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!
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)
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.
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 🙃
During these days of minimal sun we could all do with a dose of Caribbean culture and warmth, so this Saturday and Sunday head over to South Molton Street by Bond Street Station for some Bajan 5 star cuisine, a mixture of live music including Calypso and Jazz, Art, health and wellness demonstrations and last but not least Rum masterclasses.
Not a bad way to spend a chilly Saturday in May.
The Time: From Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May, all day
The place: South Molton Street, London, W1K 5QE
Price: It’s free baby (thought so attractions maybe have a cost)
Lovers of 90’s TV game show The Crystal Maze rejoice for now you too can experience the thrill of the maze.
This Summer, or more accurately from April – October during 2017, you and 7 of your besties have the chance to test your skills in the maze’s 4 zones for the opportunity to go bat-crap crazy in the DOME.
Oh yes this is real, it is actually happening!
For your chance to run the maze click here for tickets, but bear in mind that players must be at least 18 and no drinking/eating during the game…there is a bar in the venue though so the eating and drinking can be enjoyed afterward.
The Place: 10-14 White Lion Street, Angel, London, N1 9PD
The Time: Availability and times vary depending on the day.
Tickets: Ticket prices start from approximately £53.00 plus booking fee, click here for more information
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 5th of November, like anybody in the UK could ever forget. Year after year we’re told of the story of Guy Fawkes’s attempt to restore a Catholic Monarch to throne by blowing up half of London, but was caught with a crap ton of gun powder just before lighting the fuse (there were 60 barrels of the stuff, so this was obviously a suicide mission as no one was escaping that), and later died by throwing himself off of the scaffold he was to be hanged drawn and quartered from.
It’s was all downhill after the 80 years war really.
So now we celebrate this foiled terror attack by letting off fireworks and burning Guy Fawkes effigies (what a magical time this is), and to be honest I f***ing love it.
So here are a few bonfires you can check out around the Capital:
Where: Southwark Park, Southwark, London, SE16 2PA
When: Saturday 5th November
Time: Gates open from 5pm, last entry 6.30pm
Price: It’s free baby!…but you still need a free ticket to enter, get them here