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Winter Wonderland @ Hyde Park / until 5th January 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-22:00 (except Christmas Day)

@ Hyde Park, London W2 4RU

Free entry!

www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Winter Wonderland returns, London’s popular Christmas event packed with attractions ranging from an ice rink an observation wheel.

Many attractions will be fully booked through weekends and evenings so make sure you pre-book.

Attractions:
Ice Skating
Magical Ice Kingdom
Zippos Christmas Circus
Zippos Cirque Berserk
Giant Observation Wheel
Santa’s Grotto
Rides

Win Tickets! Pop Up Ping Pong: Christmas Elf Factory @ Netil House / Saturday 21st December 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18:30-00:30

@ Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL

Tickets: £8 book online

www.popuppingpong.co.uk

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets which include free entry and a drink. To enter all you have to do is email competitions@informedlondon.com and tell us who you’re going to take – don’t take this literally, the funnier the better!

We’re taking entries until Thursday 19th midnight.

Pop Up Ping Pong’s secret Elf Factory takes place in Hackney for one last round of festivities on the Saturday before Christmas.

No one throws a ping pong party like the ping pong party kings. If you’ve missed Pop Up Ping Pong so far, catch them for one last time in 2013 as they throw a Christmas special at The Elf Factory; long considered mere children’s fiction, but in fact top-secret adult reality.

Cheap bar to be stocked with winter warmers such as mulled wine and the usual beers at just £3 a bottle. To quell your hunger, street food maestros #BRGR are creating a delectable Christmas twist on their classic mini cheeseburgers with melted brie, cranberry sauce and a limited special edition turkey slider. Also, cronuts or crack pie, two of London and New York’s most sought-after sweets available in one place for one night only.

Lemonade & Laughing Gas Do Xmas@ The Rag Factory / Monday 16th – Friday 20th December 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Evening Event

Monday 16th
Tuesday 17th
Thursday 19th
Friday 20th

@ The Rag Factory,
Heneage St,
E1 5LJ

Tickets £10 – £50
Buy Here

www.lemonadeandlaughinggas.com
www.facebook.com/LemonadeAndLaughingGas
@L_and_LG

This Christmas, bypass the annual Panto Puss in Boots, and come with us. For 6 glorious nights L&LG will be installing themselves in a very special old factory just off Brick Lane, East London, to bring you an all-encompassing evening for those into the quirky, unique, surreal. A mix of immersive theatre, visual and sonic treats, funny people, and surprising encounters, all topped off with 3 course festive Victorian- themed sumptuous feast designed by Francois Bonn who has worked in many high profile and Michelin- starred kitchens, and amazing drinks by genius mixologist Alex Orwin, formerly of The Rushmore Group.

Here’s a Teaser for the L&LG Do Xmas

L&LG DO XMAS from Lemonade and Laughing Gas on Vimeo.

Every L&LG event is unique – ideas for the performance and artwork are created from scratch and respond to the spaces their events fill. They pride themselves on creating unexpected and quirky environments that stimulate your senses. The look, smell, touch and feel of L&LG events are incredibly important to them- giving you an experience that is extra-ordinary, curious and playful; that encourages you to explore. This is what ‘immersive’ means to the talented group. To create a total event they add this delicious food and drink to fuel your adventures – but always promise never to encroach upon your eating and drinking time.

As for what you might expect to encounter in the corridors, rooms and booths of this event – we can’t tell you much as it would ruin the surprise, but here are a few hints to give you a sense of what might be in store:
find your way through a forest of xmas jumpers,
expect an epiphany in a pound shop,
discover the true meaning of advent in a strange dream-like cleansing encounter,
an interaction with a familiar bearded man who has lost his way,
stumble upon a timeless Working Men’s Club to sing karaoke or play a round of bingo, discover a miniature Shameless-like domestic happening in a doll’s house,
unleash your inner Tony Hart and create some xmas decorations for a growing installation…
…or just sit back and take it all in. As well as all this there will be main performances happening in the dining room, a xmas themed photobooth, and an L&LG Xmas Curiosity Shop where you can source quirky last minute presents.

£50 ticket price includes all food, a welcome cocktail, photobooth and entertainment for the whole evening and before. This is a ticketed event – you need to buy a ticket in advance to get in
Pick up a ticket here http://llgxmas.bpt.me

Heres a look of L&LG previous event

Lemonade & Laughing Gas Presents… Pick ‘N’ Mix. Sept ’13 from Henry Napier-Brown on Vimeo.

Here’s a Teaser for the L&LG Do Xmas

L&LG DO XMAS from Lemonade and Laughing Gas on Vimeo.

Drink Feast @ Hoxton Docks / until Saturday 14th December 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 17:00-00:00

@ Hoxton Docks, 55 Laburnum Street, London E2 8BD

Tickets: £12-£24 (15% off with TSL) book online

Our friends at Twenty Something London recommend you head to Drink Feast this weekend, pitching up at Hoxton Docks from Thursday until Saturday all in the name of re-inventing the world of spirit appreciation as some of the world’s finest drinking establishments gather in one place.

Housing a three-day drinking experience, where some of the capital’s top mixologists including Callooh Callay, London Cocktail Club and The Rum Runner serve their cocktail favourites.

BACARDÍ Beginnings: World’s First 3D Printing Record Store @ The Vinyl Factory / Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 13th 11:30–20:00
Saturday 14th 11:30–19:30

@ The Vinyl Factory, 51 Poland Street, London W1F 7LZ

Free entry (RSVP to bacardigigtickets@thisisinkling.com)

www.facebook.com/bacardi

The BACARDÍ Beginnings music mentoring programme has seen some of the UK’s most exciting established and up-and-coming music artists come together to push the boundaries of music releases.

