20
Jul 12

Global Feast (Opening Ceremony) @ Stratford Old Town Hall

Why I think you should go:

The omnipresent Olympics is soon to kick off. Where are you planning to be for the Opening Ceremony? Hyde Park? Home? Hiding under the bed? What about Alaska? Or the west coast of Africa? No need to book a flight – just head along to Global Feast which is taking place throughout the Olympics in our very own Stratford!

Everyone wants to eat at a table that looks like the world map. I’m keen perching myself somewhere in the North of Russia if possible. Given the disappointing summer we are experiencing at the moment, maybe the climate will be better in my seat in the East Siberian Sea than it is by the Thames, who knows?

Ms Marmite Lover is curating these events so I think it’s a given that the nearly 3 weeks of dining events will be pulled off with flare and you will be left with a very full satisfied tummy. Check out the more details about the nights here

What (The official event blurb):

Global Feast offers a journey through the best of world food, enwrapped by Worldscape – the tallest table in the world, made from its contours, designed by atmos.

Over 20 successive evenings during the London Olympics, 80 guests will gather at the Old Town Hall in Stratford to travel through the cultures and cuisines of the entire world, tasting a different specialty each night.

The menu explores both London & the world – with a guest local chef each night joining culinary curator Kerstin Rodgers (The Underground Restaurant).

Guest chefs for opening ceremony are:
Aoife Behan from Jelly+Gin Productions (Edinburgh) http://www.jellyandgin.com/
Denise Baker-McClean from Moel Faban Supper Club http://moelfabansecretsupperclub.wordpress.com/

Where:  Stratford Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway  Stratford, London E15 4BQ

When: 6pm Friday 27th July 2012

How much:   £100 (other nights range between £55-£65)

Website: Global Feast

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


20
Jul 12

Rhys Darby @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Why I think you should go:

Any self-respecting comedy lover will be jealous that I have tickets to this… you are aren’t you? Yeah, I knew it.

I first saw Rhys Darby at a University.  He did a perfect impression of  a T-Rex. You know with the little arms and the shrieking – hilArious. And not that I actually know what a T-Rex acts like in real life, they are extinct after all,  but I’m pretty sure Rhys is the ginger reincarnation of one. Dead ringer for one.

What (The official event blurb):

Though perhaps best known as Murray the manager in ‘Flight of the Conchords’ or from his appearances in films such as ‘Yes Man’ or ‘The Boat that Rocked’, Darby is also and incredibly adept stand-up, whose physicality and vocal dexterity set him apart from many of his peers. Sublimely talented and wonderfully warm-hearted these, now rare, shows at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire will be a real treat. [via TimeOut]

 Where: Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT

When: 7pm Sunday 22nd July 2012

How much:   £21

Website: TimeOut

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


01
Jun 12

The Enlightenment Cafe @ Old Vic Tunnels

Why I think you should go:

If you are sick of the Jubilee or have finished with your viewing of the events in the rain (as I write this it’s predicted Sunday will have showers and a high of 11 degrees celsius) then seek comfort in my old favourite the Old Vic Tunnels. The Enlightenment Cafe will host a night of intellectual promiscuity – “where ideas have sex”.  A combination of Science, Art and Theatre

There are different ‘visiting minds’ each night and Sunday features another fav of mine - Helen Keen – Comedian and Space Enthusiast. It also features Paolo Viscardi – Natural History Curator and Mermaid Anatomist. Mermaid anatomist – bet you wish you could put that on your resume.

Find out more about the night in this great wee video:

 

What (The official event blurb):

In the depths of The Old Vic Tunnels find The Enlightenment Café a Victorian world for aesthetes, geeks, bon-viveurs and enquiring minds. Do the rounds at a Victorian Psychiatric Clinic, be schooled in the science of love at the Institute of Victorian Dating Etiquette, experiment with the inebriating alchemy of Gin Distillation and flaunt your wits in a Speed Debating Tournament. Deeper still discover a series of laboratories and dens where people can congregate and be Enlightened.

