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englands blue flag beaches live write: 3 writers houses to rent

THE TIPSY TRAVELER need to know: mark ronson renovated ronnie’s expensive eats fan-fair

ITINERARY United Kingdom


here is much more to the tiny European island than just the famous capital of England - LDN (as I aptly like to call it). The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales (plus another group of little other tiny places all along it) are filled with beautiful countryside, astounding ocean fronts, rural pubs, tiny vine-covered cabins, sitting rooms, high tea, and just about everything else that pops into your mind when someone mentions United Kingdom. City living is all good fun, but sometimes one just needs a break. Take in some sun (on the rare occassion that it doesn’t rain) at the beach, or cozy up with your favorite book. roam summer 2008 3 7/1/08 7:33:43 PM

itinerary destinations

itinerary destinations

Woolacombe Sands, Devon


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england’s blue flag beaches

Ventor, Isle of Wight

4 Whitby West Cliff, North Yorkshire

Longsands at Tynemouth


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82 beaches in England were awarded Blue Flag Status for being clean, safe, and well-managed. Time to break out the buckets and spades and head to one of these award winners


6 Marazion, Cornwall

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itinerary the list

itinerary the list

live write:

Roald Dahl The Cabin, Tenby

3 writers homes to rent

By Jane Dunford


useums are all very well but it’s far more inspiring to actually spend your holiday staying in the home of a literary great - from Roald Dahl’s cabin in Tenby to Ian Fleming’s glamorous Jamaican retreat. 6 roam summer 2008 vv_finalproject.indd 6-7

Sons & Lovers Cottage

D H Lawrence: Sons and Lovers Cottage, Nottingham

Shelley’s “Tanny”

Percy Bysshe Shelley Plas Tan-yr-allt, Gwynedd, Wales


Built in 1800 by slate industrialist William Maddocks, this lovely house, was home to Romantic poet Shelley from 1812 to 1813. New owners Nick Golding and Michael Bewick have added a dash of modern chic, while keeping historic touches. If you’re having problems with the pronunciation, don’t worry, ‘Tanny’ will suffice. Price: doubles from £115 for bed and breakfast;


For anyone curious about life in an 1880s terraced, miner’s house - staying at Sons and Lovers will be a treat. Lawrence lived here from 1887, when he was two, until 1891, and also based Paul Morel’s house in the novel on it. Downstairs is now a museum,. the rentable rooms are upstairs, with two bedrooms in the attic (sleeping five). It’s basically furnished but good for exploring the region and the Lawrence literary trail, including the house where he was born on Victoria Street. Price: from £160 per week.


Between 1922 and the Second World War, Roald Dahl holidayed at The Cabin in Tenby every Easter, and his family still owns the property. Rising straight from the sea wall, the Cabin is a first floor apartment. The semicircular sitting room and three bedrooms have fantastic views across Carmarthen Bay to the Gower or the harbour. In his book, My Year, written in the last year of his life, Dahl reminisces about Tenby - the waves breaking on the side of the house, donkey rides on the beach and collecting winkles from rocks to boil and eat on bread and butter for tea.· Price: from £435 for a week for six.

Dahl’s Cabin

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Alexis Taylor, musician with the band Hot Chip, takes us on tour round his hometown of London

Best place for live music

My favourite music venue is The Windmill in Brixton, a small, rough-around-the-edges pub, always championing new and interesting bands - or even just OK ones to be honest - but it feels good to be in there no matter what’s on. It’s tucked away and well worth the journey to get there. We’ve played some of our favourite gigs there and plan to release a live album to reveal our early amateurish side to all. There used to be a restaurant attached to it which was good too - the only time I ate there they had Prince’s Lovesexy playing on a tape which kept auto-reversing midway through Dance On, so you never got to hear the entire album. 22 Blenheim Gardens . 020 8671 0700 .

