The old saying is that you never know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. That can be applied to any number of people, things and situations and it should make us more appreciative of the time we have. This Summer, London will say farewell to a couple of sporting legends and it is fitting that people will get the chance to see them one last time. On a more sombre note, anyone visiting the Whale exhibition in South Kensington will be mindful of how we nearly lost a magnificent species due to basic human greed.
The opening of the Foxlow restaurant in Chiswick has been a welcome addition to an already thriving culinary scene. It’s tucked away from the main drag and therefore manages to be intimate, yet still family friendly. The cocktail bar is an attraction in its own right and the Sunday roasts have become something of a W4 institution.
All eyes will be on two titans of sport. Britain’s Mo Farah has dominated long distance running for six years and will be looking to bow out of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres unbeaten. However, there is one swan song that will be even more emotional. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will finally bring the curtain down on what must be one of the most star-studded careers in sporting history. Bolt is up there with Muhammad Ali, Maradona and Serena Williams as, not only a supreme sportsperson, but as an all-round cultural icon. We may not see his like again.
Fifty million album sales later and Steinman is now a live spectacular. The story of teen angst, forbidden love and power ballads is set in a dystopian near future where young rebels must prove their worth in order to break free from the system. All Meat Loaf’s hits are included and sung with as much air punching gusto as the youthful cast and enthusiastic audience can muster.
The show plots the evolution of the species from land mammals to giants of the deep with preserved examples of their incredible anatomy. Graphics, watercolours and interactive installations give us a sense of the sheer size and capability of these precious animals that were once almost hunted to the brink of extinction.