THE ENLIGHTENMENT CAFÉ TEAM
Joanne Baker – Author of ’50 Universe Ideas You Really Need To Know’ and Astrophysicist
Claire Benson – Fire and Explosions Scientist
Stuart Clark – Author of the ‘Sky’s Dark Labyrinth’ series and Astronomer
Kathryn Harkup – Chemist, Vampirologist and Poison Scientist
Tim McInerny – Psychiatrist and adviser on Bedlam at the Globe

 Where: The Old Vic Tunnels, Leake Street Entrance, SE1 8SW

When: 7pm Sunday 3rd June 2012

How much:   £15 + booking fee

Website: Tickets

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


01
Jun 12

Preview night @ Evans & Peel

Why I think you should go:

I was just looking where the events I feature on this blog are located and have realised I have committed a deadly sin…one I vowed I never would as an previous Acton local. I’m Westist or is it Eastist? Anyway, I hardly ever feature West London events/bars or South London for that matter.

Luckily The Nudge have also noticed this issue with events/new bars in general and have brought to my attention this little beauty – Evans and Peel. And it happens that there are previews to this new bar to give them feedback on whether they have got their detective theme right:

Open for appointments from 8th June 2012. Contact ‘detective’ to be put in the diary for preview appointments between 8th June and 22rd June. A 20% consultation charge will be removed from your bill during these dates.”

What (The official event blurb):

Your insider knowledge of London’s growing collection of secret and illicit speakeasies is unparalleled.
From hidden, underground cocktail bar Happiness Forgets to The “through the fridge door” Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town; from secret basement bar Ruby’s to old-school glamourpuss Nightjar…… You’re on to them.
The only problem is that they’re all in East London.
But not any more…
Welcome to Evans & Peel Detective Agency, bringing a slice of the illicit, the sexy and the secret to West London from the 8th June.
You’ll head to a secret entrance which – if you’ve made an appointment – will lead through to a softly-lit agency office, where The Detective will be waiting.
Here, enveloped by the hushed and conspiratorial whispering of your fellow guests, illegal bottles of booze will be served up in brown paper bags to avoid arousing the suspicion of the authorities.
Yep, this is a date spot.
And let’s be honest: if the clandestine nature of it all doesn’t get them in the mood to love you, then the role play definitely will.
The bar, lovingly constructed from old church pews, serves up seasonal cocktails and spirit infusions like maple bacon/ tobacco-infused bourbon, and the food menu focuses around US-style small plates like beef brisket and pork butts, slow-cooked in their custom-built smoker. [via The Nudge]

 Where: Evans & Peel Detective Agency, 310c Earls Court Road, London

When: 7pm Friday 8th June 2012

How much:   Just the cost of your drinks (you ge a 20% discount on preview nights)

Website: Evans & Peel 

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


01
Jun 12

Wilton’s Way Street Party @ Wilton’s Way

Why I think you should go:

Wilton Way are holding a right Royal party what what. Their Royal Wedding shin dig was a hit, so I have great expectations for their Jubilee festivities.

 

 

From the looks off local shops blogs like the other side of the pillow, this party for Lizzie will be even better than the wedding one. If you don’t have your own street party and want one, adopt Wiltons for the day and feel the wonderfully British proper street party vibe.

What (The official event blurb):

Our friends from Wilton Way are throwing another of their epic street parties-get involved!

Following the success of Wilton Way’s Royal Wedding Street Party, they are jointly holding a communal celebration on Sunday 3rd June 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They would like to invite everyone to join in this Community event and celebrate the last 60 years of Hackney and the Queen’s reign. Bring your tables, chairs, food, friends and family and enjoy a day of celebrations for all ages.

