May Day Bank Holiday 2019

So we missed the Easter Bank holiday (our bad) but here are a few ideas for your May Day Bank Holiday.

 

 

Lycra 80s Aerobics Party

Everybody loves the 80s, big hair, big clothes, big mobiles, and LYCRA.

If you hate working out but feel like you need to get some exercise in, and just happen some Lycra in your cupboard, then why not head over to the 80s Lycra Party this Sunday. It’s a fiver, there’s no work on Monday plus there’re DJs so no excuses!

Where:  Sunday 5th May from 10pm – Monday 6th May 3am

When:  Oslo Hackney, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

Tickets:  £5 + £1 booking fee from here

More Info: fatsoma.com

Dress Code: “Sparkly & Sassy; don’t forget your leg warmers, lycra and sweatbands!”

 

 

Colourscape

“Colourscape is a large labyrinth of colour and light. The public put on coloured capes and enter a new world to explore the potentials of light, colour and space. Within the maze, musicians and dancers may be found anywhere.”

The website describes this event better than we could, but be aware this is a ‘no shoes’ event so if your feet are a bit pongy it maybe time for a pedicular…no judgments though.

Where: Play Park, Wembley Park, HA9 0RX

When: Saturday 4th May – Monday 6th May, 11am – 4.30pm

Tickets:  What Tickets, it’s free baby!

More info: wembleypark.com

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo

Get some Mexican culture in your life by celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Brick Brewery. 

Enjoy salsa dancing, family entertainment and food and drink, of course.

Where: Brick Brewery, Arch 209, Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QL

When:  Sunday 5th May, 12pm – 8pm

Tickets: What Tickets, it’s free baby!

More Info: brickbrewery.co.uk

 

 

 

May The Fourth Be With You

We couldn’t forget about ‘May the Fourth’, The Apple Tree are hosting a Star Wars Day with karaoke, DJs and a Sci-Fi themed cabaret, which should be very interesting.

If the only thing you plan to do this weekend is get your ‘geek hat’ on then head down to Mount Pleasant and enjoy the festivities with your comrades.

Where: The Apple Tree, 45 Mount Pleasant, London WC1X 0AE

When: Saturday 4th May, 8pm – 1am

Tickets: £8 – 10 from here, over 18s only

More Info: outsavvy.com

 

 

 

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2019

It’s that time of year where everything turns green and enjoying some Guinness is a must. Not sure what to do for St Patrick’s Day, lets see if we can help.

 

  • St Patrick’s Day Parade – Trafalgar Sq

The Parade is always a good family friendly event, grab a scarf, the kids and an umbrella (just encase) and go enjoy the celebrations.

  • from 12pm
  • Starting from Trafalgar Sq 
  • Free

 

 

  • The Black Lion Pub – Kilburn

Formally known as Ireland’s 33rd County Kilburn is rich with Irish culture, as such it knows how to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The Black Lion Pub is no exception and will be turning the jollifications up to 11 with live Irish music, fun and merriment.

  • From 8pm
  • The Black Lion 274 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 2BY
  • Free

 

 

  • The London Irish Centre – Camden Sq

You’re feeling like doing something a little different this St Patrick’s Day, how about watching a play. Playwright Maria McAteer Premiers her new play ‘The Guinness Girl’ at the London Irish Centre, focusing on a young black girl being raised by an Irish Mother in 1970’s Newcastle Upon Tyne, dancing to distract herself from the realities of the time.

  • Starting from 4pm
  • London Irish Centre Charity, 50-52 Camden Square, NW1 9XB
  • Tickets £10/12, can be purchased HERE

 

 

  • Shamrock Sessions – Box Park Wembley

The new Boxpark location situated in the shadow of Wembley Stadium is getting in on the act this year, enjoy Live music & Comedy shows on 2 stages, family activities including face painting & craft workshops plus having 20 restaurants to chose from. All you’ll need is a smile and a joyful bounce in your step to enter.

