Carnaby Street and London Street Food

26 02 2010

Apparently 2010 is the 50th anniversary of Carnaby Street (although there are rumours that the name first appeared in the ratebooks in 1687, and that the street was almost completely built up by 1690). Anyway, ignoring all those boring things like maths and facts, the iconic London Street became popular in the 1960s among mods and hippies for its clothing boutiques, and unusual in that it focused on menswear. The great and the good (as well as some of the smelly and bad) of swinging London flocked to the boutiques. Time Magazine’s 1966 special issue on swinging London commented:

“Perhaps nothing illustrates the new swinging London better than narrow, three-block-long Carnaby Street, which is crammed with a cluster of the ‘gear’ boutiques where the girls and boys buy each other clothing…”

To celebrate the anniversary, a book has been produced with an accompanying exhibition: ‘Carnaby Street: 1960 – 2010’ will celebrate 50 years of fashion and music.

The central feature of the show is a unique 3D timeline which illustrates key people, events and happenings in the area from being a green field site with a well and a scarecrow 500 years ago, to the iconic characters associated with Carnaby’s music heritage such as The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols and Jimi Hendrix.

The exhibition, 38 Carnaby Street, will be open from 26th February until the beginning of April 2010 and is free. It will be followed by a series of events throughout 2010 to celebrate Carnaby’s 50th Anniversary including a live music weekend in June and a unique fashion show in September.

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm, Sunday: 12noon – 6pm, 38 Carnaby Street, London, W1


In the Guardian today there is a video guide to London’s street food and a list of a few good places to ‘eat street’. Eat Street is the name of a website ‘driving british street food forward’ – has details of a diverse array of reviews and information about British street food, food vans and festival caterers. There is also a blog.


London Profiler, Photographing the East End and Migration shorts

17 02 2010

London Profiler is a fascinating interactive map website allowing the use of a range of data plotted onto maps or satelite photos of London. You can visualise your neighbourhood’s profile using different area classifications through the Google Map interface. All the themes have been created with GMap Creator. If you have any trouble in viewing and using the website as well as comments contact Maurizio:

My East End is a new photography initiative taking place in 2010. The project gives people the opportunity to document and celebrate the rich heritage of London’s East End: its people, cultures, domestic and built environments, and open spaces. It aims to create a collective vision of life in the East End in 2010.

Photographs entered into the competition will be added to the important archive collections about the East End already held by Bishopsgate Institute. You can see examples of the kinds of archive photographs Bishopsgate Institute has here. You can take part in two main ways: enter the photography competition, or attend an event or exhibition.

Migration Information Source has a country profile of the UK with a lot of good data on migration and multiculturalism.

The Leibniz Universitat Hamburg Summer Academy’s theme this year is “Metropolitan Minorities in Europe, Urban Marginal Groups in Eastern and Western Europe in Comparison”. There’s a full call for papers here (You have to be bilingual English/German for that one I think)  


Dave Hill, fare dodgers, and the London ‘blogosphere’

10 02 2010

Dave Hill, The Guardian’s London blogger, who’s blog I often check out, read, rip off and link to has a very funny and interesting post about fare dodging on London’s bendy buses. Its a revealing and almost anthropological account of the teams of ‘Revenue Protection Inspectors’ you sometimes see hanging around in gangs at bus stops in their distinctive gang colours.  

He also has an article about the London Blogosphere… and London’s top bloggers I have modestly put a comment on his article about the FiLo blog as I thought it would be good to highlight some of the interesting work that FiLo members are doing. So if any of you have any recommendations for Dave, or are interested in London issues, his blog and list of London bloggers is a good place to start. Here is another directory of London blogs.