The Queen

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To mark the Diamond Jubilee, The National Portrait Gallery is staging an exhibition of images of Queen Elizabeth II throughout her sixty year reign.  The portraits have been chosen by Paul Moorhouse, the Curator of Twentieth Century Portraits, and without reference to Buckingham Palace.  As a result there are some surprising inclusions, with images by... Read more »

Alimentum

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Based in Cambridge, Alimentum joins the small but growing band of fine dining restaurants in the city. Marc Poynton, the Chef Patron, came from Cambridge's Michelin starred Midsummer House, before moving to Alimentum as Head Chef in 2008, and becoming the Chef Patron in 2010. Mark has developed a very steady and loyal local following, as well... Read more »

Turner Inspired

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For over a hundred years now the paintings of William Turner have been inextricably linked to those of Claude Gellée. Not only was Turner inspired by the landscapes of Claude, but is reputed to have burst into tears on his first viewing of Claude's Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, 1648. Something... Read more »

Damien Hirst

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This week sees the opening of Damien Hirst's Retrospective show at Tate Modern.  The show charts Hirst's works in a timeline, and includes a number of seminal pieces.  This exhibition is not just about sharks, cows, and the £36,000 limited edition plastic skull you can buy in the gift shop on the way out.  In... Read more »

David Hockney

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David Hockney's latest exhibition, A Bigger Picture, is the culmination of a life-long obsession with perspective and the art of looking. Hockney has long argued against the “tyranny of a single point of perspective” which has dominated several centuries of Western landscape painting.  In response he has sought to distort perspective, or with his photomontages has... Read more »

Burger and Lobster

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Just occasionally a restaurant eschews a fancy name, and says what it serves... Burger & Lobster, part of the Goodman steak chain, does exactly that.  Its menu has proved so popular that the restaurant is now moving nearly two tons of lobster a week - and as the lobsters are roughly a 1kg each, that's nearly two thousand lobsters... Read more »

Koffmann’s

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Age brings its drawbacks, but it also brings its rewards. I'm lucky enough to have eaten in each of Pierre Koffmann's London restaurants - one meal at La Tante Claire remains on my favourite five meals of all time. Pierre now presides over his eponymous restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel, and remains on my list of... Read more »

Leonardo da Vinci

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Have there ever been such hotly contested tickets as those for the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, currently showing at the National Gallery in London?  The premise of the show is to bring together, for the first time, the genus of work created by Leonardo whilst based at the court of Duke Lodovico Sforza. Leonardo worked in Milan... Read more »