BallieBallerson Adult Ball Pit

 

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 🙃

 

  • The Time:  Bottomless Bunch Saturdays 12 – 3pm, Sundays 1 – 4pm.  Evenings Wed – Thurs 6pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 6pm – 2am
  • The Place:  79 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8AD
  • Price:  Ticket prices start from £10.90, click here for more details
  • Contact:  For more info click here
  • Additional Note:  Veggie meat also available 

 

 

 

 

The Crystal Maze

 

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 

Contact:  For more info click here or email

 

 

Remember remember…

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…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:

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Southwark

  • 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
  • More info: www.southwark.gov.uk

 

Crystal Palace

  • Where: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20 8DT
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6pm, Kiddy friendly display starts at 7pm, Main display starts at 8.30pm
  • Price:  Kids tickets (3-10 yrs) £5.10- £5.60, Adult tickets £7.50-£8.50, Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) £19.80-£23.80 get them here
  • More info: www.crystalpalacefireworks.co.uk
  • Further info: Sparklers, alcohol and dogs are stricly prohibited from this event, with the exception of assistant dogs

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Finchley

  • Where: Finchley Cricket Club, 33-45 East End Road, London, N3 2TA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6.30pm
  • Price: Individual  Ticket £5, Family of 3 tickets £10, Family of 4 tickets £15
  • More info: facebook.com

 

Bayswater

  • Where: Cleverland Square, 30 Chilworth Street, Bayswater, London, W2 6DB
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6pm, display starts at 7.15pm
  • Price: Kids tickets £5, Adult tickets £10
  • More info: www.clevelandsquare.org
  • Further info: Display set to music, BBQ and bar available at the event

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Kensington

  • Where: The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Doors open from 7pm, display start at 11.45pm
  • Price: Tickets from £15, book in advance
  • More info: www.virginlimitededition.com
  • Further info: Display set to music by inhouse DJ, BBQ available, complimentary cocktail with ticket

 

Forest Gate

  • Where: Wanstead Flats, Forest Gate, Centre Road, London, E7 0DJ
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 5.30pm, display starts at 7.30pm
  • Price: It’s free baby!
  • More info: www.newham.gov.uk
  • Further info: This event will be hosted by Heart Radio DJ Roberto, display set to music. Sparklers, alcohol and dogs are stricly prohibited from this event, with the exception of assistant dogs

 

 

 

A Sale with Style

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Car boot sales, we all love em. Getting up at some crazy hour of a weekend morning and venturing into a field or school playground to grab a bargain from a group of mad people who have been up since 4am…it’s the British way and I f’ing love it.

But what if you’re looking for an era specific item such as a record from the 70’s, or outfit for your swing dance class (swing dance is fun don’t mock it, I did almost break my face and leg but that’s neither here nor there), well then you NEED to head over to the Classic Car Boot Sale.

 

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Situated 5 mins from Kings Cross Station the CCBS offers vintage wares spanning across the decades, a live DJ playing golden oldies to keep the atmosphere lively and those who, like the gentlemen in the picture above, like to get dressed up for the occasion. I do love me a pair of two toned full brogues.

Vintage clothing and accessories, vinyl records, homeware and collectibles are all available, plus your foods and drinky-poos, vintage cars will also be on show, so if motoring is your thing then that should be reason enough to head on down.

 

  • The Time and Date: Click here for details
  • The Place:  Classic Car Boot Sale, Lewis Cubitt Park, Handyside St Kings Cross, London N1C 4UZ
  • Tickets:  Click here for details

 

 

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

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Boom goes the dynamite – Lighting up London

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It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate the thwarted terrorist attack on Parliament by lighting tons of gunpowder all over the Country…Guy Fawkes would be so proud.

So in commemoration of the plot of 1605 we’ve listed a few bonfire events for your viewing pleasure…and yes I know this is late…screw you guys I did my best here!

