Edible Cinema is a collaboration between Soho House and unusual event specialists Teatime Production. You won’t find buckets of popcorn or oversized soft drinks here; the food accompanying your film has been prepared with creativity and precision. Everyone in the audience is given a selection of numbered boxes and at specific moments in the film, an usher will reveal a number corresponding to a particular box, indicating what should be opened when. Food is used as a witty third dimension to the drama, amplifying a moment or scene through texture, flavour and aroma. For example, the audience were directed to drink a mini vial of “poison” as Baz Luhrmans’s Romeo and Juliet reached its climax. In Pan’s Labyrinth, as the characters run through the forest, the flavours in the box were carefully chosen to reflect this with pine flavoured popcorn and the “crunch” element reflecting the noise of their feet on the Autumn leaves.
Edible Cinema takes place at various screens around London. Visit the website to find the next event.
For those who love nothing more than to dress up in retro attire and party like it’s 1929, 1943, or even 1967 there is a whole variety of events just for you. Party for victory at Blitz Party, a forties themed celebration featuring big bands, wartime snacks and drinks, complete with military bunk beds to relax on. Or travel back to the roaring twenties at a Prohibition Party. Guests come dressed as flappers or in spats and smoking jackets to enjoy cocktails served in teacups, play roulette and dance to music played on gramophone-esque turntables. A recent addition to vintage inspired events in London is Retrolicious which takes place on the first Saturday of every month at Barrio Shoreditch and fuses a mixture of genres, playing the best in vintage Electro Swing, Soul and Funk, Rock “n” Roll, and Reggae and mixes it up with the cutting edge electronic sounds of today.
For Blitz Party future events visit http://www.theblitzparty.com/next-event.
Prohibition will host a New Year’s Eve party at a Secret Speakeasy, published two weeks prior to the event. For tickets click here.
Retrolicious at Barrio East : Barrio East 141-143 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
If you ask anyone who has taken part in the relatively recent craze that is Bubble Football then you will hear nothing but superlatives. The concept for this game is very simple. As a group, you choose a game such as football or bulldog, each player dons a giant bubble and you let the fun happen all by itself as the inflated bubbles bounce off each other and the ground. As long as you are reasonably fit, have no medical concerns and are tall enough to wear the bubble (at least 5ft) then you can get involved! A mini-tournament is usually run with teams of 4 or 5 players and on a rubber surface or on grass on request. You can play at a number of recommended venues around London or alternatively, Bubble Football can come to you as long as your venue has had a pre-event check. Just bring competitive spirit.
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Bubble Football has venues in Shepherd’s Bush, Waterloo and Whitechapel. Click here for more details.
All Star Lanes is a delightfully retro combination of diner, bowling alley and cocktail bar. With four venues across London, this popular haunt for first dates, parties or nights out with friends, has won fans through its ability to deliver on great food and entertainment. Tuck into classic American diner fare – mains feature Texas chilli con carne, steaks, burger and BBQ wings with chargrilled sweetcorn and chilli butter. End with a slice of Key Lime pie, Salted American Cheesecake or a milkshake such as Oh Sweet Jeez – a divine blend of chocolate, caramel, peanut butter and banana. At All Star Lanes on Brick Lane, you can also book a luxury karaoke booth for up to 14 people and have a choice of over 5000 songs to pick from. Booking for a bowling lane is recommended as it tends to get very busy and during peak hours (Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm) the lanes are reserved for those dining in the restaurant.
Want to release your inner Banksy and discover the some of the world’s finest street art” On this graffiti and street art walking tour of East London, expert guides will show you work by Banksy, ROA, Shepard Fairey, Invader, Jimmy C, Stik and many more. Following a break for refreshments, you will head back to the Alternative London workshop to try creating your very own. This is a fun, relaxed environment to learn new skills such as spray can techniques and how to draw, cut and create a single or multi-layered stencil and build a piece of street art to take home. For an extra £3 you can paint your artwork onto a canvas bag or for just £6 you can paint onto a t-shirt. Everyone is welcome, regardless of artistic ability. Combined tours and workshops start at 11am every Saturday and Sunday and the full four hour session is just £25 per person. This includes all stationary, spray paints and protective gear. Head to the bookings page to see available dates.
Alternative London Tours, Brick Lane, London, England +44-7551-91-18-22