London Lovin’: Vintage Shopfronts

Shops like these you’ll never find them in Asia. Especially where I come from, space is so constrained that anything below 3-floors will be extinct in the next 5 years or so. Baffled by re-modelling works of architecture in the European cities where its aesthetic appeal lies in its vintage houses! Swarovski is sandwiched between a neo-classical shophouse and a modern, ever so significantly highlighting its contrast.
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These Victorian shopfronts in West End seem to live and breathe with age-old wisdom. Walking along the streets of London, I come alive with the promise of lessons in the cultural vibrance of the British!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: Old Bailey

London Central Criminal Court

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Chanced upon the Central Criminal Court, commonly known as Old Bailey, in West End London. In the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it is the courthouse where Charles Darnay is put on trial for treason. In the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Joshamee Gibbs is tried in the Old Bailey where Jack Sparrow disguises himself as Justice Smith!

Old Bailey
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London Lovin’: City Grandeur

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Overeager to see everything on my first trip to London, I took to exploring West End on foot. My fingers were working the shutter overtime, attempting to capture everything. Which I soon realised was impossible!

Damn, the rush to see it all wasn’t worth it.

Why click fast and leave for another touristy scene, only to ogle at photographs in the privacy of hotel rooms? So I let the images roll around in my head a bit before snapping.

For the life of me I cannot name all the buildings and streets, but certainly I can tell you how I felt at the moment, soaking in the grandeur of the grand London city.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: Oxford Circus

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Stepping out from London Underground is like entering a different realm, and it did feel that way to me, exiting Oxford Circus Station. Topshop, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, HMV, Debenhams have their flagship stores on this street.

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Each year, Oxford Street is decorated with festive lights. Each Christmas, a celebrity turns on the lights in late-November and these remain lit until the twelfth night (Emma Watson did 2004, and last year it was Robbie Williams).

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This year, Jessie J flipped the switch, with James Arthur and Conor Maynard! Inspired by falling snowflakes (well it did feel all White Christmassy without the snow!), the lights feature three quarters of a million LED bulbs. That’s beautiful, but insane!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: New Theatre Releases 2014

Now who’s excited?! 2014 will see a brand new season of remakes, rebrandings and new theatre releases in the London theatre scene. Grab your passes, 2014 is set to be an exciting year on the stage!
Here’s a few to get started:

 

GHOSTS

From December 17 to March 8, Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of Ghosts transfers into the Trafalgar Studios. Directed and adapted by Richard Eyre from Henrik Ibsen’s play, Lesley Manville, Jack Lowden, Brian McCardie and Charlene McKenna will reprise their roles with Adam Kotz joining them as Pastor Manders.

 

 

MISS SAIGON

The international cast for 2014 includes Jon Jon Briones as ‘The Engineer’, Eva Noblezada debuting as ‘Kim’, Alistair Brammer as ‘Chris’, Tamsin Carroll as ‘Ellen’, Hugh Maynard as ‘John’ and Rachelle Ann Go as ‘Gigi’. MISS SAIGON returns to the West End on Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre.

 

 

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

The stage premiere of Shakespeare in Love, the acclaimed film that won seven Academy Awards, will open at London’s Noel Coward Theatre in the summer of 2014. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love will be produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.

 

 

The Duchess of Malfi

Running from 14th January to 11th February at the Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Gemma Arterton plays The Duchess Of Malfi. Shameless’s Sean Gilder and Ripper Street’s David Dawson also joins this Jacobean tragedy – a production that is an ideal curtain-raiser Sam Wanamaker Playhouse’s first season.

 

 

1984

Opens 8th February to 29th of March, Almeida Theatre reproduces George Orwell’s 1984 in its depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control. This ‘radical new staging’ explores surveillance culture, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.