Marina Abramovic: White Space

29 Jul


Lisson Gallery

16 August – 1 November 2014


Taking its title from an early, immersive sound environment, White Space presents a range of historic works by Marina Abramović that have never been exhibited before. Featuring two important sound pieces, previously unseen video documentation of seminal performances and a number of photographs and works on paper, all dating from 1971-1981, the exhibition reveals the artist’s first forays into a performance-based practice dealing with time and the immaterial.

First realised in 1972 at The Student Cultural Centre in Belgrade, White Space was a room lined with white paper containing a tape recording of the artist repeating the phrase “I love you”. Visitors were instructed to “Enter the space. Listen.” Never since recreated, this work forms the centrepiece of this display of rare, formative Abramović works, which nevertheless relate thematically to her recent decision to strip down her practice to its essence and empty out the Serpentine Gallery for her long-durational performance there, entitled 512 Hours. A second audio work installed in its own environment, The Tree (1971) can be heard outside the gallery, in its central courtyard, where a number of speakers blare out an artificially amplified repetition of birds chirping, the insistent recording perhaps referring to the recorded pronouncements of Josip Broz ‘Tito’, Yugoslavia’s revolutionary socialist leader of the time, whom Abramović’s parents fought with and eventually served under, as military officers in the Communist government.

Heat it up & Cool it down!

26 Jul

Here are a couple of places to check out in this summer heat wave of London, from a cool ice bar to sunbathing by an open air lido swimming pool!


A trendy place to check out for the coolest drink in town (literally!) and chill in some icey chairs…as they say it so well:

Step into ICEBAR LONDON, a cold sensory environment where the walls, bar, tables and even your own personal glass are made from crystal clear Torne River ice which is harvested from the pristine winter wonderland of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden.’

However, this is no stroll in bar like a big Yeti, you have to book in advanced to get the real experience! Find out more information online:





Get the best view of Central London from south of the river at this trendy rooftop bar in Peckham. Ontop of a 10 storey car park, grab a few decent cocktails and watch the sun set with a nice breeze in the air on a summers evening. What more could you want from London so high?

Open from Tuesday – Sunday’s 5pm – 11 pm

More information on how to get there on their website:

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Hampstead Heath Ponds

Time to heat it up with some lovely sun bathing on the heath of Hampstead, (and cool it down with a dip in the ponds!). They have Male, Female and Mixed Ponds to enjoy a summers day out, take a pic-nic and watch people splashing around – it’s just like the famous Georges-Pierre Seurat‘ painting of Bathers at Asnieres but the London version! Male and Female ponds are open 7.30-8pm and Mixed is 7.30 – 6pm and only £2 entry!

For more details visit:

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Brockwell Lido

Brockwell Lido, nestled in the corner of Brockwell Park, is a much-loved local landmark. It’s been at the heart of the local community since 1937 and is now an Grade II listed Art Deco building.’

Why not bathe and dip into this beautiful old school Lido swimming pool from the 1930’s? An intimate pooling experience with a busy lively atmosphere in summer and great ice lollies from the cafe! but make sure to get down early it can fill out quite fast.

Prices are at £6 entry and timings are Mon-Fri 6.30 – 8pm and Sat/Sun 8am-6pm

For more information visit:

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Antigone by Sophocles at the Barbican

25 Jul


Directed by Ivo van Hove


4 – 28 March 2015 / 19:45, 15:00, 14:30


Celebrated stage and screen actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in a contemporary version of Sophocles’s tragedy, translated afresh by T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson.

When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say ‘No’. Forging ahead with a funeral alone, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction.

Renowned for the revelatory nature of his work, Ivo van Hove first enthralled London audiences with his ground-breaking Roman Tragedies seen at the Barbican in 2009. Drawing on his ‘ability to break open texts calcified by tradition’ (Guardian), the director now turns to a classic Greek masterpiece.




Vegetarian Restaurants in London

23 Jul

Here’s a great list of vegetarian restaurants in London! All are great, tasty and healthy, check them out.

Covent Garden


Wild Food Cafe  Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 14.12.34 ‘Wild Food Cafe is a raw-centric food restaurant located in a magical Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, London. We are focusing on wild, fresh, colourful gourmet ingredients & plant-based (vegan and vegetarian) cuisine.’


