Here’s your new favourite Swimsuit

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A swimming costume or bikini is probably the most important purchase of the Summer, so it’s one you want to get just right. Whatever your body shape and personal style, there’s a super swimsuit to suit you!

Stand-Out Swimsuit

If you want to turn heads on the beach then back away from basic black and go for eye-catching colour and pattern instead. Spots and stripes never go out of style, and a colourful cut-out swimsuit gives extra fashion points.

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Perfectly Petite

If you’re looking for a swimsuit to suit a small frame or bust then remember that voluminous frills and ruffles will both add interest. The gypsy-style Leandra Off Shoulder Bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez is a winner for those who dare to be different. The off-shoulder style is bang on trend too.

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Killer Curves

The halterneck bikini top is a curvy girl’s best friend for the beach. The Daisy Print Bikini by Dolce and Gabbana is super cute and there are matching retro-style high waist bikini shorts too.

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Poolside Posing

If you’re not actually planning on getting closer to the water than a poolside sunlounger, La Perla has some incredible swimsuits for posing up a storm in. The sequined ‘Dreamland’ plunge swimsuit is a white hot number that will go great with whatever cocktail you’ve got in your hand – just be careful not to spill!

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Waterpark Ready

Whether you’re keen to do some actual swimming, or want something that will stay put on the waterpark slides, a proper swimming costume definitely has a place in every suitcase. Onia has a good range of sturdy swimwear that will withstand the waves. The Devyn zip-up top is a sporty, supportive alternative, if a one-piece doesn’t appeal.

Just moved to London? These are the apps you’ll need!

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Whether you’ll be travelling or moving to London this year (2017),  this post will give you some tips on what are the most useful apps you’ll need during your stay.

Those days when we used to travel “light” with a map and a guide book only are long by now, today our daily lives are made easier by technology and the use of the phone for each little thing we might need is ingrained in our daily habits: from checking the news, emails, weather, transports and bank,  you’ll definitely need your phone, even more, when on a City Trip.

 

The Big Ben at night. Photo By Roman In London

 

  • Uber

A great app to have, it lets you find a taxi wherever you’re at, and you don’t have to deal with the hassle of paying the driver in cash as it’s all taken from your registered credit card. On the plus side, it’s about 30-50% cheaper than a traditional black cab.

  • City Mapper

Simple, sleek, and super helpful, City Mapper provides up-to-date transports times and line updates, the route planner is particularly useful, allowing you to optimise for a shorter journey or fewer changes.

  • Time Out London

You may be able to pick up a free copy of Time Out on the tube or around hotels and cafes. If you don’t find one, make sure you use the Time Out London app for suggestions of things to see. They list the latest events, culture and nightlife and have lots of suggestions for first-time visitors too.

  •  Bus London

Never wait in the cold again thanks to UK Bus Checker. The app will give you live bus times at any London stop so you know exactly when to show up at your stop to catch your ride.

  •   Meetup

If travelling solo or just looking to meet people I find this a very useful app as it gather a wide range of interests and opportunity to meet like minded people to have interesting and fun times

  •   Just Eat

This is internationally known and widely used almost everywhere. If you get too tired after a day touring the City this is a good app to use to get your dinner (or breakfast delivered).

  • Opentable

Eating out in London is quite an expensive business, but there are bargains around if you know where to look. Opentable, which handles reservations for up to 80% of London’sMichelin-starred eateries, can provide restaurant discounts on everything from quick bites to fine dining in over 4,000 UK restaurants, as well as nearby restaurant searches and the ability to book online.

  •  Currency Converter App

If coming from abroad you may not be used to the Pound and might experience the constant challenge of doing currency conversions in your head. Any currency converter app is, therefore, a must companion.

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Roman In London: where to see it

Roman Wall

As surprising as it may sound (at least to me) the Roman Emperor Claudius invaded Britain in the year 43 AD and founded London who was named Londinium.