The street will be split into eras, from the Hackney Empire to Violet’s Café, with banners lining the street and a festive atmosphere. Residents and their children are encouraged to dress up in their favourite era, from the 1950’s to now and get into the spirit!

They would love for you to get involved:

If you play music or have an idea you think lends itself to the party please get in touch…! They would also be grateful for any donated decorations that can help bring the street to life.

[via Run Riot]

 Where: Wilton’s Cafe, 63 Wilton Way, London E8 1BG

When: 11am Sunday 5th June 2012

How much:   FREE

Website: London Fields Radio

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


01
Jun 12

Cypress Hill @ The Forum

Why I think you should go:

 Ahh highschool. Does Cypress Hill remind anyone else of good times at school? 

And no, before you say it, not for the pot smoking…just the music. Seriously.

Who you tryin’ to get crazy with ese? Don’t you know I’m loco?

 

What (The official event blurb):

 Tickets for Cypress Hill live at HMV Forum in London.

Cypress Hill have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and redefined and shattered the boundaries of hip-hop, crafting gutter-dirty tracks that fused deep bass lines with blissful, stoned-out melodies and aggressive hard rock riffs.

After forging the merger of rap and rock in the early part of their career as well as experimenting with countless styles through the years, it’s time for the next step in the seminal group’s continuing evolution

 Where: hmv forum, 9-17Highgate Road,London, NW5 1JY

When: 7pm Tuesday 5th June 2012

How much:   £25

Website: Tickets

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


01
Jun 12

Field Day @ Victoria Park

Why I think you should go:

While old Lizzie is at the Epsom Derby putting a few cheeky bets on the horses you can check out Field Day. And what a line up, much better than anything on offer on the totes at the Derby!

Get in quick while the weather is still above freezing and the rain hasn’t quite fallen. If I wasn’t sunning myself beside a pool on a small spanish island this weekend I would be there too. Beirut and Mazzy Star are the kickers for me, and should be reason enough for you too.

 

What (The official event blurb):

 Andrew Bird + Beirut + Franz Ferdinand + Metronomy + Zomby + Hudson Mohawke + Errors + Gold Panda + Maya Jane Coles + Fennesz + Spector + Here We Go Magic + SBTRKT + Tortoise + Baxter Dury + To Kill a King + Peaking Lights + Julio Bashmore + The Vaccines + Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard + Theme Park + Zulu Winter + Death Grips + Outfit + The Men + Com Truise + Afrcocubism + Mazzy Star + Papa M + R. Rustie

 Ah Field Day. That magical day, once every year when Victoria Park ushers out all of the playing children and dog walkers and welcomes in 20,000 indie kids to whoop, go wild and feel woozy after too many fairground rides and festival burgers. 

The Line up is in the preliminary stages at the moment, but already it looks like 2012 is going to be a banger. Not only have you got your big name items like Franz Ferdinand, Jeffrey Lewis, Hudson Mohawke, Beirut, The Vaccines and Metronomy, there’s also a whole smorgasbord of emerging talent like Outfit, Peaking Lights, Zulu Winter and Com Truise to keep music nerds like us happy.

With indie titans Mazzy Star and hotly tipped new boys Theme Park just announced, we recommend getting your tickets in early for this one [via Spoonfed]

Where: Victoria Park, Old Ford Road, Bow, E3 5TB

When: 11.30am – 11pm Saturday 2nd June 2012

How much:   £45.50 (Advance Tickets)

Website: Spoonfed

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


01
Jun 12

Olfactory Coffeehouse Tour @ St Michael’s Church

Why I think you should go:

I have mentioned previously that I am a bit of a coffee snob, however I think I’ve found someone who might be a bit more qualified to talk about coffee than me (as in has a PhD in it) and he runs a tour on it! Join his Coffeehouse tour and find out how coffee changed London and shaped the world we live in today  – big news for a small bean!.  You will be regalled with histrical facts and stories by Dr Matthew Green, an Oxford graduate and expert in the history of the media and the London coffeehouse! Sounds pretty top notch to me. You also receive free shots of Free  black and gritty coffee, brewed in the 18th-century fashion.  Slightly less top-notch…but still better than coffee I have had in London before I’m sure….

