The Romantic Era
All of which inspired me to post today's photo taken recently in London's Soho: the black-clad villain look being a rather appropriate symbol of festive renunciation. Doesn't he look the part of a Truman Capote and Winston Churchill love child? No? Okay, maybe Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Leonardo DiCaprio? Cynicism still undeterred? Well, for those of us who think it would take hell to freeze over before a seasonal romantic goth could restore our festive spirits, our day of reckoning has come.
Centuries ago - back when this chap's clothes would have been Topman trendy - the Thames used to freeze over and Londoners would take to the river to skate, eat, drink and make merry. And whilst this worryingly balmy December it is more likely that hell will freeze over before the river, London is not bovvered and the Frost Fair is back - albeit this time on the riverbank. Enjoy live bands, a husky sled ride, a Neal's Yard aromatherapy workshop, or just tuck into some winter food and present shopping at the 40 traders on hand.
That should help defrost us.
When: Fri 15-Sun 17 Dec
(Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm)
Where: Bankside (SE1), near Globe Theatre/Tate Modern