Yes, 2012 was a pretty good year for London, but this city never rests- and neither do we. From the rise of Deptford to the triumph of barn dancing, here are our predictions for what’s going to be big in the capital over the next 12 months… A is for… AMY ADAMS The name-to-watch plays two very different American icons this year: Lois Lane in the big new Superman film ‘Man of Steel’ and Janis Joplin in a forthcoming biopic. Plus ‘Enchanted 2’ and a role in the new Spike Jonze movie. ANIMAL TWEETERS Forget about the Pope: the really big news in 2012 was that Britney Spears’s dog joined Twitter. We predict 2013 will be the year the royal corgis join in at #notsodumbanimals. JASON ATHERTON The genuinely great chef will open a new restaurant – Social Eating House – in Soho this spring.
B is for… BATTERSEA AND NINE ELMS Plans are afoot to redevelop the south side of the Thames, with Norman Foster tackling New Covent Garden Market, a Northern Line extension, a Damien Hirst gallery and new housing and shops around Battersea Power Station. Just don’t expect it to be finished any time soon. BRING YOUR OWN BIKE With an annual Boris Bike subscription set to double from £45 to £90, expect more private cycle ownership.
C is for… CASUALS Chuck your cufflinks and ditch your diary, if you ever had them. The vibe for 2013 is all about dressing down for the opera and rocking up whenever you like at no-booking restaurants. CHICKEN Opened at the end of 2012, Clockjack Oven is the latest in a run of rotisseries and fried chicken joints that included Spit & Roast, Chooks, Chicken Shop and Wishbone in 2012. More are due to hatch in 2013. The small independent Roost is planned for Soho, while several bigger restaurant groups have also been pecking around central London for sites for new chicken chains. CROQUET Following the ‘ping-pong in parks’ craze and bike polo, the sport of toffs is the next play-anywhere game for all ages/fitness levels. South Londoners are set to flock to Sydenham’s hillside course, but there are 15 more across the city. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH He’s already a bit of a god in theatre and on TV, but the ‘Parade’s End’ star will be all over the big screen too in 2013. Blockbuster roles as Smaug in ‘The Hobbit’ and as the villain in the new ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ will nudge him up to household-name status – even if that name doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.
D is for… DANCING SOLO Following lindy hop and old-school partner dancing, jazz and charleston are on the up. And you’ll be on-trend for Baz Luhrmann’s new ‘Gatsby’. DEPTFORD SE8 has enjoyed an Olympics Effect boost to its already rising star: the galleries are moving in, followed by the chic eateries, followed by that bellwether of hipness, the postironic tattooist Kids Love Ink. DOGS IN TOGS Dog shows are trending in south London – especially at Peckham Rye’s Summer Fete and Bermondsey Street Festival, possibly because of the ‘fancy dress’ round. Who doesn’t like seeing a labrador in a dinosaur outfit? DANIEL DAY-LEWIS On course for an Oscar for Spielberg’s epic ‘Lincoln’. And our big interview in next week’s mag.
E is for… ELIZABETH (THOUGH IT COULD BE JOHN, FRANCES, CHARLES OR DIANA…) It’s bookie chain Ladbrokes’s most hotly tipped name for His or Her Highness, the new royal sprog. Expect unrelenting coverage before and after its arrival in July. EAST LONDON Sorry, north, south and west. The east’s still the growth area for food and culture. Bah!
F is for… FAMILY Not just the royal one swelling its ranks, but the Shelbys – the centre of impressive forthcoming BBC2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’. Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill and Helen McCrory all star in this epic set in the lawless slums of post-WWI Birmingham. The Shelby clan of brothers, cousins and uncles are the toughest of the city’s tough gangs, nicknamed for their habit of sewing razor blades into their flat caps. ‘Downton Abbey’ this ain’t. A must-see it is.
Read more predictions for 2013; stay tuned for the rest of our alphabetic guide to the year ahead.