Whether it’s an art exhibition, a new restaurant, or an inner-city festival, it appears that London’s cultural institutions must now cater to the like-seeking social media space first and foremost. In a city with more than enough foodies to fill seats, if your new restaurant lacks Instagram appeal — be that the food or the décor — it’s unlikely to get much in the way of footfall. It’s often seen by businesses as a platform for free promotion, but is the price of success a sacrifice at the Instagram altar? To some, it’s not seen as a sacrifice, especially if it boosts business and tourism. But are we conceding some of the uniqueness of London by applying the same cookie cutter social media aesthetics as other global cities to our art and public spaces? In the restaurant busines
A penchant for Paris? Look no further than this guide for all things Paris photography. Paris is without a doubt one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Every landmark or street corner has you taking your camera out for a shot, even if you are just walking from your hotel to a local supermarket, so it can be hard to prioritise what to take a photo of. We understand this and have decided to make everyone’s lives a little easier by showing you the most iconic photo opportunities in the City of Love. One thing everyone thinks (or think they know) about Paris is that it is the place of impressionist paintings and love songs, the muse of Hemingway and Balzac. But when you finally make it to Paris and see the city for yourself, its charms transcends all of the above
Christmas is just around the corner now and Winter Wonderland is finally here once again. It will be open from the 23rd of November until the 6th of January from 10am to 10pm – except on Christmas Day! It is free to enter, but once you are inside it is not cheap. They have various attractions such as roller coaster, game stands where you can win prizes, food stands, bars and a Christmas market. What more can you ask for? The warm taste of the mulled wine will warm you up in the cold nights at Hyde Park; small bonfires have also been set up around the park. You might also find being packed into the massive crowd visiting the park every year a source of heat. Depending on the time of visit, it might take you as long as 30 minutes just to survive the long lines and enter the park (
Millennials are having a moment with keeping houseplants, but what about those who don’t have the green thumb to keep them alive? Once the interior design choice of your odd aunt, creating indoor jungles of houseplants has become this generation’s latest fad. From restaurants, to well-curated shops, to boutique hotels, it has become more and more difficult to not find shop fronts and friend’s flats filling up with plants. As people have become increasingly out of touch with nature and more in touch with their screens, perhaps the trend of trying to cultivate a personal green space is inevitable. Aside from being shown that indoor plants can lift our mood, they also have the potential to clean pollution from the air and make our living quarters more inviting. https://www.instagram.