Nights Haunts and London at night
A few months ago now, I went to ontdotzero at the ICA; I attended a talk about some media projects about London. One of the presentations was about Night Haunts; it is a web-site about London at night.
The site mostly relies on text and looping audio soundscapes your mind fill in the pictures. I quite like what they have done it; the writing is every evocative. The content is authored by Sukhdev Sandhu who has written a book about London called “London Calling” and is a film critic for the Daily Telegraph. The content is being released periodically over 2006.
On the subject of London at night, recently a friend was in town from Los Angeles; I showed him around a bit of London he might not normally see: Seven Dials in Covent Garden; a Korean restauarant on Hanway street after having a pint at Bradley’s Spanish Bar. It was not his first time here and he apprecitated getting to see London with a Londoner and it was fun going on an impromptu tour skirting the main roads of the West End. When we were at the Seven Dials, it was quite late on a Friday night and the place was buzzing with people I always like to just sit there on the steps of the monument and watch the people go by.
In the Night Haunts web-site, the writer goes to places in London very few Londoners would see or perhaps want to; Sukhdev has gone down in the smelly sewers of London looking for giant hairballs (!) and up in helicopters flying over London at night.