire Patron Clive Rowe has

launched a crowdfunding campaign to

help Hackney Empire rebuild its

reputation as one of the UK’s most

beautiful and best-loved venues.

Clive has starred in over 14 of

Hackney Empire’s legendary pantomimes

and said the Grade II* listed theatre

‘must continue’.

For over a century, Hackney Empire

has been an iconic venue for the

performing arts, home to generations of

artists, audiences and community

participants who come to see a rich

variety of music, comedy, opera and

theatre, as well as work by young and

emerging artists for which the venue

provides a vital platform.

Hackney Empire's pantomime is one

of the UK's best and best-loved,

attracting audiences of over 50,000

annually. Further information from the

website at hackneyempire.co.uk

DA VINCI CODE STAGE PREMIERE

The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s

blockbuster novel that captivated the

world, is to become an epic stage

thriller. It will make its World Premiere at

the Churchill Theatre on 3 April, 2021.

The curator of the Louvre has been

brutally murdered, and alongside his

body are a series of baffling codes.

Follow the pulse-racing journey as

Professor Robert Langdon and fellow

cryptologist Sophie Neveu attempt to

solve the riddles, leading to the works of

Leonardo Da Vinci and beyond, deep

into the vault of history. In a breathless

race through the streets of Europe,

Langdon and Neveu must decipher the

labyrinthine code before a shocking

historical secret is lost forever.

Based on the best-selling novel of this

century, with over 100 million copies

sold, the secrets of The Da Vinci Code will

be revealed in the stage adaptation of the

international phenomenon and uncover

the truth in the greatest thriller of the past

2,000 years.

Clive Rowe in panto Photo: Robert Workman.

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‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers

By Emily Dickinson

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.

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