  • Starting from 4pm
  • Box Park Wembley, 18 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0JT
  • Free

 

 

  • Brixton Jamm – Brixton

Day parties, love them, you can dance till your heart’s content and still get is a good 6/8 hours sleep before work (if it’s a Sunday party at least) so lets do that for St Patrick’s Day. Brixton Jamm are throwing an Irish shindig to celebrate the day with 2 free Guinness vouchers with every event ticket, live music sets, a fully stocked bar and more. 

  • Starting from 12pm
  • Brixtom Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd, SW9 6LH
  • Tickets from £10, purchase them HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheap/Free NYE In London


 

If you still do not have any plans for tonight and don’t want to spend your pension trying to get into your local pub, then have a look below, perhaps we can help.

 

The New Year’s Eve Goblin Ball

A night inspired by David Bowie’s Labyrinth where the late, great singer dons the tights and acts with Muppet’s.

This themed evening in hackney will be playing funky soul and alternative indie, if this sounds like your type of New Years then find additional  details here

Where:  360 Victoria Park Park, Hackney Wick E9 7BT

When:  Mon 31st Dec 8pm – 4am

Tickets:  Starting from £8

 

Glitter Party

Glitter, New Year’s Eve, 80’s music and drinks, need we say more…oh and karaoke. 

If you’re in Clapham and interested click here for more details.

Where:  Inferno 146 Clapham High Street, Clapham SW4 7UH 

When:  Mon 31st Dec 9pm – 3am

Tickets:  Starting from £10

 

Peckham Levels

FREE FREE FREE

DJ’s will be playing afrobeats, R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and more at this South London Open House. Also offering panoramic views of London, you can enjoy the city’s fireworks while listening to some tunes, Prosecco in hand and available CLEAN toilets.

Perfect way to see in 2019.

More details here.

Where:  Level 6, Peckham Levels 95a Rye Lane SE15 4TG

When:  Mon 31st Dec 5pm – 3am

Tickets:  Free Bich!

 

Hampstead Heath

FREE FREE FREE

No planned events here but you can watch all of London’s Fireworks displays from the park for free.

Bring some blankets, some friends, your Spotify playlist and some snacks then watch the New Year roll in across the Capital.

Also some people tend to bring their own fireworks, so you may have a closer display to watch, added bonus.

Where:  Level 6, Peckham Levels 95a Rye Lane SE15 4TG

When:  Mon 31st Dec at whatever time you want, but aim for 11pm-ish to secure a good spot.

Tickets:  What ticket! 

 

 

Whatever or where ever you chose to go this NYE be safe, have fun and see you all on the other side.

 

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Guy Fawkes Weekend

It’s that time of year where we celebrate the almost distraction of Parliament again, that point aside if you love fireworks then here are some events you maybe interested in.

 

 

Wembley Park

Enjoy the displays of Bonfire night and the celebrations for Diwali in this joint family event on Sunday 4th Nov. Food stalls & community activities will kick off proceedings from 4pm, 6pm will see a light parade fill the streets of Wembley Park and at 7 pm the fireworks display will begin.

The event is free, organizers have asked that you leave your cars at home and travel to Wembley via local transport.

 

 

Southwark Park

One of the only displays in the Capital to fall on the Nov 5th Southwark Park’s fireworks show will help displace those Monday blues. 

Synchronized to music the display  promises to be one of the best in the last 15 years.

  • Southwark Park, SE16 2UA
  • Display starts at 5.30pm and is free for residents
  • For more info click here eea.org.uk

 

 

Victoria Park

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein will be the inspiration behind Victoria Park’s 2018 display, in celebration of the novel’s 200th anniversary the pyrotechnics, soundtrack and visual displays will all pay homage to the Science-Fiction Classic.

The event on Nov 4th will be free for all and starts from 5.30pm, however due to the closures of the Hammersmith & City Line and District Lines over the weekend please leave enough time to account for the travel delays.

  • Victoria Park, Grove Road E3 5TB
  • For further details regarding the event and travel disruptions click here towerhamletsarts.org.uk

 

 

Wimbeldon Park

Wimbeldon Park will be housing 2 displays on Monday 5th, the first starts at 6.30pm and the second from 8.15pm.

Along side both shows will be a funfair and food stalls to make sure everybody is entertained.

Tickets start from £5.35, under 4s go free.

