Halloween 2018

It’s October 26th and you still haven’t made plans for Halloween, lets see if we can help.

 

DJ Yoda’s Stranger Things Halloween Party

Got a thing for the 80’s then get those white stilettos, stone washed jeans and back combed hair over to EartH in Dalston for DJ Yoda’s cult 80’s movie fancy dress party, 80’s costumes are MANDATORY. 

  • EartH 11-17 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BH
  • 2nd Nov from 9pm, Over 18s Only Tickets available here

 

 

BFI Halloween Movie Screenings

Not into costumes, what a movie, BFI will be screening 2 Halloween favourites Shaun of the Dead followed by The Evil Dead on the 31st Oct, don’t forget your popcorn.

  • BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
  • 31st Oct from 6pm, Over 18s Only Tickets available here

 

 

Spooky Stories at Shakespeare’s Globe

Something spooky for the kids that doesn’t involve sweets, Terrifying Tales for Enchanted Nights hosted by Vanessa Woolf is a series of spooky stories and tales from around the world told in one of the worlds most famous buildings 

  • 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
  • 27th Oct at 11am, suitable for 8 yrs old and older, children under 16 yrs old need to be accompanied by an adult Tickets available here

 

 

London Horror Festival

“The UK’s original and largest festival of live horror performances will return to the Old Red Lion Theatre from 7th October – 3rd November 2018.”

If you like your horror in living colour then a month of live performances, courtesy of the London Horror Festival will be right up your alley.

  • Old Red Lion Theatre 418 St John Street London EC1V 4NJ
  • 7th Oct – 3rd Nov, for tickets and performance listings click here

 

 

One for the Poddles

Even dogs like to dress up every once in a while and what better time then Halloween. Dogs and their owners are invited to the Halloween Dog Walk and Show on the 28th Oct, costumes are welcomed but not mandatory.

Registration begins at 11am and the walk starts at 12, the show commences at 1pm from The Spaniards Inn on the heath. Bring your wellies. 

  • The Spaniards Inn, Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ
  • 28th Oct, to get involved with the fun click here

 

Pancake Day Races

 

It’s the season of love…love for PANCAKES, bring on the batter.

 

London Pancake Races

What better way to work up an appetite then racing in a costume with a pan in your hand, brilliant fun. There’re a number of races happening across the capital today, get down to your closest, whip your phone out and get to filming.

 

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LONDON INTER LIVERY PANCAKE RACE

Watch the 4 tradesman teams of the City of London race for the pride of the City, the proceeds go towards a number of different charities. 

Guildhall Yard, London EC2V

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GREAT SPITALFIELDS PANCAKE RACE

Teams of 4 will race to the bitter end to raise funds for the London Air Ambulance. Races start at 12.30, free admission.

Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields E1 6QL

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BETTER BANKSIDE PANCAKE RACE

Upto 25 teams of 4 will be racing for the championship of the pan (I made that up) who will win brag rights over all all others, get yourself over to Borought Market at 12.30pm to find out. All proceeds go to Paintings in Hospitals

Jubilee Place Borough Market, SE1 9AA

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FLIPPIN’ GOOD FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE – THE GREENWICH MARKET PANCAKE RACE

Teams, pairs of friends or solo mission persons are all welcome to take part in this race, medals up for the winning, free pancake for all participants. Race starts at 12pm all donations go to The Greenwich and Bexley Hospice. 

Greenwich Market London SE10 9HZ

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2018 REHAB PARLIAMENTARY PANCAKE RACE

Even PMs, Lords & the Media get in on the racing action.  Watches these Westminster lot don their costumes and battle it out, pan in hand for the right to rub it in the faces of the LOSERS for the next 365 days. Funds go to Monument Skills, a charity that helps those with brain injuries and neurological conditions. Race starts at 10am

Victoria Gardens, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 3JA 

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All info used from: rehab.ie, greenwichmarket.londonbetterbankside.co.uk, alternativearts.co.ukcalendarcustoms.com

Image used from: metrouk2.files.wordpress.com

 

The Great Willy Waddle

 

Cancer in any form is no joke and though the majority of us do our best to stay informed and give to Cancer Research Charities Penile Cancer still seems to sit in the background.

So how can we bring this issue back into the public eye? …With a Penis Fun Run, of course.

On the 26th September Orchid will be hosting a 2k charity run in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

To participate you must register in advance HERE, minimum pledge amount is £100. All donations will go towards Orchid’s work in penile cancer research, education and support services.

