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10 London Department Stores
Pop by 'n say hi!10 London Department Stores With Christmas just a week away, we take a quick look at 10 London department stores.  With some of them being so historic, it seems a good time to visit.  That’s not just because it is Christmas, but also because in recent years, department stores have been failing and closing.  Debenhams (featured in our list of 10 London department stores) which traces its history back to 1778 London has raised fears with poor sales figures recently.  Another favourite, House of Fraser was sold as part of a £90 million rescue deal earlier in the year. It is not just department stores, retail sales have been sliding recently with consumers tightening belts.  Their major concern seems to be growing Brexit uncertainty.  This has affected online retailers as well as traditional ones.  Rising costs and online competition are affecting UK, traditional, brick-and-mortar retailers though. The conclusion is it might be worth getting into historic department stores while you still can as their future may be uncertain.  Here is a list of 10 London department stores and what they are known for.  We have included names of nearby photography galleries as no visit to central […]
Trafalgar Square London
Pop by 'n say hi!Trafalgar Square London Trafalgar Square London sits near the top of anyone’s checklist on a sightseeing visit to London, together with Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye.  Although the square has a lot of history itself; it is not just historic nationally, it also features in photography history.  Henry Fox Talbot, the father of the negative-positive photography process took photographs of Trafalgar Square while it was being constructed in April 1844.  Fox Talbot invented the negative-positive process which was the first to allow multiple copies to be made from a single photographic image.  This was probably one the first photographs ever made. Today Trafalgar Square is a major magnet for tourists.  While you can always just take pictures around the fountains, there are some interesting features around the square.   On the square you have Nelson’s column and various plinths and statues, including the so-called Fourth Plinth.  The Fourth Plinth sat empty for years before becoming probably the most famous public art commission in the world.  Behind the Fourth Plinth is the National Gallery and on an adjacent side you will find St. Martin in the Fields church. Nelson’s Column Nelson’s Column commemorates Admiral […]
London Photography Exhibitions December 2018
Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions December 2018 As this is out last update before the Christmas break, first of all, before getting into this London Photography Exhibitions Decemeber 2018 post, we would like to wish all of our regular readers a restful break over the Christmas period and a joyful and prosperous 2019.  We will be back with regular weekly updates in January and there will be some other posts in the interim. To finish the year we add an exhibition currently running at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.  That display is the first exhibition to focus pioneering photographs by Sir Roger Fenton.  This images from the Crimean war were taken when  photography was still in its infancy.  A time hard to image now, with images ubiquitous in modern lives. As well as that exhibition there are continuing exhibitions at Atlas Gallery, Flowers Gallery and No 20 Arts.  These three displays can loosely considered to be related by the theme of our relationship with the planet and its environment.  There is more on these as well as other exhibitions below. Huxley-Parlour Gallery Renovation Be sure to check opening times before visiting galleries over the Christmas break.  Note […]
Cirencester Park, Cotswolds
Pop by 'n say hi!Cirencester Park, Cotswolds Cirencester Park is at the heart of the historic town, known as the Capital of The Cotswolds.  While the town is known for its charming classic Cotswold architecture and history, the park is a perfect setting for a Cotswold winter walk.  Although there is free public access to the park, it is actually owned by the 9th Earl and Countess Bathurst. Their Grade II listed country house with Grade I listed gardens lies on the same site as Cirencester Park.   The Manor and Park were granted to Lord Seymour (brother of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife) after the dissolution of Cirencester Abbey.  Although the Abbey is no longer standing, you can pop into the Parish Church on the same site on a Cirencester visit).  Cirencester Park changed hands several times before being sold to Sir Benjamin Bathurst in 1695.  Ever since it has remained in the Bathurst family. Today, the park is open daily from 8 am until 5 pm.  Dogs, and even horses, are welcome though cycling and drones are not (without special permission).  Dog owners must be considerate to other users of the park though. It is also a good […]
Cotswolds Winter Walks
Pop by 'n say hi!Cotswolds Winter Walks While we still have a bit of time to Christmas, and also time to finalise plans for the break, we look at some Cotswolds Winter Walks you might consider for Boxing Day.  There are four listed here though there are so many nice Cotswold winter walks it was difficult to filter them down. Cotswold Way Circular Walk The Cotswold Way is an 102 mile national trail from Chipping Camden Camden to Bath.  Typically, the full trail is a seven to ten day walk. Having said that, there are also lovely walks along short sections to suit different abilities.  Here is a four-and-a-half mile circular route starting in Chipping Camden. Crickley Hill not just a lovely piece of countryside in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Crickley Hill also has archaeological importance as the site of a battle around 3600 BC. Here is a National Trust walk which starts in nearby Cranham. Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water If its postcard Cotswold village you are into then why not take a walk between these to picturesque Cotswold towns.  This walk from the Cotswold Conservation Board takes around three hours. Cirencester Park although Cirencester Park is owned […]
