Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A London To-Do List

I know that the time of year has something to do with it,
but I've been feeling very cooped up lately and want to 
get out and enjoy London more. I love living in this amazing
city, but sometimes everyday crap gets in the way of really
getting out and appreciating everything the city has to offer.

So here's my current London to-do list:

1. David Bowie is - at the V&A
From 23 March to 28 July, the V&A is putting on an international
retrospective of Bowie's career, which will examine his creative process,
and Bowie as a musical innovator and creative and style icon.
Can't wait.

2. Bounce - Holborn Circus
Bounce is a new bar, serving up food and drink as normal,
but with ping pong. You can rent ping pong tables for 30-minute or
60-minute slots, but I imagine there is quite a waiting list on Thursday
and Friday nights - this being in the heart of the lawyer end of the City.

3. Farmer Tom's Kitchen at the Abbey Tavern - Kentish Town
I read a review of Farmer Tom's Kitchen in the cheap eats issue of Time Out,
and I've wanted to go since.  The proprietor, Farmer Tom Jones, raises sheep
on a family farm on the Welsh boarder, and focuses on high-quality, well-raised
meat at his gastro-pub.  As you can see form the menu, all cuts and sources
are highlighted. Turns out he also supplies meat to St John in Clerkenwell and Spitalfield.

4. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective - Tate Modern
Tate Modern is exhibiting the first full-scale retrospective of Lichtenstein's work 
in over 20 years from 21 February to 27 May. This exhibit has
has been really popular so far, and articles have been written all over London
highlighting his contribution to pop art.

5. The Rum Kitchen - Westbourne Park
I've read recent reviews for this West London restaurant in Emerald Street
and Time Out, and it sounds like the real deal. As you can see from their menu
below, The Rum Kitchen serves up classic Caribbean food. They also have 
over 100 rums in house, and I hear their bartenders really know what
they're doing.

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