 

On the day you’ll receive your inflatable penis costume upon entry (alternative costume colours available please email to enquire), you’ll then run, walk or waddle your way to the finish line all in the name of charity.

Never before has it been more acceptable to be a penis :0)

 

 

The Time:  Tuesday 26th Sept at 6.30pm

The Place:  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London 

Price:  Registration Fee is £20, minimum pledge amount £100

Contact:  events@orchid-cancer.org.uk or orchid-cancer.org.uk

 

 

 

Arancini Brothers Risotto Balls

So two men named Dave walk into a kitchen, sounds like the beginning of a hilarious joke but it’s what happens everyday at Arancini Brothers. The two owners, big Dave and little Dave, while in Australia were trained by Sicilian chefs to create ‘delizioso’ risotto balls, or Arancini for short, you just learnt something…you’re welcome.

Rice cooked with onions, garlic, herbs and vegetable stock are then flavoured with a variety of cheeses, parsley and lemon (vegan options available on request), then fried to perfection.

Once prepared the risotto balls can be order in wraps, burgers, stew bowls or by themselves as a tasty snack 

With locations on Old Street, Kentish Town, Dalston and a food van that regular visits local food markets you have NO EXCUSE not to try them out.

 

The Time & Place:

115A Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8PB | Mon – Fri 8am -9.30pm, Sat – Sun 9.30am – 9.30pm

592 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AH | Everyday including Bank Holidays 10am – 10pm

42 Old Street, London EC1V 9AE | Mon – Fri 9.30am – 10pm, Closed weekends.

 Price:  Start from £4

Contact:  arancinibrothers.com

 

 

 

 

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Disney Karaoke


 

“Have some of column A
Try all of column B
I’m in the mood to help you dude

… ….. ….. … . …… …. ..”

 

If you know what the missing lyrics are then head over to The Hackney Picture House on Friday 22nd September for an evening of Disney Karaoke magic.

If you can sing (or even if you can’t) then show Hackney Central what you’re made of, and if you buy the tickets in advance you save £2…that’s 2 quid that can go towards another beer!

 

Enjoy :0)

 

 

The Time:  Doors open at 8pm, the madness starts at 8.30pm

The Place:  Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE

Price:  Tickets £6 in advance, £8 on the door

Contact:  picturehouses.com

 

 

 

 

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BallieBallerson Adult Ball Pit

 

Ball pits are no longer for kids alone, now adults can relive their youth by throwing themselves into pools of plastic bubbles without being escorted from the premises. Welcome to BallieBallerson.

Located in Stoke Newington, over 2 floors, you have a choice of 2 ballrooms, Retro & Glowing. Retro being of the multicoloured ball variety, and glowing consisting of clear coloured balls sitting on a floor decorated with hundreds of LED lights. 

 

Both floors are equipped with a bar serving planet inspired cocktails, though I hear Uranus is undrinkable without popping a miracle pill first!

Ballie is most popular in the evening however day time slots are also available, at which bottomless Prosecco, Punch…and Spaghetti Meat Balls are on offer (spaghetti meat balls).

Oh they have a live DJ too, so if you’re having a bad week grab some friends, get over to Stokey and throw balls at each other while drinking Uranus 🙃

 

  • The Time:  Bottomless Bunch Saturdays 12 – 3pm, Sundays 1 – 4pm.  Evenings Wed – Thurs 6pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 6pm – 2am
  • The Place:  79 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8AD
  • Price:  Ticket prices start from £10.90, click here for more details
  • Contact:  For more info click here
  • Additional Note:  Veggie meat also available 

 

 

 

 

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Who likes games (raises hand), who likes movies (raises other hand – now typing with my nose), put them both together and what do you have?

Some questionable character choices, unrecognisable storylines and bad green screen effects, in other words 2 hours of f***ing awesomeness and an urge to play Street Fighter into the wee hours, that’s where Joypad steps in.

Joypad bar aims to bring the joyous memories of retro gaming to the Call of Duty generation. On the last Tuesday of the month they host a pop up event called Cinedouken where they screen movies based on a retro games at Trapeze on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, a tournament throughout the evening playing the game the movie is based on will also take place, seeing the last man standing at the end of the night win a £50 bar tab.

On Tuesday 26th July they’ll be showing Doom with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Karl Urban.

So if 90’s beat ’em ups give you warm & fuzzy feelings then get your backside over to Trapeze, fun is guaranteed to ensue…and maybe some free booze.

