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|We're in high Anglophile fever with the Olympics on. So… tea, tweed, and twee (plus some non-cliches) to scratch the British itch.
Hot Brit retailer Topshop, 478 Bway [Broome] 212.966.9555, has its share of critics stateside (selection, prices, service) — still, worth checking out.
Designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman and privately funded, the Queen Elizabeth II Garden celebrates the UK/US ties and honors the memory of the 67 British subjects killed on September 11th. It's located at Hanover Square.
British-born artist and designer Rory Dobner gets a welcome toehold in the U.S., thanks to Maison 24, which parted some floor space to his fab Victoriana/goth housewares. 470 Park [57th/58th] 212.355.2414.
Armando Ianucci's much-loved political satire series, The Thick of It, is now available on Hulu. Season 4 premieres this fall, also on Hulu.
Mind the Gap Theatre is doing interesting work, featuring contemporary British plays for NYC audiences. You can help support their 2012-13 season here… One Man, Two Guvnors, starring the great James Corden, raises shamelessness to an art form. It is actually several orders of magnitude beyond shameless. We laughed pretty much from start to finish.
There may be a better living English novelist than David Mitchell, but who would that be? His best-known work, the epically-expansive Cloud Atlas, has been filmed to the tune of $100 million and needed three directors to do the job. Could they possibly have pulled it off? We'll find out when it opens in October; meanwhile they've released a trailer and… holy moly!
April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's The Spotted Pig, Tea and Sympathy, A Salt & Battery, the two Brooklyn ChipShops, The Churchill Tavern and the essential grocer Myers of Keswick.
If New Haven isn't a frequent stop of yours, you may not know about the Yale Center for British Art, the collection of Paul Mellon who also funded the Louis Kahn building (it was Kahn's final design). New Haven not in the cards? See over 5,000 works on Google Art Project.