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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.

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