DIY Arty Madness

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The land of the cool (Hackney) are playing host to Hackney Flea Market’s DIY Arts Market on Sunday 6th September.

Lots of handmade goodies, both the edible and non foodie kind, lovingly produced by skilled artisans, crafters and people who just love to create will be on offer for you lucky people.

If old skool vinyl records, hand flattened plates, one-off embroidered patches or sculptures of semi naked ladies (look at pic above) are your thing then get your arse down to the market, make the most of your Sunday damn it!

 

  • The Date: Sunday 6th September
  • The Time: 11am – 6pm
  • The Place: Epic Dalston, 13 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 8BH
  • Who do you call: If you’re interested in trading at the next/any Hackney Flea Market event contact Mark @ hackneyfleamarket@gmail.com

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The Pigeons gossip again!

Charity do at the Queen’s Place Sunday 19th July

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On Sunday 19th The Queen of Hoxton will be hosting an all day charity event called ‘Lend Us Your Hands Rooftop Fundraiser’ in aid of the Tsum Valley Earthquake appeal.

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Starting from midday enjoy crafting, live music, equally live street art and much much more. Kiddies and pets are also welcome, which makes a lovely change, however the website does state that the roof bar tends to get quite busy, so it may not be appropriate for the small ones to be at the venue past 6pm.

Artists such has Himbad, Lilly Lou, The Real Dill will be creating & selling their work on the day (all proceeds will go towards the appeal), along with indi brands The Deep Ecology Design Club & KODAI Clothing (to name but a few). A full list of the artists, photographers, brands and bands can be found here.BOAT-PARTY_FEED-therealdill_co_uk

“Stories from survivors of the Nepal Earthquake about their experiences and the current situation in the regions we’re supporting.” will be read throughout the day.

Rugman, creator of Streetwear label Rum Knuckles, will also be making an appearance with his wares, so keep an eye out for him too…and the frozen cocktails, lets not forget about those!

 

The Time: From Midday on Sunday 19th till midnight on the 20th

The Place: Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Travel: Closest station is Liverpool Street, 6min walk from the venue, the Central, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Circle lines as well as the Overground & National Rail services run through this station

Price: £2-£5 minimum entry donation

Contact: Email info@queenofhoxton.com, Tel 020 7422 0958

 

Cheap & freeness London 13th – 19th Oct 2014

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Welcome to a week of Cheap & beautiful Freeness. Enjoy.

 

  • London Horror Festival – The Etcetera Theatre, Camden

Get in the Halloween mood early with the London Horror Festival. From the 13th-31st The Etcetera Theatre in Camden will be staging a number of performance art pieces that’ll make a chill run down your spine, but hopefully not down your leg, if you have a small bladder I would recommend go to the toilet before the show begins.

There will be at least 1 performance a night, though many of the shows will run for a number of evenings. If you’ve ever wondered what a charming Frankenstein would be like, or where in Dante’s nine circles of hell you’d find Shakespeare’s Richard II then this event is perfect for you.

Address: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street , London NW1 7BU

Contact: www.londonhorrorfestival.com

Cost: From £8 – £11.50, tickets are a little cheaper on concession

Date: 13th – 31st October 2014

 

  • The Water Poet Pork Pie Off – The Water Poet, Spitalfields

It’s time for battle, if you’re a lover of the pork pie then get yourself over to Spitalfields for The Water Poet’s Pork Pie Off. In celebration of ‘The Great British Pub’ the best in the pie biz will be showing off the talents in the hope of being crowned King or Queen of the Pork Pie.

Craft beer on tap and tasty treats from the competitors will be available on the night. It’s your civic duty to support the traditions of our fair nation, pie and all!

Address: 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX

Website: www.waterpoet.co.uk

Cost: £4 ticket, you’ll receive a pint of craft beer and some pie tasters from the pork pies in the competition.

Date: Tuesday 14th October 2014, from 6pm

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  • Levi’s Student Lock-in – Levi’s Flagship Store, Regents Street

Levi’s flagship store on Regents St will be holding a student shopping event on Wednesday 15th Oct. If you’re of the student community and are after a sweet deal, plus a bit of booze (the will ask you for ID first) and some tunes then head over to their facebook page for more details about the night.

Address: Levi’s Store, 174 – 176 Regents Street, London, W1R 5DF

Contact: www.facebook.com/levis.gb

Cost: It’s free baby!

Dates: Wednesday 15th October 2014, the start time has not yet been released, keep an eye on Levi’s tweeter account for details, click here.

 

  • Dirty Old London Tour – Bishopsgate Institute, Bishopsgate

Explore the filthy world of Victorian London during this talk with Lee Jackson. Find out how the people fought to turn the cesspit of a Capital into what we know and love today, with the peculiar beginnings of the public toilet to the intro of public baths.

