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Kill St Valentine @ The Shop / Thursday 14th February 2013


Doors: 10:00 – 00:00

@ The Shop, 75 Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3ND

Free entry

For Valentine’s The Shop will be celebrating with an anti-Valentine’s theme.

The Shop is a bar where everything is for sale! Go for a drink and leave with a print or a table. They serve fine drinks from jam jars and vintage milk bottles and a great atmosphere.

Support your local shop!

Lindt Big Egg Hunt @ Covent Garden and cities across the UK / until Monday 1st April 2013


Open: displayed in public

@ London (Covent Garden), Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow

Get your Covent Garden Hunt Map here

101 giant Easter eggs, each a work of original art, will be hidden in cities across the country as a part of the Lindt Big Egg Hunt. The scavenge for eggs will start in London’s Covent Garden, hop over to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and head back to London in time for Easter.

Visit Covent Garden and collect a Hunt Book from one of the many Eggsperts who will be able to help you with any questions and point you in the right direction of the eggs you just can’t find.

The eggstravaganza will give you a chance to help the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children transform their lives.

The Tour:
London, Covent Garden
Tuesday 12th February – Sunday 17th February

Birmingham, Victoria Square
Tuesday 19th February – Monday 25th February

Liverpool, Paradise Street
Wednesday 27th February – Tuesday 5th March

Manchester,Exchange Square
Thursday 7th March – Wednesday 13th March

Glasgow, St. Enoch Square
Friday 15th March – Wednesday 20th March

London, Covent Garden
Friday 22nd March – Monday 1st April

Pancake Day Red Velvet Pancakes Recipe / Tuesday 12th February 2013

Recipe for 12 pancakes:
150g plain flower (1 cup of al purpose flour)
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (not drinking chocolate)
1/2 bicarb (baking soda)
3 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
250ml cup of buttermilk or runny plain yogurt (1 cup)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla and red food colouring

What you need:
1 large bowl
1 measuring jig
1 metal skewer
1 griddle or non-stick frying pan (skillet)

In a large bowl, mix together 150g plain flour, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, half a teaspoon each of baking powder and bicarb (baking soda), 3 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt.
In a measuring jug, whisk together 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk or runny plain yogurt, 1 large egg, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla and red food colouring. Add a small blob or 1 teaspoon with a metal skewer.

Whisk the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and set to one side while you get out a smooth griddle or non-stick frying pan (skillet) and warm it on the stove, wiping it with a little vegetable oil first. Add small ladlefuls of the batter onto the griddle and when bubbles start appearing on the surface, after a minute or two, it means the pancakes are ready to turn. They’ll probably need just under a minute on the second side, but it depends on how hot the griddle is, so check as you go.

Serve with fresh raspberries and a dollop or two of whipped cream on top of which you have grated some dark chocolate. Finally, add some chocolate syrup.

Man Ray Portraits @ National Portrait Gallery / until 27th May 2013


Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00

@ National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Tickets: £14 book online

Man Ray Portraits is the first major museum retrospective of this innovative and influential artist’s photographic portraits.

Focusing on his career in America and Paris between 1916 and 1968, the exhibition highlights Man Ray’s central position among the leading artists of the Dada and Surrealist movements and the significant range of contemporaries, celebrities, friends and lovers that he captured: from Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso to Kiki de Montparnasse, Lee Miller and Catherine Deneuve.

Featuring over 150 vintage prints and key works from international museums and private collections, the exhibition also demonstrates Man Ray’s use of revolutionary photographic techniques and early experiments with colour, as well as surveying his published work in leading magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Zeus ‘Sweet Art Show’ @ Graffik Gallery / until 21st February 2013


Open: daily

@ 284 Portobello Road, London W10 5TE

Free entry

Love is in the air and the Candy Man is coming to town. The Zeus Sweet Art Show is taking over Graffik Gallery for 13 sweet nights of pure, unadulterated and indulgent fun and it’s coming in the shape of the Zeus Candy Store.

The shop installation will include customised slush puppy machines filled with Zeus Juice, broken hearts with single letters etched in them so you can pick n mix to make up your own words and confectionery counters stacked with scrumptious jars of pink sticky stuff, gummy bears plus lots more art to whet your appetite.

