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What’s On, London? 8th – 11th June 2017

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Last weekend was a tragic one for London.  But we can’t let mindless, hateful morons stop us doing what we do best: making the most of the amazing things this great city has to offer everyone – whatever your tastes and interests.  We carry on.  We must and we will.  With that in mind, the next few days offer plenty of opportunities for Londoners to seek escapism, to laugh and to marvel at the creative contributions people make to our shared culture every day.

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Category: Art
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The Sherlock Holmes, Northumberland Street WC2

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller … whether you’ve been glued to the big or small screen, Sherlock Holmes’ cachet has never been higher.  So what better time to relaunch a Sherlock themed pub in the heart of the city?  

That’s precisely what The Sherlock Holmes, just off Trafalgar Square, did on 2nd February 2016 to a very positive reception.  And this isn’t some johnny-come-lately jumping on the zeitgeist.  The historic pub is steeped in Sherlockian tradition.

Even looking beyond the fact you’re drinking a pint of Sherlock House Ale, eating Inspector Lestrade’s Favourite Ploughman’s Lunch and surrounded by an eye-watering amount of memorabilia, being in this pub feels like you’re very much part of something special.  In an increasingly competitive London eating and drinking scene, that goes a long way.  Elementary, my dear What’s On readers.  

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Category: Culture
The writing was on the wall
The writing was on the wall // Photograph by Martin Slidel

The Review that Never Was

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Arrived at the Oxford Arms to a review a fringe production. Usual enough. Long day at the office followed by an inspirational exhibition of children’s art that I’d been invited to by a local secondary school. Spent my time and money staying out, traipsing around my old (very old) stomping ground of Camden before time to venture forth.

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Category: Comedy
Jammatology: Adam Hutchings and Chris Sav
Jammatology: Adam Hutchings and Chris Sav

‘Philosofood’ Book Launch

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An excellent evening at The London Particular launched Adam Hutchings’ and Chris Sav’s first foray into publishing. ‘Philosofood’ is essential reading for any self-respecting foodie, an adult ‘Horrible Histories’ wandering into both faction and imaginative fiction. A friendly and accessible tome, as its title may or may not indicate, ‘Philosofood’ is jam-packed with titillating tales and titbits, with scandalous stories of Roman excess – all those famous characters we think we know so well. Plus the odd, sometimes very odd, recipe; culinary or otherwise.

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Category: Art
Shoreditch Pub Crawl

Shoreditch Pub Crawl review

The nature of a pub-crawl is simple. To see new pubs and bars in an area and to get very, very drunk. How could anyone mess that up? Well if you go on the Shoreditch Pub Crawl you’ll find out.

We’re told to meet at Bedroom Bar; personally I’m no Shoreditch native but even I knew where Bedroom Bar is. Not the best start when the pub-crawl picks a very obvious pub to kick things off, however it makes sense if the group needs to find the first pub easily so we persevere. Bedroom Bar is a nice little pub, when it’s the hottest summer Britain’s had in a while it’s a blessing to walk into an air-conditioned room. The drinks are standard, as a cider drinker I always find London pubs lacking in that department but like anywhere in Shoreditch the prices may take you a back a little.

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Category: Pubs
Evans and Peel

Evans & Peel Detective Agency. 310c Earls Court Road SW5 9BA.

Last week, I travelled through space and time.  This had nothing to do with Doctor Who or my own aptitude for quantum physics. It did though, have everything to do with the folks over at The Evans and Peel Detective Agency.   Be forewarned, Evans and Peel pride themselves on secrecy.  With that in mind, I’m sure they won’t mind me blowing their cover and telling you that their establishment is in fact a speakeasy straight out of 1920’s America.  Oops.

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Category: Pubs
The Dickens Inn

London’s Riverside Pubs; our top 3 by the Thames

Enjoy some food and drink with a wonderful riverside view

On the occasions when it isn’t raining, London is a great place to catch some wonderful points of scenery and views. Whenever it’s time for a sociable drink or a bite to eat on a sunny day, most of the bigger restaurants and bars get filled up quite quickly. We have picked our top 3 pubs that you can take a visit to. Our top choices offer food, drink, games and activities topped off with a view to remember.

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Category: Pubs
Picture taken from -  www.thebedford.co.uk/Gallery
Picture taken from - www.thebedford.co.uk/Gallery

The Bedford: Balham’s best bet!

All you need to know about The Bedford in Balham.

Right in the heart of South London lays The Bedford pub. This is not any kind of pub where you would expect to go and get a quiet drink but a venue that is crammed full of entertainment. Open seven days (and nights) a week, you can join a dance class, catch live music and even enjoy something to eat all under one roof. One paragraph to describe The Bedford isn’t enough so we have some more information about the venue and what you can find there.

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Category: Pubs