Perched in a totally stunning area of West Wales, Aberystwyth is a gorgeous town that has thousands of years of history. In fact, with all the history, quaint little foodie spots and sites to see it’s a totally lovely place for a little getaway. This is exactly why I wanted to share some of the … Continue Reading
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Kermit the Frog: an objectively lovable dude. He’s got a good heart, a passable singing voice and lord knows he loves that pig.
But have you ever looked at Kermit and seen something more? Something… beautiful?
If you’re London-based artist Sebastian Chaumeton, the answer seems to be yes. Because in his new show ‘Fuzzy Futures’ at Shepherd Market’s Maddox Gallery, the stars of the canvas aren’t your average models – they’re the fluff-and-felt favourites of childhood telly gone by.
The multimedia show – which features paintings, sculptures and a video installation – is, he says, a comment on meme culture, art history, social media, materialism and more. Thus, you get a reworking of Matisse’s ‘Dance’: the Kermit version, and ‘Hokusai’s Monster’ – a play on Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, with the added Cookie Monster.
So, if you’ve ever gazed at Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po and really appreciated their aesthetic potential, you’ve now got a friend in Sebastian.
‘Fuzzy Futures’ runs from October 18 to November 5 and is free to enter.
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Shut down your work computer and sack off replying to that annoying email that came in at 5:31 – the weekend is officially here. Make the most of your two days off work with these ten ace things to do. Head to an Oktoberfest with a lip-syncing drag queen and don’t miss all the bearded pups as they take over Hampstead Heath for Schnauzerfest on Sunday!
Saturday October 12 2019
The third edition of Black Girl Festival is taking over the mahoosive space of Angel’s Business Design Centre and is putting on a day jam-packed with workshops, screenings, exhibitions and performances celebrating black women and girls. Bag one of the last tickets before it sells out completely!
Business Design Centre. Tube: Angel. £27, under-16s £13.20.
The one-day event run by breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel turns ten this year, and to mark the anniversary it is throwing its best bash yet. Bombay Bicycle Club and James Bay are swinging by the do acoustic sets, while Sara Pascoe will be bringing the lols on the comedy stage. Tickets have sold out online but will be available on the door from noon.
House of Vans. Tube: Waterloo/Lambeth North. £35.
This huge Germany beer fest is getting a big ol’ LGBTQ+ makeover for the night. Oompah bands are being swapped out for sickening drag queens, but there will still be lots of booze and leather lederhosen galore.
Dock X. Tube: Canada Water. From £15.
House plants meet jazzy pots at this Hackney Flea Market x DIY Art Shop collaboration that will leave millennials in a meltdown.
129 Shacklewell Lane. Rectory Rd Overground. Free entry.
5. Diwali Mela
Get your Diwali celebrations off to an early start and celebrate all things Festival of Light at this pop-up featuring food stalls, kids’ activities and a shopping bazaar.
Sacred Heart Church. Tube: Wimbledon. £8.
Sunday October 13 2019
Celebrate all things schnauzer and gather with dozens of the bearded pups to raise money for schnauzers that have experienced the terrible conditions of puppy farms. You’d be barking mad to miss it.
Hampstead Heath. Tube: Hampstead. Free, donations welcome.
Don’t miss the chance to buy some Far Eastern craft essentials direct from their creators. And, if you want to immerse yourself in the arts of saori weaving or sashiko embroidery, there will be demonstrations and the chance to have a go yourself.
The Forge. Mudchute DLR. £5.
Get on yer (stationary) bike and put your pedal to the metal to raise money for the Roundhouse Trust. Complete the 100 miles solo or in a group while losing yourself in the live bands and DJs performing on the famous venue’s stage.
Roundhouse. Tube: Chalk Farm. £25, minimum £250 fundraising.
Rummage through stalls and snap up some second-hand bargains as more than 50 stalls pitch up at this Deptford institution.
Little Nan’s Bar. Deptford Bridge DLR. Free entry.
Have your mind blown as the worlds of cosmology, earth science, biology, tech and engineering converge on the ExCel for the publication’s big annual bash.
ExCel London. Tube: Custom House DLR. From £31.
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While beer is king, there are plenty of fantastic bars in Prague where you’ll be able to taste some of the finest Czech wine. The Czech Republic has a long history of producing the beverage, which dates back to the second century, and it’s becoming increasingly popular internationally. Czech wine isn’t widely dispersed on foreign markets so don’t miss your chance to try some of the local vino while in Prague.
