Cinema before cinema: dioramas of London

London nowadays is renowned for its numerous cinemas, catering to every taste and palate: from magnificent Odeon on Leicester Square (don’t miss its operatic red curtain!) to quirky little venues. Some now count among the top London attractions. However, what is perhaps more unusual is the fact, that London audience loved “going to the pictures” long before the first film as we know it was ... VIEW THE POST >>

Fun in Georgian London: Budget Edition

What would you think about, if someone asked you to describe 18th century? Rococo, enormous skirts and elaborate etiquette; satin and Chippendale; literary salons and Enlightenment. And all these things, of course, would be true and relevant. But they are only one part of the story – we can even say, a relatively small part. Tonight, I would like to show you a different part of Georgian London – ... VIEW THE POST >>

London Markets: Smithfield

Just like Billingsgate Market, Smithfield sprung to life years before the Norman Conquest. It was not even part of the city yet, but a pleasant expanse of grass, known as “Smooth Field”. Some local street names, in fact, still retain the memory of this early enterprise: Cock Lane, where the poultry was sold, and Cow Cross Street, where the livestock was traded. In 1133 it became a site of renown, ... VIEW THE POST >>