Tilly and the Buttons

 

Fashion has become very fast, trends turning over in a matter of months and wages disappearing in hours in the pursuit to stay en vogue…ain’t nobody got time for that, so what to do?

Make it your self, and Tilly and the Buttons are here to help.

 

London College of Fashion Trained Tilly Walnes (pictured at top) started her fashion blog almost a decade ago so she could share her passion for making clothes with the world, over time the blog evolved into a business so Tilly and her team could teach others how to make their own clothes too.

 

Online courses with step-by-step lessons, jargon free easy to use garment sewing patterns and an award winning book are a few of the things on offer from Tilly and the Buttons, if you’ve ever wanted to create your own wardrobe (literally) then go check her out.

 

The Time:  Depends on when you purchase a course

The Place:  In the comfort and safety of your own home, and West Dulwich

Price:  Vary 

Contact:   tillyandthebuttons.com

 

 

 

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Peckham Rye Music Fest 2017

Music lovers of South East London (or anywhere in the UK) rejoice, music, in festival form, is coming to Peckham.

 

 

From Friday 12th May, over 2 weekends, enjoy the sounds of Jazz, House, Afrobeats and more from a number of different locations in and around Copeland Park, including 2 outdoor stages.

 

And yes there will be food too…they aren’t savages!

There’re is a lot going on over the 2 weekends, 

 

  • The Time:  Fri 12th – Sun 14th & Fri 19th – Sun 21st May
  • The Place:  Peckham Rye, click here for location details 
  • Price:  Ticket prices vary, click here for details
  • Contact:  peckhamryemusicfestival.co.uk

 

 

  • Images used musicclout.com & peckhamryemusicfestival.co.uk
  • Info used from peckhamryemusicfestival.co.uk

Hotel Elephant

Nope it’s not a hotel for elephants, sorry that was a little click baity.

 

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Hotel Elephant Gallery is an affordable creative work & exhibition space for artists in and around Southwark. A non profit organisation offering educational projects, events and screenings funded by the charity Artcore Int.

Support for graduates and makers alike, all are welcome to exhibit and perform in the space, or just checkout the art if you so wish.

 

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For more info regarding the monthly exhibitions, workspaces or after school clubs check below.

 

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The Place: Hotel Elephant Artist Studio Space, 23 Harper Road, London, SE1 6AW

The Time: Varies, contact venue for more info

Price: Entry is free, but double check just encase!

Contact Details: General Enquires info@hotelelephant.co.uk

 

 

 

Izzy, Whizzy, Let’s Get Bizzy

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I loves me some magic and mystery, I wish I could have gone to see David Copperfield (the illusionist not the pseudo-fictional character) as a youngster, especially ‘The Magic of David Copperfield X, The Bermuda Triangle’ that show completed messed with my mind, he disappeared into a glass triangle in the middle of the ocean then reappeared, again in the middle of the ocean, with a plane, A PLANE…the guy was the business, but I digress, again.

Primo bar by Westminster Bridge hosts live music and entertainment every night, on Friday 19th Sept Richard ‘Magical Bones‘ Essien takes to the stage, bringing his unique blend of magic, dance and hip hop culture to the masses. Formally a professional dancer so you needn’t worry about any ‘dad at a wedding’ styling moves on the night.

Impressing the likes of Richard Branson and Jonathan Ross he has been dubbed the “most exciting talent to have emerged from the magic industry in recent years”, E4 your new magician has arrived, sorry Troy!

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The Time: 8pm Friday 19th September 2014

The Place: Primo Bar, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7UT

Tickets: It’s free baby!

Further Details & Contact: Check www.primobar.co.uk & www.magicalbones.com for details, email: reservations@primobar.co.uk or info@magicalbones.com

 

 

Wrestling with Progress

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Joke time:

What can you achieve if you cross a comedian with an events producer?…Progress, you’ll get it in a moment. 

This is Progress is a strong-style professional wrestling promotions company based in South East London, founded by comedian Jim Smallman and events producer Jon Briley, later joined by actor Glen Joseph. It is also the only British organisation running regular shows in central London.

Through their love of the sport they have hosted more than 13 matches since 2012, with the majority of them being sold out in days. Their Chapter 11 show selling out in just 24 hours, that is pretty damn impressive. Thanks to high demand the gentlemen have begun hosting events every few months, the next one being on 28th September…however this too is sold out, so the next accessible show will be on Sunday 30th November.

The company also run a training school called The Projo (amazing name), for aspiring wrestlers of all ages.

Although the world of wrestling is often not taken seriously, it’s fan base in the capital is growing rapidly. Perhaps those of us who associate wrestling with the madness of WWE should consider giving the sport another chance.

And for the record my favourite wrestler back in the day was Stone Cold Steve Austin, I loved that guy.

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The Time: Sunday 30th November, doors open at 2pm show starts at 4pm

The Place: Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High Road, NW1 8QP

Tickets: For the event ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishii’ can be purchased from here!

Further info & contact details: www.progresswrestling.com. email: progresswrestling@gmail.com

 

  • Images used from wrestlingslasthope.blogspot.com  &  wlhdvdreviews.wordpress.com (robbraziephoto.com also credited for both images)
  • Info used from progresswrestling.com

Muscularly men in tight clothes, the sport can’t be all bad!

