The countdown to Christmas is in full swing as the world's largest Hamleys toy parade took place on Sunday 19th November 2017 in Regent Street. The Christmas Toy Parade attracted over 800,000 Londoners and even tourists that have come from around the world to enjoy and even take part in this annual parade. Why is this event so important? Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world selling more than 50,000 toys in the flagship store. By 1837 Hamleys was a London landmark and the toy store moved to its current site on Regent Street in 1881. Regent Street was transformed into a festive wonderland as it featured a marching cast of over 300 children's characters including Scooby Doo, Buddy the Elf, Sonic the Hedgehog and Peppa Pig. There were entertainers ...
Small independent cafés like TAP Coffee are developing well despite facing fierce competition from big chains like Costa and Starbucks in London. As a modern independent coffeehouse, TAP Coffee has newly opened the fourth branch in Russell Square. On the contrary, Costa has reported recently that its sales growth has almost ground to a halt. TAP Coffee has made achievements mainly by three ways. Unique Decoration Style To develop a cozy atmosphere, all the branches are decorated by the owner of TAP Coffee. “All the tables and chairs are made by him, and every painting on the wall is chosen by him as well,” said Marta, a barista of TAP Coffee branch in Russell Square. There are bicycle models on other three branches’ signboards. According to the manager of the TAP Cof
It’s Saturday evening in Central London. It’s cold outside, and a young student couple fancies a good movie. Their decision will reveal how the cinema business in the capital has evolved to a new paradigm of both management and consumption. It’s mid-March and all the Oscar-award winning films are on screen. She wants to see La la land, but he has already seen it, so it’s going to be Moonlight. They check the screenings on their smartphones. The closest venue is the Curzon in Bloomsbury. 13 pounds. Too much for their short budget. Another option: the Vue in Islington. 11 pounds. Still too expensive. They live in East London, so what about the Hackney Picturehouse? 11,5 pounds, no way. He is about to quit. Wait, she says, let’s check the Genesis in Whitechapel. Look, 7 pounds. Deal. Once
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
Music, hypnotising atmosphere, imperfect friends, and of course, drugs. These are the main components of a checklist for party animals. London has been a party hub for many decades. Its many clubs and bars attract anyone of the legal age. But what is the dark side to it all? Drugs. Lots of drugs. But maybe not for that much longer: London’s most famous electronic dance club Fabric was shut down due to the deaths of two 19 year olds. Cause? Ecstasy. A shock wave followed the clubs’ followers and music lovers across the UK. After several petitions, online campaigns and letters, the club is reopening its alluring doors to Londoners once again. It took Fabric a 155 page document consisting of 32 new conditions to convince the court and Islington council to reopen. The rules include banning
Be it to help mental health or simply nurture your inner child, adult colouring books may not merely be ‘just another fad’. It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening and the Waterstones bookshop at Piccadilly is abuzz with excitement. A bestselling author is about to launch what experts already know will be another bestselling book, and no, it’s not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or E. L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The author in question is Mille Marotta, and the book is Wild Savannah: A Colouring Book Adventure. The new book’s predecessors, Animal Kingdom and Tropical Wonderland, were among 2015’s top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, and continue to top the list of most gifted items on the site. And if these aren’t clear enough indicators of the craze that’s gripped the country, new data from a Ne
Would you do anything to be beautiful? Some people are killing themselves in the pursuit of lighter skin and using skin bleaching products. A trend for young men to whiten their skin is emerging. But, why? It seems lately more Dancehall artists are singing about wanting to have lighter skin. There appears to be a growing trend for young men in London from Afro-Caribbean, African, Asian and mixed-race backgrounds to bleach their skin. These Londoners are going to extremes to lighten their skin, risking their health using banned toxic lotions, gulping down dangerous whitening pills and washing with caustic soap. Certain East London shops are currently facing a £20,000 fine for being caught selling toxic skin lightening cosmetics.
"The Choice" making a huge return with its movie adaptation starring Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker hitting UK cinemas this March.It is the latest novel by Nicholas Sparks to be turned into a movie originally published in 2007. "The Choice" is the thirteenth novel written by Nicholas Sparks and eleventh to be made into a movie along other famous film adaptations such as Message in a Bottle (1999), Notebook (2004) and Dear John (2010). Nicholas Sparks is an American novelist, screenwriter and producer has been mostly acclaimed for his romantic-drama novels. The first novel "Message in the Bottle" was a huge success and then turned into movie of the same name. It grossed $118,880,016 internationally and starred Kevin Costner and Robin Wright. Since then several of his n
When Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Grammy awards, many thought she had delivered an exceptional standing ovation performance. However, some of the late performers fans including his son, Duncan Jones, were less thrilled. Bowie was well known for being music’s greatest “self- reinventor”. He mimed his way through a show splashed with glitter and wearing insane amounts of eye make-up. In a few words, Bowie has done it all. His son, Duncan Jones, slammed Gaga after her tribute performance to his father at the music show on Monday. Duncan seemed to have not been impressed with the singer’s rendition of Bowie’s ten best songs as part of her tribute. Just minutes after Gaga took to the stage as Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Duncan twitted that he was confused
For the first time in history, 280 prints from the Conde Nest Archive and international collections are on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition is part of Vogue's centenary celebrations. Westminster World received an invitation to attend the exhibition’s public opening. The exhibition houses a number of recognisable English faces. Fashion icon and pioneer of the 90s 'grunge' trend, Kate Moss features in controversial underwear shots. Iconic British band, The Beatles also hang alongside photographs of the first Lady Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Despite the large variety of faces, fashion still remains the focus. The exhibition houses a series of Second World War photographs by Vogue’s official war correspondent, Lee Miller. His photographs showcase the