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    Camley Street natural park, cash machines offering 'Cockney' as your preferred language and Wilton's - the world's oldest music hall… London is full of secrets.

    Add to the list, no. 3 Grafton Street. Built in 1767 by The Duke of Grafton and architect Sir Robert Taylor (who was later appointed architect for the Bank of England), the space is open to the public for the first time in years with an arts program curated by de Pury de Pury and collector and patron Kasia Kulczyk. Currently showing is the work of one of Poland's most important living artists, 92 year old Wojciech Fangor, the only Polish artist to have been given a solo show at the Guggenheim in NYC. The exhibition, Colour Light Space sees thirty of his Op Art works, made during the 60s and 70s, corralled from private collections and shown together in these grand Georgian rooms.

    The huge paintings are exciting, the space is calm and the entire experience a chance for peace and reflection. Just the place to steal a moment away from Bond Street's consuming crowd.

    Wojciech Fangor, Colour Light Space

    Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm until 9th January 2015

    3 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EE

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    Just arrived… the email of my dreams: 'Dear Thrill Seekers!  I have just recently returned from Marrakesh where I happened to meet a contact of mine from Iceland, from one image he showed me (a series of lava plumes spurting 35m - 50m into the air) we have come up with a plan to witness one of the better volcanic occurrences of modern times.' 

    The email is from Henry Cookson, adventurer, explorer, part of team N2i who feature in the Guinness Book of Records as 'The First People to Reach the Pole of Inaccessibility by foot'.  But this wasn't always the case; until 2005 Cookson worked at Goldman Sachs.  He had next to zero experience of camping or polar travel.  But that year, alongside a couple of pals, Henry entered the Scott Dunn Polar Challenge race to the Magnetic North Pole.  And they won.  He never went back to the city.

    Instead, Cookson spent time in Alaska, qualified as a guide, began leading polar expeditions and set up Henry Cookson Adventures, takings guests to the world's most  tourist-free nooks, on thrilling journeys, both hot and cold.

    This latest trip to view Bardarbunga volcano is typical Henry; helicopters, dinner in a lava cave, hot waterfalls, volcanology experts, camping in space age tents and just maybe, if the skies are clear, the mysterious dance of the northern lights.  Of course Cookson has arranged incredible access within the volcano's 25km exclusion zone, usually reserved only for researchers and scientists.

    But there's no time to lose.  Who knows when Bardarbunga will cease erupting?  The last time it spewed molten was in 1901.  This is a trip not just for thrill seekers but speedy decision makers.  Oh and gas masks will be provided.

    www.henrycookson.com
    Tel: 020 7736 0452

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    Unlike many actresses who are happy to slip on their allocated clothes, get on set and do the job - Gone With The Wind star Vivien Leigh saw her outfits as central to the character she was playing and would often collaborate at great length with costume designers.

    To celebrate these collaborations, Fashion and Cinema have created a weekend of talks and screenings, including a discussion on 5th December led by V&A Theatre and Performance Curator Keith Lodwick. Followed by a screening on 6th December of The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone for which Leigh was dressed in Balmain haute couture, with an introduction by Kendra Bean, author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait. And finally on Sunday 7th December a screening of A Streetcar Named Desire (for which Leigh won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1952) at Ciné Lumière with an introduction by both Kendra Bean and John Lahr, author of Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.

    And if that's not enough, then a visit to the V&A Theatre Performance Galleries will sate the most curious fan. Last year the museum acquired Leigh's archive, which includes rare photographs, diaries and over 7,500 letters addressed to both Vivien and her husband Laurence Olivier.

    Fashion & Cinema: Dressing Vivien Leigh, 5th-7th December

    www.fashionandcinema.co.uk