What’s On In London – This Week’s London Steals Jan 10th – Jan 17th

Happy New Year Ladies and Gentlemen! Only 10 days in and we mark the first Stealer post of 2014!

Having thought long and hard over various large glasses of wine on our new year’s resolutions, hopes, fears, dreams and schemes for this year, abandoning them and spending a small fortune in the ASOS sale (it’s 70% off. Like seriously, I think I’ve spent the past two weeks going through absolutely every item they have…) I decided to scrap the usual lose-10-pounds-get-nice-apartment-promotion-Manolos-and-Michael-Kors-bag and focus on getting to as many cultural events, (or as we call them Lifestyle Steals) as I can, and subsequently to spend less time around cocktails.

Here, then, are some brilliant things to do to take your mind off the constant rain, wind and general awfulness of January.

Two new hidden galleries have popped up on my radar. Large Glass, up by King’s Cross, is off the usual gallery path but well worth the extra tube time. Combining exhibitions with talks, music, film and even foodie events the gallery is a unique space in its own right.  Their current installation ‘Universal Fragments – Conversations with Trevor Shearer’ is one to go see, culminating in Shearer’s own ‘Dust Music’ on January 23rd.

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Large Glass. photo © Alex Delfanne, 2013

49-59 Old Street houses the Cabinet Gallery, a very under the radar but brilliant space. Hidden down the road from Old Street Tube Station, amazing artists exhibit here but to find out about them you’ll need to subscribe. The Cabinet Gallery plays hard to get so you’ll then receive minimal but rather exciting dates and names, but make sure you go when you do get them!

Back to a well beaten cultural path, the National Theatre’s current Landscape photography exhibition is on, running till February 9th. These crazily stunning images will make you think twice about booking that expensive holiday outside of our own gorgeous Island – plus the exhibition is free.

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Mist and Reflections, Crummock Water, Cumbria, England by Tony Bennett – Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013

For those of us who want to look to the skies in such dark winter months, The Royal Observatory returns with its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition – images from which are on display. The exhibition runs till February 23rd, so go to discover photographers like Ben Canales, who we are now slightly obsessed with.

© Ben Canales

© Ben Canales

Back on planet Earth I refuse to sign off this week without mentioning the Ice Sculpting going on down in Wood Wharf. The London Ice Sculpting Festival returns because its cold enough and because it’s fun. Head to Canary Wharf for the final festive activities of the year.

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So hopefully come next week you’ll be cultured up to your eyeballs and ready for the next installments – which I just know are going to feature some ultimate cheap thrills to make 2014 the year of the Stealer! I have to go now, I think I just saw a new item on the ASOS sale…

Words: Elle Ford

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