Address: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Contact: www.bishopsgate.org.uk

Cost: £9, cheaper with concession, tickets available here.

Dates: Thursday 16th October 2014, starts at 7.30pm

 

  •  Rotten Hill Gang – Paradise by way of Kensal Green, Kensal Green

“West London favourites, Rotten Hill Gang, return to entertain you with a high energy live set of big instruments and even bigger vocals. Resident DJs in support playing a mash up of hip hop, house, disco and party favourites.”

What more needs to be said.

Address: Paradise by way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE

Contact: www.theparadise.co.uk, email: clem@thecolumbogroup.com

Cost: £5

Date: Friday 17th October 2014, 8pm – 2am

 

  • VIP Records and Music Fair – Central Hall Westminster, Westminster

To all you music conosur out there, get down to Westminster on Saturday 18th Oct for the largest record, CD and music related memorabilia fair in the Country.

Any and everything music based available under one very large Westminster roof, plus there’ll be a cafe so there’ll be food too.

Address: Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, SW1H 9NH,

Contact: www.vip-24.com

Cost: £3 entry, £6 for early birds from 8.30am-10am

Date: Saturday 18th October 2014, from 10am, 8.30am for early bird entry

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Cheap & freeness 22nd – 28th Sept

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Cheap and freeness time, enjoy.

 

  • Rib Night – The Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch

For all you foodies out there, get your backsides to The Blues Kitchen this evening for some smoked pork and beef ribs. A big ole juice stack (get your mind out of the gutter) for £10, that’s one way to get over the ridiculous of Mondays. You also have the added treat of a live blues band playing away your troubles, all the charm of a Friday night at the beginning of the week, just mind you don’t get the meat sweats.

Address: 134-146 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR

Contact: theblueskitchen.com, Email: shoreditch@theblueskitchen.com

Cost: A tenner baby!…drinks not included

Date: Every Monday from 7pm-12am

 

  •  Merge Festival – Various Locations in Bankside

Merge is a collection of art installations and creative events housed in a number of venues throughout Southwark. The festival’s theme for 2014 is ‘Art And Science’ so it’s safe to say that you can expect the unexpected. From what I’ve heard there will be a life sized house made entirely of wax, which will melt throughout the course of the festival, so that’s a random thing to see, plus it’s free which is always nice.

Address: Various locations in Southwark

Contact: mergefestival.co.uk

Cost: It’s free baby!

Date: From 18th September – 19th October 2014

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  • Cool walks – Southwark

Cool walks is a guided tour through Borough and Bankside, exploring various landmarks that have made their way into many a London based film. Starting from John Harvard Library in Borough, the walk covers 3 miles to the Tate Modern so wearing heels would be a bad idea. Umbrellas, water and cameras are also recommended things to carry.

Address: Tour starts in front of John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA

Contact: coolwalksblog.blogspot.co.uk

Cost: It’s free baby!

Date: Thursday 25th September 2014 from 12.30pm – 3pm

 

  • Browns of Brockley – Brockley

Coffee, dark ambrosia, the great bean, my version of black gold. I’m a very laid back (lazy) person so I honestly don’t know what I’d be like without my morning cappuccino, probably catatonic, so it’s of the utmost importance that I figure out where the best coffee shops are, how close they’re to me, work, tube stations, bus stops etc. Then I happened upon Browns of Brockley, conveniently situated across the road from Brockley station. They make AMAZING cappuccinos and cinnamon doughnut muffins that have me travelling from North London to Brockley to indulge my addiction.

They do sell salads, baguettes and other savoury delights, but to be honest I’m only ever interested in cake so that’s all I tried. They also host coffee tasting sessions, the next being on Sunday 5th October, so get yourself down there, or contact them on twitter for more details.

Address: 5 Coulgate Street, London, SE4 2RW

Contact: www.brownsofbrockley.com, Twitter: @brownsofse4

Cost: Prices start from £1

Date: Mon-Fri 7.30am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 5pm & Sun 10am – 4pm

 

  • The East London Thrift Shop – Whitechapel

I was very tempted to recite lyrics from Macklemore here, don’t worry I won’t. Instead I’ll introduce you to The East London Thrift Shop, a warehouse in Whitechapel filled with rails of wonderfully cost-effective (cheap) clothing. I saw a lot of denim while I was there, but they also offer shoes, belts, coats, tops and everything in between. Prices vary but usually start from about £7-£10, though a lot of the time the accessories are cheaper. They had a lot of mens stuff too, so guys this post is not just for the ladies.

Address: Unit 1A Assembly Passage, London, E1 4UT

Opening times: Sun-Wed 11am- 6pm, Thurs- Sat 11am – 7pm

Cost: Prices start from as little as £1!

