phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
Ayrton Senna (BRA) West Surrey Racing Ralt-Toyota RT3/83, suffered an accident. British Formula Three Championship, Cadwell Park, England. 19 June 1983. © Keith Sutton / Courtesy of Sutton Images

What to do: Out and Proud

19 February 2014 Charlie Kenber

Alex Proud gives us some of his recommendations of what to do and where to go in London

You might have heard of Proud Camden – the atmospheric nightclub in the Stables Market. You also might have heard of Proud Chelsea – one of West London’s top galleries, showcasing striking photography.

But what you may not know is the story behind them. Named after their founder, Alex Proud, the venues remain tied by that bond, and also now count two cabaret venues and the for-hire Strand Gallery amongst their number.

Alex Proud set up the original Proud Gallery in 1998 with renowned photographer Rankin, utilising the proceeds from his earlier business selling rare erotic Japanese prints.

Rankin’s involvement reflected Alex’s wish to bring high quality photography to the capital. The venues and bars quickly followed, to complement the rock and roll photography the gallery specialises in. The Camden bar and cabaret venues are relatively recent additions, as Alex has grown his group of venues.

See below for some of Alex’s recommendations on places to go and things to see in London.

Museums / Exhibitions:

- Wellcome Collection – go for the lates on Thursday (open until 10 pm). The swanky little museum houses a fascinating and often grisly medical collection – used guillotine blades, Napoleon's toothbrush – as well as several serious (and sometimes disturbing) works of modern art. The Wellcome's temporary exhibitions are usually wonderfully interesting.

- The Barbican Centre – this vast concrete estate of 2,000 flats and a leading arts complex is a prime example of brutalist architecture, softened a little by time and rectangular ponds of friendly resident ducks. The lakeside terrace and adjoining café are good spots to take a rest from visiting the art gallery, cinema, theatre, concert hall or library within the complex.

- Ayrton Senna at Proud Chelsea – marking the 30th anniversary of his début and the 20th anniversary of his premature death, Proud Galleries presents the official Ayrton Senna exhibition, an exhilarating celebration of the man considered the world’s greatest racing driver.

Cafes / Restaurants:

- Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel – guests are also invited to "tumble down the rabbit hole" and enjoy the wonderful world of tea in the beautiful Courtyard Garden.

York & Albany – my local pub owned by Gordon Ramsay which is ideally located between tranquil Regent's Park and lively Camden. It’s in a stylish townhouse, restaurant and bar serving a modern British dining menu.

- The Proud Archivist – a gallery, bar, cafe, restaurant and event space, located on Regent's Canal in Hackney. Great exhibitions and events accompanied by even better food and drink. Run by my younger brother Hector.

Most popular

The Best Free Fireworks in London 2018

The Best Free Fireworks in London 2018

Bonfire Night celebrations that won’t burn a hole in your pocket
Win a Pizza Making Class with Cocktail for Two!

Bunga Bunga Battersea - Win a Pizza Making Class with Cocktail for Two!

Win the chance to join a show-stopping, dough-tossing, Italian pizza-making extravaganza!
Wonderfully Weird and Offbeat Halloween Events

Wonderfully Weird and Offbeat Halloween Events

Forget tired old trick-or-treating: these events are more off the wall than Michael Jackson’s fifth album
Where to Eat, Drink and Be Creepy this Halloween

Where to Eat, Drink and Be Creepy this Halloween

Trick or treat, trick or treat, give us something good to eat!
Your Guide to Celebrating World Pasta Day in London

Your Guide to Celebrating World Pasta Day in London

World Pasta Day: the best excuse to scoff all the spaghetti we could ever want
Top 5 Chillingly Cool Halloween Parties

Top 5 Chillingly Cool Halloween Parties

Get your Thriller on and boooOOOoogie on down
win two tickets to Harry & Chris Save The World!

Leicester Square Theatre - win two tickets to Harry & Chris Save The World!

Get the chance to see the rap-jazz-comedy duo's new show!
What’s On For Families In November

What’s On For Families In November

From fireworks to fairy lights
This Week: 29 October – 4 November

This Week: 29 October – 4 November

If you’re looking to avoid all the Halloween fuss this week, you certainly won’t be left out in the cold

Your inbox deserves a little culture!!