White Christmas 2018
Pop by 'n say hi!White Christmas 2018 What are the odds of a white Christmas 2018?  You have to go all the way back to 2010 for the last UK White Christmas. Will it be a white Christmas 2018, and where does it actually have to snow for it to be a white Christmas? Traditionally a snow flake had to land on the roof of the London Weather centre for it to be a white Christmas.  Going by that measure, the last white Christmas in the UK was in 2014.  However, the weather in London isn’t always representative of that across the whole country.  For the Met Office, the UK’s National Meteorological Service, there is now a broader definition.  For it to be a white Christmas 2018, at least one snow flake has to be observed falling somewhere in the UK on Christmas day. So that’s what a white Christmas is but will we have a White Christmas 2018?  Latest forecast from the Met Office is not looking promising.  Colder scenarios are currently looking less likely than mild ones.  Having said that, UK weather can be unpredictable even over the short term, so perhaps there is some hope for the […]
Petworth Park, South Downs
Pop by 'n say hi!Petworth Park Petworth Park in the South Downs, Southern England is a lovely Deer Park which, while previously owned by dukes earls, today it is in the care of the National Trust.  The park is also home to Petworth House, a 17th century, Grade I listed Manor House.  The Park in its current form dates back to the 18th century.  There were elaborate Elizabethan gardens on the site from the late 16th century though. The current pleasure gardens were extensively landscaped by the famous ‘Capability’ Brown during the 1750s and 60s.  Lancelot Brown was responsible for landscaping some of the most-loved British landscaped gardens at Stowe as well as the gardens at Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle.  He earned the name ‘Capability’ for his frequent expression that there was great ‘capability‘ for improving the grounds he was commissioned to work on. It was Charles Wyndham who took on ‘Capability’ Brown to landscape Petworth Park.  His son, the Third Earl of Egremont was friends with the British landscape artist J M W Turner, who would spend long periods at Petworth.  Turner painted Petworth Park from the lake at around 1810.  To this day, there is still a […]
Petworth House, West Sussex
Pop by 'n say hi!Petworth House, West Sussex Petworth House is a 17th century,  Grade I listed country house in West Sussex.  Today Petworth House and Park are in the care of the National Trust.  Over the years they have been owned by earls, dukes and royal relatives.  The House is set in a large deer park.  There were previously elaborate Elizabethan gardens where that Capability Brown landscaped park now lies.  The manor house at that time, which predates the current Petworth House, was a gift from Henry I’s wife to her brother in 1150.  As beautiful as Petworth House is from the outside, it is inside where you will find the greatest gems.  The manor houses the National Trust’s finest art collection.  An English ‘Versailles’, Petworth is know for the collection of work by Titian, van Dyck and Reynolds as well as Flexman.   The collection will be augmented next year when Petworth House hosts an exhibition of Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses. Although entry to Petworth House is only accessible for free to National Trust members, anyone can access Petworth Park.  There is a nice  Petworth Park circular walk, popular with families on which you can explore […]
Petworth Park Walks
Pop by 'n say hi!Petworth Park Walks Petworth Park is a landscaped park in West Sussex, in the south of England.  In this Petworth Park walks post, we look at a few options for walks to explore the beautiful landscapes which the park offers.  The park, together with Petworth House is in the care of the National Trust and was redesigned by Capability Brown. There are a couple of Petworth Park walks you might consider.  The first starts from the Petworth Park car park on the A285 (not the Petworth House car park) which is managed by the National Trust.  There is a parking fee for non members but the park itself is accessible to anyone for free.   This is a circular walk, around the park, which is very popular with families.   The walk takes in the folly, lake and some decent views of Petworth House.  Best of all, there are a few points along the route where you are likely to spot deer.  See the South Downs Walking page for full details of this walk. Another of the Petworth Park walks you might consider is the Ancient Trees walk which is the National Trust recommend. Some trees in […]
London Photography Exhibitions November 2018
Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions November 2018 November 2018 sees two new and equally exciting photography exhibitions added to our list.  Significantly, rare work from British photographer Bill Brandt is on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea.  Meanwhile, on the Strand you can see something very different from South African Athi-Patra Ruga.   Ruga is known, in particular, for his diverse practice.  This is clear in this exhibition which features drawings, sculpture and film  together with photography.  Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions is on until the start of January at Somerset House.  Read on for more details which are given further below. Some of the photography exhibitions in London, like the New East Photo Prize 2018 at Calvert 22, are closing soon.   The New East Photo Prize show features work from Eastern Europe and Russia as well as Central Asia.  Another exhibition ending soon, is the Edward Burtynsky show which is at the Flowers Gallery in Soho.  In particular, Edward Burtynsky: The Human Signature explores the human impact on our planet.  The show also includes an augmented reality feature. Read on for further details on these as well as others. Take a look […]
London Photography Exhibitions October 2018
Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions October 2018 There is even more good photography to see in London this autumn.  First we go back around 100 years to the aftermath of the First World War.  Renewal at the Imperial War Museum offers a look in detail at rebuilding cities after the Great War.  Meanwhile in Notting Hill, there is a very different landscape on display.  Hunter Barnes offers a photographic study of Las Vegas, taking the vivid vistas of the buildings as well as the workers of the legendary city.  Finally, the 2018 Taylor Wessing photographic Prize exhibition has just opened.  That is at the National Portrait Gallery, where you can also catch Illuminating Women. London Nights, featuring over 50 artists continues at the Museum of London.  There is also a group show at Hamiltons.  Modern Masters features work by Helmut Newton and Irving Penn  together with Erwin Olaf and Robert Mapplethorpe. Some photography exhibitions in London, such as Expectations are ending soon.  That display at the Black Cultural Archives captures the struggles as well as victories of Windrush Britain. Read on for further details on these as well as others. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The […]
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London Photography Exhibitions September 2018
Pop by 'n say hi!London Photography Exhibitions September 2018 London photography exhibitions to end September 2018 significantly, shine a light on female photographers.  First, at the National Portrait Gallery Illuminating Women features work by Mayotte Magnus. The photographs are from a 1977 landmark exhibition (also at the National Portrait Gallery), which called attention to eminent British women. Meanwhile in Mayfair iconic images by Eva Sereny are on show at Anemoi Gallery. While those shows run in the West End, there is much more photography to be seen in other parts of London.  Senegalese photographer Victor Omar Diop’s exhibition continues at Autograph ABP in Shoreditch.  Meanwhile a celebration of the struggles as well as victories of the Windrush generation is running at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton.  Finally in South Kensington Hackelbury celebrate their 20th anniversary with work by Malian photographer Malick Sidibé. Some photography exhibitions in London, such as The Great British Seaside are ending soon. You can catch Martin Parr work as well as Simon Roberts, David Hurn and Tony-Ray Jones work at that show. Similarly, I Want to Live at Free Space Project ends soon. In brief, that show looks at an important topic. Staff as well […]
London Photography Exhibitions August 2018
Pop by 'n say hi! This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London Photography Exhibitions August 2018 There is a decent number of photography exhibitions in London worth seeing this August. We have just added Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive to the list. This is a mid-career survey of her remarkably rich career, including images from the Crowd series. Don’t forget you can get into the exhibition for free before noon any day. Beyond Soho there is a fair bit of photography on show. In Shoreditch you can see the new Victor Diop show Liberty / Diaspora. Meanwhile, Shape of Light continues at Tate Modern while on the other side of the river at Barbican you can see Dorothea Lange. Influential Cindy Sherman continues her exhibition at Sprüth Magers while in Camden there is an interesting Peter Fraser display. Unfortunately some shows end this month. In particular, Rodin: the Photographs ends soon. Read on for further details on these as well as others. See the regularly updated London Photography Galleries list. The London Photography Galleries list compliments this post on London Photography Exhibitions. It contains information such as […]
London Photography Exhibitions July 2018
Pop by 'n say hi! This is a London Photography Exhibitions post from our archives. Click link to see the latest London Photography Exhibitions. London Photography Exhibitions July 2018 The Black Lives Matter movement in the United States has been a focus of interest recently. As a result it seems timely that there are two London photography exhibitions added to the list this week, championing human rights and celebrating the impact of African Americans. Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop has his first London solo exhibition. Liberty / Diaspora at Autograph looks at the fight for freedom and human rights in Africa as well as the diaspora. Meanwhile at Somerset House, The Influence Project celebrates the global impact of African American musicians. Meanwhile, there is a lot of other photography around the capital worth a look this week. Shape of Light continues at Tate Modern while on the other side of the river at Barbican you can see Dorothea Lange. Influential Cindy Sherman continues her exhibition at Sprüth Magers while in Camden there is an interesting Peter Fraser display. Some photography exhibitions in London are coming to an end. These include the Jacques Henri Lartigue display at Michael Hoppen, together with […]