The store not only marks the very first time an original track will be released in 3D printed format, but also highlights and pushes the current boundaries of 3D printing technology. Working with technologist Amanda Ghassaei who developed the bespoke technique and programme for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable records, this will also be the first time an entire track is coded to print in 3D.

This Ain’t California Screening & Panel Discussion @ Curzon Soho / Tuesday 10th December 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Screening: 18.20

@ Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY

Ticket: £13.75

www.curzoncinemas.com

A film that treads a fine line between documentary and mockumentary, Marten Persiel’s examination of the underground skateboarding scene in 1980s East Germany is a fascinating exploration of sub-culture life. Through a blend of actual footage and impressively staged recreations of the past, the film aims to capture the essence of this period and peel away the myths surrounding one of the figureheads of this movement, Denis ‘Panik’ Paraceck.

German with English subtitles

Marten Persiel

Filmmaker, author and commercial director Marten Persiel spent 12 years traveling through England, Spain, Brazil and the Philippines, before returning to his birthplace Berlin in 2008, bringing home four documentaries, countless award-winning commercials and an excellent network of filmmakers and producers all around the world. Persiel’s trademarks are his close bonds with his protagonists and his very own, off-key aesthetics. He always searches for unusual, less restrictive narrative formats to tell his stories. This Ain’t California, a project particularly dear to Persiel, will mark a climax in this quest thus far.

Skylon

Skylon is an artist/activist who has been immersed in street culture his whole life, expressing himself primarily through music, photography, graphic design and creative writing. Having grown up as an 80s kid and 90s teenager on London’s council estates, his exposure to the many aspects of hip hop culture was inevitable and is what has shaped a large part of his identity. At one point or another, like most people of his generation who have grown up in similar environments, he has dabbled in skateboarding, BMXing, graffiti, djing, mcing and more. Today he stands as an emerging figure in the underground Drum&Bass music scene and is currently running the SOS Resistance campaign, successfully fighting to save the iconic Southbank skating area in London, in use since the 1970s.

Biko Issah

Biko Issah is a London born artist and skateboarder. Growing up surrounded by hip hop and street culture, skateboarding quickly became a natural appeal, and it was his love for the rawness and challenges of skateboarding that made him look to the art of tattooing as a means for expression – one chance to make your impact and make it count. Biko is involved in the SOS and Long Live Southbank campaign to preserve the iconic Southbank Undercroft, which he counts as the birth place and home of British skateboarding.

After Life @ Horniman Museum & Gardens / until 2nd March 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:30-17:30

@ Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

Free entry

www.horniman.ac.uk

Poignant photographic portraits of extinct and endangered animals preserved in museums.

This exhibition portrays specimens of entire species that are losing, or have lost, the fight for survival. Because of their rarity these specimens are important, either as sources of knowledge that can help conserve species or as reminders of what has been lost. These portraits by artist Sean Dooley are intended to document and share their fading beauty.

YrStore x Topman collaboration @ Topman Flagship / available instore now

TIME AND PLACE 

Christmas Opening Times
Monday – Saturday 9am – 10pm
Sunday 9am – 6pm

Topman have hooked up with innovative tech-specialists turned fashion brand YrStore so that customers can now design and create bespoke t-shirts in store at the Oxford Circus Flagship branch. YrStore had a successful summer pop-up shop in Boxpark Shoreditch, before moving on to Liberty’s. We went to check out their collaborative launch with Topman yesterday to see what all the hype is about.

You can now visit YrStore at Topman to create your own unique items in minutes using YrStore’s interactive touch-pods, which look like giant iPads. Once you’ve finished your one-of-a-kind creation, the specialists will transfer it onto a t-shirt – all using the world’s only live all-over digital printing process. YrStore will soon be bringing their printing process to other garments including sweatshirts, skirts and dresses.

The exclusive print designs are all created and curated by Topman to reflect the key AW13 trends, plus the YrTopman’s design archive will continually be updated as the collaboration continues.

YrStore’s Tim Williams said this about the YrTopman collaboration:

“It’s a dream to work with Topman designers and clothing especially launching during such exciting season for retail. Yr believe the future of fashion is in carefully curated live garment creation, we work with the most desirable artwork archives, designs and garments to create truly unique fashion that, whilst individual, is always recognisably Yr.”

a number of names: Sample Sale @ 20th Century Theatre / until Monday 9th December 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sunday 12:00-18:00
Monday 11:00-19:00

@ a number of names, 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

Free entry

www.anumberofnames.org

Treat yourself of a loved one with brands including: Bape, Billionaire Boys Club, Human Made, Mr Bathing Ape, Gourmet, Bedwin & the Heartbreakers, C.E, Ambush, ICECREAM and Ebbets Field Flannels.

Cash and card accepted.

You Blow My Mind @ Hang-Up Gallery / 7th December 2013 until 24th January 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Wed-Sun 12:00-18:00

@ Hang-Up Gallery, 56 Stoke Newington High Street,
London N16 7PB

Free entry

www.hanguppictures.com

Lauren Baker takes over the Hang-Up Gallery with an exhibition and show. The exhibition Enchanted Afterlife, includes dazzling sculptures ranging from a six foot coffin to gold plated fingers. The Storm, the show in room two, is a light and sound installation with thunder and smoke emphasising nature’s energy.

Lauren’s work was inspired by time spent in the Peruvian Amazon and Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. She experiments with various colours and textures including crystal and neon and has exhibited around the world including our own Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Make sure you visit. Maybe pick something up for Christmas?

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