Arts & Culture - 17/22 - The Vintage Guide To London
What to see and do in London
Who knew that East End Communists once invaded the air-raid shelter of the Savoy or that – for one night only – a suite in Claridge’s was declared Yugoslav territory so that their heir to the throne could be born on home soil?
These and other witty anecdotes and historical facts make up Matthew Sweet’s new book The West End Front (£20, hardback, Faber & Faber), which details the fascinating history of London’s grand hotels during the Blitz.
In Ancient Greece, the word for school, scholee, also meant ‘leisure’. Education was a pleasure, a privilege freely chosen by the freeborn citizens of Athens. The Idler Academy, which launched earlier this year, wants to bring this spirit of cultivated leisure to the 21st century, and cross it with the lively atmosphere of an 18th century coffeehouse. We’ve met up with founder Tom Hodgkinson to find out why we should be going back to school.
Learn to jive at the UK’s top school for authentic Forties and Fifties style. Maddy’s Jiving School has been teaching people to jive for 20 years – tens of thousands of people have taken their courses.
Tally Ho! Cycle Tours provide fun, small group, guided bike tours of London’s iconic sights and hidden wonders. Using Twenties-styled British-built Pashley bicycles, cover ground easily and comfortably without breaking a sweat or getting sore feet.
We have teamed up with the lovely Penny Dreadful Vintage boutique to transport you back to 1951 and the original Festival of Britain. From Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July, our twice daily tours of the Southbank – which …