 

  • North London

*Alexandra Palace – Alexandra Palace/Wood Green: On the 7th Nov enjoy the view, Bonfire and festival at Allie Pallie, from 3pm tuck into some street food and craftbeer, enjoy

– Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY

*The Walker Cricket Ground – Enfield: Enjoy a funfair, food stalls and a bar (ears open adults) on 7th Nov from 5pm in Enfield, the fun stuff starts from 5pm and the display begins at 7.30. Adult tickets start from £6, childs tickets from £3

-The Walker Ground, 175 Waterfall Road, Southgate, London, N14 7JZ

*Scout Park – Bounds Green: If you’re a vegetarian or meat-lover head over to Bounds Green for a BBQ and fireworks display on the 7th Nov from 6pm, all the money raised goes towards equipment for the scouts, lets be honest anything that helps keep our little people occupied is a good thing, so don’t be afraid to flash the cash!

Adult tickets start from £5, kids tickets from £4

-Scout Park, Gordon Road, Bounds Green, London, N11 2PB

 

  • South London

*Chislehurst Recreation Ground – Chislehurst: A funfair, hog roast and the dance performance by the Glenlyn Academy Dance Group are on offer on the 7th Nov from 6pm, display begins at 7.30pm.

– Empress Drive, Chislehurst, London, BR7 5BG / Prices start from £6 for adults & from free for kids.

*Carshalton Park – Surrey: Stop by Ruskin Road for some live music, a bonfire and display from 5.15 on the 7th Nov, tickets will be £5 per person if purchased by Friday 6th, tickets bought on the day will cost £7.50 per person, under 5’s go free. All profits raised at the event will be donated to local charities & further local community support.

– Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road, Surrey, SM5 3DD

*Kingsmeadow Stadium – Kingston upon Thames: Fairground rides, and DJ set and live music to be enjoyed by all on the 6th Nov starting from 6.30, display beginning at 8pm. Tickets from £5 per person, under 5’s go free.

– Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, KT1 3PB

*Blackheath Common – Blackheath: funfair fun starts from noon on the 7th Nov, along with food stalls and bars, the display begins at 8pm and its FREE ENTRY baby!…though donations towards the event are welcome.

– Blackheath Common, Blackheath, London, SE3 0RW

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  • West London

*Battersea Park – Wandsworth: Experience a right ‘Royal Night Out’ at this themed bonfire event, on the 7th Nov boogie down to live music, food & drink plus award-winning Jubilee fireworks from 6pm, display begins at 8pm.

Purchase tickets in advance from here, £8 per person until Friday 6th, £10 thereafter, no tickets available on the door.

– Battersea Park, Wandsworth, London, SW11 4NJ

*Ealing Cricket Club – Ealing: Family fun at Ealings Family Entertainment and Bonfire weekender, on the 7th Nov from 6pm enjoy a fantasy themed laser and fireworks show, accompanied by barbecue and mulled wine (for the adults only, sorry kids).

– Corton Road, Ealing, London, W5 2HS

*Ravenscourt Park – Hammersmith: Funfair plus 2 fireworks dos in Hammersmith on the 7th Nov, kiddie display starts at 7.15 while the main event, which’ll be set to music begins at 8.10

– Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith, London, W6 0TH

 

  • East London

*Victoria Park – Bow: Victoria Park are getting their fireworks groove back on after 5yrs away, get down over there for 7pm on the 7th Nov to enjoy the renewed fun…and it’s FREE ENTRY baby!

– Victoria Park, Bow, London, E9 7DD

*Clissold Park – Stoke Newington: Superhero is the theme of this year’s event in Clissold Park, from 6pm on the 7th Nov enjoy a “musical extravaganza” and funfair while dressed as your favourite super hero or supervillain (it’s not mandatory to dress up), the display begins at 7. 30, adult tickets start from £7.50, kids tickets from £2.50, tickets must be bought in advance.

– Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, London, N16 9HJ

 

Enjoy, be safe, and please please please leave your pets at home, imagine someone letting off firecrackers next to your ear for 20mins…exactly!