However, the Romans settlement didn’t last long (until around 61) when the Iceni tribe, led by Bodica, stormed in and burned it to the ground. A much bigger and stronger City rose in its place, but here and here there are still some remains of that short-lived Roman Empire influence.

The original City was built inside a set of defensive walls and some sections can still be seen today.

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In the 1300 the City was still confined within the Roman Walls. Map of the British city of London in around 1300. Vectorised version of File:Plan of London in 1300.jpg by William R. Shepherd, a work in the public domain in the United States, also its home country, by virtue of being published in 1923 without copyright renewal.

Roman Wall

Roman Wall
Roman Wall

The Roman Wall was maintained until the 18 century, some of its sections can be seen on the grounds of the Museum of London, in the Barbican Estate and around Tower Hill. It now follows roughly the boundaries of the modern Square Mile. Outdoor displays of the wall stretches can be found along the thoroughfare of London Wall, towards the Museum of London.

Roman Amphitheatre

Remains of London’s amphitheatre were recently discovered in the north of the city (1888 in Guildhall Yard), and you can visit them at the Guildhall Art Gallery. The  80m-wide dark circle of  dark stone in the courtyard outside shows where the Roman amphitheatre in London once stood.

It was built in AD70 as a simple wooden structure, it’s not clear yet what was happening inside the amphitheatre at that time, whatever animal fighting or gladiators being executed, what is sure though, is that it was a place for mass entertainment as it had a capacity to host up to 6.000 people.

Roman Amphitheatre © photo by PastLondon on Flickr

Obsession at The Barbican: Review

Jude Law and Halina Reijn are the protagonists in Ivo van Hove’s “Obsession”, stage version of Visconti’s 1942 film at the Barbican which I went to see last weekend and this is my review of the play.

The story is an adaptation of the 1930s  crime novel  ‘The Postman always rings twice” by James Mc Cain about a man and a married woman having an affair and the plot to murder her husband.

The scenography set is minimalistic with a modern and stylish twist, but, although well-thought and very dynamic, I’ve really struggled to imagine those described Italian ambients and scenarios.

As soon as you step into the theatre hall you’re already submerged into the atmosphere as the actors are already performing their set on stage.

You can start “breathing” and witnessing the boredom of Hannah’s life in her marriage with Joseph as she lays almost stranded in the kitchen, her mind elsewhere, her anguish in the solitude while her present/absent husband carries on his work duties. The lack of communication and respect between them is already palpable.

After a few minutes, Jude Law sets his foot onto the stage and the atmosphere gets suddenly intense as the immediate erotic attraction with Hannah sets the voyeuristic expectations high. Although the focus of the acts is not onto their passion, but more on the internal conflicts of the character of Gino (Jude Law) who struggles with a debate between his wild and free side of personality versus the desire and love for a woman. However, the possibility of a stable and  (perhaps in his opinion) boring life, makes him struggle and not able to cope.  The play depicts his shifts from pure passion to boredom with the rapidity of the blink of an eye.

Jude Law interpretation is stellar in interpreting the difficult character of the moody Gino and so is the interpretation of Halina Reijn, however, especially in some fundamental parts of the story, the abstract scenography makes it harder for a viewer to fully immerse in the play.

At Barbican, London, until 20 May. Box office: 020-7638 8891.

 

 

 

Your guide to planning a road trip in the UK

I truly believe that a road trip is an incredible way to see a country, that feeling you get when ahead of you there’s nothing but miles of empty road, adventure and freedom.

Travelling by car will also allow you to see places your eyes would have only dreamed of if the medium of choice was to travel via plane or train instead.  One of the best things about this wonderful country is the vast amount of diverse sights and landscapes that stretch the length and breadth of the island.

Having said that, a road trip requires many things to take into account in order to avoid unexpected surprises. So, here is my guide to planning a trip in the UK:

1.If renting a car, plan in advance your beginning and ending destination

It is generally cheaper to pick-up and drop-off a rental car from the same destination, so it is worth planning accordingly.

