The London List: Alpha Shadows brings hip Japanese menswear and West Coast ceramics to Peckham’s Bussey BuildingThe London List

Posted in London, London List, Style
By Sam Bathe on 2 Jan 2018



Located in the Bussey Building in Peckham, Alpha Shadows is London’s best kept secret for trendy Japanese menswear and Californian ceramics. Started by Tom Piercy, Alpha Shadows brings many of their minimalist Japanese labels over to the UK for the first time, stocking everything from slick chambray shirts, to leather accessories, beautiful hand-made footwear and effortlessly cool quilted jackets. Show the rest of this post…

On the other side of the store is their amazing homeware collection. Of course carrying a range from staple Hasami Ceramics, Alpha Shadows is the only UK stockist for dreamy California potters Kat & Roger and A Question of Eagles. Such is the demand, when new Kat & Roger pieces come into stock, most are sold out within the first few days. This is one store, more than worth the trip across the river.

Alpha Shadows, The Bussey Building, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN




The London List: teamLab take over the Pace London gallery with interactive exhibition, ‘Transcending Boundaries’The London List

Posted in Art, London, London List
By Sam Bathe on 3 Feb 2017




Reminiscent of the iconic Rain Room in Barbican’s The Curve gallery, Transcending Boundaries is a collection of remarkable interactive, digital artworks from Tokyo-based, teamLab. Including eight installations across three rooms in London’s Pace Gallery, the artworks surround visitors, transforming and changing shape as guests move through the space. From a virtual waterfall that flows around your feet, to flowers that bloom across visitors’ clothing, pieces are created in real time depending on how you interact with the gallery space. Exploring the role of digital technology in transcending physical and virtual boundaries, Transcending Boundaries runs until March 11th at Pace Gallery.

Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET

The London List Review: Bradford Cox opens for himself for a fantastic Deerhunter, Atlas Sound double-bill at Shepherd’s Bush EmpireThe London List

Posted in London, London List, Music
By Tim Baggott on 8 Nov 2015

If any other frontman chose to open for themselves on the final night of their UK tour, it would seem like a cynical move. But for some reason, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, gets away with it tonight. Show the rest of this post…

A reverb-drenched, improvisational opening set from Atlas Sound saw each song take on a new form. Featuring a haunting rendition of Shelia from 2009′s Logos and an almost unrecognisable version of Cold as Ice from 2008′s Let The Blind…, the set was as spellbinding as it was unpredictable.

Perhaps acting as a Bradford Cox palette cleanser, when Deerhunter finally take to the stage they open with Desire Lines, a track sung by Lockett Pundt (guitarist). The set that follows is dominated by tracks from the latest record, Fading Fontier. Album opener All the Same was delivered with resounding confidence and was definitely the punchiest of the new tracks.

However, it was still the fan favourites from 2008′s Microcastle that received the best response from the crowd. The crushing guitars on Cover Me (Slowly) sounded colossal, filling the venue from wall to wall and the build up during the extended conclusion of Nothing Ever Happened whips the audience into an all-too-brief, beautiful frenzy.

The London Listings: 6a Architects’ Hanover Yard House feels warm and lived-in yet effortlessly modernThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 5 Nov 2015



Located on a private mews in suave Islington, this two-storey home by 6a Architects features an amazing open-plan space and stunning interior filled with picture frames, pottery and books, everywhere you look. Though unfortunately most of the lived-in warmth will leave with the current owners, the loft-style Hanover Yard House is still perfect for the new owners to make it their own. Show the rest of this post…

The kitchen, dining area and living space are all inter-connected, with the bedroom only loosely divided from the rest of the open-plan first floor. A spiral staircase connects to the fully-irrigated roof which also houses a number of solar panels, which alongside an eco-friendly heat pump and underfloor heating help the property to be environmentally-friendly. Downstairs, the ground floor features a reception room plus two separate artists’ studios, accessed from across the mews.

On the market for £3.8m, while a lot of the value is in the ultra-accessible location, such a unique, charismatic space doesn’t come up on the London property market very often either.









The Hanover Yard House is on the market for £3.8m through The Modern House:

The London List: Ann Veronica Janssens latest installation explores colour and light at the Wellcome CollectionThe London List

Posted in Art, London, London List
By Sam Bathe on 15 Oct 2015


Invading the Wellcome Collection with mysterious coloured mist, Ann Veronica Janssens’ Yellowbluepink installation explores perception through the use of colour and light. One of the artists behind the Hayward Gallery’s remarkable Light Show back in 2013, Janssens again revels in the immateriality of such a medium, here playing with the notion of what you see, and how you see it. Yellowbluepink launches States of Mind, the Wellcome Collection’s year-long investigation into the experience of human consciousness.

Yellowbluepink is on show at the Wellcome Collection until 3rd January 2016
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

The London List: Alex Chinneck unveils his latest surrealist sculpture for this year’s London Design FestivalThe London List

Posted in Art, London, London List
By Sam Bathe on 18 Sep 2015


Best known for his gravity-defying installations, artist Alex Chinneck returns with another remarkable surrealist sculpture for the London Design Festival. Balancing a 35 metre-tall electricity pylon on its tip, A Bullet From A Shooting Star comprises 450 steel pieces, constructed from 1186 metres of steel weighing 15 tons. Taking residence on the Greenwich Penisula, the sculpture is one of the real highlights of this year’s festival and can be viewed from North Greenwich Station, the Emirates Airline cable car, the Thames Clipper service, Canary Wharf and all planes that fly to and from City Airport.

