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Christmas at the Royal Exchange: Old-school Luxury

SEEN sometimes thinks that the glorious Royal Exchange is the best-kept secret in London. Right by Bank tube station it’s an iconic building that has reinvented itself over the years, most recently as a luxury shopping and dining destination. The interior is quite magical; a huge space with the Grand Café in the middle. This is surrounded by shops on the inside and outside of this dramatic building.

SEEN popped in on the fabulous Georg Jensen to admire the jewellery, the most amazing tech store Devialet where the tech looked like it had stepped out of Star Wars and of course, the divine Lulu Guinness, whose glorious windows were bedecked with Lip and Lipstick-shaped bags and accessories. We saw Halcyon Days watches with matching bracelets and luxuriated in Penhaligon scents. It’s a distinctly old-school style of shopping experience, very different from other shopping destinations in the capital. It’s worth a visit for that alone.

There are restaurants there too, the Sauterelle, almost hidden on the first floor but boasting marvellous views out onto the central courtyard. To reach it you pass several huge paintings that have been sensitively preserved, signifying that new development need not destroy everything that has gone before. There will be a Christmas tree lighting soon (by a celebrity – we are sworn to secrecy!) SEEN is looking forward to seeing this theatrical and historic space all lit up.

The Royal Exchange

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David Ramirez Releases ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ and Plays St Pancras Old Church

David Ramirez has announced details of his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, set for UK commercial release via Thirty Tigers on January 12th, 2018. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage. It follows …

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Way Out West Announce UK Tour and Chat to SEEN Ahead of their Gig at Mangle on March 2nd

Electronic music pioneers Way Out West (AKA Nick Warren & Jody Wisternoff) are back – not only with a brand-new album, ‘Tuesday Maybe’, recently released on Anjunadeep; a label renowned as a hotbed of talent, but now also with a much-demanded fresh UK Tour. The internationally acclaimed duo has crafted a formidable reputation over the course …

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To Kill a King: My God and Your God

SEEN has been enjoying the rich guitar-driven new single ‘My God And Your God’ from the splendidly named To Kill A King, available to stream and download now. “The story of two Gods that can’t love each other and can’t leave each other alone,” according to frontman Ralph Pelleymounter, the track was premiered by Billboard who …

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Tobias Rehberger Creates New Interactive Light Work at Gasholders Kings’ Cross

SEEN is very keen to see the major new interactive light work by the internationally acclaimed German sculptor, Tobias Rehberger. The work entitled Almost Everybody is installed in the atrium of Gasholders London, the residential jewel in the crown of King’s Cross’ historic, canalside location, developed by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP). Gasholders London, …

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The Final One Festival Comes to The Space

If there’s one thing in which London abounds, it’s excellent fringe venues and theatre; none more so than The Space in E14. This week sees The One Festival’s return (for the final time). It is a unique programme of bite-size theatre that celebrates the art of the solo performance. Boasting over 40 exciting theatre makers …