  • Wimbledon Park, Home Park Rd, SW19 8AU
  • For more info click here merton.gov.uk

 

 

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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

 

Queen on Carnaby Street

 

No not The Queen, Queen, as in the 80s British Band, where Lady Gaga got her name, Bohemian Rhapsody (one of my fav bands of all time), well on 21st Oct (today) at 7pm Brian May, Roger Taylor, Rami Malek and a host of others will be on Carnaby St for the official turning on of the Bohemian Rhapsody light installations to celebrate the release of the Queen movie on 24th Oct.

To attend you will need a wrist, see details below on how to get your hands on one:

– Please collect your wristband from 74 Broadwick Street (just Off Carnaby Street) on Sunday 21 October.
– Wristbands will be issued first come first served.
– Strictly only 1 wristband per person.
– Wristband collection point opens at 11am
– Please note there will be bag searches so please do not bring large bags.
– No glass or cans allowed on Carnaby Street. 
– Wristband holders need to be in the designated area by 6.45pm. Switch on begins at 7pm
– Please kindly note there will not be any musical performances at this event. 

 

Enjoy the evening and ‘look up to the skies and see’ the lights… ya I am shamed of that, I’m not deleting it though.

 

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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

calendarcustoms.com/articles/london-inter-livery-pancake-race/

 

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

alternativearts.co.uk

 

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

betterbankside.co.uk/events/13-february-better-bankside-pancake-day-race

 

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

greenwichmarket.london/events/detail/flippin-good-fun-for-a-good-cause-the-greenwich-market-pancake-race

 

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 

rehab.ie/fundraising/pancake-race

 

 

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

Image used from: metrouk2.files.wordpress.com

 

Solar Eclipse 2017

 

On August 21st North America will see it’s first total solar eclipse in almost 100 years, lucky them, we won’t be so fortunate (I’m not bitter), but we will see a partial eclipse so not all is lost.

The partial eclipse will be visible throughout the UK (weather permitting) in the early evening, for Londoners it will start from around 7.40pm, will reach maximum eclipsieness at just after 8pm and will end at roughly 8.25pm.

 

Viewing an eclipse with the naked eye can be dangerous, watch the vid below for handy hints and tips on how best to view the event:

 

The next total solar eclipse won’t be visible in the UK until 23rd September 2090, so enjoy this while you can!

 

 

 

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Street Sweets

 

Sweetie lovers rejoice (& pre-book an appointment with your dentist) a street market dedicated to all things sugar, pastry and cake has made a temporary home on Covent Garden’s Mercer Street.

 

Just desserts is a fortnightly street market selling a variety of cakes, brownies, tarts, pavlovas, gelato, basically everything you might want as an after meal treat (because no meal is truly complete without a dessert). 

So if you have an addiction to the white powder (SUGAR, I’m talking about sugar!) or just feel like checking out a new market head on over to Covent Garden. Why not, right :0)

 

Dates: August 24th & September 14th

Time: 11am – 6pm

Where: Mercers Walk, Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9QR

contact: Twitter @justdessertsldn

 

* info used from Londonontheinside.com, Eventbrite.com

* images used from twitter.com

 

 

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How to seeing a shooting star

On the 12th August the UK will bear witness to the most active meteor shower all year, with up to 80 meteors streaking through the sky..if we’re lucky, this sodding “summer” whether is doing my ******* head in, but I digress. 

The duration of the shower is actually from the 17th July – 24th August, however the event will reach it’s peak on the 12th due to the earth passing through the most dense part of comet Swift-Tuttle’s trail.

According to timeanddate.com the best direction with which to view the shower is as follows:

“Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus. This is because the direction, or radiant, from which the shower seems to come in the sky lies in the same direction as the constellation Perseus, which can be found in the north-eastern part of the sky.”

 

The best place to see the shower well be up high and away from artificial lighting, not the easiest thing to do in a city, so if you have access (legally) to a flat roof or can get to a hill/open late park (again legally) then that’s your best bet.

The meteors will start to be visible from the early evening, so grab a blanket (hopefully not an umbrella), a buddy, some snacks and enjoy the show.

 

 

 

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