Those with a predilection for royal grandeur would do well to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s current exhibition of Qing Dynasty garments, “Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City.” Chronologically spanning the dynasty’s rule (1644-1911) and various genres of dress—from festive to military wear—the elaborate robes reflect Chinese ceremony, military tradition, and more, each piece tailored to represent social mores and constructed of gorgeously-printed textiles.
The exhibition runs through 27 February 2011, and tickets may be booked in advance by clicking here. Visit for the chance to get in touch with your inner emperor/empress.
Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
When: 7 December 2010 – 27 February 2011
Lively, fun friendly retro style jive nighter second and third Tuesday of the month with dj Salome Jackson spinning some of the very best in lively, pounding, pulsating 1940s/50s rhythm n blues, jump jive, boogie woogie, doo wop, blues shouters and more. Plus great live music ranging from boogie woogie/rock n roll piano pounders to rockabilly trios, girl groups,western swing, country boogie and jump jive bands. Great music, great dancing, great fun at one of North London’s premiere live music venues. A brilliant night out where everyone is welcome.
Live in February Tuesday 8th Jamie Rowan’s Boogie Lightnin’
Live Tuesday 15th February The Muleskinners. A debut appearance from the loud,lively hillbilly-boogie trio. Not to be missed.
8pm -12 Entry £5.00 on the door
Jump Jive & Shout The Fiddler’s Elbow 1 Malden Road London NW5 3HS
Chalk Farm Tube, Kentish Town West, Kentish Town Rail Buses 24, 46, 393