Details: www.theeastendthriftstore.com

 

  • The Great River Race – Docklands t0 Richmond

It’s the 26th (I think that’s right, 2014-1988=26 right?) annual river race. Setting off from Westferry Road in Docklands at 9.30am, 300+ boaters will battle their down the Thames dressed as clowns, monks and pirates to Richmond. The first few boats should arrive at the following landmarks at the below times:

*Millwall Riverside, Westferry Road – race starting at 9.30am

*Millwall Dock Slipway – 12.40pm

*Tower Bridge – 1.10pm

*Westminster Bridge – 1.25pm

*Lambeth Bridge – 1.30pm

*Battersea Bridge – 1.45pm

*Wandswoth Bridge – 1.55pm

*Putney Bridge – 2pm

*Hammersmith Bridge – 2.15pm

*Chiswick Bridge – 2.45pm

*Kew Bridge – 3pm

*Richmond Bridge – 3.30pm

*Riverside below Ham House, Richmond – 3.40pm – finish line

If you want to see the first boats arriving at any of these bridges I would recommend getting there at least 30min earlier, just encase, and bring a chair!

Details: www.greatriverrace.co.uk

Tickets: It’s free baby!

Date: Saturday 27th September 2014

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The best way to save your local

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The act of shopping has become far to easy now-a-days. You want a table, go online to Ikea, they’ll deliver one in 5-14 days. Looking for some glasses, check Argos or Ebay, they have thousands and sellers will ship within 3 days, no hassle…or at least minimal hassle, you never no with Ebay. The majority of us have forsaken our local shops for online conveniences, we should all be ashamed of ourselves, me included.

So what can we do to resolve this, start shopping in our locals again of course, and what if you could grab a drink or 2 while you’re at it?

Well guess what, you can, ta da welcome to The Shop NW10.

This lovely little establishment sells all your favourite beverages & cocktails, plus chairs, art, furniture and just about everything else you can get your hands on, except the  walls, bar and the staff (I’m guessing). What a bloody brilliant way to keep your local economy thriving, go to the shop grab a bottle of wine for later, some chairs for your mates and a beer while your at it, shopping is hard work after all.

It’s also a lovely place to go for a date or a night out, especially if you’re on a budge as the cheapest cocktail on offer is £3.50 called the ‘Size Zero’, great if your date is afraid of those pesky calories.

The quirkiness continues as the cocktails are served up in jam jars, except the ‘Shop Credit’ (great name) which comes in an old school milk bottle, and has a touch of wormwood vodka, topped with Prosecco, that genuinely sounds amazing I don’t care what else is in it!

We should all be more mindful of our shopping chooses, especially if they come with a beer bonus.

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The Time: They open from 5pm-12am Monday – Thursday & 11am-12am Friday – Sundays

The Place: The Shop NW10, 75 Chamberlayne Road,  Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3ND

More details and contact: Check www.theshopNW10.com, Tel: 020 8969 9399, Email: bookings@theshopnw10.com

 

  • Images used from societeperrier.com & poppyloves.co.uk
  • Info used from theshopnw10.com & thenudge.com

 

P.S. the beer bonus is not free!

Fashion have a night out…don’t forget your Vogue!

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Ok I know I wrote a little something about the Vogue shopping evening back in 2012, a very ‘little’ something, but as the event is in it’s 6th stylish year I thought I’d write a little more.

Back in the distant past, 2009, the Fashion’s Night Out event was born in New York, in the hopes that it would encourage consumers to help the economy by spending a little dough. The brainchild of Vogue, the C.F.D.A (Council of Fashion Designers in America) and NYC & Company, the evening was such a success that it was held in 15 cities international the following year. Now in 2014 the initiative has grown to more than 30 cities in 19 different Countries, helping to raise millions in globally retail sales and for charity.

Although no longer held in New York the FNO will continue to bring a touch of excitement to London’s West End.

On the night expect stores such as H&M, Anthropologie, J.Crew and pretty much everywhere else to offer cocktails, live music, discounts, master-classes and even the possibility of meeting a fashion icon or two, until 11pm. There’re far too many stores and promotions in this event to list, so if you want to find out what’s available have a little clicky here. 

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The Time: Officially the event is from 6pm – 11pm on Tuesday 23rd September 2014, however some stores may start earlier on the day.

The Places: Stores on Oxford Street, Regents Street, St Christopher’s Place, Brook Street & South Molton Street will be participating.

Tickets: No tickets needed, just show up with your lovely self and enjoy the night.

More Info: Have a looky at www.vogue.co.uk for more details, or check your fav retailers website, if they’re in the area I’m sure they’ll mention it.

What you’ll need: Flat shoes, a large bag for all your goodies and a surly model stare so you’ll fit in with all the fashionable folk…I’m kidding of course.

 

  • Images used from livincool.com & thailandfacts.com
  • Info used from wikifashion.com, condenastinternational.com, nytimes.com & vogue.co.uk

 

Shop and be fabulous darling, muah, muah!