2. Use your Phone GPS rather than renting one   

If you don’t have cellular data, you can preload a route on Google Maps when you have wifi and use the location service to follow the route.

3.Know the rules of the road

If travelling from abroad just a reminder that in the UK they drive on the left side of the road and signs are in miles per hour for speed and miles for distance.

4. If crossing the isles…

Don’t forget about the ferry services when travelling between the mainland UK, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. There are convenient ferry services from a few different ports, including:

  • Holyhead, Wales to Dublin, Ireland
  • Cardiff, Wales to Waterford, Ireland
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland to Liverpool, England

5. If driving your own car get MOT testing

Make sure you are driving safely and that your car had a MOT test prior departure. Repairing fails also can end up costing a fortune, also MOT from professionals ensures that no aspect is overlooked and it also helps in overcoming penalties or fines.

Some good and cheap MOT service providers in London are DAT Tyre, Motnearme.

Or if you prefer going locally, many local councils have their own MOT testing stations for their own vehicles, such as buses or vans.

(This post was written in collaboration with DAT Tyre)
Lake District. Photo Courtesy: Telegraph

 

Lake District
Lake District. Photo Courtesy: Telegraph

 

 

A day out in Greenwich

Greenwich is one of London’s most loved boroughs and home of some of London’s most iconic museums and landmarks like the Prime Meridian Line, the Cutty Sark or the Royal Observatory Museum.

 

Greenwich. Photo By Roman In London

 Morning:

The Cutty Sark is the first thing you’ll notice when out of the DLR, the historic merchant ship suffered from a fire in 2007 but has been restored after that.

But, let’s start the day from the Royal Observatory.The Royal Observatory is home to the Greenwich Mean Time and Prime Meridian line,  you’ll get the chance to learn about the discoveries of the 18th century while also having one on each side of the line and be in both eastern and western hemispheres at once.

Greenwich. Photo By Roman In London

Next stop is the National Maritime Museum. Here you can learn about the tales of explorers and brave sailors through an interactive collection of artefacts and displays.

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The Gypsy Moth, Greenwich. Photo By Roman In London

 

Photo By Roman In London

Lunch:

Greenwich is a great place to stop for food for its famous food market, there’s a fantastic range of street food from various part of the World, you’ll sample mini pancakes, macaroons and churros, marmalades and jam or authentic dim sum and dumplings and much more.

Photo By Roman In London

Afternoon:

After lunch, you can visit the Fan Museum, the world’s only museum dedicated to fans. Greenwich’s Fan Museum contains over 4,000 antique and unique fans dating as far back as the 11th century. The museum will take you through exhibitions about their social importance and cultural significance over time.

View from the Royal Observatory.

Evening:

You can end up your day in Greenwich in one of the most iconic pubs in London: The Gipsy Moth overlooking the Cutty Sark there is one of the most hard-to-beat views of any riverside pub.

10 Things Italians living in London may find amusing

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It has been five years since I’ve decided to take a couple of suitcases with me and wave goodbye to my folks in Rome to start a new adventure in London. As an Italian however, the first approach to the Anglo-Saxon culture can be a bit of a shock (in a non-dramatic, but the entertaining and funny way).

What I’ve always been repeating to myself though, is pretty much ‘When in Rome do what Romans do’ and it worked out well. Embracing a different culture can only enrich your soul and widen up your mind. However, still, there’s some funny stuff that I couldn’t help but share with you – if you’ve ever considered moving – and that’s what most Italians thinks when in London.

TMI

Info overload is a thing in London, Mind the Gap anyone?

Although, admittedly, in few instances, it had actually helped me. In fact, if it wasn’t for the mindful floor sign at the crossroad – that shouts where to look at –  I’d probably won’t have lasted that long in London when first moved (and even now at times, well actually most of the times).

That ‘awkward’ silence on public transports

Memories of Italian’s loud and overcrowded public transports are all long gone by now. Public journeys in London are actually sacred mediums for silence and contemplation. Most people can get annoyed if you are talking too loud over the phone… Beware! Although, rules are rules and those might be slightly different on any given weekend after 5 pm.