Alex Chinneck’s ‘A Bullet From A Shooting Star’ runs from September 19th-27th on the Greenwich Peninsula, London

The London List Review: Secret Cinema take on Star Wars for a hugely ambitious, and expensive, night of funThe London List

Posted in Film, London, London List
By Sam Bathe on 7 Sep 2015


Normally keeping the movie under wraps until you are through the door, Secret Cinema have recreated Star Wars much to the delight of fans across the country.

If you are not familiar with Secret Cinema, the ‘live cinema’ company curate events that fuse film and theatre, re-creating large-scale immersive experiences that blur the lines of fiction and reality. By now it probably sounds like a broken record, but yet again their latest production is their most ambitious yet. Show the rest of this post…

Taking on beloved cult franchise, Star Wars, for a remarkable four-month London run, the show is inspired by the A New Hope, with fans living the first of the original trilogy before watching sequel The Empire Strikes Back at the end of the night.

In line with the spirit of the event we can’t reveal much more about what happens on the night, but rest assured, the Secret Cinema team have meticulously recreated a world so treasured by fans across the globe.


With audience members taking real pleasure in dressing up as characters from the film, don’t miss the start of the event as things instantly kick into gear. With actors recreating story lines from A New Hope in a number of picture-perfect sets, it’s a great experience and you really feel part of the action. Though the sheer scale of the audience can make you feel lost in the production at times, if you explore and talk to the characters there’s plenty to do and you might even kick off some of the night’s big events.

Newcomers to Star Wars (yes, there are some out there) shouldn’t be put off, and it’s not a precursor that you be a huge franchise buff, but at £78 per ticket and £52 for children you probably need to a fan to justify the expense. You’ll easily spend another £30 on food and drinks on the night too.


Because of the price, Secret Cinema’s The Empire Strikes Back production is not an unmissable experience. Few nights out in London can justify a £100+ all-in price tag, and though this production does come close, I’d be lying if I thought it was totally worth it. That said, fans are still flocking to the event in their droves and there’s no doubt you’ll have a lot of fun, just here’s hoping the next production doesn’t jump in price again, with tickets costing almost double what they used to just three years ago.

Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back runs until September 27th. Tickets are available from the Secret Cinema website:

Photography by Olivia Weetch, Marianne Chua, Al Overdrive and Mike Massaro, respectively.

The London List: Artist Grayson Perry’s ‘House for Essex’ experiment is a technicolour ode to fictional saint Julie CopeThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 15 May 2015



Comissioned by Living Architecture, famous for their boat perched atop London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, House for Essex is a fantasy art experiment by Greyson Perry. Design in collaboration with FAT Architecture, the building is inspired by fairy tales and a fictional ‘saint’ Julie Cope. Show the rest of this post…

Her husband Rob commissioned the house in her memory after she was knocked down and killed by a curry delivery driver in Colchester, with each room telling the story of her life. A riot of colour and religious iconography, House For Essex sleeps four is available for 2-3 night stays from £850-£1800. A ballot for tickets is open now on the Living Architecture website:






The London List Review: The horde is upon you in zombie immersive theatre production ‘The Generation of Z’The London List

Posted in London, London List
By Sam Bathe on 4 May 2015


Taking over a derelict basement in East London, The Generation of Z is the latest in a long line of immersive theatre productions, hot on the heels of The Heist, The Drowned Man, and to a lesser extent, Secret Cinema. Show the rest of this post…

Turning a 25,000 square-foot space into an apocalyptic wasteland, it’s still 2015 but London has fallen, with the deadly Z virus transforming the global population into a rabid horde of the infected. The Armed Rescue Coalition are the only hope so when one of our own starts coughing up blood, it sets off a thrilling 60 minutes of twists, turns and gnarly-looking zombies.

Unlike the free-form 2.8 Hours Later where you have to run for your life, in The Generation of Z everything is carefully scripted promenade theatre. The main cast of A.R.C. officers are drilled and know their lines and timings to a tee, but it all feels like you’re living the action live as the action is genuinely riveting and, at times, terrifying too.


During the performance the group splits and then splits again, so you end up in one of four parties. It means there’s replay value in going back for a second, third or fourth time but on a solo trip it did make it difficult to pick up the entirety of the plot. However, it was great that you felt like you were impacting on the narrative; decisions you make during the production change course of events, with your group deciding the fate of tertiary characters in plot.

At the end you’re invited back into the living stage to take a selfie with the zombies and you can even volunteer to be on the other side of the curtain and be one of the hoarde on a future production.


The Generation of Z is a lot of fun, best enjoyed with friends, and another wonderfully unique night out in London. At just under £40 mid-week and £42.50 on Friday and Saturdays it is an expensive event, but given that the latest Secret Cinema is selling out at £78 at ticket, that’s unfortunately now the going rate. And to its credit, The Generation of Z feels worthy of the money, with fantastic set design and an engaging cast. If you want to live out your Walking Dead fantasies, this is the perfect chance.

The Generation of Z runs until July 5th, for more information and to buy tickets please head to their website:
The Generation of Z, 69-89 Mile End Road, London, E1 4TT

The London Listings: The Framehouse in Hackney Central creates a bright and spacious escape from urban lifeThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 23 Apr 2015



Designed by Marcus Lee, former associate director at Richard Rogers Partnership, and featured on Channel 4′s Grand Designs, The Framehouse in Hackney Central recently went on the market through The Modern House. At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on Rowe Lane, the five-bedroom eco home is split over three floors and features a big open-plan kitchen-living room, with floor to ceiling windows letting light billow in. The Framehouse is on the market at £1.6m. Show the rest of this post…














The Framehouse is listed through The Modern House, head to their site to register your interest:

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