Letters from London

This month’s MUST hear, see, eat, buy in the country’s capital…
Compiled by Nina Hervé


Must See
Bare Bones Exhibition with guest Robert Rubbish, Shoreditch – Bare Bones is a non-commercial outlet for artists, photographers and image-makers across the world. The free newspaper is funded by its contributors and is a timely reminder that in the current state of world finance, art and creativity still flourishes and prevails. The accompanying exhibition for the latest issue features Jersey’s very own Rob Greene aka Robert Rubbish of Rubbishmen fame as its guest so much madness and mayhem is expected over the two weeks it is running for. Opening on 12th November at Red Gallery, a pop-up events and exhibition space in the heart of Shoreditch, various talks, events and social happenings will take place so please check out the website for more details.
For the full schedule check out… www.ourbarebones.com and robertrubbish.blogspot.com


Must Try
SchneidersBuero, Rough Trade East, Brick Lane – A bit of Berlin can now be found in London. SchneidersBuero make electronic music-making equipment and have recently opened a modular test salon in Rough Trade East. The glass cabin contains specialist equipment for people to experiment with sound and if you’re tempted to make a purchase but have some questions, a red telephone is on hand which puts you through directly to the guys from SchneidersBuero in Berlin. In addition to the cabin, various headphone points are dotted around the shop for you to tweak away to the music feed coming from the store stereo. A must for any music fans!
For more information on SchneidersBuero www.schneidersbuero.de or Rough Trade at www.roughtrade.com


Must See
Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
– The Horniman Museum is a South London treasure. This free museum with extensive collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments began when Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman started collecting specimens and artifacts from around the world in the 1860s. His mission was to bring the world to Forest Hill and he opened part of his family house to the public so they could view the riches he had collected. As the collections increased they outgrew the family home and in 1898 Horniman commissioned Charles Harrison Townsend to design a new Museum.
Open daily, more information can be found at www.horniman.ac.uk


Must Eat
Hawksmoor Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, Covent Garden

Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, Hawksmoor, first opened its doors in 2006. Specializing in British meat only and resurrecting some long lost and extremely tasty classic cocktails has proved to be a great combination, as the people behind the Spitalfields restaurant are opening another eatery in Covent Garden. The savvy staff do a great job in explaining the different cuts of meat on offer and the delicious weekend brunch menu with a Hawksmoor Full English Breakfast sharing dish is a must, washed down with a bottomless Bloody Mary.
For more information check out…www.thehawksmoor.co.uk

Must Buy
James Smith & Sons, New Oxford Street

Founded in 1830 and still owned and run as a family business, this historic and beautiful shop on New Oxford Street is a stunning reminder of the Victorian period. The shop retains the original fittings designed and made by the master craftsman employed by the business and is a work of art in itself. For 175 years the company has been making umbrellas, sticks and canes for both ladies and gentlemen and their reputation as the home of the London umbrella is well justified. Go and pay them a visit so you’re prepared for the rainy winter days ahead.
More information can be found at www.james-smith.co.uk

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