Where Light Falls | The Accident | Hell is Round the Corner | Pumpkin Carving | Legare...
Going out or staying in, we've got some fantastic recommendations for the week ahead in our blog. In this week's edition, we head to St Paul's cathedral for a stunning light show and get our pumpkin carving knives out at Fortnum & Mason, before gorging (again) on Italian food and settling down in front of Channel 4's new series starring Sarah Lancashire.
SEE Where Light Falls at St Paul’s Cathedral. Using the stunning exterior of one of the most famous buildings in the world as a giant canvas, Historic England will be unveiling a spectacular light display on the façade of St Paul’s cathedral in a series of free events this week. Shedding light on the history of London during the Blitz and the miraculous survival of this building during the destruction of much of the surrounding area, this moving and dramatic display uses wartime photos, plus poetry and music to celebrate the building that became a beacon of hope for war-torn London and the ordinary people who acted as volunteers patrolling the cathedral.
For more information about dates and times visit:
https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/visit/where-light-falls/st-paul-s-cathedral/. Follow @HistoricEngland on Twitter for updates.
WATCH The Accident, a powerful and shocking four-part Channel 4 series, starring Sarah Lancashire and written by BAFTA award-winning writer Jack Thorne. Based in a small, fictional Welsh town, which is suddenly hit by a deadly explosion, The Accident is inspired by the real-life tragedy of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. A catastrophic collapse of a large construction project, which residents had hoped would create a better future for their forgotten town, unexpectedly changes its fate. Thrown into turmoil, the community is devastated and many people, including children are left dead. Told mainly through the character of Polly (Sarah Lancashire), a working class mother, hairdresser, and wife of the local politician who championed the project, it follows a community’s fight for justice and its search for the truth. Who is to blame? Will they get justice? Is there any hope? With the first episode airing just a week before the release of the long-awaited Grenfell public enquiry,The Accident shines a light on the issues of justice and corporate manslaughter, through the eyes of those most affected.
The Accident will air on Channel 4 from Thursday 24 October at 9pm.
READ Hell is Round the Corner, the autobiography of legendary music producer and rapper, Tricky. Back in the 90’s, one British city put itself on the musical map like no other, producing a number of successful mainstream and underground acts, and creating its very own unique sound. That city was Bristol, and perhaps the driving force behind the hit factory of the south west was Adrian Thaws, otherwise known as Tricky. Next week his autobiography, perhaps the music industry’s most hotly anticipated book of the year, finally hits the shelves, and it promises to be a fascinating (if a tad uncomfortable) read. Following his mother’s suicide at the age of four, Tricky grew up in the mean streets of Knowle West, surrounded by gangs, violence and drugs. Despite this adversity, he went on to become one of the most influential and sought after recording artists of his generation, lauded by critics and praised by his peers, both during his time with Massive Attack and as a solo artist. From his struggles with fame and success to his turbulent relationship with Bjork, from unanswered letters from David Bowie to his current life in Berlin dealing with the tragic and unexpected death of his daughter, Tricky’s memoirs will be an emotional rollercoaster for many, but will bring readers closer to this mysterious musical pioneer like never before.
Hell is Round the Corner by Tricky is out on 31 October, published by Blink. Tricky will be in conversation at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, on 26 October. Follow @KnowleWestboy and @BlinkPublishing on Twitter for updates.
VISIT Fortnum & Mason’s Pumpkin. It's eerie. It's orange. And scarily difficult to sculpt? Don’t worry, the masterclass of pumpkin carving at the world-famous capital of food shopping will give you all the tips and tricks to perfectly carve a pumpkin. Get ready to dazzle your family and neighbours with new and imaginative carving skills to take your pumpkin to a crafty new level and create unique jack-o-lanterns to light up your Halloween. Taking place at the iconic Fortnum & Mason store on Piccadilly, there will be classes for both adults and children plus a chance to sample some terrifyingly delicious treats and compete for the prize of ‘best pumpkin’ of the class.
Pumpkin carving classes run at Fortnum & Mason from October 26-27. For more information, visit
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/childrens-pumpkin-carving-tickets-70263645455. Follow @Fortnums on Twitter for updates.
DINE at Legare, the intimate, informal Italian recently opened near Tower Bridge, serving up fresh hand-made pasta cooked daily on-site by top ex-Trullo chef Matt Beardmore. Set in a historic riverside location, this small neighbourhood bistro can be found inside a 19th century warehouse with a pastel washed Mediterranean interior reminiscent of Italy. The seasonally rotating menu of antipasti and pasta brings Italian, British and European produce from the top suppliers, and there’s a strong focus on vegetables, fruit and seafood. Current highlights include seafood such as gambero rosso – that’s red prawns grilled with olive oil and charmed lemon, and Stracci w/ crab, chilli, garlic, saffron and pangrattato from the pasta menu. If you need any other excuses to load up on the best carb creation ever, then you’ll be pleased to know its World Pasta Day on Friday 25 October.
Legare is open Monday - Saturday for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit https://legarelondon.com and follow @legarelondon on instagram.
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