London Improv Theatre

I cannot act, there isn’t an inch of me that should be on stage or in front of a camera (unlike a friend of mine who is A brilliant actor, I hate her!), the thought of improv literally scares me into a sweaty panic attack, but there’re those crazy bastards who thrive on that type of adrenaline, step forward the London Improv Theatre.

 

 

Established in 2016 by Jake Lyons, the theatre plays host to Improv performances such comedy, sketches, music and even magic, oh how I love me a bit of magic.

A number of performances are on over September including an acoustic showcase (showcase performances are on the first Saturday of each month) , ‘Scared Scriptless’ where the participates improvise scenes based on audience suggestions and ‘The Magicians Showcase’ which I may well attend myself (love me a bit of magic).

If you’re after an evening of impromptu theatre, or in the mood to joy in yourself, pop on over to Swiss Cottage, it won’t disappoint.

 

 

The Time:  Varies

The Place:   London Improv Theatre, 104-A Finchley Road, Londnon, NW3 5JJ

Tickets:  Prices vary but generally start from £5/6 in advance.

Contact:  londonimprovtheatre.com

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Balham got Milk

 

Do you live near Balham?

Are you planning on a restful Bank Holiday weekend, plus food?

Do you like wooden furniture? 

Did you answer YES to all of the above, then get your backside over to Milk, a ‘cool dude’ cafe on a cobbled road in the heart of Balham, that serves a variety of dishes, drinks (hot and cold), not to mention cake, the most important food of your 5-a-day staple.

 

 

And as well as the good food & fine wooden surroundings their website looks like an old skool computer, that alone is enough to get my bum in a seat:

 

Enjoy your eatings folks.

 

  • The Place:  18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9RG
  • The Time:  Mon – Wed 8am – 5pm, Thurs – Sat 8am – 11pm (dinner servered from 6.30pm) Sun 9am – 5pm
  • Contact:  www.milk.london

 

  • Images used from milk.london, media.immediate.co.uk & timeout.com
  • Info used from timeout.com & my mind.

Indie Saatchi

For all lovers of indie games, get your backsides over to the Saatchi gallery on Thursday 16th Feb for the finally of the Google Play Indie Games Contest.

From 3pm the 20 finalists will showcase their games for public voting, the event continue with the top 10 with the most votes will then be announced, those 10 pitching their games and then the awards ceremony.

If this sounds like your kinda thing, plus you like free-ness, click here to pre-register your attendance.

 

  • The Time and Date: Thursday 16th February from 3pm
  • The Place:  Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
  • Tickets:  Are free baby, register your attendance here for the event
  • Contact:  Go here for more details events.withgoogle.com

 

Go show your support for Indie creators, it could be you one day! 

 

 

  • Info used from events.withgoogle.com
  • Images used taken by Pigeon Talks

Sweaty Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day is again upon us and you’re still date-less, but you hold onto the hope of getting a hot and sweaty this Tuesday, so what do you do?

Speed Dating Workout Session of course…what did you think I was talking about?!

Up Fitness are hosting a speed dating event on Valentines from 7pm in 2 of their London based location and 1 of their venues in Manchester.

10 men and 10 women will spend the evening traversing 10 exercise stations, and at the end of the workout all are invited to a local restaurant to continue the fun while dressed in more then spandex and trainers.

 

  • The Time and Date: Tuesday 14th February from 7pm
  • The Place/s:  Click here for details
  • Tickets:  Tickets are £20 a pop, click here for details
  • Contact:  UP Mayfair: Caroline@UPFitness.co.uk, UP City: Caroline@UPFitness.co.uk, UP Manchester: Sarah@UPFitness.co.uk

 

A night of fitness and flirting, and even if you don’t find that special someone at least you finally took your arse to the gym!

 

 

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

 

Toast of the Town

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Toast, the breakfast of gods, champion of the morning and now legend of the rave.

House of Toast is a party and building competition in one, except instead of bricks you’ll build with bread.

Starting from 7pm At Drink Shop Do teams of up to 10 will have 2 hours to create whatever their hearts desire, the more elaborate the better, the best of the brunch  (see what I did there) will win fabulous prizes not to mention the title ‘ The Toast of London’.

To enter click here

 

 

  • The Time:  Friday 15th July from 7pm
  • The Place:  Drink, Shop, Do 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX
  • Tickets:  £10 each, £90 for a team of 10, £150 for an exclusive team ticket
  • Contact:  For more info click here, For ticket info click here

 

 

  • Info from drinkshopdo.com
  • Images used from drinkshopdo.com

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Bob’s Happy Wheels

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Comedy clubs are so passé, walls and roofs have been done to death, the future of comedy is on the road.

Leading the mobile funny-fest revolution is Bob Slayer, Edinburgh Fringe regular and owner of The BlundaBus, a successfully crowd funded project to convert a double decker bus into a bar & comedy venue.

Launched in mid 2015, the bus has made a number of red carpet appearances at the Croydon Comedy Festival, Livestock Festival in Gloucestershire and the Fringe itself as an independent venue, to name but a few.

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During October you’ll find Bob’s Bus in Hackney East London (except between the 16th-18th as it will be taking a brief musical interlude in Whitby), click HERE to check the event listings.

The bus will be back on the Hackney Road in November after it’s stolen the show at the Nottingham Comedy Festival (grab tickets HERE), it’ll be sticking around till Santa kicks it out in mid December, so caught the bus before it drives off without you.

 

The Time: Between October to December 2015, click HERE

The Place: 459 Hackney Road, E2 9DY by the RE London Shoreditch Hotel (5mins from Cambridge Heath Overground station, & accessible via the 55, 48 & 26 buses)

Contact: Bobslayerakabobs@gmail.com, 07811 200 501, website www.blundabus.com