StreetFest 2014, Fish Island East London

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I love April and May for their many Bank Holidays, days for rest and recuperation or partying madness. If the latter is more your thing then may I recommend StreetfFest.

A day of live music, street dance, graffiti art, eating, sport and even a beach cocktail bar (I know where I’ll be spending the majority of my day) fun and frolics are bound to be had. What’s that I hear you say, you have kids and there’s no way you’ll find a babysitter in time, no problem children are welcome too.

Starting at 1pm till 11pm you can drive to the venue or, as I’ve just found out and am extremely excited by, the event organizers have arranged a shuttle bus service to & from Fish Island from Stratford Station, starting from 12.30pm for £2 each, that has to be better then paying £50 an hour for parking…I may have exaggerated just a little.

You can also shop and get a make over, so if you were thinking street dance and cocktails are for you think again.

Oh one more thing Goldie and Ms Dynamite are headlining, I don’t know about you but I love Goldie, if for no other reason than the guy is fun as hell.

 

Scene from Streetfest 2013

 

Tickets:

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Location:

Forman’s Fish Island, Hackney

For more info go to:

www.streetfest.net

 

See you there :0)

  • Info used from facebook.com/StreetFestLive & streetfest.net
  • Images used from facebook.com/StreetFestLive

Fashion Revolution Day, Global Movement

 

One year ago on the 24th April more then 1100 lives were lost and 2500+ more were injured in the Rana Plaza Factory collapse, in the Greater Dhaka area of Bangladesh. As a result of the *deadliest garment-factory accident in history a Global movement know as Fashion Revolution as began, pushing for more Transparency within the supply chain of the garment industry, the improvement of labour standards and factory working conditions.

On the 24.04.14 Fashion Revolution would like all those who are interested in the cause to wear their clothes inside out and tweet: Today I’m wearing my (shirt/dress/T-shirt etc.) #InsideOut because I want to ask @(brand/retailer) Who Made Your Clothes?

 

There are other things you can do to get involved:

  • Get in touch with the Brands you shop with, send them pictures of their garments and ask them ‘who made their clothes’, discovering the real people throughout the supply chain.
  • Check out their recommended reading list 

For more info regarding this movement and their mission please visit fashionrevolution.org

 

 

 

  • Info used from fashionrevolution.org and en.wikipedia.org/, *statement from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Savar_building_collapse
  • Images used from oikos-international.org, @Awkward_chat on instagram via fashionrevolution.org and facebook.com/fashionrevolution.org

Get involved #Insideout

UNIQLO POP-UP STORE, HOXTON EAST LONDON

 

Uniqlo have opened a pop-up store dedicated to their UT range in the heart of the cool zone (or Hoxton). From the 19th April(yes I know it’s currently the 24th) to 27th April you’re invited to pop into The Hoxton Gallery  to take a gander at the goods, have a natter with the staff and to use the new UT CAMERA app.

 

The brand from Japan have also teamed up with VICE  to present a forte-night of Art and Musical events, the next being on Thursday 25th April which is Strictly a VIP Launch Party afraid. There are 2 more events thereafter on Friday 26th & Saturday 27th. On the Saturday theGallery will house a pop-record fair for all you vinyl loves.

 

If your after more details have a nosey at the site www.uniqlo.com 

 

Opening hours:

12pm – 7pm Daily until 27th April

 

Address:

The Hoxton Gallery

At the Arch

9 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA

 

How to get there:

Buses from Liverpool St station; 242, 149, 26, 48 (the 26 & 48 stop on Hackney Road which is a 5-7min walk away)

Buses from Old st station; 243, 55, (get off the 55 on Old St or on Hackney Road, Old st is closer)

From Hoxton Station; 6 min walk along Kingsland road towards Shoreditch High St

 

T-shirts, gotta love ’em

  • Info used from Uniqlo.com
  • Image used taken by Keith Haring & Jen-Michel Basquiat for Uniqlo UK

 

CAKEEEEEEEEE, GREENWICH SOUTH EAST LONDON

Cake, Cake, Cake, need I say more…oh OK, well here’s some info for you then.

Daisy Cakes Bake Shop opened in 2006 on Turnpin Lane by Nazan Lewis (The Cake Queen), creating all kinds of sweetie goods from Birthday and Wedding Cakes to Bespoke Cupcakes and more. Take a peek at the website for pictures of their work daisycakes.co.uk

If you’d like to order some goodies for a ‘do’ or celebration  give the lovelies a call on 020 8465 5534.

OPENING HOURS: To be confirmed

ADDRESS: To be confirmed

EMAIL: nazan@daisycakes.co.uk

PHONE: 020 8465 5534

 

  • Image used from Yelp.co.uk & Daisycakes.co.uk

 

Don’t forget to brush your teeth when your done!