27th March 2001

350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park, SE4 2BY

A few years ago, not many people outside of South East London would have had much, if anything, to say about Brockley: whilst neighbouring Peckham, New Cross and even Lewisham (well, bits of it) were gradually working their way up the Hip-ometer scale (as opposed to Hippometer, which I imagine is something very different), quiet…

1st July 2012

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ

Well, I don’t expect we’ll see this sort of thing happening in Trafalgar Square on St George’s Day. Somehow, the Canadians here (for this is the annual Canada Day Festival) are quite comfortable with clearing enough space (previously occupied by a pop-up hockey pitch) for a mass yoga session. You would think yoga doesn’t seem…

12th July 2003

Barnes Green, London SW13 0HP

More often than not, when an area in London appends the word ‘Village’ to its name, it’s either down to some attempt at a contrived urban community spirit (Brixton, Peckham) or Estate Agent/developer optimism/chutzpah (Limehouse & possibly may more). The difference with Barnes is that, in many senses of the word, it pretty much is…

14th June 2009

Brick Lane Yard, Buxton St, London E1 5EG

Ok, so the full title of the event should be the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, but that’s potentially a bit confusing, as the name refers to this Vauxhall and not to this one, which is a bit unfortunate for all those people heading south of the river near Kennington when they ought to be…

18th June 2014

Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London SE1 6EL

There isn’t a huge Chilean presence in London, maybe a few thousand at most. Many of the exiles who were living here returned to their homeland following the eventual comeuppance of ‘Britain’s Great Friend’ [M Thatcher] and tyrant Augusto Pinochet late in the 1990s. So come major sporting events, there aren’t many established venues for…

12th October 2007

Tate Modern, London SE1 9JH

Being commissioned to create the annual artwork to fill the great void that is the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern is no doubt a great honour for the selected artists, but it’s also a massive challenge. During the first ten years of the Unilever commission, some were stunningly memorable, whilst the space proved (arguably) a…

22nd August 2004

Regent’s Park London NW1 4RU

Like the first ever appearance by the Sex Pistols, the number of people who claim to have witnessed the inaugural Chap Olympiad far exceeds the capacity of the venue housing it. Ok, that’s not exactly true, as the first Olympiad was held in a quiet corner of Regent’s Park, which, as we all know, can…

24th September 2015

197 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1, UK

Painful as it is to admit it, but we have to thank Boris Johnson for this particular event (don’t worry – he didn’t participate) indirectly, obviously, for it was his scheme to fill the city with Cycle Superhighways which resulted in a group of naked gentlefolk taking to the streets of North Southwark this fine…

3rd August 2011

Theatre Square, National Theatre, London SE1 9PX

It was with some dismay to watch the sudden appearance in 2012 of a giant red timber box filling out most of Theatre Square, home of the much loved Watch This Space summer festival at the National Theatre. This became known as The Shed – a ‘temporary’ theatre space to be utilised whilst much needed…

28th February 2006

Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, London EC2V 5AE

Yes, we know it’s lent, and in the rest of the world everyone marks it with a colourful party, whilst we rise to the occasion with groups of people racing up and down a street tossing cold pancakes in an old frying pan. This is obviously much more fun, and anyway it’s more suitable to…