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Save Andrew’s Café in Gray’s Inn Road

Save Andrew’s Café in Gray’s Inn Road

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The historical Andrew’s Café located in Gray’s Inn Road could close in May to make way for an expensive housing development. Andrew’s Café is one of the oldest in Camden with a history of over 70 years and was established before World War 2. Its current owner, Erdogan Garip, faces eviction after 12 years of hard working live running the café. The massive development scheme submitted to Camden Council by the property firm Dukelease, a private company owned by a single family, will demolish lovely heritage buildings and destroy a vibrant and active community which will be replaced by 13 new million-pound flats made of glass, metal and concrete. Unfortunately, Andrew’s Café it is only one of many businesses that will be forced out if the planning application for Panther House and 156-
Rough Sleeping: Stories from the Street

Rough Sleeping: Stories from the Street

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"Come and take a selfie with the homeless." Lee, who prefers to use an alias, vividly remembers the moment when he feared that the men standing just over his head while he slept on the ground would start kicking him. A few weeks before I met Lee, he was one of the many homeless people on the streets of London. The steps of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square was his home for many months. He is now in the process of rebuilding his life but has not forgotten his experience as a rough sleeper. His story is so lengthy, that battery on my recorder flat-lines and my coffee goes cold before I could finish. https://soundcloud.com/westminster-world/homeless-in-london Many other homeless people have traumatic experiences while trying to survive living on the streets. This can be dama...
A loo experience you will never forget

A loo experience you will never forget

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Angelica Morrison stands at London’s most expensive toilet. Opened eight months ago in Covent Garden it is a fancy lavatory, owned by the trendy 2theloo Company. But it costs. As Morrison finds out, it is £1 to enter and she had no choice but to pay. Neoliberalism, which turns everything into a business, has reached London’s toilets. Since London’s first toilet, resting areas have moved on to being more than just a place to “relieve one self”. They have turned towards the same direction as the Romans after the introduction of sanitation. According to the British Toilet Association (BTA), over 600 restrooms are believed to have closed down, with another 22 more underway. Raymond Martin, Managing Director of BTA, says the closure has affected the public tremendously. “We have actuall
When make-up becomes art: Georgina Graham presented the new limited edition collection of KIKO Milano at Covent Garden

When make-up becomes art: Georgina Graham presented the new limited edition collection of KIKO Milano at Covent Garden

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International Make-up artist Georgina Graham presented The Artist, the new KIKO Milano collection inspired by the world of art in an event at Covent Garden on Saturday. The Artist collection is an explosion of colour created to mix and experiment with colours that allow you to paint endless beautiful looks. “I think summer 2016 is going to be about experimenting with all colours. Its not one colour, it’s the colour that makes you feel happy”, said Georgina Graham during the event. The eyes come to the forefront with the eyeliner’s adjustable stroke and the high pigment eye shadows ensuring a long lasting effect and the lips are lit up by brightly –coloured lipstick. As if she was painting in a canvas, Graham created three different masterpieces over various types of skin

London is the most talk-about travel destination on Twitter

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London has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, but now it exceeds rivals such as New York and Paris on social media. The words "London" and "travel" were tweeted together more than 630,000 times in 2015, which is 200,000 more than the next most popular cities, Paris, New York, Rome and Tokyo, according to London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional company. The twitter data also shows the word "London" on its own was tweeted more than 81 million times in 2015, which is more than Sydney, Tokyo and Rome combined. Some of the top words used in association with London include, "art", "travel" and "fashion." Commenting on the data, Rod Favaron, CEO of Spredfast for London & Partners said: “Social data is always a valuab

“Ghostbusters is racist,” fans claim

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Fans of the world-acclaimed movie allege that the new version is racist. Thirty years after the much-loved original franchise took the world by storm, the sequel made its long-awaited reboot with an all female cast. When the film's trailer debuted this Thursday, fans who watched the two-minute video quickly took to social media to share their disappointments. They claimed the movie is “racist” because it “lacks diversity”. Why does the Ghostbusters' token character always have to be black? That's racist! #Ghostbusters — PCobbs (@pcobbsthoughts) March 5, 2016 Is it me or based on trailer the Ghostbuster film looks kinda racist. Three white scientists and Lisa Jones is the street girl I'll pass — Mark Harris (@1555FILMWORKS) March 4, 2016 Also I think it's bad &am
Performing for the Camera: is this art or pure self-indulgence?

Performing for the Camera: is this art or pure self-indulgence?

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The first ever Instagram series presenting as art has made its debut at London’s Tate Modern. In a refined, slightly austere bathroom with plain-whitewashed walls, cream tiles and a glass of half-filled with water beside the sink, a young woman reminiscent of Botticelli’s Venus, with alabaster skin and painted red lips gazes reflectively at her self-image. Her posterior juts out provocatively, challenging the viewer while she considers her facial image, seemingly unaware of her powerful sensuality. Amalia Ulman, 27 is an Instagram artist. Using the language of the Internet in her Excellence & Perfections #itsjustdifferent, she enacts a tale of a blonde moving to Los Angeles. Playing on ideas of narcissism within social media, Ulman complicates our understanding of what is re

Harry Potter play will hit west end this July

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"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the eight part in Harry Potter series and will premiere in London  for the first time 7th June 2016. Photo credit-Flickr The play is the first Harry Potter play to be seen on stage and will be based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and Jack Tiffany "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". It will premiere in Palace Theatre this summer and will tell the tale of Harry Potter nineteen years later. The play will be shown in parts 1 & 2 over two days. The cast of the play have been named with Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley taking the leads as Harry, Hermione and Ron. It will be directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany. The tickets can be pre-booked now and prices range from £30-130. The first
Street art in Shoreditch London

Street art in Shoreditch London

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The walls of Shoreditch exhibit the best street art of London, known as one of the greatest open air galleries in the world. Shoreditch has transformed from being one of the poorest areas in the United Kingdom to a vibrant, ever-changing district in the East End of London. Street art is the main responsible for it because its beauty attracts a huge amount of tourists which generates money for the local economy. But what street art is? The first thing people tend to think about when they listen the word "street art" is graffiti. However, while graffiti is vandalism, street art is commissioned and artists paint during the daylight rather than at night. Gregory Simpson, who has been giving tours in Shoreditch for four years along with documenting and painting, explains the main dif

Fashion Week kicks off in London

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The 63rd edition of London Fashion Week (LFW) has returned to Brewer Street Car Park on Friday. https://twitter.com/LondonFashionWk/status/700736115288907777 See highlights from the shows of the first day above. Over the coming five days, the mega event will see 83 designers showcase their Autumn/Winter 2016 collections to buyers, fashion press and guests. This season’s ranges include ready-to wear, footwear, jewellery, bags and multi-label showrooms. Although the audience of London Fashion Week has traditionally been restricted to fashion industry insiders and VIPs only, this year guests can watch shows live on 60 outdoor screens across the country. Thanks to British Fashion Council’s collaboration with Ocean Outdoor, screens have been set up in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, G