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Monday, November 21, 2016

London Troxy

The Troxy is a historic Art Deco cinema-come-music venue in East London.

It originally opened in 1933 as 3520-seater cinema on the site of what was previously a brewery. Being such a grand and decorative building, it cost £250,000 to build and took several years to complete.
London Troxy.
When it opened it was the largest cinema in England, and going to see a film at Troxy was considered to be a very special event. The venue was equipped with a revolving stage, mirror-lined seating areas and glamorous chandeliers. The female staff would wear evening dresses and perfume would be sprayed during film screenings to add to the atmosphere.

London Troxy.
The Troxy closed as a cinema in 1960, partly due to the damage that London's East End suffered during the Blitz, which had a big impact on Troxy's audiences. The last film shown there in 1960 was "The Siege of Sydney Street".

It reopened in 1963 and became the home to the London Opera Centre. It then became Mecca Bingo in the 1980s, but then the company decided to go online in 2005, forcing the Troxy to close once again.

The venue was reopened again in 2006 and has stayed open since, hosting a huge variety of events ranging from film screenings, gigs and prestigious award ceremonies.

London Troxy.
One of the principal attractions of the Troxy now is it's Wurlitzer Organ, which is the largest in the world, with 1,728 pipes which are housed in four separate rooms. The Organ was originally at the London Trocadero until it was bought by the Cinema Organ Society in 1960. It was announced that it would be returned to the Troxy in 2009.

London Troxy.
The Troxy is now considered to be one of the most diverse venues in the UK.

490 Commercial Road
London, E1 0HX
Tel: 0207 790 9000

Troxy is a 3-minute walk from Limehouse Station on the DLR. Buses that pass close by to Troxy include the 15, 115, 135, D3, N15, N550 and N551.

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Outsider Tart Chiswick

Outsider Tart is an American style Coffee Shop, Bakery and Brunch Spot located on Chiswick High Road, London, W4. It is a new addition to the High Road and has filled a gap in it's market, as it offers homemade, authentic American treats that can be difficult to find in London.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London.

It was opened by a pair of New Yorkers, both called David, who moved to London and found that the classic American baked goods they'd grown up with in The States were really hard to come by over here.

As soon as you walk in you're met by a very long table with a huge selection of divine-looking cakes, brownies, sausage rolls and other amazing treats. None of the cakes are labelled, so the baristas will give you brief explanation of each and every cake if you're not prepared to try an unknown cake.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London.
Outsider Tart boasts some of the best cakes and comfort food in West London, as well as a 'Barkery' which has a huge selection of gourmet dog treats.

As well as being a bakery and perfect place for brunch, Outsider Tart also acts as an American supermarket, stocking a great variety of American breakfast cereals, an array of maple syrups, root beers, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter and other treats from across the pond.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London.
Since it's opening it's been a roaring success and is continuing to do well. Anyone who finds themselves in West London looking for somewhere to eat, this is the perfect spot.

Outsider Tart Chiswick, London,
Outsider Tart
83 Chiswick High Road
London W4 2EF
Tel: 020 7096 1609

The nearest tube station to Outsider Tart is Turnham Green.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Underbank Hall

Underbank Hall dates back to the 15th century and was formerly the home of the Arden family of Bredbury until 1823 when it was sold by William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley to pay off his debts.

Underbank Hall, Stockport.

The building subsequently became a bank and it still serves today that purpose as the Stockport branch of NatWest.

Underbank Hall, Stockport, Cheshire, UK.

NatWest Bank
10 Great Underbank
Stockport SK1 1LL

Other places of interest in and around Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Stockport Market, Fred Perry's birthplaceWoodbank Park, Vernon Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Hat Museum.

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