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Beasts of London: a Review

May 1, 2019
Beasts of London: a Review
Rats, horses, a dormouse, pigeons and geese, the Museum of London is turned into a menagerie of beastly wonder.

In partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Museum of London's latest exhibition 'Beasts of London' is a journey through London’s history, told through its animals who have lived in London and those who still call it home.

It's described as an experience rather than an exhibition even though there are a handful of artefacts on display including an impressive preserved mammoth tooth, Oliver the rotund cat and a fragment of Samian Roman pottery. There are nine installations and each one takes about five minutes each even though most groups were families and so flowed quicker.

An eagle and a cheery three week old dormouse, ironically doomed to be sweetened with honey and eaten, narrate the beastly tales of Roman London. The information is delivered quickly, with strongly designed video. In Medieval London I was amused to learn a monkey had bit a soldier. There were plenty of well known stories I include in my Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in London tour. My heart ached in the 1700s circus which showed a variety of animals and acts, where men think a rod is better than a treat. 

My favourite room was that of London horses; showing the vast array of jobs they did including jousting, racing, in the rag and bone trade, as a Metropolitan police horse and an impressive household cavalry horse. It was unbridled joy! 

Nearing the end of the experience the feathered gentry, pigeons, take the main arena, highlighting the forgotten work 250,000 pigeons did in WWII.

A general comment was I found that sometimes it was difficult to hear the narrators due to the over-excited attendees. From now until Jan 5 2020 (020 7001 9844, museumoflondon.org.uk)
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Now if you'll excuse me, I need to fox-proof my garden!




 

Beasts of London, Museum of London

May 1, 2019
When: 5 April 2019 – 5 January 2020
Where: Museum of London
Suitable for: 7 years+
Price: Variable. Family tickets from £20

Beasts of London experience at the Museum of London explores the fascinating role animals have played in shaping the capital. Step into a self-guided tour through London’s beasty history, narrated by the animals who once lived here. 

Follow the footprints to travel through time, from the Roman era through Medieval London and right up to present day, narrated by the b...
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PLAY THE MILE  - a 100 day FREE Summer event, 18 May – 25 August

May 1, 2019
Explore the value of play and creativity in everyday life. Have you visited the Culture Mile of late? The Culture Mile stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate. Explore 2,000 years of history colliding and the places and people in Culture Mile and PLAY THE MILE.

MAJOR FESTIVALS - free performances in new and unusual venues
POP UP PLAY - outdoor activities responding to the streets, building and architecture of the area
PLAY SESSIONS - meet, make, and celebrate the benefits of creativity for loca...
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FREE music festival at the Barbican

May 1, 2019
Music will burst from the Barbican and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems with a line-up of artists for whom the boundaries between classical and contemporary, experimental and jazz are blurred – or never even existed in the first place.

Venues include:
Barbican Lakeside, Hall, Conservatory and Cinema
St Giles' Cripplegate
Silk Street Music Hall
LSO St Luke's
Museum of London
fabric
The Charterhouse
St Bartholomew the Great
Cloth Fair
St Bartholomew the Less
Piano Smithfield

From authentic m...
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Laugh Like a Hyena - 3 June

April 17, 2019

GenerationTusk Comedy Night – are you ready to laugh like a hyena?

The fantastic line-up features Josh WiddicombeSuzi Ruffell and Ed Gamble with more names to be announced soon!

 

This inaugural GenerationTusk event takes place at the Comedy Store in Central London on Monday 3 June.The night will be hosted by the inimitable Ivo Graham.

 

Join us for a great night and help support Tusk’s mission for a real and lasting impact across Africa!

 

Ticket Price
£20 pp (plus Eventbrite Fee £1.86 / 5%)...


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Feast of St George 20 April 2019

April 12, 2019

Come and celebrate the best of English culture at the Feast of St George, 20 April 2019

If you want to see me in a Victorian bonnet, now is the time! I am very proud to announce I will be partaking in the festivities by providing three Dragon Quests where wanna be knights hunt down the name of our St George's dragon with Edith Baker (me) and Julius Drake and three 20 minute talks on St George MythBusters. 


Come and join me:

St. George MythBusters 12.15pm, 2.45pm and 4.15pm
Come and hear mo...


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