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Where to spend the royalties

I like the YMCA charity shop. There’s a very friendly elderly lady who works there, who once told me and my bandmate Owen that she wrote a poem, turned it into a rap, and that it was then taken to America to have a life of its own in recorded form. She “rapped” it for us in the shop. It also has a good tank top and cowboy boot selection. 22 Goodge Street W1 . 020 7323 5073

Where to drink

I like to drink in The Angel close to Denmark Street’s fantastic music shops. It’s a Samuel Smith’s pub, with a great selection of their own brewed lagers, stouts and porters; even their own cola. It’s cheap and a very nice place, with three different sections to settle down in for an evening. They have great posters of 80s theatre productions. And darts. Like Wetherspoon’s, there is no music in Sam Smith’s pubs. St. Giles High Street WC2 . 020 7240 2876

Fill your face

One of my favourite places to eat in London is Sariyer Balik, a Turkish fish restaurant near Newington Green in north London. The dishes are very simple, and the charcoal grills taste delicious. Fresh salads accompany the fish dishes, and that’s all you could want really. It is very small and has a 10 roam summer 2008 vv_finalproject.indd 10-11

wonderful shopfront (you feel like you’re at sea), friendly staff and cosy atmosphere. 56 Green Lanes . 020 7275 7681

Art attack

The Haunch of Venison is a perfectly sized art gallery, behind South Molton Street in the West End, in Haunch of Venison Yard. The surrounding yard area is one of my favourites parts of London anyway, and the gallery has had some fantastic exhibitions. 020 7495 5050 .


Old master

Tate Britain on Millbank is another favourite gallery - often you can see two or three exhibitions at a time, and take it all in, without the frenetic feel of its younger sibling, Tate Modern - and there is a good restaurant downstairs too. 020 7887 8888 .

Hot Chip’s album Made In The Dark is out now. They’re currently touring the UK.

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tipsy need to know

world beats


here is a lot to say about Mark Ronson, Ex-Pat NYC based British musical auteur. Internationally renowned as one of the worlds finest DJs, favoured by the decadent fashion cognoscenti, the hip hop elite and anyone in general that likes to party, add to that list; uber-producer du jour, solo artist, band leader, loving father to a beautiful black border collie named Maude, label boss etc, all far too much for most hectic jet setting humans to fit into the everyday. “I never realised how much growing up in England affected my taste,” he comments. “When I was younger I listened to those seminal hip hop records like late 80’s/early 90’s Def Jam catalogue and LL Cool J’s, ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’, but Blur and the Wonder Stuff, and The Brand New Heavies were there, too..” You may be familiar perhaps with his version of Radiohead’s ‘Just’‘. Using his own unique re-interpretive style, Mark has set out to demonstrate pop voyeurism and experimentalism are not alien forms. ‘Version’ is a positive, never derivative, journey through the art of the song…with added horns thrown in for good measure. “I guess from a DJ stance I’ve always tried to skip genres and incorporate different styles, from rock down to hip hop. With ‘Version’ I’ve taken these songs that I love and turned them into Motown/Stax 70’s versions. I keep the utmost respect and appreciation for the original songs I use. I’m just trying to find something in it, add something to the arrangement or change a groove. It’s not like I’m thinking it’s a shit song that I can make good, it’s more like it’s a great song and I’m now going to make it bounce.”

mark ronson

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tipsy night + life

try the new ronnie’s the british jazz hub for nearly



By Martin Skegg


usic venues tend to come and go or fall 1965, the club moved to larger premises in Frith Street, from grace as scenes and tastes shift. But where it remains today. Ronnie Scott’s club has been the hub for the After Scott’s death in 1996, King continued to run jazz scene in Britain for nearly 50 years. the club, until he finally decided it was time to sell it The club, started by saxophonist Ronnie Scott on. In 2005, Sally Greene, a jazz-loving theatre impreand fellow musisario behind the Old cian Pete King, Vic and Richmond originally began Theatre, bought in 1959 in what Ronnie’s. The club was a cabbie’s rest reopened a fortnight room on Gerrard ago after a subtle Street in London’s makeover by Parisian Soho. Scott was designer Jacques Garbeguiled by the cia - Greene prefers exotic modern jazz to call the changes sounds he heard enhancements rather coming out of the than a refurbishment. Lounge At Ronnie’s US. However, The look is still very Musician’s Union restrictions meant American much the same: the terraced seating, low key table performers couldn’t play in Britain. In the 1960s, Scott lighting and sophisticated supper club feel remains. initiated an exchange programme, whereby a British But the bar has moved to a more convenient position, artist could play the States in exchange for an the banquettes are comfortable. The food has also been American visiting the club, even though the performer: given a much needed overhaul and a new magazine be it Sonny Rollins, Roland Kirk or Yusef Lateef launched. And the music? No change there: just the couldn’t bring their own band (members of the Ronnie best jazz acts from around the world, including over Scott’s house band had to fill in). For the first time in the summer: David Sanborn, Chick Corea and Britain, the jazz greats could be seen and heard live. In Wynton Marsalis. 47 Frith Street . London W1 . 020 7439 0747 . roam summer 2008 13 7/1/08 7:35:32 PM

