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Who likes games (raises hand), who likes movies (raises other hand – now typing with my nose), put them both together and what do you have?

Some questionable character choices, unrecognisable storylines and bad green screen effects, in other words 2 hours of f***ing awesomeness and an urge to play Street Fighter into the wee hours, that’s where Joypad steps in.

Joypad bar aims to bring the joyous memories of retro gaming to the Call of Duty generation. On the last Tuesday of the month they host a pop up event called Cinedouken where they screen movies based on a retro games at Trapeze on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, a tournament throughout the evening playing the game the movie is based on will also take place, seeing the last man standing at the end of the night win a £50 bar tab.

On Tuesday 26th July they’ll be showing Doom with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Karl Urban.

So if 90’s beat ’em ups give you warm & fuzzy feelings then get your backside over to Trapeze, fun is guaranteed to ensue…and maybe some free booze.

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  • The Place:  Trapeze Bar 89 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HX
  • The Time:  Tuesday 26th July from 7pm
  • Contact:  For more information click here

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Tub Cinema

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It’s September, the days are getting shorter, the clothing becoming thicker and thoughts of laying on that sun soaked beach in a bikini are but a distant memory. But what if your swimwear could be saved from the oblivion of the back drawn, would you do what you can to help?

I thought you’d say that, your charitable nature is truly remarkable.

Hot Tub Cinema encourages people to don their finest Speedo garb, jump into the nearest whirlpool (the term ‘hot tub’ & ‘whirlpool’ are mostly interchangeable)  and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to grab some friends, – up to 8 people per tub – some silly bath toys and a waterproof camera to capture the madness.

Throughout September they’re showing ‘The Best of the Noughties’ movies, so here are your current choices:

  • The Hangover – 17th Sept
  • Team America, World Police – 18th Sept
  • Dodge ball, A true underdog story – 19th Sept
  • Finding Nemo – 20th Sept
  • Bridget Jones Diary – 21st Sept
  • Anchorman, The legend of Ron Burgundy – 22nd Sept

Over 8 years the company has evolved from a private party with 1 tub, to a 30 tub public screening event in London, New York and Bristol. During the summer the movies are show on a rooftop in East London, however everything moves indoors during the winter months, so you don’t have to worry about freezing your bits off. Also the hot tubs are filled with 40C water, which will keep you nice and warm.

Over 18’s only so bring your ID just to be safe. The venue is licensed so food and alcohol are available to buy, but must be consumed on the premise,  and no you can’t BYO.

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The Place: Rockwell House, 10-14 Hewett Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NN

Tickets: www.hottubcinema.com or www.eventbrite.co.uk

What to bring:

Swimwear, a towel, a plastic bag for the wet bits, some dry clothes, flip flops, silly (not rude) toys, inflatables, wigs, hats etc, waterproof camera, some cash and a smile.

Further info: Have a nosy at hottubcinmea.com or email hello@hottubcinema.com

 

  • Images used from marieclaire.co.uk & hottubcinema.com
  • Info used from hottubcinmea.com

Your decision to act has saved a pair of swimming trunks from obscurity, you should be very proud!

Bare ‘Fraff’ chat in Bethnal Green

 

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I went to the pictures tomorrow

And took a front seat at the back

I fell from the pit to the gallery

And broke a front bone in my back

The lady she gave me some chocolate

I ate it and gave it her back

I phoned for a taxi and walked it

And that’s why I never came back

This was my favourite poem as a child, although technically a playground rhyme it was silly, confusing and mentioned chocolate, I loved it.

Over the years my taste in poetry has not changed a bit, so when I heard about Scottee’s ‘poetry piss up’ I became very giddy, there was jumping and giggles.

A performance artist and presenter, Scottee’s flamboyant persona has graced the audiences of the Royal Opera House, Radio 4, Dazed & Confused and Time Out London, to name but a few.Hosting regular poetry evenings called ‘Fraff’ he states that you “Don’t come if you consider yourself a fan of Pam Ayres”, you have been warned.

Showing in Rich Mix East London, you can expect readings from drag artist Jonny Woo and Michael Twaits, the ‘bestest shitty poem’ award, cheap beer & sweets and permission to heckle performers reading poetry about love, this is genuinely my idea of the perfect date!

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The Time: 7.30pm Friday 12th September (check  Scottee’s website for future dates)

The Place: Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E1 6LA

Tickets: £8, unreserved seating, via Rich Mix’s booking page.

For more details: www.scottee.co.uk or www.richmix.org.uk

 

  • Images used from vadamagazine.com & hgammerflitcroft.com
  • Info used from scottee.co.uk & richmix.org.uk
  • Poem by Mike Rosen and Susanna Steele ‘Inky Pinky Ponky collected playground rhymes’, published by Granada Publishing Limited 1982

 

Drunk poetry madness!

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

 

Nightjar, City Road East London

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“Something special is beginning to stir in a Hoxton basement. Watch this space, but speak easy.”

 

The Nightjar represents all of the glamour and secrecy (sorta) of the speakeasies of the 20’s. Full of music and life, not to mention alc-e-hol, this luscious venue furnished in black leather by candle is to much fun not to visit…did I mention there was alc-e-hol.

Nightjar holds live events weekly, the next of which will be Tuesday 12th March ’13. The jazzy tunage of Dom Pipkin, a self taught blues brother from London. for more details have a nosey on barnightjar.com.

