Welcome to our first Olympia newsletter, a quarterly newsletter where you will find a timely selection of inspirational west London news. We love this area – its proximity to central London, green spaces, neighbourly community, we could go on… And, as you know, Olympia itself is changing to become even greater. An extensive regeneration program will elevate it into London’s newest cultural landmark: a destination for art, culture, entertainment, education, music, exhibitions, incredible offices, and great food and drink. We hope this launch issue inspires you to do something different – be that big or small – in our vibrant neighbourhood.
Thank you for reading and welcome to our Love Olympia community.
A small family-run restaurant, this is a local favourite. Pull up a chair at one of their wooden tables and settle in for some amazing, Italian cooking. Menu items include dishes like paccheri with black kale pesto, fresh tomatoes and aged ricotta; pappardelle with rabbit ragu; baked sea bass and pigeon. We love their street side tables – on a sunny day, they really can’t be beat.
From Rome, Viviana moved to London to join the Royal Ballet when she was just 10 years old. At 21, she became The Royal Ballet’s then-youngest principal dancer, starring in Swan Lake as her first production. Since then, she’s had an incredible career that’s seen her dance most of the major roles in classical ballet, guest danced with companies worldwide, acted in film and theatre, taught ballet and been a mentor for the BBC, created new work as a choreographer, and, most recently, directed a Unite for Ukraine show at Sadler’s Wells. The longtime Kensington resident shares a few of her favourite local things.
What started as an activity by The Barons Court Project – creating art together for people living with homelessness and mental health conditions – has turned into a social enterprise after seeing the response to the initial sale of their greeting cards. Buy a piece of artwork and get something that not only looks good, but helps to boost the self-esteem and finances of an artist who’s having difficulties. If you are interested in volunteering, they have a variety of different opportunities for individuals or corporate teams too – email for more information.
The Design Museum’s Books
The book section in any museum shop is one of our favourite places to get lost in – browse and be inspired – and The Design Museum’s store has one of the best. With over 300 books covering everything from cooking, fashion and design to history, biographies there’s something for everyone in here. Make a day of it and check out their free exhibitions (Designer User Maker
is a taster of their main display) and then head for the shop. Here are five of our current favourite books from their store.
Dinner for Four at Cellar by Andrew Clarke
Recently launched Cellar is an independent 50-cover neighbourhoood casual café, counter and bar that champions local suppliers and independent brands. Andrew Clarke’s ingredient-led menu here includes contemporary comfort dishes, and incorporates flavours from across the globe. Open all day (check hours), they have a terrace for 60 and are open to all, but are located in west London’s newest members’ community, Kindred. To celebrate the launch of our Love Olympia newsletter Cellar are offering one reader the chance to win a dinner for four. To enter to win all you need to do is:
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Good luck! A winner will be chosen by 8 August, 2022.
Additionally, Kindred have kindly offered all Love Olympia readers a free three-month Friends of Kindred membership. Click here for more details on Kindred and how to redeem the membership (deadline for application is 1 August, 2022).
We’ve said it before, but will say it again: Olympia’s changing. For a taster of what’s to come, AEG
, one of the world’s leading entertainment companies, will be running the music arena, with live performances by celebrated artists. In terms of hotels, hip design brand citizenM
will be moving in, along with the Hyatt Regency
. Trafalgar Entertainment
will manage the theatre, and there’s lots more to come… Olympia will truly be home to world class entertainment and the arts, we can’t wait.
on Instagram for updates.
In 1979 Great Britain hosted The International Tennis Federation tournament at Olympia London.
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Miffy at Ichiba, Westfield
Guess who’s coming to Japan Centre’s Ichiba at Westfield this summer? Miffy! Until 30 Sept, Miffy will be taking over Ichiba with special Miffy-shaped buns (filled with matcha, bean paste, carrot and more), Miffy cookies, and Miffy-inspired lattes. There will also be a two-metre high Miffy lamp (for photo opps), and limited-edition Miffy merch (toys and books, mugs, baking pans and cookie cutters, and totes). For more information on free family Miffy activities visit their blog.
Next Door Records
Run by three friends who have a shared love for music and wine, Next Door Records is a local record store, natural wine bottle shop and bar, situated in the former Bush Dining Rooms. Selling only vinyl and celebrating natural and organic wines from smaller vineyards, their shop is a bustling hub of creativity that hosts events (supper clubs, release parties, wine nights), and can be rented for private hire.
Want to make the most of your summer? From an opera and beverage festival to a free screening, a play and a gig, click through to see our pick of local events.
Supermarket of Dreams
A small, carefully curated local grocer, here you will find products from some of the best independent brands from London and beyond including Bun House buns from Chinatown, Papo’s Bagels from east London, and Vichy Catalan water from Spain. They also have hand cut flowers, wines, special pop-up nights, and benches out front. Keep your eye on their instagram for news and updates.
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