Coral Room

One of my favourite bars in central London can be found in the Bloomsbury Hotel in Great Russell St, just along from TUC Congress House. The Coral Room serves a fine range of beers, shorts and cocktails, in surroundings inspired by the jazz age of the 1920’s and created in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki.

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ACE funding

The MU has today heavily criticised the decision by Arts Council England to make major cuts in public funding to English National Opera and other arts organisations. While the MU supports increased funding for arts organisations outside London, today’s announcement reveals a deliberate decision to do this at a direct cost of London-based companies.

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Brodsky Quartet

The world-renowned Brodsky Quartet have been performing at Kings Place in London this weekend, offering a complete Shostakovich Quartet Cycle to mark their 50th anniversary. The group, who started out in Middlesbrough in 1972 as the ‘Cleveland Quartet’, now feature original members Ian Belton (violin)and Jacqueline Thomas (cello) alongside Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Paul Cassidy (viola).

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Ye Cracke

While in Liverpool, I took the opportunity to visit one or two lesser-known Beatle haunts. In particular, I really enjoyed Ye Cracke in Rice Street, a favourite of John Lennon in his student days and where John took Cynthia on their first date.

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The Stage

A very pleasurable couple of days catching up with some long-term media contacts. Firstly, MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl and I met The Stage’s Editor Alistair Smith and Deputy Editor Matt Hemley at Cafe Murano, Bermondsey Street for lunch at midday yesterday.

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