This week’s ‘horse’s mouth’ analysis uses archive film and interviews to put key artists of the late ‘30s to mid ‘60s under scrutiny: from the postwar works of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, to the pop culture inspirations of Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake. The ‘in their own words’ spin is slightly misleading: interview clips with the artists are frustratingly short, with a more traditional ‘overview’ favoured for the most part.
But with those profiled including Andy Warhol and David Hockney, it could never be dull, and even the snippets we are supplied provide a fascinating insight into, and demystification of, the artists in question. Absorbing, if not groundbreaking, and a must-see for any lover of contemporary art.
The Luggage Room
A luxury cocktail bar and drinking den in Mayfair, located within the very swanky innards of the Marriott Grosvenor Square - a five-star hotel on Duke Street. There's a Roaring Twenties feel to things here, and it's all very lavish - the art deco aesthetic's a doozy. The cocktail list is inspired by the Twenties, too. Signature creations such as the The Darb (Citadelle Gin shaken with apricot brandy, Italian vermouth and lemon juice) and a Barney Barnato (pisco stirred with Cocchi Americano, Pierre Ferrand dry Curaçao and aromatic bitters) are served alongside juleps, cobblers, swizzles, imperials, punches, sours, flips and other popular concoctions of the time. Beers, ciders, wines and champagnes feature, too. A short food menu ranges from charcuterie boards and sharing platters to black pepper mackerel pâté served with soused mooli flutes, marinated asparagus in a sauce gribiche and crisp arctic basil bread with a tomato and pepper dip. Keep an eye out for some of the intriguing curios of the time, including a scale model of a Bentley Blower - a Le Mans winner driven by the dandies partial to a drink or two around these parts, back in the day.
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