You MAY Go To The W11 Opera

You MAY Go To The W11 Opera

Tickets are still available for tonight’s performance of Rain Dance by the W11 opera. A large cast and rumours that…

Local Opera Hits the Streets

Local Opera Hits the Streets

Opera Holland Park will be holding its second Christmas Extravaganza on Wednesday 15th December. Top singers from the upcoming 2011…

What Little Boys Want

What Little Boys Want

Dear Santa, when you are in Hamleys or any other toy shop – I believe John Lewis is good value…

Bin There Before

Bin There Before

Fabulous critic and cynic AA Gill reviewed The Dock, a local restaurant, a week or so ago – just to…

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Stunning photographs lit up and large are on show at the Natural History Museum. Each year the Wildlife Photographer of…

Grrrrr to…

Grrrrr to…

… I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Santa Clause is Coming Tonight (NO HE ISN’T) and all the…

African Prints to Warm the Soul

African Prints to Warm the Soul

Lansdowne Road based Jonathan Katzenellenbogen’s photographs are on exhibit at the Richard Young Gallery on Holland Street, off Kensington Church…

Festive Cheese

Festive Cheese

It can be nigh on impossible to summon up even a droplet of festive cheer after you have shopped, cooked,…

AAAAAchica

Sounds like a new anti-cold supplement but Achica is in fact a private members online store with fantastic discounted goods,…

Perfect Pavlova

Perfect Pavlova

YOU will need: 3 large egg whites 6oz/170g castor sugar 1 heaped teaspoon corn flour 1 tsp white vinegar 1…

Pass On a Poem

This week’s poem is by Mahmoud Darwish (Palestinian 1941-2008) I BELONG THERE I belong there. I have many memories. I was born…

Sale of the Century

Sale of the Century

A favourite Christmas institution round these parts is the Hand Sale at the 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove. One…

Hot melt-in-the-Mouth Cheese Scones

Hot melt-in-the-Mouth Cheese Scones

YOU will need: 230g/8oz self raising flour ¼ level teaspoon of baking powder 85g/3oz margarine or butter 115g/4oz cheddar cheese…

Power to the Supermarket

Power to the Supermarket

A revolution is taking place in retailing and like most good old revolts it is very underground. The People’s Supermarket…

Celling Cushions

Celling Cushions

Prisoners are hard at it creating gorgeous hand embroidered bags, quilts, decorations and cushions. This is all organised by the…

Notting Hill Soap

Notting Hill Soap

Channel 4 is not the only one at it in the hood. Handmade soap is being produced by a local…

Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

Sprinkalicious are the most delicious cakes. A box arrived with a super selection and disappeared in seconds via forks and…

Walk Among Trees and Birds

Walk Among Trees and Birds

A Winter tree walk in Holland Park, adults only, will set off at 11.ooam on Saturday 18th December. Book on…

5X15 is Back at the Tab

We’ve just missed local lady Rachel Johnson talking about The Lady and her new book also about The Lady. Next…

Canapes, Cocktails and Shopping

Canapes, Cocktails and Shopping

Fortnum & Mason are having a charity Christmas party on Thursday 2nd December.There will be entertainment, food tastings and cookery…

Dancing in the Rain

Dancing in the Rain

Animals facing a drought in the African savanna is the theme for this year’s W11 Opera performed by local school…

Ooh Honey Honey

Ooh Honey Honey

Two council bee hives installed in Holland Park last year have been a success. The bees have produced 167 jars…

On the Shelf

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd is a gripping page-turner of a book. Set in the Republic of Congo at a…

Pass on a Poem

This week’s poem, for All Souls’ Day, is by Yves Bonnefoy (French. born 1923) PASSER-BY, THESE ARE WORDS Passer-by, these are…

Notting Hill Design Fair III

Milliner Victoria Grant will be joining ceramisist and Liberty favourite Linda Bloomfield at the Notting Hill Design Fair. Among up-and-coming…

Mirror Mirror in the Park

Standing in front of Anish Kapoor’s C Curve mirror, newly installed in Kensington Gardens, considering myself upside down rang the…

An Apple a Day

National Apple day is next Thursday the 21st of October. Portobello Market will be celebrating this crunchy affair on the…

Pampering the Pooch

Pampering the Pooch

A grooming parlour for Notting Hill’s finest hounds has arrived in Clarendon Cross. Our four-legged friends can have a full…