Sagar Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 14.21.47 ‘Sagar is a restaurant that is recognised as breaking new ground in the presentation of South Indian vegetarian dishes, including some which are new to this country’






MildredsScreen Shot 2014-07-23 at 14.25.40 ‘Mildreds, established in 1988, serves internationally inspired vegetarian food which is made daily on the premises. Catering for vegetarians, yet popular with omnivores, Mildreds offers friendly informal service in a lively atmosphere coupled with excellent value for money’


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‘Quirky, passionate & individual – the focus is on fresh food & friendly service, simple decor of pine tables, stools & whitewashed walls, enlivened by original artwork. 18th Century listed building (the low seating alcoves were once used for ripening bananas!)’


Piccadilly Circus


Tibits   IMG_3296-26b3fcdc   ‘Fresh, delicious, easy going – that’s tibits for you. Choose from over 40 homemade vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes, soups, freshly pressed juices and desserts from all over the world. You pay by weight, so you can take as much or as little as you want. tibits is the perfect spot for breakfast or after work drinks, a leisurely meal or some quick take-away.’


Coach and Horses   The Coach and Horses pub ‘In March 2012 the Coach became London’s first and only vegetarian and vegan pub. The food is simple traditional fare which includes such favourites as Tofush and Chips (vegan), Welsh Rarebit, Beetroot Ravioli and our vegetarian pies’




Tottenham Court Road


Vitaovitao-organic-london-(by-phoebe-ferris-rotman)‘Vitao is innovating a new fine eating sensation: gourmet living food! We are crafting taste bud treats of optimally healthy vegan meals, ranging from raw to gently cooked…The Vitao mission is to share sophisticated, mouth-watering tastes of healthy vegan living, and demonstrate how what we eat can feed a global change’




‘Kin came into fruition out of our common goal to provide honest, fresh and healthy food in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, creating a haven in the hustle of Central London. We pride ourselves on our careful sourcing, great tasting products and a welcoming environment, with a strong emphasis on quality and sustainability across all areas’








Mediterannean Vegetarian Restaurant & Deli – “Carnevale is tiny but chic, so smart that a good number of diners never realise it is a vegetarian restaurant. Cooking capable of excellence, such as heart celeriac and horseradish soup or a spicy risotto with dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts.” – The Independent


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‘London’s original vegetarian-organic-Italian restaurant, boasting an intimate, rustic dining area that doesn’t compromise on character and atmosphere, Amico Bio stands as one of the city’s more vivid, singular and innovative eateries’


Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

22 Jul



Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes is a one off venue that takes a lead for 1950’s America, where bowling was the height of style. As they are not part of a chain or concept, you will find better service, customer attention and excellent value for money. They offer bowling, karaoke and a diner experience!


Bedford Way, Basement of Tavistock Hotel

London WC1H 9EU

0207 183 1979

Opening Hours

Monday – Tuesday: 12pm – 12am
Wednesday: 12pm – Late
Thursday: 12pm – Late
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 3am
Sunday 12pm – 12am

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

22 Jul


25 September 2014 – 11 January 2015


Pictured: London Art Portfolio’s personal favourite, Bernd and Hilla Becher.

Constructing Worlds brings together eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us.

From the first skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, we invite you on a global journey through 20th and 21st century architecture. Featuring over 250 works, this exhibition highlights the power of photography to reveal hidden truths in our society.

Includes Berenice AbbottBernd and Hilla BecherLucien Hervé Andreas GurskyStephen Shore and Julius Shulman, and the work of iconic architects such as Le CorbusierCharles and Ray Eames, and Frank Lloyd Wright, amongst others.

Opening Hours

Sun–Wed: 10am–6pm
Thu–Sat: 10am–9pm


Standard: £12
Concessions: £10
Student rate: £8

The Gate: Vegetarian Restaurant

21 Jul



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Adrian and Michael Daniel have been running London’s most successful vegetarian restaurant since December 1989. The cooking at the Gate reflects the diverse cultural background in which they grew up – what one might call Indo-Iraqi Jewish. Their grandmothers blended Indian and Arabic cuisines with the traditional Jewish food.

Read here what Time Out says about the restaurant.


370 St John Street

T: 0207 278 5483


51 Queen Caroline Street
W6 9QL
T: 020 8748 6932


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