 

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Happy Hours don’t actually involve the presence of food

As an Italian, (stereotype alert!) I’m used to drinking wine or cocktails as part of a meal or at an aperitif. Our ‘Aperitivo’ or ‘Happy Hour’ mainly consists of a buffet with all sorts of foods (the more the merrier!)  that you can eat along with your ONE drink of choice.

Which literally means give me more food than booze.

 

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Being promoted at work

Although it may sound awkward, being recognised for your efforts in Italy is not an easy and so standard process. Working hard could sometimes lead you to actually be even more frustrated than anything else as – rarely – there’s a chance of a big pay rise. Sad truth.

 

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Or Actually Having to work

Another upsetting truth is that finding jobs in Italy is not an easy task – nevermind your dream job – so, what has really shocked me (in an astonishingly and beautiful way) was that after moving to London, it only took me a few weeks to find my first occupation.

Without getting into too many details, youth unemployment rate in Italy, even tough recently has decreased is still quite high (36.90 percent). Therefore having to move abroad sometimes is not really a choice but a necessity.

 

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Four seasons in a day

Ever happened to you? Entering the tube when it’s sunny and hot and getting out when it’s windy dark and cold?  Well, It definitely has to me and that is NOT so funny. Lol.  Cloudless blue skies can soon part to make way for torrential downpours.

   

 

The fine art of the small talks

Small Talks or “Chit Chat” are quite a fundamental part of the British Culture and at first got me totally unprepared. In fact once happened when being asked, “How was I doing”  that I’ve replied with an ingenuous “Totally shit today!” and got a fearful and scary look in return. Do never do that, for any reason. Whatsoever.

That subtle – typically British –  way of explaining tough stuff by always starting on a positive note it’s a tricky art to master, especially for an Italian!

 

 Canned Spaghetti

Yes, there is such a thing.

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 The “I’m sorry, not so sorry ritual”

 

Finally, the amazing and multicultural melting pot that this City really is and that I’m grateful to be part of.

 

These are the TOP Festivals in London

You can easily associate the Spring and the Summer in London to many things: like the unmissable Pimm’s o clock, the overcrowded parks during the lunch break on a sunny day, or the long-awaited Bank Holidays (and long weekends too), but also with the Festival season!

Here’s a round out of the top festivals in London and  for this year:

April

Ceremony at Haggerston Park April 29 Price £35

East London Urban Dance Festival: Garage, Grime and House 

May

  • When: May 12-14 Peckam Rye Music Festival Price £15-20 (day) £39.50 (for the weekend)  Where: Spread across various venues in Peckam (Link here https://peckhamryemusicfestival.co.uk/)
  • When May 26-28 Where at the Dome Price £17.50 – £25 (day) £60 (Weekend) Raw Power Festival. 
  • When May 26-28 We are FSTVL (Carl Cox,Basement Jaxx, Katy B and many more) Where at the Damnys Hall Aerodrome Price £67.50  (day) £119.50 (Weekend)

  • When May 27-28 Where at Victoria Park Steel Yard London EDM Kingpins (Martin Solveig amongst others) Sat Sold Out, Sun £45
  • When May 28 Where at Brockwell Park Gala Price £25-£30

June

  • When Jun 3  Where Various venues Camden Rocks £39.50
  • When Jun 3 Where at Victoria Park Field Day £64.50
  • When: Sat June 10th Where: Boston Manor Park, Brentford  Junction 2 Croatian inspired music festivals running for its second year. Price £39.50 http://www.junction2.london/
  • When: Sat June 10th Where: Various Venues Shepherds Bush Bushstock  http://www.bushstock.co.uk Price: £24
  • When: Fri June 30 Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Phil Collins Price £52.50-£72.50

July

  • When: Sat 1st July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Green Day Price £52.50-£72.50

 