 

What (The official event blurb):

Join actors, musicians, and Dr Matthew Green for a caffeinated tour of London’s original – and best – coffeehouses: from the City’s warren of medieval streets, through St Paul’s Churchyard, down historic Fleet Street, and into the cobbled courtyards of the Temple. Free shots of black and gritty coffee, brewed after the 18th-century fashion, included.

 The streets of London are awash with chain coffee shops. But they are a dismal incarnation of London’s historic coffee culture: a heady brew of wit, wisdom, innovation…and crucified crocodiles.

London’s love affair with coffee can be traced back 350 years to a muddy churchyard in the heart of the City of London. Dr Green will meet you in this churchyard for it was here, in 1652, that a Greek visionary with a twirly moustache and shocking English accent first sold a foul-looking liquid to the public. Coffee would transform the face of the metropolis forever, spawning more than 3,000 coffeehouses, triggering a media boom, scientific discoveries, literary excellence, freedom of speech, dolphin dissections, and imperial triumphs.  It was coffee, not tea, that built the British Empire.

Learn about the meteoric rise of the coffeehouses in the 17th century as you weave past their original sites on Cornhill, Cheapside, St Paul’s and Fleet Street; jolt as actors in period costume leap out performing real debates that raged around their candlelit tables hundreds of years ago; hear Dr Green tell stories of the kaleidoscopic activities that went on inside their walls: from dolphin dissections at the Grecian Coffeehouse to lethal duels over Latin grammar at Tom’s; from slave auctions at Garraway’s to ventriloquism and viper decapitations at John’s.

Marvel at a world where you could begin a conversation with anyone you liked simply by asking for the latest news; feel a tinge of nostalgia for this lost world of social conviviality as you gaze through the windows of the cloned coffeehouses that have usurped the City.

Where: Meet by the steps of St Michael’s Church, Cornhill, EC3V 9DS

When: 10.30pm Saturday 16th June 2012

How much:  £14 for one ($12 each for two!)

Website: Tickets, Unreal City Audio

Unless your brain is a bit scrambled like the order of these blog posts, you might find the full A London a Day website and it’s linear presentation of events a tad easier to comprehend. While you’re there you may as well find out what I think you should be doing in London tonight.


30
May 12

Where is the Fourth Wall? @ Bedford Square Gardens

Why I think you should go:

I have never successfully deciphered the cryptic clues that usually lead you to the Fourth Wall’s wandering bar.  I receive the email each week from London’s disappearing bar, then I try to join the dots and usually end up with a knotted bit of yarn. Or this:

Luckily no ones flipping me the bird this week, and Fourth Wall are generously letting me give my Sherlock Holmes skills a rest this weekend. They are simply going to tell us all where they will be…wonderful, that means I might manage to find it! And a good excuse to leave work early on Friday I say.

 What (The official event blurb):

The Fourth Wall has been filled with the overwhelming urge to feel the sun on its walls and is therefore wandering outdoors this Friday and Saturday 1st and 2nd June.
Join us in the beautiful leafy surroundings of Bedford Square Gardens for a weekend of mouth-watering cocktails and great music, as we revel in the great British summer.

Friday 1st June, 4pm-dusk
Saturday 2nd June, 1pm-dusk
Sunday 3rd June,12pm-dusk (www.hermajestysparty.com)

Advance bookings are strongly recommended. 

Where: Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

When: 4pm til Dusk – Friday 1st June 2012 (make sure you book – limited seats!)

How much:  Just your drinkies

Website: Fourth Wall (For table bookings and guest list please call 0203 174 1156 or email info@whereisthefourthwall.com)

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27
May 12

You might think….

 

 

Amazing