tipsy wining + dining

tipsy art + culture

too expensive to eat?


Interviews by Helen Pidd

r i p - o f f w o r t h


think London is a huge rip-off. What’s so surprising is that Londoners fall for it. Even I, a huge foodie who has been in the restaurant business for 25 years, am loth to spend Anthony Demetre, £100-£150 a head just for a meal. chef of Arbutus in Soho Some restaurants justify their prices by blaming increasing rents and food costs going up, but I think that’s a smokescreen. There’s too much added snob value with chefs, who wouldn’t dream of putting cheap cuts on the menu. They go for top end luxury ingredients, like wild turbot, scallops and foie gras. At Arbutus our ethos is to resurrect all the forgotten pieces of meat we remember from childhood, and we try to get two people out for under £100 between them. Instead of expensive fish, we use sustainable, cheap fish such as pollock and mackerel. People can be so snobby: when they saw the menu at Wild Honey they said they couldn’t believe we were selling gurnard in Mayfair. It makes my blood boil.

The Botanist ★★★★★★

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ondon is a terrifically expensive place to run a restaurant - our rent is colossal, and we spend £67,000 each month on our 40 staff alone. Then there are Eddie Hart, chef the rates, which are £30/40/50,000, of Barrafina in Soho and of course you then have laundry and china.But if restaurants have become more expensive, it is largely, I think, because London foodies have become more discerning. They won’t settle for any old cut of meat any more. Perhaps they want a rare breed, or something organic or free range; they’re interested in sourdough and spankingly fresh seafood. If Londoners go out for Italian food, they don’t want any old spag bol, they want the real deal. Good ingredients cost more. For example one length of lomo, a cured Iberian pork, costs us £120.I’m long overdue a foodie world tour, but it is my gut feeling that London is now probably one of the most exciting cities to eat in. There’s huge diversity you don’t get elsewhere.

The service is well-drilled, the place is airy and attractively understated; the elegant wood-framed chairs as comfortable as a maiden aunt’s armchair. There’s an Englishness

about the place. The Botanist’s menu slides effortlessly from breakfast to lunch to dinner, with afternoon tea in the gap - time it wrong and you might only have cucumber sandwiches to nibble on.

fashion in the palm of your hand


ust like today’s ‘It’ bag, the fan was once considered a must-have accessory for the fashion conscious woman. Fashion in the Palm of your Hand is a unique exhibition that explores fans as a filter for understanding fashion as a social and historical indicator. Throughout history, the fan has been adapted to fit its context. From the austere aesthetics of Oliver Cromwell, to John Galliano, whose Spring Summer 2007 Haute Couture show for Dior sought inspiration in the fan; and even the Burlesque artiste, Dita Von Teese who has reignited its erotic associations through her strip revue, where the fan both reveals and conceals. 12 Crooms Hill . London SE10 8ER . 020 8305 1441 . Tue-Sat 11am-5pm . Sun 12noon-5pm roam summer 2008 15 7/1/08 7:36:24 PM

final shot

First built by the Romans, the London Bridge was the only bridge over the River Thames until 1750. Although the bridge was moved upstream when it was rebuilt in 1973, the original stones can be seen in St. Magnus Churchyard, where the northside of the bridge originally began.

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Roam Travel Magazine  

A mock up of a travel magazine that I created called "Roam." Each issue centers around exploring a single destination (in this case the UK)...

Roam Travel Magazine  

A mock up of a travel magazine that I created called "Roam." Each issue centers around exploring a single destination (in this case the UK)...