Thursday, February 13, 2014

London lighthouse and Fatboys

London's only lighthouse, and London's only Fatboy's diner, a genuine American 1940s Art Deco restaurant serving ace burgers, fries and shakes, are to be found at Trinity Quay Wharf, London E14, a rather curious place on the Thames overlooking the Millennium Dome. Self-proclaiming itself as the most exciting arts quarter in the Docklands, Trinity Quay Wharf has somewhat unusual studio spaces made from old shipping containers, called Container City.

I remember first seeing Fatboy's diner in Covent Garden in the 1990s; it's also spent time in Bishopsgate and Spitalsfield until settling on its current home in E14. The lighthouse dates from 1864. It's now also used by artists, and is home to Longplayer, a piece of music lasting 1,000 years composed by Jem Finer of the Pogues. The computer-generated piece started on 1 January 2000, and will continue until December 31, 2999. That's a long time away. London'll be underwater by then.

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