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London: soul brother records, putney

Nigel Summerley

This good old-fashioned record shop is close by East Putney tube station. Fantastic selection of jazz, blues, funk, soul and reggae, plus knowledgeable staff.

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London: Sampled at sadler's wells, a great way to acquaint yourself with dance

Lucy Blanchette

Traditionally, watching a performance of ‘dance' at the theatre involves an hour or so of one type – just flamenco, just modern or just jazz; you get the gist. Sampled is different because in one evening if offers a ‘sample’ of different varieties – and from the very greatest performers.

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LONDON: Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece – 26th April to 29th July at the British Museum

Harry Mount

This new show features the works of the great French sculptor and keen ladies’ man, and also pays tribute to his chief inspiration, the ancient Greek artist Pheidias (c 480-430 BC). Pheidias sculpted the statue of Zeus at Olympia and the two statues of Athena on the Parthenon. His workshop was also responsible for the ‘Elgin Marbles’.
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LONDON: Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

Ruby Scott

Brixton’s iconic Picture House cinema was restored in 1911. Set back from road at the point where the road splits, dividing Brixton and Herne Hill. Comfortable seats, laid-back feel and generous glasses of wine that never fail to disappoint – even if you make a rubbish film choice.

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London: Restaurant Santafereño, Brixton

Ferdie Rous

There are dozens of restaurants and food stalls to try in Brixton Village but Santafereño is one of the best. Its pièce de résistance – the Paisa Tray – combines the best of things on the menu: pork belly, chorizo, steak, beans and plantain. Washed down with a refreshing glass of sugarcane juice, it is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with Colombian cuisine.

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London: pre-theatre scratch menu at spring, Somerset House

Annabel Sampson

Non-fancy menu made up of food waste in response to the frightening statistic that a third of food grown in the UK is thrown out. Potato skins and beetroot tips are whizzed up to create things such as trout pie and parsley sauce, or plum and almond tart. Nice idea to come from such a posh place. The menu changes daily.

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LONDON: Portuguese restaurants, Stockwell

Mary Canon-Belle

Stockwell is brimming with Portuguese restaurants. If you are seeking some bacalao, merluza or salmon, this is the place. Go in the summer, when the locals overflow onto the pavement, drink cerveza and chatter loudly. Entire families go out to dine.

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London: ornamental leadwork restoration, Chiswick

Annabel Sampson

With over 100 year’s experience, H. Crowther Ltd undertakes the restoration of ornamental leadwork, from simple, small repairs to full restorations. Established in Chiswick as a working Studio in 1908, where it remains unchanged to this day.

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London: duck and waffle, bishopsgate

Hamish Charlton

If you enjoy dining at altitude, this is the place for you. On the fortieth floor of 110 Bishopsgate, Duck and Waffle offers spectacular views of London, along with deliciously odd food pairings: including an ox-cheek doughnut dusted with paprika sugar and served with apricot jam, and the eponymous duck and waffle itself. Quite odd but quite delicious.

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London: nutcase and naama, Shepherds Bush

Ferdie Rous

Based in “Little Syria’ in Shepherds Bush, these are two my favourite Middle Eastern shop. Nutcase is nut heaven, and Naama sell bargain-priced olives, amazing falafels and do excellent party catering.

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London: Monet & Architecture at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Huon Mallalieu

There are 78 paintings by the man himself, and nothing else. Only the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris can beat this for numbers. The show is a joy. Go and see it, and, since it will surely pull in the crowds, take advantage of any National Gallery Member’s privileges, any early openings or late closings that you can.

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London: modern greece at the british museum, Bloomsbury

Harry Mount

Charmed Lives in Ancient Greece is an absolute cracker of a show: the pictures of John Craxton and Nikos Ghika, and the words of Patrick Leigh Fermor. You’re whisked straight to the sunburnt south.

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London: meandering down canals - the urban idyll, little venice

Tom Hodgkinson

I stroll along the canal to Little Venice almost every day. The towpaths are lined with narrowboats; speculate on the lives going on inside them. The canals can offer a sort of freedom to bohemian types who are not attracted by a life of wage slavery. Great way to escape urban claustrophobia.