 

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Address:

The Nightjar

129 City Road

London EC1V 1JB

020 7253 4101

info@barnightjar.com

Opening hours:

Friday & Saturday 6pm – 3am

Thursday 6pm – 2am

Sunday to Wednesday 6pm – 1am

Say hello to Fat Sam for us.

Images used from tickets.boisdale.co.uk and travelinhappiness.com

Info used from barnightjar.com

 

Storm in a tea cup, Dalston East London

A quirky little boutique/treat shop found on the edge of Dalston. Serving loyal fans with an array of current and vintage designer goodies for Men & Women including Comme Des Garcons, Chanel and Alexandra McQueen.   While updating your wardrobe don’t forget to have a gander at the copious amounts of rainbow coloured retro sweets decorating the counter, nothing better than liquorice humbugs and Lanvin.

For more info have a nosey at storminateacuplondon.com

Times:           Mon-Tues by appointment only      

                          Wed-Sat 11am-7pm,  Sun 12pm-6pm

Address:       366 Kingland Rd, DalstonLondon, E8 4DA                

Contact:        shop@storminateacuplondon.com    

                          020 8127 5471                

 

  • Info from storminateacuplondon.com
  • Images from floral-etiquette.blogspot.com

 

    Fashiontastic place to shop in London, Revealed!

Party at McQueens Place…shhhh it’s private

On Friday July 20th Silver Odyssey are hosting a private hyper experience club event and dinner with Guy Gerber!

 

The night promises to be an audio and visual extravaganza, with state of the art music presentations, along with futuristic dining at the awesome and award winning McQueens in Shoreditch.

 

Other DJ’s on the night include Matt Hazelden and Dolly Mixer.

When: Friday 20th July 2012

Where: McQueens – Shoreditch

55-56 Tabernacle st

London EC2

020 7036 9229

To RSVP for the Club guest list and dinner reservation please email your details to info@silverodyssey.co.uk

 

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Search Party London, Around East London

Info from viewlondon.co.uk

Image from searchpartylondon.org

A flagship event of the Cultural Olympiad Open Weekend, the Search Party London treasure hunt turns East London into a vast urban playground. Follow the clues to discover the location for a secret party and take part in a series of interactive events along the way.

East London treasure hunt
With three Search Party London routes to choose from, treasure hunters can spread out across the eastern regions of the city and follow a series of beguiling clues to discover the secret location of a huge free party. Take part in taste tests, rooftop cha-cha and decode Cockney rhyming slang in the back of a black cab in order to gain access to a memorable party.

Urban playground
Transforming East London into an interactive urban playground, Search Hackney will have you decoding street signs, learning music hall songs inside a secret theatre and even herding sheep in order to collect clues. 150 volunteers will line the three routes of the Search Party event in order to lead – or perhaps mislead – the public.

The party’s the prize
Each clue solved during the Search Hackney treasure hunt reveals a further part of the address for a secret party. Once you’ve solved the puzzle, you can head along to the party for gourmet food , exclusive cocktails, swing dancing and hands on cookery with Jamie’s Ministry of Food.

 

Chose from 3 search parties:

Hackney Search Party, Search Canary Wharf or  Search Shoreditch

When
23 July 2011

Registration 2pm
Party 6pm – 9pm

Where
Netil House

Nearest Tube
London Fields

Cost
Free

Age Restrictions
18+

Check the websitesite for further info

www.searchpartylondon.org

 

 

40 Winks, Mile End

Info from culturecompass.co.uk

Image from cntraveller.com

 

The setting for 40 Winks is East London’s Mile End Road. Passing a string of low-key Chinese restaurants and clusters of lackadaisical teenagers lounging in the evening sunshine, you don’t expect to see an immaculate row of townhouses, and you certainly don’t anticipate the type of interior that stands behind number 109.

 

As you enter the house you see it’s a large home by London standards, but not huge by any means. There’s a comfortable, calm atmosphere, and despite the constant comings and goings of fashion industry professionals, not a thing is out of place, although it avoids the museum-like feel that you might expect of such a precisely conceived collection of spaces. The darker rooms – for instance the warm basement kitchen, the coppery-tinged bathroom, and the deep greens and low lighting of the ground-floor reception room – contrast with the lighter spaces – such as the first floor music room (a kind of alternative living space to the deeper hues of downstairs) and the pale double guest bedroom. The odd grandiose flourish peeps from above a fireplace, or from out of a corner, but the décor is understated enough so as not to make first-time guests feel like scruffy intruders.

 

The guest accommodation consists of a single and a double bedroom, both gorgeously but delicately embellished. The deal is this: you get a set of keys and then come and go as you wish, or indeed stay in and relax. You won’t find yourself ringing a bell at reception, fiddling with remote-controlled curtains or dialling room service; this really is somebody’s home.


40 Winks also plays host to several events, such as a recent high-class couture soirée featuring fashion industry experts, as well as the much-lauded Bedtime Stories (as we featured recently) a traditional story-telling evening which puts its listeners into bedtime apparel, and wraps up with the occasional surprise musical act. Thriving on a wide circle of talented, creative friends, Carter’s personal space is undeniably public.

 

40 Winks is not a normal hotel experience, certainly, but that’s precisely its biggest draw; it’s a natural choice for those on the look out for an entirely different, inescapably elegant place to stay in the city.

 

 

109 Mile End Road

City of London, Greater London E1 4UJ

Get directions

020 7790 0259

www.40winks.org