Discover the world of Czech Wine
Wine production in the country can be traced back all the way back to the time of the Romans. There are a few vineyards located north of Prague in Bohemia, but the vast majority of the Czech Republic’s wine is produced in southeast Moravia. Thanks to this, Czech wine is commonly referred to as ‘Moravian wine’. Winemaking in Prague itself is limited to a few very small vineyards. Rumored to be the oldest vineyard in Bohemia, the St. Wenceslas Vineyard at Prague Castle is open to visitors year-round.
When tasting Czech wine in Prague, be sure to ask to try pálava, muškát moravský, or cabernet moravia. These wines are unique to the Czech Republic so don’t miss your opportunity to try them as they’ll likely be difficult to find outside of the country. Around mid-August, you may find burčák at some bars in Prague. Known as ‘young wine’, this alcoholic beverage is the fermented grape juice that separates during the pressing process. If you have the opportunity, be sure to try this local specialty!
Learn the lingo
While you’ll find some familiar names on any wine list in Prague, you’ll also see a few you may not recognize. While foreign wines will keep their internationally recognized name, their Czech counterpart may go by something completely different. For example, if you want to try a Czech pinot gris, check the menu for rulandské šedé. It’s the same grape but with a traditionally Czech name. Similarly, pinot noir is known as rulandské modré.
Knowing a few more Czech words will be helpful if you know what kind of wine you’d like but aren’t sure what to order. If you prefer dry or semi-dry wines, you’ll want to ask what the suché and polosuché options are.
Asking for polosladké or sladké will get you a semi-sweet or sweet wine. Of course, you can always ask your sommelier for a Czech pinot gris or a dry white wine, but it’ll be more fun to impress them with your Czech wine knowledge.
Best bars for drinking wine in Prague
Luckily for wine enthusiasts, there are plenty of excellent wine bars in Prague for drinking your favorites from around the world or tasting something local. If you’re looking to try some Czech wine, stop by these spots in particular:
The bigger of Vinograf’s two locations in Prague, Vinograf Senovážné boasts an impressive selection of over 700 different wines. It serves up to 50 of those by the glass so there’s plenty of options to choose from.
Vinograf’s smaller location, Vinograf Míšeňská, focuses on Czech wines and has up to 35 different options available by the glass. Their selection includes small winemakers as well as bigger names, making a great choice if you want to try a variety of wines produced in the country.
Veltlin serves authentic, natural wines from the area of the former Habsburg Empire that have been grown and produced with sustainability in mind. One of the many things that makes this wine bar unique is that there’s no wine list. The friendly staff will be happy to discuss the wines with you and open a bottle that fits your tastes.
Cellarius has four different locations around Prague. The Lucerna location holds the title of the longest-running wine shop in the city. While each location is a little bit different, all four offer an impressive selection of Czech and foreign wines from around the world.
A rustic courtyard provides the unique backdrop for Bokovka. This one of a kind wine bar will be able to offer you a glass from every winemaking region in the country, making it a great spot to check out if you’re keen to try a little bit of everything.
Den Noc offers a little bit of everything from breakfast to wine tastings. Their collection specializes in wines from the Czech Republic with special attention paid to small batches and those from small winemakers. The sommeliers will be happy to tell you the story of who made your wine and where it came from, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Located close to Charles Bridge, Tempo Allegro is the perfect place to stop for a glass of wine while sightseeing. They serve twelve types of carefully selected Czech wines as well as a number of Italian and French options.
Vinný sklep Újezd hosts regular wine tastings in Malá Strana so be sure to check their schedule for the next one. This wine bar’s underground cellar creates a sublime atmosphere for sipping Moravian wine.
The Vínečko wine bar serves a wide selection of bottled and cask wine from the Czech Republic and abroad. During the summer, they have two gardens that are perfect for enjoying wine outside in the fresh air.
Whether you prefer white or red, you won’t be disappointed by the available selection of foreign and domestic wines in Prague. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to Czech wine, our Prague Evening Food Tour is a great option as you’ll get a chance to taste some of the country’s best wines in a secret wine cellar below Prague’s medieval streets. With an excellent selection of wine bars and its unique grape varietals, no wine lover should leave Prague without trying the country’s exceptional vino.