The Regency Cafe is undoubtedly one of culinary jewels in Westminster’s crown. First there’s the 1940s original tiled interior, large windows and classic sign, which have featured in car adverts and the film Layer Cake. Then there’s the moulded seating, complete with brown sauce, salt, vinegar and ketchup bottles for diners. Next there’s the guy who takes your order, politely and respectfully noting your desired dish, and then later proceeding to announce its arrival from the kitchen with a bellowed “Egg bacon and beans!”) across the cafe when it’s ready. And finally, the food, which is in a class of its own for honest, greasy spoon grub.
Then onto the John Martin: Apocalypse exhibition at Tate Britain, I loved his work and think he should be up there somewhere near Mr.Tuner I feel he did not quite have the same vision but pretty near. It was fantastic show, so if you have the chance, please go have a look and if you like a bit of London brecky call into the Regency to.
Visionary, eccentric, populist and epic, John Martin was a controversial but key figure in nineteenth century art. Like his canvases, this wildly dramatic artist with his visions of heaven and hell, was larger than life.
Organised in partnership with the Laing gallery, Newcastle, this is the first major exhibition dedicated to Martin’s work in over 30 years. It brings together his most famous paintings of apocalyptic destruction and biblical disaster from collections around the world, as well as previously unseen and newly-restored works.
Don’t take my word, check what other people are saying John Martin Blog or what the trailer below.
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