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  • The Place:  Trapeze Bar 89 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HX
  • The Time:  Tuesday 26th July from 7pm
  • Contact:  For more information click here

 

 

 

Everyone deserves a Second Shot

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Coffee, black gold or the bean that stops me from committing GBH every morning is now doing more than merely waking up the masses, it’s combating homelessness in the capital too.

The Second Shot Cafe in Bethnal Green has combined London’s coffee culture with the fight to eradicated homelessness by hiring former rough sleepers, providing training & one-to-one support, food drives, community support activities, a pay-it-forward scheme where customers can prepay for items that can be claimed later by a person in need (loving that idea!), as well as a number of other initiatives that aim to help people reintegrate back into full time employment and ultimately a stable live style.

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By using local vendors and working with Cafe by CrisisThe Connection at St Martins in the Fields Second Shot is doing it’s part for the cause one Espresso at a  time.

 

…I’m coming for a coffee and cake soon guys!

 

  • The Place:  Second Shot Cafe 475 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 9QH
  • The Time:  7am-6pm Mon to Fri & 9am-7pm Sat & Sun
  • Contact:  For more information regarding Second Shot and their mission contact them at their Twitter page @Secondshotcafe or go to their website Second Shot

 

 

 

 

*Info used from the good people at Second Shot

*Images used from Twitter.com/secondshotcafe & instagram.com/secondshotcoffee

 

Barking Good Movies

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Oscar & Rupert based in East London are a Doggie-centric events company, because let’s be honest who doesn’t like dogs…oh you don’t, you’re a monster!

People also like going to the cinema when they have a bit of free time, well these geniuses have combined the two. Doggie Friendly Cinema does exactly what it say on the tin, watching movies with your 4 legged best friend in a welcoming environment with others who who don’t mind the odd woof every now and then.

On the 15th May Oscar & Rupert will be showing Paris Texas at Wringer + Mangle in London Fields East London, so if you and your canine companion are in the mood to get your movie on then click here.

Tickets also entitle you to 20% off food and drink in Wringer + Mangle, click here to book your table.

 

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  • The Time:  Sunday 15th May, doors open at 2pm movie starts at 3pm
  • The Place:  The basement at Wringer & Mangle, Sidworth Street, Hackney, E8 3SD
  • Tickets:  £18.50 per human, dogs go free
  • Contact:  For more info click here, for tickets click here, for info regarding Wringer & Mangle click here

 

 

Happy Watching

 

 

Sweat is just fat spitting as it swears at you

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The Yuletide festivities have come & gone and you’re fulfilling your New Years resolution of going to the gym, but you’re lagging, you feel your resolve starting to waiver, the enthusiasm you felt on the 4th Jan seems to have buggered off by the 14th, what to do???

You could stick with it, push through the ‘wall’ and battle on. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact ‘Big Up’ to you for persevering.

If you’re REALLY struggling you could consider joining an independent gym / Personal Trainer who might offer a personalised approach to training and keep you interested in the sweaty world of fitness.  If this sounds more like it then take a goosey gander at the suggestions below.

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Road to Fitness UK

A jack of all trades and master of most Road to Fitness UK offers Personal Training, Martial Arts Tuition, First Aid Courses, Sports Massage and I think they also do stand up comedy…but only if you ask really nicely.  Based in Loughton (but they travel throughout London), the company has been going for 6+ years so can aid in your fitness goals however big or small.

www.roadtofitnessuk.co.uk

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Gemma Ridley Personal Training

Based in Islington North London Gemma Ridley offers Home / Gym PT sessions, outdoor workouts, High Intensity cardio classes and Boxing sessions for all levels of fitness. I would recommend doing her cardio classes but only if you don’t mind being a wee bit wobbly legged afterward.

gemmaridley.co.uk

krav maga

If Self Defence is more your thing then head over to Apolaki Krav Maga London in Bethnal Green, London’s only full time Krav Maga Academy.

Krav Maga: “a form of self-defence and physical training, first developed by the Israeli army in the 1940s, based on the use of reflexive responses to threatening situations.”*

Specialising in Krav Maga Self Defence, Dirty Boxing and 1 on 1 Self Defence sessions, the school also offers Apolaki SPD – Self Protection for Dwarfs. A bespoke self defence system designed by Eugene Grant and Apolaki Krav Maga Chief Instructor Kelina Cowell, the system is  designed specifically for the body types and threats experienced by people with restricted growth  syndrome.

Trial classes available here

http://www.apolakikravmagalondon.com/

These are just a few suggestions, part 2 coming soon.