Month: July 2015

The cover of the report by the cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee which say that if more resources had been in place sooner the chances of preventing the July 7 attacks on London could have increased.

7/7: London Terror Attacks 10 Years On

Some of the most iconic images that came to define the London terror bombings on 7 July 2005 were recorded outside Edgware Road Tube Station  in west London in the aftermath of the terrorist attack which claimed a total of 52 victims. The image of a man comforting a female passenger wearing a white protective face mask and another of a bloodied but defiant man in a suit with a bandaged head wound, clutching a plastic bottle and cup defined the atrocities which plunged London into chaos and fear. The walking wounded were treated at the London Metropole Hotel on the busy Edgware Road after Mohammad Sidique Khan, ring-leader of the terror plot detonated a bomb on the westbound Circle Line train heading towards Paddington. The bomb went off around 0850hrs in the second carriage near a set of double doors claiming six lives. CCTV images later showed the terrorists, the trio of Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22  and Hasib Hussain, 18 and the youngest bomber before meeting up with their fourth accomplice 19 year-old Germaine Lindsay, …

Chew the Art: Have Rankin for Mains and Emin for Dessert

Rankin’s Glenarm Estate rib-eye steak with garlic scapes, Mat Collishaw’s flame-d duck with New Forest cherries, and Tracey Emin’s birthday cake are just some of the items on a sumptuous Hix and the Artists all day dining menu, created by chef patron Mark Hix in collaboration with the young British Artists whose works hang in his eponymous restaurant HIX Mayfair. This is just some of the goodies that awaits all art aficionados and newbies at the second Brown’s London Art Weekend taking place in Mayfair and St. James’s from 3rd – 5th July 2015. The event has been devised by Brown’s Hotel, situated on Albemarle Street to boost the fortunes of the many galleries that surrounds it. The area has always been a popular choice for art collectors, gallery owners and artists but now seeks to attract new clients who might otherwise not visit. The event also kickstarts London Art Week with free gallery tours, walks, talks, and exhibitions. Each participating gallery will be open from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015, each hosting talks. Guests …

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Sleepless Beauty: McQueen Round-the-Clock

For the first time in its history Victoria and Albert Museum will be opening its doors to culture vultures through the night for the final weekend of the Alexander McQueen show described by director Martin Roth as an “event worth getting out of bed for”. The Victoria and Albert Museum has announced plans to open Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty throughout the night for the final two weekends of its run. It has also become the west London museum’s highest grossing show in the last decade with more than 345,000 paid-for tickets. “This will be the first time we have opened the V&A around the clock and we certainly think it is an event worth getting out of bed for.” With one month to go before the show closes and all pre-bookable tickets already sold out, the V&A has released a further 12,000 tickets offering those who have not yet visited a last chance to do so. Night tickets are now available to book from Friday 24 July to 22.00 on Sunday 26 July; and from Friday 31 July …

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Mario Testino: Di Favourite to Shoot Princess Charlotte

Mario Testino has got the gig to photograph Princess Charlotte’s christening ceremony and he’s delighted. Which snapper wouldn’t be. But the Peruvian’s association with royalty goes way back to when late Diana, Princess of Wales chose him to shoot some of her most revealing portraits inside Kensington Palace. The most memorable one being the Vanity Fair cover after her divorce in July 1997. The sultry pose in a white and silver off-the-shoulder dress portrayed the Princess as a confident and independent woman ready to face the world on her own terms. It was Testino who again got the call when Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010. A Kensington Palace spokesman said of the new commission: “The Duke and Duchess are delighted that Mario Testino will help capture this important moment for their family and look forward to sharing the photographs with the public.” Testino whose tentacles stretches to the world of high octane fashion and commercial advertising photography working with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Giselle Bundchen, somehow still feels elated …

Weather - Summer Scenes - London

July Scorcher: Hottest Day in a Decade

The Met Office has declared 1 July as UK’s hottest July day in almost 10 years as the mercury reached 36.7C at Heathrow, a suburb of west London. It breaks the previous record of 36.5C set in Wisley Surrey on July 19, 2006. The mini heatwave had been predicted for the start of July but its intensity triggered a level 3 alert for those vulnerable to excessive heat. Temperatures nudged over 30 Celsius in many parts of west London and the rest of the southeast. Wimbledon had its hottest day ever and Kew Gardens recorded 35.7 C. Temperatures will however drop slightly tomorrow before warming up again on Friday. It’s the hottest July day on record with 36.7 °C recorded so far at Heathrow #hottestdayoftheyearpic.twitter.com/KRsarsvg7n — Met Office (@metoffice) July 1, 2015   The Met Office attributed the unusual temperatures to tropical continental airmass across mainland Europe. Temperatures across Iberia and France have already reached the low 40 °C, with Paris expected to hit 40°C today. Read more: Long, Hot, Ramadan Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington said: “Both Tuesday and Wednesday nights are expected to …