Art in the Arches, Southwark South East London

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So although London is well known for it’s extensive Underground railway system, it also houses a fair amount of tracks above ground too, above the street even. This results in lots of bridges and archways, which in turn can be a wee bit intimidating to walk through in the dark. The good people at Southwark Council and the Cross River Partnership dreamed up a swell little project back in 2002 (yes I know I’m late) called Light at the End of the Tunnel, where a number of light instillations have been installed to improve safety and aid the regeneration of the area…also they’re really pretty.

Inspired by Network Rail bridge ID numbers, the artist Ron Haselden continues where he left off from the ‘401’ lighting project on Union Street.

A number of additional bridge regen projects near the Tate Modern and surrounding area have been undertaken, and lets be honest anything is better than suspicious streams of water and bird crap. Also, and this is the best bit, the works are energy efficient and eco friendly, giving off a miserly £20 worth of energy each year per installation, that’s ridiculous I spend more than that on coffee a month.

 

  • Info used from southwark.or.uk and crossriverpartnership.org
  • Image used by me :0)

 

Pretty lights under bridges revealed.

 

Cafe Provencal, Herne Hill South East London

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So your in Herne Hill and could really do with a coffee, you know because it’s ‘a’ day in the week and you just can’t survive without a caffeine hit, or you fancy some lunch with a mate in a comfortably cool environment that doesn’t cost the earth, then Cafe Provencal should be the place you head to.

A lovely independent, “non-pretentious” (as stated by a reviewer on Tripadvisor.co.uk) restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere for all…and ‘price considerate’ which is AWESOME right now!

Bounce your way over to this hidden South East London delight, for foodses, drinkses and good timeses, plus  it’s next to Herne Hill Station which is nice and handy.

 

ADDRESS:

Cafe Provencal

2-6 Half Moon Lane,

Herne Hill,

London, SE24 9HU

 

OPENING TIMES:

Open from 10am daily, closing times vary

 

CONTACT:

020 7978 9228

info@cafeprov.co.uk

www.cafeprov.co.uk

 

Hidden foody gem revealed!

 

 

 

  • Info used from cafeprov.co.uk and tripadvisor.co.uk
  • Image used taken from google earth google.com

 

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!

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN LONDON 2012

The end of 2012 is in sight, you’ve survived the apocalypse and are ready to party hearty but don’t know where to sack your groove thang. Below are a few suggestions encase you haven’t decided where to spend your last moments before 2013:

 

  • Looking for a laugh then COMEDY STORE is the place for you, from 8pm you can piss yourself  giggling into the new year with the jokes of Curtis Walker, Imran Yusuf and other.  Then dance like a mad person as the DJ takes centre stage keeping the party going into the night.

£55 per head, book tickets beforehand as you cannot buy on the night. price includes after party.

Get tickets from the booking line by calling 0844 871 7699 or at thecomedystore.co.uk

COMEDY STORE 1a Oxendon St, London SW1Y 4EE

 

 

  • If a night in a carpark with pumping music is more your speed then how about BEAT DIMENSION’S NYE  WAREHOUSE PARTY, playing House, Disco and Techno till 6am this would seriously set your new year off with a bang.

Advanced tickets from £10-30 at residentadvisor.net

Doors open 10pm – 6am, over 18’s only, beatdimension.co.uk

Ewer St Car Park, Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0NR

  • Family friendly fireworks are always a nice way to usher in the new year, London continues it’s tradition of hosting a display along the South bank, but arrive early as the area tends to get quite crowded.

From Midnight. Free ,no tickets needed but arrive early as an estimated 250,000 people are expected to attend. For more info have a nosey at london.gov.uk/newyearseve.

TFL are running a free travel service on the 31st Dec from 11.45pm till 4.30am on New Years day.

London Eye South Bank, London SE1 7PB

 

  • In an nostalgic mood, no problem just head over to Harrow for a night of 1940’s Swing Dance and a spot of dinner before Big Ben does his thing at midnight.

Tickets from £75, for more information about purchasing tickets go to vistlondon.com

From 7.30pm till 1am

Harrow Art Centre, Uxbridge Rd, Hatch End, Middlesex (within Greater London) HA5 4EA

 

  • OK so you’ve already had a hard week of partying and just want to invite a few friends over for a drink instead of the hassle of arranging a night out, if that’s the route your going down then don’t forget Channel 4’s House Party, playing music for every taste the party starts from 11.50pm with DJ’s Norman Jay, Charlie Sloth and a crap load more till 6am.

Free…unless your charging people to enter your house.

There’re of course lots of other events taking place in London on New Year’s Eve, but I can’t do all the work for you now can I!

Whatever your plans remember to have fun, be safe, drink lots of water before going out (I hear that helps stop you getting too drunk too quickly, or just don’t drink too much) and have a great New Year, see you in 2013.

 

Information used taken from the following sites:

 

Images used taken from the following sites:

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  • welove-music.com
  • mixmag.net

Death: A festival for the living, Southbank Centre South East London

The Ultimate Equalizer, The Grim Reaper, The Blessed Release. One thing is certain – we all have death in common and this January The Southbank Centre defy taboos and take a look at this unknowable certainty from many angles.

Through music, workshops, literature, art installations, and talking with everyone from philosophers to funeral workers, they examine our attitudes towards death and why we are so reticent to talk about it.

For more info visit their site www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Date: January 27-29th 2012

Tickets: £12 for a festival day pass, some parts of the festival are free, check the website for details

Venue: Southbank Centre

            Belvedere Road

            London, SE1 8XX

 

  • Info from southbankcentre.co.uk

  • Image from montpatrypress.com

 

Hidden thing to do in London, Revealed!