Thursday, 19 August 2010

Jungle Drums Secret London Feature


Artist Simon Tyszko has gone to great pains – around nine month’s work by a team of trained aeronautical engineers - to install a forty foot Dakota plane wing in his fifth floor Fulham flat. No, really. As well as being a comment on that 9/11 thing, it’s also about ‘living with your art’, so visitors are actively encouraged. Climbing on top of it is also welcomed and, if you ask nicely, Simon will even cook a bespoke meal for you and your friends; in what are surely the most interesting surroundings you’re ever likely to eat…

Neasden Temple

The world’s second largest Hindu temple – first largest outside of India - really shouldn’t be in Neasden. Tucked away behind the North Circular, it’s not even anywhere near a tube stop; its three giant peaks slowly emerge from behind the warehouses and factories of North-West London as you make the walk there. The closer you get, the more the ultra-ornate carvings – set against their ordinary industrial neighbours – make it seem like some miraculous mirage. But it is real and, better still, you’re actually allowed to reverently roam around its even more intricate interior…

Secret Kitchens

It’s no secret that the most exciting way to eat out in London is by visiting its secret kitchens. These days everyone’s a chef, and lots of those chefs are inviting perfect strangers round to their flat/house/studio for supper. There are lots of them out there, and due to the illicit (ok, ok, illegal) nature of their existence, you generally won’t find out their addresses until you’ve been granted a place at the table (usually via email). What I can tell you is that three of the best – if you can find them - are Tony Hornecker’s Pale Blue Door, The Secret Ingredient and The Underground Restaurant…

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