A Walk Through Brompton Cemetery

In the early 19th century, London began to run out of room in churchyards and cemeteries. Descriptions of the existing burials conditions at the time were shocking; in particular the notes from a report prepared by Edwin Chadwick which included descriptions of people seeing “green and putrefying heads” sticking out of graves. (Porter.) New cemeteries […]

A Gold Mine in A Pump House – Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

Since it’s #MuseumWeek, I’ve been digging through my own archives of museum visits — and I realised I had somehow forgotten to post about the gem of a transport themed Aladdin’s cave that is the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum. It’s one of the strangest, but most charming, museums imaginable — but it’s also terribly hard to […]

Excellent Women – Life Drawing at the Women of the World Festival

Here are some sketches from when my darling friend Clare dragged along for a life-drawing class at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival– but this wasn’t just your average life drawing class. It was an incredible tribute to the female body and mind. The women posing in the group were a wonderful mix to […]

We Got Room Keys – Review of The Hotel Plays

Defibrillator Theatre’s The Hotel Plays are set in the extremely glamourous Langham hotel, which one of my theatre buddies repeatedly informs me is Europe’s first Grand Hotel. Everything about the hotel is immaculate and decadent, and it’s a wonderful setting to invoke the atmosphere of the – fairly wealthy and white –deep South Americana that […]

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid : Review of Velvet Loop’s The Illumination

This week took me to the depths of Hackney for an Immersive Theatre adventure which presented itself as an open evening of workshops, learning and free thought hosted by “The Scholars of the Last Torch” – a group of similar thinking individuals who seek a collective freedom. It’s basically a cult. The event takes place […]