Artist Kobe Leah’s London To Do List
Kobe Leah reveals his top art tips (inc. Olympic Posters at Tate Britain, Titian, Yoko Ono), offbeat treats and tells us about his new tshirt project.
Tell us about your favourite secret/offbeat places in London (food, going out, entertainment, relaxation)?
I LOVE London and everything it has to offer. One of the things that I appreciate more is the local pub concept where one can have great food and a great time. My local is called Old Parrs Head and it has the most amazing Thai food in the most typical British setting. When I feel more adventurous I can’t resist some kebabs at Bosphorus in South Kensington – the best in Town.
For me going out its not about the places but about the people that are be there. I love Soho and all its gay scene, but when I need something different and less hectic I try to keep up with museum’s events – one of my favorites is the Friday Late at my adored Victoria and Albert Museum. I also keep up with talks and special events at Tate, National Gallery, British Museum, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, etc…. London has the best museums and galleries in the world and everybody can take advantage of their free and affordable offers.
For relaxation there is nothing like a good park…. And this city is full of them. You can usually find me relaxing at Hyde Park because of its proximity with where I live. I adore waking up and walking through the busy city towards the parks’s relaxed nature.
What offbeat events are on your To Do List in the next month or so?
With the Olympics I think that it’s a shame if I don’t take part in some of the amazing events that will happen. The ones that I won’t miss are: Olympic posters at Tate Britain, “To The Light” Yoko Ono’s exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, Edward Munch at Tate Modern, BMW Art Park with amazing cars painted by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons among others, Titian Metamorphosis 2012 National Gallery, Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel, The World in London at Victoria Park, Britain Creates 2012 Fashion and Art Collusion at V&A, and many many others beautifully organized on my iPad calendar.
What are your favourite things to do for free or little money in London?
What’s your ultimate London confession?
I love London and London loves me. London is a tough city but also has the opportunities that you can’t find in any other place. I enjoy Londoners with all their different styles and cultures. London makes you cry and laugh with the same intensity.
What event or product of your own would you like to pimp on To Do List?
I really enjoy my new project of t-shirts (you can find a link to the store at http://www.kobeleah.com)
Special the gay prisoners with Gay 55135 and Gay 990210 where in a very simple way i try to raise awareness about being gay in particular countries. I hope you all enjoy it..
I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.