As the end of the first month of a new year looms and our heads are cleared by days of âDry Januaryâ (we stuck to it alright?), Mystic Townfish is looking into our crystal ball for 2015 to cast our predictions on the young London talent we should all be keeping our eyes peeled for in the weeks to come.
Back in August we listed some of our favourite London art galleries with an edge to them. But that wasnât all of them, oh no. London is full to the brim and we didnât want you to miss out on any of them so here are a few more to provoke and intrigue you.
Living in the city of London you might be forgiven for expecting never to encounter anything more rural than a pair of designer wellies.Â Youâd be forgiven; but youâd be wrong.Â
London, being the most wonderful city that it is, can cater for pretty much any taste. It has nightclubs galore, and almost any that you might happen to stumble into in Soho on a Friday or Saturday night will be playing a crowd-pleasing mix of stuff that's in the charts, either now or from yesteryear. But what if you want something a little bit different? Something... alternative? Well then, you should probably look at nights out in East London...
You donât end up with a city population of over 8 million without attracting people with some unusual interests and passions. This is of course one of the many reasons we all love London â it can be home for all: the masses and the individual, the average and the eccentric.
There is a wealth of places to go shopping for a new outfit in London but where do you go for something a little different, something a little less 'high street'. Well, we have gathered a selection of the finest boutiques to fulfill your every fashion needs; here's a collection of our favourite London fashion shops for women.
Many people remember the sweets and chocolates of their childhood with nostalgic sighs. While the treats of childhood which are no longer made might seem worlds away, there is a select group of people in London who have gone all out in recreating some of that remembered magic, but with a contemporary (and even adventurously adult) twist.
For any Londoner, the tube is a godsend that gets you from point A to point B. The thirteen colour-coded lines intertwine like an electrical diagram, and are the most efficient manner of transport across the city as you head across the river and to the four furthest ends on the giant mechanical snakes that tunnel under and over the cityâs networks.
Though it may seem like every other shop in London is a Zara, Tesco or Starbucks, there are still many eccentric, vibrant independent shops thriving among the high street mega-brands. Here is a small list of some of the best quirky shops in London.
Old film cameras are stacked on wooden tables and white buckets for âNorfolk Lavenderâ and âChilled Wineâ hang in the doorway of Aliceâs on the antiques end of Portobello Market, one of the best markets in London.
Mind the Gap. Wait for the green man. Caution:Â coffee is (not surprisingly!) hot. Donât use heavy machinery under the influence. The world is full of donâts, health and safety warnings and protection measuresÂ designedÂ to keep us safe, keep us healthy andÂ â perhaps most importantly for those with the signs â toÂ keep us from suing.
London is one of the worldâs greatest party and events cities. Weâre famous for our street parties, weâve gained global fame for our exceptional organisation skills thanks to events like the Olympics and the Jubilee, and weâre up for any excuse to host an event. Itâs no wonder that hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Englandâs capital every year.
London in the 1600s brings to mind rats, the stench of rubbish, crowded streets, outbreaks of bubonic plague, the Great Fire, Shakespeare, horse-drawn carriages, dim light of oil lamps hanging outside houses and, of course, pub culture, which has continually played an important role in British history.