Zeus The Artist
For the past 24 years, London artist Zeus has been drawing inspiration from urban culture to create dynamic, experimental compositions that have re-defined graffiti art.

Captivated by the hip-hop scene of the 80s, he began expressing his creative talents on the street when he was just 14, using walls, trains and open spaces as his galleries. Since then Zeus has continually pushed the boundaries of graffiti artistry, taking the form out of its traditional setting and into new, exciting and more legitimate places.

His latest works represents an innovative fusion of graffiti techniques and typography, fine art and sculpture and reflect both his background on the streets and his formal training at Chelsea College of Art.

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Chinese New Year Festivities @ West End and Trafalgar Square / Sunday 10th February 2013


From: 10:00 – 18:00

@ Central London, West End and Trafalgar Square


London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year).

Chinese New Year schedule
The parade begins in Trafalgar Square and the colourful floats and beating of drums can be followed through Chinatown ending in Rupert Street at 23:00.

On the main stage in Trafalgar Square, the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, Munira Mirza, His Excellence Liu Xiao Ming and Stanley Tse, President of Chinatown, will commence the Dotting of the Eye ceremony, which will bring the dragons and lions to life.

13:00 – 17:30
Live entertainment on stage including performances by Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Emmy The Great, the world-renowned Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, Paul Potts and performers from Guangdong and Sichuan Provinces.

A stunning fireworks display will mark the end of the day’s celebrations.

Strip Sleaze Valentine Special @ Crucifix Lane / Saturday 9th February 2013


22:00 – 06:00

@ 7-9 Crucifix Lane,

Entry: Tickets from £8
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Vital Music Group will be putting on their first live event: Strip Sleaze Valentine’s Special at Crucifix Lane in London.

They are teaming up with MadTech Records, The House of Disco, Real Nice and Wall 2 Wall to showcase the best in the rapidly expanding Disco-House scene. To give partygoers the best experience possible they are also collaborating with The Dig Creative to transform Crucifix Lane’s arches-style space into a sleazy den.

With a lineup featuring Krystal Klear (Eglo, Madtech), Citizen (Madtech, LoveFever), Medlar (Wolf Music), Monitor 66 (House of Disco), Magnier (House of Disco), plus support from the Real Nice and Wall 2 Wall DJs, this is shaping up to be a perfect way to kickstart the party calendar after the restraint of January resolutions.

Take a listen to some of the guys on offer.

Krystal Klear
Monitor 66:

Ping pong @ Bounce / open daily


Doors: various see website

@ Bounce, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD

Free entry (see website for prices)

At the back of this large ping pong hall is a pizzeria, aimed at group dining. Be pleasantly surprised by their pizzas: good crusts, decent toppings. For a late-night affordable pizza joint with a novelty theme, Bounce is a good choice for larger parties.

Sine of the Times Album Launch @ Notting Hill Arts Club / Friday 8th February 2013


Doors: 20:00 – late

@ Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ

Free before 20:00
£6 before 23:00 £8 after

London-based DJ and broadcaster Rita Maia presents ‘Sine Of The Times’, her personally-curated debut compilation, which features several exclusives from electronic and bass music talents from across the world, featuring Robin The Fog, Amenta/Lost Twin, Will Ward (Circle Traps), My Panda Shall Fly, Bongos Ikwue, Simbad, dFranklin (LV), VVV , Modo Fractal, BD1982, NKC and Visionist.

Playing on the night are London based artists on the compilation LV, My Panda Shall Fly (live), Simbad, Will Ward and Rita Maia

Rita Maia
Will Ward
My Panda Shall Fly (live)

Metamorphosis @ Lyric / until Saturday 16th February 2013


Doors: various check the website

@ Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL

Tickets: from £12.50 book online

Franz Kafka’s celebrated short story sees the unremarkable life of the Samsa family turned upside down when their son, Gregor, emerges one morning inexplicably transformed into a monstrous insect.

Darkly comic and profoundly moving, this hugely acclaimed production combines a mind-bending, gravity-defying split level set, a mesmerising score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and daring aerial physicality.

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