  • When: Sun 2nd July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Justin Bieber Price £52.50-£72.50
  • When: Thursday 6th of July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Kings of Lion Price £52.50-£72.50
  • When: Sunday 9th of July Where: Hyde Park, Kensington  British Summer Time  http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets/30th-june-phil-collins Line up includes: Tom Petty and the HeartBreakers  Price £52.50-£72.50
  • When: Friday 14th Sat – 15th Of July Where: Victoria Park LoveBox http://loveboxfestival.com/

 

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  • When: Sunday 16th July Where: Victoria Park  Citadel Festival Price £49.50

August

  • When: 5 August Where: Central London Bloomsbury Eastern Electrics From £24.95
  • When: 5 August Where: Trent Park Oakwood 51st State Festival From £35-£65
  • When: 12 August Where: Brockwell Park, Herne Hill Sunfall From £50-£60
  • When:26 August 27 Sunday August  Where: Clapham Common South West Four  £49.50-£99 pre-sale   http://www.southwestfour.com

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Five Fantastic Festival Looks

Festival season is on its way, and with limited room in that rucksack, what to wear needs some serious consideration. Here are five fantastic looks to match these top five festivals:

Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Camp Bestival is completely family friendly, so why not take the kids for a weekend of music plus loads of fun activities like medieval jousting? Fancy dress is the theme, so the brighter and funkier your outfit the better. Moschino is one of the most fun, funkiest labels going and its little sister label Love Moschino is ultra affordable. black moschino dress

Green Man, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Green Man is a folk-themed festival which has to mean long boho style maxi dresses and gypsy style tops. Band of Gypsies is a fab folky label and this red sleeveless handkerchief hem dress is perfect for floating around a field in.

Reading and Leeds Festival

Reading and Leeds festivals’ are where “the cool kids go”, so expect lots of denim cut-offs and band tees. Add a choker to bring your festival look bang up to date for 2016. River Island has a nice selection to choose from, including the BlackBow Choker.

Bow Chocker

South West Four, Clapham Common, London

If clubbing is more your thing, get the festival feel with this open-air clubbing event featuring the Chemical Brothers, Rudimental and Dizzee Rascal. Stand out on the makeshift dancefloor in pieces like these shorts by Milly. A bandeau top and flatforms make a comfy and cool clubbing outfit.

 

The Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire

This perfectly posh festival in Cambridgeshire has plenty of colourful fun on offer, from paint fights to dance offs. This arts and music festival is all about being at one with nature, so you won’t go far wrong with florals. A floral playsuit is super practical for dancing and sitting on the grass in. Just add leather sandals and you’re ready to party!

 

The Fog at The Tate | Fujiko Nakaya

London Fog, by Fujiko Nakaya, 2017, on the South Terrace of Tate Modern’s Switch. Photo By Roman In London

 

You may have noticed a mist of fog descending on the Tate Modern’s South Terrace. If you’ve been wondering what that was, it’s part of their new live exhibition, Ten Days, Six Nights.

The new installation is from 83-year-old Japanese fog-sculptor Fujiko Nakaya, which launched officially on the 24th od March. Nakaya, who first came to prominence through her collaboration with Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT) in 1970 and has been working with water vapor for over 40 years trying to develop a system to disperse water vapor at high pressure to create a cloud of mist.

A few of her installations have adorned bridges in Bristol, the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

This particular amorphous work acts as a barometer, reading shifts in atmospheric conditions – sometimes producing a faint mist, other times rocketing out great puffs of smoke. Of the work, Nakaya says:

‘Nature controls herself. I try and let nature speak.’

This was the time in the 60s when everyone was out on the streets. So, I didn’t want to paint clouds, I wanted it to interact with the environment,” she has said.

Walking inside fog, people are suddenly confronted with white darkness, but soon they find themselves trying to use all the senses other than the visual to orient themselves.

People love the feel of fog on their skin, immersed, wet and cold, but gentle and soothing. It’s a primary experience.

 

Info: Permanent Installation, South Terrace: Fujiko Nakaya, London Fog with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani

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