 

 

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!

Malaysian goodies in real life Come Dine with Me

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It’s Sunday, you’ve spent the day getting your things ready for work tomorrow, the weekend is basically over, and the depressive thought of another Monday morning has begin to wash over you, what is there left to look forward to?

How about a thrilling taste of Asia, in new comfortable surroundings, without the hassle of queueing or the possibility of a rude waiter. Sounds good right, well let me make this Sunday adventure more appealing by telling you there’ll be 8 course, that’s right 8 delicious courses of which you will not have to wash 1 dish, soak 1 pan nor will you have to tie a bin bag full of remains…have I got your attention, good.

Malaysian By May host regular Supper Clubs were you can experience beautifully crafted Malaysian fusion cuisine, and meet new people as the seating is communal. Unfortunately they cannot accommodate vegans or vegetarians as sub-ing the ingredients is a complete pain in the bum, that’s not to say it won’t be a possibility in future however, watch this space, maybe.

If any of this tickles your buds, (take that anyway you want) then I highly recommend that you contact the good people at Malaysian By May to reserve yourself a seat.

Lets start making Sundays more then just the ‘mental prep for Monday’s’ day!

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The time: 6.30pm Sunday 31st Aug 2014 (for future dates please check their website)

The Place: Kuriya Keiko, Studio 7, The Studios Islington, 6 Hornsey Street, London N7 8GR

The Cost: £38 and BYO

Contact: www.malaysianbymay.com, email booking@malaysianbymay.com

 

  • Images used from supperclubfangroup.ning.com & timeformalaysia.com
  • Info used from malaysianbymay.com

 

Super semi secret supple club revealed, try saying that 3x fast.

The Great Garden Bake Off, King Henry’s Walk Newington Green North London

In association with the Chelsea Fringe the members of the King Henry’s Walk Garden invite one and all to their gaff for the Great Garden Bake Off. A day to celebrate plants, flowers baking and eating! From 10am-4pm there will be a variety of workshops, competitions and demonstrations for everyone it get involved with in this multi award winning community garden.

 

10am-12pm Junior Bakers Pizza making workshop: Who doesn’t love pizza, well why not get your little darlings involved in making their own. From dough kneading to picking fresh herbs from the garden, the kiddies will get the chance to experience every aspect of pizza making including the best part, the tasting.

There’re only 15 places available so book in advance by emailing rsvp@khwgarden.org.uk or call/text 07901 931 018

A £5 voluntary cover charge per child is suggested, however the organisers are open to haggling. Check the site for further details.

 

 

12-4pm Great Garden Bake Off Main Event: Fresh bread making demonstrations by local bakers will kick of the event, demo tickets can be bought for £3 per person, per session on the day. There will also be various stalls selling flowers, veggie plants and herbs plus bread tastings, so probably best to skip lunch.

The bake off competition, open to all, will include the following categories:

Signature Challenge: A loaf of bread made using at least 1 garden related ingredient

Technical Challenge: Chelsea Buns (bakers half dozen)

Showstopper Challenge: Cupcake war (bakers half dozen) time to get your decorating game face on. Competition rules and entry forms can be found on the website, including all the details I’ve probably missed.

 

Where are they: Near an adventure playground in Islington, I’m really bad with directions so here’s a handy map, the closest train stations are Canonbury & Dalston Junction, these’re roughly a 10min walk from the garden (East London Overground Line):

Buses: The 21, 30, 38, 56, 141 & 277 all stop close by.

Tube: Highnury & Islington Station is the closest tube station to the garden, but is still a 25ish min walk away, you can jump on the No 30 or 277 bus from Highbury corner to Ball’s Pond Rd which is a 5 min walk away.

Website & Email: www.khwgarden.org.uk info@khwgarden.org.uk

Tel: 020 7923 9035 / 07901 931 018

 

  • Info used from khwgarden.org.uk
  • Image used from chelseafringe.com
  • Map used from streetmap.co.uk

 

Get your bake on!