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Step Twenty-Six: Southbank Centre Christmas market

29 Nov

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Southbank. One of my favourite parts of London. Not just for the views, the beautiful sunsets, the cultural buzz but also the Christmas market.

When I first started my blog, the aim was to do 52 Steps in 52 weeks. It’s been a year since I wrote about the market for the first time, when I was on Step Seven, and although I’m only half way through my Steps and haven’t exactly reached my target, it means I get to revisit the topic again.

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We pretty much did the same fail-proof routine.

Walk up the market, listen to the buskers, ooh and aah at St Paul’s lit up, get into the festive spirit, warm up with some Bailey’s hot chocolate, walk back down the market, touch all the soft Alpaca jumpers and not buy any because I already have five, watch the chimney cakes being made, drink the first mulled wine of the season, pick and try some cheese, take selfie photos in front of the Eye, watch the carousel swing round and finally, the main reason I go to Christmas markets, stuff my face with German food.

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The details:

Location: Queen’s Walk, Southbank. Tube: Waterloo.

Opening times: Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-10pm.

Prices: drinks from £3, food from £4.

Open until 24th December.

Side step: see the father of modern fashion photography

3 Mar

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London Fashion Week may be over, but you can still appreciate the beauty of chic design and posey-posey models at Southbank’s latest photography exhibition, Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style.

Parkinson was clearly a man ahead of his times. In this exhibition of photographs and portraits that span his long career, you’ll understand why many say he was a pioneer in his field.

He introduced elements that are so common to us nowadays, but were ground-breaking for his time. On Facebook and Instagram we can’t just post a normal photograph. No, that’s too boring. Parkinson would have thought so too, and used exotic locations, bizarre props and unusual juxtapositions in his work.

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The majority of photos are of female models back in the day, but you’ll also recognise celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Maggie Smith, Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Parkinson has included a few of himself, either solo or mingling with models not just standing normally as you’d expect, but hanging upside down.

He would have been 100 years old this year, and quite the over-achiever (it’s Sir Norman Parkinson, CBE) with his work appearing in magazines such as Vogue and Town and Country. So pay him some respect and see how his eccentricity reflected into his photography.

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The details:

Location: National Theatre, Southbank, Waterloo tube.

Opening times: Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 11pm, some Sundays: 12 noon – 6pm.

Free admission.

1st March-12th May.

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