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London: leighton house museum, former home of sir frederic leighton, Holland Park

Thea Dale

Ornate mosaics dazzle underfoot, 16th-century painted Islamic tiles line the walls and a golden dome glitters overhead in this amazing mansion. There are plenty of interesting art exhibitions. An amazing look into the former home of the President of the Royal Academy.

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London: Le Quecumbar, Battersea

Nigel Summerley

If you love the idea of gipsy-flavoured jazz performed ‘live’ in a Parisian-style bistro, then south London’s Le Quecumbar is your dream come true. It features great bands six nights a week, Wednesday to Monday; and every Tuesday it hosts a jam session which is just as hot. It’s a short walk from Battersea Square but feels as if it’s on the Left Bank.

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London: le café du marché, Smithfield

Arthur Nottle

A place claiming to be one of the historic area's ‘oldest’ eating establishments. The converted warehouse was once a corset factory. Now, it is a delightful and traditionally French bistro with bare brick walls, wooden flooring, candles and starched white table cloths. 

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London: Lassco - antiques and restaurants, Vauxhall

Lysander Tyler-Green

Brunswick, Ropewalk and at the Three Pigeons – 'England's Prime Resource for Architectural Antiques, Salvage and Curiosities.' Dine and then buy reclaimed  cast iron radiators, ship and yacht fittings, works of art and natural history at one of the three spectacular sites.

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London: julius caesar at the bridge theatre, London Bridge

John Riley-Smith

David Calder, Ben Whishaw and David Morrissey star in the Bridge Theatre’s production, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Prepare to block your ears, as the evening begins with a loud rock concert, part of a pro-Caesar rally. Terrific performances from the cast make for a memorable evening.

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London: j p guivier - dealers and restorers of instruments & bows, Fitzrovia

Annabel Sampson

Based by The Oldie on Mortimer Street is a very old and appealing shop that was founded by a French military bandsman in 1863. The shop window displays string instruments, lined up little to large, viola to cello, beneath a wooden, golden-lettered sign. Looks grand and crafty.

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London: house of illustration, king’s cross

Sally Longville

A registered charity and gallery based in the beautiful old factory buildings of Granary Square, King’s Cross. The House of Illustration founded by Sir Quentin Blake, of Roald Dahl acclaim, is well worth a visit. 

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London: herne hill velodrome, bradley wiggins’ training ground, Herne Hill

Thea Dale

Herne Hill Velodrome is an outdoor 450-metre cycle track and 1948 Olympic cycling venue. It provides a vital grassroots facility to the local community and cycling clubs. It’s also where Bradley Wiggins trained in the early days. Located at 104 Burbage Road, London SE24 9HE.

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London: growing underground! join an agricultural revolution

Margot Petherick

Thirty-three metres beneath Clapham High Street, in tunnels originally built as Second World War air-raid shelters, an agricultural revolution is underway. An assembly of greens – wild rocket, red mustard, pea shoots – are sprouting in a controlled environment reaping multiple benefits. 

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London: Greyhound café: food and fashion, Fitzrovia

Lysander Tyler-Green

Not very far from Oldie HQ is the Greyhound Café. It’s taken over from Black & Blue (the steak joint) but is evidently, far superior – at least aesthetically. What started as a Bangkok fashion house is now a restaurant.

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London: french house, Soho

Alfred Watchley

Soho’s best pub, I’d say. Which is quite a weighty statement, given the number of good pubs there. It’s aching with history. Actors, writers and wits have rubbed shoulders here with royalty, bohemians and the film world. They only serve pints in halves – as they've done since before time.

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London: fashion and textile museum, Bermondsey

Margot Petherick

Founded by famously-fuchsia-haired British designer Zandra Rhodes, and located in an unmistakable pink and orange building in Bermondlsey, this museum's temporary exhibitions never fail to inspire both fashion students and enthusiasts.

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