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House of Illustration

Mary Canon-Belle

A rather recent addition to London's collection of galleries, it offers a look at some well known, as well as up and coming artists, in addition to a number of classes and courses for any budding Oldie cartoonists!

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Granary Square

Mary Canon-Belle

A newly built development in the, until recently, cultural No Man's Land of the space behind King's Cross Station, this lovely square contains a brand new gallery, choreographed water fountains, and a steady stream of arty students from Central Saint Martin's to keep things fresh and vibrant.

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Word on the Water

Genevieve Delacroix

A permanent feature at the recently renovated Granary Square next to King's Cross is this floating bookshop. Full of charm, it also offers food and drink, and an occasional jazz performance. Try to avoid on rainy days though!

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Camley Street Natural Park

Jonathan Finchley

Just behind King's Cross station is this oasis that one would not know existed unless you knew exactly where it was, much like walking directly into the countryside from the centre of London. I think it reopens around Spring 2019.

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Exhibition: 'Modern Couples' at the Barbican

Sally Longville

An artistic, multimedia study of personal and professional relationships. Presented with all the passion that one would expect for an exhibition about couples, and featuring the likes of Dali and Picasso, this is worth going out of your way for, especially as it's only £16 for non-members.

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'Leonardo Da Vinci' by Walter Isaacson

Rich Davey

Seasoned biographer Isaacson tackles his most titanic subject yet, but the daunting task of chronicling the original Renaissance Man's life does not seem to faze him. Refreshingly includes some of the more human aspects of Da Vinci, rather than purely waxing lyrical.

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Film: Locke

Harold Llwelyn

One of the most unique film dramas I have ever seen, in that the entirety of the film takes place in one car, and features only one on-screen actor - Tom Hardy. It is gripping from start to finish and is a perfect platform for Hardy’s virtuosity as an actor.

The Romanoffs

Thea Dale

Not a period piece as I thought it to be going into it, but rather an anthology series featuring the stories of those who believe themselves to be descendants of the titular Russians. Another entry in the growing library of big-budget dramas from the online TV giants, and well worth a watch.

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Autumnwatch New England

Lysander Tyler-Green

The delightful Autumnwatch has upped sticks and jumped across the pond for a series, and in doing so brings us something completely new. It allows us to compare and contrast, as well as to see the ’influences’ that we have mutually had i.e. the invasive grey squirrels.

‘Churchill: Walking with Destiny’ by Andrew Robert

Lara Akeroyd

In what seems to be an overly saturated market of Churchill biographies, this newest of entrants stands head and shoulders above my previous readings. Mr Roberts ahas had exclusive access to many new sources and paints a picture of ‘The Greatest Briton’ in a warts-and-all style.

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‘Oscar’ by Matthew Sturgis

Arthur Nottle

An account of the famed wit’s life that is almost as enjoyable as his own writing. This is both due to the events therein, which seems to be an endless well of wonderful anecdotes, as well a great personal tragedies, as well as the ability of the author to convey them in a coherent and cohesive way.

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London: The Height of the Storm @ Wyndham’s Theatre

Edith Warren

A fantastic family-based drama starring the fantastic Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins. Filled with mystery, intrigue, and a sense of unease, this play is wonderfully written, but elevated by the performances of two seasoned veterans.

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London: Twelfth Night at The Young Vic

Lysander Tyler-Green

A modernised and upbeat musical re-imaginiation of this classic. Of course, any kind of change to such a classic will upset one group or other, but it just might keep the younger generation interested in the Bard.

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‘Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre’

Hamish Charlton

A fascinating account of a dark and occasionally overlooked chapter in British history. Riding describes in vivid detail the years of, to put it mildly, economic hardships that led to this tragedy.

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Hive.co.uk

Arthur Nottle

A high street-friendly alternative to Amazon, a percentage of every sale goes to a local bookshop of your choosing. They are a little slower, and a little pricier, but it has as much charm as can be expected of an online book retailer.

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London: The Perseverance pub

Trevor Littleboy

The cornerstone of trendy Lambs Conduit Street in Bloomsbury, this Victorian era pub offers locally brewed ale, as well as some of the best pizzas available in the area. A particular highlight is the weekly pub quiz on Monday nights.

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London: Bloomsbury Festival

Charles Fergusson

The annual festival kicks off on 17th October this year, and if it lives up to previous years, promises to provide a showcase of the cultural core of Bloomsbury, with events taking place in the many squares, universities, and quirky side streets found in the area.

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Television: Hard Sun

Charles Fergusson

A bloated police procedural/hard sci-fi hybrid that takes itself too seriously. It is presented with an edge that it can’t seem to sharpen, and offers no respite from its ever darkening plot. Pre-apocalyptic fiction is rarely attempted, and this would be a prime example as to why. 

'The Fall of Gondolin' by J.R.R. Tolkien

Charles Fergusson

It is a remarkable achievement that Tolkien’s legendarium is showing no signs of slowing it’s continual expansion, even some 45 after his death. This latest instalment goes back to a more traditional approach to storytelling, but loses none of the epic scale that is expected.

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Audible

Harold Llwelyn

Audiobooks are nothing new, but the ability to carry a library’s worth on your phone is. An Audible subscription through Amazon costs £7.99 and provides one audiobook per month (you can of course purchase more at a higher rate) and has turned my commute into something to look forward to.

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London: Society of Marine Artists Annual 2018

Ruby Scott

The annual exhibition of the best that the Society of Marine Artists returns for its 2018 exhibition at Mall Galleries. Entry is a nominal fee considering the quality, but free entry is granted to those with a copy of the September Oldie.

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London: Oslo Court

Margot Petherick

Tucked away underneath an assuming block of flats in North London is this treasure of a restaurant. Eternally stuck in the mid 1970s, the interior is a sea of muted pinks. However, it most closely resembles the 1970s with it’s size and options for lunch and dinner. Definitely worth a try.

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Oxford: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth

Margot Petherick

Moving to New York at the end of the month, this is the definitive showcase of J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and art. Naturally focusing on his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings, and accompanying works, this is worth a visit even for the most casual of fans.

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London: Persephone Books

Alfred Watchley

Situated on Lambs Conduit Street, this bookshop and publishing house offers up somewhat of a niche: republishing out of print female authors, with a focus on the 20th century. There are more than a few hidden gems to be found here, with some top class assistance from the staff.

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London: The Lady Ottoline pub

Alfred Watchley

A recently refurbished gem off the beaten track in literary Bloomsbury. Just a stones throw away from the Charles Dickens Museum, this pub offers up a generous selection of libations, and thoroughly English fare that is a cut above the usual gastropub offerings.

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