Posts Tagged ‘London’

Last night at about 3 am there was a horrendous scaffolding collapse in London’s Notting Hill Gate.

Scaffolding collapse in Notting Hill Gate

Though sources suggest the collapse was a result of aggressive winds, I suspect otherwise…

… check out a zoomed in image:

Caught red handed...

Have you seen this man?


Throughout my life I’ve had to a take a bus just to get my nearest tube station. For many people this is probably quite the norm, especially those that live on the outskirts of London. But I live in a particularly well-known central location, Battersea (NO, not in the Dogs Home, hur hur hur). Year after year locals have cried out for a local tube stop in order to save them both time and money. Now, it looks like the government are finally considering their demands.

With significant plans to revamp Battersea Power Station and its grounds, at a cost of 5.5 billion pounds, securing new tube connections in the surrounding area is key. It is hoped that the project will create 16,000 new homes and 25,000 job opportunities, vital for the capital as it struggles with high levels of unemployment.

The planned tube connection will be part of the Northern Line, extending the Charing Cross Branch from Kennington. There are also additional plans to further extend the line to Clapham Junction in the future. Reportedly, Chancellor George Osbourne has backed these plans so they could well be complete by 2015.

Living on the cusp on Battersea and Clapham this project would be perfect! Finally, a tube station to call my own.

Wake me up when it's my stop?


I was horrified today when I saw the #MyTramExperience video.
Her ignorance and language were shocking, especially because she had a young child sat on her lap.

Anyway, that has been rectified now. She has been arrested and Daniel Kirk has created this immense parody video:

Well done, Sir.

Originally written November 30th 2010 – Published in Roar! Newspaper

Welcome to a new academic year at King’s College London! Here at ROAR!, we hope you’re as excited as we are for the year ahead. London is arguably the world’s hub when it comes to live music entertainment, and exploring the many venues available it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re a stranger to the city, or a Londoner familiar with your surroundings, there are undiscovered gems waiting to be found – but to begin with, here’s a guide to some of the best unearthed venues. Whether you’re looking for an expensive seated ticket at the prestigious Wembley Stadium or a cheap night out at Camden’s Barfly, the capital can provide an establishment to suit everyone’s taste.

The vast interior of the O2 Arena Greenwich

Let’s start by covering some of the biggies. Housed inside the former Millennium Dome and with up to 23,000 capacity, the landmark O2 Arena in Greenwich is one of the largest and most prestigious indoor venues in Europe. Interestingly, U2’s sound manager worked with engineers to sound-proof the arena and reduce echoes, providing the astounding acoustics found within. The grand venue is guaranteed to provide memorable shows, no matter where you’re seated – just watch out for the highest tiered seating if you haven’t got a head for heights! Notable performances at the O2 Arena include Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and Madness, with Michael Jackson choosing it for his sell out tour ‘This Is It’ .  Be sure to check out the Gorillaz in November or Arcade Fire and Lady Gaga in December.

The larger O2 building also encompasses IndigO2, a 2,410 capacity club with 4 bars, having staged shows from George Clinton of Parliament fame and the NME and Metal Hammer awards, and the smaller club Matter, owned by the founders of London’s prestigious urban dance club Fabric, hoping to re-open later this year.

The Academy: The beacon of Brixton

Next up, the Brixton Academy, 12 times winner of the NME Venue of the Year. A former theatre, the Art Deco interior still resonates, with a proscenium arch prevalent above the stage. The Academy stages the very best in dance, rock and hiphop, home to Doom’s (MF) eagerly awaited debut UK tour later this year, alongside September shows from the Eels and Mgmt. Pendulum, Jamie T and Franz Ferdinand have all made live recordings from within, highlighting the venues substantial audience capacity and audio capabilities. The Academy is easily one of London’s most reliable venues, just watch out for the pole cutting through the centre – it can leave a nasty bruise if you’re dancing away in the darkness!

In a similar vein as Brixton, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire also retains the original chic charm of a quaint theatre, marrying it with a modern exterior. Notably, Charlie Chaplin was one of the first performers here as the former BBC Television Theatre. With a capacity of 2,000, it’s one of the more intimate of London’s larger venues, providing a great opportunity to get up close and personal with your favourite artists. Surrounded by various pubs in close proximity, there’s plenty of opportunities to sink a few pints before you head in. If you fancy delving into the Empire, The Magic Numbers and Shakin’ Stevens are playing – not at the same show!

The unassuming exterior of the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

Larger venues often provide more epic shows, but are usually accompanied by heftier price tags. Fortunately for all us Londoners, the capital also offers some of the world’s greatest smaller venues, both underground and established. The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen is a perfect example of the former. Situated on Old Streets’ trendy Hoxton Square, a quaint music venue is embedded deep within the bar. Entering past some regal floor-to-ceiling wooden doors, expectations are massively subverted as you’re greeted by a modern grunge den inside. Bursting with atmosphere and particularly loud audio courtesy of massive side stage speakers, this is one of London’s hidden gems. The bar generally features smaller scene bands, but the likes of Vampire Weekend, Marina and the Diamonds and Paloma Faith have all played there.

The beautiful interior of the Roundhouse

For something a little more established, but with all the same underground charm visit the Camden Roundhouse,marking a notably chic departure from Camden’s classically dingy music venues. The venue is perhaps the most attractive in London, with central iron pillars, steel staircases and a clear glass frontage creating a modern juxtaposition with the elegant original brickwork and timbered roof. The beautiful circular arena offers an array of possibilities, from circus acts surrounding the perimeter to a central stage allowing 360 degree audience viewing. In the past, this grade II listed former railway engine shed has delivered monumental appearances from Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, providing a platform for the Doors only UK appearance. Check out the Turning Point Festival this month, providing sets by Professor Green and Rob Da Bank.

With such cultural diversity in London, we are blessed with perhaps the widest range of musical entertainment available across the globe. Irrespective of what genres define your taste, the city promises to provide the perfect setting for a great night, even if your student budget attempts to forbid you! In the words of Morrissey: ‘Here is London, home of the brash, outrageous and free.’ Time to decide where your adventure begins!