Exmouth Market, in the heart of Clerkenwell, North
London, is a mix of small independent and long standing traditional shops,
bars, restaurants and cafés.
It also includes the former home of Joseph Grimaldi (18
December 1778 – 31 May 1837) the English actor and comedian who invented the
modern day ‘white faced’ clown. There is a blue plaque to commemorate the spot.
Grimaldi regularly appeared as the ‘sad face’ clown at Sadlers Wells, which is only
a short walk away. He first appeared on stage as a three year old and seems to have had an unhappy life despite being successful.
Grimaldi’s grave is in Joseph Grimaldi Park, in
Pentonville Road. He requested decapitation before burial as he was so afraid of
being buried alive.
The market includes Clarks Pie and Mash shop and.................
a traditional pub, The Exmouth Arms
On Fridays and Saturdays the street features a food
market when the local restaurants and street vendors sell a variety of hot food-to-go
from market stalls ranging from the basic to the specialist.
Café Kick is a well-used football themed café. The walls and ceiling are covered in
football memorabilia and three table top football games take pride of place. The café
is equipped with many TV screens showing football, crickets or other major sports.
This place is a cut above other sports bars.
There is also a tattoo parlour should you fancy some body art.
Admiralty Arch could be up for sale. Minister for the
Cabinet Office Francis Maude no longer considers the building ‘fit for purpose’
as a government office. The London landmark could be sold as flats or a hotel
at a knock down price of £75 million. The arch is also home to a Rick Buckley 'nose'
Folklore has it that the nose is modelled on Napoleon and
at a height that cavalry troopers can tweak it as they ride pass.
The nose seems well ‘tweaked’ and not easily reached unless seven foot tall, standing on the shoulders of a tourist or on horseback, therefore being
out of reach of most pedestrians.
The Whitechapel Gallery was designed by Charles Harrison
Townsend and opened in 1901 as one of the first publicly funded galleries for
temporary art exhibitions in London.
The gallery exhibited Pablo Picasso’s Guernica in January
1939 to raise money for the Spanish Republican cause. Labour Party leader Clement
Attlee opened the exhibition and despite the galleries working class, East End
location 15,000 visitors saw the painting in the first week, raising £250.
Visitors were asked to donate a pair of boots as the price of admission, which
would be sent to the Spanish front line. These were placed in front of the
enormous picture and soon thousands of boots covered the floor of the gallery.
Picasso created Guernica to illustrate man’s cruelty
during the Spanish Civil war. The picture is now behind bullet proof glass in
the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, while a tapestry copy
hangs on the wall of the UN building in New York. So powerful is this picture
that when Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared before the United Nations in
February 2003, to gain approval for the war in Iraqi, the tapestry was hidden.
Officials claimed it would be too 'visually confusing' for TV viewers.
“A German officer visited Picasso in his Paris
studio during the Second World War. There he saw Guernica and, shocked at the
modernist 'chaos' of the painting, asked Picasso: "Did you do this?" Picasso
calmly replied: "No, you did this!" - Slavoj Zizek
on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank rests one of London’s most spectacular hotels. This one bedroom boat is available throughout 2012 and
offers panoramic views across the Thames that stretch from the Houses of
Parliament to St Paul’s Cathedral. The timber ‘boat’ has been designed by David
Kohn Architects together with the artist Fiona Banner. It is intended to be
moved to other dramatic locations around London at the end of the year.